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Jethro Tull guitarist Martin Barre helps Mansons celebrate anniversary

By Herald Express  |  Posted: November 15, 2012

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JETHRO Tull guitarist Martin Barre and Mikey D from Skindred top the bill at the Mansons Guitar Show on Saturday and Sunday at the Exeter Corn Exchange.

The show will be part of the shop's 20th anniversary celebrations.

Guests in previous years have included John Paul Jones of Led Zeppelin, Justin Hawkins of The Darkness, JJ Burnel from The Stranglers, Jan Akkerman and Frank Turner.

For 2012, the show boasts a diverse range of artists and electric, bass and acoustic manufacturers for two days of pure guitar indulgence.

All the big brands are in attendance such as Fender, Mark Bass, Faith Guitars, Orange Amplification, Rotosound, Freshman, Yamaha, plus smaller boutique manufacturers and distributors including Patrick James Eggle, Huss And Dalton, A.B. Manson and Co, plus Manson's own manufacturing company Manson Guitar Works.

Manson's have become world renowned as guitar specialists and have a client list which includes Led Zeppelin, Muse, Them Crooked Vultures, Biffy Clyro, Yes, Jethro Tull, Seasick Steve, Arctic Monkeys, Oasis, Lightning Seeds and many more.

Tickets are available on-line at www.mansons.co.uk

THE Torbay Symphony Orchestra is performing two 'more traditional-than-usual' concerts this weekend.

The major part of the programme will consist of Brahms' Symphony number 1, and Tchaikovsky's virtuosic violin concerto will also be featured.

The orchestra is bringing back Kaija Lucas,the brilliant young Estonian violinist who performed with them a year ago.

The ten-minute work which introduces the concert is a specially commissioned world premier by Exeter-based composer Peter Nickol.

He said: "'It's called Commuter, and portrays the contrast between countryside and city, making the journey from one to the other."

The concerts are on Saturday at St Peter's Church, Shaldon, and on Sunday at St John's Church, Bridgetown, both starting at 7.30pm.

Tickets are available on the TSO website www.torbaysymphony.org or from the English Riviera Tourist Board.

THE Cork and Bottle in Paignton hosts a Jam Night tomorrow, inviting any singers or musicians to come along and join in the fun from around 9pm.

THE Fournier Piano Trio are performing in the 20th International Concerts Series at the Plymouth City Museum and Art Gallery, Plymouth, today at 1pm.

Taiwanese-British pianist Chiao-Ying Chang, Korean violinist Sulki Yu and Australian cellist Pei-Jee Ng will be playing works by Arensky and Ravel.

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