Classical Two different shows from one artist

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Two very different events from one gifted musician will be held at the Erin Arts Centre this weekend.

The Guitar virtuoso Roland Chadwick is performing a concert with his lauded Spanish classical guitar group the Modern Guitar Trio this weekend, on Saturday August 5.

Along with fellow instrumentalists Vincent Lindsay-Clark and Roland Gallery, the trio forms a group who approach music from wildly different backgrounds, from the academic approach of Lindsay-Clark, to the steady playing of Gallery and the wild and passionate style preferred by Chadwick himself.

The Modern Guitar Trio are no strangers to the Isle of Man, having played here many times before.

They played during the 2010 Guitarfest, at the Villa Marina and, more recently, at the Peel Centenary Centre.

The supremely versatile Chadwick, who in the past has played alongside the likes of John Renbourn, Steve Vai and the English Chamber Orchestra, himself appeared as a solo classical blues artist at the 2008 Laxey Big Wheel Blues festival.

Tickets for the Modern Guitar Trio are £15, available from the Erin Arts centre or through

Roland will follow that with a performance of his self-written piece of puppet theatre, The Tale of the Terribly Well Dressed Cyclops of Cyclops Cottage.

Combing narration and an original musical backing score composed by Chadwick and an appearance by his wife dressed as a witch, the tale revolves around one of the last remaining cyclops left alive, who leads a very orderly life in a village.

The character in question, Sydney Cyclops, yearns to meet with another of his kind to spend the long winter nights with.

This performance also takes place at the Erin Arts Centre on the afternoon of Sunday, August 6, with doors open at 1.30pm.

The event is free to enter, and is suitable for all ages.

Both the Modern Guitar Trio concert and the puppet theatre were originally organised by the late Jonno Gollow, from Jonnopromotions, with the help from the Isle of Man Arts Council.

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