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Lowden Young Guitarist Of The Year 2014

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2014 is a significant year for George Lowden as he celebrates 40 years of guitar making and designing.
Following a trip to his secluded ‘Design Retreat’ overlooking the Giants Causeway in Bushmills,
Lowden are marking this significant milestone with numerous events alongside a special limited
edition run of guitars.
As part of Lowden’s 40th Anniversary celebrations, we are delighted to announce the Lowden Young
Guitarist Of The Year Competition.
Open to musicians worldwide, the competition allows guitarists under the age of 25 the opportunity
to showcase their skills at the 40th anniversary concert in front of George Lowden, various Lowden
performing artists and an audience of industry professionals.
The winning artist will win a hand built Lowden fitted with LR Baggs anthem pickup. They will also
receive a LR Baggs Venue DI, personalised G7th capo, guitar lesson with acoustic sensation Jon Gomm
and they will also be offered a 1 year management contract to aid the artist as they aim to build on
the success of their win.
In addition to the grand prize, our valued partners G7th Capo co. and LR Baggs will provide the runner
up prizes. Full prize packages to be announced soon.
Competition entrants also have the opportunity to be playlisted by valued partner Candyrat Records
on YouTube and will automatically be entered for the chance to win various Lowden Guitars prizes
every week.
To enter, guitarists simply upload a video of themselves performing a solo piece to YouTube with the
tag #LowdenYoungGuitarist and then post it to Lowden’s Facebook page. Entries are invited between
1st June – 31st August 2014. Finalists will be shortlisted with the winner being flown to Belfast,
Northern Ireland to perform at the 40th anniversary concert.

Stu Hamm UK/Europe solo tour May 2014

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Through his innovative work as a solo artist and his contributions as a sideman to Joe Satriani and Steve Vai, Stuart Hamm has firmly established himself as one of the most influential electric bassists of the past half-century.

Stuart will be returning to Europe in May 2014 for a solo performance/clinic tour.

Dates to be announced soon….

New LiveWire events announced

Acoustic guitarist Thomas Leeb and local Irish guitar duo Brian Keenan and Colin Reid have been added to the LiveWire Workshops programme for November and December respectively.

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Steve Vai photos now online

Photos from the Steve Vai masterclass and gig the next night in Mandela Hall are now onlne in the gallery.

Special thanks to David from FlixelPix Photography for the gig photos. You can find them here


Nerve Centre Announces Workshop with Steve Vai

In his only appearance of this kind in Northern Ireland this year, American guitar legend Steve Vai will host an intimate workshop at the Nerve Centre this month, as part of the UK City of Culture celebrations.

For a limited audience on Wednesday 28 August the solo six-string master will deliver an evening of demonstration and discussion, as well as giving insight into his own extraordinary playing techniques.

Marty McGill, Nerve Centre music programme manager, said: “We’re delighted to be welcoming a real life music legend to the Nerve Centre. A lot of musicians from Derry~Londonderry would hold up Steve Vai and Joe Satriani as key influences, including many of the people who set up the Nerve Centre in the first place! In a way, Steve’s music has been one of the drivers behind our programmes for music education and talent development.”


Steve Vai Guitar Workshop Announced

World renowned guitarist Steve Vai is set to wow crowds in The Nerve Centre as part of Derry/Londonderry’s UK City Of Culture celebrations.

Steve will perform a workshop and Q&A on Wednesday 28th August. Tickets are available now from Ticketmaster, and from the venue itself.


Simon McBride Tickets available now!

Don’t miss the chance to see Simon in action. On top of playing his songs, he’ll be showing you exactly how he does it.

Get you tickets here:

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Adrian Legg confirmed for LiveWire

Guitar master Adran Legg will be appearing as part of the LiveWire Workshops later this year. Date TBC

Guitar magazine observes how Adrian Legg is “impossible to categorize as a player.” True indeed. And that’s largely because he defies easy categorization as a person.

Renowned and awarded for his unique amalgamation of acoustic and electric guitar and how he blends diverse musical styles and inspirations into a distinctive sound all his own, Legg has been hailed as “one of the wizards” of the guitar (Philadelphia Enquirer), “an adventurer” (Newsday) and “a genius” (Los Angeles Reader). In addition to his distinguished career as a live performer, recording artist and composer, he is an innovator in guitar design and amplification technology, an instructor, photographer, writer and author, witty and engaging between song onstage raconteur, and an at large commentator for National Public Radio’s “All Things Considered,” among other gifts, pursuits and interests. Hence it’s no wonder that What’s Up magazine hails London-born Legg as “the greatest British import since Newcastle Brown Ale.”

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Jamiroquai’s Rob Harris to appear at LiveWire Workshops

Rob Harris is set to appear in Belfast this year as part of the LiveWire Workshops.

Rob is best known as the guitarist in arguably the world’s biggest funk band Jamiroquai; but has also worked on countless sessions with artists spanning the globe, including Kylie Minogue, Take That’s Mark Owen, Gary Numan, Beverly Knight and The Pasedena’s…

Rob’s playing experience is not just confined to the world of pop and funk; he is also the possessor of first-rate rock and blues chops and has played many a session and live performance with keyboard legend Don Airey (Ozzy Osbourne, Whitesnake, Gary Moore etc and currently with Deep Purple) alongside such players as Bernie Marsden and Uli Jon Roth. Coupled with an intimate playing knowledge of Jazz, Rob is the essence of versatility and professionalism.


LiveWire Workshops 2013

We are delighted to announce LiveWire Workshops.

In conjunction with the Crescent Arts Centre, Amped is bringing world renowned guitarists from across the globe to Belfast to present masterclasses to you.


Be in the crowd as Greg Howe (Michael Jackson, Justin Timberlake), Rob Harris (Jamiroquai), Simon McBride, Adrian Legg and many others dazzle you with their skills and then show you how its done.


Keep an eye on and twitter: @livewirebelfast for updates.


Also check for ticket sales and announcements.

Tickets are available via their box office.


Full lineup to be announced early 2012.