Stevington Guitar Concerts Present
Woody Mann in Concert
plus a screening of Harlem Street Singer
Saturday 9th June 2018
Stevington Village Hall, Stevington
We are delighted to welcome for one night only the return of Woody Mann for a Concert on Saturday 9th June 2018 at Stevington Village Hall.
Among guitarists and critics, Woody Mann is considered a modern master. While the blues are his touchstone, he seems to draw inspiration from every direction, blending a myriad of influences with ease and grace. Pioneering guitar legend John Fahey said it well: “You can hear classical, jazz and blues approaches somehow converging into a single sparkling sound – a sound completely his own. Woody takes a fresh approach to his blues re-creations and his own compositions defy category. If there was a category simply called ‘great music’ Woody’s music would belong there.
Woody received his first musical schooling in the living room of Reverend Gary Davis, the legendary blues, gospel and ragtime guitarist. Mann soon went on to perform with blues legends Son House and Bukka White, British great Jo Anne Kelly, and fingerstyle wizard John Fahey. Mann complemented the tutelage of Rev. Davis with formal training at New York’s celebrated Juilliard School. In addition, Mann completed a period of intense study with noted Chicago-born pianist Lennie Tristano, who introduced him to the world of jazz and its infinite possibilities. During this time, Mann’s early musical grounding began to blossom into an improvisational style all his own. Since then, Mann has pursued a rich and diverse career that has included; playing with jazz great Attila Zoller, accompanying songwriter Dory Previn, giving guitar lessons to recording artist Paul Simon, performing in over fifteen countries, and recording eleven albums ranging from 1994’s “Stories” to 2008’s “Road Trip”, as well as collaborations with blues legends Son House and John Cephas. With his diversity as a singer/songwriter, jazz and blues guitarist, and composer, a recent review in Sing Out magazine describes it best: Mann blurs the line between jazz, blues, classical, and world music creating his own sound in the process. Attempts to categorize his music simply misses the point. This is brilliant playing that demands to be heard.” Acknowledging his artistry, the famed C.F. Martin guitar company has honored Woody with the recent release of the “Woody Mann” signature model guitar.
“Having studied, literally, at the feet of the Rev. Gary Davis and other blues ‘greats,’ Woody has taken the music and evolved it into his own highly personal, energized approach while practicing his teachers gift for telling powerful stories in the song form.”– BOSTON GLOBE
“Mann blurs the lines between jazz, blues, classical, and world music creating his own sound in the process. His wizardry on the fret board is matched by his ability to convey deep feelings with his songs –
creating moods that incite, delight, or simply soothe. Attempts to categorize his music simply miss the point. This is brilliant playing that demands to be heard.” SING OUT! MAGAZINE.
The evening will start with an introduction by Woody to his film Harlem Street Singer this will be followed by a screening of the film. The evening will then have an interval followed by the concert performance by Woody Mann.
Harlem Street Singer
Harlem Street Preacher is a film about Reverend Gary Davies made by Woody Mann.
A unique opportunity to learn about the music of Reverend Davies and his journey from poverty, playing in tobacco houses in the southern States, to moving to New York and becoming a major influence on modern music.
Doors open 7.00 pm evenings entertainment commence 7.45 pm
This concert will be raising money for Stevington Village Hall (Charity No 300071)