Pierre Bensusan - guitar master

MASTER GUITARIST Pierre Bensusan, described by the LA Times as “one of the most unique and brilliant” acoustic guitarists in the world, plays Galway next month.

This great French-Algerian guitarist plays the Róisín Dubh on Monday November 8 at 9pm as part of his Irish tour to promote his new album Vividly.

Vividly comes exactly 35 years after Pierre released his debut album, 1975’s Près de Paris. Since that first outing, Pierre has released 10 solo albums which have met with critical acclaim and gained for the artist a loyal following throughout the globe.

Pierre is widely admired and revered by guitarists such as Steve Vai and guitar music fans. He has also been awarded Best World Music Guitar Player by Guitar Player magazine in 2008 and in 2002 he won the AAIM award for Best Acoustic Album of 2002 for the magnificent Intuite.

Vividly explores diverse themes such as freedom, fear, initiation, and transformation, through his famed style of DADGAD tuning (popular also with guitarists Bert Jansch and Jimmy Page ). The lyrics, sung in French and English, are mostly penned by Bensusan’s wife, Doatea Cornu Bensusan, who also shares the production of Vividly.

Pierre’s music, though highly complex, is defined by melody and accessibility. You can hum a piece by Pierre Bensusan. The melodies lodge in the mind easily as well as make you wonder ‘How does he do that?’

Interestingly, at Pierre’s upcoming show, Irish audiences will see him communicate the lyrics of a song called ‘La Java du Concessionaire’ through sign language and song.

Tickets are available from the Róisín Dubh and Zhivago.

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