Matteo Mancuso & the Niall Toner Band @ New Ross Guitar Festival 2022
Mancuso has played with many of Sicily’s musicians. At the age of twelve, he had performed at the Castelbuono JazzFestival in Sicily. In a short time the name of Matteo Mancuso has already traveled around the globe. His unique guitar technique shocks for cleanliness and precision and ranges in various musical genres with total ease. The Future of the Guitar is already here.
Niall’s very first Album was released in 1973 on Thrust Records, and included one of his first Mandolin originals, Terenure Stomp. That was followed by There’s a Better Way in 2001, Mood Swing in 2005 and NTB 3 in 2008, all on Avalon Records. In 2012, Onwards and Upwards was released on North Carolina’s Pinecastle Records. Then, in 2015, Niall recorded my 5th all-original Album, Working On Love, which got great reviews in the Press, and also garnered substantial air-play on RTE Radio One. He is releasing his 6th all-original Album. This time ‘round, Niall is concentrating on local Stories and Historical events from the area roughly bound by the source of the River Burren, near Myshall, in the Blackstairs Mountains, to the spot where it joins the great River Barrow, near Carlow Town. Most, if not all, the new Songs and Tunes are co-written with his bandmates, Dick Gladney, Johnny Gleeson, Paddy Kiernan, Richie Foley and Keith Sewell, and are recorded between Orchard Studios in Enniscorthy and the Toolshed Studios in Nashville, TN.