There’s a couple of mouth-watering music gigs lined up for The Balor, Ballybofey next week with guitar virtuoso Preston Reed visiting on Thursday, March 3rd followed by Duke Special on Sunday, March 6th.
Preston Reed is hands down one of the most influential guitarists of the past quarter century.
Not many guitarists can stroll out to a waiting audience secure in the knowledge that they have created a new musical genre and helped build a global movement around it. But then again, not many guitarists are Preston Reed.
Preston invented what is termed integrated percussive guitar playing in the late ‘80’s, revolutionising the way the acoustic guitar is played and inspiring a generation of musicians around the world including many of today’s top players.
From his roots in blues, rock, funk and jazz to explorations in Middle Eastern and classical styles, Prestons jaw dropping skill and unrivalled musical creativity makes for a mind-blowing live performance.
Hot on Preston's heels is enigmatic Belfast songsmith Duke Special who makes his Balor debut on Sunday, March 6th as part of his nationwide Piano & Pages tour.
Duke is one of Ireland's most talented, versatile and entertaining musicians.
He’s released a total of 8 studio albus in a 10 year span from 2005’s Adventures in Gramophone to last years Look Out Machines! His sublime 2007 offering Songs From The Deep forest went platinum, was nominated for the Choice Music Prize and delivered his most successful hit single Freewheel.
Playing live is where he really shines. Possibly the best description of his music that I’ve come across is the following from Q Magazine – “Sumptuous, symphonic pop anthe courtesy of a dreadlocked Irishman who sounds like The Flaming Lips crossed with Rufus Wainwright”.
He’s hugely popular around these parts, with his theatrical styled shows making him one of the hottest live tickets in the country and his Balor debut should be a corker.
Preston Reed plays The Balor, Ballybofey on Thursday March 3rd at 8pm, admission €15. Tickets for Duke Special also at The Balor on Sunday March 6th 8pm are €17.50. Tickets for both shows are available from The Balor Box Office on 0749131840 or online at www.balorartscentre.com
Pictured: Preston Reed