Festival runs from 26-27 August


Rock guitarists are in for a treat as the City of Derry Guitar Festival offers an electric guitar course entirely dedicated to the music of legendary band Black Sabbath, 26-27 August at the North West Regional College.

Held by local blues and rock guitarist Ted Lynch, who has over 25 years experience of playing in rock bands in the North West and all over Ireland, the course will take participants through some of the riffs and tricks behind the genre-defining sound of the band. The course is open to guitarists of all ages and abilities, and participants will have the opportunity to perform on stage with a full band at the Guitar Gala on Sunday 27th August if they wish. Tuition will take place all day Saturday 26 and Sunday 27th in a warm and friendly atmosphere.

Formed in 1968 in Birmingham, over the years Black Sabbath managed to distill the smoke and strife of their industrial hometown into an unmistakable sound laden with heavy blues-rock riffs. The band’s influence on heavy metal cannot be overstated, and they are universally considered the creators of this sound with their genre defining hit Paranoid. In light of their recent farewell tour The End the Festival decided to pay tribute to this legendary band with the Black Sabbath Riff Library Course, for which places are still available and applications are open.

The Festival programme will be completed by a Classical Guitar Course featuring a full-female line up of international artists Wiktoria Szubelak, Isabel Martinez and Dominika Bialostocka. Amir-John Haddad “El Amir” also makes a welcome return for a combined workshop on Flamenco and the Arabic Oud and its influences on flamenco guitar playing. The Ukulele Course is also back by popular demand, with Ronan Kearney ready to take beginners and post-beginners through the basic of ukulele during two days of fun and catchy tunes.

Alongside the courses the Festival offers a series of concerts open to the public on Friday 25th, Saturday 26th and Sunday 27th August.

Applications from guitarists of all standards are welcome. For a full programme of courses and concerts www.cityofderryguitarfestival. com, or email cityofderryguitarfestival@ For bookings please call 028 71311288 or send an email. The City of Derry Guitar Festival is funded by The Arts Council of Northern Ireland, the North West Regional College, and Derry Credit Union.


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