Lewes Guitar Festival - Lollo Meier

Django Reinhardt fans will be delighted that Lollo Meier is headlining on the opening evening of the Lewes Guitar Festival, which opens today. Meier is one of a few great gypsy jazz musicians on the international circuit. He is a Dutch gypsy who was raised on gypsy jazz and is widely regarded as one of the most lyrical guitarists in the European Manouche style. He told Viva Lewes “It is very exciting for me to play in Lewes, the city of the guitar builders… I play in the style of Django Reinhardt and it is very good to know that your festival ‘wants’ to show gypsy jazz music.”

The Festival will serve up a diverse and eclectic mix of guitarists in its programme of exhibitions, workshops, master classes and concerts. “We have an exciting mix of new stuff this year which can’t be seen anywhere else,” says Director Laurence Hill. “We have focussed on originality and quality and on appealing to as wide a range of people as possible.” When asked about the most popular performers in terms of ticket sales so far, he notes that “people have been going mad about Loudon Wainwright III and Hayseed Dixie: having these artists in Lewes is pretty special for us.” Leading a new generation of contemporary steel-string players, acoustic guitarist Clive Carroll will be holding a steel string fingerstyle workshop at the Subud Centre, and Monday also heralds the opening of the Exhibition of Guitars - all made by the Lewes Guitar Makers - at the Star Gallery. KA

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Gypsy king - Lollo Meier at the Lewes Guitar Festival
All Saints Centre, Lewes
When? 8pm
How Much? £12/£10

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