Guitar Festival - Day Two

The highlight of today’s programme at the Lewes Guitar Festival (8pm, All Saints, £12/£10) is the woman one French magazine dubbed ‘The Empress of Pipa’, Liu Fang. The pipa is a pear-shaped four-stringed instrument used in Chinese classical and folkloric music. Fang, brought up in China but nowadays a Montreal resident, was a child prodigy who has been performing publicly since the age of nine. The 32-year old musician, who has developed a unique style fusing influences from both east and west, also plays the guzheng, a type of Chinese zither.

Earlier in the evening (5.15pm, Pelham House, £5) you’ve got the chance to see the popular bluesy British acoustic guitarist Clive Caroll. Caroll has a brilliant reputation, having toured around the world (this year alone he has played in Canada, Austria, the United States and Italy) and produced two popular albums, The Red Guitar and Sixth Sense. The free lunchtime concert in the castle garden today (1pm) features Mary Flower, one of America’s top fingerstyle blues guitarists. Last year Flower made an LP dedicated to the music of the city of New Orleans, which she recorded in the spring and released two weeks after the city was devastated so dramatically by Hurricane Katrina. AL

Pipa dreams: Liu Fang is tonight’s headliner at the Guitar Festival
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