With active players conservatively estimated at 50 milllion, the guitar is without doubt the world’s most popular musical instrument. The guitar’s extraordinary success is in no small part a result of its unique ability to cross the boundaries of culture, class and musical genre.
            
              
Martin & Co.

From the sophistication and elegance of Andres Segovia to the primal racket of Seasick Steve, from the downhome simplicity of Maybelle Carter to the stunning virtuosity of Tommy Emmanuel or Steve Vai, the common threads are simply wood and wire, fingers and frets.
       
          
John Hornby Skewes & Co. Ltd

The electrification of the instrument in the early 1930s enabled the guitar to establish itself as a cultural icon, creating sounds that came to define the popular music of the last 60-plus years. Musical trends may come and go, but the guitar has been the driving force of almost all of them
This September Transclyde Music and “The Big F” brings some of the guitar’s finest exponents to the beautiful Isle Of Bute: Rock, Blues, Country, Folk, Rockabilly, Experimental, Bluegrass, Flamenco, Traditional, Americana, Singer-Songwriter and much more in a weekend of concerts, workshops are, open to everyone, an open-mic competition.
The 1st Bute Guitar Festival will be part of the Scotland’s Islands initiative which is a year long programme of events designed to raise awareness of island culture, heritage and the environment.

Scottish Islands is a collaboration between the islands which will host events to appeal to both national and international visitors and aims to boost tourism and the island economies.
  
        
HK Audio

Transclyde Music is a constituted organisation consisting of people who have had a long association and experience with musical promotion on the Isle of Bute.

The festival will host music at various venues across the island to include a broad range of acts to appeal to a wide range of audiences and age groups. It will encourage involvement of the community by presenting a number of free public performances. The programming will aim to actively engage the local community as well as attracting visitors from the mainland.

Also included will be tuition and instrumental workshops, an open-mic competition
16 - 17 - 18  September 2011
Line Up Teaser
The Big F Poster & Tri folder are available for download as a PDF File

You are welcome to print and distribute the poster and tri-folder