Guitarists gather for 'world-class' unplugged show
Hundreds of guitarists are expected to descend on Leicester Racecourse for a weekend of music.
Acoustic Avalon, the UK's longest-running acoustic guitar show, is taking place on November 10 and 11.
Organised by Sheehans music shop, in London Road, Leicester, the event is in its 19th year.
The ground floor of the racecourse conference centre will be filled with all the music books, strings and plectrums any music fan could dream of.
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Upstairs a showroom will be lined with the world's finest acoustic guitars for fans to strum along on, before checking out performances and master-classes on the stage.
Jason Spencer, who works in the guitar department at Sheehans, said: "It is an amazing event. The music scene in Leicester is really buzzing but it's amazing how many people don't know about the show, and the world-class players performing right on their doorstep.
"There is a really relaxed atmosphere so people can go and pick up and try some really amazing guitars, buy some brilliant stuff, then stroll over to listen to a different artists every hour on the stage."
The show will run from 10am to 5.30pm, with a Saturday night gig by Clive Carroll and Jon Gomm, at 8pm.
Jason said: "When people like Jean-Christophe Novelli and Madonna are booking a guitarist for their private parties, you know that something pretty special is going on – that is Clive Carroll. His musical talent has to be seen to be believed.
"Equally impressive is Jon Gomm, one of the world's most successful and gifted players."
During the day on the Saturday, George Lowden, of instrument makers Lowden Guitars will be showing off rare and exotic woods and visitors can choose the timber for their next guitar.
Musicians who own a Yamaha guitar can bring it along and the company's most senior guitar technician Andy Viccars will set up the instrument free of charge.
Jason said: "It really is a hub for all things acoustic guitar related."
For tickets, call 0116 255 7492 or see: