Friday 26th July 2019 - 7.30pm St John's, Canton

Amanda Cook and Bibi Heal

Amanda is one of the leading guitarists of her generation, acclaimed for her sensitive musicality, fluid technique, and ability to draw the audience in to her world. With soprano Bibi Heal, the duo present an entertaining programme of the heartwarming to the heartbreaking, as they trace the common themes of love, trust and tragedy through folk tales. The music of Britten, de Falla and Rodrigo is brought alive by the intimate pairing of voice and guitar. The programme features the world premiere of a work by Welsh guitarist Gerard Cousins, commissioned by the Cardiff Guitar Festival in partnership with Tŷ Cerdd.

Saturday July 27th 2019 - 7.30pm Chapter

Derek Gripper and Tunde Jegede 

Two of the world’s most unclassifiable string players join together for the first time since their sold-out performances in John Williams’ widely acclaimed 2015 concert series at Shakespeare’s Globe. Jegede, a master kora player, cellist and composer of Nigerian and Irish decent brings his dynamic and cosmopolitan musical intelligence to bear on the heart of the Malian griot repertoire with South African guitarist Derek Gripper, who has been earning slack-jawed praise from Capetown to Carnegie Hall adapting music for the 21-string kora to the 6-string classical guitar.

 Sunday 28th July 2019 7.30pm Chapter

Rob Luft Band

Rob Luft is an award-winning 25-year-old guitarist from London whose virtuosity has been compared to that of six-string legends John McLaughlin, Al Di Meola & Paco De Lucia.  Praised by The Times for performances with the National Youth Jazz Orchestra, who said he was destined ‘to achieve great things in the future’, Rob was subsequently the recipient of the 2016 Kenny Wheeler Prize from The Royal Academy of Music, and he also received the 2nd Prize in The 2016 Montreux Jazz Guitar Competition at the Montreux Jazz Festival.

Sunday 28th July 2019 - 1pm Chapter

Gerard Cousins

"Gerard Cousins is a rare guitar player. A master of the classical idiom and the range of techniques which it demands, he is equally at home rearranging avant-garde composers, crafting his own compelling pieces or branching out in unexpected directions...Cousins has reached a rarefied point where his stunning playing is matched by his artistic vision" Acoustic magazine

Saturday July 27th 2019 - 1pm Chapter

Taith Duo

Although they come from very different musical backgrounds, Gillian Stevens and Dylan Fowler have found common ground in their desire to ignore musical categories and draw on both the traditional music of their home country, Wales, and their own original and creative approach. The inspiration gained from traveling and working with musicians from many other cultures adds a further richness to their performances. Using a range of instruments including the ancient Welsh crwth they create a magical and spell-binding atmosphere.

Friday 26th July 2019 - 1pm Chapter 

Icaris Duo

The Icaris Duo is a versatile and dynamic ensemble, who have taken their music to a number of wide-ranging venues.  They were awarded the June Emerson Launchpad Prize from the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama upon graduating and later they received the Acapela Studio award. Alongside performing they have been mentored by some of the world’s most renowned musicians including Carla Rees, Sarah Newbold, John Mills, Chris Stell of the Eden Stell Duo and Lenny Sayers of the BBC Now Orchestra.

  • Adra is a record which takes the ancient bardic music of the Robert ap Huw manuscript as its starting point. Classical guitarist Chris Roberts has carefully transcribed a selection of these harp pieces, the oldest anywhere in Europe, for the guitar and contextualised them amongst Welsh folk songs, West-African music and contemporary commissions.

    Adra Album Launch
    Thursday July 25th 2019
    1pm Wales Millennium Centre

Join us for 9 days of Guitar excellence

23rd to 31st July 2019 

The Cardiff Guitar Festival team is committed to inspiring a real enthusiasm for music making in guitarists young and old. With our annual festival of outstanding professional concerts, and inspiring workshops we aim to provide the best possible experience for our participants.


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