The Maker’s Mark




Featuring instruments made by Brian Applegate, Marc Beneteau, Michael Greenfield, Charles Hoffman, William Kelday, Randy Lucas, Michihiro Masuda, Linda Manzer, Lance McCollom, Paul McGill, Paul Reed Smith, Bill Tippin, Jeff Traugott, Joe Veillette and Kathy Wingert.

The Maker’s Mark was born of an idea hatched at the 2007 Swannanoa Gathering USA, where Tony McManus and Dream Guitars owner Paul Heumiller first met. Paul and Tony were chatting about how the instruments being built today are simply the finest instruments ever known and Paul suggested that Tony do an album using the various guitars that Dream Guitars offer.

Tony loved the idea and so a new album was planned, using a different Dream Guitars instrument on every track. It was recorded at the Compass Records studio in Nashville and the content is a mix of Celtic traditional music, Americana, Jazz and other styles.

To find a unique voice on so ubiquitous an instrument as the acoustic guitar is quite an achievement – to do so within a centuries-old idiom where the instrument has no real history is truly remarkable. In little over ten years as a professional musician Tony McManus has come to be recognised throughout the world as one of the leading guitarists in Celtic music.

Originally released on compass 2008

1. Inveran / The Devil In The Kitchen/ Lochiel’s Away To France *
2. Donal Og Set *
3. The Maids of Mitchelstown *
4. N’kosi Sikelele Afrika *
5. The Rolling Waves / Martin
6. Wynne’s #1 * Lochaber Dance Set 7. The Laird of Drumblair / The Margaree Reel *
8. An Ciarraioch Mallaithe  9. Muireann’s Jig *
10. Parov’s Daichevo / Doina *
11. Si Dolce e ‘l Tormento *
12. Reel de la Sauvagine *
13. Sliabh na mBan *
14. Coast River *
15. Valse des Belugas.