World-renowned guitarist Antonio Forcione has returned to the Fringe in support of his new album, ‘Sketches of Africa’. For the second half of his Festival run he is joined on-stage by an acoustic bassist and a mandolinist/percussionist, who provide an important platform from which Forcione can express his veritable mastery of the guitar. Forcione creates magnificent soundscapes, and although this set is clearly Afro-centric he still manages to evoke a sense of international musical kinship. An animated performer, as amazed by his own skills as his audience is, he jumps and jives, bringing his afro-beat melodies to life. This show provides intricately impressive guitar-work for connoisseurs, with enough excitable, playful rhythm for everyone else.
Assembly George Square, 2-27 Aug (not 20), 7.40pm.
tw rating 4/5 | [Lewis Wade]