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July 28 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm


“Glorious… master guitar playing”– ‘Whispering’ Bob Harris, BBC2

This California guitar wizard’s songs are full of the groove and fire of an African dance party, the dynamics and textures of a string orchestra, and the back-porch soul of American roots music. A composer and songwriter in diverse genres, he also translates music from other instruments to the guitar, resulting in mind-bending guitar renditions of the multi-layered music of the kora (a 21-stringed West African harp) that kora legend Toumani Diabate calls “inspirational”, and music of other far-flung instruments of the world.

In addition to touring solo in the US and UK, Walter Strauss has collaborated with wide-ranging talents, including a duo with Grammy-winning kora player Mamadou Diabate, guitar virtuoso Alex de Grassi,  Wassoulou Hunter’s harp player Mamadou Sidibe, and west coast songbirds MaMuse. He has performed internationally, solo and in cross-cultural collaborations, at venues as diverse as the Celtic Connections festival in Scotland, Freight & Salvage in Berkeley, CA, and Le Diplomat in Bamako, Mali.

Back in Scotland for the first time since lockdown, Walter has a brand new solo guitar album to share with you – For Melody Wherever She May Find Me. It’s wonderful!


Tickets: £15 + BF
Date: Thursday 28 July 2022
Doors open: 7:30pm | Music starts: 8pm
Location: Pianodrome, Old Royal High School, Regent Road, Edinburgh

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July 28
8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Old Royal High
Edinburgh, EH7 5BL
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