Ards International Guitar Festival 2017

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Avalon Guitar Factory Tours

AVALON GUITAR TOURS Ards guitar festival


Tours of the Avalon Guitar Factory

TIME: Friday 7 April at 1pm
Saturday 8 April at 12 noon
Saturday 8 April at 1pm


Venue: Avalon Guitar Factory

This unique tour provides visitors with an insight to the production line of the hand crafted guitar. Your guide and Luthier will take you through the various sections of the factory demonstrating the step by step processes, from timber preparation to the stringing and tuning of the celebrated Avalon guitar.

Three tours have been arranged which are free of charge – advance booking is essential as numbers are limited. No ticket…no tour!

First 3 No Flash, an Exhibition of Photography by Carrie Davenport



First 3 no Flash

TIME: Thursday 30 March – Sunday 9 April

Venue: Ards Arts Centre, Georgian Gallery

Preview: Thursday 30 March, 7-9pm

This exhibition is a collection of photographs of great guitarists in action. Named after the general music photography rule – shooting the first 3 songs without flash, this collection of images by music photographer Carrie Davenport showcases a wide range of performers giving it their all onstage.

During her career Carrie has shot for the likes of Kerrang Magazine, Getty Images, Hot Press and the BBC at some of the biggest events in the world including SXSW in Texas, Rock Werchter, Bilbao BBK, Download, T In the Park and Electric Picnic.