Naracoorte to experience the power of Spanish guitar

REGIONAL TOUR: Guitarist Matthew Fagan will grace the St. Paul's Anglican Church on February 28.
REGIONAL TOUR: Guitarist Matthew Fagan will grace the St. Paul's Anglican Church on February 28.

Naracoorte will be one of many regional South Australia towns to experience the romance and passion of Spanish flamenco guitar.

Guitarist Matthew Fagan has long been established as one of Australia's finest exponents of the guitar, and will showcase his talents at his 'Espaa El Vito - The Spirit of Spain' show at St. Paul's Anglican Church on February 28.

His Naracoorte show is part of an extensive South Australian regional tour which will conclude at Port Augusta on March 12.

At the conclusion of his regional tour, Mr Fagan will grace the bright lights of Adelaide, where he will perform at the Adelaide Fringe Festival for the third consecutive year from March 13-15.

Despite performing at world renowned festivals such as the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, he stated that performing in front of regional audiences give him a high level of satisfaction.

"I love performing in regional towns because they often provide some of the best audiences to perform in front of," Mr Fagan said.

He went on to mention that a number of entertainers often choose to skip smaller towns in favour of performing in front of city audiences.

"Not everyone will go the extra mile to go to regional areas, but the people in those areas seriously appreciate the effort when you do," he said.

"They can often feel left out if you don't travel."

Many Australians would be unfamiliar with the Spanish flamenco guitar, however, it was an instrument and style of music that drew Mr Fagan in from a very young age.

He remembers watching a performance by Spanish flamenco composer and guitarist Paco Pena when he was 12-years-old, stating it as a moment that had awoken his passion for the genre.

"Spanish guitar is culturally rich, it is a melting pot of world cultures - it is also the most technical and challenging type of music to play," Mr Fagan said.

With his regional tour close to two weeks away, audiences are expected to be treated to a highly engaging performance.

"I totally engage with the audience - I will talk to them about the music I play, along with showing them how I use my hands," Mr Fagan said.

"The most important thing is that my shows are fun and engaging - flamenco is music for the people."

Keen to give audience members a show to remember, respected flamenco dancer Laura Uhe will also be a part of the performance, adding another exciting visual element.

'Espaa El Vito - The Spirit of Spain' will take place at Naracoorte's St. Paul's Anglican Church on February 28 at 7:30pm.

$5 from each ticket will be donated to Fauna Rescue SA, with the funds to go towards meeting the immediate need of food and water for their refugee wildlife.

"After the Sampson Flat fires in 2015 we support fed for almost a year, on properties of both members and non-members, free of charge. Quite a costly effort," a spokesperson said.

Booking information:

In person: Naracoorte newsagent, 118 Smith Street, Naracoorte (Cash only).

Phone: Kellie on 0438 881 985 (Credit/Cheque/Direct Transfer).

Web: + Booking Fee - (Credit).

Meet the Artists and refreshments served after the show GOLD COIN donation.

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