Inaugural International Guitar Festival 2008

I was invited to cover the inaugural International Guitar Festival, held in July 2008 in New Plymouth – New Zealand. The festival was founded by Garry Sharpe-Young – Venture Taranaki Trust.

The line-up was impressive with rockstars Gilby Clarke (USA), Glenn Hughes (UK), Vernon Reid (USA),  Alex Skolnic Trio (USA), Uli Jon Roth (Germany), and Joe Satriani performing.

The New Zealand line-up included Kara Gordon Trio, Gray Barlett, Mathew Marshall Quartet, and Nick Granvill.

It was a week long festival and included performances to educate and inspire guitarists. Jam sessions, guitar clinics, discussion forums and midnight sessions were held throughout Taranaki. Subsequent Festivals were held through to 2010.

Please see here a few of my favourite photographs. I’m a Canon girl and was using an 85 mm f1.2L  and a 14 mm f2.8 lens for this occasion, and mostly with an ISO rating at 800.

Joe Satriani during performance in New Plymouth - New Zealand.
Joe Satriani during performance in New Plymouth – New Zealand.
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Glenn Hughes performing on stage at the International Guitar Festival in New Plymouth, New Zealand – 2008.

 

Gray Bartlett performing on stage in New Plymouth 2008
Gary Bartlett performing on stage at the International Guitar Festival in New Plymouth, New Zealand – 2008.
Gilby Clarke
Gilby Clarke performing on stage at the International Guitar Festival in New Plymouth, New Zealand – 2008.
Uli Jon Roth
Uli Jon Roth performing on stage at the International Guitar Festival in New Plymouth, New Zealand – 2008.

About Tahnia Roberts

A Kuala Lumpur based photographer, Tahnia loves telling stories with photography. She contributes to several platforms for photography and arts, and has received acknowledgement from FWA Photo and other publications on several occasions.

3 Comments

  1. Fantastic!

  2. Reading your blog gave me a lot of interesting
    info., thanks.

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