Therefore, Wireman will be playing the glass harmonica next; as did the band at Munich, and as did Igor Sklyarov (shown above, photographed by Polly during rehearsals) at Venice.
Igor regularly performs with his own trio and was spotted busking by David on the streets of Venice. David asked him if he would perform and the rest, as they say, is history.
I’d like to have Wireman honour Igor’s contribution to the ‘On an Island’ tour.
I leave you with a few more of Phil Manzanera’s answers to the questions you sent in.
Don’t forget, if you missed the first instalment of Phil’s 12-part series, ‘A is for Axe: The A-Z of the World’s Greatest Guitarists’, it is repeated tonight at 6PM (UK).
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The hour-long show is on every Sunday at 8PM (UK), with a repeat on Fridays at 6PM (UK).
What is your proudest professional moment? (Tim C)
Rehearsing and playing with Bob Dylan at the Guitar Legends Festival in Seville, of which I was the musical director.
Have you achieved everything you wanted to achieve with music? Any regrets? (Hysteron Proteron)
The wonderful thing about music is that it’s an enjoyable journey of discovery that lasts a lifetime, with no particular destination.
I particularly appreciated your solo works reissued on CD. Will you be touring again soon? (GianLuca)
Am working on an instrumental album called ‘Firebird VII’. See www.manzanera.com for more details.
How did your hands make it into an episode of Red Dwarf? (So cool!) Are you a fan? (Nickster)
Always a fan of Red Dwarf, and a friend of mine’s company used to make the programme. They needed a pair of guitarist’s hands, so I went down to the set and literally stood off camera behind Craig, stuck my arms through and played the guitar, much to the amusement of the studio audience. Another career high!
Do you have any unusual requirements/rituals? (Dr Phang)
Bollinger and egg sandwiches… All shared with the band, of course.