Guitar hero Don Alder plays Portaferry
Fri 22 Mar

MusicDon Alder

As winner of the 2015 Domenic Traiano Guitar Award (CDN), 2011 Worldwide Guitar Idol (London, UK), 2010 Guitar Superstar contest (LA, USA) and the 2007 International Fingerstyle Championships, Canadian Don Alder has earned his place as one of the top acoustic guitarists in the world. With lyrical and compelling songs, his phenomenal finger style playing and rich voice captivates.

Percussive master

That was transcendental beautiful... You just took everybody to school

Legendary rocker George Lynch

About Don Alder

Don Alder plays with a passion rarely seen and is one of those acoustic guitar magicians with a signature style that leaves you wondering “How is he making that wall of sound.” Ray Danials, Mgr of Rush says “Alder is one of those guitarists that should be famous around the world”. Guitar Player Magazine Senior Editor, Michael Molenda says “Alder, is a Guitar Star in the making and can hold an audience with the best of the seasoned pros”. Alder is currently the only guitarist on the planet to have won all the top modern guitar competitions and his long list of accolades puts him alongside the top players in the acoustic genre. Alder has been featured in numerous guitar magazines, has millions of youtube views, performed duets with Grammy Winners Angelique Kidjo and John Parr and has been in shows and festivals that included artists such as Steve Vai, Lee Ritnour, David Foster, Victor Wooten, Sarah Mclauglin, Andy Mckee, Tommy Emmanuel and Billy Sheehan (Mr.Big). It was at one of these shows that Lee Ritenour hand picked Alder to be on the advisory judge panel for the highly touted International Six String Theory Contest.

His music also speaks for itself as his current CD "Armed & Dangerous" has him nominated at the 2016 WCMA's for "Instrumental Artist of the Year", his previous CD titled “Not a Planet” received two industry nominations for instrumental CD of the year. His music combines deeply textured melody and rhythm, soulful singing with haunting lyrics and his guitar fireworks and fabulous storytelling makes his shows highly entertaining and talked about for days. And, Don’s heart is as big as his talent. In 1985 he put his music career on hold for 2.5 years to help his lifelong friend go around the world in a wheelchair, an amazing journey with a story that has become part of Canadian History. In 2006, Director Michael French produced a feature film about the story, which includes Don as one of the main characters portrayed by actor Andrew Lee Potts. Alder continues to perform around the world entertaining audiences and inspiring people and guitarists wherever he goes.

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Event Details

Fri 22 Mar
19:30 to 22:00

£17 / Under 25s £5 (inc. booking fee)


  • The Portaferry Hotel
  • Bed and Breakfast
  • Deli-licious
  • The Cuan
  • The Slip Inn
  • Portaferry Sailing Club

How to get here

Portico is easy to find in Portaferry. You can also get detailed driving directions or check out the ferry timetable for crossing from Strangford.