To find a unique voice on the guitar is quite an achievement; to do so within a centuries old idiom where the instrument has no history is truly remarkable. Tony's work has come to represent Celtic music in the guitar world. He is invited annually to the Chet Atkins Festival in Nashville, has appeared at Guitar Festivals in Soave, Pescantina, Sarzana and Francacorta, Italy; Frankston, Australia; Issoudun and Bordeaux, France; Bath and Kent, England; Bochum and Osnabruck, Germany. In 2004, he appeared at the Ryman, Nashville in the "All Star Guitar Night" featuring Steve Morse, Bryan Sutton, Muriel Anderson, Béla Fleck, Victor Wooten and headlined by Les Paul.
His album "The Maker's Mark" saw him showcase 15 luthier-built guitars. Recording a piece on each instrument, the project caught the attention of the rock guitar press in a way that acoustic work rarely does. Never to be typecast, his latest solo album, "Mysterious Boundaries," is his most ambitious to date with 10 classical and baroque pieces arranged by McManus. A work of great originality and beauty, it was hailed by his peers as "a masterpiece" (Renbourn), "beyond beautiful… it's PERFECT!" (Tommy Emmanuel) and which contains a remarkable rendition of Bach's colossal Chaconne in D Minor.