Although Tommy Emmanuel is an instrumentalist, he approaches the guitar much more like a vocalist, singing melodies through the strings.
There are two qualities that define the Australian artist’s greatness. The first, predictably, is his extraordinary guitar playing. Considered by those in the know to be among this planet’s greatest guitarists, it would take three musicians or more to do what Tommy does solo. Who else can lay down the rhythm part of “Day Tripper” while also digging into the riff and singing the melody all at once on just one acoustic guitar?
Which brings us to the other aspect of his music, and without which the first might not be as powerful or as infectiously appealing: the joy. Yes, joy. It’s one thing to play these multi-dimensional arrangements flawlessly on an acoustic guitar, but to do it with that with authentic, unbridled delight is an irresistible invitation to feel his music as deeply as he does.
An invitation we hope you’ll take us up on August 19.