Only Scottish date
Tickets on sale Wed 26 Feb: 10am
Anytime you talk to any of Tommy Emmanuel’s fans, invariably they will speak of not one, but two qualities that define his greatness. The first, predictably, is his extraordinary guitar playing. Considered by those in the know to be among this planet’s greatest guitarists, his playing is simply miraculous, as it would take three musicians, or more, to do what Tommy does solo. Who else, for example, when playing Day Tripper
, can lay down the rhythm part, dig into the riff and sing the melody all at once on just one acoustic guitar?
Which brings us to the other aspect of his music always mentioned, and without which the first might not be as powerful or as infectiously appealing: the joy. Yes, joy. Because it’s one thing to play these multi-dimensional arrangements flawlessly on an acoustic guitar. But to do it with that smile of the ages, that evidence of authentic, unbridled delight, is an irresistible invitation to feel his music as deeply as he does. “The joy, he says, “is there always because I'm chasing it through music. Seeing the surprise in peoples' eyes is worth living and working for... I can't help but play to the people with all my heart, which is overflowing with joy of being in that moment that I’ve worked all my life for. And here it is!”
Please note this concert is in 2021.
*CGP stands for Certified Guitar Player. This is a designation that legendary guitarist and producer Chet Atkins assigned to guitar players who excelled far beyond the normal line of playing. He handed this title out to only four musicians in his lifetime: Jerry Reed, Steve Wariner, John Knowles and Tommy Emmanuel.
£43.50, £38.50; no concessions (inc £2.50 booking fee per ticket)