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Two-time Grammy nominee Tommy Emmanuel is one of Australia’s most respected musicians. The legendary guitarist has a professional career that spans five decades and continues to intersect with some of the finest musicians throughout the world. A household name in his native Australia, Tommy has garnered hundreds of thousands of loyal fans worldwide. Tommy’s unique style – he calls it simply “finger style” – is akin to playing guitar the way a pianist plays piano, using all ten fingers. Rather than using a whole band for melody, rhythm, bass, and drum parts, Tommy plays all that – and more – on one guitar. Guitar legend Chet Atkins was one of the first to inspire Emmanuel to try this “fingerpicker” style as a child. Decades later, Atkins himself became one of Emmanuel’s biggest fans.
On February 15, 2011, Tommy released his latest solo 2-disc album Little By Little to great reviews. On that same day, Tommy performed a once-in-a-lifetime concert, taped before a sold-out audience, at the historic Balboa Theatre in San Diego, California. He invited a few very special friends to join him on stage including the extraordinary talents of Pam Rose, Anthony Snape, Frank Vignola, and Vinny Raniolo. The result was pure musical magic. Tommy Emmanuel And Friends: Live From The Balboa Theatre began airing on PBS in local US markets in June 2011.
Don’t miss your chance to see this amazing musician return to the stage of the Balboa Theatre for a night of music and entertainment that have made him legions of loyal fans the world over. His show Sold Out in 2011, so make sure to buy your tickets early!
With Special Guest Martin Taylor
Watch for broadcasts of the PBS Special: Tommy Emmanuel and Friends: Live from the Balboa Theatre airing this month on KPBS! Check local listings for times.