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June 26 EDT$54 – $60
Anytime you talk to Tommy Emmanuel fans, whether they’re musicians or civilians, they will speak of two qualities that define his greatness. The first is his extraordinary guitar playing. Among the 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 his other always-mentioned quality, without which the first might not be as powerful or 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 a smile of the ages, 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.”
Although his expression is instrumental, he comes to the guitar much more like a vocalist, singing melodies through the strings. He inhabits the tunes he performs, delivering every nuance and turn of phrase. His songs are also illuminated, always with lyrical melodies that go right to the heart, such as his beautiful ode to his daughter, “Angelina,” or his great “story without words,” “Lewis & Clark.” Now with The Best of Tommysongs, he brings us a complete collection of his own songs, all rich with ripe melodicism and rendered with joy in real-time.
Tickets to this event include a $5 Historic Restoration Fee which assists in repairs to the Greenwich Odeum. When purchasing tickets online, an additional $2 convenience fee will be applied per transaction. Tickets are non-refundable and non-exchangeable.