Tommy Emmanuel 'Live And Acoustic' Tour @ Sydney Opera House

Tommy Emmanuel 'Live And Acoustic' Tour

“One of the greatest players on the planet” – Chet Atkins

“The best (guitar player) I’ve ever seen” – Eric Clapton

Fresh from sellout concerts in Russia, Italy, Germany, Canada and the US, Tommy Emmanuel - The Guitar Wizard of Oz – is set to tour Australia and NZ this August.

2-time Grammy nominee Emmanuel is one of Australia's most respected musicians with a professional career spanning five decades. He was named ‘Best Acoustic Guitarist of 2010’ by the prestigious ‘Guitar Player Magazine’ and counts legendary guitarists Eric Clapton and Steve Vai amongst his admirers. After the rave reviews and sell-out shows on his 50th Anniversary tour with his brother Phil, Tommy is back for his first solo tour since 2009.

His unique style is akin to playing guitar the way a pianist plays piano, using all ten fingers. Rather than using a 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 young Emmanuel to try this 'fingerpicker' style. Decades later, Atkins himself became one of Emmanuel's biggest fans.

Guitar players of all levels come to his shows to witness the magic hands of the 'Guitar Wizard of Oz', but his appeal goes far beyond musicians. Tommy Emmanuel's message is pure love for the guitar and the music and his delight in sharing it with the world, one audience at a time.

Special U.S. guest, Frank Vignola is widely regarded as a monster player and composer, and has played with everyone from Les Paul and Madonna through to Donald Fagen and the Boston Pops. This will be Frank's first visit to Australia.


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