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Date this web site was last edited:  02/09/2017





Tommy Emmanuel Finally in a Theater Concert in Columbus

Sixteen year ago Tommy Emmanuel never even got to Ohio on any of his tours.  Then, he started sneaking into the state down at Jorma Kaukonen's "Fur Peace Ranch" - the prestigious weekend guitar camp down in Pomeroy, Ohio.  Then, Pete Ellerhorst of the Greater Cincinnati Performing Arts Society started a very successful series of Tommy concerts down in the southern part of Ohio.  Cleveland, then, got a look at him every now and then.  Just a few years ago they booked him at the beautifully restored Midland Theater in Newark - and, then just two evenings later he performed at a civic center in Springfield, Ohio. - But, never Columbus!!

Well, ok - he did come to our Ohio State Fair about 15 years ago - but, that was in a "show tent" on a very rainy day - where most of the less than 150 people in the audience "just happened by."  I'm talking about an all out official big time Tommy Emmanuel Concert - never in Columbus.

This past September 21st, 2013 Tommy performed at the Capitol Center/Riffe Center here in Columbus, Ohio to a packed house of 900 screaming people.  Always ever mindful and respectful of where his music and success came from, he includes a medley of Chet Atkins and Merle Travis tunes in the beginning of his opening set.  And, he acknowledged our Ohio Fingerstyle Guitar Club at the same time.  With his massive popularity where ever he goes - he and he alone is keeping the spirit of our club heroes alive around the world.  

Tommy still plays his more up-tempo favorites like Guitar Rag, Classical Gas, and his ever popular Beatles medley which included Here Comes the Sun, When I’m 64, While My Guitar Gently Weeps, Day Tripper” and Lady Madonna.  And, he included a "percussive" tune where he uses his guitar as a drum set - The Trail I believe - always a crowd pleaser.  However, this long time fan noticed and totally enjoyed Tommy's apparent "mellowing with age" as he woooed us with several of his compositions from his latest CDs which he even "sat down" to play several of.  He continued his "more mellow" presentation with his originals Half Way Home and Angelina - his very popular song written to his daughter.

Sooner or later during a Tommy Emmanuel concert, if you can take a deep breath and reflect in the moment, you realize that you have been listening to ONE MAN - ONE GUITAR - NO TRACKS - NO LOOP MACHINES - NO BAND - for TWO AND A HALF HOURS - a musical genius!  And, you are as excited as if you had been listening to a Led Zeppelin concert.  This incredible artist is hands down the best guitarist in the world - very possibly the best ever.  Without question the most entertaining.
But, he wasn't through.  Even after a very long day of travel from his previous evenings gig in some far off town - a lengthy sound check - two PBS "Meet n' Greets" - a 2 1/2 hour concert - he still had time to meet with several of us Ohio Fingerstyle Guitar Club members AFTER his show.  What a sweetheart - he was gracious, kind, and very appreciative of our support . 

To commemorate his presence in Columbus we asked his permission to include him in our list of club heroes in our mission statement.  (view)

"OK, Tommy - I know yer a big successful geetar star and all - but, what you need to do is....."