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Guitar master tours the UK
Australian guitarist Tommy Emmanuel is heading to the UK for a 2015 tour to promote his new double CD compilation.

The 59-year-old from New South Wales begins the tour in Harrogate on January 13 and concludes at Salisbury City Hall on January 23. He visits Birmingham Town Hall on January 15.

Tommy Emmanuel
Guitar master: Tommy Emmanuel (pic: Allan Clarke)


The new album, The Guitar Mastery of Tommy Emmanuel, is released on December 1 and features his best known material plus two new tracks.

Tommy's career spans five decades and covers a number of musical genres including jazz, rock, blues and country.

He was born into a musical family and received his first guitar at the age of four. By the time he was six he was working as a professional musician in the family band (variously named The Emmanuel Quartet, The Midget Surfaries and The Trailblazers). By the age of 10 young Tommy may have missed a lot of school but had played his way across Australia.

He later won a string of talent contests and performed with a number of bands, including Goldrush with his brother Phil, The Southern Star Band and Dragon.

Tommy Emmanuel
Solo star: Tommy Emmanuel


A solo career beckoned but it was with his brother Phil that he received worldwide exposure, performing at the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games Closing Ceremony. The following year Tommy released his first solo acoustic album, Only, and his popularity has since grown by leaps and bounds aided by a non-stop touring schedule.

His 2006 album The Mystery earned him a Grammy nomination and in 2008 Guitar Player Magazine and Acoustic Guitar Magazine named him Best Acoustic Guitarist and Gold Medalist in the Readers' Choice and Players' Choice Awards. Guitar Player's 2010 Readers Choice awards named him Best Acoustic Guitarist for the second time.

Last year he released The Colonel and the Governor, a jazz-inspired duet album recorded with Martin Taylor, and the CD/ DVD Tommy Emmanuel: Live and Solo in Pensacola, Florida.

Tommy Emmanuel
Honoured: Tommy Emmanuel (pic: Allan Clarke)


One of Tommy's career highlights was being honoured by his musical hero Chet Atkins who bestowed him the title 'Certified Guitar Player' for his contribution to guitar music, a rare distinction shared by only four other people in the world.

Tommy Emmanuel's 2015 UK tour dates:

Jan 13 : Royal Hall, Harrogate ;
Jan 14 : Royal Festival Hall, London ;
Jan 15: Town Hall, Birmingham;
Jan 16: Bridgewater Hall, Manchester;
Jan 18: City Hall Ballroom, Sheffield;
Jan 19: Royal Concert Hall, Glasgow;
Jan 21: The Sage, Gateshead;
Jan 22: Corn Exchange, Cambridge;
Jan 23: City Hall, Salisbury.



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Why? Guitar great Tommy Emmanuel promotes his new CD
When: January 15, 2015
Phone: 0121 345 0600 (Birmingham Town Hall)
Where: Birmingham Town Hall
Cost: £22.50 plus fees
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