Monday, October 9, 2017 - 7:30 PM
Give a listen to “Old Photographs,” the closing track on Tommy Emmanuel’s It’s Never Too Late, and you’ll hear the distinctive squeak of finger noise as he runs his hands across the frets of his guitar. It’s an imperfection in the performance that players typically try to eliminate in practice, but in their own way, those imperfections are perfect.
For all of the masterful technique and flashy ability that’s brought Emmanuel recognition among the world’s greatest guitarists, that finger noise lets the audience know he is one of them. That click conveys warmth and humanity, and it demonstrates an honesty in the sound.
“It’s all about the feeling of the music,” Emmanuel says. “It has to make me feel something. I’m still playing for myself, you know, because I figure if I please me, then I’m pretty sure I’m gonna please you, and that’s not an arrogant statement, it’s just quality control.”
An accomplished fingerstyle player, Emmanuel frequently threads three different parts simultaneously into his material, operating as a one-man band who handles the melody, the supporting chords, and the bass all at once.
So it is that Emmanuel is moving cheerily forward, trusting that the optimism in his work will provide the same inspiration for the audience that the process provides for him.
Tickets: $25.50, $31, $41 (plus applicable fees); Ticket prices increase $5 on day of show
MACC member tickets on sale: Wednesday, February 15
On sale to public: Friday, February 17
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