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“When you see him playing you think ‘Oh my god, he’s doing that all by himself’.” – Eric Idle, Monty Python

“Imagine Chet Atkins with the testosterone of Eddie Van Halen …” – Steve Vai

Australia’s world acclaimed acoustic guitar icon Tommy Emmanuel CGP returns home this August, for a couple of very special Sydney Guitar Festival performances. Tommy brings the power and dynamism of a full band to his solo acoustic playing, with incredible charisma, stunning speed and dexterity and unerring command of melody.

Tom’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. Tommy’s greatest honour was being named by his childhood idol Chet Atkins as a ‘Certified Guitar Player’ (CGP). The legendary US guitarist and producer Atkins gave this designation to only five players in history.

As fans will know, it had been intended that Tommy’s brother Phil Emmanuel would join him on these shows as a special guest.

Following Phil’s recent and sudden passing, Tommy now intends to incorporate a very special tribute into this concert to honour one of this country’s greatest guitarists; who has just recently been posthumously awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) for his service to music.

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