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| 29 November 2018 | Reply


“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 internationally acclaimed acoustic guitar icon Tommy Emmanuel CGP returns to Australia in April 2019, and has combined a special 30th anniversary appearance at the hugely successful Bluesfest in Byron Bay with select capital city performances plus some rare regional shows. Tickets on general sale from 3rd December, 2018.

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.

Tommy’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.

Tommy brings a very special guest with him for these shows – for the first time in Australia, audiences will be able to see legendary dobro master Jerry Douglas in action, direct from Nashville. A great friend of Tommy’s and winner of 14 Grammy Awards, Jerry has played on more than 1,600 albums and will not only open the shows, but also team up with Tommy for some very special musical treats together that will leave audiences with mouths agape.

In a career that has spanned over five decades, Tommy Emmanuel has become one of the most respected and acclaimed musicians on the planet. Alongside his rare CGP honour Tommy has received a huge variety of accolades, including two Grammy Award nominations, two Golden Guitar awards and being twice voted Best Acoustic Guitarist by US Guitar Player Magazine.

Additionally, in 2010 he added AM to his name after CGP, when he was appointed a Member of Order of Australia for services to music.

Tommy’s new album ACCOMPLICE ONE is out now through Sony Music. The 16 track collaborative album features guest artists such as Jason Isbell, Mark Knopfler, Rodney Crowell, Jerry Douglas, Amanda Shires and more.

Tickets on general sale from 3rd December, 2018 at

Fri 12 April 2019 Cairns Performing Arts Centre
Sat 13 April 2019 Townsville Civic Theatre
Sun 14 April 2019 Mackay Entertainment Centre
Tue 16 April 2019 Mandurah Performing Arts Centre
Wed 17 April 2019 Perth Concert Hall
Thu 18 April 2019 Arts Centre Melbourne, Hamer Hall
Sat 20 April 2019 Bluesfest, Byron Bay (Tommy only)
Sun 21 April 2019 Concert Hall, Sydney Opera House

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