Spank the Plank Productions present
8900 114 Street NW
Edmonton, AB, T6G 2S4
Doors 7:00 PM / Show 8:00 PM
This event is all ages
With a career that spans five decades, Australian native Tommy Emmanuel is one of the world's most respected guitarists. Guitar players and music lovers come to his shows to watch the magic hands of the 'guitar Wizard of Oz.' His live shows are known for their humor, passion, infectious joy, a pure love for the music, and his delight in sharing it with the world - one audience at a time.
Tommy has been playing professionally since age 6, when he started playing in his family's band. His unique style – "finger style" – is akin to playing guitar the way a pianist plays piano, using all ten fingers. Rather than using a whole band for melody, rhythm, bass, and drum parts, Tommy plays all that – at once – and on one guitar. Guitar legend Chet Atkins was one of the first to inspire Emmanuel to try this "finger style." Atkins himself became one of Emmanuel's biggest fans, and eventually honored him with the title of "Certified Guitar Player" for his contribution to fingerstyle guitar. It's a rare distinction shared by only four other people in the world.
2011 has been a busy year for Tommy with two records and a new PBS Special. First there's the recently released double disc, Little by Little, which features collaborations with Victor Wooten, Doyle Dykes, Dr. John Knowles (CGP), and others. One of Tommy's most memorial performances was captured on film and released as Tommy Emmanuel And Friends: Live From the Balboa Theatre, which began airing on PBS in June 2011. Tommy's next offering will be his first ever Christmas album entitled, All I Want For Christmas, which will be released in November 2011.
In all, Emmanuel's catalogue includes session work with Air Supply, Men at Work, and Michael Jackson, over 20 musical recordings, fourlive performance DVDs, three instructional DVDs, and two PBS specials. His awards include 2011 CMA Global Country Artist of the Year, 2008 and 2010 Best Acoustic Guitarist in Guitar Player Magazine's Reader's Choice Awards, 2009 Guitar Legend Award by Guitar Player Magazine, 1990 Best Guitarist by Rolling Stone Magazine, inductee in the Thumbpickers' Hall of Fame, and he is a two-time Grammy nominee.
Come see why Tommy Emmanuel is considered as, "the Greatest Acoustic Guitarist in the World."
Andy McKee is among the world's finest acoustic guitarists. His youthful energy and attention to song structure and melodic content elevates him above the rest. He entertains both the eye and the ear as he magically transforms the steel string guitar into a full orchestra via his use of altered tunings, tapping, partial capos, percussive hits and a signature two-handed technique.
McKee's crossover success has helped him to achieve millions upon millions of YouTube viewers, underscoring his emergence as one of today's most unique and influential artists. He has been featured as a cover story in both Acoustic Guitar Magazine in the U.S. and Acoustic Magazine in the UK, and is also the figurehead of the unique Guitar Masters tours. McKee's tour dates have taken him through Europe, Asia, Australia and North America, including tours with legendary acts including Prince and Dream Theater.
Live performances of Andy's have become a point of fascination with his loyal followers. So, in late 2015, Andy decided it was time to release a live album. Featuring tracks from his entire catalog, Live Book was recorded live in December 2015 at The Melting Point in Athens, GA, the Red Clay Music Foundry in Duluth, GA, and Workplay in Birmingham, AL. McKee went through the recordings from all three shows and selected the finest takes of each set. Reflecting on the song choices, he looks to provide current fans the chance to relive their favorite shows, and hopes that he can showcase the energy he creates for those who haven't been able to attend a show and new fans alike.
"I've always wanted to do a live album; for quite a few years I've felt it's something that has been missing from my collection of releases," says McKee. "This album will feature some of my YouTube hits like 'Drifting' and 'Rylynn', some songs from my 2014 EP Mythmaker, and a cover of a Michael Hedges song called 'Because It's There' played on harp guitar that I haven't released yet."
McKee is the first artist to be signed CGP Sounds, the record label founded by fellow guitarist Tommy Emmanuel.
"I'm honored to be a part of his label. I heard Tommy 15 years ago at a festival in Kansas and was blown away by his playing and performing, and I still am," Mckee stated. "To be the first person on his label is surreal, and I'm excited and proud to be a part of it."
Live Book released worldwide on April 22. The album, McKee's first live record, was released through CGP Sounds. In support of the new album, McKee is now embarking on "The Next Chapter Tour" throughout Europe, Asia, and the United States.