Tommy Emmanuel Concert

Review of concert for silver arts award

Tommy Emmanuel Concert

On Sunday 24th March this year, I went to the Cambridge Corn Exchange to see William Thomas Emmanuel play, affectionately known as Tommy Emmanuel.  

He played some of his own compositions as well as some cover songs.  I was awestruck by the fingerstyle guitar music; he has magic fingers!  I have previously seen Luca Stricagnoli before who performed fingerstyle on the acoustic guitar and I have written a separate review about that one.  I have attended many concerts in the past, some of which I reviewed for my bronze arts award.  

At the start of the concert JD Simo did a support act.  He describes himself as a white Chicago boy.  Later on in the concert, JD played blues music with Tommy and I have never heard Tommy play the Blues before.  Tommy and JD together rocked!  I enjoyed the wide range of music Tommy played.  I enjoyed his composition ‘Classical Gas’ I learnt that lots of famous artists play covers of each other’s music.  It makes it very interesting to hear different interpretations of the same music.  I also really liked Tommy’s versions of the Beatles’ “Day Tripper”.  As he is going to be 64 years old on 31/5/19, he played us ‘when I’m 64’! 

On another note, my dad was blinded by the sharp lighting effects.  Perhaps to improve the concerts they should not make such sudden changes of lighting intensity.But I was inspired by Tommy’s style of playing and will think about adding more complex fingerpicking to my repertoire.  The highlight of my evening was when I got to meet Tommy after the concert and he signed my CD!  This was a 5Y performance and I highly recommend trying to catch Tommy Emmanuel on tour.

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Roan McAuley

Roan McAuley

Roan is a guitarist working towards his Silver Arts Award.

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  • Simeon Monklet

    On 16 April 2019, 22:41 Simeon Monklet commented:

    Another very insightful review by the talented Roan McAuley. He should be on the South Bank Show!

  • Muni A

    On 18 April 2019, 20:23 Muni A commented:

    Roan, I liked the term you used to describe Tommy Emmanuel "magic fingers". It gives a picture of the hard work and passion that goes into creating music. Sounds like a really fun show.

  • Jean H

    On 19 April 2019, 23:10 Jean H commented:

    Tommy Emmanuel is an incredible guitarist. You must be happy to be the proud owner of a signed Tommy Emmanuel CD.

  • Ian Mak

    On 21 April 2019, 14:14 Ian Mak commented:

    Useful feedback!

  • Thomas Barucki

    On 25 April 2019, 16:08 Thomas Barucki commented:

    If I ever have the opportunity to see Tommy Emmanuel, I will use it. Thanks to Roan for this review.

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