Australia’s world acclaimed acoustic guitar icon Tommy Emmanuel CGP returns home this August, for 2 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.
Tommy will be joined for these shows by brother Phil Emmanuel in a rare opportunity to see both brothers’ amazing skills on the one stage. With each having performed together and apart for over 50 years, this concert promises to be a guitar lover’s dream.
"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