Australian-born and Nashville-based guitarist/singer Tommy Emmanuel is a widely-praised fingerstyle player who makes people say, “You’ve got to see him to believe him.” With six strings, 10 fingers and a whole lot of tricks, Emmanuel directs an orchestra of sound—one man exploring the bounds of what a single instrument can do in his energetic live performances. Emmanuel has worked with Eric Clapton, Doc Watson, Mark Knopfler and even Chet Atkins, who gave him the ultimate compliment by naming him a “Certified Guitar Player.” A recent Guitar World magazine review of an Emmanuel show in New York City reads: “His stage patter is just about as good as his guitar playing and so my time with Tommy zipped by. He massaged, manipulated and caressed more character out of a guitar than I’ve ever seen done before…. A truly entertaining show that made me walk out the door with a big smile on my face.”
Jayme Stone’s Folklife follows the bends and bayous through the deep river of song and story. Evolving out of Stone’s Lomax Project, this gathering of versatile musicians blows the dust off of old songs and remakes them for modern ears. With spellbinding singing, virtuosic playing and captivating storytelling, their concerts are moving, inventive and participatory experiences. The ensemble includes Stone on banjo, singer Moira Smiley playing accordion, Sumaia Jackson on fiddle and Joe Phillips on bass. Audiences can expect a folk music tour through sea island spirituals, Creole calypsos and stomp-down Appalachian dance tunes.