Virtuoso Tommy Emmanuel featured in fall concert series


The popular guitar legend makes his App Theater debut on October 7th

BOONE, NC – Appalachian Theater of the High Country hosts award-winning Australian-born artist Tommy Emmanuel, CGP in the mountains for a live appearance and first performance at its historic downtown Boone location at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, October 7, 2022.

The highly anticipated concert is part of the Mast Store Americana Musical Series on the Doc Watson stage at the Théâtre des Appalaches. This series is an ongoing program of artists and events that celebrate the genre unique to our country throughout the year.


William Thomas Emmanuel, AM, is an Australian guitarist considered one of the greatest acoustic guitarists of all time. He is known for his intricate fingerstyle technique, energetic performances, and use of percussive effects on the instrument. Originally a session musician in many bands, Emmanuel has forged his own style as a solo artist, releasing several

award-winning albums and singles. In 2010 Emmanuel was made a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) and in 2011 he was inducted into the Australian Roll of Renown.

The “CGP” after Emmanuel’s name stands for “Certified Guitar Player”. This designation, bestowed by the late Chet Atkins, recognizes guitarists who excel far beyond the normal line of play. Atkins only gave this title to four guitarists during his lifetime, the first being given to Emmanuel.

Emmanuel insists on putting the light back on the music. “Songs are our teachers,” he said. “They show us the depth of the human race and its relentless desire to create.” The first quality that defines Emmanuel’s greatness and that is mentioned every time you speak to his legions of fans, be they musicians or civilians, is his extraordinary guitar playing.

Considered by connoisseurs to be one of the greatest guitarists on this planet, his playing is simply miraculous, as it would take three or more musicians to do what Emmanuel does solo. Who else, for example, when playing “Day Tripper”, can lay down the rhythm part, dig into the riff and sing the melody at the same time on a single acoustic guitar?

Another contagious aspect of his music: joy. It’s one thing to play these multi-dimensional arrangements perfectly on an acoustic guitar. But doing it with that smile of the ages, that proof of authentic and unbridled pleasure, is an irresistible invitation to feel his music as deeply as he does.

“The joy,” he says, “is always there because I pursue it through music. Seeing the surprise in people’s eyes is worth living and working for… I can’t help but play for people with all my heart, which overflows with joy to be in this moment for which I have worked all my life. And here it is!”

Regarding his concert appearances, Emmanuel said, “When I was a kid, I wanted to be in show business. Now I just want to be in the happiness business. I make music and you are happy. Its a good job. For tickets and more information about this event, or to join the theater’s eblast list and purchase memberships, please visit the ATHC website at

The Appalachian Theater of the High Country.


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