Master guitarist Tommy Emmanuel says every concert he performs is different, but that during the holiday season he can’t end a show without playing his favorite Christmas tune. “When you play (guitar) while someone sings ‘Walking in a Winter Wonderland,’ it fills your soul with joy,” he says.
The award-winning musician will bring his third annual Classics & Christmas Tour to the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts, Dec. 13-14. Known for playing with a complex finger-style that allows him to perform the melody, the accompanying chords and the bass notes simultaneously, Emmanuel will play both classic Christmas tunes and original works. The concert will also feature a few of his friends and fellow musicians.
“The show is full of variety. It will be a little different both nights,” says Emmanuel. “I mix it up all the time. I never work to a list. I decide what I’m going to start with and then just take it from there.”
Regardless of which song begins the show, the Australian musician will perform the first set of his concert solo. During the second set, guitarist John Knowles, guitarist and harmonica player Pat Bergeson and singer Annie Sellick will join Emmanuel on stage. “We each get the chance to do things individually as well as the four of us together,” Emmanuel says. “The show showcases everyone’s talents.”
Expect to hear well-known tunes like “Jingle Bells,” “I’ll Be Home for Christmas,” and “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas,” along with some new songs.