Well-known Aussie guitarist to perform in Hanoi

Australian guitar virtuosoTommy Emmanuel will give a performance at the Youth Theater in Hanoi on October 21.

The concert is part of his current tour in Asian countries, including nine shows in Malaysia, Hong Kong (China), China, Taiwan (China), and Vietnam.

Born in 1955 in Australia, Emmanuel (Photo) began playing guitar at age four and has an impressive career spanning almost five decades. He is known for his distinctive “finger style” playing, using all ten fingers.
Tommy Emmanuel is one of the world’s finest guitarists and one of Australia most respected musicians having performed with hundreds of musical legend including Chet Atkins, Air Supply, Eric Clapton, Sir George Martin, John Denver, Joe Walsh, Stevie wonder, Tina Turner, Keith Urban, Hank Marvin (The Shadows) Les Paul and many more.

Tommy calls his unique guitar style ‘Fingerstyle’ which he uses all ten fingers much as a pianist does. He plays the bass lines, chords, melodies and harmonies simultaneously using the thumb and fingers of the right hand to play the multiple parts of a musical arrangement that would normally played by several band members.

He picks up his first guitar at the age 4 and was taught by his mother. He only learned and played by ear, without any formal lesson and had not even read music before. He was already a working professional musician at the age 6 playing in his family band. Tommy played rhythm guitar while his older brother played lead guitar, alongside their brother Chris on drums and sister Virginia on slide guitar. The band was their sole income of the family for several years. By age 10, Tommy had tour across Australia. He also gave guitar lessons and has appeared in numerous musical competition television programs which was Tommy’s first rise to fame came when his family band “The Trailblazers won two televised talent contests and produced an EP.

Tommy was nominated twice in the Grammy award after his second album “The Mystery” earned him another Grammy Nomination. He was voted Rolling Stones (Australia) “Most Popular Guitarist” for two consecutive and was recently chosen as “Favorite Acoustic Guitarist” for the second time by “Guitar Player” magazine. He also appeared at the Sydney 2000 Olympics Closing ceremonies with his brother Phil Emmanuel with 2.25 billion people around the world experienced the broadcast that evening.
In recent years, Tommy has been performing for more than 300 shows a year and has been touring throughout the different continents such as Europe, Asian, North America and Australia.

Compiled by Kim Khanh

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