Tommy Emmanuel

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Tommy Emmanuel’s name will forever be synonymous with acoustic guitar and high-stakes showmanship. The Australian-born musician is currently on the road with a series of Christmas-themed dates, including his Friday, Dec. 8, engagement at Wichita’s Orpheum Theatre. His introduction of holiday classics and seasonal originals is but the latest endeavor for the musician.

He’s also prepping a new album, Accomplice One, for release on Jan. 19. The record features him in duets with Jason Isbell, Amanda Shires, Rodney Crowell, Mark Knopfler and Ricky Skaggs, among others.

Allan Clarke

Tommy Emmanuel is known not only for his mastery of the acoustic guitar but also for his showmanship. Guitar aficionados will get their fix of cool runs and hot licks at one of his shows but he also connects with non-musicians in the audience in a rare fashion. This is a skill that was passed down to him he says from his early musical mentor Chet Atkins.