Emporium Presents

Tommy Emmanuel, CGP

Gareth Pearson

Thursday, February 23, 2023

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

Martin Woldson Theater at The Fox

Spokane, WA

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Tommy Emmanuel, CGP


“Songs are our teachers. They show us the depth of the human race and its unrelenting desire to create.” — Tommy Emmanuel
Anytime you talk to any of Tommy Emmanuel’s fans, whether musicians or civilians, invariably
they will speak of not one but two qualities that define his greatness. The first, predictably, is his
extraordinary guitar playing. Considered by those in the know to be among this planet’s greatest
guitarists, his playing is simply miraculous, as it would take three musicians, or more, to do what
Tommy does solo. Who else, for example, when playing “Day Tripper,” can lay down the
rhythm part, dig into the riff and sing the melody all at once on just one acoustic guitar?

Which brings us to the other aspect of his music always mentioned, and without which the first
might not be as powerful or as infectiously appealing: the joy. Yes, joy. Because it’s one thing to
play these multi-dimensional arrangements flawlessly on an acoustic guitar. But to do it with that
smile of the ages, that evidence of authentic, unbridled delight, is an irresistible invitation to feel
his music as deeply as he does. “The joy, he says, “is there always because I’m chasing it through
music. Seeing the surprise in peoples’ eyes is worth living and working for… I can’t help but play
to the people with all my heart, which is overflowing with joy of being in that moment that I’ve
worked all my life for. And here it is!”

Although his expression is instrumental, he comes to the guitar much more like a vocalist,
positively singing melodies through the strings. He inhabits the tunes he performs, delivering
every nuance and turn of phrase. His own songs are also illuminated always with lyrical
melodies that go right to the heart, such as his beautiful ode to his daughter, “Angelina,” or his
great “story without words,” “Lewis & Clark.” That they resonate so deeply without words
makes sense, as words only go so far. But music, coming from a genuine and joyful source, can
go so much farther. Now with The Best of Tommysongs, he brings us a complete collection of his
own songs, all rich with ripe melodicism and rendered with joy in real-time.
“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 get happy. That’s a good job.” –Tommy Emmanuel

Gareth Pearson


Gareth Pearson is referred to as “The Welsh Tornado” which is particularly appropriate, seeing as this special talent combines fingerstyle pyrotechnics, with explosive lead runs making Pearson one of the most exciting acoustic musicians gigging today.

Gareth has a distinctive style that can be heard through his creative and innovative arrangements which cover a wide spectrum of genres, including country/folk/classical/pop/rock/jazz/swing and bluegrass music, along with his own beautiful and often intricate original compositions. 

Drawing his playing style initially from influences such as Chet Atkins, Merle Travis, Jerry Reed and Tommy Emmanuel, he has developed a style that is both inspiring and entertaining. 

Within a year of taking up the guitar, Gareth was opening for Tommy Emmanuel on his 2005 UK tour. It was in Cardiff where Tommy invited Gareth to play at the CAAS convention (Chet Atkins Appreciation Society) in Nashville Tennessee. 

Later that year, Gareth was performing and touring alongside Ray Davies (The Kinks), John Renbourne, and Southside Johnny and the Ashbury Jukes. During the Southside Johnny tour, Gareth was invited by Southside to be flown over to the USA to open for his annual New Years Eve concert at the Count Basie Theatre in New Jersey. 

The following year Gareth was invited by Tommy Emmanuel to be the support act for his UK tour, following extensive UK supports to Jan Akkerman, Andy McKee and appearing at numerous Folk Festivals and Guitar workshops including the Montreal Jazz Festival.

With appearances throughout Europe and a growing reputation, Gareth was invited to perform at the 2008 Canadian Guitar Festival where he came to the attention of Candyrat Records. This lay the seed for Gareth to be the first UK guitarist to be signed by the label. On its release, Gareth’s debut album “Urban Echoes Vol 1” was selected by Acoustic Guitar editors and frequent contributors as one of the “Essential Acoustic Albums of 2010”.

With Appearances at the 2009 Montreal Guitar Festival, USA and Worldwide tours and Guitar workshops, Gareth’s reputation as a performer and teacher is constantly growing.

Additional Information

Ages: All Ages
Seating: Reserved