On Monday 4th March, world-renowned Australian “fingerstyle” acoustic guitarists Tommy Emmanuel, CGP, and Britain’s Martin Taylor, MBE, will release their highly anticipated collaboration album - “The Colonel & The Governor” on Mesa/Bluemoon Recordings.
The new album coincides with the UK tour of the same name; “The Colonel & The Governor,” which starts Wednesday 6th March at The Anvil, Basingtoke.
The concept behind the acoustic duet album originated from a simple idea: find songs that Tommy and Martin love and come up with arrangements that could allow both of them to, as Tommy Emmanuel says, “fly their own our kites,” and have some fun playing together in the process.
Says Tommy, “During periods of heavy touring, we would send each other emails with song suggestions and mp3s of some of Martin's rare recordings of some of the older guys like Eddie Lang, Django Reinhardt, Carl Kress and Charlie Christian. We also wanted to have some original songs on the album and Martin's songs suited so well.”
Tommy’s relationship with Martin goes back to the early 90s when Tommy first discovered him on Australian television. “I was so amazed by his playing,” recalls Tommy. “I rang the TV station and they gave me his hotel details. I immediately rang him and invited him to play with me at a beautiful theatre in Sydney. We hit it off like brothers and musically had a wonderful chemistry.”
“Martin likes to have as much fun as I do on stage - that's important to me. I have learned so much from Martin, as he comes from a jazz background and I come from a country and rock background. I think we both have a strong love of melody and arrangement that allows our playing to interweave effortlessly and sometimes it feels like time stands still when we are playing together. Martin once introduced me on stage as "the abominable showman" - I have always called him "The Governor".
Saturday 2nd March - Belfast, Ulster Hall
Tickets: £20 / Box Office 028 9033 4455
Bedord Street, Belfast BT2 7FF - www.ulsterhall.co.uk
Sunday 3rd March - Limerick, University Concert Hall
Tickets: €25 / Box Office +353 (0) 61 331549
University of Limerick, Limerick, Ireland - www.uch.ie
Monday 4th March - Cork, Opera House
Tickets: €25 /Box Office +353 (0) 21 427 0022
Ammett Place, Cork, Ireland - www.corkoperahouse.ie
Tuesday 5th March - Dublin, Helix Theatre
Tickets: €25 /Box Office +353 (0) 1 700 7000
Collins Avenue, Dublin, Ireland - www.thehelix.ie
Wednesday 6th March - Basingstoke, The Anvil
Tickets: £20 / Box Office 01256 844 244
Churchill Way, Basingstoke, Hampshire, RG21 7QR - www.anvilarts.org.uk
Thursday 7th March - Aylesbury, Waterside Theatre
Tickets: £22 / Box Office 0844 871 7607
Exchange Street, Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, HP20 1UG - www.atgtickets.com
Friday 8th March - Gateshead, The Sage
Tickets: £20 / Box Office 0191 443 4661
St Mary's Square, Gateshead Quays, Gateshead, NE8 2JR - www.thesagegateshead.org
Saturday 9th March - Manchester, Bridgewater Hall
Tickets: £20 / Box Office: 0161 907 9000
Lower Mosley Street, Manchester, M2 3WS - www.bridgewater-hall.co.uk
Sunday 10th March - Wolverhampton, Robin 2
Tickets: £20 / Box Office: 0190 240 1211
26-28 Mount Pleasant, Bilston, Wolverhampton, WV14 7LJ - www.therobin.co.uk
Tuesday 12th March - Barnstaple, Queen’s Theatre
Tickets: £21 / Box Office: 0127 132 4242
Boutport Street, Barnstaple, North Devon, EX31 1SY - www.northdevontheatres.org.uk
Wednesday 13th March - Exeter, Corn Exchange
Tickets: £20 / Box Office: 0139 266 5938
Market Street, Exeter, EX1 1BW - www.exeter.gov.uk/cornexchange
Thursday 14th March - Bristol, Colston Hall
Tickets: £20 / Box Office: 0117 922 3686
Colston Street, Bristol, BS1 5AR - www.colstonhall.org
Saturday 16th March - London o2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire
Tickets: £22.50 / Box Office: 0844 477 2000
Shepherd’s Bush Green, London, W12 8TT - www.o2shepherdsbushempire.co.uk
Sunday 17th March - Folkestone, Leas Cliffe Hall
Tickets: £21 / Box Office: 0844 847 1776
The Leas, Folkestone, Kent, CT20 2DZ - www.atgtickets.com
Monday 18th March - Crawley, Hawth Theatre
Tickets: £20 / Box Office: 0129 355 3636
Hawth Avenue, Crawley, RH10 6YZ - https://tickets.hawth.co.uk
Wednesday 20th March - Ipswich, Corn Exchange
Tickets: £20 / Box Office: 01473 433 100
King Street, Ipswich, Suffolk, IP1 1DH - https://apps.ipswich.gov.uk/PEO
Thursday 21st March - Chesterfield, Winding Wheel
Tickets: £20 / Box Office: 0124 634 5334
13 Holywell Street, Chesterfield, Derbyshire, S41 7SA - www.windingwheel.co.uk
Friday 22nd March - Halifax, Victoria Theatre
Tickets: £21 / Box Office: 0142 235 1158
2 Fountain Street, Halifax, West Yorkshire, HX1 1BP - www.calderdale.gov.uk/victoria
Sunday 24th March - Ulverston, Coronation Hall
Tickets: £20 / Box Office: 0122 958 7140
Coronation Hall, County Square, Ulverston, Cumbria, LA12 7LZ - www.corohall.co.uk
Tuesday 26th March - Aberdeen, Lemon Tree
Tickets: £20 / Box Office: 01224 641 122
5 West North Street, Aberdeen, AB24 5AT - www.boxofficeaberdeen.com
Thursday 28th March - Edinburgh, Queen’s Hall
Tickets: £20 / Box Office: 0131 668 2019
85-89 Clerk Street, Edinburgh, EH8 9JG - www.thequeenshall.net
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