Jul 31, 2021
This episode of Tent Show Radio this week features two amazing artists, Tommy Emmanuel recorded at the Big Top in 2006 and Leo Kottke recorded in 1998. Tommy Emmanuel is an Australian guitar virtuoso known for his complex fingerstyle technique, energetic performances and the use of percussive effects on the guitar. Although originally a session player in many bands, Emmanuel carved out his own style as a solo artist winning several awards and accolades after his 2006 visit to Big Top Chautauqua. Leo Kottke is an acoustic blues and folk-style guitar player, who visited a couple times over the years. Kottke usually performs with just a spotlight and his music -- and a crowd that just sits in anticipation of what he'll do next. He is known for a fingerpicking style that draws on blues, jazz, and folk music, and for syncopated, polyphonic melodies.