Tommy Emmanuel might be a solo artist but when a guitar is placed in his magical hands it sounds like a full orchestra is accompanying him. When Chet Atkins first saw Tommy playing in Nashville he exclaimed that the Australian had to be one of the best guitarists on the planet. But aside from his total mastery of the instrument (and rarely has any instrument been tamed to this extent), Tommy is also a creator and an inventor of sounds and music. He likes to find different ways of using music to communicate with the listener and push the limits of what is scientifically and musically possible on the guitar. Every piece creates a different musical World, each as seductive as the last. And in the beautiful surroundings of Patrimonio, it is safe to predict that some real guitar magic will be generated this evening.
Tom Jones’ career began in the early 60s in pubs and private clubs. He was spotted by Gordon Mills, a former singer who had converted himself into a songwriter. Tom Jones agreed to work with him and in 1965 also became his agent. The collaboration brought about the first hits such as: “It’s not unusual” and “What’s new Pussycat”. When Mills died in 1986, Tom Jones asked his son to replace him which led to a fresh and unexpected working relationship with avant-garde synth-pop group Art of Noise and the release of the highly successful Prince cover version ‘Kiss’. This signified the end of a protracted period in the wilderness for Tom and with these new dimensions to his music he returned to the music scene reinvigorated and as relevant as when he first started. The dance album “The Lead and how to Swing it” produced a number of hit singles such as “If I only knew” and “I wanna get back with you”. 1999 sees the release of “Reload” which contained the global smash hit “Sex Bomb” and consolidated Tom Jones’ world wide popularity right up to today. Since 1965, Tom Jones has sold a staggering 100 million albums and throughout his career he has been able to reinvent himself to remain relevant, thus acquiring fans from all ages. So, he might not be a guitarist, but … my word… what a voice! And what a showman! Surely we can be forgiven this deviation from the usual guitar madness of the festival? Please? Pretty please?