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(4262) Claes Bengtsson
Tue, 12 August 2014 09:11:35 +0000

Tommy,

First I want to appologise for my poor english.

When I was 16 I bought myself I guitar and lerned some classical music but after a while I came to a point when I did not get any further and I could not afford lessons. I put my guitar away.

During collage I built myself a keyd fiddle (traditional Swedish instrument). https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EK88Vf6pTIU
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kHV3iQBdrJw (here played by a Group from Japan (music over borders))

After backpacking round the world I got a job for the Swedish defens. I ended up in an office turning papers, booring.

When I was 28 I was about to make some changes in my life. After two years in that office I had to do something else.

My choises was to become a guitar maker or a chiropractor. I thought that building guitars can be a nice hobby so I became a chiropractor.

I think it was three years ago I visited the Guitar Peoples Price in Stockholm. The grand finale was you. It was an experience that I will never forget. This was my second big life changing moment.

I am now 50! years old. Two years ago I started to take guitar lessons. I am not tallented but it soo much fun. One year ago I lerned how to build a guitar and I have just finished my first guitar.

I just want to thank you to get me back on track with music. It is never to late and it feels soo good. I listenĂ­ng to you every day on CD, youtube or spotify. I can never be one percent of a guitarplayer compared with you but you do inspires me.

Now I have to practice on one of my favorite songs "Angelina".

Hope to see you back in Sweden soon.

Once again THANK YOU

Sincerely

Claes Bengtsson



(4261) Barry Hendron
Tue, 12 August 2014 08:27:59 +0000

Mr Emmanuel,

I want to correct a comment I made to you this past weekend at "Guitar Town". You mentioned Gordon Lightfoots name and I said that my brother in law {the guitar maker with maple leaf guitar} had played on a bowling team with him. It was actually Mason Williams.
There, now I feel better!

(4260) Gaby
Tue, 12 August 2014 07:34:26 +0000

Hi Tommy :D

i love your songs, i can listen your songs all day, your songs inspire me a lot to keep learning and playing guitar, i like your creativity for compose your music, i'm a guitarist, i'm going to do my best to be a great guitarist. keep doing what you love to do :D
i'm a big fan of you,
Gaby :D


(4259) Diann
Mon, 11 August 2014 19:41:07 +0000

Hey Tommy!

"Classical Gas" may not be too folksy, but I really hope you play it at the Philadelphia Folk Festival on Aug 16th!

Looks like your show time has been moved from 4 to 9:30 pm. Past my bedtime(I'm an oldie) but you're worth it! Just need to add another night's stay.

I know you'll bring the house down!

Diann



(4258) Annie Johnson
Sun, 10 August 2014 18:01:22 +0000

Hi Tommy. my brother and me just love your musical talent and the music you play. Booked to see you in UK next Jan in Cambridge. Brother Duncan is flying in from Cape Town for this evening with you. keep on playing. be happy Annie x

(4257) Andy Lowther
Sun, 10 August 2014 13:01:47 +0000

I have never written to any performer or artist before, but I find myself compelled to write these words to you. I have seen you perform several times over the years, and don't know what has taken me so long. I just came back from watching you play at Guitar Town at Copper Mountain, (INCREDIBLE performance and energy); I didn't think it was possible, but I swear I think you're getting even better!
I first saw you decades ago at the Walnut Valley Bluegrass festival in Kansas. I believe it was the first time you played that venue because no one knew who you were. You took that place by storm! By the last day, everyone showed up for your performance on the grandstand stage.
I saw you a few times at a couple smaller venues in Denver. One was a church, and I had brought my wife who was in a wheelchair due to multiple sclerosis, and my mother, also in a wheelchair due to some hip problems. Because they were in wheelchairs, and it was general admission, they allowed us to enter about 30 minutes early to avoid the stampede. I had to go out to the car to get some medicine my wife needed, and was walking out into the back parking lot when a car pulled up and dropped you off. You looked like you were in a hurry, and I had never met you, didn't want to bother you, so just smiled and waved. I'll never forget, that even in a rush to get to your show, you stopped and talked to me for a few minutes, asked if I was going to the performance, what my name was and where I was from, and thanked me for coming. When I got back inside, you were onstage doing your soundcheck, and talking with my family. I remember you asking them if there was anything they would like to hear before the crowd came in, and you played a song just for us. That was my first glimpse at what kind of person you are, and it has only been confirmed over the years as I have watched you interact with your fans, and listened to you talk with your audiences, tell them how much you appreciate them, seen you patiently signing autographs. The stories behind songs you've written, and words you've spoken about family and friends, not to mention how you share your skill and knowledge, encouraging everyone else who plays guitar, all point to the wonderful character of the man you are. It would be so easy for someone with your gifts and talent to become arrogant and self absorbed, but you are the opposite, humble, appreciative, full of kindness and encouragement. Whenever I tell someone about you, or share one of your DVD's, right behind the part about you being one of the best guitar players the world has ever seen, comes "and he's one of the nicest guys you could ever meet."
A couple years before my wife passed away, I was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease, which is starting to progress in a more serious fashion as time goes by, so I don't know how many more times I'm going to get to see you perform. I just know that I couldn't leave the planet without expressing to you the following:

We all have a sum at the end of our time, of the positive and negative we've put out into the world; hopefully it is some kind of net positive for the majority. I want to tell you that your tally so far has to be ringing the bell on the way positive end. I, personally, have seen the joy and wonder you've brought to many thousands of people, and I know this must be multiplied exponentially to the nth degree across the world and over the years. You are a doctor of the soul, sir, and have poured happiness, magic, awe, and beauty into the world in immeasurable amounts, and have done so with compassion and love wrapped in a bundle of fun. From the all the depths of my heart, I want to thank you for what it has meant to me to watch you perform over these years. If you reap even an infinitely minute fraction of what you have sown, your life will be one of the greatest joy and satisfaction. I wish this for you with al the power of my being. Andy Lowther 2014

(4256) David Tracey
Sat, 9 August 2014 05:04:22 +0000

Hi Tommy I heard you a few years ago at LBI it was mind blowing I am 59 years old have been playing bass for about 20 years or so have opened for ZZTOP , BB KING and Jonny Winters it was the thrill of a life time for me , but if I could jam with you on a song back stage before I leave this place that would be the DONK , have played with a beatles tribute band for 10 years THE RUBBER SOULS I live in south jersey if you ever want somebody to jam with before a show let me know.
Thanks for taking the time to read this,be well.


(4255) Jennifer
Fri, 8 August 2014 06:30:34 +0000

Hi Tommy. I first discovered you when I searched amazing blues guitar on YouTube 3 years ago. Since then I have exposed my friends to your music and I have dreamed about coming to a workshop. I took piano lessons for 10 years but I wanted to branch out so I picked up the guitar when I was about 12. I'm 20 years old now and I have lived in confusion and emotional struggles but iv always had music to keep me balanced. I noticed that you never ever stop working and I hope I meet you someday so I can ask you why. It is among my life goals to make it to a Tommy Emmanuel guitar workshop. Keep rocking tommy! I idolize you!

(4254) Nick Hein
Fri, 8 August 2014 05:23:29 +0000

Tommy,
Have you ever done an acoustic version of Eric Johnson's "Cliffs of Dover"? It's a great melody and I'd like to hear an arrangement in your playing style. Here's the Youtube link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=15eu7ar5EKM
I've been listening to your playlists on Youtube the past few days, thanks for all the great music. I'm also a hobbyist/hack fingerstyle guitar player. Can't say I've learned anything from watching you, but it keeps me picking up the guitar again to keep playing.
Thanks mate,
Nick


(4253) Greg Pelsey
Thu, 7 August 2014 14:22:36 +0000

I have been a fan for several years and have a story to share. I was a guitar player from age 9 until 18 when I was in a car crash and sustained a spinal cord injury. The injury put me in a wheelchair and affected my hands so I can no longer play and as I was recovering my guitar was stolen. This was in 1981 and I am now 51 years old. Tommy Emmanuel was scheduled to play at the University of Alberta in Edmonton in late May of 2014 so I quickly got tickets. About a week before the show my son, who is 8, and I were out for a walk and went to the bank to get some snack money. He opened the first doors and we went in to where the ATMs are. He usually rides on my knee but jumped off to open the main branch door when a mini van came into the parking lot, jumped the curb, smashed through the first glass wall, hit me and pushed me through the second glass wall. I suffered a broken knee and broken femur on my right leg and re injured my left leg which had a previous femur fracture. Needless to say, I was in hospital and gave my tickets away. Could you please come back to Canada and play Edmonton, AB again?