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(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?

(4252) Steve Snyder
Thu, 7 August 2014 14:08:41 +0000

Tommy, Monday nights show(8/4/14) was the greatest show I've ever seen you do, and I've seen you play a lot. Thanks for a super night!

(4251) Brad Cardis
Thu, 7 August 2014 04:25:15 +0000

Hey Tommy - hope all is well with you and great to see you at the Bushfire gig at Leichardt a few months ago, what a special night and was a nice touch with you singing some tunes ! Hope to see you again for some shows when you are back in October for your workshop. Main reason we wanted to get into touch is we are having a large benefit night on The Central Coast Sat 25th October called " Brass Blokes " and is conjunction with Lifeline about rewarding good local blokes and bringing awareness to lads mental health and issues. I know loads of the fellas up here are huge music fans and especially your music and we were hoping we could maybe look at a donation raffle prize for the night ? We know you get loads of requests for these, but this one is a special for guys that maybe are a little scared to show feelings and more. Love to hear from you and can send you some more information if needed. Take Care, keep the music coming, we miss you in Australia and the Coast ! Cheers Brad Cardis - 0416 923 655 Mcwbj

(4250) venise
Thu, 7 August 2014 02:43:28 +0000

Lovely photo of you, Tommy, and Angelina on facebook. I'm not on facebook.,
Hope Amanda's wedding goes well. It will be a great time for all. Doesn't seem that long ago she was a little girl that Louise, Brett and I kept occupied while you were rehearsing for a show. all the best venise

(4249) Ray Sikora
Wed, 6 August 2014 14:47:08 +0000

Hi Tommy,
I saw you at the two shows at the Surflight at LBI, NJ. Awesome time my friend. There will be a number of local guitar players at your show in Newton. Any chance of a meet and greet for a me and a lady friend? She's a newbie...
Safe travels between now and then....
Just a humble admirer,
Ray Sikora

(4248) Kathy
Wed, 6 August 2014 01:23:56 +0000

Saw you at Surflight theater last night, just as I did almost a year ago. So thrilled to have seen you again! Brilliant playing and a very inspirational evening. Thanks for coming back and I can't wait until the next show, hope to meet you! :):)