Tommy Emmanuel Joins the 2018 Pagosa Folk ‘N Bluegrass Lineup

The 13th Annual Pagosa Folk ‘N Bluegrass festival is scheduled for June 8, 9 & 10, 2018, and will feature musicians from across the nation and across the musical spectrum, including Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper, The Way Down Wanderers, the Luke Bulla Trio, Coral Creek, and — newly added to the lineup —headliner Tommy Emmanuel.

Tickets are still available at ‘early bird’ discount prices on the FolkWest website.

Tommy Emmanuelwas destined, perhaps, to become a world-class musician. Given his first guitar at age four, he started working professionally just two years later in a family band, the Emmanuel Quartet. He never learned to read and write music, but he and his brother Phil were dedicated students of the instrument, creating games that helped them identify chords and patterns. They became adept at picking out the nuances of complex chords, a talent that takes most musicians years to develop.

Thus, Emmanuel had the music – and the showmanship – and in short order, the music had him.

An accomplished fingerstyle player, Tommy Emmanuel frequently threads three different parts simultaneously into his material, operating as a one-man band who handles the melody, the supporting chords and the bass all at once. There’s a science to assembling the parts, and Emmanuel’s technical gift has earned him multiple awards from Guitar Player magazine and made him a Member of the Order of Australia, an honor bestowed by the Queen in his homeland. But the average fan could listen without even considering the precision behind the work, focusing instead on the artful tension and release of Emmanuel’s melodies. That’s how he intends it.

With a popular TED Talk and YouTube videos that regularly rack up views in the millions, Tommy is on the road a lot, but appearances in Southwest Colorado are rare. We are excited to have him close the main stage on Saturday, June 9.

Click here to get your early bird tickets before prices go up on March 31…


Crista Munro

As Executive Director of the Colorado non-profit music organization FolkWest, Crista Munro manages marketing, grant-writing, sales, sponsorships and donor relations... among other duties.