A master guitar player. A man who doesn’t read music. A man who is self-taught. Tommy Emmanuel brought his music to Caloundra on 18 May, and I was lucky enough to have a ticket to his sold-out concert.

Tommy Emmanuel is a world-renowned Australian guitarist and songwriter known for his complex finger style technique and energetic live performances. He is considered to be one of the greatest guitarists of all time and has collaborated with a wide range of artists, including Chet Atkins, Mark Knopfler, and Eric Clapton.

From the moment he bounded onto the stage to the moment he took a bow, there was no let-up. The music was full on and fast. From a Beatles medley to Classical Gas to his own personal music, Tommy was incredible. His finger style leaves you in awe of how one man can sound as if he is playing three parts of the same piece of music at the same time, but you know what…. he does.

The audience was mesmerised, cheering and clapping after each song. Tommy’s energy was contagious, and his passion for his music was evident in every note he played. He shared some personal stories between songs, giving us a glimpse into his life and what inspires him to keep playing and creating music.

As the night came to a close, Tommy left the stage to a standing ovation. The audience was left wanting more, but we were grateful for the incredible experience that we had just witnessed. Tommy Emmanuel is a true master of his craft and seeing him live is an unforgettable experience.

Tommy Emmanuel’s concert in Caloundra was a night to remember. From his incredible finger style technique to his contagious energy and passion for music, he left the audience in awe. It’s easy to see why he is considered one of the greatest guitarists of all time, and I feel grateful to have had the opportunity to witness his genius firsthand.

Would I go again? Absolutely! This man is a genius!