Press Release

For Immediate Release 

 

Event Date: February 11 and 12, 2016

 

Allegro Guitar Series Presents Chet Atkins Tribute Featuring Guitarists John Knowles & Martin Taylor to Be Held in Dallas & Fort Worth

 

Very few guitarists have touched as many lives as the great American guitarist Chet Atkins. In the later part of his career he chose a handful of his favorite artists to receive his “CGP” (Certified Guitar Player) title. The first was Texas’ own John Knowles, who arranged and composed with Chet over several decades. Another is the great British Jazz Guitarist, Martin Taylor. They are two of the three remaining CGPs and they will perform on the Allegro Guitar Series in Fort Worth on Thursday, February 11, and in Dallas on Friday 12.

 

 

Fort Worth/Dallas, Texas, January 25, 2016 - The Fort Worth Classic Guitar Society will present the Allegro Guitar Series Chet Atkins Tribute featuring guitarists John Knowles & Martin Taylor to be held in Dallas & Fort Worth on February 11 at 7:30PM and February 12 at 8:00PM.

 

Event Times: Fort Worth: February 11, 7:30PM, John Knowles and Martin Taylor at Kimbell Museum, Renzo Piano Pavilion Auditorium. Dallas: February 12, 8:00PM, John Knowles and Martin Taylor at University Park United Methodist Church.

 

Very few guitarists have touched as many lives as the great American guitarist Chet Atkins. In the later part of his career he chose a handful of his favorite artists to receive his “CGP” (Certified Guitar Player) title. The first was Texas’ own John Knowles, who arranged and composed with Chet over several decades. Another is the great British Jazz Guitarist, Martin Taylor. They are two of the three remaining CGPs and they will perform on the Allegro Guitar Series in Fort Worth on Thursday, February 11, and in Dallas on Friday 12.
 
John Knowles has worked with the finest finger-style and classical guitarists including Chet Atkins, Jerry Reed, Lenny Breau, Tommy Emmanuel and the Romero Family. Chet, Jerry, Tommy, the Romeros, and James Galway have all recorded his music. Gorilla Song (co-written with his son Jay) is an international hit with recordings by Raffi and XUXA. Guitarists around the world subscribe to and learn from his FingerStyle Quarterly. John’s work has won a GRAMMY and two Emmy nominations. In 1996, Chet Atkins awarded John the first Honorary CGP (Certified Guitar Player) degree and in 2004, John was inducted into the National Thumb Picker’s Hall of Fame for the second time. John earned a PhD in physics from Texas Christian University in 1968.
 
GRAMMY nominated artist Martin Taylor, MBE, is a virtuoso guitarist, composer, educator and musical innovator whom Acoustic Guitar magazine calls  ‘THE Acoustic Guitarist of his Generation’. Widely considered to be the world’s foremost exponent of solo jazz and fingerstyle guitar playing, Martin possesses an inimitable style that has earned him global acclaim from fellow musicians, fans and critics alike. He dazzles audiences with a signature style that artfully combines his virtuosity, emotion and humor with an engaging stage presence.
 
Taylor has enjoyed a remarkable musical career spanning across five decades, with more than 100 recordings.
He has collaborated with musicians from widely different genres, including: Jeff Beck, Tommy Emmanuel, Bill Wyman, Chet Atkins, Stephane Grappelli, David Grisman, George Harrison, Jamie Cullum, Bryn Terfel, Dianne Schuur and Gary Burton.
 
Knowles and Taylor both devote time to teaching and on Saturday, February 13, John and Martin will teach a special class on Classical, American Fingerstyle and Jazz Fingerstyle guitar. The time and venue will be announced on www.GuitarSociety.org.

 

Event Times & Location:

 

February 11, 7:30PM, John Knowles and Martin Taylor at Kimbell Museum, Renzo Piano Pavilion Auditorium
Dallas: February 12, 8:00PM, John Knowles and Martin Taylor at University Park United Methodist Church


Fort Worth: February 13, Time and venue TBA, Martin Taylor and John Knowles will teach a clinic on Classical, American Fingerstyle and Jazz Fingerstyle guitar.
 

Ticket prices are $35. Discounts are available for students, first responders, and all US Service personnel. 

Ticket information and venue maps are at GuitarSociety.org or call 817-498-0363.

 

Full information can be found at http://guitarsociety.org/valentines-gala-tribute-to-chet-atkins-john-knowles-martin-taylor-feb-11-12
 
Electronic press kit:
http://www.GuitarSociety.org/EPK

 

 

 

 Media Contact    

 

Media Contact: Christopher McGuire

Email: Chris@GuitarSociety.org

Phone: (817) 398-0363

 

Fort Worth Classic Guitar Society

Fort Worth, Fort Worth, Texas, 76107

Web: www.GuitarSociety.org

 

 Calendar Listing

 

CALENDAR LISTING:

Event Name: Chet Atkins Tribute

Event Date: February 11 and 12, 2016

Event Times: Fort Worth: February 11, 7:30PM, John Knowles and Martin Taylor at Kimbell Museum, Renzo Piano Pavilion Auditorium. Dallas: February 12, 8:00PM, John Knowles and Martin Taylor at University Park United Methodist Church.

Event Locations: Kimbell Museum, Renzo Piano Pavilion Auditorium in Fort Worth and University Park United Methodist Church in Dallas

Admission: Ticket prices are $35. Discounts are available for Students, First Responders, and all US Service personnel.  Ticket information and venue maps are at GuitarSociety.org or call 817-498-0363.

Web: www.GuitarSociety.org

Contact: Christopher McGuire, Chris@GuitarSociety,org, (817) 398-0363

Description: The Fort Worth Classic Guitar Society will present the Allegro Guitar Series Chet Atkins Tribute featuring guitarists John Knowles & Martin Taylor to be held in Dallas & Fort Worth on February 11 at 7:30PM and February 12 at 8:00PM. Very few guitarists have touched as many lives as the great American guitarist Chet Atkins. In the later part of his career he chose a handful of his favorite artists to receive his “CGP” (Certified Guitar Player) title. The first was Texas’ own John Knowles, who arranged and composed with Chet over several decades. Another is the great British Jazz Guitarist, Martin Taylor. They are two of the three remaining CGPs and they will perform on the Allegro Guitar Series in Fort Worth on Thursday, February 11, and in Dallas on Friday 12.

 


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