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Celtic guitarists return to Thomson Depot for annual Christmas concert

For the fourth year in a row, Steve Baughman and Robin Bullock are coming to Thomson to perform an evening of Christmas Celtic music. Both musicians are music teachers and award-winning performers. Mr. Baughman is from California and Mr. Bullock lives in Paris. The two get together each year during the holiday season to visit friends in the Southern United States, and they form a little tour in the process.

"Robin and I are both big city boys," Mr. Baughman said. "It's a great treat for us to come and play in a small town where there is such a sense of community. ... We're looking forward to it."

The duo always plays at the Depot, and Mr. Baughman told about one incident when a train came by in the middle of their concert. When he jokingly complained about it, a voice in the audience shouted out that if he kept complaining, they'd put him on the next train out.

"It turned out to be the mayor!" Mr. Baughman said. "Now, that's my kind of town."

In addition to releasing several CDs, Mr. Baughman has authored instructional books and videos on fingerstyle guitar method. Mr. Bullock had a feature broadcast on National Public Radio's popular Celtic music program, The Thistle and Shamrock, and is hailed the "Celtic Guitar God" by Baltimore City Paper.

They will combine the sounds of guitars, citterns and mandolins in traditional airs, jigs, compositions of Ireland, hypnotic Breton dances and Appalachian fiddle tunes.

"We've loved meeting the folks at the Depot and they seem to enjoy our music," Mr. Baughman said. "Celtic music and the traditional music of the South have lots in common. They're kinfolk, I guess you'd say. So, we feel that even though we're bringing something a little different to Thomson, we're playing music that comes from the same tradition as bluegrass, old time and country. Oh, and the folks at the Depot seem to love Christmas as much as we do. We like that."

Sponsored by the Activities Council of Thomson, the concert is at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 11 at the Thomson Depot. Tickets are $12 in advance and $15 at the door. For more information, call 706-597-1000.

Web posted on Thursday, December 04, 2008

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