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Celtic guitarists return to local stage for Christmas concert

Tonight marks the third annual evening of Christmas Celtic guitar music in Thomson with a concert by Steve Baughman and Robin Bullock. The duo is presented by the Thomson-McDuffie Chamber of Commerce in cooperation with the Activities Council of Thomson. Organizer Don Powers said the two are a great hit in Thomson.

"We had them the first time on a real cold night, and everybody seemed to like them," he said. "So we had them back last year. We set the room up like a little nightclub, and it was dynamite. We had a big crowd, so we decided we ought to make it an annual event until it makes sense not to."

Both musicians are music teachers and award-winning performers. Mr. Baughman is from California and Mr. Bullock lives in France. Mr. Powers said 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.

Together they perform traditional Irish airs, jigs and compositions, Breton dances and Appalachian fiddle tunes finger-style on guitar, citterns and mandolins.

"The woods are full of good guitars players, and these are just two of them ... and they are dynamite," Mr. Powers said.

The concert will be held at the Depot, which Mr. Powers said again will be set up nightclub-style with a few rows of seats in front and tables in the back, where people can bring their own food and refreshment.

Tickets are $12 in advance from the Chamber of Commerce, and $15 at the door.

"It's a great way to get in the Christmas spirit," Mr. Powers said. "It's low-stress. All you have to do is show up, pay your money and let the good music wash all over you and put you in a good mood."

For more information, call the Chamber at 706-597-1000.

Web posted on Thursday, December 06, 2007

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