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Celtic guitarists return for concert

After wowing a crowd of locals in the Depot last year, Celtic guitar masters Steve Baughman and Robin Bullock have been invited back for another Christmas-themed concert this year.

The Thomson-McDuffie Chamber of Commerce, along with the Activities Council of Thomson and the Tourism Board, will present the duo tomorrow evening at 7:30 in the Depot, once again.

According to Don Powers, Forward McDuffie Director, both musicians are teachers and award-winning performers from Europe and California. The musicians, which normally perform separately, will combine the sounds of guitars, citterns and mandolins.

"If you like smooth guitar music, these guys are about as smooth as it gets," Mr. Powers said.

The duo performs traditional airs, jigs, and compositions of Ireland, hypnotic Breton dances, Appalachian fiddle tunes and narrative ballads. Acoustic Guitar Magazine honored the duo's recording, "Celtic Guitar Summit," with an "Editor's Pick as one of the top CD's of 2003."

In addition to releasing several CD's, Mr. Baughman has authored instructional books and videos on finger style 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.

Advance tickets are available from the Chamber of Commerce office for $12. Tickets are $15 at the door. For more information, call the Chamber at 597-1000.

Web posted on Thursday, December 07, 2006

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