Two guitar masters, Steve Baughman and Robin Bullock, will bring their unique style and irresistible synergy to The Depot on Thursday, Dec. 8. The duo's recording, "Celtic Guitar Summit," was honored by Acoustic Guitar Magazine with an "Editor's Pick as one of the top CD's of 2003."
"I just thought it might be good for us to finish our year with something that would be nice and intimate ...With these two great Celtic guitar players doing a Christmas show ... So we want to pack the house again on Dec. 8. It's a great concert to put you in the Christmas spirit; it's really going to be wonderful," Foward McDuffie Director Don Powers said.
The guitarists will be the fifth concert in the Chamber Concert Series, which debuted this year. The series began in February with Celtic musician Cathie Ryan playing for "a packed house at The Depot" according to Mr. Powers. In April, acoustic guitarist Preston Reed played at 1810, and country-blues artist Mary Flower performed at the Watson-Brown Foundation. 1810 played host to folk musician Steve Forbert for their Wine Harvest Celebration in September.
"All in all, (the concert series) has been warmly received, and we've made enough money with the underwriting from the Activities Council of Thomson that it makes sense to go at it again," Mr. Powers said. "These things take time to build, to find your niche, to make sure that you're bringing in entertainment that people are going to come in and see."
According to attendance, Thomson folks seem to prefer weekday concerts over those that take place on weekends, Mr. Powers said. Next year, he said the series will continue with at least one concert per quarter, and "hopefully dip into some other genres of music that people like."
"We have tried to make it to all the concerts and support the Chamber ... it's great to have stuff like this in Thomson," Brenda Turner and Woody Griffin said at the Steve Forbert concert.
It seems appropriate to close the year's series in The Depot with Celtic music because that's how the series began successfully, Mr. Powers said.
"We found out that The Depot is a great place to hear this type of music. It's got great acoustics, and it's a warm room," Mr. Powers said. "The entertainers really love it because of its history."
Surrounded by guitars, citterns and mandolins, Steve Baughman and Robin Bullock perform traditional airs, jigs, and compositions of Ireland, hypnotic Breton dances, Appalachian fiddle tunes and narrative ballads.
In addition to releasing several CD's, Baughman has authored instructional books and videos on fingerstyle guitar method.
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.
The concert is from 7:30 until 9:30 tonight. Tickets are available from the Chamber of Commerce for $15. For more information, call the Chamber at 597-1000.