Guitar great Tommy Emmanuel to play at NPAC Sept. 7

Guitarist Tommy Emmanuel takes the stage in concert at Niswonger Performing Arts Center Sept. 7. Tickets are available now.

Esteemed guitarist, composer and performer, Tommy Emmanuel, returns to the Niswonger Performing Arts Center at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 7.

The opening act will be Logan Ledger.

As one gives a listen to “Old Photographs,” the closing track on Emmanuel’s “It’s Never Too Late,” the distinctive squeak of finger noise is heard as he runs his hands across the frets of his Maton Signature TE guitar. Many musicians would edit those imperfections out, but to Emmanuel, those imperfections are perfect.

A master technician, Emmanuel started professionally at age six, rising through the ranks as a studio player and member of several Australian rock bands before he set off on a solo career. One of only five musicians handpicked by his mentor, Chet Atkins, as a Certified Guitar Player, he’s piled up numerous accolades, including one Grammy Award and two nominations, two ARIA Awards from the Australian Recording Industry Association (the Aussie equivalent of the recording academy) and repeated honors in the Guitar Player magazine reader’s poll.

A noted fingerstyle guitarist, Emmanuel frequently threads three different parts simultaneously into his material, operating as a one-man band who handles the melody, the supporting chords and the bass all at once. His talents, which translate in any language, carry him to the far corners of the globe, but Emmanuel never plays the same show twice, and he improvises big chunks of every date. That leaves him open to those technical imperfections, though they also provide some of the humanity to an other-worldly talent.

Tickets are $40 for orchestra level seating, $35 for mezzanine seating and $30 for balcony seats. Tickets are on sale now for all performances for the entire 2019-2020 season and may be purchased online at, in person at the NPAC box office, or by calling 423-638-1679. NPAC offers online seat selection with no processing or delivery fees. There is an additional $2 ticketing fee per ticket regardless of purchase method. The box office hours are Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. The 1,150 seat performing arts center is located adjacent to the campus of Greeneville High School. For venue information, and to purchase tickets, please visit