Date(s) - 30/09/2017
8:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Rye Community Centre
Ari Eisinger, from Philadelphia, USA, is a world-renowned performer of 1920s and 1930s country blues and ragtime guitar and his incredibly authentic approach has won acclaim worldwide.
His incredible solo acoustic guitar style has been described as “sounding like four people playing at once” (Dan DeLuca, The Philadelphia Inquirer).
Ari has previously toured the United States, sharing the bill with some of the great names in the history of fingerpicking guitar – Taj Mahal, Dave Van Ronk (an inspiration for the hit Coen Brothers film Inside Lllewyn Davis) and the legendary Doc Watson. He has also performed on stage with blues hero John Jackson.
Ari is known for his two superb solo albums You Don’t Understand and That Will Never Happen No More and for a hugely popular series of tuition DVDs for Stefan Grossman’s Guitar Workshop on the playing of blues legends Blind Blake, Blind Boy Fuller, Lonnie Johnson and Blind Lemon Jefferson.
He has also been an expert tutor at music camps on both sides of the Atlantic including Blues Week in the UK.
The opening act for the concert is Blue John and Dr Phil.
Dr Phil (vocals/guitar/bass) is Dr Philip Ratcliffe, a name well known to country blues fans worldwide as he is the author of the acclaimed biography Mississippi John Hurt: His Life, His Times, His Blues. Dr Phil is also a radio broadcaster and a songster and musician in his own right. He will be joined by friend, tour promoter and guitar tutor Blue John (John Gregory).
Dr Phil will also be giving a talk on Mississippi John Hurt as part of the Rye Arts Festival and Blue John will be running an acoustic guitar workshop.
Tickets for the concert, guitar workshop and talk are £15 (combined ticket). Tickets for the concert only are £10 and tickets for the workshop and talk (not including the concert) are £8. For full details and to book see www.ryeartsfestival.co.uk or call the box office on 01797 224442.