Live Review: Kasey Chambers @ The Birchmere — 2/5/19

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Kasey Chambers performs at The Birchmere on Feb. 5, 2019. (Photo by Ari Strauss)

“I’m starting to think I play more here in this venue than in my hometown,” said Australian country singer-songwriter Kasey Chambers Tuesday at The Birchmere, after she and her Fireside Disciples played “Not Pretty Enough.” Kasey praised The Birchmere, saying that it felt like home — and expressing special appreciation for the venue allowing artists to use its washing machine.

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Live Review: Tommy Emmanuel @ The Birchmere — 1/22/19

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John Knowles and Tommy Emmanuel (Photo by Allen Clarke)

The sign on the marquee read, “Tommy Emmanuel, CGP,” and below that, “John Knowles, CGP.” CGP stands for Certified Guitar Player, a designation bestowed by master player Chet Atkins on a small number of extremely talented guitarists. Only three remain, and, with Chet having passed in 2001, there won’t be any more. And you likely never heard a show like the show played by two of these last CGPs at The Birchmere on Tuesday.

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Preview: Tommy Emmanuel and John Knowles @ The Birchmere, 1/22 + 1/23/19

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Tommy Emmanuel and John Knowles (Photo by Allen Clarke)

Tommy Emmanuel and John Knowles released a collaborative instrumental album, Heart Songs, via CGP Sounds/Thirty Tigers on Jan. 11! The duo has hit the road to bring their music to The Birchmere together for two dates on Tuesday, Jan. 22 and Wednesday, Jan. 23.

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Snapshots: Gang of Youths @ 9:30 Club — 12/10/18

GangOfYouths Gang of Youths performs at 9:30 Club on Dec. 10, 2018. (Photo by Ari Strauss)

The phrase, “Go big or go home,” was likely crafted with Australian indie rock band Gang of Youths in mind. The quintet put on a powerful 90-minute set on a Monday night recently before a packed crowd at 9:30 Club during a stop on its Say Yes to Life North American Tour.

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Live Review: Luluc @ City Winery — 12/5/18

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Luluc performs at the City Winery on Dec. 5, 2018 (Photo by David LaMason)

Luluc, the Australian duo of Zoë Randell (vocals/guitar) and Steve Hassett (guitar/vocals/keys), visited City Winery on a chilly Wednesday night. But both venue, with its intimate feel — combined with the beautiful sounds of Luluc — warmed up an attentive crowd.

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