|Time & Place|
|Friday, February 24, 2017 @ 7:00 pm
2510 N. Armistead Ave.
Hampton, VA 23666
I know the harp guitar's future is in good hands when I hear Matt play and write with the sensitivity and passion that he has. He's got terrific chops on a regular six string too! Stephen Bennett
At a young age of 27, Matt Thomas has started a young career and gained some large credit in the world of fingerstyle guitar. He won 1st place in both contemporary thumbpicking and open style at the Home of the Legends International Thumbpicking Competition. The following year, he returned to be inducted into the Thumbpickers Hall-of-Fame and was asked to compete again which resulted in another 1st place win in contemporary fingerstyle, and 2nd in traditional thumbpicking. Some influences are Chet Atkins, Merle Travis, Jerry Reed, Buster B. Jones, Stephen Bennett, Pat Kirtley, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Django Reinhardt, Stevie Wonder, The Beatles, Andy Mckee, Adam Rafferty, and Tommy Emmanuel.
In the 4 years Thomas has been playing fingerstyle, he has performed with such greats as Stephen Bennett, Joscho Stephan of Germany, Gareth Pearson of Wales, Wayne Henderson, Richard Smith, and guitar virtuoso Tommy Emmanuel. Thomas was named the most outstanding overall musician in the Woodside High School performing arts magnet in 2004. In 2005 alone, he performed at the 2 most prestigious acoustic festivals in the nation, Merlefest and the Chet Atkins Appreciation Society (CAAS) Convention. Since then, he has performed at countless music festivals across the east and west coast. Thomas has also been voted the Best Overall Guitarist in the Hampton Roads area by Meona.net. Thomas also plays the Harp Guitar and has been named the new young gun by Harpguitars.net.
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