2016 – 2017 Concerts & Events

Daniel Champagne (©Neale Eckstein)
January 28, 2017
Daniel Champagne

©Neale Eckstein

Time & Place
Saturday, January 28, 2017 @ 7:00 pm
4573 Bank St.
Virginia Beach, VA 23462
Admission
General Admission$23
Military, Senior (60), or Student (w/ID)$20
TFAM Member$15
Child 10-17 w/adult$10
Child under 10 w/adultfree
Daniel Champagne exudes a natural ease on stage, as he sings poignant lyrics and beautifully crafted melodies that invariably whisk the heart up with grand romanticism. Coupled with an exhilarating guitar talent that transcends mere acoustic playing to replicate a whole band, Champagne is just magical. themusic.com.au

The story goes that the young Australian singer, songwriter and one-of-a-kind guitar virtuoso first picked up his instrument of choice as a five-year-old following in the footsteps of a musical father. He began writing songs at 12, training classically throughout his teens and performing solo wherever he could, honing his craft and developing what would become the dynamite live show that he is renowned for today. At 18 he left school, turned professional and hit the road.

The next five years saw him traversing North America, the United Kingdom, Europe, New Zealand and of course, his homeland Australia playing such festivals as Vancouver and Mariposa Folk (Canada), Belgium’s Labadoux Festival and Australia’s Woodford, Falls Festival, Port Fairy Folk Festival and the legendary Byron Bay Bluesfest. As well as touring and sharing stages with the likes of Lucinda Williams, Judy Collins, INXS, John Butler, KT Tunstall and Ani DiFranco – all of this while writing, producing and independently releasing two Eps, My Own Design (2009) and Wide Eyed and Open (2010), his first long player Pint of Mystery (2011) and the Real Live offering in 2012. As one reviewer recently wrote, “still in his early twenties, the distances he has been would be more frequently associated with veterans of the Folk scene” (The Dwarf). This globe trotting lifestyle would become the centerpiece of Daniel’s next recordings when in 2013, he undertook the ambitious task of delivering two stand-alone albums within the space of twelve months. The Gypsy Moon – Volumes I and II marked a great leap forward for him both as a songwriter and a recording artist, with Australia’s roots music bible Rhythms Magazine saying that “Champagne has gone a step further this time, it’s like he’s realized his own potential, his confidence is sky-high and he’s truly ready to explore.”

Now regarded as a leading light in acoustic music, with a firm reputation for making festivals buzz, holding crowds in his palm, dropping jaws and breaking guitars wherever he goes. Daniel Champagne has recently signed to US booking agency Fleming Artists and relocated to North America where he continues his exciting career as an international touring and recording artist.

This young Singer, Songwriter and Guitarist has become a renowned performer throughout his home land and now around the world.
Firefly Column
Watching Daniel Champagne perform is a once in a lifetime experience. He is a true prodigy that plays like no one else could possibly play unless they spent at least two lifetimes studying the art.
BW Review, New Zealand
Opening: Matt Thomas (J. Trower Photography)
Opening: Matt Thomas

credit: J. Trower Photography

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.

Matt's Guitars:

  • Holloway Harp Guitar — Performance harp guitar
  • Morris — Studio guitar
  • Maton EBG808 — Live guitar
  • McCollough Baritone — Studio/performance guitar