Bert Church Theatre to host International Guitar Night
Music aficionados will soon have the opportunity to hear a group of international musicians. Brian Gore and his travelling International Guitar Night tour will once again be visiting Airdrie’s Bert Church Theatre on Nov. 9, this time bringing along three other musicians from around the world.
Gore will be accompanied on stage will beby Martin Taylor, a 30-year acoustic guitar player; Solorazaf, a French-Malagasy guitarist who produces a sound that is highly rhythmic and smoothly flowing through his use of complex patterns and singing.
The last artist on the bill is Latin guitarist and composter Guinga, who is considered to be Brazil’s most innovative songwriter and guitarist.
Gore, who spearheaded the tour 12 years ago and has completed 28 tours with the International Guitar Night event, says his tour is the premier acoustic concert in North America and the world.
“International Guitar Night started out as a way to help win a wider audience for original music played on the guitar, which I think is widely underrepresented,” said Gore. “It started as a local thing and it has become the premier showcase in the world for acoustic guitar. Since starting the show, the playing field for the guitar has greatly expanded, and we like to think we were a part of that.”
Bert Church Theatre Manager Dennis Tinkler said the talent this show brings to Airdrie is something residents must experience.
“International Guitar Night is by far one of our favourite events. (Gore) assembles literally the most accomplished and talented guitar players from around the world,” said Tinkler. “To have the calibre of talent that (Gore) brings with him to our theatre at such an affordable price for people is an absolute pleasure.”
Tinkler and Gore spoke about each other’s passion for the arts as they have become close friends over the past couple of years, making the stop in Airdrie special for the musician.
“We have been going to Airdrie so long that we have been able to see how the area has grown,” said Gore. “What makes Airdrie special is they have crafted a niche for this kind of music. They anticipated their own success. It’s nice, the people who work there are loyal and make the experience great for us. It feels really homey. (Tinkler) is a person that is specially concerned about what he is offering the community.”
“There aren’t many (artists), if any, that I would describe as a good friend,” said Tinkler. “His commitment to the arts, and his absolutely indelible passion for sharing everything that is his own with everyone around him is nothing short of remarkable. He is the most warm, friendly, talented and true artist that I have ever met,” Tinkler added.
Gore said anyone with an interest in original music should come out and see International Guitar Night.
“If you love great music, come to the show,” he said. “This is great music played on the guitar. If you are interested in music that comes from around the world, come see this show.”
Tickets for the show are $32.55, and can be purchased online at www.tickets.bertchurchtheatre.com or through the Bert Church Box office at 403-948-8824.