ONE of the greatest fingerstyle guitarists in the world – ARI EISINGER – will be touring the British Isles in late September/October 2017.

Ari is a world-renowned acclaimed performer of 1920s and 1930s country blues and ragtime guitar and is known for his authentic approach. His incredible solo acoustic guitar style has been described as “sounding like four people playing at once”. 

Even though he is known to music fans and guitarists across the globe it is extremely rare for Ari, from Philadelphia, USA, to give concerts across the Atlantic – in fact this will be his first full-length tour of the British Isles. He will be performing a total of nine dates in England, Scotland and the Isle of Man, from September 30 to October 11 (see below for dates and venues).

Ari said: “I am really looking forward to this tour! It’s something I have wanted to do for a long time and I am delighted to be playing at some great venues. The first date of the tour will be part of the Rye Arts Festival in East Sussex. I then have another date in the south of England before going on to play two shows in the Midlands, one in the North West of England and two in the Isle of Man. The tour will then end with two dates in Scotland.”

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 British Isles tour – Ari Eisinger solo in concert with special guests Dr Phil and Blue John – is being promoted by Blue John Media.

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 – specialising in the music of the Deep South – and has opened for Georgia blues musician Kent Duchaine and blues and roots music duo Joe Filisko and Eric Noden from Chicago. He will team up with Blue John (vocals/guitar), who is John Gregory, owner of Blue John Media. Blue John has previously opened shows for the Fabulous Thunderbirds, Martin Taylor, Nine Below Zero, Michael Messer, Marcus Bonfanti and many more, as well as selling out his own headline country blues guitar concerts. He is also an established guitar tutor.

*The quote is from Dan DeLuca writing in The Philadelphia Inquirer

Ari Eisinger solo in concert – plus special guests Blue John and Dr Phil

British Isles tour dates Sept/Oct 2017


Sept 30: Rye Arts Festival, Rye, East Sussex

October 1: Milford on Sea Community Centre, Hampshire

October 3: Bonington Theatre, Arnold, Nottingham

October 4: Kitchen Garden Cafe, Birmingham, West Midlands

October 6: The Gregson Arts and Community Centre, Lancaster

Isle of Man

October 7: The Institute, Laxey

October 8: Erin Arts Centre, Port Erin


October 10: House concert, Edinburgh

October 11: Dunoon Burgh Hall, Dunoon

See for ticket details for each venue

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