ST. CLAIRSVILLE, Ohio (February 28, 2014) - Passion is guaranteed, when world renowned fingerstyle guitarist Richard Smith and cellist Julie Adams join forces for a free community concert at the Shannon Hall Theater on the campus of Ohio University Eastern, Thursday, March 13 at 7pm.
According to critics worldwide, Richard and Julie will deliver both lightning fast barn-burners and beautiful ballads, occasionally spiced with gentle and witty vocals. Their ever growing repertoire comprises a wide variety of music from classical Bach to Beatles pop and also includes tributes to Chet Atkins, Chopin, Mozart and Scott Joplin Rags. In addition, they will mix fiddle tunes, gypsy swing, jazz standards as well as original ballads into each performance.
The duo‘s stylistic wealth is founded in a lifelong love for music. Born in Beckenham, Kent, England in 1971, Richard started playing guitar at age 5 under the instruction of his father. Concentrating initially on the country picking of Chet Atkins and Merle Travis, young Richard digested everything he heard, learning even the most complicated of these tunes with ease, and confounding everyone with his dexterity.
It seemed that not only did he possess amazing physical skill, but a photographic musical memory as well. Often, a single hearing was all it took to get a piece under his fingers, using all ten to play bass, rhythm and melody simultaneously and creating a universe of sounds, while easily switching between thumbpicking and flatpicking like hardly anybody else.
Richard first met his hero, the “Godfather” of fingerstyle guitar, Chet Atkins, when he was only eleven. Richard was invited by Chet to share the stage with him at Her Majesty’s Theatre in London in front of an audience of 1,000. At first, the master accompanied him, but later on he just listened in stunned silence while the child played Chet’s own arrangements – perfectly. Atkins once said, “Richard is the most amazing guy I know on the guitar. He can play anything I know, only better.”
Richard has toured the world as a solo artist, with his brothers Rob and Sam as the Richard Smith Guitar Trio and with his swing band, The Hot Club of Nashville, featuring Stuart Duncan on fiddle, Pat Bergeson on guitar and Charlie Chadwick on bass. Fellow guitar wizard Tommy Emmanuel prefers Richard Smith as one of his favorite duet partners.
In 2001, Richard became the National Fingerstyle Guitar Champion in Winfield, Kansas. He has been a mainstay at the Chet Atkins Appreciation Society Convention in Nashville since 1991, where he has played with many world renowned artists including Nato Lima of Los Indios Tabajaras, sax legend Boots Randolph and John Jorgenson of Desert Rose Band and Elton John Band fame.
Richard maried Julie Adams, the accomplished American cellist in 1991. Julie is one of the most diverse cellists on the music scene today. Raised in Dayton, Ohio, and classically trained at Interlochen Center for the Arts and the Cincinnati Conservatory, she has won many competitions and played in the most diverse musical settings.
In 1996, Julie was selected to perform the Dvořák Cello Concerto with the Cincinnati Conservatory Orchestra. She has performed with orchestras in Chicago, Columbus, Dayton and Cincinnati, Ohio, and Vero Beach, Florida.
She has also branched into folk music, playing a significant role on Glenn and Holly Yarbrough’s album entitled “Family Portrait“ produced by well-known fingerstyle guitarist Muriel Anderson. Julie and Muriel then teamed up to release their own duet CD titled “Theme for Two Friends” and toured extensively throughout the US.
In addition, Julie is a sought-after session player and has been featured on top ten albums as well as major film scores, such as the soundtrack of the box office hit “Bridget Jones's Diary” in 2001, and Suzy Bogguss' contribution “Oh! May the red rose live always” to the Grammy winning CD “Beautiful Dreamer: The Songs of Stephen Foster” in 2003.
Their rich artistic backgrounds have led Richard and Julie to an exciting musical rendezvous to the delight of audiences and critics world-wide. “Strings of gold on guitar met strings of pearls on cello,“ said Jean Bartlett, The Pacifica Tribune, Pacifica CA. “I never knew someone could play a sigh; make that two someones. Incredibly gifted musicians, with wonderfully silly senses of humor and a clear love for what they do, Richard Smith and Julie Adams rang the satisfaction chime at 20, on a scale of one to ten.”
Smith and Adams have released two duet albums entitled “Living Out a Dream” and “Seems Like Old Times.”
Due to limited seating in the intimate theater setting, tickets are required for the event and will be distributed on a first come, first serve basis. To reserve your complimentary tickets, email firstname.lastname@example.org.