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World-renowned acoustic guitarist Ari Eisinger to perform in Lancaster


Ari Eisinger acoustic guitarist
World-renowned acoustic guitarist Ari Eisinger who is performing in Lancaster on October 6 2017
John Gregory


ONE of the greatest fingerstyle guitarists in the world, Ari Eisinger, will be performing in Lancaster in October.

Ari will be appearing at The Gregson Centre, 33 Moorgate, on Friday, October 6 at 7.30pm. Tickets are £12 and are available from the venue on 01524 849959 and also online at

£10 concession tickets are available by ringing — or calling in at — the venue.

Ari, from Philadelphia, USA, 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  to give concerts across the Atlantic — in fact this concert in Lancaster will be part of 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.

Ari said: “I am delighted to performing at The Gregson Centre in Lancaster as part of my nine-date tour of the British Isles.The concert will mark my last date in England on the tour. The audience will hear me perform music originally written and performed by the great country blues and ragtime guitarists of the 1920s and 1930s.”

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 Blue John and Dr Phil  —  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.

For the full tour dates and more information see