Issued: 9 July 2009
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FRIDAY 24 JULY
Distinctive US acoustic guitarist Andy McKee is set to visit Town Hall Birmingham on 24 July as part of an intimate four-date UK tour.
The 30-year-old Kansas native has released four critically acclaimed albums to date and collaborated on US singer-songwriter Josh Groban?s 2007 best selling album Noel. A new album from McKee is expected for early 2010.
Using altered tunings, partial capos, percussive hits and tapping, the guitarist has gained an international fanbase through his incredible work and performs around 200 shows each year.
McKee?s unique and innovative fingerstyle guitar playing first emerged on YouTube, when the US indie record label Candyrat posted his performances of Drifting, Rylynn and a cover of the Toto classic Africa.
Between them and a handful of other amazing songs, McKee?s videos have racked up a spectacular 50 million views on the popular online video community site.
In addition to a handful of US country and bluegrass acoustic artists, McKee cites artists as diverse as Bjork, Iron Maiden and Pat Metheny as influences on his work.
Notes to editor:
Town Hall and Symphony Hall are managed together by Performances Birmingham Limited, a registered charity. Between them, the two halls present an exciting and varied programme of over 600 concerts and events a year, designed to appeal to people of all ages and backgrounds. Over 500,000 people visit Town Hall and Symphony Hall annually, and a thriving education/community department reaches a further 20,000 people of all ages.
Town Hall Birmingham re-opened in October 2007 following a £35m renovation funded by Birmingham City Council (£18.3m), Heritage Lottery Fund (£13.7m), European Regional Development Fund (£3m).
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