Magic fin­gers: Richard Smith

Pasatiempo - - RANDOM ACTS -

Gui­tar ma­gi­cian Richard Smith re­turns to Gig Per­for­mance Space on Fri­day, April 1. The na­tive of Kent, Eng­land, has played gui­tar since age five. His first in­spi­ra­tions were Chet Atkins and Jerry Reed, but he was soon learn­ing licks by Django Rein­hardt — and over the years he has made mu­sic with Les Paul, Joe Pass, Earl Klugh, and the renowned Aus­tralian fin­ger-picker Tommy Em­manuel, who said, “If you like my play­ing, you should hear Richard Smith! The world cham­pion!” One of Smith’s predilec­tions is play­ing marches by John Philip Sousa, and it’s hard to be­lieve this is just one per­son play­ing one gui­tar. He is also f lu­ent on the vi­o­lin and banjo. The con­cert at Gig (1808 Sec­ond St., starts at 7:30 p.m. Ad­mis­sion is $20 at the door. — P.W.

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