AHWAHNEE – A special Monday concert at Coolwater Ranch features master guitarist Richard Smith.
Smith was born in Beckenham, England. He picked up the guitar, when he was five years old, after watching his father playing an Atkins and Travis version of Down South Blues.
Smith begged his father, a longtime Atkins admirer, to introduce him to the fingerpicking style, and soon became a child prodigy on the guitar. At the age of 11 he finally shared the stage with his idol, when Atkins invited him to play together at Her Majesty’s Theatre in London.
Later, he formed the Richard Smith Guitar Trio with his brothers Rob and Sam, before marrying American cellist Julie Adams and moving to Nashville, Tennessee in 1999. There he founded the Hot Club of Nashville, a jam band with a varying lineup, including high-profile session players such as John Jorgenson, Pat Bergeson, Bryan Sutton and Stuart Duncan, combining the European and American traditions of Gypsy Jazz and Western Swing.
Smith now performs both as a solo act and in a guitar and cello duo with his wife. His repertoire includes a wide range of styles from country, bluegrass and folk to jazz, pop and classical music.
This special Veteran’s Day Concert on Nov. 11, starts at 4 p.m.
Concerts at the ranch are small non-profit (an understatement!) social events attended by about 40 friends, neighbors and family. About 20 additional seats are available by arrangement to interested listeners.
Reservations or passes are a must for these concerts as space is limited. Tickets are available at Mountain Feed in Coarsegold, or contact Robin directly at 559-760-1134 or e-mail email@example.com
The ranch is located in Ahwahnee, just ten minutes from Oakhurst at 45680 Forest Ridge Drive.
Refreshments are either provided by the host or volunteers, and occasionally there is a pot-luck dinner. Please call Robin at 559-760-1134 for information.
Admission is free but there is a suggested donation for the artist.
1. Please, No Alcohol, Drugs or Smoking!
2. Admission is free but there is a suggested donation for the artist.
3. No children under 16.