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Tuesday, Jun. 26, 2018

Extreme Acoustic Guitar Featuring Bill Dutcher, Jay Poole, and Mike Gallaher

When Bill Dutcher picks up an acoustic guitar, the music that fills the room cannot be branded with a simple sentence. When you see him play live, you’re experiencing an event that shatters the preconceived notion of what a solo acoustic artist is capable of. You’re witnessing the fusion of six strings, ten fingers, unorthodox instruments, and various electronics blend a unique cocktail of rock, blues, and classical as well as Middle Eastern and Celtic flavors into an acoustic symphony.

Jay Poole, an alumnus of Boston’s Berklee College of Music, has called Metro Phoenix his home for the last fifteen years. A consummate sideman, he has played with some of the area’s most popular bands, including Delcoa, Easton Ashe, and the Walkens. As a versatile, in-demand session player, Poole has worked on recent releases from Jay Allan and Ryan Sims as well as on three of his own solo albums.

Michael Gallaher, originally from Baltimore, Maryland, is a passionate, fiery guitarist with a fine melodic sense. He left Baltimore at the young age of eighteen to pursue his musical destiny and spent the next several years on the road. A Texas stopover turned into a ten-year sojourn, during which time he became a fixture on the Dallas music scene, recording and performing with a literal Who’s Who of modern music. It was during this time that he was voted as “Texas Tornado” by the Dallas Observer as the year’s best jazz player, joining the ranks of such former winners as Stevie Ray Vaughan, Eric Johnson, and Johnny Winter.

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