Guitarists take break from concert tour to play at CSP-SAC

By Recreation Therapist Jim Carlson

California State Prison – Sacramento

Internationally acclaimed guitarists Tommy Emmanuel and Martin Taylor recently included California State Prison-Sacramento (CSP-SAC) as a concert venue on their six-week “The Colonel and the Governor” USA performance tour.

Following a full house concert at Sacramento’s Crest Theater on Sunday evening, Jan. 18, Tommy and Martin arrived at CSP-SAC’s front gate early Monday morning to participate in the prison’s Creative Arts Program (CAP).

They presented a one and one-half hour concert to 35 inmates and about 15 staff in the Facility A Library. Their amazing talent, irrepressible energy and gracious spirit transported everyone present far beyond the physical confines of the institution grounds.

The musical numbers were punctuated by numerous standing ovations and expressions of pure enjoyment. Everyone left the library with smiling faces that reflected the gift that they had received from these two exceptional artists.

The impact of their presence continues to be felt throughout Facility A on the yard, in the housing units and in staff offices through conversations and positive attitudes. A huge “thank you” goes to Tommy and Martin for including us in their very busy performance schedule.

Members of the CAP classical guitar class taught by guitarist Gabriel Becker opened the concert with a concerto for four guitars. Mr. Becker has been a volunteer teacher in CAP for more than three years.

CSP-SAC concert 1

Internationally acclaimed guitarists Tommy Emmanuel and Martin Taylor perform at CSP-SAC.


4 Responses

  1. cheri snook Sunday, February 2, 2014 / 4:54 am

    Thank you New Folsom Prison and Jim Carlson for inviting Tommy Emmanuel in from our Kvmr stage at World fest a couple years ago, Tommy continues to come in often and bringing more talent to the prison.. May it be wide spread to every prison and Arts and Correction continue successfully! Thanks!
    Cheri Snook Broadcaster/Producer
    Kvmr Radio

  2. Ben S. Wednesday, January 29, 2014 / 10:35 pm

    What an incredible gift these inmates and staff received. Tommy is a wonderfully gifted guitarist and well deserves acclaim. Was the concert recorded and will it be released for purchase?

  3. Donna Tuesday, January 28, 2014 / 5:17 pm

    Have been a fan of Tommy Emmanuel for years! They were truly blessed to experience such a personal concert!

  4. jeff Tuesday, January 28, 2014 / 4:28 pm

    Tommy Emmanuel is the Jasha Heiftez of guitar. His talent and passion far exceeds many professional guitarists and his phenomenal abiliity leaves other very fine guitarists weeping, stunned, and awestruck. If you have never heard of Tommy Emmanuel, check him out on You-Tube. You’ll be amazed .. promise!

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