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Master Guitarist Comes to Concert Association

Acoustic “fingerstyle” guitar wizard Shaun Hopper is at first glance an unassuming presence, a true southern gentleman whose humility stands in stark contrast to the prodigious talents he unveils on stage.  An unparalleled master of the fret-board.  Merging complex melodies, harmonies and bass lines along with a one-of-a-kind mix of percussive elements, he captivates everyone within earshot. Whether his listeners are guitar enthusiasts or not matters little, within a few seconds they soon realize that they are listening to a true virtuoso.  Hopper’s original compositions and arrangements of pop tunes are infused with all the cutting edge techniques and flavorings yet, it is his traditional and schooled “approach” to music which keeps him unquestionably steeped in, and inspired by, the greats.  Influences include guitar legends; Chet Atkins, Andres Segovia, Tommy Emmanuel, George Benson, Michael Hedges, Martin Taylor, Buster B. Jones, Pete Huttlinger and Leo Kottke, just to name a few.  The final result is a signature style which crosses over the full range of musical genres; Folk, Classical, Celtic, Pop, Rock, Jazz, Blues and Percussive-New Age.

Shaun’s stagecraft is equally impressive and engaging.  Weaving in humorous tales from his small town Georgia roots and sharing an occasional glimpse into his “backwoods” childhood, he stirs his audience with both laughter and introspection.  Shaun’s modest upstarts bespeak his self-effacing nature, and yet it is years of cloistered practice which cuts through on stage with searing confidence.  A self-assurance rarely found in performers twenty or thirty years his senior.  What you hear in his music is quite unexpected… even edgy.  Moving thematically through his repertoire, Shaun takes his audience on a tour from Celtic imagery and Classical medley to soulful ballads and jazzy improvs, all of which he might counter punch with a Nashville “hot licks” session, neck popping original or 70’s pop song.  With listeners caught off balance, he is still able to rouse them up with a contagious sing-a-long or two.  Song by song, night after night, Shaun always raises a smile, a glass and if not… a standing ovation.

Born and raised in Adel, Georgia, Shaun began playing guitar at age 12 after hearing a local street musician fingerpick a Nirvana song outside the local arcade.  That’s all it took to light the fire.  Starting out in 2002, Shaun played bass in several rock & country bands, cutting his teeth at local clubs, touring the Southeast and gaining a popular foothold in Atlanta.  Yet even after playing a four hour band gig, he’d arrive back at the motel room at 3:00am, put away his bass and opened up his guitar case.  Locking himself in the motel bathroom, so as not to disturb his band mates, he’d play for several more hours.

Subsequent years of honing his craft led Hopper to the “Winfield National Fingerpicking Championship” where he won “Best Instrumental” song (2007) for his seminal piece “Autumn of Any Year”.  Later that same year, Shaun won 2nd place in the singer-songwriter competition at Atlanta’s famed Eddie’s Attic “Shootout Competition” without singing a single note, being the first and only instrumentalist ever to achieve such recognition.  Reviewer’s from “The Atlanta Journal Constitution” awarded Shaun the title “Best Musician on the Rise” (2007).

Shaun Hopper is unquestionably one of the finest acoustic-fingerstyle guitar players in America, a rare jewel in the tapestry of the Tampa Bay music scene.  Dazzling us with his fiery originals and covering everything from Chet Atkins to Andre Segovia and from The Beatles to Queen, Shaun never fails to mesmerize us all.

Great seats are still available for this exciting show 7 PM Thursday, November 2 at the Bucyrus Elementary School Auditorium, 245 Woodlawn Ave., Bucyrus.  Doors open at 6:30 PM.

For additional information, show preview and ticket information go to the “Membership/Tickets” tab on Concert Association website at:  www.crawcocommconcert.com and key on the iTickets.com link or by calling 800 965-9324.  “Student Special” – Half price tickets for this show for students 18 years old or younger are also available.