Legendary Guitarist Leo Kottke Returns for 4 West Coast Performances


Amongst a phalanx of steel-string acoustic guitar masters, Leo Kottke stands alone as a virtuoso whose combination of innovation, precision, sensitivity, timing, and dexterity remain unmatched over a career spanning five decades, 30-plus records, and thousands of solo concerts worldwide.

Although his recordings have gained consistent critical acclaim, he is best known for his scintillating live performances, each markedly different in form and content from the next.

These four concerts are a superb opportunity for local acoustic guitar enthusiasts to hear an unparalleled musical innovator and craftsman ply his trade in small, intimate settings on a rare visit to Canada.

Concert dates and ticketing information:

Date: Tuesday, 2018 March 20 at 8pm, doors 7:30
Venue: Saltspring Island BC – ArtSpring Theatre, 100 Jackson Avenue
Tickets: General Admission, $40 advance, $45 door, plus box office service charges
ArtSpring Box Office, 250-537-2102, https://tickets.artspring.ca/TheatreManager/1/tmEvent/tmEvent3207.html

Date: Thursday, 2018 March 22 at 8pm, doors 7:30 (co-presented by Vancouver Island MusicFest)
Venue: Courtenay BC – Native Sons Hall, 360 Cliffe Avenue
Tickets: General Admission, $40 plus service charges
VIMF Box Office, 250-871-8463, https://musicfest.tickit.ca/events/3641-leo-kottke

Date:  Friday, 2018 March 23 at 8pm, doors 7:30
Venue: Victoria Conference Centre Theatre, 720 Douglas Street
Tickets: All seats reserved, $39/$49 plus box office service charges
Brown Paper Tickets, https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3172985

Date:  Sunday, 2018 March 25 at 8pm, doors 7:30
Venue: Vancouver Granville Island Stage
Tickets: All seats reserved, $39/$49 plus box office service charges
VancouverTix,604-629-8849, https://www.vancouvertix.com/buy-tickets/leo-kottke

When Taylor Guitars crafted its Leo Kottke signature model, they described its namesake as follows:

“More than any other artist, Leo Kottke has defined the role of the contemporary acoustic guitarist as self-styled virtuoso, amassing a worldwide following in the process.  The self-taught guitarist first surfaced with his legendary 1969 recording, “Six and Twelve-String Guitar”. Since then he has blazed a singular stylistic path that continues to diverge from mainstream guitar music. Classical precision, pop attractiveness, jazz fluency, 20th-century harmony, bluesy fundamentalism, rubbery, syncopated rhythms, and lyrics that feature quasi-literary characterizations all vie for supremacy in his music and challenge preconceived notions of how acoustic guitar music should sound. In addition to his masterful musicianship, Kottke is beloved for a droll perspective on life that puts a tilt on his material and keeps concert audiences highly amused.”  – Taylor Guitars

“His fingers unleash a flurry of notes that evoke a quirky world of wonder: part bluegrass breakdown, part folk ballad, part Delta blues, part nursery rhyme. All this and surreally funny rambling monologues, too.”  – Baltimore City Paper

He has the kind of impeccable ability to play different lines simultaneously that almost requires a split brain. The man’s right hand should be preserved for science.  – Salon.com

“My music is maybe hard to categorize,” Kottke says. “It doesn’t fit conveniently into the bins at record stores. That works for me, though… I don’t rise and fall with trends. Most listeners seem to have room for this stuff. It’s been great that way.”

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