Saturday night, February 9, the International Guitar Night, brings four distinct guitarists/composers to Hamilton, Montana.

Brian Gore of San Francisco started the International Guitar Night in 1995, inviting the world's top guitarists to play their latest songs and share the stage with other equally talented musicians.

The US tours started in 2000. A Canadian tour was added in 2006 and a year later, tour dates were added in Great Britain.

The Bitterroot Performing Arts Series has been lucky enough to host the tour once before.

Brian returns to the Hamilton High School Performing Arts Center with:

  • Martin Taylor of Great Britain, who has been entertaining for over 30 years and has collaborated with such luminaries as Dionne Warwick, Chet Atkins and Stephane Grappelli.
  • Solorazaf (Solo Razafindrakoto) was born in Madagascar and now lives in Paris, France. In South Africa, was lead guitarist for Mirian Makeba's band. He often uses his voice as the "seventh string" of the guitar.
  • Celso Machado is a Brazilian guitarist now living near Vancouver, Canada. He has performed for over 30 years and has toured with artists such as Badi Assad, Cristina Azuma and Peter Finger. His award-winning compositions have been performed worldwide.

And then, of course, there's Brian Gore, who was influenced by the "open tuning" styles of Northern California. He has been featured on NPR Radio's "Echoes" program and is known for his classical and percussive techniques in "finger style" guitar.

Tickets are available at the Bitterroot Performing Arts Box Office at 127 West Main in Hamilton. Call (406) 363-7946.