Mandolin Master Tony Williamson Brings Tunes and Rare Instrument Stories To Concert in Port Townsend

A lifetime of music breeds a modern master

Born and raised in rural North Carolina to a family of wood-workers and musicians, Williamson is a life-long musician whose extensive career dates all the way back to 1968 when he joined his brother Gary on a recording of “John Henry” for an anthology called “Discovering Music Together”, which also included selections from The Boston Symphony and rock group Blood, Sweat, and Tears

After taking a degree from the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, Tony answered the call to go on the road with The Bluegrass Alliance, whose distinguished alumni includes Vince Gill, Sam Bush, and Tony Rice. His stint with this now legendary group set him on a musical course that would lead him to the top of his field, playing classical, jazz, folk, and, of course, a healthy dose of bluegrass.

David Ryoko of the Chicago Tribute called Williamson “among the finest mandolins alive,” noting that his music “dazzles without ever lapsing into flashiness. This is great music hiding behind genuine humility.”

His credits include performances on stage and/or in the recording studio with Alison Krauss, Chris Thile, Earl Scruggs, Bill Monroe, Bobby Hicks, Tony Rice, Vassar Clements, David Grisman, Sam Bush, Mike Marshall, Ricky Skaggs, Jerry Douglas, Don Stiernberg, and Robin and Linda Williams of Prairie Home Companion fame. He has also received awards and nominations from many national music organizations including the International Bluegrass Music Association.

Concert starts at 7pm, Doors open at 6:30pm. Suggested donation $10-15

Port Townsend Friends Meetinghouse, 1841 Sheridan Street.

For more info call 360-385-6836

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Port Townsend, WA. — "Mandolin Virtuoso Tony Williamson sure can play, and what he doesn't know about mandolins, nobody does!"  This is how Acoustic Musician magazine summed up the skill of a man whose concerts have delighted audiences for over 40 years in every state of the Union and in many foreign countries, including France, Ireland, Japan, and Brazil. That list will get a little longer Saturday as he brings both his mandolin skills and his vast knowledge of musical instruments and their histories to Port Townsend for a very special concert on Saturday, November 21st at Port Townsend Friends Meetinghouse, 1841 Sheridan Street.