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Neil Jacobs: 12-string guitar

Neil Jacobs

Date, Location

    • Wednesday, March 20, 2013
    • 7 pm - 8:30 pm
    • Central Library
    • Free event; open to the public. No ticket required.

    Truly a Remarkable Performer

    Neil Jacobs is truly a remarkable performer on the 12-string guitar. Drawing inspiration from his world travels and improbable life experiences, he shares his amazing stories with his audience as he performs breathtaking compositions representing each adventure. Neil brings the music to life, pushing the limits of this traditional folk instrument as he fuses Gypsy, Celtic, Balkan, and Classical influences into new American music.

    A Master of the Acoustic 12-string Guitar

    Neil Jacobs is truly a master of the acoustic 12-string guitar. With his own style of playing that the St Louis Riverfront Times describes as “mesmerizing” and the Austin Chronicle describes as “the rockin’est since early Leo Kottke.” Neil covers a full spectrum of styles and dynamics, touching on music diverse and varied as Gypsy, World, Balkan Folk, Jazz, and Fingerstyle guitar, while maintaining his own refreshing energetic style of playing. 

    A self-taught musician, Neil draws inspiration from his world travels and experiences. His most recent focus includes the Gypsy music of Eastern Europe and the Balkans, which is showcased in his third CD “American Gypsy,” in which he draws from his first hand knowledge of Eastern European Gypsy, Balkan and World Folk music to create his riveting compositions. The “American Gypsy” CD was nominated “Album of the Year” in the 2001 “American Independent Music Awards.” 

    Neil studied with the Gypsies of Spain as part of a special cultural exchange grant in 1995, the same year he was voted “Outstanding Folk Instrumentalist” at the Columbus Music Awards. He then resided in Seville, Spain for over a year before returning to Columbus. He then joined the acclaimed Balkan group, Zivili, on an amazing refugee camp tour of the war-torn Balkans, including performances in Croatia, Bosnia, and Sarajevo. As a result of this experience, Neil produced his more pensive second CD, “World Blue.”