Peppino D’Agostino, direct from the Swannanoa Gathering


In the 1960s, a new approach to solo steel string guitar playing took form, a magpie amalgam of folk, blues, classical and world music influences filtered through the individualistic and iconoclastic personalities of its pioneers.

At the forefront was the eccentric John Fahey, followed by even more influential Takoma Records label mates Leo Kottke and Robbie Basho. They opened the ears of a second wave of players to the tonal, rhythmic, and compositional possibilities of the guitar, especially with the use of open tunings.

In the front ranks of these finger-style guitarists is Sicilian-born Peppino D’Agostino, who played an enthusiastically received show with David Wilcox at White Horse Black Mountain last year. D’Agostino returns to White Horse for a solo show on Friday, Aug. 4 following his week on the faculty of the Swannanoa Gathering at Warren Wilson College.

D’Agostino emerged on the music scene in the late 1980s and helped redefine the boundaries of the acoustic guitar with his crystal clear tone, spacious melodies and percussive rhythmic sense. The readers of Guitar Player magazine voted him Best Acoustic Guitarist in 2007, and Acoustic Guitar’s People’s Choice Awards graced him with a bronze medal for Best Acoustic Album of All Time for his release “Every Step of The Way.” Gear geeks will appreciate his signature Seagull acoustic guitar being voted among the 10 best signature guitars by Guitar Player magazine.

Peppino has recorded 18 CDs and performed at international festivals and concert halls in more than 30 countries. He has shared the stage with such guitar greats as Larry Carlton, Eric Johnson, Tommy Emmanuel, Leo Kottke, Martin Taylor, Roland Dyens and David Tanenbaum.

Show starts at 8:00 p.m.Tickets are $12 advance/$15 door.

Finger-picking, Scilian-style

Who: Peppino D’Agostino

When: 8 p.m. Aug. 4

Where: White Horse Black Mountain

Cost: $12 advance, $15 door