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A California Trio’s Birmingham Visit

If you’ve never heard Paul Richards, Bert Lams and Hideyo Moriya, you’ve just flat been missing out on something great.

Colleen and I enjoyed an absolute treat yesterday, taking in last night’s performance of these guys, known as the California Guitar Trio, at the Alys Stephens Center.  Performances like this are part of what make living in Birmingham so enjoyable.cgt_enh

This was our third time to see these incredibly talented musicians, who so skillfully turn anything from a Beethoven Sonata to Dave Brubeck jazz piece to Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody into an acoustic masterpiece.

Last night’s show was special, too, because it marked the 22nd anniversary (to the day) of their first performance.

These guys represent quite a mix: Paul is from Salt Lake City, Bert is from Belgium, and Hideyo is from Tokyo. They started playing together while studying guitar in England.

I don’t think there’s anything they can’t play well. If you’ve never heard ’em, check out some samples at their website.

They’ve released over a dozen albums, and we couldn’t walk out without a copy of their all classical Masterworks CD.

Their CDs are great, but getting to see them perform is something you never forget…