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At 14, Annual Guitar Night Still Fabulous

by John Thomas | Dec 9, 2015 12:00 pm

Marilyn Catasus Photo Robert Messore closed his eyes, took a deep breath, exhaled slowly, and gently coaxed from his acoustic guitar the ascending triplet of notes that opened the gorgeous, mournful Celtic waltz, “Citi Na gunman.” He played the instrumental rendition of the song slowly, letting each note ring, as though allowing it to breathe.

The concertgoers sat motionless, utterly silent, transfixed. When Messore finished, they waited a beat, or three, before erupting into applause.

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