Both guitarists have traveled pretty remarkable career paths. Appointed Member of the Order of Australia in 2010, Emmanuel has played with a variety of artists in different genres, including Chet Atkins, Eric Clapton, Les Paul, John Denver, and Doc Watson.

As for Taylor, his home country has dished out the love to the man often considered to be the epitome of jazz guitar. Having played with such diverse artists as Bill Wyman, George Harrison, Jeff Beck and Chet Atkins, Taylor was appointed MBE “For Services To Jazz Music” in 2002 and received the BBC Radio 2 “Heart Of Jazz” award in 2007.

Oh, and don’t forget to address him as “Doctor Taylor,” but don’t hit him up for free medical advice. The guitarst was made an honorary doctor of music by the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama in 1999.

Here’s the U.K. schedule, dubbed “The Colonel & The Governor Tour.”

March 7 – Aylesbury, Aylesbury Waterside Theatre
March 8 – Gateshead, The Sage Gateshead
March 9 – Manchester, The Bridgewater Hall
March 10 – Bilston, The Robin 2
March 12 – Barnstaple, Queen’s Theatre
March 13 – Exeter, Exeter Corn Exchange
March 14 – Bristol, Colston Hall
March 16 – London, O2 Shepherds Bush Empire
March 17 – Folkestone, Leas Cliff Hall
March 18 – Crawley, The Hawth
March 20 – Ipswich, Corn Exchange
March 21 – Chesterfield, Winding Wheel
March 22 – Halifax, Victoria Theatre
March 24 – Ulverston, Coronation Hall
March 26 – Aberdeen, Lemon Tree
March 28 – Edinburgh, The Queens Hall

Some shows are already on sale. For more information, click here for Tommy Emmanuel’s website and here for Martin Taylor’s web home.