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Billy McLaughlin: Flip Side

Airs Saturday, December 10, 2011 at 10 p.m. on KPBS TV

Billy McLaughlin with guitar in the KPBS studio.

Credit: Roland Lizarondo

Above: Billy McLaughlin with guitar in the KPBS studio.

Billy McLaughlin is an accomplished guitarist with a devoted following. His 20-year career has produced dozens of albums and numerous awards. But, his personal story is equally remarkable. Billy is a dynamic performer and a charming storyteller.

Event: Billy McLaughlin In Concert At KPBS

  • KPBS, 5200 Campanile Dr., San Diego
  • Saturday, January 14, 2012
  • 7 p.m.
  • Age Requirement: All ages
  • Cost: $120 - $365

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After performing thousands of concerts across the country, he was diagnosed with focal dystonia in his left hand. It is a neurological disorder that makes the muscles contract uncontrollably. And for most musicians, it is a career-ending diagnosis.

But, Billy made the bold decision to have his guitars flipped over to the other side and he learned to play all over again - using his other hand.

“Billy McLaughlin: Flip Side” is a combination of concert footage of McLaughlin performing and the story of how he overcame focal dystonia to learn to play the guitar again.

Billy McLaughlin is on Facebook, and you can follow @BillyMacMusic on Twitter.

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