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MGS 2019: SARAH MCLEOD Part 1 – Guitars

Posted in Artists, Interviews, Melbourne guitar Show News    //    Post Date - June 24, 2019

Sarah McLeod, the singer and guitarist with the ARIA Award winning, platinum-selling rockers The Superjesus, has since gone on to establish an acclaimed solo career. Her latest album Rocky’s Diner, written and demoed in a secluded Brooklyn apartment in New York showcases her maturity as a songwriter, and her gift for melding grooves and soul within a rock framework. In 2018 Sarah was back fronting Superjesus as they celebrated the 20 year milestone of their landmark album Sumo. Now in 2019 Sarah McLeod brings her rock chops and boundless energy to the Melbourne Guitar Show stage. Sarah appears at the guitar show on Saturday August 3.

Ahead of her guitar show appearance, Australian Musician editor Greg Phillips caught up with Sarah at her home studio in rural Victoria. In part 1 of this 2 part interview, Sarah tells us the wonderful stories behind her guitars and we chat about the Melbourne Guitar Show.

Check out Sarah’s Facebook page HERE

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ASH GRUNWALD ANNOUNCES SIGNATURE PRATLEY GUITAR, NEW ALBUM, BOOK & NATIONAL TOUR

Posted in Artists, Electric Guitars, Gear, Interviews, Melbourne guitar Show News    //    Post Date - June 24, 2019

Acclaimed Australian roots music singer, songwriter, guitarist and performer Ash Grunwald has been out of the spotlight for the last five years. For three of those years he was soaking up a tropical lifestyle living in Bali before returning to Australia. Yet rather than merely kicking back and chilling out, Ash was working away on things, rebuilding his career and most importantly … himself. He was focussing more on his physical and mental health, happily writing songs,  working hard on his guitar playing and many other projects, which are now all about to come to fruition.

THE ALBUM First of all there’s a new album Mojo, set for release on a new label (Bloodlines) on August 30. It features collaborations with many other respected musician such as The Teskey Brothers, Mahalia Barnes, Joe Bonamassa, The Cat Empire’s Harry James Angus, Terry Evans, Eddy “The Chief” Clearwater, Ian Collard and The Fabulous Thunderbirds’ Kim Wilson. The first single, Whispering Voice features Kasey Chambers. We’ll catch up with Ash at a later date to explore the album further. A national Mojo tour has also been announced for October (Dates below).

THE BOOK Then there’s a book! It’s called Surf By Day, Jam By Night and combines two of Ash’s greatest passions- music and surfing. In the book, Ash interviews a collection of famous surfers who play music and musicians who surf. Through conversations with Kelly Slater, Steph Gilmore, Jack Johnson, Dave Rastovich, Jaleesa Vincent, G. Love, and many more, Ash discusses flow states, jamming versus shredding, style, transcendence, fear, career longevity, growth mindset, mindfulness and what it’s really like to live your dreams. The book is also released in August.

 

THE SIGNATURE PRATLEY GUITAR Perhaps the Grunwald project that we here at Australian Musician are most excited about, especially ahead of his Melbourne Guitar Show appearance, is the announcement of the RBJ-90 Ash Grunwald signature guitar by local makers Pratley Guitars! Pratley Guitars is very excited to announce this new advancement in the pursuit of the ultimate semi-hollow electric guitar with the launch of the RBJ-90 Ash Grunwald blues model, in partnership with Ash. The RBJ-90 Ash Grunwald is the first of its kind for the company, designed to pay homage to old school blues guitars with its classic look and sweet tonality that is delivered through the use of unique Australian tone-woods. Despite the vintage look, the instrument feels entirely modern. Comfortable to hold and with a fretboard that makes playing effortless, this spectacular instrument utilises premium hardware and pickups to bring to the market an instrument combining classic looks, a modern design and unparalleled Australian craftsmanship. As well as Ash performing with the guitar at the Melbourne Guitar Show on Saturday August 3rd, Pratley will also be showing off the instrument at their stand on the exhibition floor throughout the weekend.

THE INTERVIEW Australian Musician’s Greg Phillips had the pleasure of chatting to Ash recently about the new Pratley signature guitar and the many other projects Ash is excited to be sharing with us all later this year.

Ash with Martin Pratley

Ash, there’s a lot happening for you this year with the new album Mojo coming out, you’re playing our Melbourne Guitar Show, you have a new signature guitar coming out and a book. How’s your headspace with all of that about to happen?
Fantastic. Really good because the album is five years in the making, the book took up a lot my life last year and this year. The signature guitar is just a pleasure. I feel relaxed. It’s funny because we were living in Bali for three years, it was a time of a lot of rebuilding, regrouping and working really hard on myself, my guitar playing, my physical and mental self. Now I just feel like I am stepping into something that I have been envisaging for a long time.

We’re really excited about this signature guitar. How did the Pratley association come about?
Martin (Pratley) is a really good luthier from up our way. He’s on the Gold Coast and he approached me after giving me a few stomp boxes, which were cool and then he said do you want to start working on a signature guitar? I thought what am I into and what’s right for this phase of my career? I’m a really big fan of big body guitars. I played a Gibson 137 for many years, that was my main guitar. Then I switched over to a Les Paul when I started doing band things. So I’d switch between those two. Obviously I’ve had a lot of guitars over the years but lately I have been playing D’Angelico, a variant of the 335 and that’s a really cool guitar but the chance to design my own guitar is really cool. We wanted to do something classy and cool and then when it hits production … I don’t know what price Martin will put on it in the end but we want to try to make it in such a way that people can afford to own the guitar. If you get too frilly and put things on that might make it look cool, it’s putting the labour up. At the moment it’s all made in Australia and it’s not made somewhere where labour is cheap.

Has there been much back and forth with prototypes?
There’s a lot of back and forth and so far I’ve only just been playing the first one. The idea is that it looks like a classic guitar in the mould of the 335 but with a different shape and a lot more fret access and the neck is designed to be very playable.

What about tone-wise, will you get much variation from this guitar?
I’m probably going to experiment with this a little bit between P90s and humbuckers. Martin makes his own pickups, so there are a few different options. With my tone, I stick to the neck pickup a lot. I like that big round mellow neck tone, especially on the P90s and get my variation from my pedalboard. But I go through phases where I just get the tone through my amp, just loading the front end of the amps and doing the old blues thing with just the volume. That first prototype in my studio is a lot of fun and has a really nice tone. Currently it has two P90s but we’re probably be going to work through one more prototype, maybe two before the Melbourne Guitar Show.

How important was the look of the guitar, the visual design? It has a beautiful colour scheme to it.
I love earthy tones. I’ve got a Les Paul Studio that I keep in Canada that is unfinished completely, it’s just like a raw wood thing and I almost thought that was my perfect Les Paul because I have that earthy side to myself, to my songs and to what I like. I like raw wood so it is a half way point between that and some really fancy ornate guitar that you can see a lot of work has been put into it. It’s made of Black Ash, I think it is called, which is a pretty funny coincidence but I still wanted it to have a warm sunburst look to it with a little bit of red coming through. I think it looks wicked. I’m pretty happy with it. I like vintage warm and natural, so I am really happy with the look of the thing.

You must be pretty stoked because there aren’t a huge amount of Australian musicians who have a signature guitar.
It’s really cool and I am really stoked. It’s really funny when you have played a million gigs, it’s really enjoyable to get to that level where you’ve been doing it for a long time and you get recognised for that. It feels really good. It almost feels like fate that all of these things are coming in now, that I have come back to Australia with a bit of a rebuild. One of the things I did while I was in Bali was I prepared myself for a new part of my career. I came up through the roots scene of the noughties. I started as a blues player in Melbourne. At that time I’d played a lot of guitar and was keen on the guitar, then I got into the roots scene and focussed a lot more on my songwriting. I kinda thought, I don’t want to be some shredder guitarist, I want to be tasty and be a songwriter. I think over the last few years I’ve looked at my career and thought about where I want to be going forward and I decided that now is the time being older, to go back to treating the guitar with more respect and being more in the guitarist scene. As soon as I did that, the irony of it… in a way it was me accepting my age in a way. Ok, I’m going back to a different phase and the irony of that is that I have felt so much love for my instruments. In the years gone by they were just my tools. I loved them but I didn’t froth. It didn’t excite my like when I was fifteen. Now I feel like I am fifteen again and the reason is that I am practising. I am putting the work in and I have found that it is a funny by-product that the more work you put into your playing, the more love you feel for the guitar and the more enjoyment you get every time you pick the instrument up. It couldn’t have come at a better time for me.

You are playing our Melbourne Guitar Show in August. Have you ever played a show like that before where there are a lot of musicians in the attendance?
I have done little things that were fairly threatening as a guitarist before. I have done guitar clinics and at Port Fairy I played with the Grigoryan Brothers and Lloyd (Spiegel) and Nick Charles and a few other really good guitarists and that was fairly intimidating as a guitarist. But I am just me. I have my own peculiarities as a guitarist. A big part of me has always been my vocals and songwriting and I think that’s what I bring to my guitar playing. It’s always my intention to talk through the instrument, so I will be enjoying doing that. I just think for me personally, to be there is actually a real honour on that side of the equation and I am just going to be really interested in nerding out completely and plugging into a million pedals and watching different players.  I am putting together a bit of a pedalboard that I will be using with a lot of cool analogue pedals too.

 

Will you be playing some tracks from the new album?
Yeah and the new album is really ‘guitary’. The first single Whispering Voice with Kasey Chambers singing on it is a reworking of an old song that I used to play on my Cole Clark lap steel back in the day and it was really mellow but I reworked it with the band into a dub mix, Hendrix kind of thing. So that was fun to have a fret on, so that will be a good one to play.

Let’s touch on the another project you have coming up, the book …
It’s called Surf By Day, Jam By Night and I am interviewing all of the famous surfers who play music and musicians who surf. I’ve got 14 different people. I flew to LA and interviewed Kelly Slater, who is a really good singer and has some great guitars. I was sitting in his kitchen as he was waking up and I was playing the guitar that Ben Harper gave him, a beautiful Martin signature guitar. We had a jam and he ended up showing me his Les Paul that says Slater on it, SL8R which Pearl Jam gave to him as he jamming with them in front of 60,000 people. This was the kind of stuff that was happening. As the book went on … I interviewed Jack Johnson and a whole lot of really inspiring people. I really started to draw a lot of conclusions about … things like meditating on shred versus style. Things that apply to surfing, they apply to music, they apply to your whole life. Jack Johnson said this great thing … the most stylish guy in surfing going back to the 80s is Tom Curren and that’s Jack Johnson’s hero. He said watching Tom Curren surf is like listening to a BB King solo, where there is nothing frilly, nothing extra put in there but everything is as it should be. What you are hearing is a lot of technical ability but somebody with their ego in control to the level that they don’t have to show you everything they can do. They do what is needed for that passage or part. That’s what we’d call a tasteful player in music or stylish surfer. It borders on a spiritual thing. It’s being so in control of yourself and your ego that you do what is perfect for the moment. I think of Derek Trucks like that and also my traditional heroes like Albert King. What my mission has been lately is to try and get all of those skills into my body, the maximum I can so that I can channel it. It could be something really simple or it could be something really complicated, that’s the journey I am on with my playing and something I kind of learned doing the book. The thing I noticed was that how you do one thing is how you do another thing. Jamming with Steph Gilmore, who is a 7 time world champion surfer, she had really good technique on the guitar and playing some chords that I didn’t know and shredding, playing some more heavier stuff with really good right hand technique. I was like, well why should I be surprised? She knows how to practice, she knows how to get good at stuff. Of course she’d be a such a great guitarist. So that was really interesting.

• You can check out Ash and his signature RBJ-90 Pratley guitar at the Melbourne Guitar Show. August 3&4 Caulfield Racecourse. Ash performs on the Saturday.
• The new single ‘Whispering Voice (feat. Kasey Chambers)’ is out now.
• The album Mojo is released August 30.
• Ash Grunwald’s new label Bloodlines have also acquired the rights to his entire back catalogue, including the ARIA-nominated albums I Don’t Believe, Live At The Corner, Give Signs, Fish Out Of Water and Hot Mama Vibes, plus Ash’s collaboration with The Living End’s Scott Owen and Andy Strachan, 2013’s Gargantua.
• The book Surf By Day, Jam By Night to be released in August (via Pantera Books).

Mojo tracklist:
1 Hammer (feat. Terry Evans)
2 Ain’t My Problem (feat. The Teskey Brothers)
3 Waiting Around To Die (feat. Joe Bonamassa, Josh Teskey & Ian Collard)
4 Whispering Voice (feat. Kasey Chambers)
5 Human (feat. Mahalia Barnes & Harry James Angus)
6 Trouble’s Door (feat Mahalia Barnes & Kim Wilson)
7 Mountain (feat. Mahalia Barnes)
8 3AM (feat. Harry James Angus & Ian Collard)
9 How Many More Years (feat. Eddy ‘The Chief’ Clearwater & Ian Collard)
10 Whipping Boy (feat. Terry Evans)
11 The Boogie
12 Goin’ Out West (feat. Kim Wilson)

ASH GRUNWALD
MOJO TOUR
AUSTRALIA
OCTOBER 2019
With special guest Jack Botts
TICKETS ON SALE NOW

Friday 4 October
Jive Bar | Adelaide, SA
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Saturday 5 October
Howler | Melbourne, VIC
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Friday 11 October
Rosemount Hotel | Perth, WA
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Saturday 12 October
West Australian Guitar Festival | Perth, WA
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* Jack Botts not appearing

Friday 18 October
The Lansdowne Hotel | Sydney, NSW
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Saturday 19 October
The Zoo | Brisbane, QLD
oztix.com.au

https://ashgrunwald.com/

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PERIPHERY’S JAKE BOWEN IN MELBOURNE GUITAR SHOW MASTERCLASS FOR IBANEZ

Posted in Blog, Melbourne guitar Show News    //    Post Date - June 19, 2019

We are thrilled to announce that Jake Bowen, guitarist from cutting-edge American metal band Periphery will be joining us at the 2019 Melbourne Guitar Show to present a masterclass for Ibanez Australia on Saturday August 3rd.

Hailing from New York, Ibanez Signature Artist Jake Bowen has been an integral cog in the Grammy-nominated progressive metal band Periphery. With their debut in 2010 the band has solidified their place in the metal world and helped popularise an exciting new genre of music. Ibanez Australia will be hosting Masterclasses featuring Periphery’s guitarist Jake Bowen held across Australia. These Masterclasses offer an exclusive and intimate opportunity for budding or experienced guitarists to learn from one of the pioneers of the progressive metal movement. The Masterclasses will consist of Jake demonstrating and teaching specific techniques used on his solo work and Periphery’s catalogue and will conclude with Q & A session from the audience ranging from a range of topics. Jake will present his Melbourne Guitar Show masterclass on Saturday August 3rd. Just as each new Periphery release seems to turn progressive metal  around another 180 degrees, Jake Bowen, the source of the band’s rich tapestry of guitar-based ambient soundscapes, has also moved the boundaries of guitar design and performance with his new Ibanez  signature instrument—the JBM10FX, which he’ll be demonstrating at the guitar show. 

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https://australianmusician.com.au/melbourne-guitar-show/

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MELBOURNE GUITAR SHOW SPOTLIGHT: RUBEN GUITARS

Posted in Artists, Melbourne guitar Show News, Special Features    //    Post Date - June 18, 2019

Ruben Guitars is a regular exhibitor at the Melbourne Guitar Show and will be there again in 2019 showcasing their beautiful instruments. We sat down with head designer Tiri Pestrivas at their facility in Ferntree Gully to talk about Ruben Guitars ahead of the guitar show.

Ruben Becker is the founder of Ruben Guitars and is a master luthier. Since 2011, he has been the driving force and creative designer of some of the world’s most beautiful bespoke guitars.  His entire pursuit as a luthier is the perfection of each and every unique and one of a kind instrument – handcrafted and designed specifically for you.  Ruben has unprecedented access to the world’s most sought after and rare tonewoods, making each guitar with the ‘Ruben’ moniker a truly bespoke, heirloom masterpiece. Handcrafting more than 25 bespoke commissions a year, and travelling the globe to source the world’s most rare and exotic timbers, Ruben has become one of the world’s premier luthiers. https://www.rubenguitars.net/

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MELBOURNE GUITAR SHOW TICKETS ON SALE NOW!

Posted in Articles, Blog, Melbourne guitar Show News    //    Post Date - June 12, 2019

Stars pic by Richard Hogan

The Melbourne Guitar Show will once again celebrate the Melbourne and Australian guitar community on August 3 & 4, 2019 at Caulfield Racecourse. Proudly presented by Triple M, Australian Musician, and 3PBS the lineup boasts an impressive haul of both local and international artists. In addition to world class performances from the artists on this massive lineup, #MGS2019 will also present a massive gear expo that will feature a huge variety of electric and acoustic guitars, effects pedals, amps and more state-of-the-art guitar technology, both home-grown and from around the world. See, Try and Buy! It will continue to be Australia’s biggest guitar pop-up shop, and that’s not all. The Melbourne Guitar Show will host information seminars, demonstrations, and live performances from Australia’s most talented guitarists and you can now buy tickets HERE

The full program for the 2019 Melbourne Guitar Show is still in development, with some more artists yet to be named and times yet to be locked in. Hopefully it will be available next week.

HOWEVER, to assist you with your ticket booking decisions, here’s a list of artists and the days they will be appearing at the show, either in performance or demo/session.

This list is subject to change but it’s where we are at right now!

SATURDAY AUGUST 3. 10am-6pm

CHRIS BIENIEK
SARAH MCLEOD
JAMES NORBERT IVANYI
DENNIS JONES BAND (USA)
SIMON HOSFORD’S FAIR WARNING (Playing Van Halen’s debut album)
PAUL CAREY & JULIN SCHEFFER
VAN LARKINS
NICK CHARLES
COREY LEGGE
ANNA SCIONTI
MINNIE MARKS
ASH GRUNWALD
PHIL MANNING & CHRIS FINNEN
HAMMOND TRIO: Rob Papp, Jon Wade, Rob Mercer.
INTERNATIONAL BLUES DAY CELEBRATION:
Nick Charles, Shannon Bourne, Minnie Marks, Ash Grunwald, Phil Manning, Charlie Bedford, Corey Legge, Anna Scionti, Liz Frenchman
BRETT KINGMAN
MICHEL DOLCE
JAMES RYAN
KEITH MERROW (USA)
LLOYD SPIEGEL
VAN LARKINS
DREW ROLLER
PHISHA

SUNDAY AUGUST 4. 10am-4pm

ROBYN PAYNE’S ENGINE ROOM
JEREMY BARNES
STARS
SERGIO ERCOLE
ADAM MILLER
MINNIE MARKS
THE CARTRIDGE FAMILY
LLOYD SPIEGEL
ACOUSTIC JAM:
Nick Charles, Lloyd Spiegel, Van Larkins, Chris Finnen, Sergio Ercole, Adam Miller
MICHAEL DOLCE
JAMES RYAN
JOSH MUNDAY
KEITH MERROW (USA)
JAMES NORBERT IVANYI
DAVE LESLIE
TRIPLE M ALL STAR JAM:
Mal Eastick, Charlie Bedford, Dennis Jones (USA), Simon Hosford, Rod Bustos (Bass), (Marcus Ryan (drums)

TICKET PRICES

NotePre-purchased ticket prices apply for tickets purchased up until 11.59pm on Friday 2 August. After this time, Door prices apply.

Adult Day Pass: Door Price $25 (Pre-purchased $20) (Day pass, valid for either Saturday or Sunday)

Family Day Pass: Door Price $50 (Pre-purchased $40) Family ticket for Saturday OR Sunday for 2 adults and 2 children under 15

Concession Day Pass: Door Price $15 (Pre-purchased $10) with Valid Student, Senior, Concession card (Valid for Saturday OR Sunday)

Adult Weekend Pass: Door Price $35 (Pre-purchased $30) (Valid for Saturday and Sunday)

Concession Weekend Pass: Door Price $20 (Pre-purchased $15) with Valid Student, Senior, Concession card (Valid for both Saturday AND Sunday)

Note: Children under 12yo are free when accompanied by a paying adult 

BUY TICKETS HERE NOW!

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MGS2019: CHARLIE BEDFORD INTERVIEW

Posted in Artist Profiles, Interviews, Melbourne guitar Show News    //    Post Date - June 7, 2019

At the 2019 Melbourne Guitar Show by Jason Rosewarne

Charlie Bedford is a talented teenage blues musician who has been growing in stature year by year within Australia’s wonderful guitar community. He has performed at the International Blues Challenge – Youth Showcase in Memphis several times.

He has played with and been mentored by some of the biggest names in Australian Blues. Those who attended the 2015 Melbourne Guitar Show will fondly remember Charlie’s appearance with headliner Lloyd Spiegel. Last year Charlie joined the Triple M all star jam alongside guitar greats such as Jack Jones, Brett Garsed, Shannon Bourne and James Ryan.

Charlie has just released his debut solo album 9,500 Miles to Memphis. Charlie Bedford will once again be appearing at the Melbourne Guitar Show in 2019. AM’s Greg Phillips sat down with Charlie at KC’s Rockshop in Boronia, his local music store (and also a #MGS2019 exhibitor) to chat about his career, gear and the guitar show

 

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MGS2019: ROGER MCLACHLAN – THE BASS STAR’S CAREER & GEAR

Posted in Artists, Interviews, Melbourne guitar Show News    //    Post Date - June 6, 2019

Roger with Nick Charles (Stars). Photo by Richard Hogan

At the 2019 Melbourne Guitar Show, renowned bass player ROGER McLACHLAN will be hitting the stage with legendary Australian country rockers Stars. To celebrate, AM editor Greg Phillips sat down with Roger to discuss his career and gear.

In Part 1 of our in-depth 2 part interview, Australian Musician editor Greg Phillips chats with acclaimed local and international bass player Roger McLachlan about his wonderful career, including his time with Little River Band (and why he left!), Australia’s legendary country rock band Stars (who are back in action and playing at this year’s Melbourne Guitar Show), Pyramid (the fabulous 80s fusion band), Film scores (Crocodile Dundee, A Cry In The Dark/Evil Angels), Geoff Achison & The Soul Diggers, plus those famous bass parts on John Farnham’s worldwide hit ‘You’re The Voice’ and more.

In Part 2, Roger discusses his basses and amps, Stars playing at the Melbourne Guitar Show and everything else he’s up to in 2019.

And here’s some of Roger’s fine work:

Little River Band – Emma

Stars, the first time around – Mighty Rock

Pyramid at the prestigious Montreux Jazz Festival – The Odyssey

John Farnham – You’re The Voice

Melbourne Guitar Show with Geoff Achison and Jimi Hocking

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MORE GREAT ACTS ANNOUNCED FOR MELBOURNE GUITAR SHOW 2019

Posted in Blog, Melbourne guitar Show News    //    Post Date - May 30, 2019

The Australian Music Association is excited for the return of the Melbourne Guitar Show, set to rock Caulfield Racecourse on August 3 and 4, 2019 – and this year’s show is set to be colossal.  Proudly presented by Triple M, Australian Musician, PBS and media partners Noise11 and Beat/Mixdown, the lineup boasts an impressive haul of both local and international artists.  In addition to the world-class performances from the artists on the massive lineup, #MGS2019 will also hold a huge gear expo that will feature a gigantic variety of electric and acoustic guitars, effects pedals, amps and more state-of-the-art guitar technology, both home-grown and from around the world.  See, try and buy!  It will continue to be Australia’s biggest guitar pop-up shop, as well as hosting information seminars, demonstrations, and live performances from Australia’s most talented guitarists.

On Monday we announced a handful of high profile artists who will be performing at this year’s Melbourne Guitar Show, August 3&4 at Caulfield Racecourse.

Now we can reveal a shipload more!

Joining the already announced:
Ash Grunwald
Sarah McLeod
Stars feat:
– Mal Eastick
– Nick Charles
– Roger McLachlan
– Mick Pealing
Lloyd Spiegel
Keith Merrow (USA)
Dennis Jones (USA)
James Norbert Ivanyi
Anna Scionti
Robyn Payne’s Engine Room

will be:
Dave Leslie (Baby Animals)
Phil Manning
Chris Finnen
Shannon Bourne
Cartridge Family feat:
– Sarah Carroll
– Suzanna Espie
Adam Miller
Paul Carey and Julian Scheffer
Minnie Marks
Simon Hosford’s Fair Warning (Playing entire Van Halen debut album)
James Ryan

Van Larkins
Mark ‘Phisha’ Fisher
The Organic Trio feat:
– Rob Papp
– Rob Mercer
– Jon Wade
Rod Bustos
Chris Bieniek

Jeremy Barnes
Michael Dolce
Sergio Ercole
Liz Frencham
Corey Legge
Ben Kelly
Charlie Bedford

And that’s not the end of it. Stay tuned for even more huge surprises over the coming weeks leading up to the show.

Drawing thousands of guitar lovers and enthusiasts to the 2018 Melbourne Guitar Show, #MGS2019 is growing year on year and is gearing up for the biggest event yet.  Champion of the Australian music products industry, Australian Music Association (AMA) will be teaming up with australianmusician.com.au and presenting sponsors Triple M, 3PBS, Noise11 and Beat/Mixdown to present this year’s guitar-centric weekend.  At last year’s show, punters not only enjoyed scheduled performances and demos from the awesome artists on the lineup, but also witnessed surprise on-stand appearances from some of Australia’s finest artists, including Harts, Darren Middleton (Powderfinger), Bec Sandridge, Dan Sultan and many more.  Both the organisers and the exhibitors are constantly wrangling acts right up until the very last minute – and who will be joining the all-star jam this year? Come on down and find out!

Thrilled to present #MGS2019 once again, AMA executive officer and MGS organiser, Rob Walker says, “It’s exciting to see the show develop each year and add value to the live music industry.  We are proud to present such a broad range and quality of guitars, amps and gear from the big brands to local artisans.  And each year we get to put together a program of live music featuring the considerable talents of our guitar community.  It’s a great weekend for anyone into music, particularly guitars.”

Rob continues, “And not only will the #MGS2019 provide a hands-on chance to see and play such a broad range of gear, there’ll be bargains a plenty.  We like to call it Australia’s biggest pop up guitar store!”

The Melbourne Guitar Show will be held at Caulfield Racecourse on August 3 and 4.

Tickets are on sale June 7.

The Melbourne Guitar Show is produced by the Australian Music Association, an incorporated not-for-profit. Proceeds, if any, are used to provide services to the Australian music products industry, particularly the promotion of music making to the community.

Online ticket prices when pre-ordered:: Adult day pass $20, adult weekend pass $30, family day pass $40, concession day pass $10, concession weekend pass $15

MELBOURNE GUITAR SHOW DETAILS

SATURDAY AUG 3 | CAULFIELD RACECOURSE |10.00am – 6.00pm

SUNDAY AUG 4 | CAULFIELD RACECOURSE | 10.00am – 4.00pm |

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MGS2019: ANNA SCIONTI INTERVIEW

Posted in Artists, Interviews, Melbourne guitar Show News    //    Post Date - May 29, 2019

Melbourne blues artist Anna Scionti (pronounced Shon-tee) is a singer/songwriter, guitarist and bottleneck slide player. Scionti’s uninhibited foot stomping blues is honest and raw. On cigar box guitar, resonator, lap steel and stomp you will be deeply immersed into her world of electrified rhythmic tunes, as you will experience if you’re going along to this year’s Melbourne Guitar Show August 3&4 at Caulfield Racecourse.

Scionti’s new 2019 album Orphan Diary, is a collection of original songs telling stories of love, loss, and longing from her childhood to now. Having lost both parents in her teenage years, this album is uninhibited, raw and unapologetic in its honesty. Orphan Diary marks the follow up to her 2017 self-titled EP which debuted at No.2 on the Australian Blues & Roots Airplay Charts.

Having shared the stage with some of Australia’s finest blues players, including Fiona Boyes and Geoff Achison, Anna is a regular on the Blues Train as well as festivals including Thredbo Blues Festival (NSW), Australian Blues Music Festival (NSW), the Great Southern Cigar Box Guitar Festival (VIC), Yackandandah Cigar Box Guitar Festival, Bruthen Blues & Arts Festival (VIC), Docklands Blues Music Festival (VIC), Wangaratta Festival of Jazz & Blues (VIC) and the National Folk Festival (ACT).

Ahead of her Melbourne Guitar Show appearance, Australian Musician’s Greg Phillips sat down for a chat with Anna at Eastgate Music about her music, the new album, her gear and the guitar show.

https://www.annascionti.com/

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MELBOURNE GUITAR SHOW 2019 FIRST ARTIST ANNOUNCEMENT

Posted in Blog, Melbourne guitar Show News    //    Post Date - May 27, 2019

The Australian Music Association is thrilled to announce the 2019 return of the Melbourne Guitar Show, set to rock Caulfield Racecourse on August 3 and 4 – and I know we say it every year but this year WILL be bigger than ever.

Proudly presented by Triple M and Australian Musician, the lineup boasts an impressive haul of both local and international artists. In addition to world class performances from the artists on this massive lineup, #MGS2019 will also present a massive gear expo that will feature a huge variety of electric and acoustic guitars, effects pedals, amps and more state-of-the-art guitar technology, both home-grown and from around the world. See, Try and Buy! It will continue to be Australia’s biggest guitar pop-up shop, and that’s not all. The Melbourne Guitar Show will host information seminars, demonstrations, and live performances from Australia’s most talented guitarists.

The first lineup announcement for #MGS2019 (and this is just a trickle of what’s to come) includes a great mix of guitar talent including:
Keith Merrow and Dennis Jones, both from the USA,  will join the usual eclectic and star-studded local list which this year features; Ash Grunwald, Sarah McLeod, Lloyd Spiegel, Stars; featuring Mick Pealing, Mal Eastick, Nick Charles, and Roger McLachlan, plus  James Norbert Ivanyi, Anna Scionti, Robyn Payne’s Engine Room, and that’s just a fraction of what’s to come. We’ll have another big announcement featuring the bulk of the artists real soon!

Visit the Melbourne Guitar Show site, which can be found at https://australianmusician.com.au/melbourne-guitar-show/ for the latest show additions.

Featured artists so far:

Ash Grunwald. Loved for his crowd frenzied shows and blistering guitar playing, Ash has critics and fans raving about his unique blend of roots, beats and a whole lotta groove for over a decade. Nominated for a swag of awards and winning a few, Ash proves why he is one of Australia’s most loved bluesmen. Ash appears at MGS2019 courtesy of Pratley Guitars.

Sarah McLeod, the singer and guitarist with the ARIA Award winning, platinum-selling rockers The Superjesus, has since gone on to establish an acclaimed solo career. Her latest album Rocky’s Diner, written and demoed in a secluded Brooklyn apartment in New York showcases her maturity as a songwriter, and her gift for melding grooves and soul within a rock framework. In 2018 Sarah was back fronting Superjesus as they celebrated the 20 year milestone of their landmark album Sumo. Now in 2019 Sarah McLeod brings her rock chops and boundless energy to the Melbourne Guitar Show stage.

Keith Merrow (Portland, Oregon) is an acclaimed studio guitar player, songwriter, producer, engineer, gear demonstrator, student and teacher. In 2013 Keith teamed up with friends Jeff Loomis, Alex Webster (Cannibal Corpse), and Alex Rudinger and formed the band, Conquering Dystopia and released their self titled album. His popular YouTube channel has well over 18 million views. Keith appears at MGS2019 courtesy of Schecter guitars.

Dennis Jones (Los Angeles, California) Sizzling hot guitar solos, smooth and soulful vocals combine in a high-energy stage performance. That’s what you get and more from on of LA’s brightest blues guitar stars Dennis Jones. He writes songs that seamlessly blend the best of both worlds, presenting a unique and contemporary style of American rock and blues. Dennis Jones is a blues guitar star on the rise, catch him up close and personal at MGS2019 while you can!

Stars. Australia’s country rock legends, famed for hit singles such as Mighty Rock , Back Again and Look After Yourself, feature the fretted instrument talents of Mal Eastick, Nick Charles, and Roger McLachlan, along with legendary vocalist Mick Pealing and drummer Glyn Dowding.

 

Lloyd Spiegel Melbourne Guitar Show regular Lloyd Spiegel is a trailblazer at the forefront of modern blues and one of his country’s most recognised guitarists, named in Australian Guitar Magazine’s list of the top 50 Australian guitarists of all time. His 8th release, ‘Backroads’ is a hard edged, personal and brutally honest account of Spiegel’s life and follows up from his previous albums, all debuting in the top 10 of the Australian independent music charts and holding the #1 spot on the Australian Blues Chart for several months.

 

Drawing around 5000 guitar lovers and enthusiasts last year, the Melbourne Guitar Show is growing year on year and is gearing up for the biggest event yet. Champion of the Australian music products industry, the Australian Music Association (AMA) will be teaming up with australianmusician.com.au and sponsors Triple M & 3PBS, plus media partners Beat/Mixdown and Noise 11, to present this year’s guitar-centric weekend. At last year’s show, punters not only enjoyed scheduled performances and demos from the awesome lineup of artists, but also witnessed surprise on-stand appearances from some of Australia’s finest musicians. Seen at MGS 2018 on stand or just checking out the show’s vibe were: Harts, Darren Middleton, Bec Sandridge, Dan Sultan and many more. Both the organisers and the exhibitors are constantly wrangling acts right up until the very last minute – and who will be joining the all-star jam this year? Come on down and find out!

Thrilled to present #MGS2019 once again, AMA executive officer and MGS organiser, Rob Walker says, “It’s exciting to see the show develop each year and add value to the live music industry. We are proud to present such a broad range and quality of guitars, amps and gear from the big brands to local artisans. And each year we get to put together a program of live music featuring the considerable talents of our guitar community. It’s a great weekend for anyone into music, particularly guitars.”

“And not only will the #MGS2019 provide a hands-on chance to see and play such a broad range of gear, there’ll be bargains a plenty”, he added. “We like to call it Australia’s biggest pop up guitar store!”

The Melbourne Guitar Show will be held at Caulfield Racecourse on August 3 and 4.

MELBOURNE GUITAR SHOW DETAILS

SATURDAY AUG 3 | CAULFIELD RACECOURSE |10.00am – 6.00pm

SUNDAY AUG 4 | CAULFIELD RACECOURSE | 10.00am – 4.00pm

https://www.australianmusician.com.au/melbourne-guitar-show/

https://www.facebook.com/melbourneguitarshow/

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Tickets on sale from June 7

The Melbourne Guitar Show is produced by the Australian Music Association, an incorporated not-for-profit. Proceeds, if any, are used to provide services to the Australian music products industry, particularly the promotion of music making to the community

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