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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/

https://www.instagram.com/melbourneguitarshow/

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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DUESENBERG STARPLAYER III IN NEW COLOURS

Posted in Melbourne guitar Show News    //    Post Date - May 8, 2019


If you’re heading to the Melbourne Guitar Show on August 3 &4 (and why wouldn’t you?) check out the range of Duesenberg Guitars available on the Cranbourne Music stand. Duesenberg is best known for its eye-catching guitar finishes – Outlaw, Stardust, various Sparkle and Pearl versions and many more are one of the trademarks of the Hannover-based manufacturer. The striking Catalina colours play a prominent role in Duesenberg’s colour schemes – noble and timeless metallic finishes with classy automotive Retro & Rock´n Roll vibe from way back then.
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­The Starplayer III, the sleek sister of the Starplayer TV and so far available in black, makes visually impressive statements in its new colours Catalina Blue and Catalina Red!


To complement the exterior, it has great inner values to offer: It is a typical semi-acoustic guitar in classic rim construction, which differs from its big sister only by its flat top and flat back. Hardware, wiring and the classic Duesenberg pickup configuration with Domino P90 on the neck and GrandVintage humbucker on the bridge are identical to the Starplayer TV and deliver not only strong character P90 and earthy humbucker sounds, but also a great sonic variety, which allows the guitar to be used in all musical genres. The tonal performance is perfectly enhanced by a tuning-stable tremolo Diamond Deluxe Tremola in combination with the own “free floating” Steel Saddle Bridge.

See Cranbourne Music at the Melbourne Guitar Show for all your Duesenberg needs

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GIBSON ANNOUNCES NEW ORIGINAL, MODERN and CUSTOM SHOP COLLECTIONS

Posted in Blog, Electric Guitars, Gear, Melbourne guitar Show News    //    Post Date - May 1, 2019

For the past 125 years, Gibson has been synonymous with creating, shaping and owning sound across generations of artists and multiple genres of music. At the start of the year, Gibson emerged as the legitimate leader again with their much-anticipated return to NAMM, the world’s largest music industry show. The ‘new’ Gibson showed up with compelling and relevant guitars, combined with a re-energized Brand and renewed commitment from all of the Gibson Artists. The big question was, “When is the launch of the new collection?”

Gibson is pleased to announce that their new collection has been launched around the world. With the new Original, Modern and Custom Collections, Gibson is setting the stage for the next era of amazing guitars. By leveraging its iconic past and leaning into the innovative future, this is already considered by many to be the best collection from Gibson this century.

“The energy continues to build around our new collections and we are very proud that we could draw on our heritage for the Original collection and build on our innovation for the Modern collection. Not to mention taking our Custom Collection to a whole new level,” says Cesar Gueikian, Chief Merchant Officer of Gibson. “In fact, based on the momentum, excitement, and demand, we made the decision to launch the new collection two months earlier than planned, a first for Gibson,” asserts Cesar.

Over the past few months Gibson has been setting the stage for this ‘comeback’ moment. With Artists, Dealers and Fans fully engaged on the journey, there is widespread endorsement for the way Gibson is approaching the next era of shaping sound for past, present and future generations.

“Our vision of becoming the most loved, the most played, and the most relevant Guitar brand, again, is becoming a reality,” adds James ‘JC’ Curleigh, President and CEO of Gibson.

Gibson Original Collection:
“The Golden Era returns with the new Gibson Original Collection,” says Cesar Gueikian. “With this classic line we are paying tribute to our iconic past, bringing back the guitars which shaped the sounds across all generations and genres of music.” The Gibson Original Collection brings classic design, innovation and authenticity back into the hands of Gibson fans. The Gibson Original Collection includes the Les Paul Standard 50’s, Les Paul Standard 60’s, Les Paul Special in TV Yellow, Les Paul Junior in Tobacco Burst, the SG 61 Standard with factory stop-tail, Maestro and Sideways vibrolas, SG Special and Junior, the classic ES-335 Figured and DOT, Firebird, Flying V and Explorer, as well as, the J-45, Hummingbird and J-200.



Gibson Modern Collection:
The new Gibson Modern Collection builds on Gibson’s solid legacy of coveted innovation by introducing modern features that will shape the sounds for future generations of musicians. “The Modern Collection reflects a new era of innovation, something Orville Gibson started in 1894 and Ted McCarty fueled in the 50’s and 60’s. It incorporates many contemporary updates that players have embraced, such as lighter-weight bodies, push-pull systems to switch between the Burst Bucker and P90 sounds, innovative slim-taper necks with asymmetrical profiles, shaved heels for effortless access to the highest frets as well as maximum sustain and stability,” explains Cesar Gueikian. The Gibson Modern Collection includes the Les Paul and SG Modern, Les Paul Studio and Tribute models, the new ES-235 and modern versions of the ES-335, Flying V and Explorer B-2, and modern Hummingbird, J-45 and J-15, as well as the Parlor acoustic models.

Gibson Custom Shop Original Collection:
“The Gibson Custom Shop is the pinnacle of craftsmanship, quality and sound excellence. Each instrument celebrates Gibson’s legacy through accuracy, authenticity and attention to detail,” says Cesar Gueikian. “This year we celebrate the 60th anniversary of the 1959 Les Paul Standard, the holy grail, with our most historically accurate recreation of the most iconic guitar in history.”With Gibson’s new Original, Modern and Custom Collections, Gibson has ignited its new chapter as the guitar of choice for artists in rock, pop, country, blues, folk, jazz, and beyond.

Gibson distributed in Australia by Australis Music Group

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VOX VX15 & VX50 GTV LIGHTWEIGHT AMPS

Posted in Amplifiers, Blog, Gear, Melbourne guitar Show News    //    Post Date - April 29, 2019

Released at Winter NAMM in January were additions to the VX line of modeling amps including the entry-level VX15 GT and Nutube-equipped VX50 GTV. Vox Australia’s Tom Baeppler shows us what they can do here in this video demo. Tom goes through a range of different amp models and effects as well as demonstrating the line mode which allows the use of Acoustic Guitars or keyboards.

VX15 GT
15W Entry level modeling amplifier. Grab. Go. Jam.
• “VET” modeling technology boasts the ultimate in sound quality, both in character and amount
• A numerous and diverse array of tube amp and boutique amp models are provided, including VOX’s legendary AC30
• Internal structure that’s carefully calculated for powerful sound, featuring a sealed bass-reflex body constructed of ABS

VX50 GTV
• 50W Guitar amplifier with big sound from a small and light weight format. Grab. Go. Jam.
•  Equipped with a USB audio interface that allows the Nutube sound to be recorded directly to your computer
•  Ultra-lightweight design that overturns expectations for guitar amps
•  “VET” modeling technology boasts the ultimate in sound quality, both in character and amount
• Internal structure that’s carefully calculated for powerful sound, featuring a sealed bass-reflex body constructed of ABS

https://www.facebook.com/VoxAmpsAustralia/

 

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MELBOURNE INTERNATIONAL GUITAR NIGHT SPRING EDITION

Posted in Blog, Melbourne guitar Show News    //    Post Date - November 29, 2018

Following soon after the Melbourne Guitar Show in August, we debuted the Melbourne International Guitar Night at the Toff in Town. The philosophy of the guitar night was to bring together a collection of local and and sometimes international, skilled guitar players to perform in front of a room full of lovers of guitar music. The aim was to create a regular event, where people could feel part of our amazing guitar community.

Curated by Drew Roller, the man behind the wonderful film Acoustic Uprising and supported by Australian Musician, the Melbourne Guitar Show and NAMM, the guitar night was back at The Toff this week and building on the spirit of the first evening, even more people attended and enjoyed a fabulous night of guitar music.

Despite global guitar guru Joe Satriani playing just a few blocks away on the same night, a packed house enjoyed fabulous performances by Adam Miller, Phisha, Cooper Lower, and Sonia Serin. Look out for news on the third Melbourne International Guitar Night in early 2019.

 

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MELBOURNE GUITAR SHOW 2018 HIGHLIGHTS REEL

Posted in Blog, Melbourne guitar Show News    //    Post Date - August 29, 2018

The 4th annual Melbourne Guitar Show, presented by Australian Musician and Triple M was yet another success with thousands of guitar lovers heading out to Caulfield Racecourse to check out a huge array of gear and experience some wonderful performances and information sessions from world class musicians. See you back at Caulfield Racecourse on August 3&4 in 2019!

Here’s a highlights reel we’ve put together, featuring a Triple M Jam performance from Brett Garsed, Rod Bustos, Marcus Ryan and Phil Turcio #MGS2018.

Thanks to Advanced Audio, Sam Tan and Jason Rosewarne for their contributions to this reel

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OUR BIAS DELAY & BIAS MOD PEDAL MGS SURVEY WINNERS!

Posted in Blog, Melbourne guitar Show News    //    Post Date - August 16, 2018

The Melbourne Guitar Show has wrapped up for another year. Thanks to the artists, exhibitors and you the public for making it great. Thanks also to those who filled in our online survey to give us your thoughts on the show.

The winners of the  BIAS Delay and BIAS Modulation pedal, courtesy of Positive Grid and their Australian distributor Link Audio.

Emma Wilson BIAS Delay twin pedal
Conan Greenway BIAS Modulation Twin pedal

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