August 7 Caulfield Racecourse: At the 2016 Melbourne Guitar Show we were treated to an unforgettable jam featuring James Ryan, Simon Hosford, Phil Ceberano, Brett Kingman, Shannon Bourne and Bob Spencer. Rod Bustos played bass, Marcus Ryan on drums, and Chris Stark on vocals. In this video the guys tackle ZZ Top’s Cheap Sunglasses with featured solo from Brett Kingman. Recorded by Peter Rickman and the team from Advanced Audio. Presented by Triple M and Australian Musician
Ahead of the EJ Whitten Legends football game tomorrow night, the Epic Guitar Solo Challenge has been launched to raise awareness for prostate cancer with funds from the challenge going to the EJ Whitten foundation.
David Loader, host of Channel 31s Guitar Gods and Masterpieces has gathered the support of some of the biggest guitar gods across the world to release the single DON’T YOU TELL ME NOT TO PLAY GUITAR and promote THE EPIC GUITAR SOLO – an international guitar challenge that is raising awareness and funds for the EJ Whitten Foundation and their continued work in raising awareness of Prostate Cancer and Men’s Health.
Superstars Tommy Emmanuel, Joe Satriani, Steve Morse (Deep Purple), Guthrie Govan, Paul Gilbert, Frank Gambale, Alex Hutchings .Chris Cheney, (Living End) Jack Jones , Dave Leslie (BabyAnimals), Rob Chapman, Brett Garsed and many more (32 in fact from across the world!) have lent their considerable guitar skills to perform on the single DON’T YOU TELL ME NOT TO PLAY GUITAR.
The video of the song ‘Don’t Tell Me Not To Play Guitar’ has so far racked up over 400,00 views through social media.
The release of the single also launches THE EPIC GUITAR SOLO. This international competition gives guitar lovers the opportunity to play alongside some of these guitar legends. “We are hoping that this contest will not only further promote the need for Prostate Cancer awareness but will bring guitar stardom to 8 unknown guitar players from 8 regions of the world by performing in the same song as these megastars,’ said David Loader, creator and producer of the Epic Guitar Solo Challenge.
“There’s no better way to create awareness than to create opportunity”. We are hoping we can really inspire and empower musicians with this song and contest for prostate cancer. Who wouldn’t want to play on an official song with Tommy Emmanuel and Joe Satriani!? Our contest mix will be released on 16 12 16 with 8 unknown guitarists performing with more great players from all over the world,” said David Loader.
To find out how to enter, visit http://www.epicguitarsolo.com
Here’s another tune from the awesome 2016 Melbourne Guitar Show finale jam featuring James Ryan, Simon Hosford, Phil Ceberano, Brett Kingman, Shannon Bourne and Bob Spencer. Rod Bustos played bass and Marcus Ryan on drums. This one is the Free classic Wishing Well featuring Chris Stark on vocals. Recorded by Peter Rickman and the team from Advanced Audio. Presented by Triple M and Australian Musician
The good folks at www.muso.com.au have shared their 2016 Melbourne Guitar Show highlights reel with us featuring Running Young’s new single ‘Not The Same’
Over the next weeks, we’ll be bringing you footage from the main stage at the 2016 Melbourne Guitar Show. On the final day of the show, we were treated to an unforgettable finale jam featuring James Ryan, Simon Hosford, Phil Ceberano, Brett Kingman, Shannon Bourne and Bob Spencer. Rod Bustos played bass and Marcus Ryan on drums. Here’s the band playing Eric Clapton’s Same Old Blues. Recorded by Peter Rickman and the team from Advanced Audio. Presented by Triple M and Australian Musician. Stay tuned for more from the jam and other guitar show action from the main stage.
Here’s a little overview video of the 2016 Melbourne Guitar Show, in which some exhibitors offer their thoughts on the event. Thanks to the sponsors, exhibitors, artists and the Melbourne music community who made it yet another very special weekend. See you in 2017
Another impromptu jam we captured at the Melbourne Guitar Show occurred on the Wayne Jones Audio Stand. We just happened to be strolling by when bass great Chris Bekker and guitar show fave Simon Hosford got together for a jam.
One of the most exciting things about the Melbourne Guitar Show is the surprise performances that you get to experience on exhibitors’ stands. At any given time during the show, a world class brand-endorsee might pick up a guitar or bass and jam to a backing track or with another player. At the 2016 Melbourne Guitar Show, Australian bass legend Robbie Little was on hand at the CMC Music stand, distributors of Markbass, Ernie Ball MusicMan, Sterling and DV Mark. Here’s Robbie performing one of his originals. As he told the audience before he played, this was the first time this tune had been played anywhere. Check out this exclusive debut performance of the track by Robbie Little.
MELBOURNE GUITAR SHOW 2016 AUG 6&7 CAULFIELD RACECOURSE
Report by Greg Phillips. Photos by Jason Rosewarne, Mark Moray and Greg Phillips
This time last year, we (the Australian Music Association through its online magazine Australian Musician) asked the question … was Melbourne up for a guitar show? The town’s musician community and music fans in general responded with a resounding yes, as almost 5,000 fans flocked to the Caulfield Racecourse to get their axe on. Would it work two years in a row? Damn straight it would and it did in a major way as even more people attended the 2016 Melbourne Guitar Show, presented by Triple M and Australian Musician.
SATURDAY AUGUST 6TH
The barriers at Caulfield Racecourse were open at 10am on Saturday August 6th and guitar enthusiasts continued to flow through for the entire day. With around 80 exhibitors displaying all kinds of guitar related gear from entry level acoustics to a $49,000 vintage Stratocaster (which may have actually sold. We’ll come back to you on that), there was something for everyone. On a morning when the Rio Olympics were just beginning, Shannon Bourne provided an opening ceremony of his own, when he debuted his new improvisational guitar act Whirlybird, featuring Luke Hodgson on bass and Leigh Fisher on drums. Nothing like a bit of face-melting distortion just after breakfast to get your day going!
If loud and electric wasn’t your thing, this year you could head upstairs to the two acoustic stages for some finger-pickin’ fun and also test out some cool acoustic instruments free from the force of feedback and shred. The folks at Maton, who are celebrating their 70th anniversary were showcasing some genuine historical instruments, including the oldest Maton guitar and a Maton used by Keith Richards (as shown on the Channel 9 news later in the day). A few stands down, Cole Clark had an impressive array of acoustics including a beautiful guitar featuring a huon pine top, Brazilian rosewood back and sides with ebony board and African mahogany neck. The Musical Merchandisers’ stand featured some gorgeous Barnes and Mullins banjos and mandolins including a display banjo which was more than 100 years old. The upstairs area also provided a great opportunity to experience the work of brilliant independent local luthiers such as Ben Stewart, D Hoban, Melville Guitars, Rizzolo guitars, Rick Falkiner, Shoma Acoustics, and Southern Tonewoods. It’s always nice to Jacaranda Music’s Greg Cooper and his stock of beautiful Kala Ukes and Sigma guitars. The fine people from the Australian Music Examination Board, more commonly known as AMEB, were also upstairs informing attendees about their brilliant new RockSchool syllabus.
The format of some of the entertainment spots was changed this year to include multi-player sessions. The first of these was Fretted Femmes in Song, a session featuring, Leisha Jungalwalla, Cat Canteri, Megan Bernard and Heloise. All four artists delivered their unique perspective on music and the role that the guitar plays in their sound. Leisha exhibited her ample skills on slide guitar. Megan favoured a loop and reverb-laden approach. Heloise proved that she has developed into an accomplished singer songwriter since taking out first prize in the 2014 Melbourne Music Bank. And there’s no argument that The Stillsons’ drummer Cat Canteri is now a multi-instrumental entertainer, armed with an ever-increasing catalogue of quality songs.
There’s a core of musicians who have become part of the fabric of the Melbourne Guitar Show. Two of them, Geoff Achison and Jimi Hocking were back again this year to present their superior line of blues rock on the AON Forecourt Stage. Geoff and Jimi wore many hats on the weekend and are always welcome additions to the show. Phil Manning showed why he is so revered by the public and peers alike, when he played an acoustic set at lunchtime on the Saturday. Immediately after he joined Nick Charles for the first of Nick’s two multi-picker sessions, an idea we borrowed from Port Fairy Folk festival. The Saturday session involved Geoff Achison, Jimi Hocking, Shannon Bourne, and Sam See. As far as acoustic finger stylists go, this was rarefied air and the large audience upstairs knew it, appreciated it and enjoyed the show immensely.
Meanwhile back on the main floor inside, the aisles were crowded with guitar fans checking out the fabulous fare on offer. Around 80 exhibitors on two floors presented a ship load of gear. As soon as you walked in the door, you were hit by rows of gleaming new Gibson Les Pauls on the Allans Billy Hyde stand. As first impressions go, not such a bad way to start your Melbourne Guitar Show day. Further on up the road (as Eric Clapton sings), Cranbourne Music had a stylish array of Duesenbergs and Maton Mastersounds, as well as some awesomely sounding Supro and Laney amps. Just a jump to the left, Roland and Boss were displaying the slick looking, sweet sounding Blues Cube amps and the incredible new range of Waza Craft gear. Also on hand at the Roland/Boss stand was the numero uno himself, Boss Corporation President Yoshihiro Ikegami. It was great to see Yoshi getting amongst it. This is the guy who created the SDE3000 rack delay, made famous by Steve Vai and he also had a major part in the development of the BR series recording gear and the new Waza Craft products. We’ll have an interview with Yoshi online soon. It was great to see Hammond Australia at the show, adding a keyboard element but also promoting the awesome new Leslie H-02 pedal. Studio 19 were there offering very reasonable instrument hire deals. Peavey had some wonderful one-off deals on their combo amps and heads, and punters could chat with Peavey’s Global Product manager Michael Smith. Yamaha Music was visible in many areas of the show including their Line 6 product stand on the electric floor and their range of quality acoustic guitars upstairs, including the vibrant TransAcoustic guitars. D’Addario Australia was hard to miss with their wall of colourful strings and a haul of stunning Schecter guitars. Dynamic Music promoted their Supro amp range, as well as Godin and Seagull guitars. EGM always have the interesting boutique gear and this year was no different, with a great selection from Badcat, Magnatone, Fuchs, Lehle and BluGuitar, to name a just a few. Australis Music Group had a big presence at the show and displayed an array of Japanese made Ibanez Prestige guitars, as well as some wonderful Ovation acoustics and powerful Bugera amplifiers including products from the acclaimed Infinium range.
Elsewhere on the floor, Sunburst Music was exhibiting some gorgeous vintage guitars including a 1956 Stratocaster, on special at just $49,000! Also presenting a range of quality vintage gear were Just Guitars and Owen Ray’s International Music. At the opposite end of the technological spectrum, Innovative Music had a lot of interest in their revolutionary Kemper amp products, as did Independent Music Products for their similarly spectacular Fractal Audio Systems AX8 system. It was quite apt that Wayne Jones Audio and CMC Music (Ernie Ball Music Man) were in their own little ‘pocket’ in the middle of the room, where they both featured high end bass gear and offered onstage performances from their endorsees. Wayne has been making a name for himself internationally with his bass cabs and pre amps. CMC Music were displaying Markbass, Sterling and Musicman bass products as well as Musicman guitars and DV Mark amps.
Sales were brisk from the outset, and with some of Australia’s top retailers in attendance, crowds were taking advantage of show specials and seeing products that had not been close to yet. KC’s Rock Shop, GH Music, Pony Music, Macron Music, Evolution Music, Guitars Plus, Pat’s Music, Fine Music and The Bass Centre and The Acoustic Centre were all packed with punters checking out the latest gear on offer as well as a lot of collectables and local crafted products.
The Melbourne Guitar Show also gave many independent Australian manufacturers the chance to promote their products. Charles Cilia Guitars and George Evans amps had such a great show last year that they came back again and impressed the pubic even more. It was a similar story for Fican Guitars, DiQuattro, Custom Guitar Works and many others. Joey Amenta from 70’s rock band Taste was having the time of his life demoing for locally made Delm guitars. Aussie made Vase and Sherlock amps were making plenty of noise on their stands too.
One of the best aspects of the Melbourne Guitar Show is that once the artists have finished their shows, they find time to stalk the stands too, mixing it with the public. One such guitar hero was Kevin Borich, who found time for friends and punters inside after his killer set with his band on the main stage. And it’s not only the guitarists that are booked to play the stages who enjoy the show, many local guitar identities could be seen this year including Universal Music artist Harts, who has an awesome new album, Smoke Fire Hope Desire out on September 16. Harts told Australian Musician he was at the show to explore gear possibilities for his future live shows. Former Redcoats guitarist Neil Wilkinson was also checking out gear for his new band. It was also fantastic to see respected musicians like Chris Bekker and Michael Dolce doing on-stand sessions too.
Rohan Stevenson was another returning artist who performed last year, but this time he brought the full I Built The Sky band. Making his Melbourne Guitar Show debut was Dean Ray, who had told Australian Musician earlier in the year that he’d like to play this event and even if he couldn’t, he’d be here anyway. Dean never disappoints. He and his band delivered a true rock ‘n’ roll show and gave us taste of what’s to come when he finally graces us with that long awaited new album. Once Dean left the stage, he was quick to rush off and check out the stands full of gear. He was also chuffed to run into his guitar hero Kevin Borich in the aisles too. Rounding off day one, prog metal act Teramaze, led by Dean Wells was shredding up a storm, playing tracks from their majestic current album Her Halo.
SUNDAY AUGUST 7TH
Sunday at the racetrack got off to another flying start, with the James Ryan Trio playing classic tunes from David Lee Roth’s Eat Em and Smile album. Joined by vocalist extraordinaire Chris Stark, who was here last year fronting Racer Axe, the trio became a quartet and pumped out some rockin’ fun. Just before she heads off on world tour, Dallas Frasca followed and was as mischievous as ever, taking her microphone into the crowd to get up close and personal with the people. Thanks to Ernie Ball Musicman, prog metal shredders The Delusion presented their acclaimed well-drilled, technical rhythms which they deliver in a very musical and melodic way.
Meanwhile on the AON Mezzanine stage the instant ukulele orchestra was happening, a session in which punters could grab a uke and learn to play in just 20 minutes. Also on hand to entertain uke-style were Sarah Carroll, Matthew Fagan, Mike Jackson, Dan MacEoin, AJ Leonard and the NCAT Ukes.
Daniel Champagne was booked to follow the uke extravaganza, however his flight from Canada had been cancelled. Filling in at the last minute was Nick Charles, along with the laptop slide brilliance of Pete Fidler. Pete then joined Nick’s second multi-player extravaganza, along with Matthew Fagan, Sergio Ercole, Lucas Michailidis, and Jon Delaney.
Next door in the Winners Circle, product sessions included Fractal’s AX8 with Brett Kingman, Maton’s Custom Shop seminar with Andy Allen, Roland and Boss Showcase, Wireless Audio systems by PRA Audio with Wayne Jones and Jack Pantazis, and to finish up, a Line 6 demo with Jon Beckx
Back outside, buzz band of the moment Tequila Mockingbyrd were all smiles, stopping for a quick all-in selfie before the all-female trio hit the main stage to play tracks from their thumpin’ new album Fight and Flight. It’s only a matter of weeks before the girls take off on their first tour of the UK and Europe.
Ending the weekend’s festivities, the Triple M Finale Jam celebrated everything that is great about the Melbourne Guitar Show. Six respected guitar players, James Ryan, Simon Hosford, Phil Ceberano, Brett Kingman, Bob Spencer and Shannon Bourne, each with much admiration for each other, came together to jam out some licks but mostly to have as much fun as possible. Shannon began the jam with a solo spot and his tune Bailing Dry. From then on, there was no turning back, it was lick after shred after riff in a tonefest to bring a tear to the eye of any half-arsed guitarist who has ever strapped on a guitar for a strum. The licks at times were sublime, the spaces perfectly timed. The joy was contagious. Unlike the athletes in Rio who will have to wait another 4 years for the next Olympian get together, you can rest assured that we’ll all be back for more guitar gymnastics at the same time next year. In our minds, we’re already there!
Here are a few more fabulous shots from Jason Rosewarne http://jrosewarne.500px.com/
If you attended the Melbourne Guitar Show 2016, you may have enetered the draw to win tickets to see Joe Bonamassa in concert and get to meet the great guitar man. We’ve pickeda winner and it is: PAUL VARONE. Paul will see Joe in concert on Oct 5 at the Palais and get to meet the man too. Thanks to everyone who entered the draw and we’ll see you at the guitar show next year! Check out Joe’s Australian tour dates here