Performers 2017

2017 ARTISTS PERFORMING LIVE, IN SESSION OR ON STAND

The Melbourne Guitar Show will once again celebrate the Melbourne and Australian guitar community. We will assemble an inspiring array of guitar players at the Melbourne Guitar Show.

We’re thrilled to announce our full list of artists attending for 2017:
*Steve Hackett (UK)
Nick Johnston (Canada)
Alex Hutchings (UK)
Lloyd Spiegel
Nick Charles
Geoff Achison & Matty T Wall
Diesel
Kirk Lorange
Doug De Vries
Phil Manning
Shannon Bourne
Bob Spencer
Paul Dempsey
Ian Moss
Dave Leslie
James Ryan
Fiona Boyes
Brett Kingman
Mike Elrington
Matthew Fagan
Gypsy Fire
Stevic MacKay (12 Foot Ninja)
Oscar Dawson (Holy Holy)
Ali Barter
Joseph Balfe (NZ)
Peter Baylor’s Ultrafox
Simon Gardner & The Big Sky
Marcel Yammouni & Andy Sylvio
Sarah Carroll
The Thin White Ukes
Opal Ocean
Lucas Michailidis
Stephen Magnusson
Michael Dolce
Abbey Stone
Adam Miller
The Mercy Kills
Damnations Day
Stephen Taranto
Sergio Ercole
Alex Burns
Jay Parrino
The Omnific
Tiri Pestrivas
Tim O’Brien
The Triple M Finale jam
& more!

At last year’s Melbourne Guitar Show, over 100 musicians took to our stages and this year will be no different. Standby for further announcements over the coming weeks.
Tickets on sale now through oztix

*Steve Hackett trio performance requires premium level ticket. Q&A to follow his performance will be open to general ticket holders

 

 

 

‘STEVIC’ MACKAY

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Known for his work with acclaimed metal band Twelve Foot Ninja, Stevic Mackay will be demonstrating his signature Variax Shuriken guitar and the latest in the flagship HELIX range of guitar processors Catch Stevic’s session on the Line 6 Variax & Helix Guitar on Saturday August 5th at 2.30 pm…

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ABBEY STONE

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Abbey performs on the Link Audio Stand Sunday 11.30am & 2pm Three years after releasing and touring with her debut EP ‘Doorways’, Abbey Stone is back with her sophomore release ‘Complete’. Reflecting upon the themes of ‘Complete’, Stone says that this record is “less about someone else, and mostly about…

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ADAM MILLER

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With a completely unique approach to the guitar, Adam’s music is groovy and approachable, whilst having a melodic sophistication that only comes from years of cross genre hopping. His tendency to include complex rhythms, dissonant haunting phrases, combined with breathtaking riffs and melodies are his signature. His jazz influenced style…

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ALEX BURNS

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Alex Burns has become very popular in the Australian blues scene having performed countless venues and major festivals. Alex is joined by the incomparable Michael Bright on guitar, with Ken Borlaise on stand up bass. Their Ukology performance takes place on Saturday August 5th at 11am on the AON Mezzanine…

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ALEX HUTCHINGS

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World renowned guitarist Alex Hutchings is a modern fusion guitarist par extraordinaire, lauded by many as one of the finest players currently on the planet.  His international following has exploded in recent years thanks to millions of YouTube views via both his own channel and JamTrackCentral (alongside such contemporaries such…

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ANDREW WRIGGLESWORTH

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Some might call Andrew Wrigglesworth (who is one half of The Weeping Willows) a virtuoso but he doesn’t see himself that way. To him, the acoustic guitar (or sometimes the dobro) is just that object that hangs permanently from his shoulders (perhaps it’s really held up by his fingertips? Or…

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BOB SPENCER

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Bob Spencer is a real force on the guitar in this country. He was a member of the legendary Skyhooks and The Angels and an ARIA Hall of Fame inductee. His soon to be released album Saints & Murderers is full of pounding riffs, infused with Bob’s quirky personality. Bob…

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BRETT KINGMAN

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Brett Kingman is a professional guitarist based in Melbourne, Australia. Inspired by 70’s classic and glam-rock guitarists and beginning his professional career at the age of 12, Brett is now one of Australia’s better-known hired guns. He has spent time touring and recording with Australian icons such as James Reyne…

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DAMNATIONS DAY

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Founded by brothers Mark Kennedy (guitar and vocals) and Dean Kennedy (drums), accompanied by Jon King (Lead guitar) Damnations Day released their debut album “Invisible, the Dead” to amazing reviews. Off the release of “Invisible, the Dead” 2013, (released with NIGHTMARE records, Now Signed to Sensory Records), Damnations Day have…

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DIESEL

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Just finishing up his Americana tour, Diesel will appear at the Melbourne Guitar Show on the afternoon of Sunday August 6th. In Celebration of Vox Amplification’s 60th anniversary, Diesel will host an intimate clinic discussing his use of Vox amps including the all-new MV50, plus he will perform some of…

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DOUG DE VRIES

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Doug de Vries is one of Australia’s foremost guitarists and a significant composer for the guitar, excelling in many musical genres, from jazz to choro, tango and bossa nova. He is considered Australia’s leading exponent of Brazilian guitar repertoire and has produced more than a dozen recordings including a solo…

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FIONA BOYES

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Australian Blues guitarist and singer, Fiona Boyes, has been variously described by reviewers as a ‘musical anomaly’, ‘Bonnie Raitt’s evil twin’, or simply as ‘scaring the hell out of me’.   How did this fair-haired gal, born and raised in Melbourne, Australia, of Scottish and English heritage, become an internationally recognised…

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GEOFF ACHISON + MATTY T WALL

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Our electric dedication to the blues, Australian style featuring the perenial Geoff Achison but presenting some new blood in Perth’s Matty T Wall. A must for blues fans Geoff and Matty play together on Saturday August 5th at 12.45 at the AON Whammy Bar. Geoff then joins Nick Charles and…

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GYPSY FIRE

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Gypsy fire is a Gypsy Jazz, Celtic and world music group, founded by Matthew Fagan in 1997, which pioneered Gypsy Jazz in Australia with fiery performances at festivals and performing arts centres across the country such as Port Fairy Folk Festival, The National Folk Festival, Wangaratta Jazz Festival and more.   From Django Reinhardt, Stephan…

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JAMES RYAN

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James Ryan’s career highlights include touring with Men At Work, national TV performances with Shania Twain, Kat Ceberano and Ronan Keating. He is a member of Kate Ceberano and Vanessa Amarosi’s bands and a highly experienced clinician and educator. James Ryan leads the Triple M Finale jam at 3pm on…

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JOSEPH BALFE

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Joseph Balfe, a 17yr old self-taught fingerstyle guitarist from Oamaru, on NZ’s South Island. Joseph has won numerous instrumental & overall awards in both NZ & Australia since first competing in 2013, including Overall Intermediate at the NZ Gold Guitar Awards & Overall at the CCMA’s in Tamworth AUS. During…

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JOSH MUNDAY

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Josh Munday has been a BOSS/Roland user for most of his guitar playing life and has been working directly with Roland Australia for the past 16 years performing demos and workshops (among other things). He doesn’t consider himself to be BOSS biased though. Instead, Josh is biased towards great guitar…

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KIRK LORANGE

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Legendary Australian slide guitarist (Richard Clapton, Marc Hunter, Marcia Hines) and popular YouTube guitar educator (47,000 subscribers and over 14 million views) Kirk Lorange will also make his first Melbourne Guitar Show performance in a wonderful session called America’s Guitar Making History, presented by Washburn guitars which will also feature…

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LLOYD SPIEGEL

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With 9 albums, a swag of accolades to his name and 25 years performing, writing and recording, Lloyd Spiegel has certainly squeezed more into 35 years than many do in a lifetime. It’s that unique experience combined with a relentless touring schedule and stage presence well beyond his years that…

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LUCAS MICHAILIDIS

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Lucas Michailidis has been described as ‘quite simply a guitar-playing phenomenon’… he can pull a rhythm and complexity out of a hat to put to shame all those who are mired in superficial “funk” and “groove”. Real art, and good and enduring food for the soul is what you get….

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MARCEL YAMMOUNI & ANDY SYLVIO

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Marcel and Andy have been long-standing sidemen for artists such as Vanessa Amorosi, Pete Murray, Em Rusciano to only name a few.  Several years ago, Andy and Marcel found themselves playing together and a private function where they hit if off immediately, both having the same warped sense of humour…

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MATTHEW FAGAN

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  As a touring musician, Matthew has followed in the footsteps of his grandfather Milton Parkes who toured with the Australian Opera legend Dame Nellie Melba throughout the United States in the early 20th century. Matthew has toured with international celebrities Natalie Cole, The Original Buena Vista Social Club, Billy…

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MICHAEL DOLCE

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Over the  years Michael Dolce has established himself with a solid career as a session guitarist by playing and recording for many Top 10 national and international artists. This includes countless appearances on TV shows such as Sunrise, The Today Show , The Kerri Anne Show, Rove ,The Morning show,…

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MIKE ELRINGTON

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  Gentle giant, Mike Elrington is a gifted songwriter with impressive guitar skills and a fierce work ethic. Standing at almost two metres tall, delivering gut-wrenching vocals and playing fiery guitar licks, very few people forget a Mike Elrington performance. With stage credits at some of Australia’s finest festivals, including…

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NICK CHARLES

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It’s no surprise that the prestigious Black Rose Acoustic Society in Colorado USA describes Australian guitarist, Nick Charles, as “a world class stylist and composer”. His dazzling, melodic fingerpicking on 6 and 12 string guitars, stinging slide and a lifetime’s stories and songs from the musical highway has him labelled…

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NICK JOHNSTON

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Hailed as a modern guitar virtuoso, Nick Johnston is a Canadian guitarist known for his catchy, melody-driven instrumental music. With his guitar, Nick has been able to carve out his own unique style within a crowded landscape of instrumental guitarists. Though his style is ever evolving, his music is consistently…

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OPAL OCEAN

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Frenchmen Alex Champ and New Zealander Nadav Tabak started composing and crafting their original works in a Melbourne basement in 2013. Their independent “Terra EP” enjoyed great success, selling over 7000 copies since its release in 2015. The momentum from Terra EP has now sailed them from street to stage,…

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PETE BAYLOR’S ULTRAFOX

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French gypsy jazz band Ultrafox presents the finest in Le Jazz Hot in the infectious style of Django Reinhardt and The Hot Club of France. Elegant swing , tender jazz ballads, gypsy waltzes and hot rhythm are just a few of the trademark sounds. Formed in 2008 by veteran guitarist,  Peter Baylor,…

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PHIL MANNING

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  It is impossible to talk about blues music in Australia without Phil Manning being mentioned in the first sentence. Since the late 60’s Phil has been at the forefront of this genre as well as exploring other styles widely. His ability to absorb other styles and craft them to…

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SARAH CARROLL

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Sarah Carroll NEW ALBUM OUT NOW “Sarah Carroll is a brilliant writer and singer.” Jeff Lang Sarah Carroll has performed at most of Australia’s high profile festivals over a 25 year career. She launched her epic progressive country album Star Parade in March with new band The Left Wing, featuring…

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SERGIO ERCOLE

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Sergio Ercole has spent a significant time abroad, studying and performing extensively throughout the Mediterranean including Andalusia, Florence, Sienna, and the Adriatic Coast. his incredible classical proficiency and love for his Italian musical heritage and culture, will provide guitar enthusiasts a real treat. Sergio will perform on Sunday August 6th…

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SHANNON BOURNE

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Melbourne based guitarist extraordinaire Shannon Bourne returns to the Melbourne Guitar Show and once again showcases a different range of colours to his palette. Joining Shannon on stage this year is Checkerboard Lounge frontman, drummer and one of the sweetest soul voices going around, Carl Pannuzzo. Plus laying down the…

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SIMON GARDNER & THE BIG SKY

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Simon Gardner is one Brisbane’s premier rock guitarists and preeminent guitar teachers. As a teacher Simon has been delivering lessons since 1988 and in 2006 opened his own music tuition hub, Simon Gardner Music and more recently at the JMC music college in Brisbane.. As an artist, Simon has released…

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STEPHEN MAGNUSSON

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Stephen Magnusson is considered one of Australia’s most accomplished, versatile and distinct musicians with incredible technique and an astoundingly beautiful tone. His hectic schedule shows that he is a delight to work with and someone that has ‘something to say’ in the world of improvised music. He was given his…

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STEPHEN TARANTO

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Stephen is a Sydney-based Guitarist who currently plays with the Tech-Progressive Metal band ‘The Helix Nebula’, as a Solo Artist, and has performed for many Australian-based Progressive bands such as I Built the Sky and James Norbert Ivanyi. He is know for his Stephen is currently working on his upcoming…

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STEVE HACKETT

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Steve Hackett performs with his trio at noon on Sunday August 6th on the AON Mezzanine Stage. A Premium ticket is required for this performance. A Q&A with Steve will follow at 1pm Steve Hackett has had a remarkable musical career and is renowned as one of the most innovative…

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THE MERCY KILLS

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The Mercy Kills are part Sunset Strip trash, part CBGB’s style raw rock, yet still 100% pure oz rock n roll champions. Formed in 2009 they have a history of hanging with legendary artists such as Courtney Love and the New York Dolls and the vibe has obviously rubbed off…

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THE OMNIFIC

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The Omnific is a progressive band featuring 2 bassists and a drummer. Announcing themselves in November 2016 with their debut EP “Sonorous”, The Omnific has gained a wide audience with their unique compositions and style, with 10k likes on their Facebook page and 1k subscribers on Youtube. They plan to…

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THE THIN WHITE UKES

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The Thin White Ukes have been performing the songs of David Bowie (and friends) with small strings and big harmonies in their hometown of Melbourne and beyond since 2014. From Space Oddity to Blackstar, their lovingly handcrafted arrangements of the late great Duke’s mercurial songbook have teased the neck hairs…

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TIM O’BRIEN

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A performer of solo fingerstyle guitar and member  of The  O’Brien Ensemble, a “Hot Club and Acoustic Swing Band”, Tim O’Brien performs for Sigma Guitars Tim performs on Sunday August 6th at 1pm on the Exclusively Acoustic Stage

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TIRI PESTRIVAS

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Tiri is an instrumental guitarist from Melbourne who plays a hybrid of fingerstyle, folk, jazz, and blues. In 2017 he embarked on his biggest project, creating his debut album ‘First Wave’ – a studio album with a live feel. The album was entirely crowd-funded and contains tracks a blend of…

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