Performers 2018

2018 ARTISTS PERFORMING LIVE, IN SESSION OR ON STAND

The Melbourne Guitar Show will once again celebrate the Melbourne and Australian guitar community. We have assembled an inspiring array of guitar players at the Melbourne Guitar Show and they include:

Albert Lee (UK)
Daniel Champagne
Jeff Lang
Dave Leslie
Jack Jones (aka Irwin Thomas)
Nick Charles
Brett Garsed
Shannon Bourne
Fiona Boyes
James Ryan
Phil Manning
Nat Allison
Brett Kingman
Alison Ferrier
Cat Canteri
Michael Paynter
Scott Darlow
Rackett
Van Larkins
Justin Bernasconi
Rohan Stevenson (I built the sky)
Michael Dolce
The Weeping Willows
Mitch Cairns
Adam Miller
Kirk Lorange
Ed Bates
Josh Munday
Espana:
Matthew Fagan
Bernardo Soler
Dean Gaudion
Craig Newman
Rod Bustos
Peter Baylor
Zevon Hiltz
Jamie Pye
Abbey Stone
Ben Kelly
Phisha
Thomas Leeb
Charlie Bedford
and more

Download a pdf of the show program here

 

 

 

 

ABBEY STONE

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With a blend of pop, soul and rock music, Abbey Stone has spent her time between New York, Nashville, Los Angeles and Australia writing & recording her own music, as well as performing headline sets across America & Australia, playing venues such as the iconic Bluebird Cafe, Antiques Archaeology in…

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ADAM MILLER

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

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ALBERT LEE (UK)

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This year will be extra special as the Melbourne Guitar Show welcomes UK guitar legend Albert Lee. Albert Lee is one of the most respected and renowned guitarists in music history, having worked with The Everly Brothers, Eric Clapton, Emmylou Harris and The Crickets over his long and illustrious career….

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ALISON FERRIER

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Alison Ferrier is a prolific songwriter and talented guitarist, performing regularly in Melbourne with some of the town’s best musicians. In the last couple of years, she’s played at Port Fairy Folk Festival and Cool Summer Festival, had a successful solo tour along the east coast of Australia, and made…

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BEN KELLY

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Ben Kelly spends 8-9 months of each year touring and sharing his music with the world as well as releasing albums each year worldwide. His music is difficult to pigeon-hole as his musical stylings come from across many genres including Latin America, Spanish Guitar, African inspired rhythms, eastern influenced melodies,…

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BERNARDO SOLER

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Bernardo Performs on Godin Multi- ac midi Nylon and Godin Electric 6 String, Bernadro is endorsed By Godin Guitars Bernardo Soler award Winning Filipino Guitarist from Melbourne, Victoria, offering a selection of unique music that reflects the true Mediterranean culture: Bossa nova, Rumba flamenca, Boleros (Spanish love songs), Latin and…

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BRETT GARSED

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Brett Garsed was born in rural Victoria, Australia and began playing guitar at age 12 after hearing Deep Purple’s Ritchie Blackmore play “Speed King”. After about a month of initial lessons he continued to teach himself and formed a band comprised of his two cousins and a mutual friend and…

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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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CAT CANTERI

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Cat Canteri is a true musician in the sense that she lives for the music, primarily as a solo artist but also with a rich history of collaboration with other bands and songwriters. In 2014 Cat released her debut solo album When We Were Young which shone a spotlight on…

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CHARLIE BEDFORD

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Charlie Bedford is a 17-year-old blues musician who performed at the “International Blues Challenge – Youth Showcase” in Memphis in 2017 with his band and returned as a solo artist in 2018” representing the Melbourne Blues Appreciation Society – MBAS. Charlie is planning to head back to Memphis & Nashville once again…

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CRAIG NEWMAN

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Craig Newman’s musical studies commenced at the age of 12 when he began playing trumpet with his secondary school big band. However, by the time he reached 16 years old, he had developed a considerable interest for the bass guitar. This resulted in three years classical double bass studies with…

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DANIEL CHAMPAGNE

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The story goes that the young Australian singer, songwriter and one-of-a-kind guitar virtuoso first picked up his instrument of choice as a five-year-old following in the footsteps of a musical father. He began writing songs at 12, training classically throughout his teens and performing solo wherever he could, honing his…

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DAVE LESLIE

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Dave Leslie graduated from the tennis-racquet to the guitar at age 9 and has been obsessed with guitars and things that make them louder, ever since. In August 1989 while cutting his teeth on the Sydney pub-circuit, he was invited to attend a jam with singer Suze DeMarchi, who had…

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DEAN GAUDION

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British Bassist Dean Gaudion has made a name for himself in Melbourne, where he now resides, as a leading player and composer in the Fusion and Progressive Rock scene. Dean is a graduate of Box Hill Institute of Music and a touring, session and recording artist. Equally at home in…

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ED BATES

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Ed Bates is a legend among the musical community as being one of only a handful of people that own, let alone play, a pedal steel guitar. He has played and recorded extensively with a wide variety of artists and bands and in a diverse range of styles including:- Rick…

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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 and…

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JAMES RYAN

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James Ryan first picked up a nylon string guitar at age 13 and began classical lessons. As a kid his influences followed his father’s; early Kiss, Rolling Stones, Muddy Waters, Status Quo, Sabbath, Judas Priest, Van Halen, Deep Purple, Ted Nugent, Clapton and Skynard. By the end of high school,…

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JAMIE PYE

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Jamie is a young guitarist from the Bellarine. His usual style is described as acoustic/instrumental/finger-style, he now enjoys playing all types of genres. He draws from many influences such as Kim Churchill, Daniel Champagne, John Butler, Ziggy Alberts and many more inspiring musicians. Since finishing his last year of secondary…

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Jeff Lang

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Australian guitarist-songwriter-vocalist-producer, Jeff Lang has built a reputation for making startling music that is accomplished, intricate, gutsy, melodic and loaded with soul. Often taking unexpected turns, he has consistently inspired his audiences by creating a stylistically diverse catalog of over 25 albums. As legions of journalists have written, Jeff is…

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JOSH MUNDAY

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Joshua Munday has been a BOSS/Roland user for most of his guitar playing life and has been working directly with Roland Australia for many 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 tone. In…

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JUSTIN BERNASCONI

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Named as ‘one of this country’s most interesting guitar talents’ by Australian Guitar Magazine, Justin Bernasconi is a rarity among guitarists and songwriters. Straddling styles and sounds from the Delta Blues, Appalachian Bluegrass, English Folk and all stops in between, his highly original tunes are infused with exciting and soulful…

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MARK ‘PHISHA’ FISHER

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Phisha performs a unique style of percussive fingerstyle acoustic guitar with intriguing techniques, But then takes it a step further by incorporating it around meaningful songwriting and a voice that can tell a story.

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MATTHEW FAGAN (ESPANA)

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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 Connolly,…

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MICHAEL DOLCE

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Throughout a long and successful career, Michael Dolce has established himself 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, MTV…

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MITCH CAIRNS

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Mitch Cairns is a Multi Award Winning Producer,
Mix Engineer and Musician. 3 Time ARIA nominated and 2 time ARIA Winner. Mitch has produced projects involving: ARIA Hall Of Fame inductee and No.1 selling artist Russell Morris, Grammy Winner Leo Sayer, Glenn Shorrock (Little River Band), Joe Robinson, Roshani, Renee Geyer,…

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NAT ALLISON

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From the Studio to the stage, Nat Allison delivers a pitch-perfect scream, strut antics and evil guitar showboat. A high energy, guitar heavy performance with tough lyrics, powerful vocals and guitar solos to match. To date Nat has played over 5000 gigs, including festivals and opening for big names such…

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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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PETER BAYLOR

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If the name of Peter Baylor is not familiar to you, you have probably heard his guitar before. He played with bands like The Dancehall Racketeers, The Starliners and the Flatfoot Shakers. Peter also played the guitar show last year with his other band Ultrafox. Peter is a versatile guitarist covering…

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PHIL MANNING

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Phil Manning must be one of the most underrated musicians in Australian music history. Along with his band mates from Chain and other legendary Australian acts like Dutch Tilders, Carson, The Foreday Riders, and The Aztecs to name a few, they pioneered an Antipodean form of the blues which carries…

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RACKETT

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RACKETT make loud and experimental punk-pop. Based in Sydney, Australia, the band have moved from virtual anonymity to playing in major theatres and festivals throughout Australia, receiving regular airplay on community and commercial radio, features in Rolling Stone Magazine , become the featured talent in national campaign for General Pants…

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ROHAN STEVENSON (I BUILT THE SKY)

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I Built The Sky started out in 2012 as a 1 man project by Australian born guitarist Rohan Stevenson. Since the inception, Rohan has released 2 albums, 1 EP and 5 singles with all music written / recorded / programmed / edited / mixed / mastered himself. He has now…

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SCOTT DARLOW

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When imagining what real Aussie Indigenous rock looks like, Scott Darlow should be what comes to mind. For more than ten years, Darlow has been one of the country’s hardest working and most successful independent artists. Scott Darlow is undeniably a fixture of the Australian music landscape. The versatile singer/guitarist/didgeridoo…

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SHANNON BOURNE

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  Shannon Bourne is a critically-acclaimed blues-and-roots-founded guitarist, singer and songwriter with a strong following of discerning fans and the power to sway audiences with the naked emotion and sheer virtuosic power of his soul-searing performances. Shannon’s song-writing influences — Richard Thompson, Beck, Matt Walker and Scott Walker — take…

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THE WEEPING WILLOWS

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These words are particularly apt when applied to The Weeping Willows’ second album, Before Darkness Comes A-Callin’. Recorded in Los Angeles with multiple Grammy winner, Ryan Freeland and a small cast of players hand-picked to leave all the right gaps and spaces, this record should be received as a mature,…

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THOMAS LEEB

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Thomas Leeb picked up the guitar for the same reason as every thirteen-year-old boy: he wanted to meet girls. He soon fell in love with the instrument, played his first solo concert at the age of fifteen and released his first acoustic guitar album at seventeen. Leeb is a frequent…

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VAN LARKINS

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Combining classical guitar style with musical influences like electronica, Psytrance and 70s funk, Van Larkins’ ground-breaking techniques and complex compositions have earned him a coveted spot on the U.S. CandyRat Records roster, multiple endorsements and praise from the world’s best fingerstyle artists, including Andrew White, Antonio Vargas and electric guitar…

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ZEVON HILTZ

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Furious front man and leader of the Werewolves of Melbourne pack,  Zevon’s got lighting in his hands and hellfire in his lungs. His feverish blues vocals have been known to haunt venues weeks after a performance. Challenges the Devil to guitar duels for fun. When Zevon’s not rockin’ out with…

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