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
Diesel
Jack Jones (aka Irwin Thomas)
Harts
Nick Charles
Brett Garsed
Shannon Bourne
Fiona Boyes
James Ryan
Phil Manning
Nat Allison
Bec Sandridge
Slowly Slowly
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
Damnations Day
The Omnific
Ed Bates
Josh Munday
Espana:
Matthew Fagan
Bernardo Soler
Dean Gaudoin
Craig Newman
Rod Bustos
Peter Baylor
Zevon Hiltz
Jamie Pye
Abbey Stone
Ben Kelly
Malcura
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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Saturday 4 August 11am AON Whammy Bar Adam Miller Band Saturday August 4 at 3pm Exclusively Acoustic stage Sunday August 5th 2pm AON Mezzanine stage World of Acoustic Guitar with Nick Charles, Daniel Champagine, Jeff Lang, Peter Baylor and Van Larkins.   With a unique approach to the guitar, Adam…

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ALBERT LEE (UK)

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Saturday August 4 1.15pm Aon Whammy Bar 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…

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ALISON FERRIER

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Saturday August 4 at 11.30am in Songs and Strings with Cat Canteri, Fiona Boyes, Zevon Hiltz and Abbey Stone Sunday August 5 at 1pm Aon Whammy bar Alison Ferrier Band Alison Ferrier is a prolific songwriter and talented guitarist, performing regularly in Melbourne with some of the town’s best musicians….

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BEC SANDRIDGE

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Appearing for Fender on stands 60-63: Bec Sandridge – 11am Saturday 4th   Bec Sandridge is a singer/songwriter originally based in Stanwell Park, New South Wales in the Northern Illawarra region of Australia. She originally began her musical career as one half of the gypsy-folk group Mad Polly, playing lead guitar…

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BEN KELLY

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Saturday August 4 at 2pm exclusively Acoustic stage 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,…

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BERNARDO SOLER

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Sunday August 5 at 12.45pm Aon Mezzanine stage 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,…

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BRETT GARSED

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Sunday August 5 at midday Meet The Players Session Cafe Corner, ground floor Sunday August 5 at 2.15pm Triple M Finale Jam   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…

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CAT CANTERI

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Saturday August 4 at 11.30am Songs & Strings feat Alison ferrier, Fiona Boyes, Zevon Hiltz, Abbey Stone Sunday August 5 at 10.45am Aon Mezzanine Stage 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…

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CHARLIE BEDFORD

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Saturday August 4 at 3.3opm Aon Mezzanine stage in Nick Charles Blues & Roots Show with Fiona Boyes, Justin Bernasconi, Phil Manning and Ed Bates Sunday August 5 at 2.15pm Aon Whammy Bar Triple M Finale jam with Brett Garsed, Jack Jones, Shannon Bourne and James Ryan Charlie Bedford is…

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CRAIG NEWMAN

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Saturday August 4 midday Cafe corner, ground floor Meet the Players Session; The Art of Electric Bass with Rod Bustos and Mitch Cairns 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…

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DAMNATIONS DAY

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DAMNATIONS DAY was founded by brothers Mark Dean Kennedy, who have been playing music together since 2005, the siblings accompanied by Jon King who joined in 2012. The band released their debut album, Invisible, The Dead, through Nightmare Records in 2013 to amazing reviews. Since the record’s release, the band…

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DANIEL CHAMPAGNE

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Saturday August 4 at 2pm Aon Mezzanine Stage Sunday August 5 at 2pm Aon Mezzanine Stage World of Acoustic Guitar feat Nick Charles, Peter Baylor, Jeff Lang, Adam Miller, Van Larkins The story goes that the young Australian singer, songwriter and one-of-a-kind guitar virtuoso first picked up his instrument of…

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DAVE LESLIE

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Saturday August 4 Aon Whammy Bar Midday: Dave Leslie Band Sunday August 5 1.30pm Up Close & Personal session, cafe corner, ground floor 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…

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DEAN GAUDOIN

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Sunday August 5 at 12.45pm Aon Mezzanine stage British Bassist Dean Gaudoin 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,…

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Diesel

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Sunday August 5 at 11.30am Winners Circle Workshop Room Fender Guitars presents Diesel Signature Stratocaster launch Diesel is one of those rare talents who has immense popular appeal and is also a musician’s musician. His guitar playing is always tasteful and inventive. It’s based around the rock and soul that…

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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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Saturday August 4 at 11.30am Aon Mezzanine Stage Songs & Strings Feat Alison Ferrier, Cat Canteri, Zevon Hiltz, Abbey Stone Saturday August 4 at 3.30pm Aon Mezzanine Stage in Nick Charles Blues & Roots Show with Justin Bernasconi, Phil Manning, Charlie Bedford and Ed Bates Sunday August 5 at midday…

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HARTS

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Appearing for Fender on stands 60-63 : Harts – 3:30pm Saturday 4th Harts is the nom de plume of Indian-born, Australian-based musician, singer/songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, composer, and music producer Darren Hart, whose singular blend of pop, funk, jazz, blues, psychedelic rock, and indie electronic music has cemented him as one of the…

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JACK JONES (AKA IRWIN THOMAS)

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SUNDAY AUGUST 5 AT 2.15pm TRIPLE M FINALE JAM. Aon Whammy bar Jack Jones/Irwin Thomas (born 6 January 1971) is an Australian singer-songwriter and guitarist. He was formerly billed as Jack Jones when he was the lead vocalist in the 1990s Australian band Southern Sons, originally known as “The State”….

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JAMES RYAN

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Saturday August 4 11.30am Winners Circle Workshop Room Positive Grid Clinic Saturday August 4 at 2.30pm Winners Circle Workshop Room Vox Showcase Sunday August 5 at 2.15pm Aon Whammy Bar triple M finale Jam with Brett Garsed, Jack Jones, Shnnon Bourne, Charlie Bedford James Ryan first picked up a nylon…

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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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Saturday August 4 at 12.45pm Aon Mezzanine Stage Sunday August 5 at 2pm in World of Acoustic Guitr feat Nick Charles, Daniel Champagne, Peter Baylor, Adam Miller, Van Larkins Australian guitarist-songwriter-vocalist-producer, Jeff Lang has built a reputation for making startling music that is accomplished, intricate, gutsy, melodic and loaded with…

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JOSH MUNDAY

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Saturday August 4 Winners Circle Workshop Room 12.30pm Boss Tone Design Sunday August 5 Winners Circle Workshop Room 12.30pm Boss Tone Design 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…

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JUSTIN BERNASCONI

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Saturday August 4 at 1pm Exclusively Acoustic stage Saturday August 4 at 3.30pm Aon Mezzanine stage in Nick Charles’ Blues & Roots Show feat Fiona Boyes, Charlie Bedford, Phil Manning, Ed Bates. Named as ‘one of this country’s most interesting guitar talents’ by Australian Guitar Magazine, Justin Bernasconi is a…

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KIRK LORANGE

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Kirk will be demonstrating Washburn guitars on stand A12   Kirk Lorange is an acclaimed Australian slide guitarist who has played with some of our greatest artists including Richard Clapton, Marc Hunter, and Marcia Hines, to name a few. He’s also a successful YouTube guitar educator whose channel has accumulated…

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MALCURA

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Saturday August 4 at 4.30pm Winners Circle Workshop Room Malcura are an exhilarating acoustic trio from Australia. Honing their craft as buskers in Melbourne’s Bourke Street Mall, Malcura have captivated the Australian public with their distinctive sound, which fuses Flamenco instrumentation with Latin rhythms and a Rock’n’roll mentality. Malcura create…

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MARK ‘PHISHA’ FISHER

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Saturday August 4 at 3pm Meet the Players session. cafe corner, ground floor Fingerstyle Guitar with Van Larkins and Thomas Leeb Sunday August 5 at 12.30pm Exclusively Acoustic Stage Phisha performs a unique style of percussive fingerstyle acoustic guitar with intriguing techniques, But then takes it a step further by…

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MATTHEW FAGAN (ESPANA)

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Sunday August 5 at 12.45pm Aon Mezzanine stage 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,…

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MICHAEL DOLCE

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Sunday August 5 at 2.30pm Winners Circle Workshop Room. Fractal Audio Workshop 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…

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MICHAEL PAYNTER

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Sunday August 5 at 1.30pm Winners Circle Workshop Room Line 6 Showcase The musical evolution of Michael Paynter has been a series of obsessive love affairs. At the age of 7 it was the piano, at age 12 it was the guitar, and by the age of 15 he was…

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MITCH CAIRNS

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Saturday August 4 midday Cafe corner, ground floor Meet the Players Session: The Art of Electric Bass with Rod Bustos and Craig Newman 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…

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NAT ALLISON

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Saturday August 4 at 2.45pm Aon Whammy Bar 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,…

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NICK CHARLES

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Saturday August 4 at midday Exclusively Acoustic stage Saturday August 4 at 3.300pm nick Charles Blues & Roots Show Feat Fiona Boyes, Justin Bernasconi, Phil Manning, Ed Bates, Charlie Bedford Sunday August 5 at 2pm World of Acoustic Guitar Feat Daniel Champagne, Peter Baylor, Jeff Lang, Adam Miller, Van Larkins…

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PETER BAYLOR

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Sunday August 5 at 2pm Aon Mezzanine Stage in World of Acoustic Guitar feat Nick Charles, Daniel Champagne, Jeff Lang, Adam Miller, Van Larkins 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,…

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PHIL MANNING

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Saturday August 4 at 1.30 pm Cafe corner, ground floor. Meet the Players session Saturday August 4 at 3.30pm Aon mezzanine stage in Nick Charles Blues & Roots Show Phil Manning must be one of the most underrated musicians in Australian music history. Along with his band mates from Chain…

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RACKETT

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Saturday August 4 at 3.45pm Aon Whammy bar 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…

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ROD BUSTOS

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Rod Bustos is a highly acclaimed Australian bass player, who has regularly played an integral part in the Melbourne Guitar Show Finale jam. Rod will once again take part in the Triple M Finale Jam Sunday August 4 Aon Whammy Bar at 2.5pm Rod will also appear on Saturday August…

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ROHAN STEVENSON (I BUILT THE SKY)

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Saturday August 4 at 10.30am Aon Mezzanine Stage 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…

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SADIVA

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Sadiva is a producer, singer and songwriter who stays on her grind. Only a couple of years into her career, she started producing in 2015. Since then she’s emerged as one of Melbourne’s integral players in the sampling scene, She’s toured North America, Japan & recently the Melbourne Intl’ Jazz…

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SCOTT DARLOW

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Saturday August 4 at 4.45pm Aon Whammy bar 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…

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SHANNON BOURNE

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Sunday August 5 at 11am Aon Whammy Bar. Shannon plays material from his solo instrumental album Words Fail Sunday August 5 at 2.15 pm Aon Whammy Bar. Triple M Finale Jam Shannon Bourne is a critically-acclaimed blues-and-roots-founded guitarist, singer and songwriter with a strong following of discerning fans and the…

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SLOWLY SLOWLY

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Appearing for Fender on stands 60-63: Slowly Slowly – 1:30pm Sunday 5th St. Leonards – Slowly Slowly’s second album – is a vivid snapshot of the life of Slowly Slowly Ben Stewart and those closest to him. Lyrically dense yet restrained instrumentally to allow room for striking imagery and vibrant metaphors, Stewart veers between stream-of-consciousness…

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THE OMNIFIC

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The Omnific are a progressive band consisting of two bass players and a drummer from Melbourne, Australia. Since their debut release ‘Sonorous’ in November 2016, the band has gained a large interest from all corners of the globe. The prog-trio performed at the 2017 Melbourne Guitar Show representing Music Man,…

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THE WEEPING WILLOWS

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Sunday August 5 at 11.45am Aon Mezzanine Stage 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,…

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THOMAS LEEB

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Saturday August 4 at 3pm Cafe corner, ground floor Meet The Players session Fingerstyle guitar with Van Larkins and Phisha Sunday August 5 exclusively acoustic stage at 1.30pm Thomas Leeb picked up the guitar for the same reason as every thirteen-year-old boy: he wanted to meet girls. He soon fell…

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VAN LARKINS

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Saturday August 4 at 3pm Meet The Players session. Cafe corner, ground floor Fingerstyle Guitar with Thomas Leeb & Phisha Sunday August 5 at 12.30pm Exclusively Acoustic Stage. Combining classical guitar style with musical influences like electronica, Psytrance and 70s funk, Van Larkins’ ground-breaking techniques and complex compositions have earned…

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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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