Adelaide International Guitar Festival 2007 brochure

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This event, a first for South Australia, celebrates the world’s most popular and accessible instrument: the Guitar. This world-class international festival spans all music genres (Blues, Jazz, Classical, Experimental, Blues & Roots, World, and more...) and will host literally dozens of performances, workshops and unique artistic collaborations.

The inaugural 2007 Adelaide International Guitar Festival is a celebration of perhaps the most versatile and evocative musical instrument.

Welcome to the first Adelaide International Guitar Festival, a spectacular new annual event proudly presented by the Adelaide Festival Centre.

As an integral part of the world’s rich and varied musical heritage – and a vehicle for composition, performance and storytelling – the guitar can be neither ignored nor eclipsed. The first event of its kind held in Australia, this Festival is much more than a series of shows.

In what we anticipate will be a major fixture in Australia’s music events calendar, the Adelaide International Guitar Festival promises to be a must for all guitar devotees and music fans.

A superb line-up of local, national and overseas performers will treat us to concerts, masterclasses, artist fora, workshops and seminars. And they’ll showcase all forms in which the guitar shines: rock and jazz; blues and classical; flamenco, gospel and world music. Whether you’re a player or a fan, I urge you to explore this program and to join us in what promises to be a brilliant, unforgettable Festival.

We invite you to experience the versatility of this extraordinary instrument, in the hands of some the world’s finest guitarists, appearing exclusively at our Festival. So come join us at South Australia’s creative heart, for ten glorious days of guitar greatness. See you at the Festival Centre soon. Douglas Gautier CEO & Artistic Director Adelaide Festival Centre

Presented and produced by Adelaide Festival Centre with proud support from SA Government and SA Tourism, the Adelaide International Guitar Festival is an important new music festival that will sit firmly in music lovers’ calendars as an annual event not to be missed. Themed to embrace all forms of music and connected by one central and identifiable instrument, AIGF will showcase not only the diversity of guitar genres, but a broad diversity of classical, contemporary and cultural music. Featuring some of the best instrumentalists and musicians in Australia and the world, we know audiences will respond to the broad

If music is the universal language, then the guitar can be considered the unifying instrument. And just as this new Festival is very much an exciting new music event, this versatile instrument is what ties it all together. Music lovers are in for a real treat in November and December as we host a staggering array of Australian and International Artists for ten days. The diversity of these musicians and the calibre of their craftsmanship will leave you torn between which shows you want to come to. Then throw in for good measure a liberal dose of Australian exclusives and world firsts and you’ll start to see what we’re so excited about. We have no doubts the Adelaide International Guitar Festival will very quickly become one of the most significant music events in the country, and it starts here. See you at the GF!

Mike Rann Premier of South Australia Minister for the Arts

Christine Schloithe Executive Producer Adelaide International Guitar Festival

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range of opportunities on offer – from major outdoor concerts to small, intimate performances in theatres, showcases, masterclasses, forums, films, exhibitions and more. We are presenting exclusive and unique multiple artist line-ups and collaborations that you will not see anywhere else in the world. The 1st annual Adelaide International Guitar Festival is just a taste of what’s to come in future years. For ten spine tingling days, Adelaide will resonate to the sounds of guitar legends from around the world!

Welcome, guitar lovers. The inaugural AIGF offers a global perspective on the guitar’s capabilities, how different cultures have embraced it, and the crosspollination of techniques and styles. This gathering of guitarists, like a group exhibition, tells a story by association of the guitar’s origins and travels the genres it has influenced, and where it may be heading. Our players come from across the US (New York and Boston, Austin and Memphis), Europe (Scotland, England, Spain and Austria), South America (Brazil) India, West Africa and Australia (Perth, Sydney, Noarlunga Beach and downtown Adelaide). Of course, telling the guitar’s fascinating story in ten days is a little like visiting Australia and only seeing Uluru and Bondi Beach. But this is a good place to begin. Most of all, we hope the AIGF will challenge, entertain and inspire you and be a part of South Australia’s cultural life for years to come.

Our Artists In Residence program enables you to have access to two of the most highly regarded artists in the world. The unique opportunity to engage with artists of this calibre will add a very personal and exciting dimension to your festival experience. Our artists will impart their skills, knowledge and creativity across all aspects of the festival, from concerts and solo performances to masterclasses, workshops and talks. Our Artists In Residence are the best of the best in what they do.

jeff lang Jeff is considered one of the most innovative and collaborative artists in this country. His reputation is second-to-none amongst both his peers and Australian audiences. As a musician, Jeff has a very generous nature that has led to some amazing collaborations with other artists – leading him to be regarded as a “mentor” and role model by other artists. We are honoured to have this genuine, passionate artist as our Australian Artist In Residence.


CONCERTS & EVENTS Festival Theatre concerts Outdoor concerts Travelling Light: A series of intimate performances Wah-Bar: Late nights Tune Up: Workshops and Masterclasses Sunday Spectrum & Sunday Sessions Film Visual Arts Tune Up: Talks, forums and seminars

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OTHER INFORMATION Student Tix information Access Services How to book and other information Calendar of events Artist biographies

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David Spelman Artistic Advisor & International Program Consultant, AIGF Artistic Advisor, Wall-to-Wall Guitar Festival (Illinois) Founder & Artistic Director, The New York Guitar Festival®

Adelaide International Guitar Festival is proudly produced and presented by the adelaide festival centre major festival partner

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Jorma Kaukonen lounge partner

Our International Artist in Residence has been chosen for his pioneering work in his field. With a diverse career that spans decades, Jorma Kaukonen is deeply respected by his peers and the music industry. His profile is one of a real gentleman and a true master of his craft. This extends to a strong ethical and community nature, demonstrated by the music camp which he has set up for students to learn from the best artists in the world. Jorma is an incredibly generous and sincere artist who will be a true ambassador for this Festival.

Buy tickets to 3 performances and save 10% on the total price Buy tickets to 4 performances and save 12.5% on the total price Buy tickets to 5 or more performances and save 15% on the total price This offer applies to: – All concerts in Elder Park – All concerts in the Festival Theatre (except Rhapsodie Espagnole and Taking Flight) – All Travelling Light concerts in the Space Theatre

This rare concert is exclusive to the Adelaide International Guitar Festival. It will feature the Brazilian Guitar Quartet, acclaimed internationally and in their homeland of Brazil. They will be joined with special guest Paul Galbraith (himself formerly a member of BGQ), a superb “A-list” guitarist. This extraordinary performance explores the music of JS Bach, the strong influence Bach had on Villa-Lobos, and the strong influence Villa-Lobos had, in turn, on later generations of Brazilian composers such as Guarnieri and Miranda.

We’re opening up the doors!

Celebrate the first ever Adelaide International Guitar Festival in grand style at our opening and schmooze with VIPs. This exclusive event includes the Keynote address, drinks and canapes in Lyrics, and the opening event performance, Echoes of Spain. It will be an event not to be missed.

Tickets $125 Dress: Black Tie

You are invited to join a host of dignitaries and attend the exclusive Opening Night Event for the 1st Adelaide International Guitar Festival where our acclaimed Artist In Residence, Jorma Kaukonen, will deliver the opening Keynote Address for this new Festival. Following the Keynote Address, recognised music historian, Glenn A Baker, will lead a dynamic and conversational Public Interview on stage with Jorma, delving into the life, music, influences and aspirations of this high calibre artist.

Featuring Brazilian Guitar Quartet

Don’t miss this opportunity to engage with our VIPs and visiting Artists, and be here at the Festival right from the very start. It promises to be the perfect introduction to what is about to come...

One of the world’s most sought after ensembles

Paul Galbraith A unique and exceptional 8-

string classical player with an unorthodox playing style

Friday 23 November 6pm Festival Theatre 1 hour 10 minutes Tickets $10

Sunday 25 November Festival Theatre 7.30pm Adults $75 – $85 Conc/Groups $70 – $78

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“Seductive beauty... virtuosic gusto.” WASHINGTON POST

“Juan has a terrifyingly good technique and an absolute dominance of the guitar, filling the concert hall with crystalline clarity” EL MUNDO (Spain) This opening performance features an epic gathering of some of the finest classical guitar virtuosos in the world. Long considered “the home of the guitar” Spain has exerted a tremendous influence on the evolution of the instrument and its sound. Expect a full-house, black-tie affair that blends old and new. Rich, lavish and passionate, this musical exploration of Spain promises to be nothing short of breathtaking. Do not miss out.

The guitar transcends culture, nationality, race and religion. It’s a unique form of expression with its own universal language that bridges the most sizable of cultural divides. The cross-cultural aesthetics and sounds of the guitar will take centre stage at this unique concert showcase. Through its power you will tap into an international musical conduit to the world’s wonderful mix of traditions, customs, civilisations and sounds.

Host: Lucky Oceans Banning Eyre & Abdoulaye DiabatÉ

Eliot Fisk Considered by Segovia to be “one of the most brilliant, intelligent and gifted artists of our time”

Juan MartÍn Voted one of the top three flamenco guitarists in the world by US magazine Guitar Player

Paul O’Dette Grammy Award-winner and the world’s foremost lutenist and baroque guitarist

Saffire Number one selling albums and ARIA awards have built an international reputation for this sensational quartet

Juan MartÍn

Friday 23 November Festival Theatre 8.30pm Adults $75 – $85 Conc/Groups $70 – $78

Two artists from distant cultures who, in complete harmony, redefine the depth and beauty of West African music.

Guy Strazz and rodrigo galvÃo Exhilarating Afro-Brazilian jazz where sparks fly

SÉrgio & Odair Assad Multi Grammy-Award winners

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Simon Shaheen One of the most significant Arab musicians, performers and composers of his generation

Vishwa Mohan Bhatt Has revolutionised the guitar by adding 14 more strings and creating his own instrument

Saturday 24 November Festival Theatre 5pm Adults $50 – $60 Conc/Groups $42 – $50

brazilian guitar quartet

The Adelaide Festival Centre and Adelaide International Guitar Festival is committed to providing high quality performance opportunities for young South Australian guitarists. Taking Flight is the culmination of months of rehearsing for selected groups of student musicians, and for many of these emerging artists this will be their first significant performance on stage in the ‘big house’ at the Adelaide Festival Centre. Join the students from a range of Adelaide primary and high schools as they strut their stuff and show you what the future holds. Featuring a special appearance by Artist In Residence, Jorma Kaukonen, and supported by SA guitar legend Chris Finnen and Adelaide Festival Centre’s CentrED program.

Musicians: Central Student Ensemble Fremont/ Elizabeth High Schools Heathfield High School Marryatville High School Norwood Morialta High School Tuesday 27 November Festival Theatre 7.30pm Adults $15 – $18 Conc/Groups $12 – $15 Children U12 $10 –$12 Family (2 adults, 2 children) $45 – $50 Extra child or student on family ticket $6 – $8

This unique collection of Australian and American artists has been drawn together to showcase and explore both traditional and contemporary blues and roots music. Their influences, ancestry and unique contributions to the blues and roots genre will be exposed. Expect a passionately open and artistically unguarded concert that highlights the significant lineage of a musical genre that continues to challenge the path of music evolution.

Ralph Towner

“Towner’s a restless artist, he pushes his boundaries on the classical and 12-string guitars”

Host: Lucky Oceans Corey Harris Has a rare gift for merging blues, African pop, rock and electronica

Jorma Kaukonen Legend of American rock, folk and blues


Kerrianne Cox Her compelling music and song-writing are world-class Luther Dickinson Founding member of acclaimed rising American band, the North Mississippi Allstars

Ross Hannaford Trio One of the country’s finest rock guitarists Thursday 29 November 8.30pm Festival Theatre Adults $50 – $60 Conc/Groups $42 – $50

The Adelaide Symphony Orchestra will open this performance with Ravel’s Rhapsodie Espagnole and Alborada del Gracioso setting the mood, and will conclude the concert with Ravel’s Daphnis and Chloe Suite No. 2. The concert will also showcase the multi-Grammy Award-winning genius of the Assads. Together with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra they will shine in an unhindered display of brilliance in Rodrigo’s exquisite Concierto Madrigal and the legendary tango king Astor Piazzolla’s sultry Argentinian version of The Four Seasons of Buenos Aires. You will watch and listen in wonder.

Rarely do such luminaries of the Jazz world journey to Australia together. Rarer still is the monumental talent that each of these internationally acclaimed guitar virtuosos displays. This never-before-seen gathering of artists assemble for a one-off concert for jazz aficionados. Exploring the art of solo jazz guitar, this concert highlights the essence of this genre – its self expression and dramatic improvisation. You will watch in absolute awe.

Host: John Schaefer Did you know that the Adelaide Festival Centre’s StudentTix program gives you the opportunity to purchase tickets at half price. This makes tickets cheaper than a normal concession price, however tickets are strictly limited.

There will also be a pre-show talk one hour prior to the show.

“No amount of anticipation could have prepared me for the Brazilian brothers’ daringly flexible, eerily unanimous ensemble playing – it was as if they were in each other’s heads.” The Washington Post

Martin Taylor A magician of the guitar Ralph Towner Pioneer of world music, before there was such a term as ‘world music’

Wolfgang Muthspiel One of the most exciting young artists on the jazz and classical scene today

Tickets are available for all shows in this brochure displaying the Student tix logo.

sÉrgio Assad & Odair assad with the Adelaide symphony orchestra Wednesday 28 November Festival Theatre 8.30pm Tickets $75 – $85, Conc/Groups $70 – $78

Presented in association with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra

corey harris

Friday 30 November, 8pm Saturday 1 December, 6.30pm Festival Theatre Adults $46.50 – $69 Conc $42.50 – $59

Beau young

charlie owen

roy rogers Unravel your preconceived notions of musical genre! These eclectic, original and experimental performances by contemporary musicians will rip apart your expectations and retune the course of music. This line-up of multi-genre artists already defies description, so listen in as they travel unchartered waters – anything can, and will, happen.

At the heart of this Festival are five major concerts at Elder Park. Each concert exemplifies a distinctive guitar genre and exclusive artist line-up that will captivate excited crowds of national and international guitar-lovers alike. Information For information about gate opening times, seating/ticketing, what you can bring, weather, access issues and more, you can: 1. Go to and click on the “Frequently Asked Questions” area (faq’s) 2. Call 08 8216 8522 and a recorded message will provide answers to most questions 3. Call BASS on 131 246 4. Go to any BASS outlet (South Australia only)

Join us for a morning of cultural and spiritual bliss in Elder Park. Start the day with a FREE morning yoga session in the park (all welcome!) and then lie back near the river, close your eyes and be transported by a traditional morning raga with Vishwa Mohan Bhatt on Mohan Veena.

Sunday 25 November Elder Park 9am Yoga Session 10.30am Morning Raga Vishwa mohan Bhatt FREE

Host: Lucky Oceans

the atlantics

Ed Kuepper Dubbed “a one man army on guitar” Kaki King Internationally celebrated, she is a true innovator

richard clapton

ROB McDade SA Award-winning artist and experimentalist


Vernon Reid Grammy Award-winning founder of Living Colour

Sunday 25 November Elder Park 7.30pm Adults $70, Conc/Groups $55

kaki king

Surf music crashed onto Australian shores in the early 60s on the wave of a developing surf culture that became the soundtrack for generations of sundrenched Australians. Far from wiping out, surf culture and its music has continued to grow with new artists and sounds emerging in the sandy footsteps of legends before them. From The Atlantics to Beau Young, come and catch the music ride of your life.

Host: Lucky Oceans Beau Young World champion surfer – and musician!

Bob Brozman Master of slide, fingerstyle and percussive guitar

the most recognisable 6-string sounds in Australia

Charlie Owen Legendary Australian slide guitarist

Matt Walker & Ashley Davies a resonating

Cindy Cashdollar Grammy Award-winner and one of the most

blend of blues, country and rock

in-demand musicians on the American roots scene

Richard Clapton ARIA Awards Hall of Fame inductee

Kerryn Tolhurst Chart-topping songwriter and dobro/lap steel master

stephen, alan & peter pigram From the Pigram Brothers, nationally acclaimed folk/rock band

Lucky Oceans Master of the pedal steel guitar

The Atlantics Thrilling a new generation of fans at

Roy Rogers Roots and blues festival favourite the world over

festivals around Australia

Vishwa Mohan Bhatt Undoubtedly one of the most expressive, versatile and greatest slide players in the world

House Band/Musical Director: Kerryn Tolhurst Sought after producer, including the

The slide guitar, whether played with a glass bottle, section of metal pipe, a battery or spark plug socket, has its own special place in the history of the guitar. From the blues, rock, country, bluegrass and western swing to the traditional music of India and Hawaii, its smooth, lyrical sounds have formed the colourful backdrop for countless talented performers. This international cast will lure you into the sounds of the highway, backroom bars, the outback and beyond.

Host: John Schaefer

Dan Rumour Band Dan’s guitar virtuosity is one of

The AIGF has a great range of tees and trinkets for you to strut your stuff in during the Festival. Get on-line (, shop at Showbitz at the Adelaide Festival Centre or purchase at our merchandise outlets during the Festival.

lucky oceans

David Lindley Plays the music that redefines eclectic

successful album Delightful Rain that inspired this concert

Saturday 24 November Elder Park 8.30pm Adults $70, Conc/Groups $55

ed kuepper

vernon reid

Friday 30 November Elder Park 8.30pm Adults $50 Conc/Groups $40

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fourplay electric string quartet

In a single afternoon, exactly 40 years ago, Jimi Hendrix redefined music and marked his place as arguably the most influential guitarist to have ever lived. Before a crowd of 200,000 people at California’s Monterey International Music Festival he ripped his way into the pages of rock history and stunned the world. Celebrate his unrivalled legacy at this open-air concert featuring the world’s most cutting-edge guitarists in an unprecedented tribute to the music of Jimi Hendrix. As the final night extravaganza, it is a fitting closing highlight to the 2007 Adelaide International Guitar Festival.

jim moginie

anne mccue

Host: John Schaefer Alvin Youngblood Hart A one-man blues sensation, direct from the US Anne McCue Her electric guitar playing puts most other electric guitarists to shame Benjamin Verdery Composer and classical guitarist; an American original Cindy Cashdollar One of the most in-demand musicians on the American roots scene & Jorma Kaukonen US Rock And Roll Hall of Fame inductee FourPlay Electric String Quartet Forget everything you know about string quartets – these guys have attitude

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Jeff Lang A true guitar great with the power of a gifted singer-songwriter Jim Moginie Recent Australian Hall of Fame inductee & Adalita Srsen Australian dynamo and founding member of Magic Dirt luther dickinson

John Hammond Grammy Award-winner with 45 performance years and 31 albums

cindy cashdollar

Kaki King Rocked Adelaide, the East Coast and Byron Bay Roots & Blues Festival in 2007 Kerryn Tolhurst Chart-topping songwriter and sought-after producer Luther Dickinson Named one of Rolling Stone’s 2007 Guitar Gods Matt Walker & Ashley Davies This ARIA Award-winning duo is a must-see at Australian festivals

Vernon Reid Named one of Rolling Stone’s 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time

Sunday 2 December Elder Park 7.30pm Adults $70, Conc/Groups $55

kaki king

Look out for the tribute to jimi hendrix liftout in the november issue of Rolling Stone magazine. On sale in october.


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They say the blues don’t care where you’re going or where you’ve been. But one thing’s for sure, you’ll want to see this never-before-seen grouping of internationally acclaimed blues musicians. The blues is as unique as it is indefinable. Rest assured, this will be a truly unique exploration of the blues from its African roots to modern day reflections that will shuffle into your heart and break it all at once. That’s the blues.

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alvin youngblood hart

Travelling Light; – 1) a ray of brilliance so bright as to be almost blinding. 2) Just passing through, the feeling of roaming the globe with simplicity – with perhaps just a guitar slung over one’s back. A delightful and captivating series for guitar aficionados, Travelling Light presents a diverse range of artists in the Space Theatre in acoustic or semi-acoustic mode. Very intimate and live, each concert will bring you up close to a range of artists performing in different genres. This series is your opportunity to be totally immersed in the music, the fine detail and the magic of a live performance experience



Her passionate playing and powerful stage presence will captivate and thrill you.

First rate, surprising composer and classical guitarist.

Saturday 24 November 3pm Space Theatre Adults $35, Conc/Groups $25

Friday 30 November 8.30pm Space Theatre Adults $45, Conc/Groups $35

Host: John Schaefer Alvin Youngblood Hart A one-man blues

dynamo, direct from the US

Paul O’Dette & Simon Shaheen

Fiona Boyes You ain’t never seen a woman play the blues like this before with Chris Wilson Jeff Lang A unique, collaborative artist

A recital by two extraordinary artists, exploring links between the European lute and it’s predecessor, the Middle Eastern oud.

John Hammond Blues veteran with 45 years of touring the world

Mamadou Diabate You will be spellbound by his showcase of the deep African roots of blues

Saturday 1 December Elder Park 8.30pm Adults $70, Conc/Groups $55

john hammond

Sunday 25 November 2.30pm Space Theatre Adults $35, Conc/Groups $25

ROSS HANNAFORD TRIO Ross is an Australian musical treasure.

Saturday 1 December 6pm Space Theatre Adults $35, Conc/Groups $25



This ARIA Award-winning virtuoso has appeared with many of the world’s leading orchestras.

Jim Kelly & Matt Smith Guitar Duo Toby Wren Trio MAG: Stephen Magnusson, Frank DiSario & Dave Beck

Tuesday 27 November 8pm Space Theatre Adults $35, Conc/Groups $25

Sunday 2 December 4pm Space Theatre Adults $45, Conc/Groups $35

thursday 22 november PReview

wednesday 28 november

JORMA KAUKONEN Adults $25 Conc $15

JEFF LANG & guests Adults $15 Conc $10

Sunday 25 November, 6pm Banquet Room (PG) $10 full/ $7.50 conc

Written & directed by Woody Allen

JEFF LANG & guests

In the 1930s, Emmet Ray ruled as the second greatest jazz guitarist in the world. But offstage, particularly in regards to his relationships with women, he was the undisputed king. Emmet’s (Sean Penn) reputation as a renowned musician is eclipsed by his eccentric career moves, hilarious clashes with gangsters and stormy love affairs with two very different women. SWEET AND LOWDOWN is acclaimed as a “loving and comic tribute to a musical era!” (Los Angeles Times)

Wednesday 28 November, 6.30pm Banquet Room (PG) $10 full/ $7.50 conc

JIMI HENDRIX 1973, Directed by Joe Boyd & John Head.

Adults $15 Conc $10

Stephen, Alan & Peter Pigram From the Pigram Brothers Adults $15 Conc $10

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KERRIANNE COX & Barry Stumpagee

Adults $25 Conc $15

FLAMENCO is one of the purest and most stunning performance films ever made. With an exceptional history that reaches back nearly five hundred years, the magnificent art of Flamenco has long been an integral part of the Spanish heart and culture. Joining three hundred of the world’s greatest Flamenco performers, Saura has magnificently transferred the beauty and power of Flamenco to the screen.


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friday 23 november

FLAMENCO by Carlos Saura

This documentary was made three years after Jimi Hendrix’s untimely death. It contains concert footage spanning the Marquee in 1967 to his last UK performance at the third Isle of Wight Festival in 1970, plus classic performances at Monterey, Woodstock, Fillmore East and Berkeley. Friends and prominent musicians, including Pete Townshend, Mick Jagger, Eric Clapton, Buddy Miles and Lou Reed talk about Jimi’s life, his influence on them as musicians and how he influenced the trajectory of rock music. Jimi Hendrix is a rarely screened film that captures the heart and soul of this legendary artist through the eyes of his peers.

Thursday 29 November, 6.30pm Banquet Room (M15+) $10 full/ $7.50 Conc

Adults $15 Conc $10


Commences after On the Verge concert finishes around 10pm

Late Nights at the Wah-Bar features a night of Flamenco with Aloysius Leeson, Studio Flamenco and some very special guests. “Flamenco!” is a guitar extravaganza that draws together all elements of flamenco: guitar, rhythm, percussion, song and dance in a passionate, authentic evening for those already converted to this wildly beautiful genre and those who have always wanted to be immersed.

Adults $40 Conc $35

Aloysius Leeson, Studio Flamenco PLUS special guests.

saturday 1 december

Every Sunday soak up the atmosphere at the Sunday Market, which presents a mix of fine quality arts and crafts, all made by local and Australian artists.

sunday sessions

Free live music every Sunday from 3.30pm in the Piano Bar


sunday spectrum

Adults $25 Conc $15

Enjoy this program of music while viewing the Artificial Afrika exhibition on display.

Space Theatre Foyer, FREE Artist Talk Sat 24 Nov at 5pm with Reg Mombassa followed by Dog Trumpet performance at 5.45pm

ARTIFICAL AFRIKA by Vernon Reid This exhibition projects contemporary artistic appropriations of African visual culture in an attempt to deconstruct myths and inventions. The collection of work challenges the validity of images, which continue to define the uni-dimensional notion of Africa as merely being a continent of disease, poverty and corruption.

BY THE NECK by Danny Clinch A photographic exhibition which looks less like a portfolio of press shots and more like an enormous family photo album. That is, if your family includes Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen and Johnny Cash. These images are more than just photographs – they are conversations. Danny repeatedly proves the old myth right – you can capture souls with a camera.

Festival Theatre Foyer, FREE Artist Talk Sat 24 Nov at 2pm with Danny Clinch

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In a fitting conclusion to a dizzying 10-days of guitar madness, Late Nights at the Wah-Bar features SA Gunslingers – a dedication to South Australian artists and South Australian music. A stunning line-up of highly skilled local artists has been drawn together to showcase the incredible talent and diversity we have right here at home. With a focus on both acoustic and electric craftsmanship, come along and support South Australian artists and celebrate the closing night of the Festival.

A blend of Brazilian music combined with improvisation and original composition. This acoustic ensemble features Mike Bevan and Alain Valodze on classical guitars (6 and 7 string), cavaquinho, double bass and an array of percussion augmented by vocals and woodwinds.

Innovative original music that stretches the boundaries of contemporary jazz and draws on the harmonies and textures of the European style of jazz as well as South American rhythms. Features Hugh Stuckey on guitar, winner of the 2005 Most Outstanding Jazz Graduate, Elder Conservatorium of Music Jazz Awards.

Abdoulaye DiabatÉ & Banning Eyre Adults $15 Conc $10

Chris Finnen • Josh Bennett • John Baker Duo • Paddy Montgomery Nick Krieg • Guitar Safari • Rob McDade • Heather Frahn • Rob Pippan Sweet Baby James • Hoy-Hoy!

Sunday 25 November 2.30pm, Artspace Adults $15, Conc $10

Sunday 2 December 2.30pm, Artspace Adults $15, Conc $10

An Australian icon, Reg Mombassa found a quirky way of getting into the psyche of an entire generation of Australians with his own brand of wisdom. Thirty years on, Chris O’Doherty (aka Reg Mombassa) has made a personal selection of his art for the Adelaide International Guitar Festival, continuing to help us to think sideways, pushing boundaries into the unexpected.

Artspace, FREE Wed-Sat: 12noon-5pm; Sun: 10am-1pm Artist Talk Tues 27 Nov at 6pm with Vernon Reid


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ART OF reg mombassa

Adults $25 Conc $15

A WALK ON THE WILD SIDE Presented in association with the Adelaide Festival Centre’s Performing Arts Collection and guest curator Ian Stehlik. Enjoy an historic journey through the evolution of guitars over the past century from the 1920s Hawaiian steel guitars and 1930s resonator instruments, to folk and early rock ‘n’ roll classics of the 1950s. See the wonderful world of the ‘Hendrix era’ Stratocasters and other iconic guitars of the 1960s and beyond. Historic and contemporary guitars made by Australian makers are a special feature of this display.

23 November to mid December Festival Theatre Foyer FREE

Reg Mombassa Australian Jesus and the Golden Motorbike, Digital print on Somerset paper, 26x38cm, edition of 100

Each night of the Festival culminates with a late night session by selected AIGF artists and musicians. Late Nights at the Wah-Bar is your opportunity to see favourite artists in solo or semi-acoustic mode or to see world-class musicians just jamming, presenting new work or playing in genres you may not expect. Intimate and very live, Late Nights at the Wah-Bar will be the hottest ticket in town. You may just find yourself rubbing shoulders with living legends, buying your favourite artist a beer or seeing some very special guest appearances on stage. Limited capacity so buy early.

Fri 23 November

Sat 24 November

Sun 25 November

Tues 27 November

wed 28 November

Thu 29 November

Fri 30 November

Sat 1 December

Sun 2 December

9am Elder Park


adelaide international

11am Banquet Room Artist Talk


11am JB Room Workshop: AFRICAN

1pm JB Room Workshop

1pm JB Room Workshop: FLAMENCO


JORMA KAUKONEN 1.30pm Banquet Room Artist Talk

EARLY MUSIC – Paul O’Dette

2pm Festival Theatre Foyer Artist Talk

DANNY CLINCH 3pm Space Travelling Light

KARIN SCHAUPP 5pm Space Foyer Visual Artist Talk

REG MOMBASSA 5pm Festival Theatre

THE GLOBAL GUITAR Hosted by Lucky Oceans 5.45pm Space Foyer


Black-tie event

8.30pm Elder Park


1pm Lyrics Masterclass



2pm JB Room Workshop

2pm Lyrics Masterclass


2.30pm Banquet Room Masterclass


1pm Banquet Room Artist Talk

2.30pm Space Travelling Light


Paul o’dette & simon shaheen 2.30pm Artspace Sunday Spectrum


Wolfgang Muthspiel


6pm Artspace Visual Artist Talk

6pm Banquet Room Film –


7.30pm Elder Park


Hosted by Lucky Oceans

8pm Space Travelling Light




6pm Space Seminar


Jimi Hendrix


7pm Space Forum

8pm Festival Theatre

5.30pm Festival Theatre Pre-show talk

8.30pm Festival Theatre

Hosted by John Schaefer


Hosted by Lucky Oceans 11pm Late Nights at the Wah-Bar


11pm Late Nights at the Wah-Bar


10pm 11pm Late Nights at the Wah-Bar Late Nights at the Wah-Bar “Flamenco!” * ABDOULAYE diabaté *starts after ‘On the Verge’ finishes & BANNING eyre

11pm Late Nights at the Wah-Bar:


4pm Space Travelling Light


8.30pm Festival Theatre


4pm Banquet Room Forum

7pm Festival Theatre Pre-show talk

By Woody Allen


11pm Late Nights at the Wah-Bar

stephen, alan and peter pigram

3.30pm Banquet Room Artist Talk


6.30pm Banquet Room Film





6.30pm Banquet Room Film

6pm Banquet Room Forum

2.30pm Artspace Sunday Spectrum:

4pm JB Room Masterclass

5.30pm Lyrics Workshop

MARTIN TAYLOR – Solo Jazz Guitar

5pm Lyrics Masterclass

5.30pm Space Forum –

7.30pm Festival Theatre


1pm JB Room Workshop


By Carlos Saura




6pm Festival Theatre

8.30pm Festival Theatre

Vishwa Mohan Bhatt


RHAPSODIE ESPAGNOLE 6.30pm Festival Theatre


8.30pm Elder Park


6pm Space Travelling Light


8.30pm Space Travelling Light:

BENJAMIN VERDERY 11pm Late Nights at the Wah Bar



11pm Late Nights at the Wah-Bar


7.30pm Elder Park


11pm Late Nights at the Wah-Bar

SA gunslingers

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Guitar masterclasses are traditionally focused on the classical guitar and have a particular format. A small number of carefully selected students is provided with the once-in-a-lifetime chance to work one-on-one with the Master, receiving individual advice, feedback and demonstration. It is an intense, involving process – as rigorous for the Master as it is for the Student. Adelaide International Guitar Festival offers audiences the unique opportunity to watch the process of a masterclass in an opendoor policy. We are offering highly specialised masterclasses to music students studying at tertiary and post-graduate levels. We invite you to come along to watch – turn your mobile phone off, take a seat quietly and appreciate the commitment, determination and years of application it takes to be the best of the best.

Adelaide International Guitar Festival is not just about performances by guitarists. In fact, it’s much more than that. It’s also about education and access and opportunity. Why is the guitar considered the world’s most accessible instrument? How did that artist get to be where they are today? What are the current influences on contemporary musicians? A good live performance will often leave you satisfied but, sometimes, with more questions than you had before. Which is why, in addition to the extraordinary range of performances on offer, we are also presenting a broad range of other participatory opportunities including Forums, Discussions, Masterclasses, Workshops, Films, Visual Arts, Artist Talks – all free or for a very reasonable cost. We encourage you to round out your selected AIGF performances with some other experiences… go on, you know you want to!

THE GUITAR & GLOBAL TRENDS: CONDITIONS OF ENTRY Artist Talks, Forum Discussions and Seminars are all FREE however you do need to book your place, so please book these through BASS 131 246 (phone bookings only). Please note that we anticipate many filling up quickly, so we encourage you to book early.

This discussion touches on the quickening pace of technological advances and the increasing ease of travel and how these elements create increased opportunities for artists to hear music from other cultures, and to get involved in cross-cultural collaborations. Space Theatre Sun 25 Nov, 5:30pm Moderator: Glenn A Baker Panel Members: Lucky Oceans, Paul O’Dette, Guy Strazz, Simon Shaheen, Chris Finnen and Vishwa Mohan Bhatt FREE. Bookings required. Phone 131 246.

Custom Made Instruments & Acoustic Guitar Construction Ian Stehlik History of the Guitar

Suitable for families & young people (aged 10years & up) Sat 24 Nov, 11am Banquet Room FREE. Bookings required. Phone 131 246.

A public forum and discussion with luthiers and artists that examines the artistry of guitar-making and custom instruments. Space Theatre Thurs 29 Nov, 7pm Moderator: John Schaefer Panel members: Benjamin Verdery, Jim Redgate, Rob Clark, Ralph Towner, Heather Frahn and Steve Salvi FREE. Bookings required. Phone 131 246.

Paul O’Dette

The Connections – Australian and American Blues & Roots Music

A conversation and exploration of ‘Early Music’

A forum and discussion looking at the similarities, differences and common influences of Australian and American roots music.

Sat 24 Nov, 1.30pm Banquet Room FREE. Bookings required. Phone 131 246.

Banquet Room Fri 30 Nov, 6pm Panel Members: Jeff Lang, Kerrianne Cox, Fiona Boyes, Kerryn Tolhurst, Luther Dickinson and Corey Harris FREE. Bookings required. Phone 131 246.

Fiona Boyes, Cindy Cashdollar, and Anne McCue Chicks with Guitars: Stories about navigating a maledominated industry Sat 1 Dec, 1pm Banquet Room FREE. Bookings required. Phone 131 246.

Do Artists have an obligation towards Social Responsibility? This discussion looks at the role of artists in society – is there an obligation or pressure on artists to be ethically or socially responsible? Banquet Room Sat 1 Dec, 4pm Moderator: Jordan Verzar Panel Members: Jeff Lang, Vernon Reid, Chris Finnen, Jorma Kaukonen and Anne McCue FREE. Bookings required. Phone 131 246.

Sun 2 Dec, 3:30pm Banquet Room FREE. Bookings required. Phone 131 246.

Benjamin Verdery

Sun 25 Nov, 2pm-4pm Lyrics Open Door Policy: FREE for audiences

Thurs 29 Nov,1pm-3pm, Lyrics Open Door Policy: FREE for audiences

Juan MartÍn

Cindy Cashdollar – Slide masters

Sun 25 Nov, 2.30pm-4.30pm Banquet Room Open Door Policy: FREE for audiences

Wolfgang Muthspiel Tue 27 Nov, 5pm-7pm Lyrics Open Door Policy: FREE for audiences

Artists’ Studio Techniques Space Theatre Wed 28 Nov, 6pm Vernon Reid, Jorma Kaukonen, Kerryn Tolhurst and Mick Wordley FREE. Bookings required. Phone 131 246.

An exclusive opportunity for four participants to have a 20minute one-on-one session with Cindy Cashdollar in this Slide Masterclass. Participants should have a minimum basic level of competency on Slide and will be required to bring their Dobro or whatever slide guitar they have. The room will be open for audiences to view the class in progress. With only four places on offer, be quick to secure your place. Phone BASS on 131 246.

Sat 1 Dec, 4pm-5.30pm JB Room $15 per participant Open Door Policy: FREE for audiences

workshops In making as many of the artists as accessible and as available as possible to interested audiences and musicians, we have put together a workshop program that caters to a broad range of musicians and guitarists. Participant places will go very quickly so you’ll need to make your booking at BASS as soon as possible. Every workshop is open to anybody but we do ask that, where competency levels are stipulated, you respect and do meet the basic requirements of the workshop you are interested in. This makes sure that everyone in the workshop will get the most out of their opportunity to engage with the presenting artist. We will be in touch with all participants closer to each workshop to confirm your involvement and advise you of any last minute requirements by the artist.

Jorma Kaukonen

Martin Taylor

For advanced students and musicians. Join Jorma Kaukonen for a informal workshop and demonstration that will explore songwriting, composition and technique, including Jorma’s infamous finger-picked fretwork.

A question and answer session for jazz students and musicians with a minimum four years’ experience in jazz guitar. Bring your instrument.

$10 per participant, 20 Places Only, Book at BASS. Saturday 24 November, 1pm (70 minute class) JB Room

Abdoulaye DiabatÉ & Banning Eyre For afficionados of World and African Music. Bring along your guitar or kora and join Abdoulaye and Banning in an informal workshop and demonstration. $10 per participant, 20 Places Only, Book at BASS. Sunday 25 November 11am (70 minute class). JB Room

BenJAMIN Verdery Composers and Classical Guitar Composition

Eliot Fisk

$10 per participant, 10 Places only, Book at BASS. Thursday 29 November, 5.30pm (70 minute class) Lyrics

Jim Kelly & Matt SMITH An informal workshop and demonstration looking at jazz guitar and duo work. Suitable for participants with a minimum two years in jazz. Bring along your instrument. $10 per participant, 15 Places Only, Book at BASS. Saturday 1 December, 1pm (70 minute class) JB Room

Aloysius Leeson

Fiona Boyes

A workshop and demonstration of Flamenco Guitar. Participants will need a minimum of two years’ guitar experience (any style) and will need to bring a nylon-stringed instrument (doesn’t have to be a flamenco guitar).

For musicians and students with a minimum two years’ playing experience. Bring along your instrument and your passion for ‘the blues’ and participate in this workshop and demonstration with Blues Queen, Fiona Boyes.

$10 per participant, 10 Places only, Book at BASS. Sunday 25 November, 1pm (70 minute class) JB Room

$10 per participant, 15 Places Only, Book at BASS. Sunday 2 December, 2pm (70 minute class) JB Room


brazil Africa & USA

Abdoulaye DiabatÉ & Banning Eyre Abdoulaye Diabaté shares in the cultural inheritance of one of Mali’s most revered musical families and has recently shared his art in the US. He has collaborated freely with New York’s West African musicians, as well as with jazz and pop musicians. Abdoulaye has released CDs with jazz and pop artists under his own name, and most recently with his fusion group Source. Banning Eyre has been working in genres as diverse as jazz, flamenco, dance-rock and reggae. For the past fifteen years, he has specialised in guitar styles from Africa, playing in a series of Congolese soukous bands, a number of bands focused on West African folk music, and also a group that combines traditional music from Zimbabwe and Mozambique with guitar. He has produced many programs for the public radio series Afropop Worldwide. Together these two artists will fuse their styles to explore African and world music.



Adalita Srsen

Aloysius Leeson

Alvin Youngblood Hart

Adalita is the principal songwriter and lead singer of the punk-rock Australian band Magic Dirt, which has been blasting ear drums at punk rock pubs across Australia for a number of years. Three gigs into their budding career, Magic Dirt were invited to support the likes of Sonic Youth, Beck, Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, Dinosaur Jr and Pavement.

Aloysius Leeson is an Adelaide performer who has been playing guitar since he was a child. After studying classical guitar at the Elder Conservatorium, he took up flamenco. This led him to spend time in Spain following the traditional apprenticeship of accompanying singers and dancers, studying with maestros and playing at Juergas (parties). Eventually he was able to work at the dance studios of Javier Cruz and Maria Angeles in Seville. Since coming back to Australia he has continued to work as a soloist and with a variety of dancers and singers. He recently released his second CD of original compositions, Chispa Flamenca, and continues to explore the possibilities of the guitar in many different styles.

Alvin has been called the cosmic American love child of Howlin’ Wolf and Link Wray. Considered a “musician’s musician”, Alvin’s praises have been sung by everyone from Ben Harper to Eric Clapton and Mick Taylor.

Adalita has been composing for over 13 years and has travelled to the US, Japan, Britain, Europe and New Zealand. She has been invited to collaborate with numerous Australian artists, speak at creative writing lectures at universities and give motivational talks to young women, as well as playing to tens of thousands of people at scores of festivals, pubs, clubs and arenas around the world. She now adds acting and film scores to her list of achievements. Event: Kiss The Sky

“It is more than evident that Leeson is a virtuoso guitarist, with a style that easily moves from sensitive to frenetic” dB magazine. Events: Wah-Bar, Workshops

Events: Global Guitar, Wah-Bar, Workshops



Alvin has received multiple awards including: the 1997 W.C Handy Award for Best New Artist; two Living Blues Awards; his 1998 release Territory received the Downbeat Magazine Critics Poll Award for Best Blues Album; his ‘99 album, Start With The Soul was chosen as a New York Times top 10 release of 2000 and the BBC’s Blues Record of the Year; and in 2003 and 2004 he earned Grammy nominations. A devout follower of the ‘no barriers’ approach laid by veteran performers like Gatemouth Brown and Doug Sahm, Alvin continues to defy the purists.

Brazilian Guitar Quartet In Brazil they are called the “DREAM TEAM” – four of that country’s most brilliant guitarists. Since their founding in 1998, the Brazilian Guitar Quartet has become one of the world’s most sought-after guitar ensembles. They have had engagements in every major US city, the Hong Kong International Festival, the Monterrey Guitar Festival (Mexico), Pro Arte Musical (Puerto Rico), and other festivals throughout the world including UK, Portugal and Denmark. As ‘headliners’ at the first World Guitar Congress in Baltimore, the Brazilian Guitar Quartet gave the world premiere with the Baltimore Symphony of a concerto for guitar quartet and orchestra by Brazilian composer Ronaldo Miranda. “Seductive beauty . . . virtuosic gusto.” Washington Post Event: Bach, Brazil and Beyond

“In his hands, blues becomes both rich with history and vibrant with pertinent immediacy” Blue Coupe (US)



Charlie Owen

Chris Finnen

Cindy Cashdollar

Australian guitarist and producer Charlie Owen has worked with a number of wellknown acts including Tex, Don and Charlie and recording and touring with renowned Cold Chisel songwriter Don Walker. He has now joined well-known Australian rock band Beasts Of Bourbon. Its frontman, Tex Perkins, claims Charlie is “the best rock guitar player I have seen”. Charlie has worked for several years with Tex as producer, musical director, co-writer and musical partner, completing three albums and drawing numerous ARIA nominations.

Chris is an Adelaide virtuoso guitarist, percussionist and singer with roots in Mississippi Delta Blues, Indian, Celtic and South African Music. He also manages to blend his unique fusion of influences with an extensive repertoire of original songs and powerful interpretations of traditional music. Chris creates joyous, mystical, humorous and rich rhythms that are impossible to pigeon-hole.

Cindy is an Austin-based Dobro and steel guitarist who has worked with Rod Stewart, Van Morrison, Ryan Adams, Bob Dylan, Willy Nelson, Dolly Parton, The Dixie Chicks, Asleep at the Wheel, Garrision Keillor, Marcia Ball, Jorma Kaukonen, Leon Redbone, BeauSoleil, Daniel Lanois and Redd Volkaert – just to name a few! She now adds to the list, Bob Brozman.

Chris has performed and shared the stage with such blues legends as Buddy Guy, Bo Diddley, John Hammond, John Mayall, Roy Buchanen, Dave Van Ronk, Keb Mo, Michael Hills Blues Mob, The Holmes Brothers, Sam Carr, the Delta Rhythm Kings and Bob Brozman. He has also played with Australian blues greats and plays regularly at solo concerts, pubs, clubs, folk and blues festivals throughout Australia.

With five Grammy Awards to her name, today Cindy is one of the most in-demand musicians on the American roots scene. Her debut CD, Slide Show, features a who’s-who of the contemporary roots scene including Marcia Ball, Steve James, Mike Auldridge and Sonny Landreth. And to answer her most asked question: yes, Cashdollar is her real name.

In his twenty years in the world of music Charlie has continually and consistently pushed the boundaries of genres and musicians to create challenging and artistic music whether it be on the world stage, behind the scenes or at any local live music venue. His reputation as an artist and musician in this country is second to none and in 1998 Paul Kelly wrote a song about Charlie entitled Charlie Owen’s Slide Guitar, such is Charlie’s fame in the Australian music industry.

Events: Forum Discussions, Taking Flight, Wah-Bar: SA Gunslingers

Event: Slideshow





“Equally at home picking a vintage Dobro, an old National resonator guitar, or laying down fat horn voicings on a tripleneck 8-string steel, Cashdollar is a master of bluegrass, gutbucket blues, honky tonk, swampy R&B, and Western Swing.” Frets Magazine Events: Artist Talks, Kiss The Sky, Masterclass, Slideshow

Events: Culture of Kings, Kiss The Sky





Anne McCue

Beau Young

Benjamin Verdery

Bob Brozman

Corey Harris

Dan Rumour Band

Danny Clinch

David Lindley

First coming to prominence as the guitarist for the all-female Australian rock band Girl Monster, Anne McCue is now based in the US. She has since established an international solo career as a alternative country blues rock singersongwriter and guitarist and has toured with a number of well-known musicians. On an international tour with Lucinda Williams, Lucinda would often introduce McCue as “my new favourite artist... and an amazing guitarist”.

Beau is not only an inspiring singer, songwriter and musician, he’s also a world champion surfer, becoming World Champion in 2000 and 2003. His father, Nat Young, is considered one of the greatest surfing ambassadors of all time.

Benjamin is identified by many as an American original and master with over 15 albums and a collection of recordings that have helped to put him in the first rank of today’s classical guitarists. His new release Branches (Mushkatweek), features arrangements of works by Bach, Mozart, Strauss, the traditional Amazing Grace, Hendrix and Verdery.

Bob is a master of slide, fingerstyle and percussive guitar and an exhilarating performer who spans the global and musical spectrum. His chords and harmonies articulate an acute blend of timbres from Hawaiian, Indian, African, Japanese/Okinawan, Caribbean and American roots/blues.

Corey shook up the blues scene with his 1995 debut release, Between Midnight and Day. It was a pure masterpiece of rural blues that established him as one of the preeminent young bluesmen and vital to America’s roots music.

Dan Rumour is guitarist and creator of legendary roots rock band The Cruel Sea. As guitarist and lead composer of his new band, Dan Rumour began touring and recording in early 2005 in his own roots instrumental style. Since then his guitar virtuosity has become one of the most recognisable 6-string sounds in Australia.

Danny Clinch’s artwork is about the purity of the music and those who create it. His work has appeared in publications such as Vanity Fair, Spin, Rolling Stone, GQ, Esquire, The New Yorker, and The New York Times Magazine, and his photographs have appeared on hundreds of album covers. Danny has mixed art, commerce and fashion with his John Varvatos clothing advertising campaigns, which mixes classic clothing design with classic rock ’n’ roll photography. He has presented his work in numerous galleries and published two books: Discovery Inn (1998) and When the Iron Bird Flies (2000).

Multi-instrumentalist David Lindley redefines the word “eclectic”. Known for his many years as the featured accompanist with Jackson Browne, and leader of his own band El Rayo-X, David is a long-time champion of world music.

Success on Lucinda’s tour promoted the release of a new album, Roll, which received critical acclaim in the US. Her 2006 album Koala Motel showcases her impressive talent on electric and acoustic guitars and shows her maturing as an important new artist. “Besides having a bluesy voice and songs to match, McCue is an accomplished guitarist who can handle Delta blues and fat feed-back as well as quieter folk stylings” Washington Post Events: Artist Talks, Forum Discussions, Kiss The Sky

Inspired and encouraged by friend Ben Harper, Beau has now turned his creative energy to his love of music. His debut album in 2005, Waves of Change, hit the Top 10 on the independent Australian charts in Australia. Beau’s unique folk rock genre was still evident in his 2006 EP, Still. 2007 will see the anticipated release of his second full length album One Step at a Time. As a singer/songwriter, Beau has toured Japan, Italy, France and Spain. In Australia, Beau recently completed his first headline tour of the East Coast and has performed at many of Australia’s most respected festivals and the GreenRoom Festival in Japan. Event: Rips & Riffs

Charged with a great passion for playing music, Verdery’s love for his art instils his live performances with a rare exuberance. Verdery’s hands move with a fluid ease that is beautiful to see and beautiful to hear. A prolific composer, many of Benjamin’s compositions have been performed and published over the years. Most recently Peace, Love and Guitars for John Williams and John Etheridge, recorded at the Dublin Festival. Benjamin performs concerts worldwide, including major Festivals across America, Europe and Asia. “Verdery is without a doubt one of the classical guitar world’s foremost personalities” Classical Guitar Events: Artist Talks, Forum Discussions, Kiss The Sky, Masterclasses, Travelling Light

Bob has a collection of hand-tricks that make audiences look for electronic effects that in fact don’t exist: his show is the clean product of acoustic genius. Such fingerwork has been described in world press as “uniquely staggering”. Bob’s familiarity with diverse world music cultures produces a novel blending of rhythmic and timbral influences. You will relish Bob’s rhythmic dexterity which resonates to elements of blues, jazz, Gypsy swing, calypso, sega and even the most modern hip-hop and ska beats.

Today, Corey performs solo and with his band but is beyond musical categorisation. He is right at home at many of the world’s most prestigious venues and festivals. His 2002 album, Downhome Sophisticate, was critically acclaimed as one of the year’s most brilliant and original releases. It pushed Corey’s already high expectations as a songwriter and musician and revealed a rare gift for merging blues, African pop, rock and electronica. His 2004 release, Mississippi to Mali serves up an impossibly brilliant juxtaposition of African music and blues.

“If music existed in another universe, Bob would be the Planet Earth’s representative for an interplanetary collaboration.” Journalist Paul Fisher

“Harris is a fusionist, a torchbearer of virtually every style of great black music, from country blues to jug bands to reggae to jazz to hi-life to Caribbean Island folk to rock ‘n’ roll, and he makes them all serve his song” Boston Phoenix

Event: Slideshow

Events: Deeper Well, Forum Discussions

The Dan Rumour Band is purely instrumental, just as The Cruel Sea was when it first began. Its members are Jim Elliot and Dan Rumour from The Cruel Sea, and Michael Turner and Nick Larkins from well-travelled Tassie indie legends, Wild Pumpkins At Midnight. Many describe the band’s music as a soundtrack for real life. In May 2006 they recorded tracks for an Australian surf music CD & DVD package called Delightful Rain, for which the film of the sessions was broadcast nationwide on ABC Television. “The songs are relaxed and lovely, with strong emotional connections... Rumour’s roots are in the instrumentals of Australia’s surf and rock scene of the sixties” Event: Rips & Riffs

Danny has also created a film production company called Three on the Tree Productions. From TV spots to featurelength film, Danny brings the same aesthetic seen in his stills to motion pictures. Some of the projects produced by Three on the Tree include Bruce Springsteen’s Devils & Dust album, Skin & Bones, the recently released concert film on the Foo Fighters, and he is currently completing a concert/documentary film on Pearl Jam. Event: Artist Talk, Visual Arts Exhibition

A David Lindley electro-acoustic performance combines American folk, blues and bluegrass traditions with elements from African, Arabic, Asian, Celtic, Malagasy and Turkish musical influences. His assortment of stringed instruments includes Kona and Weissenborn Hawaiian lap steel guitar, Turkish saz and chumbus, Middle Eastern oud, and Irish bouzouki. Throughout his long and distinguished career, David has lent his skills to the works of Bob Dylan, Rod Stewart, Crosby and Nash, and many others. “Lindley and Ingram concoct amazingly dense layers of sound… the organic world-beat stew that they deliver is as unique as the rarest critter on the planet” The Music Box Event: On The Verge









Dog Trumpet

Ed Kuepper

Eliot Fisk

Fiona Boyes

Guitar Safari

Heather Frahn


Ian Stehlik

Dog Trumpet is the vehicle for the musical activities of brothers Peter O’Doherty and Reg Mombassa. Reg and Peter were long-time members of Mental As Anything but left the Mentals several years ago to concentrate on their artwork as recognised visual artists in their own right. They play as an acoustic duo or as a full band with various line-ups of guest musicians.

Ed Kuepper is an Australian guitarist, singer, songwriter and national treasure, and has been called “A one man army on a guitar…” While still at high-school in 1973, he formed The Saints who became internationally acknowledged as having helped set the tone for punk, right up there with The Sex Pistols and The Ramones.

American guitarist Eliot Fisk is a creative innovator and born risk-taker who has expanded the classical guitar’s repertoire with ground-breaking transcriptions. For his service to the cause of Spanish music, King Juan Carlos of Spain awarded him the Cruz of Isabel la Cátolica, a rarely bestowed honour.

Nominated for Contemporary Blues Album of the Year in the 2007 Blues Music Awards (the world’s premier blues awards) for her album Lucky 13, Fiona is the first Australian blues artist to be so honored. The album was described as ‘one of the most sizzling blues albums – by anyone – in years’.

Guitar Safari is a local side-project ensemble made up of three of South Australia’s top artists; Chris Finnen, Paddy Montgomery and Josh Bennett.

This four piece Adelaide band plays rocking blues based on the early style of Texas blues band, the Fabulous Thunderbirds.

Ed will be accompanied by Jeffrey Wegener on drums. Wegener is the former drummer for Kuepper’s legendary post-Saints act, Laughing Clowns, and more recently accompanied Kuepper on a UK tour.

Eliot Fisk is the last direct pupil of Andrés Segovia and has also studied interpretation under the legendary harpsichordist, Ralph Kirkpatrick. Today, Eliot is internationally recognised for his adventurous repertoire and dazzling performances as both a soloist and with major orchestras. He brings a new dimension to classical guitar performance and his numerous recordings have entered the Billboard charts as bestsellers.

National and international touring artist Heather Frahn fuels her music with a vibrant young woman’s passion and delivers with a deep, dynamic voice that is undeniably her own. Musically she draws on blues, funk, roots and new folk, creating her own sound best described as “roots-based funky groove with positive life lyrics”.

Ian “Dr Zot” Stehlik grew up in Adelaide where he started playing guitar as a teenager. Inspired by seeing Muddy Waters and other guitar legends during a student exchange year in the US, Ian brought an old Gibson back home. This instrument accompanied him in several Adelaide bands and sparked a life-long interest in vintage guitars.

Dog Trumpet have released four albums and two EPs of original material since 1991. Their most recent album, Anti Social Tendencies was released in 2007. It contains 12 original songs plus a cover of Lili Marlene. The album has received glowing reviews, including ‘Album of the Week’ in the Sydney Morning Herald and a 4 star review in The Australian. Event: Space Foyer Performance

He has recorded over a dozen albums in his own name with a variety of backing bands, including The Yard Goes On Forever, The Oxley Creek Playboys and The Institute Of Nude Wrestling. He received ARIA Awards in 1993 and 1994 for Best Independent Australian Release, with similar ARIA nominations throughout the later 90s. Ed’s rare and deep sense of song and lyrical power are backed by a reputation on the guitar that literally changed the course of modern music. True to form, Ed has only improved in quality.

“The adventurous Fisk is widely regarded as among the top five or six classic-style players worldwide… his spectacular technique, born from relentless problemsolving, is as inventive and assured as a mature master” Toronto Star Events: Echoes of Spain, Masterclasses

Event: On The Verge

As a multiple winner of every major performance and recording award in the Australian blues scene, in 2003 Fiona competed in the world’s premier showcase for emerging blues talent, the Blues Foundation’s International Blues Challenge. She became the first Australian and the first woman ever to win this prestigious event. Fiona’s many years of experience and touring have earned her the respect of some of the world’s great blues artists with whom she has played and recorded. She is, without doubt, one of the foremost blues women playing today.

Each member is a recognised, practicing artist in his own right and busy schedules mean they only come to the stage as Guitar Safari two or three times each year. Formed as a vehicle for fun, musical camaraderie and creative expression, Guitar Safari plays ‘acoustic world music’ and makes full use of each member’s background in multiple instrumentation and diverse genres. Experience the joy, humour and harmony created when three staggeringly good musicians collaborate for no other reason than the pure enjoyment of playing together. Event: Wah-Bar: SA Gunslingers

“Fiona Boyes is an exceptional blues guitarist, period, as well as an exceptional vocalist and songwriter.” Jeff Tamarkin (Billboard, all Music Guide, Grammy Consultant)

Heather delivers with a unique combination of instruments and has been sponsored by Adelaide’s Salvi’s Fine Guitars with a custom-made “8 stringed hybrid baritone guitar – bass”. She also performs with Irish bouzouki, stomp box and foot percussion. Heather holds great skill as a live performer, with a rare ability to sing difficult and dynamic vocal lines while simultaneously playing solid and uplifting grooves.

FourPlay Electric String Quartet Quite simply, there is no other string quartet operating like FourPlay in the world today. They bring a dynamic fusion of a rock ’n’ roll mentality and pop sensitivity to the finely honed skills of classical musicians with years of training. From the concert halls of Asia to the gritty rock pubs of Newcastle, and from British arts centres to the Australian folk festival circuit, they have always been unique. They stand out as a band backed by original works and covers, laced with lush vocals and effects pedals. “Forget everything you ever knew about string quartets. This is the future.” Drum Media “FourPlay have as much attitude in their playing as Jet, AC/DC or Coldplay… What’s more, the band contradicts the not unpopular notion that classical music and rock can never sit side by side” The Australian Event: Kiss The Sky

Glenn A Baker Glenn A Baker occupies a unique niche in Australian entertainment and public life. Music expert, intrepid traveller, radio and television presenter, bestselling author and effusive enthusiast, Glenn Baker’s capacity to elucidate upon his favourite topics with accuracy and humour has been likened to “talking under wet cement”. Since the early 70s when Glenn Baker began his career as a concert promoter and artist manager, he has been active in myriad areas of media and entertainment. The Australian editor of the international Billboard magazine for more than 20 years, he has been a prolific feature writer, presenter and host on music and travel-related subjects. Events: Forum Discussions, Keynote Address

Event: Wah-Bar: SA Gunslingers

Ian’s songwriting, playing and a special selection of vintage guitars all feature on his recent CD oneZone. Event: Artist Talks

Events: Artist Talks, Culture of Kings, Forum Discussions, Workshops

Jeff Lang australia

What started out as an homage to American music is now, in the hands of the hoy-boys, a distinct Aussie groove.

Many bands and guitars later, Ian is now based in Canberra where he divides his time between his guitar website the Zone of Tone (, playing and presenting workshops at music festivals and just hanging out with acoustic, electric and slide guitars.

Events: Forum Discussions, Wah-Bar: SA Gunslingers



Singer and bass player Frank Lang is passionate about bass and the work of the rhythm section to make music rock, and why not, with guitar legends Mauri Berg and Dave Small in the band. Dave has an almost fretless style of playing and the monica “king of swing” sits well with this strat player. Mauri can set the demons loose with his solos.


Guy Strazz and Rodrigo GalvÃo It’s almost impossible to comprehend this overwhelming fusion of electro-acoustic classical guitar with Brazilian-World percussion and Afro-Brazilian Jazz. But the experience is pure and exhilarating Afro-Brazilian jazz where sparks fly. Guy’s blending of electro-acoustic guitar, classical guitar, East-West guitar and electric guitar virtuosity is compelling. Add to this the brilliance of Rodrigo’s Brazilian percussion and you have a combination dedicated to stirring rhythms beyond belief. Guy’s unique compositions draw inspiration from Afro-Brazilian, jazz and Indian classical music. His collaborations include work with Vishwa Mohan Bhatt, Vince Jones, Ashok Roy, Slava Grigoryan, Matt McMahon, Sandy Evans and Mike Stern. Rodrigo, born in Brasilia from a musical family, has collaborated with Cássia Eller, Renato Vasconcellos Quartet, Rosa Passos, Brasilia Popular Jazz Orchestra and Nelson Faria Trio: Don Burrows, Mike Nock and Espirito. Both Guy and Rodrigo were already seasoned international performers when they formed in Japan in 2005. You can only imagine what dozens of performances together have created. Event: Forum Discussions, Global Guitar

It’s been said of Jeff Lang that his only reference point is himself. With his unique blend of rock, roots, folk, blues, ballads, instrumentals and improvisation he follows his own path with confidence and extraordinary musicianship. Jeff is an Australian based musician with worldwide acclaim as a virtuosic guitarist and a dynamic songwriter. Jeff backs up his live appearances at major festivals, pubs, clubs, arts centres and international venues with an impressive catalogue of 12 studio albums. His outstanding guitar abilities never get in the way of the brilliance of his music. He has toured with Ani DiFranco, Chris Whitley, Albert Collins, Bob Dylan, Bob Geldof, Richard Thompson and Greg Brown. Lang has built up a devoted almost cult-like following with his live performances. Working without a set list, allowing a unique energy in each night to shape the songs and taking the audience along for his ride has seen word of mouth bloom into a successful career for Lang. That Jeff Lang is a truly great guitar player is beyond question. The unusual thing is that the guitar playing never gets in the way of the music.


Jim Kelly with Matt Smith Jim has firmly established himself as a leading Australian contemporary jazz guitarist, composer and educator whose reputation goes well beyond Australian shores. In the 70s he formed Crossfire, Australia’s most celebrated fusion group which toured extensively and recorded seven albums. From the late 70s Jim became a highly sought-after session player performing on countless jingles, documentaries, film scores, plus pop and jazz artists’ albums.

“Lang has long since paid his dues as one of our most adventurous folk-blues guitarists, this genre-spanning album underscores his credentials as a singer-songwriter” The Age

The 90s saw Jim move to lecture at Southern Cross University, Lismore, where he remains Head of Guitar Studies. Jim’s latest creative projects are the newly formed Crossfire jazz fusion band with four of the original members, The Thrillseekers, and a guitar duo with young upcoming guitarist Matt Smith. Jim is a musician dedicated to the art of improvising, composing, performing and teaching and is always searching for new ways to expand his musical horizons.

Events: Culture of Kings, Forum Discussions, Kiss The Sky, Wah-Bar

“The guitarist’s guitarist” Drum Media

With a reputation for delivering show-stopping performances around the world, Jeff is critically-acclaimed as a true guitar great. Add to this, the power of a gifted singersongwriter, and Adelaide is in for something very special during the festival. “Lang is undoubtedly one of the country’s best guitar players...” The Australian “Whatever Makes You Happy is the album that should rightfully establish Lang as one of Australia’s great musicians and songwriters” Canberra Times

Event: Travelling Light, Workshops


Jim Moginie Legendary Midnight Oil guitarist, Jim Moginie, is an inventive guitarist with worldwide acclaim. Since the Oils’ retirement in 2002, their co-founder, guitarist, keyboard player and songwriter has been, in his own words, “pretty busy”. Check the fine print on albums by The Sleepy Jackson, Neil Finn, Silverchair, End of Fashion, Sarah Blasko, David Bridie and Kasey Chambers for starters. Jim is proud of his 25-year career in one of Australia’s most internationally successful and influential bands, but is more interested in exploring new horizons. His recent solo release, Alas Folkloric, has been described as a revelation unto itself. In this album there is an air of radical departure as one of our most thoughtful songwriters follows his heart to a new level of personal expression. After many years of classic recordings, the calibre of this recent Hall of Fame inductee’s craft is now coming to light. Jim will be performing in this Festival with Adalita, principal songwriter of Magic Dirt. “(Jim is) one of the most important and best guitarists and songwriters we’ve produced” Sydney Morning Herald Event: Kiss The Sky








Jim Redgate

John Baker Duo

John Hammond

Juan MartÍn

Kaki King

Karin Schaupp

Kerrianne Cox

Jim Redgate is Adelaide based and has built classical guitars for the international market since 1985. He is recognised worldwide for his innovative design and development of the instrument. His use of high tech materials such as Carbon Fibre and Kevlar in the mostly conservative field of lutherie has attracted worldwide interest, and his guitars are known for their exceptional volume, response and tone.

Guitarist/songwriter John Baker and accordianist Gayle Buckby create a seductive and potent world with songs influenced by a background in jazz and laced with Latin, European and contemporary folk elements. John Baker is a storyteller – his intimate and poetic songwriting pitches a curious slant on the all too familiar subjects of love, people and relationships.

Grammy Award-winner and multi WC Handy Award-winner, blues veteran John Hammond has spent 45 years captivating blues, folk and rock audiences around the world with intense solo-acoustic blues. He has shared the stage and recorded with the masters, including Muddy Waters, Willie Dixon, John Lee Hooker and Howlin’ Wolf. Over 31 albums later, John is considered a true international blues veteran.

Juan Martín is a celebrated virtuoso of the flamenco guitar who has been voted one of the top three guitarists in the world by US magazine Guitar Player. A native of Andalucía, he has also been compared to the great Spanish composers Tárrega and Turina. Juan formed an international company, Flamencovision, in London for the promotion of high quality flamenco. Now, with 18 albums (mostly as a composer), four best-selling DVDs, and his method book El Arte Flamenco de la Guitarra in its ninth print, Juan has opened the complex art of the flamenco guitar to the entire world.

New York-based Kaki is considered a true rising star of the music world. Renowned as somewhat of an acoustic guitar genius, Kaki has more recently picked up an electric guitar and also added vocals to elements of her performance.

Karin is one of the most outstanding young guitarists on the international scene as a recitalist, concerto soloist and festival guest. She has performed countless recitals in Australia, Europe, Asia, USA, Mexico and Canada with the highest acclaim from international critics and audiences alike.

More than a singer/songwriter, Kerrianne is a catalyst for change and a leader with an uncanny and soulful ability to touch people with her songs – not just as an Aboriginal person, but as a human being.

Jim graduated from the Elder Conservatorium of Music with a Bachelor of Performance on the Classical Guitar in 1988 and is an active performer in different genres of music from Classical to Rock. It is this depth of experience which enables him to evaluate and develop his instruments from a player’s perspective, and his instruments are known for their almost effortless playability. Also a master craftsman, Jim considers himself primarily an acoustic designer developing an understanding of the mysterious science and theory of guitar construction. Redgate guitars are sought after by some of the world’s leading performance artists and he currently has a three year waiting list for his creations.

The John Baker Duo performs regularly Australia-wide including at the Adelaide Fringe Festival and Adelaide Cabaret Festival. Event: Wah-Bar: SA Gunslingers

In 2006 nominated his 2001 collection of Tom Waits songs Wicked Grin as one of the best CD releases of the decade in the blues category. His albums in both 2003 (Ready for Love) and 2005 (In Your Arms Again) were both voted International Blues Album of the Year in their respective years by Rhythms Magazine. His latest CD (Push Comes To Shove) includes several original compositions and was produced by the soulful Philly singer/guitarist and longtime Hammond fanatic G. Love. Although John’s music is born straight from traditional roots, John is often described as raw and dirty – the ultimate untraditionalist. “Blues doesn’t get any better than this, in concept or execution. Stay on the road, John Hammond. We need your blues” Bluespeak Events: Culture of Kings, Kiss The Sky

Event: Forum Discussions

Both dazzling and profound, Juan has performed at major international arts festivals, broadcast on BBC and in the US for CNN, recorded with the Royal Philharmonic (the first flamenco artist to record with them) and performed live with artists of the calibre of Miles Davis. He was also invited to play for Picasso’s 90th birthday celebrations. “Juan has a terrifyingly good technique and an absolute dominance of the guitar, filling the concert hall with crystalline clarity” El Mundo (Spain) Events: Echoes of Spain, Masterclasses




Jorma Kaukonen

Jordan Verzar

Josh Bennett

John is a major force in the discussion and commentary of modern music from around the world. As the host of WNYC’s daily arts show Soundcheck (USA) he continues to keep a disc-spinning finger on the musical pulse.

A legend of American rock, folk and blues music, Jorma Kaukonen is most widely known for his distinguished fingerpicked fretwork and song writing in Jefferson Airplane as well as his spin-off band Hot Tuna. He has nearly 30 years of prodigious recording longevity, with more than two dozen albums. Hot Tuna is still an active and successul musical force in America, as is Jorma himself, with his new album Stars In My Crown achieving wide popular and critical acclaim.

Jordan manages Top Shelf, an artistically-orientated music company working as an alternative to the mainstream. It was established by Jordan six years ago and currently handles a diverse roster of local and international music with a focus on acoustic, world music, virtuosity and fusion.

Josh first cut his teeth in the Adelaide blues scene but after becoming hooked on Indian music, now incorporates Sitar, Tabla and Dilruba, a bowed instrument similar to Sarangi.

Since 1982 John has also hosted and produced the radio series, New Sounds. The program is devoted to new and overlooked music from around the country and the world. It was recently named “The #1 radio show for the Global Village” by Billboard Magazine. In 1986, Schaefer began producing the New Sounds Live concert series, which presents new works, commissioned pieces, overlooked classics, and silent films with live music. As a prolific commentator in magazines, on radio and through television, what John doesn’t know about music probably hasn’t been heard yet. Events: Forum Discussions, Host (Culture of Kings, Kiss The Sky, Six Strings, Slideshow)

Considered the cornerstone of San Francisco’s 1960s rock scene, the band rocketed to superstardom in 1967 and was inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall of Fame in 1995. Jorma’s equally legendary band, Hot Tuna, has taken American roots music to new heights, both electrically and acoustically. From dizzying electric guitar gymnastics to breathtaking solo acoustic work on over 40 albums spanning his solo and band career, Jorma has forged his own legacy in American music. Performing exclusively in Adelaide, audiences will have the opportunity to experience this consummate artist live. You will relish his compelling blend of rock, blues, folk and country influences. “Jorma Kaukonen is a master of American music” LA Weekly “A magnificent blend of bluegrass, country and country blues that is full of fine picking” Boston Globe “Kaukonen doing what he does involves playing folk/bluesderived guitar with skill and dexterity few can match.” San Francisco Chronicle Events: Deeper Well, Forum Discussions, Kiss The Sky, Keynote Address, Seminar, Taking Flight, Wah-Bar, Workshops

Jordan juggles a range of activities including festival and special event programming, international tour promoting, artist management and a label. Event: Forum Discussions

With thumping bass lines, tapping melodies and slapping percussion, Kaki is a force of acoustic havoc. She plays with a passion and edge that keeps her tenuously balanced – one foot in the acoustic world, the other in rock’n’roll. “King performed some real show-stoppers in amongst the orgy of fret-tapping, some intricate finger-picking and a few techniques that probably haven’t even been named yet… an often breathtaking performance” dB Magazine Events: Kiss The Sky, On The Verge, Wah-Bar

Josh’s current performances cover styles ranging from searing blues slide guitar, finger-picked folk and electric jazz, through to classical Indian ragas and Celtic instrumentals, all performed with heartfelt passion and technical mastery. He has performed at several music festivals in Australia and overseas, has written and performed music for short films and theatre, and supported several international acts. His song-writing often plays on the stereotypes in blues and traditional music, with lyrics that never quite mask his dry sense of humour. Events: Wah-Bar: SA Gunslingers

Karin has appeared as a soloist with the London Philharmonic, Hong Kong Philharmonic and Springfield Symphony (USA) and has made numerous live TV appearances in the USA, Canada, Germany, Asia and Australia. She has performed in various ensemble formations, is a founding member of the highlyacclaimed ensemble, Saffire, the Australian Guitar Quartet, and has recorded with the Tasmanian and Queensland Symphony orchestras. Each of Karin’s solo albums have become best-sellers and her live performances are always met with dazzling reviews. Likewise, you can expect her unique stage presence and passionate performance to inspire you, captivate you and leave you breathless all at once. “… a flawless performance, the like of which I have not heard before…”Classical Guitar UK Events: Echoes of Spain, Travelling Light


John Schaefer

During the course of his career, John has written extensively about music and contributed countless articles and musical reviews. He was once a contributing editor for SPIN and EAR magazines, and wrote a successful book on music, New Sounds: A Listener’s Guide to New Music.

Kaki has opened for such acts as Marianne Faithfull, David Byrne, Robert Randolph, Keb Mo, Soulive, Mike Gordon and Charlie Hunter. In addition to international performances, she constantly tours the US and Canada and has made special guest appearances on Late Night With Conan O’Brien and the Late Show With David Letterman.



As an internationally-renowned independent Aboriginal performing artist, she has been able to do just that on a global scale. Her signature song Beagle Bay Dreaming has taken her home in the remote Kimberley region of Western Australia to people all over the world. Her extensive Australian and international tours through USA, Canada and South Africa are backed up by numerous music awards. It is the music and songwriting that defines this compelling world-class talent. Her unique ability to inspire also became the subject of a documentary, Trancing in Dreamtime, with the San Bushmen from the Kalahari in Botswana. It was released to great acclaim at the Durban International Film Festival in 2004. Kerrianne will be joined on stage at this Festival by Barry Stumpagee. “brilliant songwriting and singing skills ... (she) received a rare accolade: a deserving encore actually demanded by the audience” Sydney Morning Herald Events: Deeper Well, Forum Discussions, Wah-Bar


Kerryn Tolhurst

Lucky Oceans

Luther Dickinson

A formidable presence in Australian folk, rock and roots music since the late 60s, Kerryn has also earned an enviable reputation in North America as a distinctive musician, charttopping songwriter and sought-after producer.

Reggae, jazz, country, zydeco, free improvisation, blues, top 40 hits, and western swing – whatever the style, US born master of the pedal steel guitar, Lucky Oceans, has played it all with fascinating effect. Just as a pedal steel guitar can slide between the conventional notes of Western music, so too does Lucky’s music slide between genres, defying limitations.

Luther’s musical journey started with the creative and musical environment inspired by his father, musician and renowned producer Jim Dickinson (who has worked with musical greats including Bob Dylan and The Rolling Stones).

Kerryn sprang to national attention in the 1970s as a defining member of Country Radio and The Dingoes, writing the hit-song Way Out West. Both bands are credited with pioneering a unique fusion of Australian bush balladry, folk, country and rhythm‘n’blues. When The Dingoes disbanded, Kerryn remained in America writing songs for other artists including the Billboard Top 20 hits All Fired Up for Pat Benatar and Man On Your Mind for The Little River Band. He has produced work for New York songwriters Jimmy Norman and Bruce Henderson, Australia’s Jeff Lang, Paul Kelly, The Black Sorrows, Pigram Brothers and many others.

Lucky recorded seven albums for major record labels with his band, Asleep At The Wheel, with whom he won a Grammy Award for Best Country Instrumental in 1978. He won a second Grammy in 1993 for a recording he made with the Wheel, Chet Atkins and other celebrated artists. He has also released two solo albums. In 1995, he became presenter of ‘The Planet’ world music program on ABC Radio National and its accompanying TV program.

Kerryn’s characteristic contributions on resonator guitar, lap steel, mandolin and guitar add a profound and colourful emotional texture to albums.

Moving to Australia at the peak of his career, (he is included in the book ‘The 1,000 Greatest Guitarists’) he re-invented himself as a radio guru, composer, producer, singer, band leader and even as a button accordionist, but his most significant development has been in his new, expressive and innovative approach to the pedal steel. With an emotive style nutured in the deep traditions of the American South and matured in the fresh air of Fremantle, he is a master of deep musical expression with a strong element of surprise.

Events: Forum Discussions, Kiss The Sky, Rips & Riffs, Seminar, Slideshow

Events: Forum Discussions, Host (Deeper Well, Global Guitar, On The Verge, Rips & Riffs), Slideshow

Kerryn also conceived and produced Delightful Rain, a celebration of Australian surf music, and has performed in many New York Guitar Festival events.

In 1996 Luther, with brother Cody, started the North Mississippi Allstars. NMA blends Mississippi Hill Country Blues with psychedelic southern rock and a gospel influence. NMA has released four studio albums (three of which have been nominated for the Grammy for Best Contemporary Blues Album) and one live recording. In the late 90s Luther produced two records from the late Otha Turner. Everybody Hollerin’ Goat (1998) and From Senegal to Senatobia (2000) were released to critical praise, with Rolling Stone recognising Everybody Hollerin’ Goat as “…One of the five best blues records of the 90s”. More recently Luther has started Circle Sound with friend and Black Crowes guitarist Rich Robinson, and Black Crowes veterans Sven Pipien, Rob Clores, and original Crowes drummer Bill Dobrow. Events: Deeper Well, Forum Discussions, Kiss The Sky







Mamadou Diabate

Martin Taylor

Paul Galbraith

Paul O’Dette

MAG is a highly regarded Australian band comprising Stephen Magnusson on guitar, Frank DiSario on bass and Dave Beck on drums. Stephen is considered one of the most accomplished, distinctive and versatile guitarists in Australia and a unique force in Australian improvised music, with a dynamic voice on guitar.

Kora virtuoso Mamadou Diabate is a musical adventurer. His second album, Behmanka, was Grammy nominated in 2005 and new ensemble album Heritage a tour de force. Possessing an enormous spirit, an open mind, a powerful pair of ears, and staggering technique on his instrument, he is able to bridge divergent times, places, and traditions in music of transcendent beauty.

Touted as no less than a guitar genius, Martin is one of the most highlyregarded guitarists in the world. With a specialty in jazz, he has performed solo, in groups, guitar ensembles and with many of the world’s most famous musicians. But he is most renowned for his remarkable solo fingerstyle performances, in which he combines a bass and chordal accompaniment in addition to a melody.

Lauded for his “exceptional artistry” by The New Yorker, Paul won the Silver Medal at the Segovia International Guitar Competition at the age of 17. Andrés Segovia, who was present, called his playing “magnificent”. This award helped launch an international career, including engagements with some of the finest orchestras in Britain and Europe.

As the world’s foremost lutenist and baroque guitarist, Paul O’Dette has a reputation as a genius instrumentalist and a polished stage performer. With hundreds of recordings and many more performances, this Grammy Awardwinner will captivate you with his limitless expression and concert prowess.

As a guitarist, Stephen’s incredible technique and astoundingly beautiful tone on his instrument have made him an indispensable part of many CDs and film scores. “This was music that quite literally glowed, that it was so beautiful it almost made the audience afraid to applaud” The Age Events: Travelling Light

At a young age he toured around African villages which led to extensive tours of America and Europe as his popularity grew. Now based in North Carolina, Mamadou performs frequently all over the world with Malian stars, and has charted new territory with jazz luminaries and blues masters. His recording credits range from Irish soloist Susan McKeown, jazz bassist Ben Allison and Benin’s celebrated Angélique Kidjo. His Grammy-nominated album, Behmanka was a benchmark for his knowledge of tradition while the following album Heritage, sets a high standard by drawing on the richness of West African culture while reaching forward to discover new terrain. “...African and African-American genres together... the most successful blending yet... Mamadou Diabate just makes brilliant music” Miami New Times Event: Culture of Kings


Matt Walker and Ashley Davies Matt’s resonating acoustic, slide and lap steel blazes combine with the tuneful physicality of Ashley’s drumming to maximum effect. They have become a must-see at Australian festivals and have supported the likes of Bob Dylan, Patti Smith and Nick Cave. Now etched onto the Australian music map, both have enjoyed prolific careers both here and overseas. Recently Matt has been performing with Judah Bauer (Blues Explosion) and his spin-off band, 20 Miles in the US, while Ashley has created a successful album, live performance based on the life of Ned Kelly, and is working on a solo live show based on his latest release Muscle Drum Music. The ARIA award-winning duo has reunited to perform their prowling collection of blues/country/rock fusion. The collision they create between fearless improvisation and graceful musicianship will exhilarate you, just as it has done for so many in Australia and around the world. “Is there a more exciting talent than Matt Walker treading the rock’n’roll boards in Australia right now?… as a singer, songwriter and guitarist, he’s touched by greatness” Sydney Morning Herald Events: Kiss The Sky, Rips & Riffs


America’s Acoustic Guitar Magazine describes Martin as “THE acoustic guitarist of his generation”. With a musical career spanning over 30 years, he has dazzled audiences with his powerful stage presence in Europe, America, Japan, Asia and Australasia. Martin’s collaborations with many of the world’s jazz greats include Stephane Grappelli, Chet Atkins, Bill Wyman, Dionne Warwick, Sacha Distel, and Bryn Terfel. With more than a touch of brilliance, his interpretations never sacrifice the melody, no matter how complex or daring his playing becomes. With a string of international nominations and awards to his name (including British Jazz Guitarist of the Year an amazing 9 times), Martin Taylor is a true legend with guitar virtuosity that is something to behold. “There is a touch of genius in Martin Taylor’s playing” Classical Guitar Magazine “Europe’s finest guitarist” Jazz Times New York Events: Six Strings, Workshops


Nick Krieg

Paddy Montgomery

Mick Wordley has been involved in recording predominantly guitar-orientated albums and projects for some 25 plus years. His projects have included working with producers such as: Steve Albini, Kerryn Tolhurst, Joe Camilleri, Geoff Stapleton, Rolf De Heer, and many others.

South Australian singer/songwriter Nick Krieg employs a wealth of musical forms and influences to produce blues-flavoured left-of-centre songs of longing and damnation, redemption and the curious foibles of human nature. Nick is also a talented multi-instrumentalist and a skilled guitarist, with his superb artistry as well as his technical proficiency enabling him to independently record and produce two solo albums.

Paddy Montgomery is an Adelaide based guitarist and multi-instrumentalist with a strong background in blues and folk. Over the past few years he has devoted most of his time to the folk and classical music of Turkey and regional Greece. He founded a band called Dionysus which plays traditional folk music of Greece and the Balkans, which has supported some great musicians such as Andy Irvine and Mozaik, and the legendary band from Greece Apodimi Compania.

This has bought about many benchmark recordings of artists performing at their best... live, comfortable and rocking. Event: Seminar

Lap steel slide guitar makes the crucial rhythmical elements heard on his album Cupid Stunt. His latest release Ra Dog is slightly different texturally and instrumentally with more traditional guitar work, however both albums are richly woven with his smooth vocals, somewhere between Al Stewart and Bob Dylan. Inspired by his father’s Ode to Brachina, a geological poem about the spectacular Brachina Gorge, he collaborated with Don Burrows and Kevin Hunt to produce Brachina – a journey through time in words and music. Highlights of his career include performing at WOMADelaide 2006 and for Singapore’s National Family Day celebration. Event: Wah-Bar: SA Gunslingers

Paul has helped define the technical and stylistic standards for 21st century performers of early music, and his vast and varied career has included directing the Boston Early Music Festival and conducting and directing opera. During the Festival he will perform Spanish music from the 17th and 18th centuries.

“Magnificently played, thoughtful and majestic performances” Gramophone

“the clearest case of genius ever to touch his instrument” Toronto Globe and Mail

Event: Bach, Brazil and Beyond

Events: Artist Talks, Echoes of Spain, Forum Discussions, Travelling Light


Pigram Brothers: Alan, stephen & peter From WA’s treasured Pigram Brothers, this Festival presents Stephen (lead singer, guitarist & songwriter), Alan (lead guitarist and band’s producer) and Peter (bass guitar). The Pigram Brothers are a folk/rock band created in 1986 by brothers from the pearling town of Broome. Their music has appeared on other national and international television documentaries and series, and they have performed at festivals throughout the world. Alan and Stephen Pigram were the first indigenous artists to be inducted into the West Australian Music Industry’s Hall of Fame in 2006. Their interpretation of Richard Clapton’s Blue Bay Blues on the Delightful Rain CD/DVD project is hailed as one of that project’s highlights.

Ralph Towner With ever-fresh innovation and a career that spans over 30 years, Ralph Towner is one of the most diversely talented musicians of the past half-century. He has enjoyed a flourishing solo career but is best known as the lead composer, guitarist and keyboardist for the acoustic jazz ensemble Oregon. During the 70s, Oregon produced a number of highly influential recordings, mixing folk music, Indian classical forms and avantgarde jazz-influenced free improvisation. In 2000 the release of Oregon in Moscow, an orchestral double-CD recorded with the Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra, earned the ensemble an impressive four Grammy nominations.

The natural exuberance and spontaneity that has always been the trademark of the Pigram Brothers will be evident in all performances by Stephen, Alan and Peter.

Over time, Ralph’s guitar became synonymous with the 12-string with jazz, classical, folk and world music all resting easily within his eclectic range. His rich talents have served up highly successful collaborations with such greats as Gary Burton, John Abercrombie, Egberto Gismonti, Larry Coryell, Keith Jarrett, Jan Garbarek and Gary Peacock.

Events: Rips & Riffs, Wah-Bar

Events: Forum Discussions, Six Strings


Mick Wordley

The artists he has worked with on many album projects are: Jeff Lang, Delightful Rain Surf compilation, John Schumann, Archie Roach (The Tracker), Jane Saunders, the Superjesus, Things of Stone and Wood, Chris Finnen, Cindi Boste, Suzannah Espie, Large Number Twelves, Andrew Kidman, Tim Gaze, Martin Cilia (The Atlantics) and many others. Mick’s passion is recording in a very simple primal way, capturing performance above technology, and presenting an authoritative snapshot of a musical event – no compromise. He has been involved recently with transporting a “world class” studio environment to various locations away from the generic studio environment, and creating a recording environment which is as transparent as possible, but of an audio integrity only found in the most sophisticated set-ups.

In Paul’s unique playing style, the guitar, which has two extra strings (one high, one low) is supported by a metal endpin, similar to that of a cello, which rests on a wooden resonance box. Galbraith’s arrangements and recordings of Bach, Haydn, French Impressionist music and more have been praised around the globe for their “soaring dignity” (Los Angeles Times) and as “exhilarating beyond compare... a joy” (Guitar Review).

Paul believes that “the best instrumental playing strives to imitate the voice in every way possible” and stumbled across playing the guitar after falling in love with the music of Jimi Hendrix, before transferring his passion to the lute.


The acoustic guitar is Paddy’s primary instrument, however he incorporates different stringed instruments into his playing, including (but not limited to) the Turkish oud, saz, cümbüº, Cretan lute, Greek and Irish bouzoukis and mandolin. Paddy is presently gaining a reputation around the world music scene in both Adelaide and Melbourne, where he works with professional musicians in the field of Middle-Eastern and Mediterranean music. He has also received instruction in Greece from masters such as Ross Daly, George Xylouris and Yurdal Tokcan. His passion for the broad range of musical styles he performs is clearly shown in his performances. Event: Wah-Bar: SA Gunslingers





Reg Mombassa

Richard Clapton

Rob Clarke

Rob McDade

Reg Mombassa was a long-time member of Mental As Anything and is a founding member of the Australian band Dog Trumpet. He is a prolific artist, with his graphics adorning many of Mambo’s most popular and occasionally controversial t-shirts. In 1995 Mambo published the hugely popular Mambo Picture Book of Wisdom – a lavishly illustrated book of ‘Reg wisdom’.

Richard is considered one of the strongest influences on the Australian music industry’s most exciting periods of development, the 70s and 80s, and one of Australia’s most renowned singer/ songwriters. His classics like Girls On The Avenue and Capricorn Dancer are staples of radio playlists in Australia.

Guitar-maker Rob Clarke may be better known as a presenter of guitar recitals in Adelaide during the 1990s, including Slava Grigoryan’s first Adelaide recital. Now a guitar-maker, Rob’s traditionally-built guitars have met with immediate success.

Adelaide’s Rob McDade is a successful composer of instrumental rock, folk and new age guitar. As a proven and well-respected composer of music that is ideal for soundtracks, he has created acclaimed original music for live theatre, experimental film and community TV. In 2004 Rob won a SCALA FOOM award in the category of ‘best instrumental’ for Dickhead In A G-String and again in 2006 for Blue Moon Territory.

Recently SBS devoted a half hour special to the artistry and life of Reg Mombassa and over the past 20 years Reg’s artwork has graced CD and album covers, billboards, calendars, books, diaries, posters, a tram in Melbourne and has been reproduced in magazines and newspapers. An artist, poet, musician, actor and writer all rolled into one, his business card carries the description of “Artist and Dirty Old Hippy”. Events: Artist Talks, Visual Arts

On its release, Goodbye Tiger was one of the most critically-acclaimed albums any Australian artist had produced. Many Richard Clapton fans continue to regard this dark and melancholic record as his masterpiece. During the early 1980s Richard was mentor to several bands emerging from a vigorous pub-rock scene, in particular INXS, whose album Underneath the Colours he produced. More recently The Great Escape, featuring contributions from members of Cold Chisel and INXS, proved to be a successful project with memorable singles including I Am An Island and The Best Years of Our Life. At the 1999 ARIA Awards Richard was inducted into the Hall Of Fame. He produced an acoustic CD of his early songs in 2006 entitled Rewired and continues to perform on a regular basis. Event: Rips & Riffs

Rob’s inspiration comes from hearing a recording of Andrés Segovia playing Bach in the 1960s, with a guitar of exquisite tone and clarity. It took 40 years before finding the right information to give him the confidence to attempt to build such a guitar. Shortly after completing it, Pavel Steidl, in a rare visit to Adelaide, was able to demonstrate that it had all the tone and power of that Segovia recording. Since then, Slava Grigoryan, Karen Schaupp and UK artists John Mills and Craig Ogden have all confirmed Pavel’s opinion. Rob’s guitars are traditionally built with cedar tops and handmade rosettes, with a typical rosette using between 3,000 to 5,000 tiny pieces of coloured wood to create a pattern. Event: Forum Discussions

Events: On The Verge, Wah-Bar: SA Gunslingers









Rob Pippan

Ross Hannaford Trio

Roy Rogers


Studio Flamenco

Sweet Baby James

The Atlantics

Toby Wren Trio

Rob Pippan has worked in the Australian music industry for over 25 years, and in that time has worked as a musical director, lead guitarist, songwriter, producer, manager, educator and studio owner. Rob was the lead guitarist and founder of the Zep Boys and he has worked as a lead guitarist and musical director with some of the biggest names in the Australian music scene including Doc Neeson, Ross Wilson, Glen Shorrock, Brian Cadd and international vocalist Graham Bonnett.

Ross Hannaford is fondly recognised as an Australian musical treasure. Widely regarded as one of the country’s finest rock guitarists, he is best known for his collaboration with singer-songwriter Ross Wilson, with whom he formed the 70s Australian rock band Daddy Cool. This band became one of the most popular and successful rock acts of the decade.

As one of the premier slide guitarists performing today Roy has eight solo recordings, two Grammy award nominations and six Grammy credits as the producer of John Lee Hooker and Ramblin’ Jack Elliott releases. His exhilarating live performances have been honed by years of touring with John Lee Hooker’s Coast to Coast Blues Band as well as his own group, The Delta Rhythm Kings.

Studio Flamenco’s dynamic ensemble of flamenco dancers and musicians combines guitar, percussion and cante (flamenco song) with powerful choreography to create inspiring contemporary interpretations of traditional flamenco.

The Adelaide-based blues guitarist (Sweet Baby) James Meston was named Official Ambassador of the 2007 Australian Blues Festival and has shared the stage with blues-rocker Jeff Healy and Canadian blues queen Sue Foley.

Sensational and sensitive, his virtuosity and style of slide guitar is recognised the world over and he has captivated audiences at festivals and special events around the globe.

Celebrated Australian flamenco guitarists Aloysius Leeson and Florian feature in this line-up of fine local musicians and dancers whose performance credentials include WOMADelaide 2006.

Rob Eyers, originally from London and now living in Adelaide, completes the duo on percussion. Over the last 12 months, they’ve become “the next big thing” on the Australian blues scene, playing major festivals around the country including WOMADelaide.

Few surf classics come to mind as easily as Bombora by The Atlantics. This seminal Australian surf masterpiece shot to Number 1 for a record eight weeks and charted well around the world. In 2000 Bombora resurfaced and received worldwide honour by being included in the closing ceremony of the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games.

He now teams up with Torres Strait Islander Ricardo Adagi on bass and expatriate Frenchman Stephan Cydok on drums to form the Ross Hannaford Trio. The songs are a unique mix of Jamaican reggae renditions, to quirky funk, to hookerish blues.

Saffire is a quartet of Australia’s top classical guitarists (Slava Grigoryan, Leonard Grigoryan, Karin Schaupp and Gareth Koch), each with their own international reputation. This remarkable Guitar Quartet of Australia’s top classical guitarists represents a unique collective passion for innovation and an irresistibly joyful musical exchange. Rarely do such accomplished soloists come together.

One of Australia’s leading contemporary jazz ensembles, this trio is headed up by Toby Wren: jazz guitarist, composer and educator. Toby has worked as a composer of orchestral music, band-leader, accompanist, arranger for rock bands and a producer of festivals and new music events. He continues to be a student of musicological studies (Indian classical music) as well as being one of Australia’s most unusual and intriguing improvisers.

As a songwriter, Rob has over 1000 songs registered with APRA, many of which receive airplay in Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Malaysia, Turkey, USA, UK and South Africa. His work has even extended to being the musical director and producer of The Fairies 2007 television season which has just been released internationally, and for which he received an ARIA nomination for its album.

Hannaford’s unique guitar stylings have won wide praise from critics and his goofy stage presence and distinctive baritone voice have made him a favourite with fans. He has also earned ‘guru’ status amongst his peers. Don’t miss your chance to see this well-respected Australian musical legend.

Event: Wah-Bar: SA Gunslingers

Events: Deeper Well, Travelling Light



His musical talents have been featured on numerous film and TV soundtracks, most notably One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest. As a recording artist, producer and composer he continues to combine diverse music influences to achieve a new musical vision. Roy’s diverse approach is constantly stretching the boundaries of slide guitar. “Pundits who bemoan the scarcity of guitar gods haven’t laid ears on Roy Rogers, whose slide riffs could peel a crawfish” Usa Today Event: Slideshow


A number-one selling album, sell-out concerts, an ARIA award, plus national radio and television performances have secured Saffire’s place as a classical guitar super-group. They perform with such extraordinary coordination that splitsecond timing can only be conducted through eye contact, a slight of wrist and indecipherable intuition. You will be excited and delighted by their broad repertoire.

Studio Flamenco artists have trained extensively both nationally and in Spain and are dedicated to developing the artform in Australia. Event: Wah-Bar

Sweet Baby James’ debut album Rhythm ‘n’ Blues is a cornucopia of assorted blues styles played with an electric energy. There’s delicate fingerpicking, growling slide guitar and sparse country blues. Their raw sound evokes wild nights at the traditional juke joints in America’s south.

“The enjoyment these four derive from one another’s company imbued the music with vitality as well as virtuosity, passion as well as precision” The Melbourne Age

Event: Wah-Bar: SA Gunslingers

Event: Echoes of Spain


Established as a leader on the world’s instrumental rock stage, The Atlantics went on to record seven more singles and four LPs, all of which are now regarded as classics of the surf instrumental genre. Following a long break, original members Jim Skiathitis, Peter Hood and Bosco Bosanac re-formed with new guitarist, Martin Cilia, and have since released four new CDs. They are now thrilling a new generation of fans with live appearances at pubs, clubs, concerts and festivals. They’ve also played support gigs with the Beach Boys and Chris Isaak to rave reviews and have once again cemented their place as Australia’s greatest instrumental band.

Toby’s composition works have won accolades and acclaim nationwide, and have gone on to be performed by a number of the country’s top ensembles and orchestras. Whilst Toby is an accomplished musician across a cultivated mix of genres, his love for jazz flows from the free-form discussions the style permits... “Timeless and unaffected… sweet, bluesy and inscrutable” The Courier Mail Event: Travelling Light

Event: Rips & Riffs




SÉrgio & Odair Assad

Simon Shaheen

Slava Grigoryan

Steve Salvi

Vernon Reid

Vishwa Mohan Bhatt

Wolfgang Muthspiel

Brazilian brothers Sérgio and Odair Assad are considered today’s foremost guitar duo, having set a new standard of innovation, ingenuity and expression – particularly in Spanish and Latin repertoire. They are internationally celebrated for their intoxicating, seductive rhythms and haunting melodies of Spanish music. They have worked extensively with such renowned artists as Yo-Yo Ma, Paquito D’Rivera, Gidon Kremer and Dawn Upshaw, and together have set a breathtaking new standard for live performance.

Simon deftly leaps from traditional Arabic sounds to jazz and Western classical styles with a soaring technique, melodic ingenuity and unparalleled grace. It has earned him international acclaim as a virtuoso on the oud and violin.

Regarded as a “wizard of the guitar”, Slava has forged a prolific reputation as a classical guitar virtuoso. He has performed at dozens of national and international guitar festivals and appeared with many of the world’s leading orchestras. He has won ARIA awards for Best Classical Albums and performed as a soloist with some of Australia’s most accomplished orchestras. He is also a member of the Australian classical guitar quartet Saffire.

For over 25 years Steve Salvi has been a passionate advocate of the guitar, its players and its music. In 2000 he was awarded a Winston Churchill Fellowship for guitar building and went to the US where he took part in a contemporary guitar building course with Charles Fox, and attended the Healdsburg Guitar Festival.

Guitarist and composer Vernon Reid is a true artist whose work is forever in progress, from his formative years on the downtown New York jazz/funk/punk scene, to his leadership of the pioneering multi-platinum rock band Living Colour in 1985. Vernon Reid has also worked with Public Enemy, B.B. King, and Carlos Santana, and was named one of Rolling Stone’s 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time.

One of the most exciting young artists on the jazz and classical scene today, internationally-acclaimed guitarist and composer Wolfgang Muthspiel is commanding attention worldwide as an artist of deep integrity, intelligence and daring musicality.

An accomplished guitarist himself, Steve has written and performed awardwinning guitar music for feature film, TV and documentaries including The Tracker, a film by Rolf De Heer (which also received an Aria nomination).

Vernon reunited with Living Colour in 2000 to release a new album, CollideØscope, in 2003, and continues to tour around the world. Vernon has recorded solo and collaborative albums, organised unique concerts events, and composed for dance, documentaries, commercials and film.

Vishwa has reached international acclaim for his perfect and unexpected blending of the Hawaiian guitar and the Indian sitar. Using sarod and veena techniques and creating a truly evolutionary design which has an additional 14 strings, he takes his instrument to extraordinary heights. Vishwa has mesmerised the world with his pristinely pure yet fiery music, blinding speed and faultless legato.

The Assads’ repertoire includes original music composed by Sérgio Assad and his reworkings of folk and jazz music as well as Latin music of almost every style. Their programs are always a compelling blend of styles, periods and cultures. “No amount of anticipation could have prepared me for the Brazilian brothers’ daringly flexible, eerily unanimous ensemble playing – it was as if they were in each other’s heads” The Washington Post Events: Global Guitar, Rhapsodie Espagnole

Not only does he incorporate and reflect a legacy of Arabic music, he also forges new frontiers to make truly unique contributions to the arts world. He has four albums and has made significant contributions to soundtracks including composition for the soundtrack to the United Nations’ global broadcast, For Everyone Everywhere. In addition to solo tours, Simon’s band Qantara brings to life his vision for the unbridled fusion of Arab, jazz, Western classical, and Latin American music. Qantara have toured the world and their 2001 album Blue Flame was nominated for a remarkable eleven Grammy Awards. “(Blue Flame is) a staggering tour-deforce of technique and passion” National Public Radio Events: Forum Discussions, Global Guitar, Travelling Light

Following major tours to Europe, USA, New Zealand, UK, Russia, Japan and South-East Asia, Slava has developed a talent for bewitching his willing audiences. “Grigoryan has complete mastery of all facets of the guitar…” Adelaide Advertiser “…a truly dazzling and brilliant performance – go and see him if you have the opportunity, he is one of the very best talents to have emerged in recent years” Classical Guitar Magazine Events: Echoes of Spain, Travelling Light

Steve now owns and operates Salvi’s Fine Guitars and builds bespoke instruments to order. Event: Forum Discussions

His highlights include a double platinum-selling debut album Vivid, released in 1988, and its gold-certified successor, Time’s Up, in 1990. Living Colour also earned two consecutive Grammy Awards. The band also opened for The Rolling Stones’ 1989 Steel Wheels Tour and appeared on the first Lollapalooza tour in 1991.

Vernon recently created the video art project Artificial Afrika which was well received at its opening at the Gigantic Art Space in 2006 and features in this Festival in the Artspace. “Vernon Reid (has an) inescapable status as the leading African-American metal guitarist” Slant Magazine “Vernon Reid’s solos blister in a fashion that is excitingly melodic” Pop Matters “soulful and bracing” Rolling Stone Events: Artist Talk, Forum Discussions, Kiss The Sky, On The Verge, Seminar, Visual Arts

Now a cultural ambassador of India, he carries the Herculean task of glorifying and popularising Indian culture and music to an international audience. Vishwa earned a Grammy in 1994 along with Ry Cooder for their World Music album A Meeting By The River, enhancing his celebrity status not only as a star performer but also as an improviser and a soulful composer. As with his rise to stardom, just try to keep up with the blinding speed he brings to his instrument. “One of the most expressive and versatile slide players in the world” Acoustic Guitar Magazine Events: Forum Discussions, Global Guitar, Namaste, Slideshow

One of the few artists to ever play a solo performance at the Vienna State Opera, Wolfgang has recorded with such jazz greats as Peter Erskine, John Patitucci, Paul Motian, Marc Johnson Mark Holober, Brian Blade, and Youssou N’Dour. His album Bright Side won Mojo Magazine’s #1 Jazz Album of the Year in 2006 and was listed as one of the top albums of 2006 in the UK’s Jazz Review. Wolfang serves up a contrast of quiet charisma and elegance with dazzling technique and risktaking musicality. From the electric guitar to the violin, Wolfgang’s talent is original, deeply thoughtful and breathtakingly absorbing. “A natural virtuoso. On the electric guitar he can produce sounds as light and nimble as a harp’s” New York Times Events: Masterclasses, Six Strings

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