Adelaide International Guitar Festival 2008 brochure

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the glory of the guitar.


, the world s best bands and players.

The romeros

Xavier Rudd The Party Boys


The Derek Trucks Band guy pratt


Adrian Belew

Peter Denahy Slava Grigoryan

Magic Dirt

Ash Grunwald

Grinspoon Troy Cassar-Daley AC/Hoodoo DC tribute Gurus,


Angry Anderson and more.


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Artist in Residence

Adelaide International Guitar Festival is proud to announce DEREK TRUCKS as our Artist in Residence for 2008.

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At just 29, Derek Trucks has forged a name for himself as an innovative guitar virtuoso, and has gained international recognition as an incredible slide and fingerstyle guitarist. Derek is the youngest player to make Rolling Stone’s “100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time” list (he was 24 at the time), and in 2007, Rolling Stone named him one of the New Guitar Gods – his caption on the front cover was “The Jam King”. In 2006 Derek joined guitar legend Eric Clapton’s world tour as a featured soloist in his band, receiving rave critical reviews and wowing audiences. Derek currently divides his time between The Derek Trucks Band, The Allman Brothers Band, and sharing the stage with Clapton.

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As thrilling as last year’s inaugural festival was, I’m confident AIGF 08 will be even more exciting and full of surprises. It’s an honor to be a part of this adventure and I thank all of you – whether you’re first-timers, or returning for a second dose of six-string madness. Enjoy!

We’re enormously proud of this year’s program as AIGF continues to grow and find its feet locally, nationally and internationally.

David Spelman Artistic Adviser

Christine Schloithe Executive Producer

With so much great live music across so many styles and genres, you have no reason not to get off the couch and out of the house!

Last year for the first Adelaide International Guitar Festival we laid strong foundations for a great new music event that in 2007 attracted over 30,000 attendances, many of them young people and at the same time gained strong national and international attention. In 2008 we look forward to engaging with even more music fans with an enviable international line-up of guitar greats. I urge you to celebrate in the glory of the guitar at this year’s Adelaide International Guitar Festival!

As a proud supporter of the Adelaide International Guitar Festival, the South Australian Government invites you to pay homage to one of the most versatile and beloved instruments of our time. For more than a week beginning in late November, Adelaide will once again resonate to the diverse sounds of the world’s best guitarists, as well as the finest virtuosos that Australia has to offer. I look forward to seeing you there.

Douglas Gautier CEO & Artistic Director Adelaide Festival Centre

Mike Rann Premier of South Australia Minister for the Arts

EARLY-BIRD Buy your tickets by midnight Monday 6 October to get great early-bird prices These will be the cheapest prices available for this year’s festival so make sure you get in early to secure the concerts of your choice. The Early-Bird price is clearly listed on each concert page.

Biggest Guitar Band Attempt

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Words & Strings:



Lior/Jesse Harris , 15 The Romeros Guitar Quartet 16 Phat Bottom End 17 Comedy: My Bass and Other Animals 20

AC/DC: We Salute You

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Beam Wah-Bar 24 Calendar of Events 24 Booking Details 29 Travelling Light 30 Exhibitions 32 Workshops


Discussions 33 Masterclass 34 Interviews & Talks 35 Merchandise 35 Guinness World Records Registration Form 36 Biographies 47 Festival Partners

JIM BEAM WAH-BAR EARLY-BIRD Plus, when you purchase a ticket to any concert in the festival during the early-bird period

*This voucher can be redeemed at any time to purchase the Jim Beam Wah-Bar concert of your choice. You can redeem the voucher at the door on the night, subject to availability. For more details (including how to receive and redeem your voucher), please check page 35.

(excluding the Wah-Bar), you’ll receive a voucher allowing you to buy a ticket to any Jim Beam Wah-Bar performance for just $15!*

But hurry – early-bird and Jim Beam Wah-Bar offers close midnight Monday 6 October.

That’s a saving of $10.

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Grand opening event

Sat 29 Nov 8pm Festival Theatre

Guinness World Records

Biggest Guitar Band Attempt. Swanee

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AC/DC’s hit It’s a Long Way to the Top FREE concert

Slava & Leonard Slava & Leonard Grigoryan Grigoryan with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra

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The Mason Rack Band Tickets $25 or $15 by redeeming your Jim Beam Wah-Bar voucher (details page 35)


Conductor: Benjamin Northey Internationally acclaimed guitarist Slava Grigoryan and brother Leonard turn their talent to the eloquent and highly expressive repertoire of the 18th Century including works by Vivaldi, Handel, Weiss and Fasch. This concert will feature guitar concertos and double concertos from the Baroque era.

Originally composed for the fragile tones of the lute and mandolin, the music blossoms into new beauty with the rich timbres of the modern guitar and accompanied by the renowned world class Adelaide Symphony Orchestra.

The Shiny Brigh ts and GT Stringer Sat 29 Nov Elder Park

Can’t play guitar? Come and watch the concert.

Play the bagpipes? Bring them along for the bag-pipe solo in the song! Information about the music at


4.30pm Gates Open 6pm Rehearsals

6.30pm World Record Attempt AC/DC’s It’s a Long Way to the Top

All guitarists MUST register! All registered guitarists enter the draw to win an Epiphone AJ-100 Acoustic Guitar. Prize winner drawn on the night.

Registration form and full details page 35.

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7pm free concert

“In this Baroque repertoire I’m basically breaking every rule as soon as I start, simply by playing guitar. When playing Baroque repertoire, 90 per cent of the time you’re just using a free stroke technique more akin to what you’d do on the lute. Everything’s played quite differently from more traditional and contemporary repertoire for guitar. It’s great fun to play, and very beautiful music.” Slava Grigoryan A Reserve Adults $70, Conc $65, Early-bird $60 B Reserve Adults $65, Conc $60, Early-bird $55 GreenRoom Members $19.95



Get back to your roots.

Sun 30 Nov 7.30pm Elder Park

Eclectic and earthy, contemporary Australian roots music is grounded in a unique foundation of blues, folk, country, bluegrass, reggae, Celtic and indigenous elements.

The Mason Rack Band

“I want to bring the best, meanest, rockin, swampy, smokey, blues music to my audience”

Xavier Rudd

The resulting roots movement has developed a distinctive Australian identity that continues to push boundaries and swell in popularity. Featuring some of Australia’s pre-eminent roots musicians, immerse yourself in a night of home-grown roots on the Elder Park stage. Host: Glenn A Baker

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Tickets $65 or $70 at the gate Early-bird $60 GreenRoom members $19.95

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Ash Grunwald with “Amazing for one guy a guitar and percussion” Sydney Morning Herald

Mia Dyson

with band & special guest Matt Walker


Rob Sawyer

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Rob Sawyer & Band Tickets $25 or $15 by redeeming your Jim Beam Wah-Bar voucher (details page 35)


Wed 3 Dec 7.30pm Festival Theatre

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Contemporary blues pioneers strike a chord. From classic delta to bluegrass to swamp and rock, today’s blues music is unique, individual and firmly founded in tradition and the guitar. Experience a current take on the blues with three cutting edge blues bands who are pioneering new sounds and interpretations while remaining true to their essential blues heritage. Host: John Schaefer Adults $55, Conc $50 Early-bird $45 GreenRoom Members $19.95

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Fiona Boyes & The Fortune Tellers You ain’t never seen a woman play the blues like this before

Matt Walker & Ashley Davies with Guests


Leaders and pioneers in Australian blues

Tickets $25 or $15 by redeeming your Jim Beam Wah-Bar voucher (details page 35)


Fri 5 Dec 7.30pm Elder Park

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New Zealand’s hard rock warriors

From pub to indie to experimental – celebrate a choice sample of the elements of rock.

Rock reigns supreme around the world – in bedrooms, garages, pubs and clubs the rock revolution has inspired generations of guitarists. There is no doubt classic rock riffs are the foundation of contemporary guitar playing. Rock revolves around the guitar and the guitar revolves around rock. Plug in and turn up the amp: it’s time to ROCK!

Adrian Belew Power Trio Favoured guitarist for Frank Zappa, David Bowie and Talking Heads

Host: John Schaefer Tickets $65 or $70 at the gate Early-bird $60 GreenRoom members $19.95

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Music festival favourites with countless Triple J Hottest 100 singles


Band of Brothers Tickets $25 or $15 by redeeming your Jim Beam Wah-Bar voucher (details page 35)


Tues 2 Dec, 8pm Festival Theatre

Words & Strings Lior

Not surprisingly the guitar is the instrument of choice for many songwriters.

Two talented award winning songwriters and accomplished guitarists, Lior and Jesse Harris, perform some of their favourite compositions and songs with Jesse joined by his band and Lior with a luscious string quartet. Sydney-based Lior has become known for his distinctive allure and enchanting musical arrangements since his successful debut album Autumn Flow. He comes to the Guitar Festival hot on the heels of his Edinburgh Festival performance. Jesse Harris struck compositional gold with his No. 1 smash hit for Norah Jones, Don’t Know Why. His other songs have been recorded by Cat Power, Bright Eyes, Black Keys, Emmylou Harris and Willie Nelson. Host: John Schaefer Adults $55, Conc $50 Early-bird $45 GreenRoom members $19.95

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Jesse Harris


Tickets $25 or $15 by redeeming your Jim Beam Wah-Bar voucher (details page 35)


Thur 4 Dec 7.30pm Festival Theatre

The Romeros’ the romeros’ guitar quartet Guitar Quartet The royal family of the guitar.

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“Collectively they are the only classical guitar quartet of real stature in the world today; in fact they virtually invented the format.” New York Times

Founded in 1960 by Celedonio Romero in Franco’s Spain, all three of Celedonio’s sons (Angel, Celin and Pepe) had made their performance debuts by the age of seven. Over the years the Romeros have featured three generations of guitar virtuosi. The quartet now comprises Celin, Pepe, Celino (Celin’s son) and Lito (Angel’s son). As the world’s leading guitar quartet the Romeros continue to inspire audiences with a diverse repertoire that spans the earliest composers to contemporary masters including Rodrigo and Torroba. A Reserve Adults $70, Conc $65, Early-bird $60 B Reserve Adults $65, Conc $60, Early-bird $55 GreenRoom members $19.95

Guy Pratt: My Bass and Other Animals + Tice & Evans

Tickets $25 or $15 by redeeming your Jim Beam Wah-Bar voucher (details page 35)


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Bass guitar takes the spotlight Bass players be proud, stand tall and be counted. This concert pays tribute to the instrument that changed the way music is played and sounds. The transformation of the upright bass to the electric bass guitar offered a bigger sound that audiences couldn’t miss. Bass and drums together could now offer a solid foundation that is legendary in rock, funk, soul and electric blues. The first bass guitar was revolutionary – take the time to honour the four strings. Host: Glenn A Baker House band: Matt Walker & Ashley Davies Adults $55, Conc $50 Early-bird $45 GreenRoom Members $19.95

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My Bass and Other Animals

Thursday 4 Dec Followed by Tice & Evans

Join legendary bassist and stand-up comedian Guy Pratt on a riotous journey from teenage bedroom to stadium, armed only with his bass guitar. With hilariously indiscreet anecdotes about the stars he’s worked with, hear about Guy’s fascinating 20 year career as a professional bass player which started with the Australian band Icehouse and continued with some of the world’s top performers. In a show that is peppered with stories about working with “celebs” of the highest order – think Robert Palmer, Michael Jackson, Madonna, Tina Turner, Paul McCartney and Jimmy Page – Guy will give you a stretch limo view of rock star absurdities.

Steveter Hun Renowned electric bass virtuoso and prolific composer

This hit of the Edinburgh Fringe is a hugely entertaining must-see for any music lover and bass player.

Al Slavik One of Europe’s finest electric bass and Chapman Stick players

Tickets $25 or $15 by redeeming your Jim Beam Wah-Bar voucher (details page 35)

“Pratt is pretty bloody hilarious” The Irish Times



Sat 6 Dec 7.30pm Elder Park


off the beaten track

By popular demand, country music makes its Adelaide International Guitar Festival debut. With a long and vibrant tradition, Australian country music can lay claim

to its own distinctive sound and stories grounded deep in the outback. Join some of Australia’s best-loved country musicians and their bands for a big serving of country sounds in our own backyard. Tickets $65 or $70 at the gate Early-bird $60 GreenRoom members $19.95

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bill chambers

Australia’s premier alt-country guitarist

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Travis Sinclair

Australian record holder with ten consecutive top ten country music singles


sara storer

Winner of seven Golden Guitars


peteR denahy

Talented m u singer and lti-instrumentalist, songwriter

The Derek Trucks Band Tickets $25 or $15 by redeeming your Jim Beam Wah-Bar voucher (details page 35)


Adelaide Festival Centre’s Adelaide International Guitar Festival in association with Savage Events presents

Sun 7 Dec 5pm – 10.30pm Elder Park

a tribute


The Party Boys featuring

dave evans (ex AC/DC), Swanee, paul christie (mondo rock),

kevin borich, randall waller (shania twain band), buzz biDstrup (the angels) with special guests

e You. utte We Sallu Come back in black and pay tribute to high voltage rock legends AC/DC with a once-in-a-lifetime line-up.

angry anderson & stevie wright (the easybeats)

Arguably Australia’s best known band with more than 200 million album sales worldwide, AC/DC paved the way for contemporary rock music nationally and internationally, and left a lasting legacy. Formed in 1973 by brothers Angus and Malcolm Young, AC/DC soon came to embody raw energy, power-driven performances, and a love for hard music. This historic gathering of music legends will honour the extensive song list of “Acca Dacca” in their identifiable styles as well as performing their own greatest hits.

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Adrian Belew

Tickets $75 or $80 at the gate Early-bird $65 GreenRoom members $19.95

Backsliders (Rob HIrst Midnight Oil) dallas frasca • Diana Anaid •Jeff Lang

Tickets at Early-bird price for this concert are limited – first in, first served.

Mongrels of Passion

(vince lovegrove & Tim gaze)

Matt Walker & Ashley Davies • Peter Denahy Rockin' rob riley • Sara Storer & Troy Cassar-Daley with jimmy little Shihad • Slava & Leonard Grigoryan

• Tice & Evans • William Barton


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MCs: Glenn A Baker & Sheridan Stewart Music Director: Graham “Buzz” Bidstrup

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SA Gunslingers Tickets $25 or $15 by redeeming your Jim Beam Wah-Bar voucher (details page 35)


See guitar greats in solo or band mode jamming with special guests, presenting new works or playing in unexpected genres. Grab a drink and stand back for some sweet late night six string sounds – you might even rub shoulders with a few of the festival’s acts. Limited capacity so buy early.

Sat 29 Nov 11pm

The Mason Rack Band Sun 30 Nov 11pm

Rob Sawyer & Band Tues 2 Dec 11pm

All tickets

$25 or $15

when you purchase a ticket to a concert in the festival* (via redemption coupon). Details page 35. * Excluding Jim Beam Wah-Bar shows.



The Adelaide International Guitar Festival is teaming up with Rolling Stone magazine to select four hot emerging guitarists from around Australia to play for festival audiences. Rolling Stone LIVE could feature any style or genre, and could be the one night where an emerging guitarist gets their big break. Come and see some exciting new artists before they hit the big time.

Wed 3 Dec 11pm

Sat 6 Dec 11pm

Matt Walker & Ashley Davies with Guests

Artist in Residence

Thurs 4 Dec 11pm

Sun 7 Dec 11pm

Guy Pratt:

SA Gunslingers

My Bass and Other Animals + Tice & Evans With supreme first hand backstage knowledge of all our favourite rock legends, including unbelievable tales of life with Pink Floyd, Madonna and Michael Jackson and the madness of the 80s, Guy Pratt will present a hilarious insight into the music industry and behind-the-scenes of touring.

Fri 5 Dec 11pm

Band of Brothers

The Grigoryan and Tawadros Brothers

The Derek Trucks Band

Cal Williams Jr & The Hushes Andy Salvanos Redhead The Yearlings

Did you know that, per head of population, more great bands come out of Adelaide than any other Australian city? In what has become a Guitar Festival tradition, the final night at the Jim Beam Wah-Bar will feature four of our best SA brewed guitarists and bands. It’s a great opportunity to honour some of our local guitar legends and celebrate the end of the festival in strumming style.


Sat 29 Nov

Sun 30 Nov

Tues 2 Dec

Wed 3 Dec

Thurs 4 Dec

Fri 5 Dec

11am-12.15pm Quartet Suite

Workshop: Cal Williams Jr Fingerpicking

Workshop: Steve Hunter Bass Guitar

2pm–3.15pm Space Theatre

Panel Discussion: Baroque Guitar

4pm–5.15pm Quartet Suite

Workshop: Mason Rack Slide Guitar 5pm-6pm Artspace

Artist Talk: Photography for Live Music Tony Lewis 6pm-8pm Elder Park

Guinness Book of World Records Attempt: Biggest Guitar Band Followed by FREE Concert

7.30pm Elder Park


Guitar Hero Live in the park tent open

Guitar Hero Live in the park tent open

6.30pm-7.30pm Space Theatre

Artist Talk: The Chapman Stick Al Slavik & Andy Salvanos

6pm-7.15pm Dunstan Playhouse

7pm-8.15pm Dunstan Playhouse

Workshop: Andy Salvanos Chapman Stick

Panel Discussion: Songwriting

6.30pm-7.45pm Quartet Suite

Panel Discussion: Artist Management

7.30pm Festival Theatre

8pm Festival Theatre

Lior / Jesse Harris: Words & Strings

8pm Festival Theatre

Slava & Leonard Grigoryan with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra 11pm Jim Beam Wah-Bar

The Mason Rack Band

11pm Jim Beam Wah-Bar

Rob Sawyer & Band

How to book ONLINE Information and tickets are available at or

CALL BASS 131 246 All major credit cards accepted Monday to Saturday, 9am to 6pm International bookings +61 8 8205 2300


At all BASS outlets and the Adelaide Festival Centre. For BASS outlet locations please call 131 246 or visit

5.45pm-7pm Dunstan Playhouse

5.30pm-7.30pm John Bishop Room

Masterclass: The Romeros' Guitar Quartet

11pm Jim Beam Wah-Bar

Rolling Stone LIVE

Bending The Blues 8pm Space Theatre

Travelling Light: Continental Shift – Slava Grigoryan & Al Slavik 11pm Jim Beam Wah-Bar

Matt Walker & Ashley Davies with Guests

SPACE THEATRE ELDER PARK AND JIM BEAM WAH-BAR TICKETS All tickets to these venues are General Admission and tickets purchased in advance cannot be posted out. Phone or internet advance bookings can be collected from the BASS counter at the venue one hour prior to the performance, or from any BASS outlet until 24 hours before the concert. Elder Park concert tickets can also be collected from the BASS counter in the park from 5pm (or 3pm for AC/DC: We Salute You) on the day of the performance. Details of Jim Beam Wah-Bar $15 special on page 35.

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Sun 7 Dec

11am-12.15pm Quartet Suite

Workshop: Matt Walker Finding Your Own Sound

2pm-3.15pm John Bishop Room

Sat 6 Dec

5.30pm-6.45pm Quartet Suite

Workshop: Jesse Harris Songwriting 6pm-6.45pm Artspace

Artist Interview: Guy Pratt

(Interviewed by Keith Welsh) 7pm-8.15pm Dunstan Playhouse

Panel Discussion: The Blues 7.30pm Festival Theatre

The Romeros’ Guitar Quartet 8pm Space Theatre

Travelling Light: Jean-Félix Lalanne 11pm Jim Beam Wah-Bar

Guy Pratt: “My Bass and Other Animals” + Tice & Evans

CAR PARK Premier parking at the Adelaide Festival Centre’s undercover car park provides easy access to the Festival Centre and Elder Park. Open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week with regular security patrols. Enter off King William Road. Pre-book your space through BASS on 131 246. The car park is equipped with a lift and ramps and all car park spaces are accessible. To pre-book your disability space please call BASS on 131 246. For further information call +61 8 8216 8670.

TRANSPORT TAXI COMPANIES Suburban 131 008 Adelaide Independent 132 211 Yellow Cabs 132 227 Access Cabs 1300 360 940

Panel Discussion: ACDC & Adelaide’s ‘Rock’ History 6pm-6.45pm Artspace

Artist Interview: Adrian Belew

(Interviewed by Christie Eliezer) 7.30pm Elder Park


Guitar Hero Live in the park tent open

8.30pm Space Theatre

11.30am-12.45pm John Bishop Room

2pm Space Theatre

Workshop: Joseph & James Tawadros: The Oud

Travelling Light: Guitar Duo, Lee Song-Ou & Oliver Fartach-Naini

4pm Festival Theatre

2pm-3.15pm Quartet Suite

Phat Bottom End 4pm Space Theatre

Travelling Light: The Joseph Tawadros Trio 5pm-6.15pm Quartet Suite

Workshop: Tim Gaze Electric Guitar for Blues and Rock

Workshop: Diana Anaid Songwriting 3.30pm-4.45pm Jim Beam Wah-Bar

Panel Discussion: The Bass Guitar

5pm-10.30pm Elder Park

AC/DC: We Salute You Guitar Hero Live in the park tent open

6pm-6.45pm Artspace

Artist Interview: Derek Trucks

(Interviewer: Christie Eliezer)

Travelling Light: Wulfin Lieske, Duo Lointain (Rebecca Harris , Wulfin Lieske), and William Barton

Guitar Hero Live in the park tent open

7.30pm Elder Park


11pm Jim Beam Wah-Bar

11pm Jim Beam Wah-Bar

The Derek Trucks Band

11pm Jim Beam Wah-Bar

Band of Brothers

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Make your experience at the Adelaide International Guitar Festival more memorable with a range of catering options to suit every taste and budget: – The FOYER CAFE (located in the foyer of the Festival Theatre) is the perfect place to meet for a coffee, casual meal and glass of wine before or after a show – Or you could head down to the BISTRO & BAR (located west of the Elder Park Stage, or downstairs from the Dunstan Playhouse foyer). Have a glass of wine and bite to eat before the show and take in the picturesque views of the River Torrens, or come to the bar from 11pm after any Elder Park

ACCESS SERVICES Adelaide Festival Centre is committed to ensuring our programs are accessible to everyone so we’ve added a number of access-friendly facilities to help. When booking your tickets, please let the BASS operator know if you have any specific access requirements and they will be pleased to inform you what services might suit you best. For all other access enquiries please contact Patron Services by email

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– ELDER PARK CAFÉ on the banks of the River Torrens is a great place to enjoy alfresco or indoor dining with a sensational menu, premium local wines and beers and organic Fair Trade coffee. For further information call +61 8 8216 8732. The Adelaide Festival Centre respects your privacy and meets Government policy requirements. Disclaimer: every effort has been made to ensure that performance dates, times, prices and other information contained herein are correct at time of publication. Adelaide Festival Centre reserves the right to vary the program.


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Space Theatre Tickets $35 Conc $30 Early–bird $28

Get up close and personal with some of the world’s finest guitarists. Be immersed in the music, the detail and the magic of an intimate live performance.

Wed 3 Dec 8pm

Thurs 4 Dec 8pm

Continental Shift: Slava Grigoryan & Al Slavik

Jean-Félix Lalanne

Al Slavik teams up with guitar virtuoso Slava Grigoryan to present works from their CD Continental Shift, which is a “continental adventure” reflecting the cultural and musical influences over their careers.

Playing his own compositions, this concert will represent Jean-Félix’s music evolution from the beginning of his career until now including tunes he composed during his tour with Marcel Dadi.

Fri 5 Dec 8.30pm

Sat 6 Dec 4pm

Wulfin Lieske, Duo Lointain (Rebecca Harris, Wulfin Lieske) and William Barton

The Joseph Tawadros Trio

This trio of guitar, cello and didjeridu will feature newly arranged works by legendary Australian composers Ross Edwards and Peter Sculthorpe.

Oud virtuoso Joseph Tawadros’ original contemporary compositions are based on the Egyptian Maqam system (a melodic modal system), which features odd time signatures, broken bars, catchy ostinato patterns and intensely technical improvisations.

Sun 7 Dec 2pm

Slava Grigoryan in Adelaide International Guitar Festival’s Travelling Light 2007 performance

This exceptional guitar duo will premiere new works by Coco Nelegatti (Argentina), Stephen Whittington (Australia), Richard Charlton (Australia), Carlo Domeniconi (Italy) and Ludger Vollmer (Germany).

Photo: Tony Lewis

Guitar Duo, Lee Song-Ou & Oliver Fartach-Naini


Photo: Tony Lewis

Photographic Exhibition.

Guitar Exhibition.

strummin strummin by Tony Lewis

“strummin” is a visual documentary of the inaugural Adelaide International Guitar Festival with images by AIGF 2007 photographer, Tony Lewis. Tony captured some extraordinary on-stage moments with artists and his work reflects the passion, motion and intensity of live music and performance. Artspace 10am-5pm daily and during AIGF performance times

Guitar Gibson is known worldwide for producing classic models in every major style of fretted instrument, including acoustic and electric guitars, mandolins, and banjos. Gibson’s HD.6X-PRO Digital Guitar and the Gibson Robot Guitar represent the biggest advances in electric guitar design in over 70 years.

Festival Theatre Foyer 9am-6pm daily and during AIGF performance times



Founded in 1894 in Kalamazoo, Michigan, and headquartered in Nashville, Tenessee since 1984, the Gibson Guitar Corp. family of brands now includes Epiphone, Dobro, Kramer, Steinberger, Tobias, Echoplex, Electar, Flatiron, Slingerland, Valley Arts, Maestro, Oberheim, Sunshine Piano, Take Anywhere Technology, Baldwin, J&C Fischer, Chickering, Hamilton, and Wurlitzer. Visit Gibson’s website at 2008 marks the first official involvement for Gibson at the Adelaide International Guitar Festival. Throughout the event Gibson will be profiled across a number of platforms. These range from international and local artists using Gibsons during their performances to a signed guitar promotion and a purpose built ‘Walk Of Fame’ style area. This area will highlight some of Gibson’s most famous guitars, many of which have helped shaped musical history – from the legendary Les Paul to the SG (made famous by AC/DC’s Angus Young and Andrew Stockdale from Wolfmother) and the Firebird along with classic acoustic guitars such as the J-45 and Hummingbird models. Gibson is honoured and excited to be a part of the AIGF family.

About the photographer Since 2005 Tony Lewis has combined his passions for food, wine and the arts in his work. His pictures are regularly published in The Adelaide Review and SA Life magazine, and he photographs food for magazines and books, and productions for dance and theatre companies. He has been the official photographer for many WOMADelaide music festivals.

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Where is the Bistro?

walk behind Overlooking the River Torrens, it’s a short the signs! follow the Elder Park stage – go west and foyer. Also accessible via the Dunstan Playhouse


Sat 29 Nov

Cal Williams Jr: ‘Fingerpicking’ Open to students of any skill level and bring your instrument! Cal’s workshop will concentrate on finger picking techniques, improvisation, chord theory, open tunings and concepts to play the guitar as a complete instrument. 2pm – 3.15pm John Bishop Room $20 Book at BASS

Sun 30 Nov

Matt Walker: Finding Your Own Sound

A guitar and slide guitar workshop that focuses on ‘getting your own sound’ and the importance of finding your own unique style and standing out. Basic skill level and up, instruments not essential. 11am – 12:15pm Quartet Suite $20 Book at Bass

Workshops. Our festival workshops give budding guitarists the opportunity to learn from masters of their craft on a broad range of subjects. Whilst our workshops are open to all, some workshops do ask for participants to have certain competency levels (detailed below).

All information you need about the workshop will be supplied at time of booking but we ask participants to please check our website for workshop updates closer to the time.

Wed 3 Dec


No bookings required. We encourage you to arrive early to secure your place.

Andy Salvanos: Chapman Stick An information demonstration workshop about the Chapman Stick. Bring your Stick (not essential if you don’t have one), suitable for basic skill level upwards. 6.30pm – 7.45pm Quartet Suite $20 Book at BASS

Thurs 4 Dec

An opportunity for song writers to explore approaches to songwriting in ‘inspired’ and ‘for hire’ situations. Includes an opportunity to play a song or two and get feedback, comments and a ‘critique’ if you want! This workshop is for participants who are songwriters. Instruments not essential but you can bring one if you’d like to play your song/s. 5.30pm – 6.45pm Quartet Suite $20 Book at BASS

Sun 30 Nov

Wed 3 Dec

Baroque Guitar


Slava Grigoryan, Leonard Grigoryan, Jim Koehne (ASO), Benjamin Northey

A panel discussion exploring Baroque Guitar, composition and performing with an orchestra.

Sat 6 Dec

Steve Hunter: Bass Guitar An intimate bass guitar workshop for medium-advanced level bass players. Bring your instrument. 11am – 12.15pm Quartet Suite $20 Book at BASS

Jesse Harris: Songwriting

A demonstration-style workshop for basic to intermediate slide players. Includes information sheets and special guest slide player Glenn ‘the mex’ Heffernan. Bring your slide! 4pm – 5.15pm Quartet Suite $20 Book at BASS


Last year’s workshops sold out very quickly so we encourage you to book early.

Sun 30 Nov

Mason Rack: Slide Guitar

Panel Discussions.

Sat 6 Dec

Tim Gaze: Blues & Rock A demonstration-style workshop specifically focusing on solo electric guitar for blues and rock. Intermediate to advanced level required. 5pm – 6.15pm Quartet Suite $20 Book at BASS

Sun 7 Dec Joseph and James Tawadros: The Oud A workshop for oud players of basic skill level and upwards by Joseph and his brother James. Bring your instrument. This workshop is also open for interested guitar players to come along and observe quietly. 11.30am – 12.45pm John Bishop Room $20 Book at BASS

Diana Anaid: Songwriting A demonstration-style workshop for emerging song writers and musicians. Open to any skill level. Bring along your acoustic guitar. 2pm – 3.15pm Quartet Suite $20 Book at BASS

Lior, Matt Walker, Jesse Harris, Chris & Bob (Robyn) – The Yearlings Explores the craft of songwriting and how artists approach songwriting in different ways.

Fri 5 Dec AC/DC & Adelaide’s ‘Rock’ History

Graham “Buzz” Bidstrup, Tony Savage, Vince Lovegrove, Dave Evans, Stevie Wright, Swanee,

In the late 60s and early 70s, Adelaide was the pinnacle of Australia’s live music scene and the bands that came out of South Australia at that time changed the future of Australian rock music. Join a prestigious range of artists and industry associates as they share their personal experiences about this era in Adelaide’s history and their connections with AC/DC. 5.45pm – 7pm Dunstan Playhouse Moderator: Glenn A Baker

2pm – 3.15pm Space Theatre Moderator: Simon Healy

6pm – 7.15pm Dunstan Playhouse Moderator: Gary Burrows (APRA)

Tues 2 Dec

Thurs 4 Dec

Sun 7 Dec

Artist Management

The Blues

The Bass Guitar

Graham “Buzz” Bidstrup, Steve Clarke, Keith Welsh, Sue Arlidge

Pete Cornelius, Fiona Boyes, Dom Turner, ‘Sweet Baby’ James Meston

Hear about the trials and tribulations of managing artists. A range of managers share experiences about working locally, nationally and internationally with artists and in the music business. 7pm – 8.15pm Dunstan Playhouse Moderator: Alistair Cranney (SongFront)

A discussion by blues artists about how traditional blues styles and techniques influence a modern blues sound. 7pm – 8.15pm Dunstan Playhouse Moderator: John Schaefer

Guy Pratt, Al Slavik, Steve Hunter, Mark Evans Bass aficionados have the opportunity to come along to hear bass guitar players talk about the instrument, styles, genres and their influences. 3.30pm – 4.45pm Jim Beam Wah-Bar Moderator: Steve Brown

Master class The Romeros’ Guitar Quartet will conduct a Masterclass for invited students during the Adelaide International Guitar Festival. The masterclass is open to audiences to attend and quietly observe the class. We invite you to come along and watch the commitment, determination and years of application it takes students to be the best. 5.30pm – 7.30pm Wednesday 3 December John Bishop Room FREE for audiences No bookings required

Live interviews.

Come along and see some of the festival’s international guitarists being interviewed by a selection of Australia’s finest music journalists about their music, career and inspirations.

FREE Open to all.

No bookings required.

Guy Pratt Interviewed by Keith Welsh

6pm – 6.45pm Thursday 4 December Artspace

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Tony Lewis: Photography for Live Music

Tony Lewis is a professional photographer. In this free talk Tony will cover his experiences, photography for live performance, equipment and technology.

Al Slavik & Andy Salvanos:

5pm – 6pm The Chapman Stick Sunday 30 November The Chapman Stick is a beautiful Artspace and unusual instrument. Come along FREE No bookings required and hear two experts talk about and showcase the ‘Stick’ and its capabilities and versatility. 6.30pm – 7.30pm Tuesday 2 December Space Theatre FREE No bookings required

Adrian Belew

Interviewed by Christie Eliezer

FREE Open to all.

No bookings required.

6pm – 6.45pm Friday 5 December Artspace

Available at the merchandise counter in Elder Park & the Festival Theatre Foyer throughout the festival.

Guinness World Records

Biggest Guitar Band Attempt.

All guitarists MUST register! All registered guitarists enter the draw to win an Epiphone AJ-100 Acoustic Guitar. Prize winner drawn on the night. Fill in the registration form below or collect one from any BASS outlet and bring it with you on the night. To shortcut the queues, send it to us in advance: fax to 8216 8879; drop it in at the Adelaide Festival Centre; or post to Biggest Guitar Band Registration, Adelaide Festival Centre, GPO Box 1269, Adelaide SA 5001.

Guinness World Records Biggest Guitar Band REGISTRATION form

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Derek Trucks

Interviewed by Christie Eliezer 6pm – 6.45pm Saturday 6 December Artspace

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on the night of the performance. You can collect your Jim Beam Wah-Bar voucher at the same time.

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If you have purchased a ticket to a concert that has Reserved Seating (eg Festival Theatre concert), your Jim Beam Wah-Bar voucher will be posted to you with your tickets. If you have purchased a ticket to a concert that has General Admission seating (eg Elder Park or Space Theatre), you will need to collect your tickets from any BASS outlet (until 24 hours prior to the concert), or at the BASS counter of the venue

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Biogs. Ash Grunwald AUS Ash Grunwald’s music is steeped in the Delta blues tradition of the legendary acoustic musicians who proliferated America’s deep South and the giants of electric blues who shaped rock and roll, but it’s his willingness to combine these influences with grooves and sounds common in contemporary music that sets him apart.

Al Slavik AUS/EUROPE Born in Vienna, Al Slavik is regarded as one of Europe’s finest electric bass and Chapman Stick players. However, his most personal work is as a singer/songwriter.

Adrian Belew USA "A wizard of sonic manipulation and texture, Belew has been the guitarist of choice for the art-rock crowd, playing with Frank Zappa, Talking Heads, David Bowie, Laurie Anderson, and Nine Inch Nails" – Rolling Stone Encyclopedia of Rock & Roll It was Frank Zappa who first discovered Adrian Belew playing in a coverband in a club in Nashville. From there, Adrian toured and recorded as member of Zappa’s band before catching the attention of David Bowie and then Talking Heads – both of which he subsequently recorded and toured with. This well sought-after guitarist is perhaps best known for his work as a member of the band King Crimson from 1981 to present. In addition to a healthy solo career, in which he has released over nine of his own albums, Adrian is also well-regarded for his contributions to numerous other artists’ recordings. Just a handful of these session credits include albums by Nine Inch Nails, Peter Wolf, Mike Oldfield, Tori Amos, Paul Simon (his landmark 1986 album Graceland), Cyndi Lauper, the Crash Test Dummies, and William Shatner. Across his career, Adrian has received a swag of awards including the CAMMY (Cincinnati’s Entertainment Awards) lifetime achievement award, and made the top 100 Greatest Progressive Artists list. Adrian makes the list at least twice, in different capacities: #1 with King Crimson, #17 with Talking Heads, and #66 as Adrian Belew (solo).

Events: Rock, AC/DC: We Salute You, Interview

In 1995, he moved to London and soon became well known and highly respected in the English music scene. Over the next decade he worked with some of the UK´s best musicians and producers in the pop, rock and jazz genres. In a career spanning more than 20 years Al has shared the studio and stage with many well-known international acts, most recently Adrian Belew. Al is now based in Australia and has released his third album (second solo CD) The Secret One. An all-star line-up on The Secret One features guitarists Gus Isidore (Seal, Peter Gabriel), Dominic Miller (Sting, Phil Collins), Bobby Tench (Jeff Beck, Van Morrison), Slava Grigoryan and drummer Christian Eigner (Depeche Mode), among others. The album is a timeless mix of energy and superb musicianship.

Events: AC/DC: We Salute You, Phat Bottom End, Travelling Light, Talk, Panel Discussion

Andy Salvanos AUS Swedish-born Andy Salvanos has worked as a session musician in Los Angeles, studied bass with renowned teachers like Jeff Berlin and Gary Willis, and performed The Tracker soundtrack with Archie Roach. After a self-imposed absence from professional music, Andy re-emerged in 2007 with the instrumental album Fragments featuring a hybrid bass/guitar instrument known as the Chapman Stick. Taking to the streets of Adelaide as a busker, he quickly established himself as a sought-after solo performer of highly original music, with a mellow sound which draws comparisons to the melodic guitar work of Mark Knopfler. His second release of 2007, Closer, continued Andy’s simple but effective use of “the stick”, incorporating elements of classical guitar, Latin, folk and instrumental pop.

Events: Jim Beam Wah-Bar: SA Gunslingers, Talk


Backsliders AUS

Angry Anderson AUS Gary (Angry) Anderson first came to the attention of Australian rock music fans as the singer with Buster Brown before finding fame with Rose Tattoo. Seen as pioneers of heavy rock music in Australia, Rose Tattoo’s ‘bad boy’ antics also got them wide-spread attention. Bands such as Guns’n’Roses have credited their exisitence to the influence of Rose Tattoo. In 1986 Angry had the biggest hit record of his career with Suddenly. When it was chosen as the song for the Neighbours TV show wedding of Kylie Minogue and Jason Donovan, it catapulted to the top of the Australian charts. Angry landed the role of Herod in the record-breaking Jesus Christ Superstar – The Musical in 1992. During 1993 Angry and Rose Tattoo reformed at the request of Guns ‘N Roses. In 2008 Rose Tattoo toured with Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, Kiss, Slayer and Motorhead, performing at many of Europe’s largest Festivals. The band was inducted into the Australian Hall of Fame in 1996. Angry is also recognised as a champion of children, highlighting the plight of and raising money for disadvantaged and sick children. For his work, Angry has received awards such as the Advance Australia Award, Australian Medal A.M. and the Special Merit Advance Australia Award. “Through the years… Angry has shocked, rocked, amused and entertained us all” Glenn A Baker.

Event: AC/DC: We Salute You

Australian blues group Backsliders are leaders and virtual pioneers in their own genre. As a three piece, they can lift the roof off any venue, moving from in-your-face ‘amped up’ original blues to all-acoustic, unplugged ‘way down south’ delta blues. These guys have been writing, recording and performing acoustic-based blues for 20 years, and media celebrity Doug Mulray describes them as ‘the best acoustic blues band in the country’. Guitarist, vocalist and songwriter Dom Turner specialises in bottle-neck slide guitar using resonator as well as 6 and 12 string guitars. Dom has toured as a solo artist in the USA, playing Augusta Blues week in West Virginia, and touring to Mexico with US blues greats Del Ray and Steve James. Drum and percussion virtuoso Rob Hirst (Midnight Oil, Ghostwriters, Hirst & Greene, Angry Tradesmen) joined Backsliders in 2000. Backsliders are regular headliners at major Australian festivals including 13 years at the East Coast Blues and Roots Festival. Their recent album Left Field Holler is an eclectic mix of hard hitting, frenetic new blues anthems mixed with poignant ballads, again taking the band to new limits. "without a dispute the best blues band in Australia. Their material is impeccable and their musicianship is a wonder to behold" – Sydney Morning Herald

Events: Bending The Blues, AC/DC: We Salute You, Panel Discussion

Cal Williams Jr & The Hushes Aus

Ash has built a substantial following, performing regularly at live venues around the country and at major festivals at Byron Bay, Port Fairy, Falls, Apollo Bay, Fremantle, Cockatoo Island and Margaret River. A soulful singer and guitar player, Ash has won countless awards. His debut release, Introducing … Ash Grunwald, won him two Australian Blues awards for Male Vocalist Of The Year and Best New Talent, the MBAS’ Blues Performer Of The Year, and saw him reach the final of the International Blues Performer Of The Year in Memphis. His follow-up album I Don’t Believe saw him score an ARIA nomination for Best Blues and Roots album, as did his Live At The Corner album (this album also secured him the Australian Blues award’s Album Of The Year). “Ash Grunwald is a legend. Whatever it is, he’s got it.” – Db Magazine

Event: Roots

Bill Chambers AUS There is much more to Bill Chambers than “just being Kasey’s dad”. The patriarch of the Chambers clan is considered by some to be Australia’s premier alt-country guitarist and is in high demand as a session musician. He can be a master of delicate picking on Dobro or Lap Steel and a demon on Slide. Amid producing albums for the likes of Catherine Britt, Audrey Auld, Becky Willis (co-produced with Kasey) and the Dead Ringer Band, Bill has still found time to write songs for both his albums: the ARIA nominated Sleeping With The Blues; and his recent Frozen Ground, which covers different styles from classic country to blues, rock and points in between. “(Frozen Ground is) a fine collection of country blues songs with dirt under their fingernails… the album is reminiscent of Daniel Lanois’ eerily spacious work; all elongated guitar phrases, shuffling drums and ambient rumbling, and the combined effect is as seductive as hell.” – The Sydney Magazine

Event: Country

Buzz Bidstrup AUS Adelaide born Graham “Buzz” Bidstrup began his involvement with the Australian music industry as a 14 year old drummer in the now legendary Fahrenheit 451. From 1976 to ’81 he was a member of The Angels where he played drums on the band’s first four albums and toured Australia, Europe and the USA and co wrote and co produced the chart topping hit No Secrets. In 1981 he left The Angels and was in demand as a session player, playing drums, and percussion and /or keyboards and guitar on many hit records including Mondo Rock’s Chemistry, Australian Crawl’s Reckless, Richard Clapton’s’ Solidarity, Cold Chisel’s 20th Century and Jimmy Barnes’ No second prize. He also produced and/or engineered many tracks for young bands including The Hoodoo Gurus, INXS, The Riptides and The Numbers and in 1982 co-founded Aussie rock “supergroup” The Party Boys. To date Buzz has produced over 50 albums, some of his most successful being the debut releases from Nathan Cavaleri, Diana Anaid and GANGgajang. He also managed these artists, and in 1999 became manager for Australian Indigenous entertainer Jimmy Little. Buzz has now ventured into event management with the JLF Rock the Foundation concerts and the Bon Scott Celebration concerts held in Perth in 2007/8. Buzz is Music Director for AC/DC: We Salute You.

Events: AC/DC: We Salute You, Panel Discussion

Three times winner of the ‘South Australian Songwriter of the Year’ and Bank’s Music ‘Best New Music’ Award winner, Cal Williams Jr recently released his debut UK album Driving as a Form of Prayer to exceptional reviews. The Cal Williams Jr Band is one of Adelaide’s most sought after musical acts. They were the opening performance at the Rock the Vote official launch concert and have played live-to-air on Radio Adelaide’s Local Noise and the Three D Radio Blues Show. Cal has performed at numerous festivals, including the Leeds In-The-City Festival, and the Famous Spiegeltent at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, and with outstanding artists including Billy Bragg, KT Tunstall and Steve Phillips and the Rough Diamonds. Cal has also performed live-to-air on BBC Raw Talent, BBC Radio Cleveland, BBC Radio York, Fresh Air FM and BBC Radio Lancashire. Cal’s songs feature as the soundtrack for the East Coast surf film 900 miles and also for the award-winning short film Wilderness. "A brilliant exhibition of slide guitar. Intense, angry and very accurate slide guitar madness." – Vibrations Magazine (UK)

Events: Jim Beam Wah-Bar: SA Gunslingers, Workshop

Dallas Frasca


Dallas Frasca and guitarist Jeff Curran are fast spreading an epidemic of downand-dirty roots rhythms around Australia. Dallas first came to prominence in 2005, nailing her debut solo EP Acoustic Slide Groove and stitching up Triple J’s Light Your Fuse competition. From there, two of her songs hit top position on MP3. com, and she’s played almost every major festival in Australia including East Coast Blues & Roots, A Day On The Green and Narooma Blues & Rockabilly. Dallas’ powerful and commanding vocal style is one of a kind; raw, gritty and unrestrained, with many likening her to a “modern day Australian Janis Joplin”. She is joined by the upside down, left handed, back to front, slide dobro and mandolin extraordinaire Jeff Curran, who makes the two piece without kit a wall of guitars and stomp box that delve into raw, double-duelling slides.. “These aren’t your everyday, run-of-themill cranking slide grooves and stomping, rolling rhythms, they’re heavy and raw like nothing else on earth.” Rhythms Magazine

Event: AC/DC: We Salute You


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Biogs. Fiona Boyes & The Fortune Tellers AUS/USA

Derek Trucks USA

Dave Evans AUS Born in Wales, Dave Evans is the original singer and founding member of AC/DC, which he formed with Malcolm and Angus Young, Colin Burgess and Larry van Kriedt. Malcolm and Angus’ sisterin-law Sandra suggested the name AC/ DC to signify power and energy and AC/ DC’s first gig was at Sydney’s Chequers Nightclub on New Year’s Eve 1973. AC/DC soon recorded their first single (Can I Sit Next To You Girl b/w Rocking In The Parlour), Angus adopted his famous schoolboy uniform, and AC/DC undertook a gruelling national tour playing to packed houses. After a year with AC/DC, Dave went on to perform with hard rock outfit Rabbit, releasing two albums and undertaking a three-month national tour, as well as 1980’s bands Dave Evans & Hot Cockerel and Dave Evans & Thunder Down Under. He has released two solo albums: A Hell Of A Night from the 2000 memorial gig on the 20th anniversary of Bon Scott’s death with tribute band Thunderstruck; and rock album Sinner recorded in 2006, with the Sinner track Sold My Soul To Rock n Roll nominated at the 2007 LA Music Awards. Dave currently tours with his band Dave Evans and The Badasses.

Events: AC/DC: We Salute You; Panel Discussion

Derek Trucks began his musical career at the age of nine when he picked up a five dollar acoustic guitar at a yard sale. That seemingly inconsequential purchase changed his life. After learning what he could from his father and a family friend, Derek began playing with other musicians around town. He achieved his first paying gig at age 11 and began touring – with his father acting as road manager/chaperone. He soon became such an accomplished slide guitarist that he was invited to record and tour with multi-platinum selling blues-rock band The Allman Brothers Band as a guest artist. He became a full member of this band in 1999. In 1994 Derek started The Derek Trucks Band. What had begun as a weekend activity had quickly became a life’s pursuit, and would eventually result in Derek being the youngest player to make Rolling Stone’s “100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time” list. In 2006 Trucks was asked to join guitar legend Eric Clapton’s world tour as a featured soloist in his band, a tour extending into 2007 and supported by rave critical reviews globally. It was a busy year for Derek as he found himself playing in three bands in 17 countries. Rolling Stone named him one of the New Guitar Gods in 2007 – his caption on the front cover was “The Jam King”. On the road over 300 days a year, Trucks currently divides his time between The Derek Trucks Band, The Allman Brothers Band, and sharing the stage with Clapton.

Event: Artist in Residence

From her self financed debut to her second release in 1999 I Don’t Think I’m Pregnant being lauded as ‘one of the best rock records of the decade’ (Revolver Mag), singer-song writer Diana Anaid established herself locally and internationally as a force to be reckoned with. With 5 ARIA nominations, Diana has had top 30 hits in both Australia and USA and several of her songs have reached the Triple J Top 100 list. A favourite and unique performer at festivals and events, both solo and with her band, Diana has shared stages with John Butler, Xavier Rudd and Pete Murray as well as rocking crowds with Grinspoon, Powderfinger and Frenzal Rhomb. She wears the crown of being the first acoustic chick to ever play the Vans Warped punk rock festival.

The Derek Trucks Band USA The Derek Trucks Band has been a work in progress for over 10 years and takes a progressive approach to roots music, blending rock, blues, jazz, and world music. The band’s mission has been to assemble a group of musicians that share a passion for improvisation and musical exploration – and the result is an undeniable chemistry between the band members, due to heavy touring and fearless improvisation. The Derek Trucks Band is known for their amazing live performances, led by Derek Trucks’ soaring guitar work.

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 magnetic stage presence and infectious smile have charmed audiences both nationally and overseas – she is a favourite of the Adelaide International Guitar Festival and has performed at the W. C. Handy Awards, Chicago Blues Festival and Portland’s Waterfront Blues Festival. When Fiona performed for legendary bluesman Pinetop Perkins he said ‘I ain’t heard a woman finger-pick a guitar like that since Memphis Minnie … she’s the best gal guitar player I’ve heard in more than 35 years’. “She sounds like Bonnie Raitt’s evil twin, and that’s really a good thing... simply a riot, well-deserving of all the accolades she’s been racking up” Midwest Record Recap

Events: Bending The Blues, Panel Discussion

Hoodoo Gurus AUS Guy Pratt UK Guy Pratt’s bass career features the who’s who of the music industry. There’s his tour with Icehouse at the of 19; performances with the likes of David Bowie, Robert Palmer, Bryan Ferry and Womack & Womack soon after; and then being thrust into the global premier league of bassists when David Gilmour asked him to play for Pink Floyd. After that came performances with Madonna, Michael Jackson, Robbie Robertson, Tom Jones, Iggy Pop, The Pretenders, Ronan Keating and Elton John to name just a few; then writing and producing hits for artists such as Robert Palmer and Marianne Faithful, winning a Grammy award in the process. And that only scratches the surface. Guy is as well known for his humorous on-stage stories as his skill. His 2005 one-man show My Bass and Other Animals and book of the same name give a fascinating, hilarious behind-the-scenes insight into the music industry, touring and life as a bass player. “Bass players are ten a penny but a good wit is hard to find, so we hired him.” David Gilmour (Pink Floyd)

Events: Phat Bottom End, Jim Beam Wah-Bar: My Bass and Other Animals, Interview, Panel Discussion

For two and a half decades the Hoodoo Gurus have been one of the most inventive, lyrically smart and exciting rock’n’roll bands Australia has ever produced. Along the way they’ve influenced an entire generation of bands which explains why You Am I, The Living End, Dallas Crane, Grinspoon and many others queued up a few years ago to pay tribute to the band’s 1984 debut album, Stoneage Romeos. Their second album Mars Needs Guitars sent the Gurus career skyrocketing and they have since toured internationally dozens of times, including repeated sell-outs at 10,000 capacity venues in Brazil. From 1987 to 1997 albums kept coming, including Blow Your Cool, Magnum Cum Louder, Kinky, Crank and Blue Cave, plus two double CD compilations. A revitalised Hoodoo Gurus released Mach Schau in 2004 and hit the road again. Playing to an audience comprising long-term fans and a new generation, they enjoyed headlining spots at Homebake and The Big Day Out. The NRL used the re-worked What’s My Scene (That’s My Team) as their promotional theme for the past five years, with the band performing live at the 2006 and 2007 NRL Grand Finals. In 2007 the Hoodoo Gurus were one of the highlights at the SXSW Music Festival in Austin, Texas. The Hoodoo Gurus remain as relevant and impassioned about their distinctive brand of rock’n’roll now as ever, witnessed by their induction into the Australian Music Hall of Fame in August 2007 and their 'find of the festival' accolade at the 2008 Glastonbury Festival.

Event: AC/DC: We Salute You

Diana will be touring extensively in support of her music throughout 2008, including the International Folk Federation Alliance in Memphis Tennessee.

Events: AC/DC: We Salute You, Workshop

Events: Bending the Blues, Jim Beam Wah-Bar

Diana Anaid Aus

“...songs that cut right to the listeners soul with brave and unsparing views of everyday life (hers is a) story of affecting people with pure music rather than media gymnastics.” Frets Magazine, USA.

They have released several albums, the latest being Songlines in 2006 supported by a DVD release Songlines Live, which is their most honest representation to date, honouring the past while pointing into the future.


Nominated for Contemporary Blues Album of the Year in the 2007 Blues Music Awards (Memphis) for her album Lucky 13, Fiona is the first Australian blues artist to be so honoured. She followed that up with a nomination in 2008 for Contemporary Female Blues Artist of the Year in the same awards.

GT Stringer AUS Grinspoon AUS Grinspoon came to prominence when in 1995 they were crowned winners of Triple J’s very first ‘Unearthed’.They quickly become favourites across the country and the band’s winning track Sickfest went on to make Triple J’s Hottest 100 for that year – the first of countless Grinspoon songs to be voted into the Hottest 100 since then. The single Chemical Heart came second in the 2002 Hottest 100 and ensured mainstream recognition. Grinspoon’s sound has been described as everything from heavy rock, grunge, alternative metal and even slight pop on occasions. Four out of the band’s five albums have been top five hits in Australia and their debut album, 1998’s Guide to Better Living, peaked at #11. In 2005 Grinspoon won their first ARIA award for Rock Album of the Year for Thrills, Kills and Sunday Pills.Their most recent release Alibis & Other Lies entered ARIA charts at #2. Since 1995 Grinspoon have toured extensively throughout Australia and the United States alongside a myriad of bands including Creed, Lit, Godsmack, Silverchair, Eminem, Blink 182, Pennywise, 28 Days and The Butterfly Effect. The band is a music festival favourite and have played countless events around the country including Homebake, Livid, Splendour in the Grass, Pyramid Rock, Groovin’ the Moo and Big Day Out.

Event: Rock

Founding members Jim Redgate and Trevor Ramsay formed GT Stringer after a request was made by Australian publisher Steve Mcparland for some earlier recorded material from the infamous Adelaide surf act, The Luau. As no such recordings were in existence, GT Stringer was formed to generate original surf inspired instrumental tracks. Almost 10 years on and 5 full length CDs later, GT Stringer have become one of Australia’s leading surf instrumental outfits. Appearances in film (The Summer of Love in 2002) and the use of the band’s tunes in numerous soundtracks have seen a large back catalogue develop. The band comprises guitar, bass, drums, and sax among a range of eclectic instruments and electronic effects. Their music swings from the surf to the dragstrip with the thread of instro au go-go grooves. With an ever present sense of humour, GT Stringer strives to put the Kook back into Kooky!

Events: Guinness World Records: Biggest Guitar Band Free Concert

Jean-Félix Lalanne FRANCE Instrumentalist, composer, conductor, arranger and producer, Jean-Félix Lalanne is considered one of the most talented and prolific French guitarists of his generation. From a young age he was described as a “prodigy of the guitar”. Jean-Félix acquired his first guitar at age 11 and gave his first solo concert less than a year later. The following year he performed on stage with Marcel Dadi who became his mentor. At 17 Jean-Félix undertook his first musical project: a solo album in which he transcribed the Nocturnes, Valses and Polonaises of Chopin. He was just 20 when he wrote his first symphony, the Symphonie Romantique. This was followed by several other concertos and symphonic pieces of which several have been played at festivals in Europe and the United States. Since 1979 Jean-Félix has recorded 23 albums. Autour de la guitare (Around The Guitar) is one of Lalanne’s greatest adventures in music, in which numerous artists perform together to honour the guitar. This has become an annual event in France, selling-out performances at the Olympia and the Casino de Paris.

Event: Travelling Light


Biogs. Jimmy Little AUS Jeff Lang AUS Adelaide International Guitar Festival is delighted to bring Jeff Lang back this year after his extensive involvement as Artist In Residence in the inaugural festival in 2007. Jeff has earned worldwide acclaim as a virtuosic guitarist, a dynamic songwriter and a startlingly unique live performer. With a back catalogue of 13 studio albums, he has been featured at major festivals, pubs, clubs, arts centres and venues internationally for the past decade. Blending rock, roots, folk, blues, ballads, instrumentals, improvisation and a devastatingly high level of musicality, Jeff has received numerous awards, the most outstanding of which are his six ARIA award nominations as well as his ARIA win in 2002. Jeff’s hugely popular live performances see him working without a set list, allowing the unique energy in each night to shape the songs. With a prolific and diverse musical palette, he has a talent for crafting songs as novellas – rich with depth and vision, yet with an open breath for individual interpretation.

Jimmy Little began entertaining Australians in 1956, working as a singer and actor before his 1963 chart-topping hit Royal Telephone saw him named 1964 Australian Pop Star of the Year. Over the next thirty years Jimmy became widely acknowledged as one of Australia’s premier entertainers, releasing several country, pop and rock albums before being elevated to the Tamworth Roll of Renown in 1994. In 1999 he was inducted into the ARIA Hall of Fame with his gold selling album Messenger voted “Adult Contemporary Album of the Year.” Jimmy has spent over twenty years as an indigenous ambassador for youth and education. A kidney transplant recipient, in 2006 he founded the Jimmy Little Foundation, which assists Indigenous Australians living with renal disease. Besides holding an Order of Australia, three honorary doctorates and several MO awards, Jimmy has been the subject of an ABC TV documentary and was named a National Trust National Living Treasure.

Event: AC/DC: We Salute You

Jeff’s most recent album, Half Seas Over, was released in April 2008. “Jeff Lang is, in my humble opinion, a national treasure. A truly gifted songwriter and an outstanding guitarist.” (John Butler)

Event: AC/DC: We Salute You

Jesse Harris USA Jesse Harris makes music that can be hauntingly beautiful or catchy and hip and is always rich in musical textures. A masterful Grammy-winning songwriter, his tunes ponder emotional complexities and simple truths alike with genuine innocence and a freshness of perspective. He struck compositional gold with his #1 smash for Norah Jones, Don’t Know Why, and the band he leads features songs of similarly strong appeal. Jesse’s first CDs came in the 90’s as part of the duo Once Blue, then later releasing five albums with The Ferdinandos and recently releasing a new solo album, Mineral. Jesse’s songs have been recorded by countless artists including Norah Jones, Cat Power, Bright Eyes, The Black Keys, Emmylou Harris and Willie Nelson. As a guitarist he has played on a wide range of albums and recently completed the soundtrack and score for the Ethan Hawke film The Hottest State. “Jesse Harris writes pensive and catchy pop songs the way some people dash off grocery lists.” Rolling Stone

Events: Words & Strings, Workshop, Panel Discussion


Joseph Tawadros Trio AUS The Joseph Tawadros Trio is comprised of brothers Joseph Tawadros on oud, James Tawadros on req’ (Egyptian tamborine), and Ben Rodgers on bass. The trio performs compositions based on the Egyptian Maqam system (a melodic modal system) composed by Joseph and they bring an exciting performance dynamic and youthful freshness to the stage. A student of Mohamed Youssef (renowned oud player and jazz pianist), Joseph’s impressive career features collaborations with an extraordinary list of international artists from many diverse musical and cultural backgrounds. This exposure is particularly evident in his unique style of composition and performance. Joseph has performed at some of the world’s most prestigious venues, composed for film and theatre, and wowed audiences at WOMADelaide both in 2004 and 2008. He was nominated for Young Australian of The Year in 2003 and 2004. In 2004, Joseph released his debut album Storyteller which was nominated for an ARIA award for the Best World Music album. This was followed by albums Rouhani in 2005, Visions in 2006 and Epiphany in 2007, the latter two also nominated for an ARIA for Best World Music Album. “Brothers Steal Eclectic Show… Joseph Tawadros provided the atmospheric core of the pieces, by turns sensitive and spectacular in his fingering and strumming… the memory of the Tawadros brothers remained, clear and enticing” The Australian

Events: Travelling Light, Jim Beam Wah-Bar: Band of Brothers, AC/DC: We Salute You, Workshop

Matt Walker & Ashley Davies AUS Lior AUS In 2005, Lior’s debut album Autumn Flow became one of the most successful independent debuts in Australian history: it garnered three ARIA nominations (including Best Male Artist) and a swag of other awards, including a Triple J ‘J Award’ nomination for Album Of The Year. This album perfectly showcased his rich voice, enchanting musical arrangements and subtly reflected his Middle Eastern heritage. Lior’s acclaimed live show and furious touring ethic led to a live album Doorways Of My Mind in 2006 – an unprecedented step for an artist with only one studio album. Lior has travelled internationally with the WOMAD festival, and Autumn Flow has been released (with accompanying bouts of touring) in Japan, Europe, the UK and America. Lior describes his 2007 follow-up album Corner Of An Endless Road as: “think Led Zeppelin jamming with Nick Drake at a teahouse somewhere in the Middle East.” “Corner Of An Endless Road is an intense, mesmerising and melodically smooth experience for the listener as Lior delves deeply into his enchanted musical world” Sunday Herald Sun

Events: Words & Strings, Panel Discussion

Mason Rack Band AUS From the first time Gold Coast songwriter/performer Mason Rack lets loose, to the moment he relinquishes his guitar, his audience is spellbound. Whether it’s his forceful renditions, his impromptu all-in drum-athons with the audience or his musical duels with his drummer, Mason is a star rising. Mason is a familiar face at a host of venues and festivals up and down the east coast, and has notched up a number of prestigious achievements such as scoring in the Top 5 for Blues at the Music Oz Awards, and being dubbed “the best new blues/roots act ever seen” at the Toyota National Gympie Muster. His exciting Weissenborn lap slide guitar becomes an extension of himself, as Mason pours out tunes influenced by blues, southern stop swamp, classic rock and alternative music. In his own words: “I just want to bring the best, meanest, horniest, rockin, swampy, smokey, blues music to my audience”.

Roughly twelve years ago Matt Walker and Ashley Davies first met and started playing impromptu shows. Matt’s resonating acoustic, slide and lap steel blazes combined with the tuneful physicality of Ashley’s drumming have ensured they are etched firmly onto the Australian music map. With a shared passion for improvisation, the duo have toured with artists such as Bob Dylan, Patti Smith, Jon Spencer Blues Explosion and Nick Cave and performed at festivals across the country.They produced two albums including Soul Witness in 2000 which won an ARIA for Best Blues Album. After going their separate ways for a few years, they joined forces again with a selftitled album in 2006. This album was a return to the stripped-back mix of guitar and drums and confirmed what fans had been saying for years: don’t mess with the duo! When not performing with Ashley, guitarist Matt has had many adventures in music both nationally and internationally. Most recently he worked on Mia Dyson’s latest album and travelled with her as a guest in her touring band. “When in full flight, nothing can touch the transcendental, improvisational edge this ARIA-winning drums-and-guitar duo achieve. One of the best pickers in this country, Matt Walker’s guitar lines duck and weave around themselves” Rolling Stone

Events: Roots, AC/DC: We Salute You, Jim Beam Wah-Bar, Workshop, Panel Discussion

Magic Dirt/Adalita Srsen Mia Dyson AUS Mia’s revolution began with the 2005 ARIA Award for Best Blues and Roots Album for her second album, Parking Lots (her debut, Cold Water, had been nominated in 2003). Her profile was also boosted by a song on the soundtrack to the acclaimed Australian feature film, Look Both Ways, and an invitation to join Deborah Conway’s collaborative singer-songwriters’ roadshow, Broad. Opening for Bonnie Raitt on a tour of Australia was a more personal affirmation of Mia’s path. In 2006 and 2007, Mia toured the USA and Canada, playing Jim Dyson guitars, (her father being a notable luthier). Mia joined Frank Zappa’s band The Mothers of Invention on stage at the Winnipeg Folk Festival, as well as playing on stages at a raft of festivals across the US & Canada. Supporting Ani DiFranco in New York’s Central Park, was another touring high point for Mia. With an extraordinary depth of passion in her voice, a soulful feel for electric and lap slide guitars, maturity of song-writing and rare magnetism as a performer, her red carpet arrival onto the music scene was cemented when she supported Eric Clapton during his Australian tour in 2007. Another step along the path as a journey-woman was earlier this year, opening up for Joe Cocker’s national tour in 2008. “Tough, rocking rhythms and slow grooves on one guitar behind a voice that has control…it’s easy to see why Australians are getting excited about Dyson..” The Herald (Edinburgh)

AUS Australian rock band Magic Dirt has been blasting ear drums at pubs and festivals across Australia for many 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. They have since supported Silverchair, Powderfinger and Jebediah, as well as performing at several Australian Big Day Out’s. Their new album Girl was released in July, supported by the biggest national tour of their entire career performing 35 shows over 5 months. Girl roars out of the blocks with all the sonic adventure Magic Dirt are notorious for, with the first single Romy on rotation at Triple J. Song-writer, lead singer and guitarist Adalita Srsen was the first female to grace the cover of Australian Guitar Magazine. She has been composing for over 14 years and has collaborated with many Australian artists, often as guest vocalist. The Adelaide International Guitar Festival is excited to have Adalilta return in 2008 after her spine-tingling version of Star Spangled Banner and All Along The Watchtower with Midnight Oil guitarist Jim Moginie in last year’s festival (during Kiss The Sky: A Tribute to the Music of Jimi Hendrix).

Events: Rock, AC/DC: We Salute You

Mongrels of Passion (Vince Lovegrove & Tim Gaze) AUS Mongrels of Passion are Tim Gaze and Vince Lovegrove. Both are stalwarts of Australian music and have been pivotal, intimate and pro-active associates of many Australian artists including: Rose Tattoo, Jimmy Barnes, Gyan, Jon Lord, Valentines, Stevie Wright, Divinyls, Cold Chisel, Bon Scott, AC/DC, Ian Moss, Chrissie Amphlett, Mark McEntee, and many more. Tim is one of the nation’s most respected guitar players and teachers, having performed with a variety of groups and artists and with the Brisbane Symphony Orchestra in a tribute to Australian surf music. He has an independent recording career with various blues projects, and recently released a double anthology CD. Vince managed the early careers of Cold Chisel, Bon Scott and AC/DC in Adelaide, the Divinyls in the US and Jimmy Barnes in Europe. After mentoring major acts, producing documentaries and writing books, Vince has returned to his first love - writing and performing music. Mongrels Of Passion is a fierce band that spans the gamut of rock music, meshing the passion of protest, and the heart and soul of love songs with lament. The songs have a unique, quirky sound, winding straight to the heart of the matter: no frills, ruff’n’raw rock’n’roll.

Events: AC/DC: We Salute You, Panel Discussion, Workshop

Event: Roots

Events: Roots, Jim Beam Wah-Bar, Workshop


Biogs. The Romeros' Guitar Quartet SPAIN/USA

Peter Denahy AUS Peter Denahy is a talented multiinstrumentalist, singer and songwriter. His songs range from the serious to humorous, and transcend musical boundaries.

The Party Boys: Kevin Borich, Randall Waller, Paul Christie, Buzz Bidstrup AUS Oliver Fartach-Naini & Lee Song-Ou SOUTH KOREA / GERMANY South Korean guitarist Lee Song-Ou and German guitarist Oliver Fartach-Naini are renowned for their adventurous and themedriven concert programs. Both are graduates of the University of the Arts in Berlin, with Oliver also holding a degree from the Academy of Music and Theatre in Leipzig. Numerous radio and television recordings, master classes, festival appearances and concerts across Europe, Asia and Australia have brought them critical acclaim. To date these two exceptionally versatile musicians have released 16 recordings through numerous record labels. Their latest CD Winter Journey featuring Ludger Vollmer’s instrumental arrangement of Franz Schubert’s Winterreise with Richard Yongjae O’Neill (viola) was the No. 1 of the South Korean Classical charts for 3 months with over 40,000 copies sold in the last quarter of 2007. Lee Song-Ou currently teaches at the Korean National University of Arts in Seoul and is Guest Professor at the Shenyang Art University in China. Oliver lectures at the Adelaide University’s Elder Conservatorium and is a featured artist of the New York String Manufacturer La Bella.

Event: Travelling Light

The Party Boys were “born” in 1982 when Mondo Rock bassist Paul Christie assembled a group of Australia’s most recognised rock players for a “fun band” that initially performed only five gigs! They recorded the 5th gig featuring singer James Reyne and the resulting live LP achieved gold sales. The band went on to perform continually over the next decade with a revolving door of local and overseas musicians through the ranks peaking in the late 80’s with a chart topping rendition of He’s gonna step on you again sung by Adelaide’s own John ‘Swanee” Swan. The Party Boys reformed for the 2007/8 Bon Scott Celebration concerts, held to raise money for a statue of Bon Scott in Fremantle WA while also making significant donations to charities. Bon Scott concert Music Director Graham ”Buzz” Bidstrup (drummer of The Angels and GANGgajang), fellow founding Party Boys guitar maestro Kevin Borich, and Paul Christie were joined on-stage by many other musicians in a power-packed set of Bon era AC/DC classics.These musicians included guitarist Randall Waller (Shania Twain band), Dave Evans (the original singer with AC/DC) Mark Evans (Ex bass player with AC/DC), Vince Lovegrove and Rose Tattoo’s ever popular Angry Anderson. The Party Boys line-up in AC/DC: We Salute You will again feature these legendary rockers, while the addition of Swanee, Dave Tice (original Buffalo front man) and a welcome return of ex Easybeats front man Stevie Wright, will provide a rare treat for Adelaide’s rock lovers. Members of The Party Boys will also join some of the other featured artists on stage at the tribute concert saluting the music and achievements of undoubtedly Australia’s most successful rock and roll export: AC/DC.

Events: AC/DC: We Salute You, Guinness World Records: Biggest Guitar Band Attempt

His career started when he played fiddle, guitar and accordion in Slim Dusty’s Travelling Country Band. A regular solo spot on Slim’s show allowed Peter to showcase the lighter side of his talent leading to the release of the Petrol Head Fly album in 2000. His latest album Picture In A Frame is an eclectic mix of material, showing Peter to be a skilled commentator and story-teller. Peter’s quirky and comical side has received much attention in 2008 with his song Sort of, Dunno, Nothin. This parody about a teenager’s notorious inability to answer any question with more than two words has been played on Rage, Sunrise, Today Show, 60 Minutes, The Night Cap and on radio stations across the country. Peter wrote a modified version of this song for television program Big Brother this year, inspiring a new legion of fans.

Events: Country, AC/DC: We Salute You

Rob Sawyer reflects a diverse scope of musical inspiration in his song writing from a raw organic blend of punk folk and hillbilly reggae through to foot stomping blues. His compelling sound, teamed with the wellworn fret board of a much-loved guitar, illustrates the passion of an eloquent performer. In 2003, Rob won the Frankston Guitar Festival Young Guitarist of the Year, the PBS Songwriter of the Year, and the Apollo Bay Young Musician Award. He quickly shot to the attention of touring artists, picking up several international touring supports, including a tour with visiting US artist Donavon Frankenreiter. Rob has just completed his third European tour. In 2008 Rob fulfilled an adventurous ambition: a musical tour by bicycle. The “On Ya Bike Tour” saw Rob load up his bike with guitar and tent and ride 4,600 kms from Melbourne to Perth. Performing shows along the way, and crossing the desert during a heat wave, Rob’s intense and relentless tour was an experience never to be forgotten.

Encompassing three generations of artists over time, the quartet now comprises Pepe, Celin, Celin’s son Celino, and Angel’s son Lito. To have so many virtuosi of the same instrument in one family is unique in the musical performance world, and in the realm of the classical guitar it is absolutely without precedent. The Romeros have enjoyed appearances with virtually every major symphony orchestra in the US including Boston, Chicago, Philadelphia, Los Angeles and San Francisco, among others. The family has been invited to the White House, appeared at the Vatican in a special concert for His Holiness Pope John Paul II, and in 1986 they performed for His Royal Highness Prince Charles, Prince of Wales. For over 40 years the Romeros have inspired composers to enrich the repertoire of guitar quartet with orchestra. “What the Three Tenors are to the world of opera, The Romeros are to the classical guitar.” Leipzig Volkszeitung, Germany

Shihad NZ Shihad is an alternative rock and metal band from Wellington, New Zealand, formed in 1988 by school friends Jon Toogood and Tom Larkin and joined later by Phil Knight and Karl Kippenberger. The band has produced three #1 studio albums and four top ten singles in NZ. “Shihad” is a reference from the 1984 David Lynch film, Dune. The band was temporarily re-named “Remote” and later “Pacifier” following the September 11 terrorist attacks and the similarity between the band’s name and the Arabic word “jihad”; however in 2004 they opted to return to the original name. Shihad have been regulars on the Australian and New Zealand tour circuit over the past twelve years including many festivals such as Splendour In The Grass, and Big Day Out in Australia and New Zealand. They supported Evanescence during their world tour in 2006/07, toured with The Datsuns in New Zealand, plus held a twenty-eight date “One Will Hear The Tour” of Australia’s East Coast in February and March. They most recently toured both countries to promote their seventh album, Beautiful Machine, which in New Zealand went gold and debuted at number one on its first day of release in April 2008. “Hard rock doesn’t come much more dynamic or tersely exciting than Shihad.” Rolling Stone

Events: Rock, AC/DC: We Salute You

Events: The Romeros' Guitar Quartet, Masterclass

Events: Roots, Jim Beam Wah-Bar

Redhead AUS Following 10 years on the international circuit with vocal powerhouse Fruit, the fiery redhead of that superbly acclaimed group now brings Redhead to the stage. SA band Redhead comprises Susie Keynes (the fiery redhead) on acoustic and electric guitar, CJ Rhodes on bass and Yanya Boston on drums. A bright, tight three-piece, Redhead delivers a sonic punch shifting between acoustic plaintiveness and the explosion of raucous girl-rock. With the freshness of any young band, Redhead combines a bristling energy, great song-writing, ear-tugging tunes, seasoned players and the size-defying vocals of a none-too-diminutive redhead. Great songs, butt-tight instrumentation, soaring vocals and a mission: to create music that not only rocks the audience, but has them hanging off every word. Redhead’s debut album was released in June 2008. “..channelling the raw energy of Patti Smith and the melodic sensibility of Joni Mitchell... Redhead creates soulful, lyrically orientated indie rock with a punch:” Santa Cruz Good Times

Event: Jim Beam Wah-Bar: SA Gunslingers


Rob Sawyer AUS

A veritable institution in classical music, The Romeros Guitar Quartet has dazzled audiences and won the raves of reviewers around the world. Founder Celedonio Romero was a renowned soloist in Spain, immigrating with his family to the United States in 1957. As each of his sons reached the age of two or three, they began learning the guitar from their father, leading him (with his sons Celin, Pepe and Angel) to found the internationally renowned ensemble known to millions as “The Royal Family of the Guitar”. After Celedonio passed away in 1996, his sons and grandsons vowed to continue his legacy.

The Shiny Brights AUS

Rockin’ Rob Riley AUS Recognised as a mighty fine guitarist, mandolin player and pedal steel player, Rockin’ Rob Riley is perhaps best known as the guitarist from Rose Tattoo. After supporting Sherbert on their Photoplay tour in the early 70s he joined “the tatts” from London on their European tour, penning their hits We can’t be Beaten and Scarred for Life. In the early 80s Rob toured nationally with The Party Boys before joining Jimmy Barnes’ on the Working Class Man album tour. A further evolution in his musical career saw Rockin’ Rob form Adelaide bands, The Mega Boys and The Gems, whilst his current music project is with country-rock outfit David Blight & The Flyers. Earlier this year Rob was guest guitarist with The Screaming Jets for their Adelaide gig.

Events: Guinness World Records: Biggest Guitar Band Attempt, AC/DC: We Salute You

Sara Storer AUS At the 2004 Tamworth Country Music Festival Sara Storer took home a record seven Golden Guitars for her second album Beautiful Circle. The album was a hit with fans, industry insiders and critics, and to all who heard her there was little doubt that here was a unique talent. Her fourth album Silver Skies is filled with tales of lives and loves of those on the land but there is a much broader musical palette that shows her to be a contemporary of Missy Higgins and The Waifs as much as her country comrades. To quote Sara: “just because I’m country doesn’t mean I have to stick with country elements like having fiddle throughout the tracks to keep people happy”. Sara’s impressive career has seen her tour with The Waifs, Paul Kelly, Clare Bowditch and Suzanne Vega, and feature on the multi-platinum selling She Will Have Her Way tribute album to Neil & Tim Finn. “Storer has found a way to make country music that doesn’t play on hokum (Second Time Around is charming), folk-pop music that doesn’t sound sweetened (Long Live The Girls wouldn’t be out of place on a Waifs album) and includes the earthiness that is, surprisingly, so rarely heard in local country” Sydney Morning Herald

Events: Country, AC/DC: We Salute You

Adelaide indie band, The Shiny Brights, was born in early 2008 in the scintillating environs of a riverside warehouse stocking used whitegoods. Their soon to be released debut EP Let’s Not and Say We Did was a culmination of an exciting year for the band. In their short career they’ve already become buddies with Sir Bob as the only unsigned act on the Make Poverty History DVD, supported some of the hottest upcoming acts like The Wombats, The Galvatrons, Dukes Of Windsor and Scientists Of Modern Music and been finalists in the Australian National Campus Band Competition. The band was also named one of the “7 local acts to watch in 2008” by The Adelaide Advertiser and received a recent invitation to play in New York in October 2008. Try imagining TV on the Radio’s Tunde Adebimpe, Arctic Monkey’s Alex Turner, Elvis and some wet gravel and you might get a feel for the power and timbre of Wolfgang’s vocals. The band’s less-is-more song construction, pop sensibility and musicianship are just as critical to their accessible sound…and wait until you see the antics these 5 boys get up to on stage. Expect the unexpected.

Slava & Leonard Grigoryan AUS After immigrating to Australia from Kazakhstan at age 5, Slava Grigoryan went on to become a major prize-winner at the Tokyo International Classical Guitar Competition, with an extensive and subsequent list of accolades including numerous ARIA awards (Best Classical Album); producer for albums that have gone straight to number one on the classical charts; and in 1998 was named Young Australian of the Year for the Arts. Slava has toured extensively across the globe, performing at many of the biggest national and international festivals and with many of the world’s leading orchestras. Leonard Grigoryan started performing publicly at the age of 8. Having always played with his brother Slava, in 2001, Leonard was the only guest artist on Slava’s ARIA award winning album, Sonatas and Fantasies. Like Slava, Leonard has toured extensively, performing in festivals and with orchestras both nationally and internationally. He has dedicated himself to both the classical and jazz genres and is an active arranger and composer. Slava and Leonard are also both part of Saffire, the ARIA Award winning Australian guitar quartet. The Adelaide International Guitar Festival is thrilled to bring Slava and Leonard back for this year’s festival, after wowing audiences at the inaugural 2007 Adelaide International Guitar Festival. “…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: Slava & Leonard Grigoryan with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, AC/DC: We Salute You, Travelling Light, Jim Beam Wah-Bar: Band of Brothers, Panel Discussion


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“With their trademark energetic rock, combining pounding drums and out of control guitar tunes they have everything going for them”

Events: Guinness World Records: Biggest Guitar Band Free Concert


Biogs. Steve Hunter AUS

Troy Cassar-Daley AUS

William Barton AUS

Steve Hunter has been an internationally renowned electric bass virtuoso and prolific composer for many years. He has released eight albums and has played and/or recorded with an impressively long list of musicians from all over the world. He is also an award winning composer with over one hundred of his compositions released both on his own and other artists’ albums.

Troy Cassar-Daley has earned the reputation as one of Australia’s finest country performers, honing his craft over 20 years and 6 studio albums and culminating in an award for 2007 Male Artist of the Year at the Country Music Awards. It’s the 6th time he has taken this award, making him the most awarded male artist in the history of the Golden Guitars.

Steve’s career highlights include performing with two of his early idols Billy Cobham and Chick Corea, as well as with US drummer/ composer Bobby Previte in Previte’s Bitches Brew Project and ongoing collaborations with many of Asia’s finest musicians. More recently Steve spent nine months living in Spain where he wrote a suite of twenty pieces for solo bass that he’s scheduled to record in 2010.

In the last two years he has also won an ARIA, toured the US with Tommy Emmanuel, been awarded Entertainer of the Year for the 5th time (Country Music Awards), performed on Standing On The Outside – The Songs Of Cold Chisel, and starred in the TV series It Takes Two.

William is one of Australia’s leading didjeridu players and composers. At just 17 years of age, he played his first classical concert with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra. Since that time he has collaborated and performed with an impressive list of artists and composers both nationally and internationally. Many composers have composed with William in mind, or re-arranged compositions to include didjeridu.

Events: Phat Bottom End, Panel Discussion, Workshop.

Stevie Wright AUS Former Easybeats frontman Stevie Wright is fondly regarded as Australia’s first international pop star, with The Easybeats widely recognised as the greatest Australian pop band of the sixties. The group’s shows were renowned as much for Wright’s acrobatic backflips and energetic stage performances, as the songs themselves. Stevie co-wrote many of the the Easybeats’ hits including Sorry and I’ll Make You Happy, and was vocalist on their biggest hit Friday On My Mind, which, in 2001, was voted the Best Australian Song of All Time and made the Top 20 in both the UK and the US. He also wrote the epic song Evie, which he is perhaps best known for. In 2002 Stevie performed as part of the all-star Long Way To The Top national concert tour. His biography, Hard Road, was published in 2004.

Events: AC/DC: We Salute You, Panel Discussion

Tice & Evans AUS

Swanee AUS John Swan (aka Swanee) is a true legend of Australian rock music who has enjoyed a string of hit singles. After arriving in Adelaide from Glasgow in 1961 with his family (including younger brother Jimmy Barnes), he was soon playing in local bands by the age of 14 and took Bon Scott’s place in the blues-rock band Fraternity. After years as a pub-rock road warrior, he launched his own band (also known as Swanee) and released a debut album with a series of hit singles. In 1987 he joined The Party Boys and enjoyed a #1 hit with He’s Gonna Step On You and a multi-platinum, self-titled album. John recorded his new album Have A Little Faith in 2007, which he considers his best work to date. The new record features many of Nashville’s finest players working through a selection of John’s new songs, some favourite tunes and some updated versions of his biggest hits. John’s formidable blues voice, no-nonsense personality and incredible work ethic has endeared him to many of Australia’s finest players. “This little gem recorded in Nashville by producer Mark Moffatt, features a plethora of talented session musos who back up Swanee’s still-in-fine-form, full of timbre blues/rock voice… Give it a go and be surprised” db Magazine

Events: AC/DC: We Salute You, Guinness World Records: Biggest Guitar Band Attempt, Panel Discussion

Mark Evans is the bass player from the original and classic AC/DC line up (featuring his best mate Bon Scott). This period of the band yielded the landmark albums High Voltage, Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap, TNT, and Let There Be Rock, including the massive hits Jailbreak, Baby Please Don’t Go and It’s A Long Way To The Top. Dave Tice’s musical history began in the early 70’s as front man and song-writer for Australian heavy rock pioneers Buffalo. Through Buffalo he recorded five albums and toured with international acts including Black Sabbath, Slade, Status Quo, and Ritchie Blackmore’s Rainbow. Dave then returned to his homeland, England, to join The Count Bishops, writing many of their songs and performing to sell-out houses across Great Britain and Europe. His song-writing skills were brought to attention when he co-wrote album material for Dr Feelgood with their legendary guitarist Johnny Guitar. Dave and Mark are two seasoned musicians who have evolved both separately and together to form the hard-edged acoustic duo Tice & Evans. Dave’s powerful vocals, blues harp, and acoustic and slide guitar plus the driving swampy guitar work emanating from Mark bring new life to R’n’B and Rock ‘n’ Roll classics. Their sets are also laced with original cuts from their latest recordings.

Events: AC/DC: We Salute You, Jim Beam Wah-Bar

Troy’s stellar career is recognised in Born To Survive, the Best Of Troy Cassar-Daley. Featuring Everything Is Going To Be Alright, a song co-written with Don Walker and vocals by Paulini, Dave Gleeson, David Campbell and Wendy Matthews, plus duets with Jimmy Barnes, Paul Kelly and Slim Dusty – many of these songs have reached #1 on the Country Tracks Top 30 and won ARIA Awards and Golden Guitars.

Events: Country, AC/DC: We Salute You

Through such collaborations and projects, William aims to present the virtuosic potential of his instrument and richness of his Australian culture to audiences throughout the world. “William Barton’s didjeridu playing, resourcefully mixing complex patterns of pulsations with lofted pitches and sharp accents, was a striking presence.” Sydney Morning Herald

Events: Travelling Light, AC/DC: We Salute You

Travis Sinclair AUS Since entering the world of country music, Victorian singer/songwriter/truck driver Travis Sinclair has had an amazing few years. Described as the “quiet achiever of country music”, Travis’s highly successful debut album Rhythm of the Highway earned him an Australian record of ten consecutive Top Ten singles, as well as collecting a host of awards along the way such as a 2003 Golden Guitar for Best New Talent. His duet with Lee Kernaghan I’m From The Country spent three weeks in the top spot on the country charts. His 2005 follow-up album Rush earned him an APRA nomination two years in a row and many more accolades, making Travis one of Australia’s most successful country music artists. Being brought up with trucks has been a huge part of Travis’s life. His first-hand knowledge of the trucking industry has been incorporated into his albums, but he also sings of the experiences and emotions told, felt and lived by others.

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William has also performed around the world at festivals and with leading orchestras, including with the Brooklyn Philharmonic Orchestra, Reno Chamber Orchestra, Jena Philharmonic, and even a tour to Germany with the Queensland Ballet. This year William premiered a major work entitled Kalkadunga with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, a work that encompasses William’s cultural heritage and a journey of his music and influences combining voice, didjeridu and electric guitar with orchestra.

Event: Country

Xavier Rudd AUS Wulfin Lieske, Duo Lointain (Rebecca Harris, Wulfin Lieske) GERMANY / AUSTRALIA German guitarist/composer Wulfin Lieske made his professional debut at the age of 14 and is well-known for revealing new insights into the traditional guitar repertoire. He has worked with musicians such as Gidon Kremer, Astor Piazzolla and Juan José Mosalini, and accompanied and composed for the Hilliard Ensemble. Wulfin was the first artist to record a CD using an instrument created by legendary luthier Antonio de Torres, and in 2003 he completed LUXOR Guitar Concerto for amplified guitar, drums, and string orchestra. Wulfin met Australian cellist Rebecca Harris at the 2005 Darwin International Guitar Festival where both were performing as soloists. Here they also met didjeridu artist William Barton, with a direct result being the formation of Duo Lointain and subsequent collaborations between Wulfin and William. Duo Lointain made its debut in 2006 for the Musica Viva Ménage series in Adelaide, followed by a large scale performance in a Qantas hangar at the Darwin Festival. Rebecca is principal cellist of the Darwin Symphony Orchestra and performs in Darwin based rock band worldfly. Her many accomplishments include performing with the Adelaide and Tasmanian Symphony Orchestras, plus Indonesia’s only symphony orchestra in Surabaya.

A one-man-band/multi-instrumentalist who plays guitars, Yidaki’s (didjeridus), Weissenborn slide guitars, stomp boxes, djembes, harmonica, and a bunch of different percussion and drums, Xavier’s talent is unmistakable. On stage he impressively performs guitar, didjeridu and percussion simultaneously, surrounded by various instruments and singing from behind a stand holding three Yidaki’s (didjeridu of different keys). Xavier’s albums Solace and Food in the Belly both reached platinum sales in Australia. Food In The Belly earned him an ARIA nomination for Best Blues And Roots Album, as did his next release, White Moth. White Moth realised Xavier’s goal of combining the acoustic warmth offered by a studio with the adrenalin of the stage. Maybe more than any of his previous albums, Xavier’s latest release Dark Shades of Blue is a balance of darkness and light and finds him at his most assertive, heavy and psychedelic. Dusky and cool, the disc’s guitar-driven jams expand on a sound only hinted at on previous releases. Xavier’s sincerity and frankness are reflected in his music, which explains the huge level of support his rhythmic and rootsy sounds are met with wherever he tours. “No one can blow the didjeridu quite like him, and no one can lace world changing phrases into rippling roots music as nonchalantly as he can.” Slack Magazine

Event: Roots

Roots/alternative country duo The Yearlings combine warm boy-girl harmonies and sparse country blues to create songs that are at once haunting and soothing. They recently performed at the prestigious 2008 New York Guitar Festival, sharing the bill with Teddy Thompson, Jim Lauderdale and Ollabelle. Their self-titled 2003 debut album earned them an ARIA nomination. Their third album, Highway Dancing, uses a backing band for the first time and was produced by David Spelman (founding director of the New York Guitar Festival). The Yearlings have won a SAMI award for the AWESAM ‘Most Popular Australiana Act 2005’, were nominated for a Golden Guitar Award and continue to perform sell-out national tours and at festivals, including Port Fairy, the National Folk Festival, Queenscliff, FUSE and Apollo Bay.

Events: Jim Beam Wah-Bar: SA Gunslingers, Panel Discussion

Event: Travelling Light

MCs/Hosts Glenn A. Baker AUS

The Yearlings AUS

John Schaefer USA

Glenn A. Baker has been described by John Schaefer is the host of WNYC radio’s Rolling Stone magazine Music Editor David daily show “Soundcheck.” He has also Fricke as “Not just Australia’s top pop hosted and produced the radio series “New scholar but a world class rock journalist Sounds” since 1982. This program, devoted who writes with the enthusiasm of a true to new and overlooked music from around fan” and by Phil Collins as “the most the the world, was called “The #1 radio show thorough and knowledgeable music for the Global Village” by Billboard magazine. journalist in the world today”. An author of John has overseen the commissioning of 15 books, Glenn is a nationally syndicated numerous works for an array of artists radio and television presenter of long including Christopher O’Riley, Anonymous standing, the specialist compiler and/or 4, and Anthony DeMare. He has written annotator of more than 500 highly acclaimed extensively including books, biographies, album anthologies, a hit songwriter, artist for TV, contributed to various magazines, manager and a writer of features for more and written numerous articles and than 200 publications. He was the Australian reviews. Editor of Billboard for more than 20 years. demand after contributing Glenn and John are back by popular al Guitar Festival. ation Intern ide Adela 2007 the enormously to

Sheridan Stewart


Sheridan Stewart is widely recognised as a high quality broadcaster, successful radio announcer and music encyclopedia who pioneered the female presence on FM radio. Since leaving Adelaide’s airwaves (Triple M / SAFM) whilst still at the top of her game in 2006, Sheridan hasn’t looked back. Adding to her appearances as an MC for major events, Sheridan has evolved into a dynamic keynote speaker. Her work with Titters! A Showcase of Award Winning Funny Women during the 2007 and 2008 Adelaide Fringe Festivals took home the People’s Choice Award in 07. She is also involved in visual arts exhibitions and is preparing to direct a short film.

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