this is all a bit of a potted history really; this page has been up for years.

Classically Blue © by violinist Adrian K

has evolved..

GEOFF ACHISON    ADRIAN K     STEVE SAMPSON     

REX GOH / SIMON EDWARDS

& ELECTRIC STRING QUARTET

THE Classically Blue PROJECT

A PERFORMANCE IN INTIMATE MODE WITH AUSTRALIAS WORLD-CLASS BLUES PERFORMERS IN A MOST ORIGINAL SETTING: FROM PUMPING R&B, TO BLUES BALLADS & SOUL ACCOMPANIED BY STRING QUARTET FEATURING SYDNEYS LEADING SESSION PLAYERS.

GEOFF ACHISON now spends more and more time away from Australia due to the demands for his talents in England, Europe & the US. As a Band Leader, he is exceptional; as a Singer, outstanding ; as a Guitarist, extraordinary. Winner of the Memphis International Blues Performer of the Year; Winner of the Albert King Guitar Award. Original Style, Original Sound.

ADRIAN K. is an unusually versatile musician in the disciplines of Classical & Improvised music. Principal Violin with the Australian Opera & Ballet Orchestra. Session Violinist for You Am I, Leonardo’s Bride, Savage Garden, Kevin Borich, Floyd Vincent & the Child Brides.

STEVE SAMPSON a one of a kind Bass Player whose infectious virtuosity married to a unique melodic style is in a class all his own. Ongoing Trio with Bill Ryan and Phil Emmanual; Gina Jeffries Band; many moons ago with Tommy Emmanual; and is a music score underwriter for children’s Television Programs.

OUR SPECIAL GUESTS

SIMON EDWARDS, who has worked on the highly rated 'Denise' show on Channel Seven in Melbourne, backing artists such as Marina Prior, Chris Wilson, Karen Knowles, James Blundell, & has performed with us in Sydney & Melbourne.

REX GOH, our special guest, is considered by many to be The Australian Session Guitarist. He has worked on so many Albums and Tours with Australia’s finest musicians & bands that it is ridiculous to mention them all. Here’s 8 : Channel 9 Band. Club Buggery Band. Jackie Love. Air Supply. Eurogliders. Grace Knight. Tommy Emmanual. Daryl Braithwaite

BELOW IS THE THREDBO FESTIVAL DIRECTOR'S APPRAISAL OF  Classically Blue

The combination of traditional acoustic guitar vocals and bass with violin is the hallmark of Adrian K., who can also be seen with the Kevin Borich "Express", and "Roots and Blues" ensemble, and in Jackie Orszaczky’s ‘Soul Caravan’, leading his Electric String Quartet.
This is a most polished group. Adrian K.’s alter ego is as Principal Violin with the Australian Opera & Ballet Orchestra. Award-Winning Geoff Achison (winner, Memphis Blues Foundation Performer of the Year 1995; and the Albert King Guitar Award 1995, USA), of ‘Big Machine’ CD fame, performs brilliantly on vocals and acoustic guitar. Geoff has just completed his 2nd band album ‘Genevieve’, and a long awaited solo acoustic live album, ‘Mystery Train’. Very much in demand Steve Sampson, is a virtuosic tower of strength on Bass. Less well known about Steve is his underscoring for children’s television and Education programmes.


The Trio has performed for the Manly Jazz Festival (1995/96/97) & the Thredbo Blues Festival (1995/96/97/2000) & Jazz Festival(1996).

In the Blues Festivals the trio was voted as Most Popular Band in 1997, 2nd in 95/96; & in the Thredbo Jazz Festival was voted 3rd Most Popular Band.

Guest appearence at "Jazz in the Domain", 2001.

 
A second Album "You Get That", has been recorded, released in November 1998.  Read a Review.

The Album 'Classically Blue' is available on the Larrikin label, and has been reviewed as

"exploring the highway of a new musical direction" Warren Fahey, General manager, Larrikin Entertainment
(now absorbed by Festival, who is now absorbed by Mushroom..)


"it's hard to believe the big sound here"
On The Street


"professionalism and exceptional talent make for a performance of the highest calibre"
Dr Semyon Kobets, Concertmaster , Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra (1994 - 97)

"a unique & special flavour"
Stuart Wauchop, co-ordinator
Thredbo Blues Festival

would you buy a used car from this lot??? I wouldn't buy a used car from this lot though.


However, you can buy their CD!



YOU GET THAT was released in 1999 - Festival Label, involving the TRIO in 8 tunes, several originals, Quartet backing, 12 piece String Section backing, raw blues, Soul, R&B. Guests include Jeff Lang , Jackie Orszacsky & friends, who will be appearing with me on 4 separate tracks.

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