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Classically Blue ©
by violinist Adrian K
GEOFF ACHISON ADRIAN K
REX GOH / SIMON EDWARDS
& ELECTRIC STRING QUARTET
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.
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
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
I wouldn't buy a used car from this lot though.
However, you can buy
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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