Immerse yourself in endless talent and music knowledge THIS WEEKEND at the Strings Attached Guitar Festival.
Set in Margaret River – well known for its wine and fine arts – Strings Attached: The West Australian Guitar Festival is launching 11-13 October 2019.
This one-of-a-kind event will attract guitar makers, distributors, players and enthusiasts from around the country to Margaret River to celebrate and learn about guitars, bass guitars, ukuleles, banjos, mandolins and other
The program boasts 60+ performances, 40+ masterclasses, presentations and panel discussions from over 60 artists and more than 20 exhibitors from around the country.
Artists include Australian icon John Butler, Larry Mitchell (USA), a Grammy award-winning producer, engineer & performer hot off the main stage at NAMM, the world’s largest guitar convention, George Bechlivanoglou (Greece), world-class classical guitarist and founder of Moov Guitars, blues & roots stalwart Ash Grunwald with his new album, Kav Temperley, songwriter and frontman of four times platinum, multi ARIA Award band Eskimo Joe, powerhouse rocker Abbe May, Grammy Award winner Lucky Oceans, Kimberley singer-songwriter Stephen Pigram, ARIA award winner Glenn Sarangapany (Birds Of Tokyo), world fusion phenomenon Kate Pass Kohesia Ensemble, 2018 nominees for WAM best bassist & jazz act, Danny Loong, co-founder of Timbre Group Asia, Adam Gare, Alan Banks, Alex Hooi, Ben Catley Busselton Ukulele Group, Calvin Plays, Chris Archee, Darcy Hay, Dave Brewer Band, Duende Indalo, Freddie Grigson, Gina Williams and Guy Ghouse, Graeme Dickinson, Graham Greene, Guavaloop, Harry Jakamarra, Howling Onshore, Ian Porter, Joan & The Giants, Joel Anthony, Kate Wilson Trio, Kiera Jas, Laine Wolfe, Legs Electric, Lucy Kollman, Lucy Lemann, Manoa, Mark De Vattimo, Maverick Firebird, Michael Dunstan, Mitch Ballaroin, Naked Wizard, Plectra Ensemble, Rainbow Nightmare, Rick Webster Duo, Roy Martinez, Sam Lemann, Sinti Swing, South Ceiling, Southpaw, Stephen Pigram, The Swamp Stompers, Ten Cent Shooters, Tom Fisher & The Layabouts, Tracey Barnett, TRS, Trim The Fat, UWA Classical Ensemble, Wil Thomas, Yorgos Bechlivanoglou and Zagoria Trio.
The Exhibitors line-up includes: Ormsby (largest producer of electric guitars in Australia) | Donmo (SA) | Australian Tonewoods | Francis Jerome (VIC) | Peterman (NSW) | Simon Rovis-Hermann | Small Island Amps | Deloraine Lutherie | Dog Box Guitars | Ric’s Vintage Guitars | Flux Electrick | The Rock Inn | Guitar Repairs South West, who will also be offering a free instrument inspection to all pass holders at the festival, PLUS many more!
What sets this state-first event apart is the opportunity it will provide visitors to immerse themselves in the world of strings via workshops, keynote presentations, masterclasses, panel discussions, demo’s, listening sessions, demos and Q&A’s with artists & luthiers, including the recently announced event featuring John Butler In Conversation With Lucky Oceans”, chatting music, gear, touring and more with a few tunes woven into this one-off intimate event at The River this Sunday.
The Main Exhibition, set at the Festival Hub – the adequately named new culture & entertainment venue Margaret River HEART (Hub of Entertainment, Arts & Regional Touring) – will host guitar makers from around the country showcasing and demonstrating their work, plus retailers, gear manufacturers & distributors.
Additional exhibitions exploring the many faces and impacts of guitars will be on show at other venues throughout the town and wider region for festival-goers to enjoy.
First & Second Release Festival Passes have SOLD OUT. Some tickets to single events are still available.
See www.stringsattachedfestival.com.au for the festival program, maps and more information about the event.