Gig: Geoff Achison – Calva Bar, Carlisle- 15 Oct 2011
Posted on: Thursday, Oct 6, 2011
Australian guitarist Geoff Achison brings his band the ‘Souldiggers’ to the University of Cumbria in October. The event being held in the Calva Cafe Bar on Saturday 15th will be the third time he has played in the city.
Geoff Achison is a musician of remarkable ability who has forged his own path and won fans all over the world. The remarkable thing about him is that he first took up the guitar in rural isolation of backwoods Australia playing on a battered acoustic guitar and learning from the songs he heard on the radio. He therefore developed a blues style all his own which he displays on both acoustic and electric. He is also a wonderful vocalist with a gritty, soulful quality to his voice.
Escaping from his rural roots he formed his own record label in 1994 and released the first of many recordings of his original blues/funk/soul flavoured material. These early recordings were so well received by fans & critics alike that this gave him the confidence to travel abroad and at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis he won the coveted Albert King Award for his guitar skills.
Twenty years of touring and playing with scores of artists such as Tommy Emmanuel, Dutch Tilders, Phil Manning, Jeff Lang, Jorma Kaukonen & Hot Tuna, John Mayall, John Mayer, Levon Helm of The Band, Hubert Sumlin and Clarence Gatemouth Brown to name a few, have challenged him to play as passionately and skillfully as they do. Those who want to sample his full blooded style should watch him play his version of the Allman Brothers classic ‘Whipping Post’ on ‘You Tube’.
He is touring the UK with a high class group of UK based musicians known as the Souldiggers’ comprising Sam Kelly who was voted the Best Blues Drummer in the UK five years running, Spy Austin on bass who has played with reggae legends Gregory Issacs and Desmond Dekker and Paul Jopson (ex Chaka Khan) on keyboard.
He has also conducted guitar workshops at Hot Tuna’s legendary guitarist Jorma Kaukonen’s Ranch, appeared on BBC radio several times and, in July 2009, featured on the cover of Blues In Britain magazine. In June 2008 Guitar Player Magazines readers voted Geoff one of their ‘Top Ten Hot New Guitarists’.
During his performance Geoff will play both acoustic and electric guitar. His acoustic guitar style is totally unique and he has an ability to coax sounds from the instrument the likes of which you couldn’t believe possible.
Support for the evening is from Chuck Fish from the USA, a fingerpicking scion of Alt country and Bluegrass who counts Steve Earle as his main influence.
Entry to the events is £10 in advance, £6 for students and £5 for ages 14-18 and the doors open at 7.30. Tickets can be obtained from behind the bar in the Kings Head in Carlisle, at the Calva bar on 01228 616301 or ring Chris on 07793019958.
What people say about Geoff Achison:
“Possibly one of the most gifted artists to arrive on the scene his playing verges on the miraculous”. David Sinclair- The Times, London
“Achisons playing reaches a frenetic fever pitch during performances, a virtuosic intensity guaranteed to leave mouths agape”. Metro Pulse, Knoxville- USA
“Every one or two years, if you listen to enough music and go to enough gigs you finally get to hear something exceptional and Geoff Achison is certainly that”. Stoned Free, London – UK
“His mastery of both the acoustic and electric allow his guitars to achieve heights never reached by most accomplished rock guitarists”. Todd Prusin, Creative Loafing, Atlanta, GA USA