Geoff Achison

Geoff Achison

A jaw-dropping, crowd pleasing guitar virtuoso with a
rich vocal style from Melbourne, Australia. ***
A self taught musician, he has created his own sound winning, a swag of awards along the way. Whether he is with his Souldiggers group or simply solo with an acoustic guitar, Geoff’s infectious and inventive style has earned him fans around the world.
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He began playing in his father's dance band at the age of 13. He
developed a passion for American blues and learned the
rudiments of the art form. In his early 20s he moved to
Melbourne and joined with legendary local bluesman 'Dutch'
Tilders. After several years with Dutch he departed to focus on his
own music and embarked on an international campaign.
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His first stop was the International Blues Challenge in Memphis, USA where he won the 'Albert King Award' and was offered an endorsement deal with Gibson Guitars. Not a bad start!

Geoff’s tri-continental touring schedule includes Australia, Europe and the USA ***

He re-located to the USA for a time and he spent many months on the road performing countless live shows and recording his One Ticket, One Ride album there. In 2008 a Guitar Player magazine reader’s poll listed Geoff as one of the Top 10 ‘Hot New Guitarists’ on the US scene. He adores jamming with other musicians and has developed close musical relationships with many other artists including Georgia based songwriter/musician Randall Bramblett with whom he shares a ‘live’ album release, Jammin’ In The Attic. His annual Boxing Day Blues concert with Australian bluesman Chris Wilson has also resulted in a shared album release titled Box Of Blues. The passion for jamming has paid off on a personal level too with Geoff being invited onstage at various times with musical heroes such as Hubert Sumlin, Delbert McClinton, Jorma Kaukonen, legendary bassist George Porter JR, the Allman Brothers Band and even the great Les Paul.
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Besides recording and performing music Geoff also enjoys teaching. He presents guitar workshops on request
and is a regular guest instructor at Jorma Kaukonen’s famous Fur Peace Ranch guitar camp in Ohio. ***

In recent times his album releases Box Of Blues (with Chris Wilson), the acoustic Live at Burrinja Café and the electric Live at Guitars Across The Bay scooped the pool at both the 2012 & 2013 ‘VicTas’ blues awards. Meanwhile, his Little Big Men album has been re-issued in the US & Europe to renewed critical acclaim.

Also, in 2012 Geoff was named as one of the Top 50 Australian Guitarists in Australian Guitar magazine. ***

Geoff’s awards include trophies from organisations like the Australian Songwriters Association; ‘Chain’ Blues Awards and the Melbourne Blues Appreciation Society. (Geoff was named their official ‘Patron’ in 2011)
"Achison has been hailed as one of the finest blues players in Australia."
Encyclopedia of Australian Rock and Pop
“Geoff is one of the best blues guitarists I know with a completely individual style.”
– Jorma Kaukonen (Jefferson Airplane/Hot Tuna)
“Never, ever miss an opportunity to see Geoff Achison perform live!”
– Hittin’ The Note, USA

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