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Last Brisbane show before Europe tour


Im preparing for my annual Europe tour, & its going to be a great one. All the details are here. 

In Summary:

Aug 26-29 Austria Guitar Retreat

Aug 30, 31 Bavaria

Sep 3 Austria, (Linz)

Sep 6,7 Prague

Then, a short holiday with my wife. (A birthday celebration 😉)

Sep 25 - Oct 20 UK North & SouthCD Launch/tour with Christine Collister

Sep 22 - 30 Germany, solo shows.

But before all that...if you're in Brisbane, Im playing my annual 'pre-tour warmup' set at The BUG @ The New Farm Bowling Clubnext week August 20, along with Swing Dynamique. I'll be playing some tunes from the new album Cloudsurfing, and trying out some new ideas. 

austriaDon't miss out - this is the last chance to sign up for my first Austria Guitar Retreat..,a couple of spaces still open; partners welcome, meals, accomodation included, beautiful location - check out the video link for all the information


Love/hate my office!


I'm home again in my office (and studio) after the Acoustic Guitar Spectacular tour, and I have 3 weeks before I head off to Europe and's the times in between tours when the real work gets done. In addition to completing a number of studio projects for clients, 

Acoustic Guitar Spectacular - on tour Qld, July



All the details here: acoustic_guitar_spectacular

Celebration - lets go Cloudsurfing!


cloudsurfingCelebration time! 

Ahead of the official release date, and by way of thanking you for your support, you have first option to grab your copy of my new CD Cloudsurfing - with a 20% discount!

This is my sixteenth album, and the first which is totally solo. I'd love you to hear it!

Click this link to go Cloudsurfing

At checkout, just enter THANKS20in the promo code box to claim 20% discount (off anything in the cart) 

NOTE: This offer will expire July 1

Show & Tell video, plus Watercolours (CD preview)


Here's a 'show'n'tell' video where I show off my 1974 vintage Martin guitar, and I also play Watercolours, a track from the the forthcoming CD Cloudsurfing 


un-learning - re-learning Classical Gas



Have you ever had to 'unlearn' a skill that's totally ingrained, and then had to re-learn it in a new way?

As a follow-up to last week's video request for Classical Gas (thanks for all your comments), I was rummaging through a box of old VCR tapes & came across a TV performance from 1998, where I was asked to step in for Tommy Emmanuel at a major outdoor concert event in Sydney.

I hope you enjoy the video...

(The actual TV performance starts at 2:17)


I'm 15 again, re-learning Classical Gas. (Video Request)


John, a member of the 'Sunshine Coast Guitar Orchestra' asked me if I would video a performance of the Mason Williams 1968 instrumental hit Classical Gas.

That sounded like a great idea - I've been playing that tune since I was 15 - but it got me thinking; there are so many versions of this tune around, with many, I thought, lets go back to the source...and for the past few days, I've been 15 again, learning Classical Gas all over again - and loving it!

Austria guitar workshop 2019 - register now!


Don't miss out...a few places still remain!

How does 4 days of guitar tuition in the beautiful Austrian countryside sound? Welcome to the 'Austria Guitar Retreat' at Seminarhotel Jagdschloß Wolfstein, Kochholz August 25-29, 2019. Its all inclusive - meals, accommodation, tuition! (Partners welcome too). Limited to 14 participants.

video request: 'Going Home' (Theme from 'Local hero')


Another 'mailing list video request' - 'Local Hero' is the debut soundtrack album by Mark Knopfler, released in 1983. 'Going Home' is probably the most well-known track from the movie, and I remember Dire Straits closing their concert with it when I saw them in Sydney in 1986.

In the 80s, I used to perform this track with my band Hat Trick.  Thanks John Smith for this request!

mailing list request: 'what a wonderful world'


Hello everyone,

Wow, so many requests coming in - thank you! I'm noting them all, and it looks like I'll be kept busy for a while!

This week's request is for Manfred, from Böblingen in Germany: What a Wonderful World - the Louie Armstrong classic from 1967. I'll always associate this song with the movie Good Morning Vietnam, (starring Robin Williams)...


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  • August 25, 2019
    Jagdschlo├č Wolfstein,, Kochholz
  • August 30, 2019
    Hotel Hasi Cafe, Grafing
  • August 31, 2019
    Brauhaus Wiesm├╝hl, Engelsberg
  • September 3, 2019
    Alte Welt, Linz
  • September 6, 2019
    Jamm Club, Prague

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