Michael Fix and Mark Cryle join forces, creating a unique musical perspective on Australian history. People and events are bought to life in song; whether singing of the Aboriginal fast bowler Eddie Gilbert, the larrikin gangs of early twentieth century Sydney or growing up in the shadow of Port Kembla’s foreboding copper smelting stack.
Both Mark and Michael are passionate about keeping Australia’s chequered history alive - the good, the bad and the ugly - revealed through a catalogue of important original songs.
The result is a powerful insight into the thoughts and feelings of the people involved, as well as a unique and fresh understanding of the events themselves.
Book & DVD, notation and tabsDegree of difficulty: mediumDVD in English language. Michael Fix introduces six own compositions, whose grooving bass lines serve as exercises for the right hand. The pieces train finger and thumb independence, palm muting, and control of sustain and dynamics, to ensure that the bass line stays separate from the melody. Includes: Thumb Thing, Bourree (swing) Canboulay, Cosmopolitan Blues, Opposites Attract, Silvertop Blues
Christine Collister & Michael Fix support their 2019 UK, & 2020 Australia tour with ‘North & South’, their second album. The album features unique and fresh takes on powerful and emotive songs, including covers of Forever Autumn, from Jeff Wayne’s ‘War of the Worlds‘, Jimmy Webb audience favourite Wichita Lineman, and Nik Kershaw’s 80s classic Wouldn’t it be Good
- Forever autumn
- Broken wings
- wicked game
- River deep, mountain high
- Skin and Bones
- Windmills of your mind
- Song of the butcherbird
- Because I love you
- Summer moon
- Wouldn’t it be good
- Wichita lineman
- I’ll follow the sun
A souvenir of the 2018 Australia 'Acoustic Guitar Spectacular' tour, featuring trio performances, plus solo tracks.
Heat Of The Moment (trio)Jamboree (trio)Mediterraneo (trio)Young Gun (trio)Australia (trio)Primo Incontro (trio)La Mia Toscana (Michael & Andrea)Violet (Sarah solo)Tangalooma Sunset (LIVE) (Michael solo)Echoes From The Past (Michael solo)
CD SOLD OUT - Streaming & Download only. Christine and Michael first met in 2014, when they were guest tutors at the annual Winterbreak at Mt Tamborine, Australia. After a couple of impromptu performances together, it was obvious that there was a special connection between these two talented artists.Shadows and Light represents a cross-section of their repertoire, some of the most requested and well-received songs from the duo's concert set.
Bending Air starts in familiar fashion - the first 4 tracks are bright, bouncy, and very much in the Chet Atkins influenced sunny fingerstyle...but then the album turns decidedly darker with the war-themed 'Guernica'.The following tracks stay in a sombre mode, but things start to cheer up with a medley of 3 Australian traditional tunes. As always, there are some cover arrangements. The Beatles epic 'A Day in the Life' with the Winterbreak Music Camp guitar group re-creating the orchestral cacophany.Some special guests feature too: gorgeous harmonies on 'Poetic Justice' by Christine Collister, BV's and flute by Brisbane's own Sarah Calderwood. Two of Michael's sons - Adrian, and Joshua - also feature on Cajon, and Bongos.
01 Cosmopolitan Blues
02 Hit or Miss
03 Sticky Rice
04 Tangalooma Sunset
06 Poetic Justice
07 Losing Myself
09 A Day in the Life
10 Slip Away
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Released to coincide with their 2015 Europe tour, this father & son debut features wonderful acoustic guitar & percussion interplay on audience favourites from live shows. For the first time, in 2015 Michael took his son Adrian on tour. At 23, Adrian, a talented drummer and guitarist, has made a transition from the drum kit to percussion, complementing Michael's acoustic guitar with cajon, stomp box, and hand percussion, to create a warm and organic accompaniment.A naturally gifted musician, Adrian enhances Michael's incredibly broad repertoire with solid, yet subtle grooves. African-inspired beats, right through to popular classical, are represented on this debut duet CD.
01 Triangle 02 Two Time Shuffle 03 Primo Incontro 04 Restless 05 It's All Good 06 Up and About 07 Persuasion 08 Mas Que Nada 09 Changes 10 William Tell Overture
Lines & Spaces is Michael Fix’s fourteenth CD release, and emphatically shows why he has become such an in-demand concert artist, touring Europe every year and winning fans from all over the world. He regards all his albums as musical snapshots of a point in time in his life, recording the highs (travels, new rhythmic discoveries), simple pleasures (a child’s smile, birdsong, a storm passing) and lows (loss of a friend, missing family, loss of childhood), and by sharing these universal emotions and experiences, Michael has been able to touch listeners on a very deep and personal level.
01 Young Gun 02 When Thuli Smiles 03 After The Storm 04 Butcherbird 05 Blackbird 06 Happy talk 07 Remembering Ray 08 Silvertop Blues 09 Spaces (Without You) 10 Bolero 11 Waxhead 12 I Saw Her Standing There 13 Coppertown Blues
Learn how to add feeling and expression to your playing! The book features transcriptions and TAB of three of Michael's popular ballads: Promise, Martina, and Thinking of Home.
The DVD features performances of these, with clear explanations and tips. In English & German "A beautiful ballad, more than any other musical form, has the ability to touch people in the heart. A simple melody with few well-placed notes played with passion and feeling can bring a tear to the eye of a listener. Performing ballads on guitar often doesn't take great technical skill; the ballads in this book are very simple tunes, no flashy runs, not so many notes, but lots of spaces between the notes…and its in these spaces that the real music lies." Watch Preview
Tunes evoke nostalgia, meaningful songs bisect the time lines of our lives and become aural bookmarks, marking significant events: first kiss, first date, holidays, marriage, break-ups … "Mixed in with the seven covers on this album are seven of my own pieces. As always, these are personal musical snapshots. They are points on my own time line."
01 Makhutswi 02 Pipeline 03 Canboulay 04 Africa 05 La Passegiatta 06 The Guitar Man 07 Australia Medley_ A Pub With No Beer_Down Under_Friday on My Mind 08 Flight of the Optimists 09 Foot Tapper 10 In Your Shadow 11 Light at the End of the Tunnel 12 Water of Love 13 Sarah Jade 14 Secret Love Read Review
AU$20.00 Some of the world's great guitar players duet with Michael on this delightful album. Fifteen tracks cover a wide range of emotions and styles, and throughout, there is the spontaneity and joy of friends engaging in musical conversations. "Recording this album has been a total delight for me – sitting face to face with some of my favourite guitar players. My intention was to make each track a musical conversation – swapping lead lines, playing harmony lines, counter-melodies, back and forth like two people chatting. I truly hope you enjoy the dialogue."
01 Guanches (Featuring Andrea Valeri) 02 Mas Que Nada (Featuring Stephen Bennett) 03 My Sweet Baby (Featuring Nick Charles) 04 Martina (Featuring Tommy Emmanuel) 05 Two Guitars (Featuring Justin McCoy) 06 All My Loving (Featuring Adam Rafferty) 07 Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic (Featuring Bruce Mathiske) 08 Demolition Derby (Featuring Brendan Radford) 09 Baby's Coming Home (Featuring Tommy Emmanuel) 10 Happy to Be Happy (Featuring Jason McGregor) 11 Old Guitar Blues (Featuring Paul Robert Burton and Andrew Toner) 12 When I Fall In Love (Featuring Louie Shelton) 13 Optimystical (Featuring Sam Shepherd) 14 Victory Rag_Doc's Guitar (Featuring Nick Charles) 15 Danny Boy_Ashokan Farewell (Featuring Paul Robert Burton and Andrew Toner)
"The popular fingerstyle guitarist shows off some of his best pieces in this DVD-Workshop. He wonderfully incorporates influences from Jerry Reed, Merle Travis and Chet Atkins. Michael explains his pieces slowly in German as well as English so that even with little experience, one can learn a lot. It's just plain fun to play Michael Fix's music."
Features Stringin' the Blues and Two Left Feet plus numerous exercises. Book contains TAB as well as notation. Book + DVD package.
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ClassicFix captures the essence of some of the great classics, including the fast and furious “William Tell Overture” by Rossini, Mozart’s perennially popular “Eine Kleine Nachtmusik” and “Rondo Alla Turca”, several pieces by Bach — “Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring”, “Bourée” and “Toccata”, Monti’s famous “Czardas”, Brahms’ “Hungarian Dance No. 5” and Chopin’s “Waltz in C Sharp Minor"
10 fingerstyle guitar solos with notation and TAB, transcribed by Jason McGregor, Stefan Monkemeyer and Gary Shepherd.
Includes Mr Wonglepong, Stringin’ the Blues, Sunrise over Alice, Right Place Right Time, Promise, Opposites Attract, Waltzing Matilda, Two Left Feet, Bouree in Em (swing), Where Are You Now
Revisiting and re-recording 16 favourites from all previous releases, plus 2 new tunes (Hobbity Hoi and Rewind the Years ) “2007 feels like the right time to reflect and revisit some memories, which are represented by the tunes on this album”
01 Gully Breeze
02 Mr Wonglepong
03 Hobbity Hoi
04 Something's Cooking
05 Sunrise Over Alice
06 Bush Bash
07 Country Towns
08 Two Left Feet
09 Through a Childs Eyes
10 Echoes From the Past
12 Peace of Mind
13 Right Place, Right Time
14 Stringin' the Blues
16 Summer Storm
17 Sunny Samba
18 Rewind the Years
SOLD OUT - DOWNLOAD ONLY. This 2005 album reveals Michael’s growing confidence and self-assurance as one of Australia’s finest and most widely respected guitarists. Michael’s musical style continues to evolve, with his compositions becoming more innovative, and his arrangements more inspired.
01 Slow Food.wav
02 Primo Incontro (First Meeting)
03 Opposites Attract
04 Where Are You Now
05 Something's Cooking
06 Theme From Peter Gunn
07 My Guitar Is My Sweetheart
08 Can't Buy Me love/Drive My Car
09 Two Time Shuffle
10 Blue Angel
11 True Hearts
12 Will I Or Won't I
13 Heat Of The Moment
14 Thinking Of Home
15 Waltzing Matilda
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2 CDs for the price of 1 deal! Just A$19.95 for both. (While stocks last) ** Web of Dreams (2003) "This is a “scenic” album. It’s emotional landscapes, soundtracks to dreams, memories, thoughts and feelings. I really like the idea that you can create scenes with music because that’s how I create my music, as soundtracks to scenes in my mind." Includes "making of Web of Dreams" video clip.
01 Passionfruit 02 Waves 03 Two Left Feet 04 Up And About 05 Fever 06 Right Place Right Time 07 Mellow Interlude 08 Footprints In My Heart 09 Thumb Thing 10 A Triangle Named George 11 Promise 12 A Sad Interlude 13 When A Tear Drop Falls 14 4 A.M. 15 Web Of Dreams Transfixed (2001) takes a retrospective look at Michael's ten-year recording career. Included are most of the tracks that were finalists in the CMAA awards, including the 1999 and 2000 Golden Guitar winning tunes "Mr Wonglepong" and "Walkin' The Walk".
01 Mr Wonglepong 02 Bush Bash 03 Dill Pickle Rag 04 Sunrise Over Alice 05 Rainy Day Blues Summer Storm 07 Sun Daze 08 Winds of Change 09 Green Thumb 10 Gully Breeze 11 Walkin' the Walk 12 Stringin' the Blues 13 Breakup Breakdown