Geoff Achison (VIC)
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.
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.
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.
Geoff's tri-continental touring schedule includes Australia, Europe & 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.
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.
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.
Mystery Train (1996)
Souldiggin' - Live at St Andrews Hotel (2005)
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Geoff also featured at the very first Australian Blues Music Festival in 1997. When he returned in 2004 at the Australian Blues Music Festival in he was joined onstage for a finale with his former master, Dutch Tilders. In 2007Geoff performed solo and for one very special duo show when he was joined by his former pupilLloyd Spiegel.
Visit Geoff's website at:www.geoffachison.com