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Gwyn Ashton


Sun 15 Jan 2017, 3:00pm–4:00pm

Where: Cherry Bar, AC/DC Lane, Melbourne CBD, Victoria

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Admission: Free


Listed by: tancate

UK-based Australian guitarist Gwyn Ashton re-defines the term ‘solo artist’ by delivering a high-energy blues-rock show, wrenching dirty slide guitar licks out of a pre-war National steel and various guitars through an array of vintage fuzz boxes, organ pedals and amplifiers. He does all this while he blows harp and sings into a distorted bullet harp mic, thumb-picks thick heavy-duty Zeppelin like bass riffs through octave dividers and loops percussive sounds on the guitar with pick scrapes and a drumstick to emulate snare drum passages, whilst stomping on a kick drum.

Ashton’s full-on, hardcore contemporary electric blues show is interlaced with semi-acoustic lap slide and 12-string guitars where he blends in dance rhythms, beats and grooves. He’s been doing this all over the world – from the UK to Ireland, Australia, Russia, Brazil and all across Europe, giving 100% relentless energy and drive at each show, dragging the blues into the 21st century.

An inductee in the ‘South Australian Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’, ex Swanee, Stevie Wright, Jim Keays axeman Ashton grew up playing the Australian circuit. He now records, tours and plays festivals and venues all over the world from his Euro base. He has had two albums simultaneously on the Amazon ‘Top 100 Albums’ chart and has many ‘Album of the Year’ and ‘Album of the Month’ credits to his name from seven released albums. One of his endosements includes his own signature guitar that he designed for Italian company Liutart.

Ashton has appeared/toured with BB King, Ray Charles, Buddy Guy, Mick Taylor, Rory Gallagher, Peter Green, Junior Wells, Johnny Winter, Robin Trower, Jeff Healey, The Yardbirds, Status Quo, Magnum and many others, jammed onstage with Canned Heat, Mick Fleetwood, Hubert Sumlin, Joe Louis Walker, Marc Ford and more. He has recorded with Kim Wilson, Robbie Blunt, Chris Glen/Ted McKenna (SAHB, MSG), Don Airey (Deep Purple, Whitesnake, Rainbow, Black Sabbath, Ozzy Osbourne) and Gerry McAvoy & Brendan O'Neill (Rory Gallagher). Ashton replaced Thin Lizzy/Motörhead guitarist Brian Robertson fronting Band Of Friends – a memorial to Rory Gallagher featuring Gerry, Brendan, Lou Martin and Mark Feltham, his former band members.