The 2008 Adelaide International Guitar Festival

The 2008 Adelaide International Guitar Festival will run from Saturday 29 November to Sunday 7 December in and around the Adelaide Festival Centre precinct.
Household names will headline a multitude of genre-specific concerts which will appeal to music lovers of all ages and tastes.
Saturday 29 November kicks off with a free concert in Elder Park. Anyone with a guitar is invited to come along and be part of the attempt to secure the Guinness World Records Biggest Guitar Band record for Adelaide, this time to the tune of AC/DC’s seminal hit It’s A Long Way To The Top. Start honing your strumming skills and get ready to jam at 6.00pm with The Party Boys, featuring lead singer Swanee and 2008 Australia’s Got Talent winner Smokin’ Joe Robinson who will lead the crowd. Following the record attempt, S.A. bands GT Stringer and The Shiny Brights will entertain the masses. At 8.00pm in the Festival Theatre, classical music lovers will be treated to a magnificent baroque programme featuring maestros Slava & Leonard Grigoryan with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra. Works by Vivaldi, Handel, Weiss and Fasch will be featured.
On Sunday 30 November Xavier Rudd will headline a world-class line-up of Roots performers from 7.30pm in Elder Park. Mia Dyson, Ash Grunwald, Rob Sawyer and The Mason Rack Band feature. Xavier will be completing his national tour at the festival.
Two talented award winning songwriters and accomplished guitarists, Lior and Jesse Harris, perform some of their favourite compositions and songs on Tuesday 2 December in the Festival Theatre, with Jesse joined by a percussionist and Lior accompanied by a luscious string quartet.
Get a dose of the Blues on Wednesday 3 December in the Festival Theatre with three of the best – Backsliders, featuring Rob Hirst from Midnight Oil, a return performance by Australia’s premier Blues-woman Fiona Boyes and The Derek Trucks Band, headlined by the guitarist the world is talking about, Derek Trucks. Derek toured Australia in early 2007 with Eric Clapton’s band as his preferred lead player. Eric himself says, “Derek’s playing is stunning, unlike anything I’d ever heard before” with the Wall Street Journal adding, "(Trucks) is the most awe-inspiring electric slide guitar player performing today". The Derek Trucks Band performance at the festival will be an Australian exclusive.
On Thursday 4 December at 7.30pm, the Festival Theatre plays host to the “Royal Family of the Guitar” the legendary Romeros Guitar Quartet. The New York Times stated, “Collectively, The Romeros are the only classical guitar quartet of real stature in the world today; in fact, they virtually invented the format”. With over 40 years as a family quartet, The Romeros is a concert not to be missed.
Elder Park plays host to the Rock concert on Friday 5 December from 7.30pm. Adrian Belew (USA), David Bowie’s guitarist of choice, headlines a stellar line-up of Australia’s leading guitar-driven rock acts. Fans get ready to rock out to the awesome sounds of Grinspoon, SHIHAD and Magic Dirt. Adrian is a current member of seminal act King Crimson, alongside Robert Fripp, and has worked with a list of legends from the music business including Frank Zappa, David Bowie, Talking Heads, Paul Simon, Laurie Anderson and most recently, Nine Inch Nails.
Hang on to your hats Country music fans: Saturday 6 December sees five of Australia’s leading contemporary artists take to the stage in Elder Park. Join Troy Cassar-Daley, Peter Denahy, Sara Storer, Bill Chambers and Travis Sinclair for a night of country rock and bush ballads, suitable for all the family to enjoy.
Also on Saturday 6 December at 4.00pm, the Festival Theatre hosts a unique Bass concert featuring Steve Hunter, Al Slavik and Guy Pratt (UK) – possibly the most “in-demand” bass player in the world. Guy’s career includes stints with one of the most famous acts in music history – Pink Floyd – as well as recording with Madonna, Bryan Ferry, Robert Palmer and Michael Jackson. Guy spent some of his formative years in Australia as bass player with Icehouse and supported David Bowie on their legendary 1983 world tour. He has also worked on recordings with Tom Jones, Iggy Pop, The Pretenders, Sophie Ellis Bextor, Echo & The Bunnymen, Gary Moore & Elton John.
The festival finalé on Sunday 7 December in Elder Park is a tribute to a much-loved music icon. This year we honour the career of Australia’s own AC/DC with a night of high voltage rock’n’roll. It is the first time a concert of this nature has been staged in Adelaide and brings together a long list of household names who will showcase their versions of their favourite AC/DC tracks. Original members Mark Evans (bass) and Dave Evans (vocals) are also joining the line-up. The Hoodoo Gurus head the list and take to the stage alongside Angry Anderson, The Party Boys (including Kevin Borich, Swanee, Paul Christie, Rob Riley, Buzz Bidstrup, Vince Lovegrove and others), Jimmy Little, Stevie Wright (The Easybeats), SHIHAD, Adrian Belew, Adalita Srsen (Magic Dirt), Slava & Leonard Grigoryan, Troy Cassar-Daley & Sara Storer (as a duo), Backsliders and many, many more.
The ever popular Jim Beam Wah-Bar is back for late night entertainment during the festival. The Derek Trucks Band and Guy Pratt will perform their own shows as part of this series. On Tuesday 2 December, Rolling Stone Magazine will play host to a showcase of Australia’s best new players from around Australia, so come along & support them before they become famous!
Travelling Light, the series of more intimate performances popular with audiences in 2007, returns from Wednesday 3 December to Sunday 7 December in the Space Theatre. Featuring recitals from Slava Grigoryan & Al Slavik (guitar & chapman stick), Jean-Félix Lalanne (solo), Wulfin Lieske, Rebecca Harris and William Barton (guitar, cello & didgeridoo), The Joseph Tawadros Trio and finally, guitar duo Lee Song-Ou and Oliver Fartach-Naini .
There is a full program of workshops, artist talks and panel discussions which are all free admission. Tony Lewis, one of Australia’s best arts photographers will display an exhibition of photos taken at the 2007 Adelaide International Guitar Festival. Gibson Guitar, makers of some of the world’s finest guitars, will be mounting an exhibition of rare and interesting models for everyone to drool over for the duration of the event.
To keep up to date with Guitar Festival news, exciting competitions and “early-bird” ticket offers, visit the web site and subscribe to Twang! the official monthly e-newsletter.

It’s time to plan to be in Adelaide this November / December – the 2008 Adelaide International Guitar Festival will be another exceptional event that all music lovers (and guitar-heads) will only miss at their peril!

The 2008 Adelaide International Guitar Festival

Sat 29 Nov – Sun 7 December
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