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| 13 June 2019 | Reply


Set in Margaret River – well known for its wine and fine arts – Strings Attached: The West Australian Guitar Festival is launching 11-13 October 2019.

This one-of-a-kind event will attract guitar makers, distributors, players and enthusiasts from around the country to Margaret River to celebrate and learn about guitars, bass guitars, ukuleles, banjos, mandolins and other stringed instruments.

Lovers of live music can expect everything from Blues to Roots, World to Jazz, Metal & Rock, Country, Classical and more, featuring players from around the country showcasing the magic of strings – be it electric or acoustic, bass or mandolin, banjo or ukulele and beyond.

The first round of artist announcements include blues legend Dave Brewer with his band, Grammy Award winner Lucky Oceans, Kimberley singer-songwriter Stephen Pigram & world fusion phenomenon Kate Pass Kohesia Ensemble, 2018 nominees for WAM best bassist & jazz act.

Lineup also includes; Alan Banks | The Swamp Stompers (NSW) | Ian Porter (NSW) | Michael Dunstan | Sam Lemann (VIC) | Gina Williams & Guy Ghouse | Harry Jakamarra | Mark De Vattimo | Ragdoll | Tracey Barnett | Mitch Ballardin with plenty more to come!

The Makers line-up includes: Ormsby (largest producer of electric guitars in Australia) | Donmo (SA) | Australian Tonewoods | Small Island Amps | Deloraine Lutherie | Guitar Repairs South West, who will also be offering a free instrument inspection to all pass holders at the festival.

What sets this state-first event apart is the opportunity it will provide to immerse visitors in the world of strings via workshops, keynote presentations, masterclasses, panel discussions, listening sessions, demos and Q&A’s with artists & luthiers.

The Main Exhibition, set at the Festival Hub – the adequately named new culture & entertainment venue Margaret River HEART (Hub of Entertainment, Arts & Regional Touring) – will host guitar makers from around the country, plus retailers, gear manufacturers & distributors. Additional exhibitions exploring the many faces and impacts of guitars will be on show at other venues throughout the town and wider region for festival-goers to enjoy.

The Strings Attached: The West Australian Guitar Festival;
• To share knowledge and techniques of guitars and music
• To showcase the latest in music technology and products
• To stage performances in selected venues across the region
• To workshop instrument making methods
• To inspire collaboration and creativity
• To celebrate the talent and creativity of the WA musical community
• To create a recurrent Guitar event that will be staged annually from 2020 onwards
• To showcase the Margaret River HEART Complex and all of the associated exhibition, meeting and performance spaces
• Main Exhibition at MR HEART featuring stringed instruments, gear, accessories and more from makers and distributors
• Workshops & Masterclasses (adult & youth) on guitar, ukulele, bass and banjo technique
• Keynote speeches from industry leaders
• Live Music events (The River Hotel, MR HEART, Settlers Tavern & more)
• Panel discussions
• Visual Art installations & collaborations with makers
• Street performances
• Media content creation

First Release Tickets on sale Friday, June 21 through Eventbrite

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