Geoff Achison, one of Australia’s golden boys in blues, is touching down to Goulburn for the Australian Blues Music Festival this weekend.
The artist, famous for his smooth yet unrefined voice and show stopping guitar skills, arrives following a trip to Japan where he performed in Osaka and Yokohama.
He described the trip as a “whirlwind” experience and evidence the genre of blues, rock and country music transcended countries and cultures.
“They lapped it up, they have a great love of art of all kinds,” he said.
Achison performed at the Australian Blues Festival a few years ago as part of the Blues Club Revival in tribute for singer-songwriter Dutch Tilders.
“It’s like gathering all the folks around Australia in the blue and roots scene. A lot of us know each other and are aware of each other. I also get to see a lot of the fans I see at the clubs in Sydney, Canberra, Wollongong and the Blue Mountains,” he said.
His solo show at the Goulburn Workers Club on both Friday and Saturday night will consist of old favourites, original blues, and music from his upcoming album set to be released mid year.
“I’m going to tell a few stories about my journey from years travelling around and playing music. There’s been some ups and downs, and there are some fun tales I hope people will relate to,” he said.
On Thursday, he led workshops for Mulwaree High School music students, something he has done more of over the past couple of years.
“It’s very gratifying to see a young mind accept information that you hope will be helpful. When you see see the light bulb go off and hope that they’ll take that music further,” he said.
“The music is still evolving, it’s not an old music we’re rehashing, it’s important we continue the right song and music. There’s new things to write about every day, switch on the news there’s the blues.”
A UK tour will precede his new album, another completely original piece of work from the artist of 30 years.
“As you mature you perspective changes a little bit. What blues teaches us is self expression. Self expression as an artist naturally shifts as you advance on your life journey,” he said with a mixture of confidence and calm.
“I’m intrigued with myself as time goes on. You get to a point where you think you’ve written everything, but it’s wrong. There is a passage of time and life continues to happen, your experience is reflected in your music.”
- Achison will play at the Goulburn Workers Club on February 9 at 9pm, and February 10 at 10pm.