Gladstone - Acoustic Guitar Spectacular
A highly anticipated annual event, the Acoustic Guitar Spectacular brings together a hand-picked group of unique and original virtuoso guitarists from Australia & overseas.
This series of very special concerts is hosted by internationally acclaimed Brisbane guitarist Michael Fix, who will be joined by legendary Brisbane guitarist, songwriter, composer, arranger and bandleader Jamie Clark and award-winning Fingerstyle guitarist and composer from Cairns, Jordan Brodie.
The concerts are structured so that each player will feature as solo artists, as well as performing as an ensemble, allowing plenty of opportunity for spontaneity and improvisation. Three players with such diverse musical backgrounds presents amazing possibilities, and incredible variety for audiences.
Each guitarist is known for their ability to entertain, and each present their unique music with a view to engage and delight audiences with stories, songs, and humour, (as well as fretboard fireworks!), making it a performance aimed for all people, not just 'guitar aficionados'.
This is a unique opportunity to see three talented and original stars of the global acoustic guitar scene, together on one stage.
7:00pm, Saturday 8 August
General Admission: $10
For more information on the below workshops, please email the GECC. Workshops are located at the GECC Hall B. Capacity 30 people per workshop. Purchase a ticket for any of the performances to attend a workshop.
Introduction to Fingerstyle Guitar
This workshop is an introduction to Fingerstyle Guitar and will aim to develop the basic foundations of this technique; playing the melody, bass and rhythm simultaneously. In a style similar to Chet Atkins and Tommy Emmanuel, Jordan will demonstrate the foundations of this technique, how to approach a tune and most importantly, workshop a tune together! Jordan will teach a simple piece with the opportunity to explore various Fingerstyle concepts.
Duration: 1hr, 10am Saturday 6 August
Presenter: Jordan Brodie
Flatpicking Guitar Workshop
Flatpick guitar has become popular world-wide with the many guitarists and musicians discovering Bluegrass and Old-time music, inspired by the picking of Clarence White, Norman Blake, Tony Rice, Doc Watson and more recently Bryan Sutton, Chris Eldridge and Molly Tuttle. Jamie’s workshop will cover the basics as well as some of the intricacies of the style for both lead and rhythm work, teaching fiddle tunes, classic phrases and having a good time picking.
Duration: 1hr, 11.30am Saturday 6 August
Presenter: Jamie Clark
Own the stage!
From Practice to Performance.
It's perfect in the practice room, but on stage, you turn to jelly…it's a common story. There is more to performing than just playing or singing well. You have to own the stage! From someone playing their first ‘open mic’, to touring professionals, we all face the same issues and anxieties. Drawing on decades of experience, Michael takes you through the process: practice, preparation, performance.
Practical tips for mental preparation, equipment considerations, conquering nerves, developing confidence, arranging a set list, and numerous stagecraft ideas and confidence-boosting techniques which will lift your performances to exciting new levels.
Duration: 1hr, 1pm Saturday 6 August
Presented by Internationally acclaimed solo performer Michael Fix