Achison & The Souldiggers
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SPECIAL CHARITY SHOW IN SEVENOAKS Wed 17 June 2006
From blues bars across the USA, to the Sydney Opera House, Australian-based blues-rock guitarist Geoff Achison has been impressing audiences around the world with his unique talent.
Australian Geoff Achison has been rocking the world from Melbourne to Memphis, where he won the prestigious 'Albert King Award' for the Most Promising guitarist and a Gibson Guitars endorsement in 1995. Born in country Victoria, he headed for Melbourne to find his way in the world. He learnt from local blues legends before stepping out on his own and forming his own band, 'The Souldiggers'.
Since 1994 he has released six albums winning high praise from international critics: The debut album "Big Machine"; the award winning "Genevieve" in 1995; his rootsy acoustic tour de force "Mystery Train" in 1996; the blues-rock kicker, "Gettin' Evil" in 1999 featuring his Portland, Oregon Souldiggers; the live electric jamming "Live at St. Andrews" with his hometown band in 2000; and most recently, another live effort from the Bottleneck Blues Club with his British Souldiggers - "Souldigging in the UK" which is half acoustic and half electric.
He's won a swag of awards and established himself as a blues-rock guitar virtuoso and songwriter who excels in both acoustic and electric settings. His playing also features bursts of jazz, funk and soul. Mix this together with Geoff's gravely vocals and you have a world-class, all-round musician.
Touring non-stop, Geoff built his reputation on his live performances, full of energy, artistry, complexity and simply great playing. A reviewer in Atlanta noted "his mastery of both the acoustic and electric allow his guitars to achieve heights never reached by most accomplished rock guitarists."
This has built
him a loyal cult following among fans not only of blues, but of great guitar
players in general. While deeply acknowledging his blues predecessors, his sound
is a unique blend of rock, blues, soul and jazz. Those who know claim "Geoff
is at the top of the pile of contemporary blues artists"