This year’s Adelaide Guitar Festival epitomises inclusion and access for all lovers of music – taking the beautiful, divergent and diverse sounds of the guitar to the people of South Australia.
More than 300 artists will perform over the four day Festival which runs 11-14 August. That includes 18 international acts, 66 national artists and almost 200 local musicians, plus four world premiere pieces that will be performed across various shows.
The Festival is also spreading its wings to the Adelaide Town Hall where headliners Punch Brothers will show why they are the global kings of progressive bluegrass, while Béla Fleck, who won the 2016 Grammy for Best Folk Album, will team up with his partner Abigail Washburn in a true folk music explosion!
Adelaide audiences will step inside the creative and incredible world of the late Paco de Lucía. The life of this iconic flamenco guitar star has been made into a moving documentary courtesy of his filmmaker son Curro Sánchez, who will come to Adelaide to present the award-winning work – Paco de Lucía: The Journey. This special event will include a Q&A with Sánchez, as well as live flamenco performances by dancer Maria Bermudez, direct from Jerez de la Frontera, Spain and local flamenco favourites Flamenco Areti.
Wolfgang Muthspiel, one of the world’s most prolifically recorded guitarists is also one of the greatest collaborators in ground breaking jazz. The Wolfgang Muthspiel Trio comprises the hippest rhythmsection on the scene with Brian Blade on drums and Larry Grenadier on bass.
ARIA winning songwriter Matt Walker brings beautiful guitar and poignant vocals in heart-stirring songs alongside Shane Reilly’s sweeping pedal steel. They perform a show together with Adelaide’s own Velvet Moth, a genre-mincing outfit comprised of players from legendary local surf/instro masters GT Stringer and acclaimed R&B favourites, The Streamliners. Their improvisational lunacy, satirical lyrics and ‘60s dance grooves swirl into a velvet musical cocoon, from which they will unleash their second album exclusively at the Adelaide Guitar Festival.