Q&A Scene: Guitarists’ Special ~ Mitch Cairns

Tell us about your new single/ album/ tour?

I’m currently working on my trio album which will be released in the next couple of months.

Adam Miller (guitarist) and I will be touring our records together in Japan through September.

How long have you been playing Electric Bass?

It was probably around 1996 that I started to really take a serious interest, prior to then I was noodling around on piano and guitar.

Why did you first start playing?

I grew up around music and musicians in my family and from a very young age I saw just how much influence music can have.

I started playing bass when I was about fourteen and by sixteen I was playing in bands, writing songs, making money and I haven’t looked back.

Which guitarist most influenced your playing?

My Dad is a bass player so he had a huge influence on my playing and style.

Describe your favourite guitar. (that you own, or that you’d like to own)

I’ve bought and sold more guitars than I’d care to admit, but I always come back to my 1962 Fender Precision. It’s the bass I learnt on and it always feels like home.

How do you prepare for a show?

If I’m filling-in with a band, I really just try and do as much preparation as I can. Once on the gig I just try and stay relaxed, there’s no point stressing anyone else out.

Tell us a quick, on the road or studio, anecdote.

What goes on the road stays on the road…. Seriously though, that many crazy things have happened over the years I wouldn’t know where to start!!

What, or who, inspires you?

Playing with really good musicians always inspires me. There’s nothing better than someone being totally in the zone and you’re right there with them.

Which song do you wish you wrote?

Something – George Harrison

How would you describe your sound in food form and why?

Probably comfort food.. Like a toasted sandwich or a meat pie. I like to keep it simple most of the time.

What’s next for you?

I’ve got Tokyo shows coming up with Adam Miller plus intermittent touring with Russell Morris, Leo Sayer and the Adam Eckersley Band.

I’m also producing a few records and mixing a few records.

What’s your scene?

I spend a lot of time in the studio or hanging out with my kids if I’m not on tour. I love hearing bands and frequently sneak down to St Kilda mid-week to check out bands.

Catch Mitch at the Melbourne Guitar Show at 12 noon on Saturday 4th August at Caulfield Racecourse during MEET THE PLAYERS: THE ART OF ELECTRIC BASS featuring Rod Bustos, Craig Newman, Mitch Cairns.

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Mitch Cairns is a Multi Award Winning Producer, Mix Engineer and Musician .

3 Tim e ARIA N ominated and 2 times ARIA Winner, Mitch produced and recorded Russell Morris’s p latinum selling hit record s Sharkmouth, Van Dieman’s Land and Red Dirt Red Heart as well as Glenn Shorrock’s Rise Again.

Much of the past 20+ years Mitch has been touring both Nationally and Internationally playing Bass and gracing the stage with the likes of Russell Morris, Leo Sayer, Brian Cadd, Daryl Braithwaite, The Black Sorrows, Adam Miller Trio, Richard Clapton, Adam Eckersley Band, Brooke McClymont, Jenny Morris, Mark Seymour, Joe Robinson and The Masters Apprentices.


Tickets are on sale NOW!

Online ticket prices when pre-ordered:: Adult day pass $20, adult weekend pass $30, family day pass $35, concession day pass $10, concession weekend pass $15, premium ticket** $40




Australian Music Association announced the 2018 return of the Melbourne Guitar Show, set to rock Caulfield Racecourse on August 4 and 5 – and this year, it’ll be bigger than ever.

Proudly presented by Triple M and Australian Musician, the lineup boasts an impressive haul of both local and international artists, and featuring amongst the bunch is none other than UK guitar legend Albert Lee.

In addition to some killer performances from the artists on this massive lineup, #MGS2018 will also hold a monster exhibition that will feature a gigantic variety of electric and acoustic guitars, effects pedals, amps and more state-of-the-art guitar technology, both home-grown and from around the world. It will continue to be Australia’s biggest guitar pop-up shop, and that’s not all. The Melbourne Guitar Show will host information seminars, demonstrations, and live performances from Australia’s most talented guitarists.

This year will be extra special as the Melbourne Guitar Show welcomes UK guitar legend Albert Lee. Lee’s work with The Everly Brothers, Eric Clapton, Emmylou Harris and The Crickets is renowned within the music world and cemented his place as one of the most respected and renowned guitarists in history. Speaking on Lee’s talent, Eric Clapton enthuses, “(He is) the ultimate virtuoso. His skill is extraordinary and he’s gifted on just about every level,” while Emmylou Harris says, “(Albert Lee) is a brilliant guitar player…his sound is unmistakable, never qualled.” The British-born country-rock artist started his long and illustrious career during the emerging rock ‘n’ roll scene of ‘60s London, when he played in bands with the likes of Jimmy Page and Chris Farlowe. He has received countless accolades for his work, and has been named Guitar Player Magazine’s Best Country Guitarist five times in a row.

The first lineup announcement for #MGS2018 is a big one. Joining Albert Lee is Daniel Champagne, a prolific young guitar virtuoso with the world at his feet, and Jeff Lang, who has been described by Rolling Stone as “Australia’s best roots music artisan.” Melbourne Guitar Show favourites Nick Charles and Shannon Bourne will also be returning this year, alongside some seriously talented women Fiona Boyes, Alison Ferrier, Cat Canteri, Nat Allison and upcoming punk rockers Rackett. Not to mention a whole host of additional artists are set to be announced over the coming weeks.

Drawing over 5,500 guitar lovers and enthusiasts to last year’s exhibit, the Melbourne Guitar Show is growing year on year and is gearing up for the biggest event yet. The voice of the Australian music products industry, the Australian Music Association (AMA) will be teaming up with australianmusician.com.au and presenting sponsors Triple M, 3PBS and Aon to present this year’s guitar-centric weekend. At last year’s MGS, punters not only enjoyed scheduled performances and demos from the awesome artists on the lineup, but also witnessed surprise on-stand appearances from some of Australia’s finest artists, including Ian Moss, Darren Middleton (Powderfinger), Paul Dempsey, Oscar Dawson and Ali Barter. Both the promoters of the show and the exhibitors are constantly wrangling acts right up until the very last minute – and who will be joining the all-star jam this year? Come on down and find out!

Thrilled to present #MGS2018 once again, AMA executive officer and MGS organiser, Rob Walker says, After an awesome show last year, we’re looking forward to continuing the tradition the show is creating. We’re very pleased to present Albert Lee on his 75th birthday tour, as well as the usual host of wonderful players we present.”

Not only will the 2018 MGS provide a hands-on chance to see, hear and play a broad range of the world’s favourite brands, it will also see exhibitors offering great show deals, plus an opportunity to get close to some hand-crafted, locally made instruments and epic guitar and gear collections. Describing the exciting developments, Rob continues, “Our exhibition welcomes back some big names this year and the learning opportunities are plentiful. If you’re in the market for guitars and gear, great live music from some of the best players. the Melbourne Guitar Show is the place to be.”

The first artist line up announcement includes: Albert Lee, Daniel Champagne, Jeff Lang, Nick Charles, Shannon Bourne, Fiona Boyes, James Ryan, Phil Manning, Nat Allison, Brett Kingman, Alison Ferrier, Cat Canteri, Scott Darlow, Rackett, Van Larkins, Justin Bernasconi, Rohan Stevenson, and more to be announced over the coming weeks.

The Melbourne Guitar Show will be held at Caulfield Racecourse on August 4 and 5.

Tickets are on sale NOW!

Online ticket prices when pre-ordered:: Adult day pass $20, adult weekend pass $30, family day pass $35, concession day pass $10, concession weekend pass $15, premium ticket** $40





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