Q&A Scene: Guitarists Special – Brian Campeau

Tell us about what we can expect to see at your SGF show/s
People can expect to see nothing at my show. The entire audience is blindfolded…..

How do you prepare for a show?
By threatening my band. For every mistake is a loss of $10 from their pay.

How long have you been playing guitar?
I began at 5 years of age. That gives me 33 years of playing. You’d think i’d be better by now.

Why did you first start playing?
Delusions of grandeur

Which guitarist most influenced your playing?
That’s too hard. I’d include Slash, Marty Friedman, Nick Drake, Pat Metheney, Johnny Greenwood, Narcisso Yepes.

Describe your favourite guitar
I really wish i hadn’t sold my PRS to some dickhead banker who could barely play.

Tell us a quick, on the road or studio story!
We we’re meant to drive from Brisbane to Mackay for a gig to know. We pulled out and spent 2 days swimming in a town named 1776 where we came very close to being eaten by a shark.

What, or who, inspires you in daily life?
The thought that surely, it will get better, and secondly, the thought that i should be grateful for the things i have. These two thoughts are battling it out in my head right now. It’s a tie.

Which song do you wish you wrote?
Beethoven’s 5th

How would you describe your sound in food form and why?
The music performed at my Blindfold gig will sound like letting Brie cheese and Smoked Salmon melt in your mouth followed by a sip of Pinot Noir.

What’s next for you?
Album release and tour. And smiles from here till the end.

What’s your scene?
Initial confusion followed by appreciation, if open-mindedness is considered.

Date: Sun 12th Aug
Time: 19:30 – 23:00
Artists: Brian Campeau
Tickets: $25 pre / $30 door
Venue: Django Bar
Show: Get Blind with Brian! The Sequel. 

For the Sydney Guitar Festival, Brian will be arranging music for a unique performance where the audience is to be blindfolded.

After receiving rave reviews from his SOLD OUT SGF 2017 performance, Brian returns for his victory lap with ‘Get Blind with Brian! The Sequel.’

Brian Campeau is mostly known for his complex guitar playing accompanied by long sorrowful vocals. He is much less known for his charm and willingness to please his audience. That’s because some people don’t like his sense of humour, but that’s ok, right?

He’s originally from Canada, but he’s been in Australia since 2003, so that pretty much makes him true blue.

Though he tends not to like being compared to other artists, he does see some value to these comparisons. With this in mind, some would say Brian sounds like Nick Drake mixed with Radiohead. Others might say he sounds like Mary Schneider, but that would be misleading because he sounds nothing like that.

About the Sydney Guitar Festival

The Sydney Guitar Festival returns this Thursday 9 August – Sunday 19 August. Sydney’s premier guitar event, the festival celebrates the diverse instrument’s rich history and exciting future, and today announces a packed first lineup of events featuring maestros sourced from the Australian guitar scene and the world over.

Leading the lineup is Australia’s most iconic guitarist Tommy Emmanuel who will be performing a very special show with his brother Phil Emmanuel. This family affair will showcase the jaw-dropping fingerstyle technique that catapulted Emmanuel to international stardom, an event not to be missed by any Australian music fan.

The festival is also thrilled to welcome American guitarist and composer Kaki King, who will be performing her groundbreaking audio-visual set ‘The Neck is the Bridge to the Body’. The jaw dropping work will be showcased alongside one of the most exciting acoustic singer-songwriters on the scene, Daniel Champagne.

Australian classical guitar maestros Grigoryan Brothers return to the festival in 2018, this time accompanied by Beijing Guitar Duo for one exclusive show. Meng Su and Yameng Wang gave their New York debut at Carnegie Hall in 2010 and have since stunned audiences all over the world with their artistry and technical ability.

Joining the first release of stellar events is Grammy Award-winning guitarist Albert Lee (UK), joined by 9 piece outfit The Spin Drifters, leading an evening of top class Blues, Country and Purple Haze – features a star-studded tribue to the world’s favourite “psychedelic voodoo child” featuring Peter Northcote, Kevin Bennett (Chasin’ The Train), Kirk Lorange, Mal Eastick and many more.

And finally, introducing The inaugural Sydney Guitar Festival Gala! This unique event will feature an incredible curated line-up of artists from the 2018 festival. From classical to blues, acoustic to rock, the gala is the perfect chance to see some of Australia and the world’s best guitarists doing what they do best.

Venues housing the diverse lineup of events include Marrickville’s largest hub of arts and culture, The Factory Theatre, Northern Sydney’s performing arts gateway The Concourse and Sydney’s most iconic music venue The Enmore Theatre, with more spaces to be announced.

Tickets for Sydney Guitar Festival events on sale from Monday, 26 th March.
For more information regarding lineup, tickets, venues and more visit



Tommy Emmanuel
Enmore Theatre – Saturday 11 August
Concourse Concert Hall – Sunday 12 August
Purple Haze – a Tribute to Jimi Hendrix
The Concourse – Saturday 11 August

Kaki King
with special guest Daniel Champagne
Factory Theatre – Friday 10 August

Albert Lee
with special guests The Spin Drifters
Factory Theatre – Sunday 19 August

Bejing Guitar Duo
with special guests the Grigoryan Brothers
The Concourse – Friday 17 August

Sydney Guitar Festival Gala
The Concourse – Thursday 9 Aug
Marc Ribot, Danaides & Bright Sparks
Manning Bar – Saturday 11 August

Pedro Javier Gonzalez, Paco Lara & Bandaluzia
The Concourse – Saturday 11 August

Z Star Trinity & Karen Lee Andrews
Factory Floor – Friday 10 August

Marc Ribot, Danaides & Bright Sparks
Manning Bar – Saturday 11 August

The Turner Brown Band
Leadbelly – Friday 10 August

The Pioneers of Rock n Roll
The Factory – Saturday 18 August

The Brewster Bros
Factory Floor – Saturday 11 August

Largest Guitar Ensemble
The Concourse – Sunday 12 August

Brian Campeau
Camelot – Sunday 12 August

All tickets from sydneyguitarfestival.com.au

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