Q&A Scene: Guitarists’ Special ~ Cat Canteri

Tell us about your new album/ tour?

I’ve been on tour since May when my new album Inner North came out. I tried to explore all facets of human relationships on the record using a folk/narrative songwriting style.
I’m really interested what connects us as humans, as well as the experiences that transcend age, gender, and sexuality or ethnic background.

How long have you been playing guitar? 

Fifteen years.

Why did you first start playing?

I was studying drums but really wanted to learn to write songs and guitar was the perfect instrument for that.

Which guitarist most influenced your playing?

I’d say I’m a songwriter first and a guitarist second so my playing has always been centred on servicing songs I’m writing or performing. I’d say Gillian Welch for rhythm, and Lowell George for lead.

Describe your favourite guitar.

I’ve got a lot, but no favourite. I use my early 2000’s Gibson Hummingbird the most. It’s at all my shows. It’s a great workhorse with a great tone. It’s really the ultimate strumming guitar (in my books). I use Martin Monel 13 gauge strings, Waverley tuners and Fishman Rare Earth pick-up system.

How do you prepare for a show?

Depending on if I’ve been gigging a lot, practice is good, through my PA at home, with a click sometimes without, depends on the show. I like writing the set-list in advance and  thinking about how to group songs to minimise the time between them, preparing song introductions and such. At the gig I like to try and get some alone time before I hit the stage to mental prepare.

What, or who, inspires you?

Local musicians and songwriters have always been my main source of musical inspiration. It’s really tangible when someone in your own community is writing incredible music or pushing themselves to new heights on their instrument. There’s kind of too many name… but for guitar/slide… Pete Fidler, Jeff Lang, Ben Franz… on songwriting John Flanagan & Michael Waugh.

Which song do you wish you wrote?

They Don’t Let The Girls In The Game by Michael Waugh

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

Hot Chips and sauce with rainbow ice-cream for dessert.

What’s next for you?

Bunch of festivals later in the year… Reservoir Stomp, Maldon Folk Festival & Bendigo Blues and Roots in Victoria, Tablelands Folk Festival in Queensland and Dashville Skyline in New South Wales.

What’s your scene?

Hot Chips and sauce with rainbow ice-cream for desert.

Catch Cat at the Melbourne Guitar Show at 10:45am on Sunday 5th August at Caulfield Racecourse –

AON MEZZANINE STAGE Level 1 Escalator West

Cat Canteri is a true musician in the sense that she lives for the music, primarily as a solo artist but also with a rich history of collaboration with other bands and songwriters. Cat’s acclaimed current album is called Inner North


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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