Q&A Scene: Guitarists’ Special ~ Peter Baylor

Tell us about your new single/ album/ tour?   

My band Ultrafox released their third album mid last year ” Nocturnal blues” a mix of originals and reworkings of early jazz standards and french songs. We are planning our next tour in May 2019 of NSW and Vic.

How long have you been playing guitar? 

I started playing guitar at age 14.

Why did you first start playing? 

I heard Django Reinhardt , and instantly went from playing air guitar to Black Sabbath , Kiss, Stones , Beatles etc as a teenager into falling totally in love with old jazz swing guitarists and the music and started to learn how to play the tunes i was listening to.

Which guitarist most influenced your playing?

Definitely  Django and Eddy Lang and Charlie Christian. The Big three in early jazz

Describe your favourite guitar.

Complex question. I’d love an es 250 gibson, probably the rarest guitar on the planet.Charkie Christian played one and although I own a es 150 from 1937 the 250 is the deluxe version. The pick ups in these are and were in my opinion gibson’s best. So rich and stringy and woody. Never heard anything like them.

How do you prepare for a show?

Write a set list to remind me of things i want to play which can change at anytime. I practice most days or just play so I’m warmed up.

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

Having spent three days one summer recording with my Brothers at melbournes premier vintage studio, Preston records we committed three days of playing to 1/4′ tape.Great sounds and very pleased with it all. But I was in there a week later recording with Visiting Retro King Deke Dickerson from the US and as we played back the stuff we were doing on tape, right at the end came a segment of a track I’d recorded with my brothers a week earlier. The hapless engineer had recorded over our stuff to make way for Deke’s stuff. Gone for good.

What, or who, inspires you?

Lots of music inspires me and I go in fits of inspiration in different styles all the time through all genres of jazz to hillbilly, Western swing, Gypsy and blues to some pop , ethnic and independent things. A lot doesn’t inspire me either especially of current forms of  genre specific styles as i find the urgency lacking in the newer stuff where the music starts to sound like a museum piece without the spirit of how it came to be in bygone era’s.

Which song do you wish you wrote?

In reality pretty much everything I like when I hear great music. There’s alot of Dylan i’d wish i’d written { who doesn’t ? } like Idiot Wind , Tangled up in blue etc.  Poetically cryptic, personal with enough insinuation there to move a whole lot of people and mildly shake them up.

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

Beef taco’s/ Jambalaya  with Bernaise sauce . Down home simple  stuff, standard fare with a dash of continental flair and depth .

What’s next for you?

Planning a new album under my own name going through my arsenal of vintage guitars and recording them for posterity before I have to sell them..Ha

What’s your scene? 

My scene is that of working musician averaging 4 gigs a week  Planning gigs/ tours  for my bands , on the phone a lot from home, organizing players, trying to say yes to as many people as possible who may want me to play with them. practicing guitar, learning new tunes, writing new tunes listening to music. . I also run a gypsy jazz jam session each Friday at the Railway hotel in Nth fitzroy which takes a bit of organizing . I paint pictures also and I’m raising two boys age 9 also. That’s enough isn’t it ?

Catch Peter at the Melbourne Guitar Show at 2:00pm on Sunday 5th August at Caulfield Racecourse AON MEZZANINE STAGE Level 1 Escalator West

WORLD OF ACOUSTIC GUITAR hosted by Nick Charles and featuring Daniel Champagne, Peter Baylor, Jeff Lang, Adam Miller, Van Larkins. The acoustic guitar has left its imprint on many cultures and musical genres across the world. This show will feature some of the diverse styles and sounds of the instrument.

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




Peter Baylor has been a musician synonymous with the Australian “ roots’ music scene
professionally since 1980. His eclectic guitar and vocal style encompasses classic swing jazz,
Rhythm N’ Blues, Western swing, Gypsy jazz, Rockabilly, country , Old timey and folk forms. His
distinctive sound has been heard in bands as diverse as The Dancehall Racketeers, The Baylor
Brothers, Mic Conways Whoopee band, Doug Parkinsons Buddy Holly show, Ultrafox, The
Starliners, The Eddies, Tom Bakers swing st Orchestra, The Cairo Club to name a few.
As a freelance musician he has worked with over 300 acts and toured Japan, The United States,
Scandinavia, South Pacific, Europe on several occasions. He has played on over 50 recordings and
has played with and or supported international acts such as Robert Plant, Bob Dylan, The Stray
Cats, Mike Compton, Hank Marvin, Lollo Meier , Tav Falco, Rosie Flores and Flaco Jimenez,
Deke Dikerson, Dale Watson and Wayne Hankock.
His original compositions have appeared on ABC records and documentaries { Australian Story} ,
Full length movies such as “ Loves Brother “ 2004 . In 1994 he played Scotty Moore in The Gordon
Frost production of Elvis The Musical .
He resides in Newport Victoria , Australia and continues writing, recording and touring with
various bands he is involved with.

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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