Q&A Scene: Guitarists Special – Shannon Bourne

Tell us about your new single/ album/ tour?
My new album has been something that, unknowing to me i had been shifting towards for quite a while. For the last 6 years I’ve been spending a lot of time backing other people and helping others with their albums and when it came writing my own lyric based songs, nothing was happening, but i was playing more guitar than ever before and getting a great sense of deep satisfaction from doing so.. After prodding from a few trusted friends i decided to jump into the world of improvised music and it is a truly amazing place to hang… I’m not religious but it is the closest thing to “God” as i can imagine. Being completely present but also “somewhere else” at at the same time…

How long have you been playing guitar?
I have been playing guitar for 29 years and still love it like i did as a 10 year old!

Why did you first start playing?
I was 10 but really wanted to start playing from age 8. I’ve always been drawn to it.

Which guitarist most influenced your playing?
I go through phases.. Gary Moore was the first “guy” for me… But, having a Mother who was a big music fan i grew up hearing Rory Gallagher, Robin Trower, Roy Buchanan, Les Dudek, David Gilmour and Neil Young… Then i started digging into the section of her record collection that she never touched, and that is how i found Frank Zappa.

Seeing and hearing Jeff Lang was a revelation and still is! And he is the man who recorded and mixed the new album! Local players that i adore are Jeff Lang, Matt Walker, Shane O’Mara… These were guys that i could go see!

Describe your favourite guitar.
My fave is probably my 1970 Gibson 335. Its like the hammer of the gods… Anyone who has heard that guitar has talked about its sheer power and presence.

How do you prepare for a show?
I remove myself from the venue at a point just to focus. Some folks are happy to mingle with audience right up until show time, but i really need “go inner” and draw my strength together. It’s important for me. I can’t listen to music after a gig. Some folks get really bouyant before a show; not me… I get really quite depressed and full of self loathing and have to talk myself back up from that point.

Tell us a quick, on the road or studio, anecdote.
I remember playing at the Gympie Muster one year with Chris Wilson and The Spidermen, and i look over to one of the stage and Ian Moss was standing there watching us play! Of course i naturally got pretty nervous. Once we had finished the gig, i was putting my Telecaster into its case and “Mossy” walks up to me and says “That was great… I’m Ian”, to which i replied with a smirk “I KNOW WHO YOU ARE!”…

What, or who, inspires you?
Sounds. The power of sounds and how it moves you. Sound can be used as a weapon. The arrangement of sound can put you in a different time and place. It can make you think of a person, it can make you imagine a different part of the world. It can help you imagine your own world. Sound is such a powerful thing. And then there is the opposite; silence… It is just as powerful!

If i had to name an artist, it’d be Scott Walker. He has fearlessly trend his own path since the late 60’s. I discovered him at a time when i was surrounded by a lot of bitter artists and it got me into a real “ageist” frame of mind. I remembered thinking that some people had just given up on their artistic endeavour and here is Scott Walker at age 66 making an album like “The Drift”. Age is pointless thing to hang yourself on…Just do your art.. Work towards a silence where it can to you.

Which song do you wish you wrote?
Beeswing by Richard Thompson

How would you describe your sound in food form and why?
At times, it could be a piece of rancid meat crawling with maggots, then it could be a grand feast. So many things… It’d “rich” whatever it is…

What’s next for you?
A little local gig at the Rainbow with a band “Checkerboard Lounge” and then the Melbourne Guitar Show where i’ll be playing my new album. There’ll be visuals to accompanying the huge guitar sound i have been dreaming up!

I’d like to take my new album and approach to some different festivals. I’d just love to kick the walls out a little bit.

What’s your scene?
I hang with a varied crew of people, but above all, they are honest, act with integrity, sensitive, intellectual and a lot of fun. Not all musicians and artists as well… Dynamic.


Catch Shannon at the Melbourne Guitar Show Performing on Sunday:
11.00am – SHANNON BOURNE – Melbourne Guitar Show regular Shannon Bourne is known as one of Australia’s premier guiatrists. Shannon has just released an incredible new solo instrumental guitar album, ‘Words Fail’ and will perform music from it at the guitar show. One not to miss.

2.15pm – TRIPLE M FINALE JAM – You’ve spent the weekend watching some of Australia’s nest guitar talent, you’ve picked up your dream guitar bargain, seen a cool demo or two and thinking life couldn’t get any better… BUT … we’ve saved the best until last! Some of Australia’s slickest pickers will come together on one stage for the Triple M Finale Jam. The line up includes: Jack Jones (aka Irwin Thomas), Brett Garsed, James Ryan, Shannon Bourne, & Charlie Bedford





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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