Scene News: Ahead of this year’s Melbourne Guitar Show, JOYCE PRESCHER Shares her Fave Guitarists

I guess I focus mostly on songs as a whole and where the voice, words and melody take me. It’s rare that I focus on a single instrument. But I do love it when there’s something, a line, a sentence or a solo that makes the song. I’ve listed a few guitarists that have that effect on me.

By Bob Hutchison

   Pink Floyd is probably my favourite band ever. Much of that has to do with the soundscapes and beautiful guitar playing by David Gilmour. I don’t even understand how this band created their albums. The pieces fit together so perfectly.

The sounds he created. They just really hit me. I don’t feel he ever overplays. Perfect.

Another musician that I really admire is Joni Mitchell, her playing, singing and writing in fact. I love her alternate tunings, how her voice and playing are in sync and seem to dance around eachother. I love her fingerstyle as well as the dynamics in her playing. She really gets her point across.

I listened to Ben Harper a lot in my twenties and watched him live a few times. I have a thing for lapsteel guitar (& pedal and slide) and I love his playing. There are some instrumentals in his songs that I have listened to over and over again.

Another guitarist that stands out to me based on how his playing affects songs, and most importantly, my emotions when listening, is George Harrison. Probably my favourite Beatle. He just adds that weight to songs that I personally love. Makes them more intelligent or complex in a way, if that makes sense. I think I look for that moment where an instrument is trying to tell you something.

AND … Mick Ronson!!!


Dutch-born Joyce Prescher has slowly but steadily been making a name for herself on the Melbourne and national Americana and folk scene. She released her sophomore album ‘Out Of My Mind’ late 2022 on Cheersquad Records & Tapes. Joyce’s music takes you back to days long gone with its gentle nods to 70s artists like Joni Mitchell and Leonard Cohen while also positioning her as a contemporary of artists such as Jessica Pratt, Tiny Ruins and Joan Shelley.

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The Melbourne Guitar Show has today added another haul of artists to the already impressive lineup, with the iconic show set to rock Caulfield Racecourse on March 4 and 5 – tickets are on sale now from It’s been 3 long years since the last show was devoured by over 5,000 guitar and music loving punters, but we’re breaking open the cases, dusting down the show, oiling its neck, setting its action and tuning it to perfection for a grand return in 2023.

Proudly presented by the Australian Music Association and Australian Musician, sponsored by Marsh and supported by Triple M, PBS, Beat and Mixdown, the show dedicated to celebrating the world’s most popular instrument, will once again feature Australia’s largest pop-up guitar shop, and an axe-ellent lineup of guitarists from Aus and around the world. It will offer the chance to see, try and buy from the biggest range of guitars seen in Melbourne under one roof for the first time since 2019. Plus, the opportunity to see and meet the finest local and international exponents of fretted instruments across three stages.

Already announced to appear in performance or session for the 2023 Melbourne Guitar Show are: Eric Bibb (USA) in Q&A session, Nick Johnston (CAN), and Aussies; Steph Strings, Hussy Hicks, Simon Hosford plays Yngwie Malmsteen’s Trilogy, Kathleen Halloran, Lloyd Spiegel, and Kyran Daniel.

Now we’re thrilled to add these exciting guitar-based artists to the show:

Phil Manning & Nick Charles, Blues Roulette, Josh Smith (Northlane), King Canyon, Chris Bieniek, Opal Ocean, Joyce Prescher, Marcel Yammouni, Corey Legge, Charlie Bedford, Monica Weightman, James Ryan and Leon Todd. And with so many local and international artists in town that weekend, you never know who else will make an appearance at the show as it’s the coolest muso hang of the year!


#MGS2023 will host a monster gear expo with 60 exhibitors that will feature a huge variety of electric and acoustic guitars, basses, effects pedals, amps and more state-of-the-art guitar technology, both home-grown and from around the world. We call it Australia’s biggest pop-up guitar shop. Check out the exhibitor list here.


Get your kids’ heads out of those phones and iPads and show them what true inspiration is all about. There’s a whole weekend of performances and demos that’ll knock their socks off. Remember the first great music event you attended and how it made you feel? The Melbourne Guitar Show could be just as significant for your own kids. Then there’s the guitars! All the colours, all the shapes and attentive staff on hand to show them how it all works. It’s a fully indoor event, so don’t worry about the weather, and there’s plenty of food and drink to keep your family energised too.


Attend one of the many demonstration sessions, hosted by respected industry experts to learn all about the latest guitar gear.


Entertainment all weekend from the best guitar players from Australia and overseas on three performance stages, as well as a session room. If you’re not digging an acoustic act on the Mezzanine stage, you can find plenty of electric options on the Whammy Bar stage. There’s rock, roots, blues, fusion, and more to choose from. Check out the performer list here.

The Melbourne Guitar Show will be held at Caulfield Racecourse on March 4 & 5, 2023
Tickets are on sale now from

Visit the new Melbourne Guitar Show site at for the latest show announcements and information.
Check out the 2023 Promo video and Highlights Video from the last show 

SUNDAY March 5 | CAULFIELD RACECOURSE | 10.00am – 4.00pm |

Adult day pass $30, adult weekend pass $45, concession day pass $20, concession weekend pass $25.