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Geoff Achison, Australian blues guitarist returns to TFAC

Australian blues player Geoff Achison, master of both acoustic and electric guitar, returns to Tryon Fine Arts Center with singer/ songwriter Randall Bramblett on Friday, Sept. 6 at 8 p.m. For more information on this concert, sponsored by Lichty Guitars, call 828-859-8322 or visit www.tryonarts.org. (photo submitted)

Australian blues player Geoff Achison, master of both acoustic and electric guitar, returns to Tryon Fine Arts Center with singer/ songwriter Randall Bramblett on Friday, Sept. 6 at 8 p.m. For more information on this concert, sponsored by Lichty Guitars, call 828-859-8322 or visit www.tryonarts.org. (photo submitted)

Joined by southern singer/ songwriter Randall Bramblett

Friday, Sept. 6 Tryon Fine Arts Center (TFAC) brings back award-winning guitarist Geoff Achison, blending his powerful blues, funk and soul with multi-instrumentalist singer/ songwriter Randall Bramblett.

Joining these two exceptional musicians are bass player Michael Steele and drummer Seth Hendershot, both long-time players with Bramblett.

According to The Times of London, Australian blues/ roots artist Geoff Achison is “Possibly one of the most gifted musicians to arrive on the scene… His playing verges on the miraculous.”

Growing up in the small town of Malmsbury in southeastern Australia, Achison developed a passion for American blues music and taught himself to play on a beat-up instrument he discovered ‘under the stairs’ of the family home. Achison began playing music professionally in his father’s dance band at the age of 13.

He switched to bass at 15, playing mostly jazz. In his early 20s, he moved to Melbourne and was hired as lead guitarist with bluesman ‘Dutch’ Tilders. He formed his own band in 1995 and began travelling internationally. Achison has since toured the USA, UK and Australia many times releasing over a dozen albums. Along the way he has won several awards including the ‘Albert King Award’ in Memphis and Australia’s ‘Chain’ blues award for best band.