Shannon Bourne Album Launch - sat 14 jul 2018, 7:30pm AEST

Gig Info

Doors Open 7.30pm, showtime 8.40pm (with intermission)

Premium Reserved Seating: $35+bf

A-Reserved Seating: $28+bf

General Admission: $18+bf &

$20 at the door (if available)

Shannon Bourne words fail


Shannon Bourne… A Free-thinking guitarist, singer songwriter, producer, session musician, tutor and mentor.

Shannon’s latest album ‘Words Fail’ was recorded over an impressive 2 days. It was a very much a natural creative experience where Shannon drew upon his artisitc flair, thus creating a unique instrumental masterpiece, a tonal articulation of Shannon’s own space and thoughts. As the album was recorded in a short amount of time, it exudes a high level of creative purity, showcasing Shannon’s skills as a guitarist. Without a doubt, Shannon has taken this greatest (and most artistically courageous) leap to-date to realise a personalised and intimate form of musical expression.

“The album is like inviting people into your private space for a personalised musical experience” says Shannon.

The spotlight of attention really started to move Shannon’s way when he was picked up as personal guitar-slinger to blues legend, Chris Wilson. The young Bourne learnt his performance craft in the boot camp of countless gigs, TV appearances and festivals with the in-demand Wilson, both in here and overseas. Bonus nights (and there were many), would be on those occasions where the bill was shared playing with the likes of Richard Thompson – a personal favourite and influence on Shannon. All this experience and the recording of two albums with Chris, whetted the appetite of the guitarist to go out and do his own thing – in 2005 BURN IT DOWN was released

BURN IT DOWN was very much an album from the young blues guitarist – played straight with rocking’ blues and tender tunes; all killer! The album won immediate applause from fans and critics alike. Justifiably proud of his first independent solo release, Shannon was humbled by the attention and excited by the opportunities it attracted.

The following three years were filled with great session work, appearances as featured guest guitarist with the likes of Matt Walker and Broderick Smith on tours here and once again, overseas. Shannon also began to give of his time to supporting emerging artists in a variety of genres, such as Jimmy Dowling.

Inspired once more by his colleagues and experiences, Shannon felt the desire to fulfil his own musical expression.

DARK THINGS became the album that had to be made. The risk in releasing a ‘blues-infused’ versus straight blues album, was undermined by the contentment found by releasing all the images and sounds that became the album DARK THINGS. Shannon had now found his own voice – a developing voice – centred on a personal philosophy of what ‘the blues’ means to him. The album attracted a new group of enthusiastic listeners, whilst managing to challenge the perspective of existing fans.

Shannon has edged even further centre-stage with performances at the invitation-only SXSW showcase, in hugely successful and Helpmann Award winning show, ‘The Man In Black’ starring Tex Perkins, and with the with the popular ‘The Ultimate Rock ‘N’ Roll Jam Session’.

About Fenn Wilson:
Fenn Wilson is an award-winning young singer-songwriter from the Bellarine Peninsula who expresses pure feeling through storytelling. His debut album, Tales Of The Black Dog, released in 2014, is a collection of ballads, featuring his powerful yet gentle and deep voice and strong, rhythmic guitar.

Fenn spent a year writing and honing these songs and they form a snapshot of his recent past; brushes with heartache, depression, world-weariness and uncertainty, lightened with compassionate observation, love and redemption. Fenn is working on the follow up, a more complex recording co-produced by Chris Parkinson at My Sweet Mule in Adelaide. This work will feature harmony vocals, strings and bass in addition to Fenn’s voice and guitar.

Fenn plays drums as well, and can occasionally be seen accompanying father Chris at shows, including the Blue Mountains Music Festival in NSW, Folk Rhythm And Life in Eldorado, Victoria and MOTH in Gippsland, Victoria. Since moving to Melbourne this year, Fenn has taken on the role of promoter, staging shows featuring himself and other young artists in Geelong and Melbourne

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