Artist Workshops at Agnes Blues, Roots & Rock Festival
4 February 2018
FESTIVAL GOES BACK TO SCHOOL WITH WORKSHOPS!
FESTIVAL DATES: Friday 16th, Saturday 17th & Sunday 18th February 2018
VENUE: SES Grounds, Captain Cook Drive, Seventeen Seventy, Qld 4677
Event organisers Discovery Coast Tourism & Commerce Inc (DCTC) are stoked to once again present top names and up-and-coming Aussie acts to crank it up in February with 3 days of the best blues, roots and rock music that they can fit in! And this includes Artist Workshops – the 2018 Agnes Blues, Roots & Rock Festival is heading back to school, music school that is, with only fun in mind. The artists hosting this year’s unique and inspiring workshops are from two very diverse poles in music:
All Strings Attached will present: Around the World on the Four Chord Express
Bring along your favourite instrument and let All Strings Attached lead you on a trip to several different musical worlds using only four chords. This workshop demonstrates the different musical styles of popular music through the ages from the swampy bluegrass bayou, all the way to the hills of Ireland and back to the white sand of Cuba.
All Strings Attached’s music draws together numerous unlikely folk music traditions and seamlessly weaves them together with punk, polka and progressive rock. The melting pot of influences that infuse their music can be stripped back to the roots, and at the essence is often based on simple chord structures that can be applied across a range of musical genres. The band will demonstrate a medley of popular songs all woven together and based on four common chords.
The workshop is highly interactive, with participants lead through a range of styles and the basic theory and playing technique that forms the unique and easily recognisable sound of a number of musical traditions. With three professional music teachers in the band, this session is aimed at all levels of playing ability and can be applied to almost any instrument. Show us what ya got on Sunday 18th February, at 9 am with All Strings Attached.
And, if you thought you had it all…
On Saturday morning, 17th February at 9am, Nigel McTrustry will run a 1 hour workshop on everything Cigar Box Guitar related. As a builder, teacher and performer, Nigel will talk about how to play a 3-string-slide, fretless cigar box guitar, share building and tuning tips, and his love of cigar box guitars.
This unique, fun instrument with a big sound and history steeped in the blues is experiencing a resurgence with the movement continuing to grow.
Nigel says: “They’re addictive to play and build, and the music is stripped back and raw. CBGs are a brilliant instrument for the complete beginner to advanced musos looking for a new sound on their palette. It’s about keeping it simple and not getting complicated. And, of course, I’ll show the ‘Smoke on the Water’ riff.”
Bring your own instrument (cigar box guitar or regular 6 string) and a slide. There will be a few of Nigel’s CBGs to try on the day also. The how-to-play part of the workshop will also be a great introduction to playing slide guitar. Be inspired to build your own instrument and join the cigar box guitar revolution!
Don’t forget to catch Nigel McTrustry’s Cigar Box Boogie Band onstage on Friday night 16th February at 6.15pm. Imagine a blissed-out music festival set in paradise. Actually, no need, this is it. Agnes Blues, Roots and Rock Festival is exactly what its name implies – the best blues, roots and rock music this side of the equator. Plus, it’s staged on the edge of the Great Barrier Reef, which ain’t too bad a spot in case you hadn’t noticed.
To book for an Artist Workshop, it’s only $20pp, go online to secure your spot now at www.agnesbluesandroots.com.au And for more festival information, or a fabulous Valentine’s Day present, purchase 1 day or 3 day tickets online also.