Long-time Aussie blues/roots flag bearer Geoff Achison has spent over two decades perfecting his musical craft, forging an enviable reputation both in Australia and internationally both as a solo artist and also with his band, ‘The Souldiggers’.
Friday, 10 August sees him make his way to the Helensvale NightQuarter as part of a bumper national tour in support of his latest album, ‘Sovereign Town’.
The album was recorded in the historic town of Ballarat and sees Achison delve into an intimate and organic 12 song cycle inspired by the early days of Victoria’s gold rush.
Here’s how Geoff described the album’s inspiration and genesis:
“Growing up in Malmsbury in the Golden Triangle of Victoria’s goldfields, we had dozens of dull, grey mullock heaps all around us, remnants of the old diggings. We kids would explore the discarded mine-shafts and tunnels, daring each other to leap over huge holes in the ground. It was fascinating history, so much work that had been suddenly abandoned. This inspired the song ‘Sovereign Town’, the first track written for the new album. Then I was in Ballarat doing a guitar workshop and did a jam session with some local musicians and we just hit it off. The new stuff I was writing had more of an acoustic flavour than my regular band The Souldiggers, so I decided that I’d record in Ballarat with these new guys. The regular trips out there helped me reconnect with the history and atmosphere of the place and the whole thing started coming together.”
Here’s a taste of what you can expect, in the form of the first single from Geoff’s new album, ‘Skeleton Kiss’.
Achison is somewhat of a household name for fans of the blues and roots genre down south, so be sure to make the most of this opportunity to check out why he’s held in such high esteem.
Friday 10th August
NightQuarter, Gold Coast, QLD
He’s also playing the following shows close by, in the lead up to the NightQuarter show:
Wednesday 8th August
The Railway Friendly Bar, Byron Bay, NSW
Thursday 9th August
The Middle Pub, Mullumbimby, NSW