Shannon Bourne

Shannon Bourne

 Melbourne, Victoria, AUS
BandBluesAlternative

Acknowledged as one of the country’s finest exponents of experimental, contemporary blues guitar virtuosity, Shannon Bourne has in the last extended that reputation to his song writing, arranging and singing.

Biography

Shannon Bourne is a virtuoso guitarist, singer-songwriter and published expert on guitars and related equipment, from Melbourne Australia.

With the release of his second solo album, Dark Things – ten tracks of melodic blues-infused acoustic and electronic guitar songs, Shannon’s aim of developing an intimate and personalised form of expression through music has proved to be an exhilarating experience for artist and audience alike.

An astonishingly fine set for the popular Guitar Zone concert at the 2009 Port Fairy Folk Festival attracted the personal appreciation of none other than Vishwa Mohan Bhatt – checkout YouTube for an extract of the song ‘Cotton Dress’ played at the festival.

When time permits there’s a band too, The Shannon Bourne Band! A four piece with a distinct rock(in’) groove. The band format allows Shannon to not only present his own material in all it’s full-bodied glory - ref: ‘Bailin’Dry’ from Dark Things on Youtube – Steve Hesketh on delicious keys, but it also provides the opportunity to give the nod to some of Shannon’s personal heroes and influences; check Youtube for a version of ‘Freedom’ by Hendrix.

Since September 2009 Shannon's been busy touring with hugely successful and award winning production of 'The Man in Black' starring Tex Perkins.

A break from national touring with TMIB, took Shannon to Austin Texas for a very successful appearance at SXSW 2010!

In the meantime, he's working on 'The Ultimate Jam' starring James Blundell, Nick Barker, Dave Larkin and Ezra Lee.

Press

Sam Fell from Rhythms again…
‘There are elements of Tom Waits here, there elements of Frank Zappa on here, it’s the soundtrack to a bad acid trip, but it’s also bright and fresh and something that demands attention, putting Bourne up there as not only as one of our premier guitarists, but also as one of our premier songwiters and arrangers.”

“In the last ten years I have played every major festival and venue in Australia and toured North America, Canada and Asia – but always at the side of someone else. This time it’s personal – it’s my own material.”

Discography

2005 - "BURN IT DOWN' - (independent album release)

2009 - "DARK THINGS" - (independent album release)

2011 Live album currently in pre-press

Set List

ACOUSTIC SET LIST
dead end town
handyman
light on
bring you back
burn it down
charcoal skies
changes all the day
dark things
everything to me
bailing dry
don't throw your book on me
till the fall
cotton dress
solitary

- COVERS -
out on the western plain
as the crow flies
can't be satisfied
wind cries mary
walkin blues
pistol slapper blues

ELECTRIC SET LIST
dead end town
handyman
light on
bring you back
burn it down
charcoal skies
changes all the day
dark