Daniel Champagne

Daniel Champagne

 Bega, New South Wales, AUS
BandFolkBlues

Recently described as 'the most talked-about rising star of Australia's next generation' Daniel Champagne delivers one of the most impressive one-man-shows out there! now holding a firm reputation for dropping jaws, breaking guitars and making festivals buzz wherever he goes!

Biography

Recently described as 'the most talked-about rising star of Australia's next generation' Daniel Champagne delivers one of the most impressive one-man-shows out there!
Reaching to musical depth’s far beyond his years and a way with the guitar that can only be seen to be believed. Champagne often sounds closer to a three-piece band than the 21 year old singer songwriter guitarist now established as a renowned performer on both the Australian and international stage.

A reputation on his instrument of choice firmly established, recent descriptions of the live show state 'Proof that the acoustic guitars only limit is our imagination' (Lloyd Spiegel) and 'The best young guitarist in Australia' (IFC President). Daniel's playing runs from the instruments soul to way outside of its box. His Signature explosion of 2-hand tapping, body percussion and fiery runs in a swag of different tunings can be expected. As can the jazzy finger picking and tasteful improvisation of someone that first picked up the instrument at seven years old and as it would seem, hasn’t put it down since.

The same versatility can be said for his writing and material. Pulling off setts from intense blues-driven crowd pleasers, experimental compositions, bags of originals to century old Folk and Blues Songs delivered with an exiting youthful flair. As for the voice...'He sings with a wonderfully pronounced and proud Aussie twang, howling here, hushed there, always confident, fearless and knowing' (Jamie Forbes)

In all, a live show to mark as an absolute must see!

Having released two celebrated studio EPs - 'My Own Design' (2009) and 'Wide Eyed and Open' (2010). Daniel has now taken his explosive live show to all corners of his homeland and received an overwhelming response on an international level. He has performed at some of the fore-most world renowned Folk and Blues festivals including Woodford, Byron Bay Bluesfest, Nationals (Australia) Vancouver Folk, Salmon Arm Roots & Blues (Canada) to name a few. After Sharing stages with some of the leaders in acoustic music today and been marked as a true light in its future Daniel Champagne now holds a firm reputation for dropping jaws, breaking guitars and making festivals buzz wherever he goes!

PRESS QUOTES
"Daniel is proof that the acoustic guitars only limit is our imagination. It's a thrill to see a young artist with so much creativity, desire and talent using the instrument in a unique way" (Lloyd Spiegel)

"The best young guitarist in Australia" (IFC President)

"His on-stage presence radiates a musical maturity well beyond his years and a phenomenal method of playing the guitar leaves audiences thrilled' (TE Herald Newcastle)

"It's his guitar work that really steals the show. Champagne has not only mastered his instrument, he's conquered it. Reaching into Folk, Blues, Classical, Jazz, Rock and other styling’s, with nods to virtuosos too numerous to mention. Champagne has created a pastiche all of his own... I cannot recommend this cd highly enough. Buy it, spread the word, something wonderful is happening down here" (BDN)

'A precarious young talent in the guitar world' (Rhythms Magazine)

FESTIVAL APPEARENCES
- Byron Bay Bluesfest
- Woodford Folk Festival
- Queenscliff Music Festival
- Australian Blues Music Festival
- National Folk Festival
- Vancouver Folk Festival (Canada)
- Salmon Arm Roots & Blues Festival (Canada)

- Fairbridge Festival, Corinbank Festival, Snowy Mountain's of Music Festival, Wallaby Creek Festival, Cygnet Folk Festival, Palm Creek Folk Festival, Red Deer Festival, Illawarra Folk Festival, Mt Beauty Music Muster, Kangaroo Valley Folk Festival, Cobargo Folk Festival, Candelo Village Festival, Tilba Easter Festival, Bega Valley Transition Festival, Tuross Music Festival and many more...

PERFORMANCE REVIEW
'Today I saw the future of Folk! - Festival goers flocking in their thousands towards main stage to witness the young musical phenomenon from Australia dish out an absolute show-stopper at the evening’s end.

It's not often that what we are told in this industry is reality, but I can tell you...the hype surrounding this kid is!
Daniel Champagne's guitar skills are indeed unparalleled, I've seen all the great players but have never heard such a sound come out of one instrument. Prowling the stage with it swinging around his shoulders and through the air, his hands are a blur as he taps notes with both hands, beats out rhythms on the body and toys with our emotion in a musical rollercoaster running from all out attach to complete silence with a mere slide of hand. Each song is a polished gem delivered in the vein of a old Folk troubadour, yet with an exiting youthful flair. But it's the manner in which he holds his audience...his commanding stage presence, cheeky road stories of a 21yr old on the international circuit and his old school dancing-in-the-crowd, guitar behind th

Lyrics

Lady Fait

Written By: Daniel Champagne

Please don't listen here cause every word i speak is spoken in fear
Please don't wear me out cause every bit of clothing that i own's been sewn with doubt

And i've always walked that way
Now the road i was walking's disappeared
And the same light that guides you leads me astray
Lady fait has fallen here

Don't you ever let me fall I'm holding back the anguish that's tearing at these walls
A maze that travels all i know my sword and shield my golden thrown
I know i never lived there but it always felt like home, it always felt like home

And 've always walked this way
Now the road i was walking's disappeared
And the same light that guides you leads me astray
Lady fait has fallen here

We always walked that line and always saw to time
As just what we left behind and why we'd fall
We left at stake our own defence to forsake or rail against
The barricade of consequence outside these walls
Though i know yeah know, i know how the seasons go and just why we miss them so

Please don't listen hear cause every word i speak is spoken in fear
Please don't wear me out cause every bit of clothing that i own's been sewn with doubt

And i've always walked that way
Now the road i was walking's disappeared
And the same light that guides you leads me astray
Lady fait has fallen here

Forever On My Mind

Written By: Daniel Champagne

Roses, they don't shoot till spring time
But if they get no rain, they may not shoot at all
You and me walking on a string line
Dancing on a flame, always bound to fall

We were soldiers both assigned to chance in a castle they call time
Now girl your bound to dance forever on my mind

I was drifting when i saw you
There beneath the trees, lonely in the crowd
Wide eyed and open to the core you
Plucked me from the breeze and brought me to the ground

I was souring wild and out of place but I found comfort at your side

Though I lost your hand, I've got your face forever on my mind

Moonlight shooting from your eyes girl
One september eve lying in the rain
Your soft touch lifting my world a light that wouldn't leave
But we could never tame

Though we're bound to walk this road again, if we don't meet next time
Know that your sweet song plays forever on my mind

Know that your bound to stay forever on my mind

Discography

'My Own Design' (EP) - Pirate Records 2008
'Wide Eyed and Open' (EP) - Pirate Records 2009

Set List

My Own Design
Wide Eyed
Lady Fait
Forever On My Mind
Child in Yourself
More Like Home
Witch is in the Wishing Well
Pendulum

Green green rocky road (Traditional)
The Water is wide (Traditional)
Shady Grove (Traditional)
Vincent (McLean)
Spoonful (Dixon)
Don't Forget To Miss Me (Manx)