Shannon Bourne
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Shannon Bourne

Melbourne, Victoria, Australia | SELF

Melbourne, Victoria, Australia | SELF
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"Dark Things"

Bourne, long a popular sideman on the Melbourne music scene, made his name as a hot blues guitarist, but just as Syd Barrett wrote the song 'Jugband Blues' for the second Pink Floyd alum 'A Saucerful of Secrets', they were hardly a blues band, and this, Bourne's second solo LP, is similarly far from the 12-bar mother lode. To emphasis the point, he opens the record with the title track - a muted, dark, acoustic, sonic exploration - and a couple of electronics drenched numbers that would have worked on Floyd's masterpiece 'Ummagumma', the keyboards of Bruce Haymes out front for much of the way. Fans of guitar heroics have no fear, however - Bourne gives the fretboard a couple of workouts, notably on the smouldering, hesitant 'Bailing Dry #1', which builds into a masterfully structered solo. Elsewhere he mixes straight-up rockers (Sweet Whiskey) and meditative slow numbers (Charcoal Skies). It's fascinating to hear this accomplished guitarist explore and grow as a singer and songwriter'
(Jeff Glorfeld June 2009) - The AGE - Entertainment Guide

"Dark Things - album review"

The aims of any artistic pursuit should be twofold. Firstly, to translate the artist’s inner thoughts and feelings into some kind of personal statement, and secondly to share that journey with an audience. On his new album ‘Dark Things’ Melbourne based blues rock guitarist (and Australian Musician contributor) achieves all that and more. Unlike Bourne’s last outing, the straight up blues rock of ‘Burn it Down’, Dark Things is more about moods and atmospherics. There’s barely a sound that hasn’t been altered, enriched or at least thought through with some deliberation. I get the impression that whatever wasn’t bolted to the studio floor, was considered for it’s sonic characteristics. Dark Things find Shannon in a contemplative, reflective frame of mind. What he feels, he plays. Stylistically, Shannon mixes it up too. There’s the Tom Waits like staccato guitar chugg of ‘Everything to Me’. ‘Sweet Whiskey’ is textured by some filthy effects-laden guitar., and the album’s showstopper, ‘Bailing Dry #1’ initially meanders, then builds in intensity to a crashing climax. Dark Things may not reward the impatient track skipper, however those prepared to invest the time in a genuine listen, will be amply recompensed. - Australian Musician magazine

"Shannon Bourne - Dark Things"

Shannon arriva dall'Australia, terra ricca di musica bellissima e particolare. Questo album ne è la sacro santa testimonianza! Un album cantato, sperimentale ma mai fuori dagli schemi. L'iniziale Dark Things sembra essere una sorte di intro da confessionale, ispiratissima, mentre Machines è caratterizzata da sperimentazioni alquanto interessanti. Stupenda anche Everything To Me, un blues originalissimo. Sicuramente non è un disco dal facile ascolto però con il tempo ne prenderet atto delle capacità cmpositive di Shannon. Interessanti anche tracce come Till The Fall, Sweet Whiskey e Charcoal Skies. Noto motlo le influenze di David Gilmour in molto contesti dei questo album, dal cantato alle sperimentazioni e molto english-style. Si si, non c'è dubbio che questo album ha qualcosa di particolare, e ogni volta che lo ascoltiamo sentiamo cose nuove. In my opinion Dark Things is a great great album! - GUUITARCHEF ZINE - (Italia)


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

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

2011 Live album currently in pre-press



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.


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.”