Geoff Achison

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Geoff Achison
Birth name Geoffrey Raymond Achison
Born (1965-08-05) 5 August 1965 (age 49)
Cowes, Phillip Island, Victoria, Australia
Genres Blues, soul, funk, blues rock, jazz, acoustic blues
Occupation(s) Musician, songwriter
Instruments Guitar, vocals, bass guitar, double bass
Years active 1989 present
Labels Jupiter 2 Records, Zyx, Black Market Music
Associated acts The Souldiggers, Geoff Achison Band, Dutch Tilders & The Blues Club, Classically Blue, Box of Blues, The UK Souldiggers
Website www.geoffachison.com
Notable instruments
  • PRS Studio, PRS Custom 22
  • Gibson Les Paul Deluxe
  • Gibson EC-30 BKE Gibson J-45
  • Lichty OM acoustic

Geoff Achison (born 5 August 1965 in Cowes, Phillip Island) is an independent Australian Melbourne-based singer/songwriter guitarist, whose artistic focus is of the blues, blues rock and soul genres. Geoff performs in two modes – as a solo artist performing and singing with acoustic guitar, and bandleader as a singer/electric guitarist.

Career[edit]

Geoff performed [1] as lead guitarist for Dutch Tilders between 1989–96, before beginning to feature as a solo artist. He appeared in many festivals in Australia, including:

  • Wangaratta Jazz Festival[2]
  • Sydney Blues Festival[3]
  • Bendigo Blues and Roots Festivals,
  • Manly Jazz Festival 1998/99;
  • the Thredbo Blues Festivals of[4] 2011, and 2001, 1995–98 performing as the “Classically Blue" Trio with violinist Adrian Keating and Bass player Steve Sampson;
  • the Sydney Festival's 2001 'Jazz in the Domain' performing as 'Classically Blue'.


After performing with Dutch Tilders, Achison formed his band 'the Souldiggers' and produced his first album, Big Machine in 1994.[5] It is featured in the National Library of Australia.[6] By 2002, membership of 'The Souldiggers' included Gerry Pantazis and two ex-members of Little River Band: bassist Roger McLachlan, and keyboardist Mal Logan.

Achison has been an instructor at Fur Peace Ranch guitar camp run by Jorma Kaukonen each year since 1998, [7] [8] and has featured in a live performance with the Allman Brothers.

Geoff currently plays a Lichty Guitars[9] acoustic instrument when performing in the US. In Australia, Geoff plays Cole-Clark acoustic guitars.[citation needed]

Awards[edit]

In 1995 the Melbourne Blues Appreciation Society sent Geoff to the Memphis International Blues Challenge, where he won the Albert King Award [10] for the most promising guitarist of the finals. He received a Gibson Nighthawk guitar and signed an endorsement contract with Gibson Guitar Corporation following the event.

He was awarded London-based Jazz FM's Album of the Month in 1999, for 'Mystery Train'.[11] Achison, along with the Souldiggers, won 'Group of the Year' at the 2007 Australian Blues Music 'Chain' Awards.[12][13]

In 2007, Little Big Men won Kweevak Music Magazine's Readers' Choice awards.,[14] and in 2008, 'Guitar Player' magazine's readers' poll listed Achison as one of the top 10 Hot New Guitarists.[15]

The Melbourne Blues Appreciation Society has awarded Geoff Male Artist of the Year, Album of the Year, Song of the Year and Band of the Year 2012[16]

Discography[edit]

Band Album Date Label Notes
Dutch Tilders & The Blues Club Blues Is My Life 1989 Blues Club Records
Real Australian Blues Vol 1 (compilation) 1992
Live at the Station 1995 Blues Club Records
One More Time 2001 Independent
Classically Blue Classically Blue 1994 Larrikin with Violinist Adrian Keating, Sydney Souldiggers and String Quartet
You Get That 1998 Larrikin
Classically Blue 'Live at the Basement' DVD/CD 2012 Jupiter 2 Records
Geoff Achison Band Big Machine 1994 Jupiter 2 Records/Larrikin
Genevieve 1995 Jupiter 2 Records
Real Australian Blues Vol 3 (compilation) 1997
Geoff Achison (solo acoustic) Real Australian Blues Vol 2 (compilation) 1993
Mystery Train 1996 Jupiter 2 Records/Newmarket
Acho Solo 2007 Jupiter 2 Records
Live at Burrinja Cafe 2011 Jupiter 2 Records
Geoff Achison & The Souldiggers Gettin' Evil 1999 (US) Jupiter 2 Records
Live at St Andrews 2000 (Aus) Jupiter 2 Records
Souldiggin' In The UK 2001 Powerhouse Records
Chasing My Tail 2002 (UK) Jupiter 2 Records
Each Long Day 2002 (UK) Powerhouse Records
Little Big Men 2005 (Aus) Jupiter 2 Records
Souldiggin' DVD/CD 2005 (Aus) Jupiter 2 Records
One Ticket One Ride 2009 (US) Jupiter 2 Records/Black Market Music
Live at Guitars Across The Bay 2010 (Aus) Jupiter 2 Records
20th Anniversary Concert double disc DVD/CD set 2014 (Aus) Jupiter 2 Records
Randall Bramblett & Geoff Achison Jammin' In The Attic 2010 (US) Hittin' The Note Records
Chris Wilson & Geoff Achison Box of Blues 2012 Jupiter 2 Records Feat: Chris Wilson – Geoff Achison – Mal Logan – Roger McLachlan – Gerry Pantazis
with Shannon Bourne & Kerri Simpson

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