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Briars Blues Festival
Saturday, February 24th, 2018
Simon Kinny-Lewis takes the audience with him on a seismic journey of compelling, blues guitar - along with a voice that Steve Lukather (Toto, Michael Jackson), describes as being similar to American blues star Joe Bonamassa. Simon’s own original, soulful brand of contemporary blues, combined with an uncanny ability to reach the hearts of onlookers, has given this artist from Sydney, Australia a loyal and ever-growing army of followers. Simon Kinny-Lewis has performed and recorded with world-renowned artists such as Christian Howes, Ric Fierabracci, Anton Davidyants, Simeon Cain and more. He has acknowledged the influence of many great guitarists including Scott Henderson, Robben Ford, Richie Kotzen and others, however Simon has now well and truly found his own guitar ‘voice’ through many years of hard work and dedication to his craft. Quite simply, he is an amazing guitarist, songwriter, performer and producer. He has recorded five albums to date, ranging in genres from contemporary electric blues, acoustic blues, rock and even finger-pickin’ country. Simon has now emerged as one of the top artists on the Australian blues scene. Live, he delivers a performance that’s all class - with tone and technique to die for, inevitably living up to his reputation for giving his all. Over recent months Simon has been touring his fourth CD “Street Blues”, an album that has been captivating audiences around Australia and around the world. In a breakthrough year (2016) he was invited by Blues giant Chris Cain (USA) to perform with him at ‘The Basement’, Sydney’s premier live music venue. Simon again linked up with Chris for support and guest spots during his more recent 2017 Australian tour. July 2017 saw the release of “Catfish”, Simon’s first solo acoustic CD featuring Australian harmonica great Chris Wilson. A brand new band album, “Bad Whisky”, is due for release before the end of the year. ********************* Endorsements: Steve Lukather (guitarist for Toto) comments on Simon Kinny-Lewis’s latest album “Street Blues” “Great man. Your voice has a little Bonnamassa in it…which is cool. Love the tune too. KILLER solo! T.J. Helmerich - producer/engineer for artists Steve Vai, Victor Wooten, and Tribal Tech says this about Simon’s 2015 release “Strat Attack”… “Simon’s releases never cease to amaze me! This one is my favourite I think... love the writing, and the players. Simon’s guitar talents truly shine on this, as he effortlessly navigates through tricky progressions with fire, grace and taste!” Christian Howes - leading jazz violinist and professor at the Berklee College of Music. His artistic collaborators have included Les Paul, Greg Osby, Robben Ford, to name a few writes.... “One of the most soulful guitar players on the planet!” Simon Cotsworth - Producer/Engineer (Seal, Santana, Benson, Ritenour, Simon Kinny-Lewis) “What I look for is timing and performance..and Simon is top on both of those.” Vicente Zumel - (La Hora del Blues - “Street Blues” review) - “Simon appears as a good poet and storyteller, but also as an excellent composer, an impressive singer and a first class guitar player. A magnificent sophisticated album that in every note gives off a delightful fragrance. Very good!”