Cal Williams Jr (Director)
Multi-award winning Blues singer/songwriter, Cal Williams Jr, combines the gentle fingerpicking of British Folk with the raw intensity of Delta Slide Blues to create a sound that is both intricate and powerful. Blues Blast Magazine, USA, said “Cal Williams Jr’s guitar work is impeccable under his gorgeous voice. A marvelous quilt of tones and textures from this masterful player” and Rhythms magazine said that “Cal’s gentle high tenor voice, delicate fingerpicking and snaky bottleneck fretwork evoke the sound of Mississippi John Hurt in his exceptional guitar playing”.
Cal was recently awarded the ARBA Best Blues Soloist Award and was voted in the Top 3 Best Blues Guitarists for the Derringers Music Awards. In addition to his guitar and songwriting awards, Cal is also an internationally published author with Mel Bay USA and Director of Blues and Roots for the Adelaide Guitar Festival's Winter School program.
“Cal Williams Jr is musically a phenomenon. His unique, impeccable guitar style and singing are exceptional. From the first quick fingerpicking, Williams’ sublime guitar style is striking, with his voice sounding high and heavenly” Rootstime Magazine, Belgium
SPECIAL GUEST TUTORS
Australian guitarist-songwriter-vocalist-producer, Jeff Lang has built a reputation for making startling music that is accomplished, intricate, gutsy, melodic and loaded with soul. Often taking unexpected turns, he has consistently inspired his audiences by creating a stylistically diverse catalog of over 25 albums.
Chris brings a wry twist to his original blues song writing, adding sly humour to lyrics, focusing on the musing of everyday experiences, and embracing a strong sense of community. His restless musical curiosity has seen him embrace a tapestry of varied cultural influences, weaving the sounds of India, Celtic traditions, and African nations into his music. This has resulted in a career rich in variety and encompassing diverse opportunities from film scores, theatrical productions and musical therapy.
Jen Lush writes evocative, starkly modern folk songs spun from the heart. From her diverse artistic background in dance, theatre and electronica music in Europe and the UK, to the folk-tinged music of Cat Dog Bird, Jen’s love of word-smithery and music coalesce on her 2017 album The Night’s Insomnia.
This beautiful collection of Australian poetry crafted into songs has taken Jen and her stellar band to festivals and venues in South Australia, Victoria, NSW and Tasmania. Currently working on her new album, Jen returns to the deeply personal, taking the magnifying glass to the small idiosyncrasies of her life in the suburbs, mining for simple joys and everyday frailties in acoustic songs which teeter on the edges of folk, alt-country and something entirely its own.