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.
Emily Davis is an insightful songwriter, whose music walks the line between folk and rock. Her cinematic lyrics create a luscious world for the listener, as each song explores human connection, the universal truths we all know but are often too afraid to admit and her enduring belief in the transformative power of love. She follows in the tradition of the strong women of her art form. Her sound is reminiscent of songstresses Brandi Carlile, Emmy-Lou Harris, Jolie Holland and Chrissie Hinde. She has a reputation for ‘utterly absorbing’ (DB Magazine) and ‘breath-taking’ (Rip It Up) live performances. Put simply, she knows how to turn a room.