The 2019 special edition of Adelaide Guitar Festival in July packs a punch with a headline show from Grammy Award-winning US bluegrass band Punch Brothers.
The quintet will return to Adelaide as part of their recently announced national tour. It’s the third time they will play at Adelaide Guitar Festival, with their 2016 performance completely selling out.
Banjoist for Punch Brothers Noam Pikelny says they are thrilled to be performing at the world-renowned festival. “We had such a wonderful experience when we visited last in 2016 and have been eager to find our way back," Noam says.
"Interestingly enough, the beginning instrumental section of 'All Ashore', the title track of our new record, materialised quite spontaneously during our soundcheck onstage in Sydney in 2016. So it is only fitting to finally come back and showcase the finished product.”
Other ticketed performances are Karin Schaupp and Miles Johnston, playing at Adelaide Festival Centre’s Space Theatre on July 16, and Jeff Lang and Cal Williams Jr also at Space Theatre on July 17.
Adelaide Guitar Festival is a biennial event, with the next full programme in 2020, and this is the first time ticketed gigs will be held on the alternate year.
Adelaide Guitar Festival Artistic Director Slava Grigoryan says it’s all about meeting demand.
“Adelaide Guitar Festival is the most significant festival of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere and continues to be extremely popular," he says.
"We want to continue to build momentum for the next full programme in 2020 and at the same time, make music more accessible. We are thrilled to have musicians of this caliber performing in July."