MASTERS OF GUITAR with DAI PRITCHARD
He's an Australian guitar rock legend and Dai Pritchard will be working his magic at The Bunker at The Imperial Hotel Eumundi on Friday 18 August. Pritchard is one of the best in the business - as guitarist for Rose Tattoo, Jimmy Barnes, Glenn Shorrock of LRB, Doug Parkinson, Olivia Newton-John, Billy Thorpe + many more. For the Eumundi gig, Dai will be supported by multi-award winning performer and songwriter Lee T-Bone Turner.
GUITAR MAN DAI PRITCHARD
From the moment he saw Alice Cooper at Melbourne's Festival Hall (Dai was 15 back in 1977), he knew guitar was what he wanted to do. It wasn't charismatic frontman Alice, but instead the two guitarists with their power chords and searing licks that had young Dai mesmerised.
His first gig in the early ‘80s was in a punk rock band called The Vents. His apprenticeship then included a brief stint with His Majesty, a gloriously overblown incarnation of the brothers Burgess, bass player Denny and drummer Colin, who’d been in The Throb and The Masters Apprentices respectively, and then, in 1988, his “serious” original band, Der Straza, fronted by singer Stephanie Howell.
Through the ‘90s and into the noughties, Pritchard gradually found himself the guitarist of choice by some pretty big – and diverse – names, among them Jimmy Barnes, Glenn Shorrock of LRB, Doug Parkinson and even Olivia Newton-John.
But it was his eight years playing with the late, great Billy Thorpe that consolidated his reputation as a hard-working power player, an association that took him around the country not only with Thorpe but as part of the incredibly successful 'Long Way To The Top' tours in 2002/3, which also saw him play with Marcia Hines.
After that came stints with Nancy Kiel Band, Chris E. Thomas, Steve Flack’s Guitar Heroes and residencies as a solo acoustic artist, but all through those years, he was secretly wishing to play in one band above all others, dropping seriously heavy hints every chance he could to drummer Paul DeMarco, with whom he played in Thorpie’s band when DeMarco’s other band weren’t touring. That other band? Rose Tattoo.
In 2005, Pritchard’s dream finally came true (though sadly for all the wrong reasons as slide guitarist and founding member Pete Wells was unwell). With two weeks notice before a 30-date European tour, Dai Pritchard became a fulltime member of Rose Tattoo, proudly blazing his own chops into their musical legacy on their album, Blood Brothers.
Anyone who’s seen Pritchard play will know that for him, playing is still fun – glorious, exhilarating, unadulterated fun. Only these days, he brings an incredible arsenal of technical expertise, an expertise broad enough to allow him to slot in easily behind anyone that needs a slice of his power, versatility and finesse.
Here in Eumundi, Dai will be backed by keyboardist Parris Macleod, along with Bob Oliver (USA) Berkley University drummer and Sunshine Coast session bassist Garry Ward.
LEE T-BONE TURNER
Multi-award winning performer and songwriter Lee T-Bone Turner knows how to get the party going with his dynamic fusion of jazz, blues and funk!
T-Bone started performing in bands from the age of 14, playing all over Sydney and Melbourne central coast areas with permanent resident spots.
Over the years he has performed with some of the best blues artists including Lisa Hunt (New York City), Sandi Thom, The Mal Eastick Band, Who's Muddy Shoes, CJ's Blues Band, Renee Geyer, Tim Gaze, Paul O'Brien's Thunder Shuffle, Little Kenny, Kevin Borich and many more!
In 2004, T-Bone won best blues song for 'Blue Funk Ave', and took out best producer in a blues category in 2009 before going on to win Best Coastal Performance in 2010.
In recent years, Lee T-Bone Turner has made Queensland his home and performs at festivals and venues on the Sunshine Coast throughout the year including the Mitchell Creek Blues Festival in the Mary Valley.
TICKETS: Pre-sale $25 (+ booking fee) through Oztix or at the Imperial Hotel (Ph: 5442 8811). $30 at the door
Doors open 7.30pm
Imperial Hotel Courtesy Bus
The Imperial Hotel’s FREE courtesy bus operates Friday and Saturday nights from 5pm + Sundays from 2pm travelling to Eumundi, Belli Park, Cooroy, Doonan, Eerwah Vale, North Arm, and Verrierdale. Phone Gary on 0467 414 171 to book. The courtesy bus service is also available for
GROUP BOOKINGS of eight or more up to 30 mins from the hotel (includes Bli Bli, Coolum, Cooran, Nambour, Noosa, Noosaville, Palmwoods, Peregian Springs, Peregian Beach, Pomona, Sunshine Beach, Tewantin and Yandina). To book a group pick-up, call the hotel on 5442 8811 any time throughout the week.
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