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Scott Burford

General Details

A versatile and very experienced musician, Scott has performed over much of the east coast of Australia in a number of guises. From backyard weddings to festival crowds of 1000’s, he has performed as a solo guitarist, in jazz and rock bands, acoustic blues duos, tribute shows and big bands. In all he has performed around 1500 professional gigs in the last decade, and some of the notable highlights along the way include:

•Opening for the show ‘Greats of Australian Guitar’ at Sydney’s famous ‘The Basement’ club

•A final five finalist in the Australian Guitar Magazine 2007 ‘Australian Guitarist of The Year’ Competition

•Twice nominated as a final five finalist in the Musicoz Awards; the national songwriting competition for unsigned artists.

•Having his music used in film and documentaries.

•Competing in the national fingerstyle guitar championships final at the Frankston International Guitar Festival in Victoria.

•Performing at NSW Parliament House for state and federal MPs alongside AOC officials and sponsors

•Performing at some of Australia’s largest music festivals in front of thousands of people.

•Appearing on channels 9, 7, ABC and Austar’s CMC.

•Touring with an Elvis impersonator. Nothing beats standing behind a man wearing a cape and jump suit!

Scott has been afforded the opportunity to perform alongside some of the biggest names in the Australian jazz, blues, rock,pop and country scenes. Furthermore he has studied with some world class musicians (Ike Isaacs – guitarist for Frank Sinatra; Carl Orr – guitarist for legendary jazz drummer Billy Cobham; Steve Hunter – bassist for jazz keyboard legend Chick Corea).
His greatest influences and inspirations include Tommy Emmanuel, Chet Atkins,Eric Clapton, Joe Satriani, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Miles Davis, John Coltrane, The Beatles, Bob Dylan, James Taylor, bad ’80’s pop, Larry Carlton, Robben Ford and modern acoustic players such as Andy McKee and Don Ross.
As a player he is somewhat of a chameleon, with bluesy articulations and phrasing, jazz-inspired chromaticism and harmony, virtuosic rock guitar techniques such as fast legato runs and sweep-picked arpeggios, open-tuned Celtic melodies, the use of slide on both the electric and acoustic, and a wide variety of tonal options that reflect his many and varied influences.

These details were last updated on June 28, 2011