UP-AND-COMING artist Jarrod Shaw has already been lucky enough to play on the Bendigo Blues Tram once before.
That time he supported Melbourne blues veteran Lloyd Spiegal. This time he will share the Blues Tram with “the patron saint of Aussie blues” Geoff Achison.
The experience gives Shaw, who has only been playing guitar for six years and gigs for three, a chance to learn from two huge influences
“It’s pretty exciting doing that. They are both huge influences on my guitar playing and definitely two artists who introduced me to the world of blues,” he said.
Achison and Shaw have already shared the stage in the past 12 months with gigs including the New Year’s Day show at the Kangaroo Hotel in Maldon and at the Golden Vine at last year’s Bendigo Blues and Roots Music Festival.
“There’s a few other but they’re the ones I remember. It’s always a good experience playing before Geoff,” Shaw said.
“Both Geoff and Lloyd are so accessible, so part of watching their gigs is watching their fingers like a hawk.
“They’re very generous with their time for up-and-coming blues musicians like myself.
“But it’s not just Geoff and Lloyd, there is a whole swag of musicians in Melbourne and Australia who you can go out and see and learn from.”
Shaw picked up a guitar six years ago and had a natural inclination for it.
His parents are both musical and listened to a lot music while he was growing up, giving him a broad taste in music.
“I’ve probably been gigging professionally for about three years, so I’m a bit of a late bloomer. A lot of people start (playing musical instruments) a lot earlier,” Shaw said.
“(Natural aptitude) certainly helped me along and it’s easy to enjoy something you do well rather than struggling down a long road.”
Shaw grew up in the Macedon Ranges and now plays there regularly.
“The scene was starting to develop (when I was young), it’s really starting to pick up now,” he said.
“The good thing about blues is there is such a great community. Places like the Australian Blues Appreciation Society always have jam nights and programs where you can learn from other musciians.”
Shaw and Achison depart the Central Deborah Goldmine on the Blues Tram at 2pm on Saturday.
“It’s such a unique experience. Last time I was on there, playing for all the people was not like anything I had done before,” he said.
“The pairings of nationally-renowned musicians and local performers is really good promotion for music in the area.”
As well as the Blues Tram on Saturday, Shaw will also play at the Echuca Winter Blues Festival from July 25 to 27. Details for the free festival can be found at www.winterblues.com.au