THE BACKSTAGE SESSIONS

In 2020, we embarked on a fresh initiative, bringing live music directly to your home and we are thrilled to announced that The Back Stage Sessions will be returning in 2022!
In the wings of the Festival Theatre, Adelaide Guitar Festival favourites, along with some of Adelaide’s most talented emerging musicians, recently came together to collaborate on a series of exclusive mini-concert recordings. Intimate, candid, and shot in high definition with a backdrop of memorabilia from past Adelaide Festival Centre productions, see these musicians in a vibrant new light.

The Backstage Sessions 2022 will featuring sets from Jimmybay + Aimee Volkofsky, Out of Sinc, Sweet Baby James & Rob Eyers, George & Noriko, Duo Antipodes and Stefan Hauk & Band. Sessions will be released for viewing on Sundays, starting 15 May 2022.

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  • 2020 BACKSTAGE SESSION 1 - KELLY MENHENNETT & BAND

    Kelly Menhennett is a national award-winning singer songwriter with a voice brimming in equal parts strength, passion and vibrato.

    Along with her band, get ready to be taken on an earthy and rustic journey through some of Kelly’s most catchy tunes.

  • 2020 BACKSTAGE SESSION 2 - THE DJANGO ROWE QUINTET

    Django Rowe has been writing and performing music since he first picked up a guitar at aged 4. Now, fronting a quintet including Sharon Grigoryan on cello, enjoy these new arrangements of his songs which while firmly rooted in jazz also push the boundaries of folk and avant-garde.

    Introducing Th...

  • 2020 BACKSTAGE SESSION 3 - THE YEARLINGS FT. SLAVA GRIGORYAN

    For some time now The Yearlings have been carving their place into the Australian alternative country music landscape. Including a special guest-appearance from our Artistic Director Slava Grigoryan (rarely seen sporting an electric guitar!), enjoy this beautiful set oozing with chilled roots vib...

  • 2020 BACKSTAGE SESSION 4 - MIKE BEVAN & ALAIN VALODZE

    Mike Bevan specializes in jazz and Brazilian guitar whose music has been described as ‘sublime and romantic’.

    Alain Valodze is an expressive Flamenco guitarist playing music of ‘haunting beauty and buoyant rhythm’.

    Together, their expression of classical guitar is a rare treat!

  • 2020 BACKSTAGE SESSION 5 - CHRIS FINNEN, CAL WILLIAMS JR & KORY HORWOOD

    Each multi-award winners and exceedingly talented blues musicians in their own right, together this trio combine the gentle fingerpicking of British Folk with the raw intensity of a Delta Blues speakeasy.

    Full of toe-tapping bravado and exciting slide guitar thrown in for good measure, enjoy a s...

  • 2020 BACKSTAGE SESSION 6 - THE TOM KNEEBONE TRIO

    Tom Kneebone is a touring session musician with a guitar style steeped in pushing the boundaries of Jazz, Blues, and Folk music. Joined by Kyrie Anderson on drums and Dylan Paul on the double-bass, this first set ever from The Tom Kneebone Trio is certainly one to savor!

  • 2022 BACKSTAGE SESSION 1 – JIMMYBAY & AIMEE VOLKOVSKY

    Blues, folk, and alt country vagabond Jimmybay draws from his own experiences as he warmly joins his long-told campfire stories and bushy poetry into toe-tapping tunes. Aimee Volkovsky weaves folk, country, and blues into a tapestry of dust, ghost stories, and the ancient beauty of the Australian...

  • 2022 BACKSTAGE SESSION 2 – GEORGE & NORIKO

    Known as the Japanese Blues Cowboy and the Tsugaru shamisen player, George & Noriko have been kicking up a storm wherever they play. George’s lightning-fast licks & growling harmonica, enhanced by Noriko’s percussive sounds of the traditional shamisen (Japanese banjo), has morphed into a unique k...

  • 2022 BACKSTAGE SESSION 3 - DUO ANTIPODES

    Duo Antipodes brings together one of UK’s leading classical guitarists, Manus Noble and cellist Jehanne Bastoni. Noble and Bastoni are passionate about arranging and, in many cases, composing much of the music they play; bringing their own personalities into these masterful performances.

  • 2022 BACKSTAGE SESSION 4 - OUT OF SINC

    Out of Sinc is a collaboration between Nick Sinclair and James Muller. Sinclair is one of Australia’s most in-demand bass players for live performance, television and studio recording across multiple genres. Muller is an ARIA Award winning jazz guitarist and has spent his career collaborating wit...

  • 2022 BACKSTAGE SESSION 6 - STEFAN HAUK & BAND

    Stefan Hauk is one of Australia’s brightest young blues rock artists who has played alongside the likes of Eric Steckel, Kirk Fletcher, Lachy Doley, John Swan and many more.
    In September 2017, Stefan released his debut album Long Road to much acclaim and in August 2020 released his single Truth...

  • 2022 BACKSTAGE SESSION 5 - SWEET BABY JAMES & ROB EYERS

    The year 2022 marks the 20th anniversary of this duo’s first gig together, as well as the release of their ‘lost’ album Fine Line. The immeasurable careers of these two SA-based musicians spans a lifetime and it their expertise can be found in their every track.