EMERGING ARTIST SCHOLARSHIP EXTENDED

The deadline to enter the Emerging Artist Scholarship has been extended to October 23. Visit the scholarship section for more information.

SLEEPWALK WORKSHOP: SIDE & CENTRE – SONGWRITERS + GUITARISTS

Sleepwalk Guitar Festival confirms the lineup for The Side and Centre Workshop (Saturday, November 5, 5:00pm). This Saturday afternoon workshop features songwriters Andy Maize, Danny Michel, Justin Rutledge and Melissa McClelland. Guitarists are Afie Jurvanen, Christine Bougie, James Robertson and Kurt Swinghammer.

The Side and Centre Workshop will showcase the creativity and versatility of these talented six-string sidemen and women. Acoustic demos will be provided in advance by the songwriters, and the guitarists will perform different arrangements of the songs, highlighting the importance of instrumental interpretation.

Tickets are available for Saturday afternoon, all-day Saturday or full weekend passes.

SLEEPWALK GUITAR FEST: SUNDAY COUNTRY + BLUES JAMS CONFIRMED

Sleepwalk Guitar Festival announces two impressive lineups of guitar-slinging talent for Sunday afternoon Jam Sessions.

The Sleepwalk Country Jam features Telecaster masters Brent Mason (Nashville, TN) and Redd Volkaert (Austin, TX) alongside Hurtin’ Albertan Grant Siemens.

The Blues Jam welcomes Les Paul player Duke Robillard, Stony Plain stalwart Amos Garrett, Winnipeg Perpetrator J Nowicki and Multi-Platinum Juno Award winning Colin James.

Both jams will be backed by the Sleepwalk rhythm section, John Dymond on bass and Derek Downham of The Beauties on drums. Sleepwalk’s Sunday programming also includes a clinic (guitars welcome) by Amos Garett on how to play the iconic Billboard-topping “Sleep Walk” instrumental guitar composition. The tune is instantly familiar – see the original Farina Brothers performance here

Tickets are available at www.sixshooterrecords.com.
Day passes for Sunday are available for $40.
Full weekend passes are $75.

SLEEPWALK GUITAR FESTIVAL OFFERS EMERGING ARTIST SCHOLARSHIP

The inaugural Sleepwalk Guitar Festival extends an open invitation to the next generation of six-string slingers to apply for the Emerging Artist Scholarship. The winning artist will take home a $1000 cash prize (donated by Six Shooter Records) and a Traynor QuarterHorse amp (donated by Traynor).

The Scholarship is open to anyone 19 and under. Entrants should post a link to their performance of an original composition or an interpretation of an existing work on the Sleepwalk Guitar Festival Facebook page.

Entries will be judged on innovation, artistry and technique.

LUKE DOUCET LAUNCHES SLEEPWALK GUITAR FESTIVAL: NOV 4-6, 2011

Six Shooter Records is proud to present the inaugural Sleepwalk Guitar Festival, an education and celebration of all things guitar. Curated by Luke Doucet, Sleepwalk Guitar Festival brings together trailblazers and standard-bearers of excellence from across genres and across North America. Sleepwalk’s namesake is the instantly familiar (and Billboard chart topper) instrumental composed by Santo and Johnny Farina. See the original, and still definitive version performed by the brothers.

This year, Sleepwalk Guitar Festival welcomes Afie Jurvanen, Amos Garrett, Andrew Dickson, Brent Mason, Christine Bougie, Colin James, Danny Michel, Duke Robillard, Gordon Lewis, Grant Siemens, Ian Blurton, J Mascis, James Robertson, Jay Nowicki, Kurt Swinghammer, Luke Doucet & The White Falcon, Melissa McClelland, Redd Volkaert, Richard Lloyd Trio and The Sadies, with more to come. Sleepwalk Guitar Festival will include full concerts, workshops, clinics and interviews.

Sleepwalk will present an Emerging Guitarist Award to a young musician who demonstrates innovation, artistry and technique. The prize will be $1000, awarded based on the submission of a youtube performance video via the Sleepwalk Facebook. The contest is open to anyone under 19 years old. Entrants need not submit an original piece of music – an original interpretation is also acceptable.

Luke Doucet is a renowned guitarist who has evolved from sideman to leading slinger. Recognized as one of Canada’s premiere guitarists, Doucet’s reputation has brought praise from both fellow musicians and critics worldwide: “Whenever and wherever Luke Doucet hits the stage, he wrestles every last ounce of Neil Young-battles-Brian Setzer twang out of his gleaming cream-and-gold companion” (Guitar Player Magazine).

Sleepwalk Guitar Festival will be held at Toronto’s Great Hall from November 4-6, 2011.