13 Sep 2018
Veteran Aussie blues-roots artist Geoff Achison is a household name for many music fans in the more southerly states, a reputation he’s forged through decades making consistently excellent music. Achison first cut his teeth as the young guitar gun back in Dutch Tilders’ band in the 80s and has maintained a grueling touring schedule ever since, both as part of his band ‘The Souldiggers’ and as a solo artist in Australia and overseas.
Achison is on the trail once again in support of his new album ‘Sovereign Town’, an acoustic, intimate, organic and decidedly song-driven collection of 12 tracks, inspired by the early days of Victoria’s gold rush, and recorded in Ballarat.
Says Geoff of the process: “Growing up in Malmsbury in the ‘Golden Triangle’ of Victoria’s goldfields, we had dozens of dull, grey mullock heaps all around us, remnants of the old diggings. We kids would explore the discarded mine-shafts and tunnels, daring each other to leap over huge holes in the ground. It was fascinating history, so much work that had been suddenly abandoned. This inspired the song ‘Sovereign Town’, the first track written for…
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