06 Jul Shaun Kirk put some colors to the blues
Amazing voice, energetic, different, a fantastic artist from Australia that the world should know, the best of the blues with Shaun Kirk.
Shaun really fit in the music, being super original, different. If you watch him on live you will find he nailed the personality and style of his performance. So go to one of his concerts and let us know how was it. One of the last ones was in Hobart, beautiful one.
“Independent blues/soul troubadour Shaun Kirk has come a long way since his debut release in 2010, earning him accolades such as “one of the most explosive solo acts Australia has to offer” and “one of the finest blues voices this country has ever heard”. The journey began with his maiden record ‘Cruisin’ being awarded ‘Best Debut Album’ at the 2010 VIC/TAS Blues Music Awards, whilst his second album, ‘Thank You for Giving Me the Blues’ shot to #1 on the Australian Blues/Roots Airplay Charts in early 2012. Kirk’s third release, ‘The Wick Sessions’; a live in the studio CD/DVD package, climbed as high as #3 on the Amrap AirIt Great Southern Charts. It also charted in the USA, reaching #6 on the Smokestack Lightning Radio Playlist amongst the likes of Buddy Guy, Gary Clark Jr, Tedeschi Trucks Band and Charlie Musslewhite. Shaun went on to release a five-track EP in late 2013 entitled ‘Giving’. It was Kirk’s second release in the space of 12 months, acting as a teaser for the forthcoming full-length album ‘Steer the Wheel’ which included three live tracks, showcasing his natural ability to engage an audience when he takes to the stage.
Shaun’s profile and recognition as a talented performer has steadily grown, supporting artists such as Joe Bonamassa, Beth Hart, Allen Stone, JJ Grey & MOFRO, Big Bill Morganfield (son of the late great Muddy Waters), Diesel, Ash Grunwald and Mia Dyson as well as appearing in the line-up at many of Australia’s top festivals; Woodford Folk Festival, St Kilda Festival, Port Fairy Folk Festival, Queenscliff Music Festival and Byron Bay Bluesfest where he has been billed with the likes of Robert Plant, Taj Mahal, John Mayer, Ben Harper, Bonnie Raitt, Gary Clark Jr and Santana. He was voted the ‘Youth People’s Choice Award’ at the 2012 Blues at Bridgetown Festival, as well as winning the public’s vote for ‘Best New Artist’ at the 2013 St Kilda Festival, substantiating his increasing popularity with the punters.”
“Shaun Kirk has an energy that is unique, with a hybrid of musical styles that challenge genre classification, his shows are nothing short of an experience.” – Diesel
“One of the most explosive solo acts this country has to offer.” – Mixdown Magazine
“A truly hot new artist on the blues scene” – Peter Noble (Director of Bluesfest)
“One of the finest blues voices this country has ever heard!” – Buzz Magazine
“He’s a powerhouse” – Sydney Morning Herald
“The blues is one of those funny things. We all have our ideas about what the blues is but as soon as we think we have a handle on the music, where it’s come from and where it’s going along comes someone like Shaun Kirk who blows away all our preconceptions. He’s shaping up into the most interesting young blues talent this country has seen in a long time” – PBS FM, Melbourne
“Shaun took us on beautiful roller-coaster ride, which no one wanted to get off. We’re also 99 per cent sure that by the second song, everyone in the audience was madly in love with Mr Kirk.” – This Is Radelaide
“Simply astounding. Definitely a must for any blues lover.” – Tsunami Magazine
“Kirk ultilizes a Robert Plant-esque falsetto to great effect.” – BMA Magazine
“Kirk has taken to the guitar like the proverbial duck to water, adds to that a howling vocal, rock-solid harmonica and a variety of foot-operated percussion, a mind-bending combination he makes look easy.” – Rhythms Magazine