Guitar man

This man can play guitar. Really well. This Aussie expat constantly tours Europe where he lives now. Hes returning to Australia and will play the North Coast. His name is Gwyn Ashton.

Whether playing solo acoustic, electric, slide, National or lap steel guitars and harmonica, or fronting his power duo or trio, singer-songwriter Gwyn Ashton delivers a grassroots blend of blues, rock, country and soulful guitar styles.

Welsh-born, he migrated to Adelaide in the 60s as a young fella. By the 80s he was playing guitar for Jimmy Barness brother Swanee. He joined The Stevie Wright Band in 86, led his own trios in Sydneys inner city area and played festivals and venues all across Australia.

In 1991 Ashton played and recorded with Jim Keays (Masters Apprentices), played shows with Junior Wells, Rory Gallagher, Steve Morse, Albert Lee and recorded his first two albums in Melbourne.

Then he moved to Europe where he continued his exploration of the six-stringer.

Ashton recorded Prohibition in 2006, with Chris Glen, Ted McKenna (Sensational Alex Harvey Band, Michael Schenker Group, Ian Gillan rhythm section) and Deep Purple keys man, Don Airey.

He toured with BB King, Buddy Guy, Ray Charles, Peter Green, Robin Trower, Wishbone Ash, Vanilla Fudge, Johnny Winter, Mick Taylor, The Yardbirds, Dr Feelgood, Pat Travers, Tony Joe White, Steve Lukather, Walter Trout and Snowy White.

This guy has been around, guitar-wise.

Gwyn Ashton will perform his guitar magic at the Lennox Point Hotel on Friday, February 9, from 9pm and at the Ballina RSL Club in the Riverside Lounge on Saturday, February 10, at 9pm.

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