Sun, sand and Ash

Did you know that its impossible to play slide guitar without having dreadlocks? Ask Ash Grunwald. (Or Ben Harper. Or John Butler.)

In 2005 Ash Grunwald won Album Of The Year at the Australian Blues Awards, for I Dont Believe. (Well, hes a believer now.) Ash was also asked to take over the reins as host of Triple Js Roots N All show a job which he uses to give as much exposure as he can to other Australian blues and roots performers.

That year also saw Ash shaking his dreads at festivals all over the country, including Falls, Cockatoo Island, East Coast Blues & Roots, Apollo Bay, Fremantle, Port Fairy, Margaret River and Melbourne festivals and completed his first trip to Europe, performing in Spain, Belgium and Luxembourg.

2006 will include the release of a new album (probably around September) plus a return to Europe in our winter to again perform at major festivals. (Its a hard life.)

And surf-lovin Ash also plans to take time out for another surfing trip to Indonesia withwell known surfer Mark Rastovich (which may be filmed for another project the good friends are working on).

You can check out Ash and his flashing dobro at the Great Northern Hotel in Byron next Thursday, January 12, with support from Jez. Gig starts at 9pm.

Tickets are $12 and available from the venue on 6685 6454.


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