Artist: Alwyn Aurisch
Always sought after as a passionate producer/guitarist, Alwyn has recently completed recording an album for up and coming country songstress Bec Hance in his studio “The Blue Room” , which is receiving rave reviews. A new album for Sally-Anne Whitten is on the drawing board, and he is first call as house guitarist/producer for Enrec Studios. Alwyn continues to teach both classical and contemporary guitar from his home studio, as an AMEB accredited tutor, having a current student base of over 30 clients.
No stranger to the music industry, before becoming a highly respected session musician in Australia’s Country Music scene, Alwyn had already toured Australia and the Pacific with various pop/rock acts and was often seen opening for acts such as Jimmy Barnes, Eurogliders, Dragon, Jon English, Smokie, Men At Work, and Joe Cocker. He has endorsements from various high profile guitar companies who were ecstatic to have such a profile player playing their instruments.
The 90’s saw Alwyn hand picked by Country Music Icon Michael Roycroft as his new producer/ guitarist to bring a “ rockier, edgier sound ” to his contemporary Country Music style, and ultimately producing a Golden Guitar Winning album for him in 1992. Around this time Alwyn began his long running association with Rural Press Events, a division of Fairfax Media, who produce high profile events in Tamworth’s Country Music Festival each year. This association continues today, and Alwyn is employed as guitarist/musical director for their trademark events. Although a cliché, Alwyn has produced and featured on so many albums over the years as a house guitarist for many studios in Australia, the list is simply too long for him to recall.
As one of the very few reading musicians who can cross over convincingly into many different styles and genres of guitar playing, he was a familiar name on album covers throughout the 90’s. And as a producer, notable mentions include folk favourite, talented singer-songwriter Phil Hungerford, and a Golden Guitar nominated effort for the Crosby sisters. Outside of the studio, Alwyn displayed his prowess as musical director and guitarist for people like Troy Cassar-Daley, Jean Stafford and the shows “Tamworth On Parade”, and “Tamworth Country Theatre”, a live to air radio production.
In 2000, Alwyn teamed up with Guy Kachel, to form what was known amongst fellow admiring musicians as “The Duo that doesn’t need a drummer”… Aurisch and Kachel. Taking up residency at the Tamworth and Albert Hotels respectively, this powerhouse blues duo consisting of guitars and voice only held a huge following in Tamworth and surrounds for over six years. Alwyn became recognized as a signature slide guitar player. The extended version of the duo, “ Bloozenfunkenstuff” had annual outings at the Tamworth Country Music Festival. Word got around about this unique blues outfit, and attracted fans such as the Flying Burrito Brothers, and the Amazing Rhythm Aces, amongst other musicians, who all came to hear “The slide player from hell” . Always consumed with live work, an album hasn’t yet eventuated, but is in the planning stage.
In 2004, Alwyn won a TIARA award with his now wife, country blues singer Sally-Anne Whitten, on a songwriting collaboration he produced with ARIA winner Anton Hagop ( Silverchair, Powderfinger engineer). Two successful EP’s followed, both produced by Alwyn, and a top 30 charting full album which Alwyn recorded, produced, engineered and mixed in his own studio in 2009. He played festivals such as the Gympie Muster and Mildura, and toured Australia and France as a guitarist for Sally-Anne.
However, Alwyn’s first passion is of course being on stage. Whether
it’s playing electric, acoustic, or slide guitar with Sally-Anne, upright bass
for popular jazz band “Champagne Charlie”, or backing a stream of country
music artists in Australia, he is in high demand. Alwyn has long been known
as a musician’s musician, and a formidable guitarist. In 2011
and beyond, he has been booked for tours with Sally-Anne, ( to Nashville and New
Orleans), shows with Blues Rocker Adam Toms, and Country artists Bec Hance, Tori
Darke and Marie Hodson, amongst others. He continues to be one of the hardest
working, high profile musicians in the country.