ACOUSTIC MASTERS TEAM UP FOR FINGERSTYLE MAGIC / by Kylie Cobb

Two of the world's top acoustic guitarists, Andrew White (UK) and Van Larkins (AU), are taking to the road together this September for the release of their new albums, Beautiful Trouble and Cinder Moon, respectively. 

Presented by the world's most coveted acoustic guitar label, Candyrat Records (USA), the Acoustic Masters Tour features 8 Australian dates, including Brisbane's Black Bear Lodge on 17 September, The Basement in Sydney on 28 September and Melbourne at Paris Cat, 6 October.

A veteran and fingerstyle icon, Andrew White has released 14 albums in his 40 years as a professional musician, one of which hit the top 30 on the US Billboard Charts. Renowned for skillfully combining brilliant fingerstyle guitar work with a compelling story in lyric, delivering both in an engaging live performance, White is a rare troubador.

Impeccable guitar, intricate melodies, haunting lyricism.
— Billboard Magazine

Inventing ground-breaking techniques and complex compositions, label-mate Van Larkins is hailed world-wide as a leading songwriter and guitarist in fingerstyle earning him magazine covers, endorsements and praise from the world's leading artists in the genre.

Defying the eye when playing his energetic melodies, harmonies, percussion and bass with just 6 strings and a chunk of the finest carved wood, Van Larkins doesn't sing. He doesn't play drums. And there's no loop pedal. After all, why do any of that when he can make his acoustic guitar do it all? 

Van Larkins doesn’t just play guitar…he creates a beautiful musical soundscape. His application of musical cascades and original compositions shed new light to the term ‘ear candy’.
— Phil Emmanuel

Andrew White and Van Larkins have a great history together, first meeting when a young and green Van Larkins reached out to his idol with some demos.

"Andrew’s music inspired me to try my hand at composing, so I quite brazenly sent him the demos and asked him to produce my first album! I was speechless when White said yes," said Van Larkins.

"When Van Larkins came to me, I was the master and he was the disciple," said White, "But what I see him do now makes me feel like the grasshopper with master Po.”

Ten years later, with millions of YouTube views between them, the two re-unite to showcase their respective new albums; 'Beautiful Trouble' (Andrew White) and 'Cinder Moon' (Van Larkins) on the East Coast of Australia in a show that will leave even the harshest of music critics spellbound and wanting more.


ACOUSTIC MASTERS TOUR DATES

BRISBANE
Black Bear
17 Sept 7:00 PM
Tickets $25 +BF

SUNSHINE COAST
Eudlo Hall
23 Sept 7:00 PM
Tickets $25

BYRON BAY
Encounter Byron
24 Sept 7:00 PM
Tickets $25

NEWCASTLE 
Newcastle Music Academy - Workshop
27 Sept 3:00 PM
Tickets $30

NEWCASTLE
Newcastle Music Academy - Concert
27 Sept 7:00 PM
Tickets $20

SYDNEY
The Basement
28 Sept 8:30PM
Tickets from $25

MELBOURNE
Paris Cat Jazz Club
Friday 6 October 7:00 PM
Tickets $25 +bf


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“Grasshopper & Master Po"

The Story of White and Van Larkins.

In 2011 a young Van Larkins began his Journey as a fingerstyle guitarist with his teacher Rod Vervest at Denmark TAFE in Western Australia. A year later Van was accepted into Brisbane TAFE where he was introduced to the album 'Guitara Celtica' by UK guitarist and singer-songwriter, Andrew White.

White’s music inspired the young Van Larkins to try his hand at composing and soon had a swag of demo’s under his belt. Van brazenly sent the Demo’s to White and requested he produce his first album and was speechless when White said yes.

White flew to Australia and after six weeks of recording at Pix Records in Connondale the album 'Myriad' was born which landed Van Larkins his first record deal, with USA label Candyrat Records.

Soon after, Van Larkins was featured on the front cover of German 'Acoustic Guitar Magazine' and was invited to play both the Montreal Jazz Festival and Canadian Guitar Festival where he showcased his latest work that had been created while working with his producer and mentor, Andrew White.

More than ten years later, the two re-unite to showcase their respective new albums; 'Beautiful Trouble' (Andrew White) and 'Cinder Moon' (Van Larkins) on the East Coast of Australia in a show that will leave even the harshest of music critics spellbound and wanting more.

"When Van Larkins came to me, I was the master and he was the disciple," said Andrew, "But what I see him do now makes me feel like the grasshopper with master Po.”


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Kylie Cobb • Kitty Kitty Bang Bang • powerup@kittykittybangbang.com.au • 0402 434 523