Clubbing, gigs and shows
AS a teenager, Shaun Kirk (pictured) allowed his guitar to become his getaway and music his salvation. The now award-winning one-man-band recalls his 16-year-old self ‘‘causing mischief’’ and hanging out with the wrong crowd – that was until his mum strategically placed a six-stringed instrument in his room. ‘‘She saw things weren’t going the right way for me and I needed an outlet,’’ he says. ‘‘I guess mothers know what to do when the time is right. Lots of the people I was hanging with have been locked up or haven’t changed much. I guess music was my saviour.’’ Kirk can also thank his mum for guiding him into the world of blues music. ‘‘I was 21 when I first discovered blues. Mum insisted I went to an Eric Clapton concert,’’ he says. ‘‘Then I discovered other blues artists. It just felt right and real, I had never heard anything like it. It had soul.’’ Kirk began experimenting with other instruments. ‘‘I started walking around the house with a harmonica around my neck,’’ he says. ‘‘Then I added the stompbox, but it was a pretty standard thing, so I added six drums at my feet. I have the stompbox, a kick drum, snare drum, hi-hat, tambourine and cymbals. They are electronic but they sound authentic.’’ The Melbourne-based blues and soul troubadour released his debut album Cruisin’ in 2010 and followed it with Thank You for Giving Me The Blues the next year. Recorded and filmed at Wick Studios in Melbourne, Kirk says his new record and DVD The Wick Sessions is inspired by blues legend Freddie King’s In Concert: Dallas, Texas 1973. ‘‘There aren’t many musicians releasing things like that these days, it’s an exciting and different way to release an album. I wanted to do something new, creative and unique, otherwise it’s just another album among the thousands and thousands out there.’’ Kirk says The Wick Sessions captured the energy of his lively gigs..
Shaun Kirk, Dan Hannaford and Kenny Slide play The Loft on Chevron Island tomorrow night..