Bending Air Michael Fix Fret Music While agile acoustic guitar fingerpicking is his forte and what he’s widely known for here and overseas, Michael Fix is an excellent all-round musician, as his 15th album amply illustrates. Bending Air shines a light on every facet of the triple instrumental Golden Guitar winner’s talents, including his ability as a singer. Despite a limited vocal range, Fix makes a decent fist of American folk legend Odetta’s 1970s messagedriven Hit or Miss, Tom Kimmel and Buddy Mondlock’s potent late-90s ballad Poetic Justice and fellow Brisbanite Mark Cryle’s intimate 2015 composition Slip Away. On two of those tracks he benefits from harmony support from English songstress Christine Collister and local musician Sarah Calderwood, who also lends flute to the last-named work. On Cosmopolitan Blues and Sticky Rice, Fix gets a helping hand from sons Joshua and Adrian on bongos and brushes. Elsewhere the maestro doubles up on dobro and banjo. Chet Atkins’s influence infiltrates those tracks and Tangalooma Sunset, another jaunty self-penned tune. The fourth of the guitarist’s five originals, Guernica, has been accorded appropriate gravitas, Fix employing a classic Iberian chord progression and faux flamenco figures to illustrate a piece pertaining to a Spanish Civil War atrocity. A medley of three traditional Australiana tunes, starting with Ryebuck Shearer, tips an Akubra to the band the Bushwackers, of which Fix was once a member, as well as confirming his prowess as a solo guitarist. An instrumental rendition of Lennon and McCartney’s A Day in the Life continues Fix’s fixation with Beatles songs.