Bluesfest is excited to announce that one of Australia’s most highly lauded Bluesmen will make his festival debut in 2017. Lloyd Spiegel is an award winning solo artist on the cutting edge of the Blues scene in Australia. Australian Guitar Magazine recently named him as one of the top 50 Australian guitarists of all time and he recently won every prize he was eligible for at the Australian Blues Awards.
Spiegel began playing professionally at the age of 12 and has released eight albums, with the most recent ‘Double Live Set’ debuting at #1 on the Australian Blues Airplay Chart and #14 on the AIR Independent Charts in 2015. Spiegel’s unique experience, command of his instrument, storytelling, and powerful stage persona has put him at the forefront of acoustic Blues, re-inventing the style while maintaining a close relationship with its foundations and traditions.
Spiegel has toured the globe with frequent visits to Europe, New Zealand and the United States where he has performed at major festivals and iconic Juke Joints, as well as supporting the likes of Ray Charles, Bob Dylan and Etta James on tour. He has sat in with the founding fathers of modern Blues from Brownie McGhee to Luther Allison and more recently, found great success in Japan, performing sold out concerts at Tokyo Disneyland.
Since 2004, Lloyd Spiegel has been the world-wide demonstrator and premier endorsee for Cole Clark Guitars. Now a world famous Australian brand, Cole Clark design, building their instruments with Lloyd’s hard hitting style in mind. As a result he has been invited to perform at countless major guitar events and has been honoured with two signature model guitars, currently available in stores world-wide. There is no doubt he will be at home on the Bluesfest stage.
“A guitarist almost without peer… Spiegel deconstructs how the Blues guitar is supposed to operate, makes sweet love to it, then kicks it out the back door.” Australian Guitar Magazine
“Spiegel has stamped himself as one of the best songwriters in the country, regardless of genre, of history, of anything. It’s a powerhouse of brutal honesty” Rhythms Magazine