Australian Singer songwriter and guitar virtuoso, Daniel Champagne, will bring his Snap Shot Tour to New Zealand this April for his most extensive tour in the country to date. With his captivating performances, characterized by his beautiful lyrics and unique guitar style, Daniel will enchant audiences from Auckland, to Christchurch, and everywhere in between.
“Daniel Champagne exudes a natural ease on stage, as he sings poignant lyrics and beautifully crafted melodies that invariably whisk the heart up with grand romanticism. Coupled with an exhilarating guitar talent that transcends mere acoustic playing to replicate a whole band, Champagne is just magic.”
( themusic.com.au )
Daniel Champagne is established as a world class and internationally renowned performer. How many Australian-born artists can spend the majority of their year touring the globe and selling out show after show in North America, Canada and Europe? And doing it tour after tour after tour? Not many is the answer. In between Champagne finds just enough time to broaden his following in Japan, South America,
Mexico and other countries. Oh yes, and then return to Australia and New Zealand for the sort of touring that virtually no other artist can do in 2018. This comes after Daniel completed a sold out Canadian tour, was a finalist in the International
Songwriting Competition, and officially showcased at the recent Folk Alliance international conference in Kansas City. This headlining national tour starts almost immediately after a run of Australian theatre shows as special guest with Rodrigo Y Gabriela.
Here is a recent review from those shows:
“…Daniel Champagne, now living in Nashville, opened proceedings with an impressive solo set of song and instrumentation that verged on an almost dislike for the acoustic guitar that he was playing. In an entertaining, full body performance, Champagne punched, scratched and physically wrestled beats and harmonics from his instrument to build beautiful atmospheric and sonic landscapes in a completely unique way. At times his exaggerated movements were Peter Garrett-esque as his body contorted and limbs
flailed wildly while he ambushed his guitar. Even the mundane task of tuning his guitar was made entertaining. This was a super talented musician that was as mesmerising to watch as hear. This was a great way to warm up an already eager crowd and worth the entry fee alone.”
Daniel Champagne is not afraid to – and in fact loves – playing both the biggest and smallest stages, cities and towns. That’s perfectly evidenced by his exhaustive April/May/June tour where he plays a seemingly endless array of diverse locations – from capital cities to regional areas. That’s what Daniel Champagne does. He takes an astonishing live show – he really is one of THE finest guitarists on the planet – hops in cars and planes and takes that show to people who want to see him.
Daniel Champagne has evolved naturally and through relentless hard work into a truly international performer with an intensely devoted audience – people who love real music, astonishing guitar playing, great songs, and an artist who knows how to combine all these elements into a magnificent live show. It’s the same show on a tiny makeshift stage in a remote country town as it is at any of the world’s major festivals, or on concert stages with the likes of Lucinda Williams, Judy Collins, the John Butler Trio
or any of the other artists Champagne has performed alongside.
The SNAP SHOT TOUR will see Champagne performing songs from his acclaimed Fault Lines album plus other favourites and new songs. As an added bonus a Snap Shot album will be sold at this shows. There will only be 1000 copies of this limited edition mix tape of location recordings captured live and real over three days in early January on the far south coast of New South Wales. It includes some new songs, some new versions of old songs and some covers.
NEW ZEALAND SNAP SHOT TOUR
April 11 ~ The Wine Cellar ~ AUCKLAND, NZ – http://bit.ly/2GGyAJs
April 12 ~ Town Hall ~ WHANGATEAU, NZ – http://bit.ly/2F2VoWy
April 13 ~ The Butter Factory ~ WHANGAREI, NZ – http://bit.ly/2F1JBb2
April 14 ~ The Station ~ TAURANGA, NZ – http://bit.ly/2H6IDrg
April 15 ~ Monarch Room ~ ROTORUA, NZ – http://bit.ly/2CFRZrs ($15 pre-sale // $20 on the door)
April 16 ~ Meow ~ WELLINGTON, NZ – http://bit.ly/2sOM5V9
April 18 ~ Tsunami Studios ~ LEVIN, NZ – http://bit.ly/2I3kuDc
April 19 ~ Le Cafe ~ PICTON, NZ – http://bit.ly/2HDQxJM
April 20 ~ Sherwood ~ QUEENSTOWN, NZ – http://bit.ly/2I5bw8y
April 21 ~ Dog With Two Tails ~ DUNEDIN, NZ – http://bit.ly/2GHbimH
April 22 ~ Blue Smoke ~ CHRISTCHURCH, NZ – http://bit.ly/2CEfXTS
“One of the more amazing young percussive guitarists touring the world right now”
– Blank, Gold Coast, Australia
“The word Prodigy seems to entirely fall short of this soft-spoken young man’s skills, he coaxes sounds and melodies out of his instrument that literally drop jaws.”
– The Calgary Herald, Canada
“Today I saw the future of Folk – Festival goers flocking in their thousands towards the main stage to witness the young musical phenomenon from Australia dish out an absolute show-stopper at the evening’ send.”
– Firefly Column, USA
“Still in his … twenties, the distances he has been would be more frequently associated with veterans of the Folk scene”
– The Dwarf
“His quick wit and twisted sense of humor has made him an entertainer as well as a fine guitarist.” Fingerstyle Guitar Magazine
For nearly four decades, American fingerstyle wizard Richard Gilewitz has fascinated listeners with 6 and 12-string finger gymnastics while spinning enchanting yarns of a seasoned raconteur. His concert performances around the world spill over with unexpected turns of the funnies, thought-provoking takes on life on the road, and tunes that propel the audience on a magical journey of sight and sound. His signature playing style delivers a technical diversity of banjo style patterns and classical arpeggios with a rhythmic percussive approach, exploring the history of guitar with sounds of folk to Americana, the blues to the classical, ragtime to pop, and somewhere in between.In addition to his concert performances, his GillaCamp Guitar and Ukulele Workshops, Meet the Artist Seminars, Clinics, and Avenues for Success educational program for schools inspire players worldwide, providing opportunities for music lovers to work on their craft and young players to learn fingerstyle techniques and tips of the trade.
Growing up in Cherry Hill, New Jersey and Huntsville, Alabama, Richard embraced such diverse artists as The Beatles, Andres Segovia, Kraftwerk, Leo Kottke, J.S. Bach, Arlo Guthrie, John Fahey and Flatt & Scruggs. Soaking up the wealth of inspiration supplied by the assorted acts featured at the Renfro Valley festivals, “The Dr. Demento Radio Show” and “The Midnight Special”, Richard welcomed the challenge of mastering and adapting many styles of music for the acoustic guitar — a trait that continually places him among a multitude of genres.
Richard began honing his skills both as a performer and composer during the late 1970’s at the University of Alabama, playing the local coffeehouse circuit while pursing degrees in Computer Science, Mathematics, and Music. Following graduation, Richard placed his musical calling in the background and joined the world of flight simulation design, telemetry and satellite systems.
The 1980’s brought Richard to Florida where he released his first LP recording, Somewhere In Between. As the pull of his passion for performing and recording became so compelling, Richard left corporate life to teach and perform full time in a career that has propelled him into an international music arena. He has gone on to release seven more recordings plus a number of educational materials.
Collaborating with Mel Bay Publications, Richard released Acoustic Fingerstyle Guitar Workshop; a book based on his guitar workshops, First Lessons: Fingerstyle Ukulele,along with a DVD of “All Time Favorite Fingerstyle Guitar Tunes” and a live performance DVD, “Live at Charlotte’s Web”, as well as several interactive instructional software videos with TrueFire. He is a contributing writer for Acoustic Magazine (UK), Ukulele Magazine (UK), the L2P Network and has been featured in several other trade magazines such as Premier Guitar, Acoustic Guitar, and Fingerstyle Guitar. He has the nod of several major music companies, including D’Addario, Shubb, L.R. Baggs, and Audio-Technica..
Students around the globe attend Richard’s roving GillaCamp Guitar/Ukulele Workshops and Guitars, Gear, and a Bit of Ukulele Clinics. These interactive experiences provide players an avenue to renew their love of the instrument and hone their craft. Designed for all level of player, these events explore a wide variety of topics in a group and individual setting. Richard also has a number of international students that study with him through Skype and is guest instructor at a number of international guitar retreats including Winterbreak in Australia and Guitar Retreats in the UK. Meet the Artist Educational Outreach takes him into the learning environment at grade/middle/high schools, colleges, and universities as this 1-5 day residency program introduces students to the professional musician. Classes include lectures and instruction. He is on the faculty of Master the Possibilities of Ocala Florida, and is a Sherpa Classroom Instructor with TrueFire.
Today, recognized world-wide as a performer who has a quirky take on everything around him, Richard continues to live up to this depiction with rousing shows filled with offbeat observations combined with his right-hand wizardry and heaps of technique. With Richard’s performances teeming with sparkles of mood mastery and wonderment, he shares a fresh impression of sound to the listener during his concert appearances and at his workshops.
Through mutual friends and connections, it is an honour to host Richard at The Rogue Stage.
Venue will be disclosed closer to the time of the event and will be carefully chosen according to the amount of people registering to attend. Tickets are $30 and you can pre-order yours online at eventbrite.co.nz.
The first 10 tickets will have a discounted price, enter this PROMO code when you buy online and get your tickets for $20 each.
Doors open at 6pm and concert starts at 7pm. A warm up act, Adrian Forbes, will be playing Tommy Emmanuel hits to get us in the mood.