Having only picked up a guitar for the first time in 2004 at age 16, Melbourne born Shaun Kirk has achieved a great deal in such a short time. Discovering a gift for story telling and an undeniable connection with the guitar, Shaun won the 2006 Basin Music Festival Youth Songwriting Competition. 2008 saw the release of his first independent EP, ‘Seagulls’ and in January 2010 Shaun launched his award winning debut album, ‘Cruisin’; to a capacity crowd, closely followed by his first national tour. ‘Cruisin’ demonstrates Shaun’s increasing professional maturity and passion for the blues/roots style. Featuring five self penned tracks taken from life experiences and three covers from classic, new and local influences, showing Shaun’s “sense of tradition”– (Lloyd Spiegel) for the genre.
Although based in blues/roots and folk, Shaun’s sound is “authentic, exciting and compelling”– (John Carver – PBS FM). Whilst his influences range from Bob Dylan, Robert Johnson, Ray Charles, Howlin’ Wolf, Jeff Lang and John Lee Hooker, Shaun continues to develop his own sound; mixing his natural groove with elements of other musical styles, and is now one of the country’s hardest working independent solo artists.
With constant performances to large crowds on some of Australia’s best known stages including St Kilda Festival and Queenscliff Music Festival, Shaun has also supported and played alongside many of Australia’s best blues/roots artists such as Ash Grunwald, Dallas Frasca, Marshall & The Fro, Lloyd Spiegel, Carus Thompson and Jimi Hocking just to name a few… Shaun’s reputation as one of Australia’s most promising upcoming artist is growing bigger day by day.
Now he is heading down to 88.3’s Live Sunday Sessions for a full live hour of blues from the heart on the 9th January 2011. Tune in to hear Oz’s next great bluesman.
- Shaun Kirk joins Clem on Live Sunday Sessions this Sunday 4pm
- Lloyd Spiegel Live at the Wireless Podcast
- Shaun Kirk Live Sunday Sessions Podcast – November 2011
- Bonjah – Live at the Wireless podcast
- Big 4 hours of Ausmosis on Saturday afternoon