By LUKE VOOGT
OCEAN Grove teenager Jamie Pye will be the youngest performer at the second Melbourne Guitar Show next month.
It’s the second time at the event for the 19-year-old guitarist, and he’s keen to see how it’s grown.
“It looks like they’re beefing it up a bit,” he said.
Jamie will bring his acoustic guitar to the stage, having already played at festivals around the Bellarine and the Surf Coast.
He’ll also give demonstrations for guitar manufacturer Cole Clark alongside Melbourne blues guitarist Lloyd Spiegel and company CEO Miles Jackson.
“I’ll be giving everybody a taste of what sounds you can get out of the guitar,” he said.
Jamie got into the Victorian Arts College last year and has so far loved the challenge of song writing and developing his music.
“I really like working with the teachers that are better than me,” he said.
“It’s unreal how fun it is performing with other artists.”
Jamie wants to “settle down” as a music teacher eventually, but not before trying his hand in the industry.
“Before then I want to go out there and give it a red-hot crack,” he said.
Jamie hopes to release some new songs this year and would love to perform at festivals around Australia.
Jamie’s influences including Newton Fawkner and John Butler. Event promoters describe his music as a “patchwork of alternate tunings, chiming harmonics and gorgeous melodic counterpoints”.
Jamie will join some famous names in the 2016 line up, including Kevin Borich and Bob Spencer – who played in the Angels and the Skyhooks.
The show will feature 70 exhibits – 20 more than last year – at Caulfield Racecourse on 6 and 7 August.
Organisers are hoping to top the 5000-strong crowd at last year’s inaugural event.