Geoff Achison is a musician of remarkable ability
who has forged his own path and won fans all over the world.
Having taught himself to play in the isolation of rural Australia, he
has developed a blues/funk style all his own that can be delicate one
moment and explosive the next. Unaware of how the sounds he was hearing
on his limited record collection were produced, he invented some of his
own techniques - without the aid of pedals or gadgets. Just watching him
wrench a myriad of sounds from his simple set-up can be something of a
He is also a very capable vocalist with a gritty, soulful quality to his
voice. Inspired by the great Blues and R&B music of yesteryear, Geoff’s
live set features an infectious mix of gutsy original tunes, improvised
jams and dynamic new arrangements of blues & soul classics.
Growing up in the small town of Malmsbury in south eastern Australia,
Geoff developed a passion for American blues music and taught himself to
play on a beat up instrument he discovered 'under the stairs' of the
In his early 20's he found employment as lead guitarist with Melbourne's
top blues band 'Dutch Tilders & The Blues Club'. After 5 years
relentless touring around Australia Geoff departed to pursue his own
musical ideas and formed the first incarnation of his own band 'The
“The idea was to have a name that described the music and I greatly
admired the blues philosophy - tapping into one’s soul for honesty and
truth. That’s what ‘Souldiggers’ is meant to convey.”
He formed his own Jupiter 2 Records in 1994 with fellow music
enthusiast Nic Quittner and released the first of many recordings of his
original blues/funk/soul flavored materiel. These early recordings were
well recieved by fans & critics alike and encouraged Geoff to take his
music to other parts of the world.
Geoff started his worldwide explorations in 1995 with his first trip to
He represented the Melbourne Blues Society at the International Blues
Challenge in Memphis and won the coveted Albert King Award for his
guitar skills. He went on to accept an endorsement deal with the Gibson
guitar company's acoustic division. He formed a US based Souldiggers
group in 1998 and recorded his third album 'Gettin' Evil' in Portland,
Oregon. Geoff has also conducted his guitar workshops at Jorma
Kaukonen's Fur Peace Ranch guitar camp in Ohio.
He moved to London in 1997 to establish a UK following.
Some tough touring and perseverance early on led to appearances on BBC
radio and the recording of a live album with his British Souldiggers
group. Geoff was featured on the cover of Blues In Britain magazine July
His annual tours have extended throughout Australia, the UK and USA
playing either his immensely popular Solo Acoustic shows or hiring the
best musicians available to form The Souldiggers as he goes.
He has won a swag of Awards over the years for writing, performing and
recording. In 2007 Geoff & The Souldiggers picked up the Chain Blues
Music Award in Australia for ‘Group Of The Year’ and a Guitar Player
Magazine readers poll voted Geoff one of their 'Top Ten Hot New
Guitarists' in June 2008.