ALEX BURNS & JEN HAWLEY
After numerous exciting improvisations together, whether gigs around Melbourne or Sunday afternoons on the back porch, Alex Burns and Jen Hawley realised it was time. The chemistry was right. They had to commit to performing and recording as a duo. Constantly teaching and challenging each other, making for a dynamic musical partnership.
These four tracks, part of a forthcoming full – length album, originated from their shared love of blues and early jazz.
One of Australia’s most respected acoustic musicians, Alex collaborated with guitarist Nick Charles for three albums, before making three solo albums, two of which featured Hawaiian steel guitar and were critically acclaimed worldwide. Originally from Glasgow, Scotland, famous for its blues singers, Alex plays resophonic guitars and ukulele with a deceptive ease born from years playing festivals, pubs and clubs from Australia to Fiji to Edinburgh.
Jen is a graduate of the late great jazz tutor Bruce Clarke, and has worked as a guitarist for the likes of Christophe Genoux, Great Chefs of Europe and Blue Drag. Originally from Sydney, Jen has been teaching and performing guitar for many years. She has diverse interests in jazz and world music. Jen is constantly in demand for sessions, live performance, teaching and recording projects.
Alex Burns selected performances and recordings
- Byron Bay blues festival, Noosa Heads jazz fest, Melbourne blues festival
- Melbourne jazz festival, Port Fairy folk festival, Apollo Bay festival
- Brunswick festival, Bridgetown blues festival, Brisbane steel guitar festival
- Edinburgh festival, Wangaratta jazz festival, Fiji Islands various extravaganza’s
- The Road More Travelled (Newmarket music new 1005.2)
- Cordially Yours (Newmarket music new 1043.2)
- Anywhere Anytime (Blackmarket music bmm 213.2)
- Twilight Blues (Blackmarket music 237.2)
- The Blues is here to stay (Newmarket music new 3164.2)
- Adventures in Paradise (Newmarket music new 3256.2)
Jen Hawley selected performances and recordings
- Glamour Bar Shanghai China, MCG Melbourne, Arts Centre Melbourne
- Crown Casino, Regent Theatre, National Folk festival Canberra
- Frankston guitar festival, Paco Festa, Bayside festival, Bendigo festival
- Maroondah festival, Winter Arts festival
- 2002 Parisienne Swing by the Great Chefs of Europe
- 2003 Dr Knickerbocker by Mike Jackson
- 2003 Dark Water Tango by Phil Carroll and David Wayman
- 2004 Cumquat Guitars Anthology – Bruce Clarke
- 2005 She Fly Away by Skirl
- 2007 Adventures in Paradise – Alex Burns
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