Shannon Bourne

About Artist

 Shannon Bourne is a virtuoso guitarist, singer-songwriter and published expert on guitars and related equipment, from Melbourne .

With the release of his second solo album, Dark Things – containing tracks of melodic blues-infused acoustic and electronic guitar songs, Shannon ’s aim of developing an intimate and personalised form of expression through music has proved to be an exhilarating experience for artist and audience alike.

“I have always played how or what I feel – even during a session for other artists’ albums”.

The interest generated from playing his new material has led to plans to promote the album internationally – earlier than originally intended.  Recording sessions and sideman duties are increasingly sidelined for solo performances. Meanwhile, Shannon continues to freely share of his (available) time and experience in support of emerging artists – guiding arrangement, writing and players workshops and occasional on-stage moral and musical support.

“I know what it’s like to have the passion and to be starting out and feel like you don’t have a clue. I also know what how much a difference it can make when a respected player acknowledges you and provides support.”

As an award-winning veteran of the blues scene, Shannon has already had what would be for some a life-time of acclaim packed into his meagre three decades. Increasingly and artistically frustrated and never one to take an easy ride, Shannon states:

“In the last ten years I have played every major festival and venue in and toured North America , and Asia – but always at the side of someone else. This time it’s personal – it’s my own material.”

All I can say is, listen to the music.”


Solo Projects

 2009 Dark Things (independent release) – Release March 2009

 2005 Burn it Down (independent release) Best known as the guitarist for the great Chris Wilson (and his Spidermen), Shannon moves to centre stage on his debut album and shows off his songwriting skills as well as his formidable guitar talents.
"One of the best guitarists in the country." Gary Young. Purchase album at:

Contributing artist albums

2009 ‘Unknown Country’ – Broderick Smith 2009 ‘Dead Man’s Lullaby’ – Jimmy Dowling

 2008 ‘Behind The Lines’ – John Schumman & The Vagabond Crew

 2007 ‘You’re Always There’ – Kerri Simpson

 2006 ‘Roarin’ Town’ – The Black Sorrows

 2006 ‘Diggin’ The Roots’ – Bill Jackson

 2005 ‘Lawson’ – John Schumman & The Vagabond Crew

 2005 ‘Sweet Release’ – Andy Cowan

 2005 ‘Steal My Heart’ - Jimi Lundy

 2005 ‘I Wish It Would Rain’ – Paul Wookey

 2003 ‘Live At The Basement’ Vol 1 & 2 – Chris Wilson

 2003 ‘King For A Day’ – Chris Wilson

 2001 ‘Spiderman’ – Chris Wilson

 1999 ‘Blues Rush’ – Southbound

 1998 ‘Live at St.Andews’ – The Bluescasters


2006 ‘King for a Day’ Chris Wilson  

2006 ‘Live @ The Basement and Corner Hotel’ - Andy Cowan


Shannon also regularly plays with the popular Blues/Soul/Rock band ‘Checkerboard (Lounge)’


Contributing writer: Australian Musician (magazine) 














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