Guitarist Van Larkins is ready to strike up the band

ON SHOW: The Sunshine Coast's Owen Van Larkins will play in Nambour at the Bison Bar on Saturday, December 17.
ON SHOW: The Sunshine Coast's Owen Van Larkins will play in Nambour at the Bison Bar on Saturday, December 17. Bonnie Jenkins

GUITARIST Owen Van Larkins can make one instrument sound like an entire band.

Hailing from the Sunshine Coast, the artist has proved all you need to make a big sound is the right style.

For him, that's fingerstyle: a genre he found in a viral video.

"It's something that's been around for quite a while, but in Australia it hasn't really taken off as a genre,” Van Larkins said.

"About 20 years ago, there was this guy on Youtube who played a song called Drifting and that was the point where everyone asked, 'What is this?'.

"How can you use a guitar and make it sound like a band?”

He said that over the years, people had been emulating different instruments, playing drums on the guitar, or reaching the high notes that performers could sing.

"It's all about exploring what you can do with an acoustic instrument,” he said.

"I experiment and use every possible part of my acoustic guitar to make music.

"It could be bending the neck to make that 'wah wah' sound or pushing my elbow on the back to create delay, while wiggling the capo for a whammy clav effect.”

The Burnside State High School graduate will be back on home turf, playing at the Bison Bar in Nambour, on December 17.

"Nambour was my old stomping ground. I know it like the back of my hand,” he said with a laugh.

"I remember playing the markets near the library and Battle of the Bands.

"Music has just exploded on the Sunshine Coast.

"It's such an energetic musical community and I can't wait to get back.”

Teaming up with Italian virtuoso Andrea Valeri for an east coast tour, the Fingerstyle Concert Series will feature his past hits and some sneak previews from Van Larkins' forthcoming album Cinder Moon, which will be released in the new year.

"I wanted to create something uniquely Australian, so I imagined a tropical storm emerging over the red plains of Australia - wild and unforgiving,” he said about his upcoming release.

"I'll be playing some new, old and some covers.”

Tickets are $17.85 each.

Doors open at 6pm at the Bison Bar in Currie St.


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