One Guitar

Introducing One Guitar

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Episode notes

‘One Guitar’, a Gibson J45, has travelled thousands of kilometers around the country over the course of 12 months and into the hands of Australia’s best singer songwriters.

Each artist had four weeks to write a new song with the ‘One Guitar’. After those weeks, host Alex Gow visited the songwriter to record their new creation and discuss their creative process.

Each episode is a fresh exploration of a new creation using the same instrument. 

One Guitar is created and hosted by Alex Gow, ARIA Award winning singer songwriter, composer and founder of Oh Mercy and Perfect Moment 

Throughout the series Alex speaks with; singer songwriter and music royalty Paul Kelly, singer songwriter Alice Skye, singer songwriter and Powderfinger lead vocalist Bernard Fanning, singer songwriter and record producer Sarah Blasko and Johnny Took of DMA’S


About the ‘One Guitar’:

It's a Gibson J45 Vintage Sunburst, a model nicknamed "The Workhorse".

First released in 1942 it has a storied history with many famous artists relying on its mahogany construction along with renowned "full, balanced expression, warm bass and excellent projection".

A very warm thanks to Chris Taylor at Australis Music for supplying this magnificent instrument.


Live episode feat. Missy Higgins at the Melbourne Writers Festival 2021:

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Created and hosted by Alex Gow

Produced by Alex Gow and Courtney Carthy, Mushroom Group

Licensing consultant Abby Page, Mushroom Music Publishing

Cover photography by Alex Gow

Cover design by Mushroom Creative House

Theme song - Lady Eucalyptus, by Oh Mercy (Alex Gow)

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