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Brett Garsed

Brett Garsed was born in rural Victoria, Australia and began playing guitar at age 12 after hearing Deep Purple's Ritchie Blackmore play "Speed King". After about a month of initial lessons he continued to teach himself and formed a band comprised of his two cousins and a mutual friend and began playing live.
His main influences were Blackmore, Jeff Beck, Jimmy Page, David Gilmour and Jimi Hendrix. This later expanded to more diverse styles such as Leo Kottke, Rory Gallagher (his main inspiration for slide guitar) and Edward Van Halen. After playing for about 5 years, Brett decided to take classical guitar lessons for about a year which encouraged him to expand his right-hand finger picking technique, which was already beginning to develop.

In July of 1985 Brett sent out some demo tapes, one of which was heard by Ross Fraser of the Wheatley Organization, which led to an audition for a short tour with John Farnham. Brett continued to tour and record with John until early 1989 when he was invited to the US to audition for Nelson, which was successful and toured with them for most of 1991.  In 1994 Brett  filmed an instructional video for REH/Warner titled Rock Fusion which covers, in detail, his unique approach to guitar improvisation.

Along with guitarist TJ Helmerich he recorded Quid Pro Quo. Bretts debut solo album Big Sky was released in 2002 through Paranormal Records followed by Dark Matter in 2011.
An instructional DVD,  Rock Guitar Improvisation was released in 2004
In 2007, Garsed toured with Paul Stanley on his Live to Win tour. 

Albums: Whispering Jack, Age Of Reason, Chain Reaction, Full House, Romeo's Heart, John Farnham & Tom Jones Together In Concert, Two Strong Hearts, Friends For Christmas.

Concerts: Whispering Jack, Jack's Back, Full House, Talk Of The Town, Jack Of Hearts, Man Of The Hour, The Last Time, Twin Towns, Panthers, Mission Estate Winery, Tempus Two Winery, Barossa Under The Stars, Stars At Sirromet, John Farnham & Tom Jones Together In Concert, Tsunami Benefit, John Farnham Live with The MSO, 2006 - Wollongong, Adelaide, Brisbane, Perth, New Zealand, Melbourne Commonwealth Games Closing Ceremony, Spirit Of The North, Sound Relief, Live By Demand, Kimberley Moon, Luna Park 75th Birthday, Live 2010, Whispering Jack - 25 years On, Event Centre opening, Star City, John Farnham & Lionel Richie - Two Strong Hearts - Day On The Green 2015 - One Electric Day 2015 - Qantas Credit Union Arena - Darwin V8 Supercars 2016- Cruise N Groove - Day On The Green 2017/2018 - Hotel Rottnest, A Weekend In The Gardens, Jupiters, Hope Rocks, Red Hot Summer 2017, Derwent Entertainment Centre, One Electric Day 2017, Win Entertainment Centre, By The C, Red Hot Summer 2018, Townsville 400, Big Red Bash, One Tropical Day, Gardens By The Bay, Hay Mate, Anthems, A Day On The Green 2018.


Brett Garsed