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Media Release - Freshwater Road


Freshwater Road is a collection of music performed and composed by acoustic fingerstyle guitarist Lucas Michailidis. In keeping with earlier work, Freshwater Road finds Michailidis in a solo setting, performing unaccompanied, instrumental compositions that draw from a broad musical palette. With a penchant for character-rich melodies he is lyrical, audacious and at times, downright scandalous.

Michailidis states that whilst the tranquil nature of his previous CD The Offering attracted significant attention, this latest release prompted an undeniable urge to shake things up and keep people guessing. “In terms of growth, it’s imperative that one continues to cultivate other dimensions of oneself and music.”

The consequence of this shake up can be found in repertoire that pays tribute to Jimi Hendrix – Jewels, Dig This - along with other funk driven, blues-based styles - Strut. The title track is a rollicking bluegrassy jaunt, while Alia celebrates the unfettered spirit of calypso.

During Freshwater Road’s three year writing process, Michailidis performed extensively throughout Australia and abroad. He was winner of the 2001 International Open Strings competition in Germany and has had work published by leading American fingerstyle authority John Stropes. Stropes is associated with the likes of Leo Kotke, Michael Hedges and Alex de Grassi.

Media Release - The Offering


“Displaying lyrical grace throughout…his writing is at it’s best, and is outstanding.” -The Australian

The Offering is a collection of music performed and composed by acoustic fingerstyle guitarist Lucas Michailidis.

A major departure from earlier jazz based work, this offering finds Michailidis in a truly solo acoustic setting, sans vocal accompaniment or overdub. The extensive and unconventional use of guitar tunings, no less than six here, provides the music with a fresh, melodically driven approach that is free of cliché.

In pursuit of this solo path, Michailidis states “…it is the closest I have come to defining my musical identity. Solo performance demands complete honesty, vulnerability and the ability to be fully self-contained. I thrive on this challenge.”

Spanning a two and a half-year conception, much of the material’s inspiration has been derived from a six month stay in LA during 1998. It is here Michailidis honed his skills in performance and composition, garnering praise from esteemed musician and educator Ted Greene…

“Having dealt with thousands of guitarists in the last 40 years, one learns to recognize talent and true love of music. After hearing the beautiful music of Lucas Michailidis, it is my strong wish that everyone could hear it.”

Review - Freshwater Road


"... one of the best I've heard in the steel string world. It's really all about the writing. That is the true art and defines the musician as an artist far above just one that plays the guitar. "
Bill Piburn, Fingerstyle Guitar



“ Freshwater Road is filled with wonderful acoustic tunes…Each piece is lyrical, well-crafted and played with consummate ability.”
Robert Santos, Australian Guitar Magazine

“His melody lines, structures balance and the percussive skills are awesome. His bass lines are top-notch and spectacular. Lucas Michailidis renewing and challenging developments in guitar music sets him amongst the best guitarists in the circuit.”
Henk te Veldhuis, Bridge Guitar Reviews

“ One thing that distinguishes Michailidis from the plethora of acoustic guitarists is his melodic strength. It's the music, not his technique that catches your ear. He pays great attention to composition, which results in original and often quite beautiful music that avoids the guitar cliché's lesser musicians fall back on. Freshwater Road is full of deep and seductive music- you'll be glad you took the turn”
David Curry, The Canberra Times

“Michailidis exudes an obvious command of his instrument, but also shows that he thinks deeply about his music and guitar playing.”
Australian Musician

Review - The Offering


“ Displaying lyrical grace throughout…his writing is at it's best and is outstanding.”
Lynden Barber, The Australian

Lucas Michailidis has produced a wonderful album of instrumental guitar music that sounds, as the liner notes suggest, like a musical prayer.”
David Curry,The Canberra Times

“Having dealt with thousands of guitarists in the last 40 years, one learns to recognize talent and true love of music. After hearing the beautiful music of Lucas Michailidis, it is my strong wish that everyone could hear it.”
Ted Greene, author Chord Chemistry

 “… a truly exquisite collection of quietly lyrical acoustic guitar pieces… The Offering is an oasis of calm beauty for those who want to dip their toes and let the day softly lap against them, cool and easy.”
Michael Smith, The Drum Media