Geoff Shaw is a naturalised Wellingtonian. Having moved there in 2014 from Auckland. Growing up around musical cousins he was inspired to start playing aged 8 by older cousin’s, one of whom still tours the country (50 years later). Alice’s Restaurant has a lot to answer for!
He played as part of a duo over 5 years and now mainly solo and occasional ensemble, across blues and alt country genres but really anything that come out of a guitar and occasional mandolin.
Influences include Steve Earle and his son Justin Townes Earle, Wellington’s own Miles Calder and the Rumours and anyone from the 70’s and 80’s of great songwriters from Mark Knopfler to Neil Finn and southern blues. He enjoys covering a range of songs and often in a way which adds a new flavor rather than belting out a perfect replica.
Geoff’s songwriting started a couple of years back after moving to Wellington and his original songs sit across a spectrum of stories and genres from southern blues and the edge of jazz to country, swing and Americana. He can be found playing open mics across the North Island, traveling with at least one guitar and occasional harmonica, getting inspiration from small towns, big personalities and wide spaces. He does a day job that allows him the leeway to follow his musical passions, playing and collecting guitars.