Bio

UPDATE BIO - FOUR PIECE JULY 1 2018
From Ballarat Victoria -  The nucleus of this band are multi award winning Blues artists Steve Plater and Marion Turner, clocking up thousands of miles around Australia during their Blues journey since the 1990's, performing regular shows every week at numerous venues as well as Blues festivals, scooping up awards from their CD recordings, including the The "Australian Blues Chain Awards. 

Steve with his dynamic wicked guitar playing, and expertise with slide guitar and other string instruments, has gained recognition as one of Australia’s finest multi instrumentalists, performing with his own awesome sounding Cigar Box guitar creations and electric guitar collection, is always a guaranteed crowd pleaser, and, Marion Turner with her power house vocals and harmonica.
Their High energy blues act with a mix of Chicago/Swamp/Boogie Blues is complimented with the recent addition of friends and music colleagues, Ian Amor on Bass guitar - Upright Bass and Cigar Box Bass with Roger Knight on drums. 
The current line up has been well received at their shows and is not to be missed!
NB: CD's available at their shows and through paypal - saltydogsm@gmail.com
https://www.facebook.com/SaltyDogBlues/ 


PREVIOUS DUO BIO.....Steve and Marion whom have gained respect in the Australia and overseas music industry have worked together for over 18 years now, covering thousands of kilometers performing every week around the country playing at various venues/festivals etc and

along with their other accolades they won
''BAND OF THE YEAR'' 
at the National Australian Goulburn Blues (Chain) Awards in 2000

They have well and truly established their name in the Blues industry and
with several Blues recordings under their belt they were also

**Nominated for best Blues Roots Album Aria Awards 1997**

They have appeared on television and played many live to air radio shows/interviews and their last blues recording
''JACK OF DIAMONDS'' 
as well as international airplay was the third most played CD in the Blues charts for several months on community radio in Australia and even managed to get airplay on Triple JFM - DIG internet TV/radio and appeared on ABC's "Live and Local'' at Her Majesty's Theatre Ballarat with Joe Camilleri, Jane Clifton, and, not to forget the night they worked with comedian Bruno Lucia somewhere in the outback and survived!
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Steve Plater - A dynamic wicked guitar player, both electric and acoustic,has gained the recognition as one of Australia's finest multi-instrumentalists. Steve is a one man band performing on Drums, snare and hi-hat with his awesome sounding handcrafted Biscuit-Tin/Jack Daniels tin guitar and Cigar box guitars made by Steve himself, clearly giving the raw rootsey edge to Salty Dog,s unique sound

 From their opening set Steve's energy is radiated into the crowd setting them on fire with his powerful drumming and fierce guitar playing captivating audiences young and old, are dancing or either tapping their feet to the hypnotic beat immersing themselves into the music! Throughout the show anxious punters speak to Steve about his wicked custom instruments which mostly result in a sale or two! Don't be surprised if you see one of Steve's creations hanging around at the odd venue here and there. Soon he won't have to bring all of his instruments to shows as he may just grab a Jack Daniels Whiskey Tin guitar from over the bar that various venues have purchased from him at past gigs and play it!

The guitar demon set the crowd on fire when Salty Dog performed
at the recent International Blues rock festival in Phuket Thailand which sealed a come back performance.
 
Steve won Male Artist of the Year Vic/Tasmanian Blues awards back in 2000 and is the only non vocal guitarist to win such an award in the category, is, a master perfectionist at his craft. He recorded a Solo album in 2006 WILD GUITAR including originals and his own renditions of Surf/Blues dedicated to his all time favorite guitar players Dick Dale Roy Buchanan  Robin Trower.

Marion Turner - Australia's leading female vocal blues harmonica player completes the  other half of salty dog and is the 3-times winner Vic/Tas Blues awards Female Artist of the year.

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