Category: Male Artist of the Year


Michael Fix

Nominated for

Male Artist of the Year – Finalist



Michael Fix is an internationally recognised composer and guitarist, who has enchanted audiences all over the world with his incredible skills on the acoustic guitar, his evocative original music and his highly entertaining performances.

Over the past 25 years, he’s released fifteen solo albums, together with several singles, EPs and books, and has established himself as one of Australia’s finest guitarists and composers, regularly performing in Australia, Europe and Asia.

He has won three Instrumental of the Year Golden Guitars, and numerous other awards, and regularly tours Germany, the United Kingdom, Austria, Scandinavia, China and many other countries, playing to appreciative audiences.

In 1999, Michael was recognised by the CMAA with his first Instrumental of the Year Golden Guitar, for Mr Wonglepong. He went on to win the award the following year with Walkin’ the Walk and took it out again in 2003 with Mulga Dan.

Michael hosts and stars in the annual International Guitar Spectacular in Australia, as well as touring as a solo artist and with other performers, including UK songstress Christine Collister, with whom he’s released two albums.

He is a prolific composer, whose music appears in films and television shows all over the world, and is also sought after for his guitar workshops and expertise in stagecraft.

In 2013, readers of Guitarist Australia Magazine voted Michael one of the top 25 Australian guitarists of all time.

Michael’s latest album is Cloud Surfing, released in August 2019.




Stu Tyrrell

Nominated for

Male Artist of the Year – Finalist



Award-winning alt-country/acoustic folk singer-songwriter Stu Tyrrell performs themed concerts, children’s shows, vocal workshops, and original showcases arranged for guitar and voice with guitar influences from Leadbelly to Bert Jansch and a voice likened to John Schumann and David Bowie.

Breathing new life into traditional English and Celtic Folk songs, Stu Tyrrell re-imagines them into stomping, roots infused arrangements to deliver something completely original, weaving together linguistic and folkloric narratives and musical motifs to showcase a rich tapestry of Celtic music.

Stu has played the Australian Celtic Festival, Beechworth Celtic Festival, Kilmore Celtic Festival, National Celtic Festival, and National Folk Festival.

Stu performed at the 2019 National Folk Festival, his first major non-Celtic festival. Stu performed his This Machine Sings Woody children’s concert for the first time as a duo with his daughter (age 6). Stu also performed his Disobedience & Rebellion themed concert for the first time, featuring traditional Celtic and Irish rebel songs, which has now grown into his Firebrand acoustic covers project.

“Of course, as you would expect, there were social issues behind the songs of Stu Tyrrell – but more of a personal nature than strictly political. His was literally a family show – his family – with his very young but wonderfully enthusiastic daughter up on stage with her favourite Dad.” – Frank McKone – View article

“Stu Tyrrell is a Sydney-based folk artist who is touring to promote his debut EP Celtic Roots. His alternative acoustic folk style has a stomp rock feel that fringes on acoustic metal … Very professional on stage, he played fast to fit in all of the songs from the EP.” – Sam Ingham – View article

“Alternative country/acoustic metal singer-songwriter Stu Tyrrell’s brand of nylon assault is unlike anything you’ve ever heard.” – The Cam Cooper

WINNER – Australian Celtic Music Awards – Wendy Watts New Celtic Talent of the Year 2019
WINNER – Gulgong Folk Festival Guitar Competition 2016



Peter Miller

Nominated for

Male Artist of the Year – WinnerProducer of the Year – Simplicity – Finalist
Instrumental of the Year – Road to Ardfield – Finalist
Instrumental of the Year – A Quick Stop in Charlestown


Queensland based finger-style guitarist Peter Miller is known in Australia and Ireland for his delicate touch and for his beautiful melodic sensibility. Peter has toured Ireland and Europe on numerous occasions where he has shared the stage with Legendary song writer John Spillane, piper Eoin Duignan, Stephen Housden ( Little River Band) and many more. His 2014 Album received rave reviews and featured guest musicians including:
Flautist Sarah Calderwood from Australian Celtic band Sunas and fiddle Maestro Steve Wickham of The Waterboys. Peter has released 6 full length Albums, 4 singles including a cover of the famous melod.

His sound is best described as Celtic/Folk. The guitar is high in melodic content and cinematic in sound. Peter’s guitar tracks have appeared on compilation CDs worldwide. Featured in music magazines and also has appeared in UK show ‘Skins’, Shania Twain’s TV series (OWN Network) and Film and TV across the globe.

Peter’s guitar skills have been requested for the ‘Nearly All Irish’ Show, featuring Mick McHugh (Dublin) and Jack O’Leary (Cork) and also featured on Hawaiian slack key guitar radio shows, The ABC’s Daily Planet and ‘Album of the week’ on Irish Radio. Peter has also been regularly invited to play accompaniment guitar for Irish Legend John Spillane on numerous occasions.

2019 saw Peter releasing 2 albums, Simplicity and Pages.

“Peter Miller has just about the finest touch I’ve ever heard on an acoustic guitar. Beautiful, rich and textured original compositions that absorb directly into the listeners bones. ” Richard Gilewitz. USA

“Aussie Peter Miller is in absolute control of the steel, wood and the vibrations emanating from his guitar” © James Filkins 2014

“…distinctive fingerstylist, unique compositions” Michael Fix, Australia

“Peter Miller’s acoustic guitar explorations resonate with heartfelt melodies and fluid technique” Jim ‘Kimo’ West – Award winning slack key guitarist

“soulful,understated and deep” Kavisha Mazzella ( ARIA winner) Australia

“beautiful guitar style” Gerry O’Beirne, Ireland

“poetic escapades which come straight from the heart…” Henk te Veldhuis, Bridge Guitar Reviews © 2007 Netherlands

“Peter Miller weaves a magic spell, do not listen too closely, cos you might get drawn in, and you might get taken away, and you might forget who you are” John Spillane Ireland

“the rare talent to enable the guitar to voice its soul” Guitarist André Germain, Canada

“Peter’s music succeeds both as a soothing background soundtrack and as a deep-listening sonic journey and experience in acoustic sound. Highly recommended” Bradfield Dumpleton © 2007 Tasmania

“Peter Miller’s music paints pictures in the air of the wonders of our planet, the joy of life and the emotions most of us find hard to describe.” Charlie McGettiga, Ireland