Day 2: Creating Guitar Back, Bracing, and Hand-Bending the Cutaway

It’s now been three weeks since I last worked on the guitar, as I’ve been away on tour. And I can’t tell you how much I’ve been itching to get back into the workshop to continue. Read more

Day 1: The Making of Ann-Marie (Acoustic Guitar)

I stepped onto the beautiful historic grounds of Montsalvat and headed through peacocks and huge scary geese (it’s mating season) to the THOMAS LLOYD GUITAR WORKSHOP ( to begin my 10 week acoustic guitar making course. Read more

Blog: Building a Guitar

For a long while I’ve had the desire to make an acoustic guitar.

Back in year 12, as part of the HSC Design & Tech major work, I made a portable electric guitar that won a Design Tech Award, 2002. Read more

Runners Up at the Tamworth Country Music Festival 2011

This January, in boots, a flanny and cowboy hat, Jenny Biddle hit the Tamworth Country Music Festival for the first time.

Jenny joined the other 500 buskers that built up a storm on Peel St for the 9 days of the festival. In 35°C heat, Jenny set up her busking rig outside Jeans West on Peel St each day, and introduced her tunes to the hundreds and thousands that attended this year’s country music festival.

Out of 500 buskers from across the country, Jenny was selected in the top 10 to battle out the Busking Championships. Performing her award winning Chest of Drawers and a bluesy version of Michael Jackson’s Billie Jean, Jenny won Runners Up in the Tamworth Country Music Festival Busking Championships (non-country category). Queensland group The Twine won first place in the non-country category, and Shahnae Pakoti won the country category.

Jenny looks forward to performing at Tamworth in 2012.


Tamworth Country Music Festival

Photos by Peter Langston

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Jenny Biddle wins title of “Melbourne’s Best Busker”

Crowds gathered at Melbourne’s City Square on Thursday 7th October to search for “Melbourne’s Best Busker”. The Rotary Club of Melbourne Park in conjunction with the City of Melbourne put together a Street Change event to search for Melbourne’s Best Busker, and raise money for the leading homeless charities of Melbourne: The Lighthouse Foundation & HomeGround Services.

10 of Melbourne’s busking finalists battled it out, playing just ONE song each, hoping to raise the most money in their busking bucket. Amidst the top buskers was Daniel Shaw, a 12-yr-old pianist, the next Billy Joel, and Don Topley, a flutist who designed a one-handed flute to compensate for his nerve-damaged fingers, as well as our very own Jenny Biddle who performed her acoustic blues version of Billie Jean to a moonwalk jiggin’ crowd.

With the help of supportive fans, Jenny Biddle took home the title of “Melbourne’s Best Busker” as crowds went nuts with generosity. The prize included the “Melbourne’s Best Busker” trophy and $1000. Unfortunately Jenny didn’t get to keep the novelty sized cheque! Jenny intends to put the prize money towards the recording of her new album.

Congratulations to Daniel Shaw for scoring the runner up place for his tear-jerking deliverance of Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah.

A big thankyou to all the people who donated and voted with their wallets. The support for Jenny Biddle as Melbourne’s Best Busker was awe-inspiring, and overall, Street Change raised more than $3000 for the homeless.

Photos by Raditya Fadilla.

Recording Diary: Newmarket Studios

I popped into the recording studio yesterday, and was incredibly inspired. It’s been a while since I’ve been in the studio (almost 2 years since the recording of Chest of Drawers), and I didn’t realise how much I missed it.

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Here’s a page dedicated to resources I highly recommend!

As an independent musician, I outsource some wonderful creative people and organisations, from graphics to printing, recording, etc.

If you’re looking to create an album, website, etc, I can highly recommend the services of the following creative peeps and businesses:

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