One Guitar


Some of Australia’s best singer-songwriters are given 4 weeks to create a new song on the same guitar.


Full season available now on the LiSTNR app

Season 1:

Episode 1: Johnny Took, DMA’S

Episode 2: Bernard Fanning

Episode 3: Alice Skye

Episode 4: Paul Kelly

Episode 5: Sarah Blasko

Johnny Took
Bernard Fanning
Alice Skye
Paul Kelly

About One Guitar

‘One Guitar’, a Gibson J45, has travelled thousands of kilometers around the country over the course of 12 months and into the hands of Australia’s best singer songwriters.

Each artist had four weeks to write a new song with the ‘One Guitar’. After those weeks, host Alex Gow visited the songwriter to record their new creation and discuss their creative process.

Each episode is a fresh exploration of a new creation using the same instrument.

One Guitar is created and hosted by Alex Gow, ARIA Award winning singer songwriter, composer and founder of Oh Mercy and Perfect Moment

Throughout the series Alex speaks with; singer songwriter and music royalty Paul Kelly, singer songwriter Alice Skye, singer songwriter and Powderfinger lead vocalist Bernard Fanning, singer songwriter and record producer Sarah Blasko and Johnny Took of DMA’S.

About the ‘One Guitar’:

It’s a Gibson J45 Vintage Sunburst, a model nicknamed “The Workhorse”.

First released in 1942 it has a storied history with many famous artists relying on its mahogany construction along with renowned “full, balanced expression, warm bass and excellent projection”.

A very warm thanks to Chris Taylor at Australis Music for supplying this magnificent instrument.

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About the host, Alex Gow

Over the past decade, Alexander Gow has established himself as one of Australia’s most important and enduring songwriters.

Under the project name Oh Mercy, Gow reached triple j ‘darling’ status, while his prolific output featured heavily on the youth broadcaster’s airwaves throughout the 20-teens.

A regular through the side door of the ARIA awards, Oh Mercy received three ARIA nominations, culminating in receiving the best adult contemporary album award for 2015’s brilliant ‘When We Talk About Love’.

Another project by Alex Gow – Perfect Moment

“Perfect Moment is a daring project that reveals an artist comfortable with his past and excited about his musical future.

“Gow’s 2021 output serves as evidence that he remains, without doubt, one of Australia’s finest songwriters.”

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Acknowledgement of Country

We acknowledge the traditional owners of the land where we have produced this show.

We pay our respects to Elders past, present and emerging, for they hold the memories and cultures of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples within the Kulin Nation.

We wish to celebrate the rich history of indigenous storytelling and hope to uphold this as testament to their eternal influence.

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