Simon Hosford

Simon Hosford is a an Australian guitarist/producer/songwriter that started playing Classical guitar at age 5, and by 19 was a member of Virgil Donati’s rock/fusion band “On The Virg”, began touring Australia and America with Tommy Emmanuel, and a year later was recruited by Colin Hay and Greg Ham to be part of the new Men At Work, as well as being the guitar clinician for Roland guitar products for Australia and Asia.

He has since toured more than 48 different countries around the world with artists including Vanessa Amorosi, Taxiride, Jon Stevens, Shannon Noll, Birtles/Shorrock/Goble, Anthony Callea, and recorded for artists including Bachelor Girl, Peter Andre, Guy Sebastian, Ross Wilson, Christine Anu, and Anna-Maria LaSpina.

Simon has also performed with Kylie Minogue, Joan Jett, Chris Isaac, Rogue Traders, Darryl Braithwaite, Petula Clarke, Thelma Houston, Steven Cummings, Errol Brown (Hot Chocolate), and Renee Geyer to name just a few. He has toured internationally supporting acts including Tina Turner, Kiss, The Backstreet Boys and Jesse McCartney.

In TV work, Simon has held the position of Associate Musical Director on the productions Australia’s Got Talent and X Factor, as well as being a member of the Australian Idol band.

Simon is currently working on his web based guitar coaching system, called “Unleash Your Guitar!”, as well doing shows with his Racer X tribute band “Racer Axe”. He’s also a contributor to the tuitional software Riff Axelerator. 

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