Robbie Long is a multi-instrumentalist who has covered miles of styles in his weird & wonderful career. He has been a working man's musician since leaving school, walking the boards with countless acts on stages and in studios over the past thirty years in Australia, New Zealand, Europe.
Robbie cut his teeth at an early age playing rock & country in pubs & clubs, and at seventeen began studying jazz with the internationally renowned guitarist Ike Issacs. Through his twenties he toured Australia and New Zealand with countless working outfits (including a stint as George in the Beatles Show!), and also began session work in various Sydney studios. From sessioning he moved in programming, arranging, and eventually engineering & producing. In the early 90s Rob set up a recording studio in Sydney (Sound Ideas), and relocated to Newcastle in 2002. He was recently nominated for three Golden Guitars at Tamworth CMF as producer.
Although he has jazz/rock foundations, he has gathered tools from a spectrum of musical genres through his musical journeys, adding spice and depth to his playing. During the early 2000's Robbie became involved with several well known figures in the Australian bluegrass scene, including Fiddler Andrew Clermont and Banjo virtuoso Dave Hellens. These new influences opened up new musical horizons and introduced Rob to Bluegrass, which led towards competing in the National Bluegrass Championships at Tamworth, where he won National Flatpick Guitar champion 2008 & 2010.
Rob is currently touring nationally and internationally with Aussie King of Vaudeville, Mic Conway, and with 2012 Toyota Starmaker Winner Bob Corbett & The Roograss Band. As well as this, he works locally in the Hunter with a host of high profile acts including Mark Wells, Justin Ngariki and the Darstardly Bastards, and Gleny Ray Virus.
Rob teaches both privately and at the Newcastle Conservatorium of Music.
Rob also writes a column on recording tips for Australian Guitar Player magazine.