Do you prefer Solo or
Group. But I have shied
away from becoming too involved in groups as they tend to gravitate to
becoming cover bands, whereas my musicianship has more stemmed from song
writing rather than any instrumental competency. I have on
occasion enjoyed performing
karaoke at pubs and cruise ships. I once won a trophy for singing Elvis
Presley’s ‘Return to Sender’, and earning some infamy singing Billy
Idols 'White Wedding' on a cruise ship.
What bands, duos etc have
you performed/recorded with?
Brass bands, youth orchestras, country and western band, garage bands.
Played Status Quo covers to university students with a drummer mate and
me on electric guitar in an empty swimming pool for great acoustics.
Also I played bass in a country and western gig in Tasmania. I've not
toured with my music making except I took a road trip in NSW with a
friends band and took over the mixing desk at a couple of gigs. I've
not toured overseas but I have met other musicians in the USA and collaborated with
them online. And saw a performance of School of Rock on Broadway
The brass section of the TYO were also members of the Tasmanian
Youth Brass Band and we formed our own group 'The Bats'.
We didnt do formal gigs. We would just rock up to parties
and restaurants unannounced and belted out the theme to
'Batman'. For that, we often scored a few free meals,
until the novelty wore off. But it was good while it
We would also go up to the local quarry, tie a mattress to an EH
Holden, sit on it playing batman whilst doing donuts. That
all stopped when our mate fell of the edge of an embankment one
night and had to go to hospital. He was ok but we decided it
wasn't really a good gig !
What's the smallest gig you've
a tent by the side of the Hume highway somewhere between Melbourne and
Canberra acoustic guitar jamming with a friend and an audience of one.
Who would you like to
perform for and where?
London Millennium Dome, St Kilda Palais or any local community hall,
performing or directing the ‘Moving Hearts’ rock opera.
Have you ever performed in
a musical? If so, what part did you play or were you involved in the
instrumental side of the event?
GodSpell I played Jesus when singing and performing a Vaudeville
choreographed version of the song ‘All For The Best’. That was
probably the most nervous I have been prior to a performance in
front of an audience of about 2,000 at the Hobart Town Hall.
That's the biggest venue I have ever performed at. We
toured around the state as well, partying all the way between
Everyone knew everyone else
in a small town like Hobart, so may of the people I knew were
simultaneously in the Youth Orchestra, the Brass Band and in my
circle of friends. Some were also house mates. It
was a happening scene with never a dull moment. Ever.
GOD SPELL - ITS ALL
FOR THE BEST
Did you ever have to wear
costumes whilst performing … including a penguin suit?
Yes. Live performances of a musical adaption of
The Fisherman and his Soul
we wore hippy style 60’s gear.
What is the funniest
memory you have of your musical journey?
Writing parody songs with keyboardist friend Mack Lancaster. For
example, ‘White Bedding’ – a send up of Billy Idol’s ‘White Wedding’.
And a tourism send up song called ‘Holiday in Cairo’ sung with a Frank
Do you prefer to write
alone or co write with others?
Alone but also like collaboration.
With regards to song writing
methods, how do you find your own compositions are constructed?
Song concept and title, followed by arrangement
and lyrics together.