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Riding pushies to school with friends, hangs at the swimming pool in Wangaratta every summer.
I loved the countryside and spent a lot of time growing up at my grandparents’ farm in Myrrhee, Vic.
When I started riding motorbikes when I turned 16yrs 9months I loved riding to Whitfield, Powers Lookout, Bright, Tatong, Greta, Tallangatta and over Hotham (you used to be able to ride pretty fast without being caught, haha).
The pub scene was epic when I was 18/19 years old, there were some killer bands around the area, with some exceptionally kickass singers (namely Rambunctious, Heavy Weight Champ, Sons of Belial, Led Asprin and heaps more) that set a pretty high bar for what was expected from a singer.
I thank all of those dudes for that.
I feel really lucky that I’ve chosen to do something that I love, it’s a pretty crazy and unpredictable line of work but I wouldn’t have it any other way.
I’ve played well over 1000 shows in my career including; nine international tours, supports include Patti Smith (France), Aerosmith in Australia.
I played to over 40,000+ people at Le Mans 24hr circuit race with my band in 2013 as well as many events from the Big Day Out to Cognac Blues Passions (FR) to Sydney Opera House.
I once fronted Midnight Oil for an Amnesty International event and another time played as one of seven artists from
I’d like to think that the country attitude of being honest, polite (at least off stage, haha), down to earth and a little bit rough around the edges will always be a part of who I am.
I also think travelling a lot opens your eyes to so many things.
In my travels I have been very fortunate and blessed to have spent time in remote communities in Australia and my life has been enriched with education in indigenous culture.
I think for many people growing up around the same time (and even now) in many areas of Australia (and around the world) know we’re not taught the truths of what happened in our areas before it was colonised.
Since then I have discovered many truths of what happened to the original and traditional owners of the North East area, that is not taught in our primary or high schools, and would love to think that it could change so we can be educated in both ways and people could understand in a more well-informed and cultured way.