I grew up in Kingston Beach, Tasmania. Our house had thin walls, so from pre-birth on, I heard a lot of music practice from my dad, an accordion player who played European and Latin American music for decades around Hobart venues and festivals, while my sister’s piano studies formed the other soundtrack to the household. I absorbed scales and melodic intervals by osmosis.
I began song writing at about 12 years old, after discovering mums’ nylon guitar, inspired by my immediate acoustic environment and later Bob Dylan, Cat Stevens, Fleetwood Mac, Supertramp, Led Zepellin, Rodriguez etc…
I’m old enough to remember watching the first moon landing on the school TV, leading to my first aspiration to be an astronaut, which led to an interest in technology. Taking the long route to a music career I have worked as an electrician, travelled around Australia on a home-built motorbike, wintered in Antarctica and designed and built green power units for use in remote wild places. I have gigged around the place, both as a solo performer and in bands, e.g. Cygnet Folk Festival, Republic Bar. Interested in alternative energy, I have designed and built a passive-solar house with music studio, and am currently converting a 50’s concrete house by the sea into an energy efficient home filled with lots of creative spaces.
When it comes to songwriting I live for hooks, either melodic, lyrical or rhythmic but preferably all three. I also prefer lyrics that leave space for the listeners interpretation, a little ambiguous, but maintaining cohesion.
The music theatre work ANTARCTICA (first production in Nov 2016) has songs that are pop, rock and even a little country, but all have hooks; even the most storyline-centric should be entertaining independent of the story. My benchmarks for musicals are ROCKY HORROR SHOW, JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR, GREASE and the like with great songs free of train crashes between derivative music and clumsy lyrics. I am currently working on a song cycle version of ANTARCTICA. COVID-19 has interrupted the plans for an August 2020 scheduled concert at Hobart’s Theatre Royal, but where there’s a will, there will be a (digital) way.
Developing from my love of design, skills in building things and need, I delved into puppet design and making (with assistance from my partner Dana Bergstrom) for ANTARCTICA, which has resulted in an uncontrollable desire to create sculptures.
So my life is about creating music intertwined with stories, sculptures with beautiful curves (the 3D equivalent of a great hook). In between, I build creative spaces in which to pursue such endeavours.
|Year||Type & Genre||Details|
|2020||Album – 7 tracks instrumentals||Velo|
|2019 ||EP – 4 tracks pop||The Brady Tapes|
| 2019||EP – 3 tracks, classical |
|2019||EP – 4 tracks easy |
|Peace of Mind|
|2019||EP- 4 tracks alt-country||Dirty Strings Shakedown|
|2019||Album – 6 tracks|
|Guitar in the House|
|2018||Sculpture – |
welded aluminium rod
3.2 m wing span
|2018||Sculpture – |
welded aluminium rod
|Snow Petrel |
90 cm wing span
|2018||Sculptures – welded or soldered aluminium rod or steel wire||Penguin Series – 8 sculptures|
Range in height 30 – 53 cm
|2018||Album – 8 tracks|
welded steel rod
gate 1.8 x 2.9
|2016||Articulated Puppets – 10 – brazed steel or welded aluminium and cloth, painted||Antarctica – A New Musical|
(with assistance Dana Bergstrom)
(lyrics and music)
|Antarctica – A New Musical|
(with Dana Bergstrom Workshop performance – Peacock Theatre 2012
Directors – Allen Jeffrey & Leiz Moore,
Music Director Charlie Hull
Workshop performance – Backspace Theatre 2014
Director – Kris Stewart, Music Director – Amanda Hodder
Premiere – Theatre Royal 2016 (Audience 2260)
Director – Terence O’Connell, Music Director Craig Wood, Puppetry Director, Peter Wilson, Choreography Cassie Xintavelonis
under “Mac Lauren”
|Album – alt rock||Crash Landing on Venus|
|2002- 1990||6 albums – alt rock/folk||various|
Works in Progress
SONGS FROM ANTARCTICA – song cycle based on the musical theatre work ANTARCTICA – for concert performance 2020
A PRETTY SONG FOR YOU (Lyrics & Music) , (Book Dana Michelle Bergstrom) – cabaret-based song-cycle – Ready for workshopping
Australian Performing Rights Association
National Association for the Visual Arts
Pure Antarctic Foundation (sub-committee chair – music)
Shine R (2016) Antarctica musical: Scientist turns playwright to spread message about Antarctic plight, 29 October