Sharon Casey (Shaz)

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vocalist, banjo, fiddle

Shaz was always in school choirs and had piano lessons as a child, but put most of that aside as a teenager because it wasn’t so cool.  The happy accidents of life led her to Canberra in 1998 and working for the National Folk Festival and discovering the folk scene, and eventually she asked her colleague, super cool Artistic Director and superb multi-instrumentalist Dave O’Neill, for some mandolin lessons….that turned into fiddle lessons, that turned into banjo lessons, that turned into mentoring for the band.  She has embraced her inner dag and now revels in being enthusiastic, passionate and totally uncool, and proselytises about it never being too late to start or re-start playing and singing.

 

Peter O’Brien

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vocalist, guitar

Pete “Springsteen” O’Brien picked up a guitar in 1966.  Admittedly he was 1 years old and couldn’t play it then…but about 1200 lessons later he can.  We think he’s pretty good.

 

Maria Wylks (Maz)

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vocalist, guitar, fiddle

Maria was born wearing a red beret and holding a violin.  It’s made navigating a life in the public service a bit difficult, but made complete sense once she joined the band.

Janine Foster

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fiddle

Janine is a beautiful singer, which is why we make her play violin and play in the back row…………

 

Simon Fisher

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mandolin, bouzouki
Simon was happy plugging in and rocking out with garage bands until one day he realised he was listening to side 2 of Led Zeppelin III more than he was listening to side 1… Travels through Ireland, Scotland and England with his then girlfriend (now wife) sealed the deal and when they returned to Australia he bought himself a mandolin and never looked back. Simon plays a mandolin made by Davy Stuart and a bouzouki he built himself

 

 

Screen Shot 2016-04-02 at 12.24.22 PM Dave O’Neillhttp://www.daveoneillmusic.com

and this bloke ISN’T physically in the band….but his contribution as teacher, mentor, coach and inspiration is immeasurable…and very much appreciated.  (If you are looking for a teacher on fiddle, guitar, mandolin etc – then we ALL highly recommend him).

We’ve got heaps of band photos here

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