would I be without the many fine musicians who have travelled
the roads and shared the concert stages with me over the
past 25 years or so? Well, I'd probably be in Beverley Hills,
because I'd certainly be a lot richer! In economic terms
perhaps, but a lot poorer in sheer human and musical terms.
The musicians who have accompanied me over the years, have
helped keep me laughing,helped keep me going, helped keep
me writing, helped keep me sane, helped keep me
you get the idea. To all of them, my heartfelt if wholly
are a few of those musicians I've worked with over the years.
(and in some cases, miraculously, still am!) Naturally,
the ones who sued me for non-payment of concert fees, or
turned nasty and resigned in high dudgeon because all the
girls wanted ME!! are not included in this list
Munro was born in Glasgow, Scotland in 1947 and escaped to
Australia at the age of 18. Having had a flirtation with Folk
Music in his home country John soon headed for the local folk
haunts. He admits to being a founder member of Country Express
(born 1969) and Colcannon (born 1988) and, more through luck
than talent, has worked since 1980 as accompanist to Eric
the former capacity John has been a regular on Reg Lindsay's
Country and Western Hour (although regular self abuse since
then means you would never recognise him) and at Folk Festivals
from Victor Harbor to Port Fairy to Maleny to the National
to Nannup in WA.
his latter work (with Eric Bogle) he has toured Canada, the
USA and the UK four times, Europe three times and side trips
to Bermuda and New Zealand. This has resulted in an in depth
knowledge of the Geography questions in Trivial Pursuit and
a vast collection of street directories.
recording credits include 8 albums with Eric, four with Country
Express, nine with Colcannon,
three with Gordon Mcintyre and Kate Delaney, two with
Mike Quarmby and one with Margaret Christl (Canada), Mary-Jane
Field (Sydney), Irene Petrie, Denis and Lynne Tracey, as well
as countless guest appearances. His experience extends to
production as well as performing.
has won two Celtic Music Club Awards for Guitar and one for
Mandolin, two Folk Federation awards and two SAMIA (South
Australian Music Industry) awards with Colcannon
- the latter being for "Most Outstanding Contribution
to Folk Music". He has also won the SCALA-run Songwriters
Event (songwriter award) in 1990 and 1996.
O'Neill is a multi-talented musician. He plays fiddle, mandolin,
guitar, and sings. Dave has appeared on three of Eric's recent
CDs, and has toured overseas with Eric twice in North America
and once in Europe, as well as all around Australia.
A lover of fine coffees, rare malt whiskies, and good times
generally, Dave has no regrets about not following his mother's
wishes to take up holy orders, he reckons being a choirboy
in his youth was close enough. He is currently working as
The Music Programmer for the National Festival in Canberra,
and so has little spare time for gigging at the moment, but
will no doubt be dazzling audiences again sometime in the
future with his musical virtuosity, you can't keep a good
Jones gave up a career in communications to realize his dream
of becoming a full time musician. Hailing from Queensland,
Australia, he's the newest member of Eric Bogle's band. The
1998 U.S. and Canadian tour marked his debut with them. Eric
has called him "A gentle introduction to the art of drumming."
In 2000 he became a father for the first time. Congratulations
to Jon, and his new family.
John has provided the percussion on Eric's last 3 CDs. He's
a modest sort of bloke is John, it was only after he'd worked
with Eric for a couple of years that Eric found out he had
twice been the Australian National Pipe Band Snare Drumming
Champion. "I didn't think it was relevant or important"
he said when asked why this particular light had been hidden
under a bushel.
Blake is a another multi instrumentalist, in fact even more
multi than Dave O'Neill. He plays saxophone, clarinet, synthesiser,
bass guitar, electric guitar, acoustic guitar, trombone, etc.
etc. etc., He also sings, although he himself would admit
that that is a fairly loose description of the sound that
emits from his throat. He as appeared in quite a few of Eric's
CDs, and produced and engineered two of Eric's latest CDs
"Small Miracles" and "Endangered Species"
in his recording studio in Canberra, Blue Bear Studios. Oh,
didn't I mention he was a recording engineer as well? An ex
member of the well known English Folk group Pyewackett, Ian
is much in demand as a musician , producer and recording engineer.
He has recorded a couple of CDs of his own compositions,
and tours Europe regularly with Andrew Cronshaw, a well known
English traditional musician.
Miller is originally from Adelaide, South Australia. He's
a man of many
talents. A Doctor of Podiatry, wine
expert, gourmet, as well as an harmony singer, bass and acoustic
guitar player in Eric's band. When Brent's not working with
Eric, he's involved with several other music groups as well.
Until recently, he was the only native born Australian in
Eric's band,which is strange really, as, in speech at least,
he sounds for all the world like a middle class pommy twit.
Mind you, that's only when he's sober or trying to chat a
musically tasteful and restrained electric guitar player is
even more rare than a musically tasteful and restrained drummer.
Meet Andy McGloin folks, who was that rare electric guitar
player. For about 5 years Andy brought an electric dimension
to the sound of the Eric Bogle group. That he could not bring
that selfsame electric dimension to Eric's singing was no
fault of his. After 5 years of restraint however, he reverted
to type and left Eric to join a rock group where he could
be as tasteless as he liked and where he could play LOUD!!
Emma Luker is by far the youngest and most modest of all musicians I’ve had the pleasure of working with. Her ability to ‘feel’ the moment and play with musical sensitivity sets her apart from many others in her field.
Emma started learning fiddle when she was just 4 years old and without giving away her age, she’s got 24 years experience under her belt.
A one-time member of John’s band Colcannon (a training ground for the Bogleband), Emma has toured, and left her mark on, the UK, NZ, Canada and Australia.
Emma played on Other Peoples Children and The Dreamer, and added more than just her fiddle playing to the Live at Stoneyfell Winery DVD.
Currently she has her own band, The Fiddle Chicks, and can be seen at festivals around Australia playing with them and everyone else!
Joining the ever-increasing list of Bogleband Bass players is Englishman Pete Titchener.
Probably better known as guitarist and singer with John Munro’s band Colcannon, Pete was asked if he would play Bass earlier this year (2010) for a Bogle tour around the Eastern states of Australia. Having accepted and completed this challenge with a degree of competency and occasional musicality there’s every chance he’ll be allowed to join me on stage again.
Pete has played on 2 of my recordings, Other People’s Children and The Dreamer, as well as my one and only DVD ‘Live at Stoneyfell Winery’.
Pete’s other talents include juggling, carpentry, avoiding exercise and looking after this website.