I was born in Melbourne in 1951. My father Ron was a jazz guitarist and gave me my first guitar when I was 15 and at 16 he gave me the beautiful old German double bass I still play today. I started playing double bass at age 16 at Melbourne High School.
I began hanging out at Frank Traynor’s Folk Club in 1968 where I met and started my musical career with the likes of Gordon McIntyre, Danny Spooner, Margret Roadknight and Dutch Tilders. Thus the scene was set for a fabulous ride in the world of live and recorded music.
Over the years , I have been a member of over 20 bands; played on over 60 albums; toured England, Ireland, New Zealand and Hong Kong and extensively throughout Australia.
During 2002 and 2004 I designed and made my own semi-acoustic double bass with the maestro luthier Ian Noyce ( from Ballarat). I also play Noyce Electric Basses exclusively.
- It Began Here — by Peter Howell — last modified Aug 26, 2009 05:16 AM
- I owe a lot to my discovering Frank Traynor's around 1968. I did my second gig there with Gordon McIntyre, began playing with Danny Spooner there, then Margret RoadKnight then .............. and now it's 2009 and I'm still going. Here's some pics of my musical journey so far.