Chris Tanner, clarinetist and vocalist, formed his New Orleans inspired band, Virus, in 2000. Combining the exuberance of youth and the panache which comes with experience, the Virus group has played its exciting brand of music in clubs, festivals and other venues around Australia for years.
Original line up was Chris Tanner (clarinet), John Scurry (guitar), Lynn Wallis (drums), Don Stewart (trombone), Andy Ross (double bass) and many special guests.
Here Virus plays IN A LITTLE GYPSY TEA ROOM, recorded live by Trevor Lourensz at The Laundry, Johnston Street, Fitzroy on 8 November 2008.
Chris Tanner – Clarinet/Vocal
Don Stewart – Trombone
Eugene Ball – Trumpet
John Scurry – Guitar
Andy Ross – Bass
Lynn Wallis – Drums
Chris Tanner moved to Copenhagen a couple of years back, and is well-occupied with gigs around Denmark and beyond.
In his absence Virus has continued to perform regularly around Melbourne to the delight of its fans. However the time has come for a name change to The Great Bradburys. (I don’t know the reason for the choice of name but no doubt all will be revealed at some stage).
The current line up for The Great Bradburys: Julien Wilson (reeds), Eamon McNelis (trumpet), Andy Ross (double bass), John Scurry (guitar) & Lynn Wallis (drums).
The band has a current residency from 4.30pm – 7.30pm on Saturday afternoons at Grumpy’s Green, 126 Smith Street, Fitzroy. A great venue!
Chris made a flying visit to Melbourne in March 2011, and performed with Virus for the Victorian Jazz Club.