LENNY and Graham Eames of Adelaide wrote in response to my recent Ali Mills post:
Thanks again for your most informative web site, we enjoy it immensely
Re: Ali Mills. Do you realise that the squeeze box player is Graham’s son in law, Stephen Teakle who now resides with the family in Melbourne. He also has an act called “Barry Morgan’s World of Organs”.
The bass player is Michael Hohnen, who is friend and manager of singer Gurrumul Yunupingu, and Artistic Director behind the “Skinny Fish Music” label.
Stephen Teakle is a talented pianist, organist, musical director, tour manager and producer. He has played with many well known music names, including Melbourne’s own Andy Baylor and the Dancehall Racketeers.
And here’s his alter ego, Barry Morgan, as Spicks and Specks fans will recognise him – he of the glittering smile and nimble fingers and toes.
Barry’s World of Organs theatre show is a musical comedy act that exploits the many features of his beloved Aurora. Barry’s hilarious performance is utterly charming: a visual and aural experience that’s hard to resist. Plucked from relative obscurity to perform on ABC TV’s Spicks and Specks, Barry Morgan became an instant audience favourite. Barry was invited back to perform on “A Very Specky Christmas”, and on the final episode of the show.
Steve will be performing for 4 weeks in the Adelaide Fringe from 24 February to 18 March.
Michael Hohnen’s name has become a familiar one in Northern Territory contemporary music…
Perhaps not quite as familiar as his friend’s, Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu, the musician with whom he spends much of his time collaborating, but certainly a name that means much when it comes to producing, creativity and being an ‘ambassador’ for Indigenous music in the Top End and wider Territory.
A long-term NT resident since he ‘shed’ city life and a successful pop career with Melbourne band The Killjoys in the late 1980s, Hohnen is the Artistic Director (or “Creative Manager” as he prefers), behind Skinnyfish Music, the NT’s most successful music label and perhaps the country’s most well-known distributor, promoter and publisher of contemporary indigenous music.
And as a closer, here’s Gurrumul singing the achingly beautiful Wiyathul from his album Gurrumul. Note his unique guitar playing style – upside down and back to front.