The Hetherington dynasty: one of many musical family manifestations!

I NOTICED in Saturday’s paper that “Flower Children”, the musical based on the brief years of fame of the Mamas and the Papas is coming back to Melbourne in 2013 for a short season at The Comedy Theatre in Exhibition Street.   Matt Hetherington will star again as Papa John.

Singer/actor Matt has performed in hundreds – probably thousands – of live gigs (including the AFL Grand Final in 2010), starred brilliantly in a slew of musicals, and recently made the national stage as a finalist on “The Voice”.

Here’s Matt with Marina Prior in October this year in “Promises Promises” for The Production Company.

Of course jazz fans will know that Matt is the son of much loved jazz musician Dave Hetherington, and nephew of the late Ollie Hetherington of Nat Oliver’s Jazz Band fame.   Most will also know that Matt is a dab hand as a drummer. Here he plays with Dave Hetherington’s Jazzbos on the music panel show “Spicks and Specks” in November 2009.   Other members of the band are Peter Hooper on banjo, Michael McInerney on bass and Hugh de Rosayro on trombone.

Dave himself may have had the seeds of music planted by his grandfather, who ran away to sea and was introduced to jazz by hearing musicians playing and singing on the levees in New Orleans. Whatever the source, Dave has been a part of the Australian jazz scene since his teens.

In October this year Dave played at the Victorian Jazz Club’s special night featuring jazz singers, Carol Ralph and the legendary Kate Dunbar. Here’s a great pic of Dave with Ian Smith and Kate Dunbar, taken by Ron Jobe (who must have taken more images of jazz musicians, jazz fans and jazz locations than any other Australian photographer). This one appeared in the VJC monthly newsletter, Jazzbeat for Dec 2012/January 2013.

Ian Smith, Kate Dunbar and Dave Hetherington

And it may be that the Hetherington musical line will continue. Here’s a picture of proud father Matt with young Oscar Hetherington on his way to one year old. He’s certainly got the smile to make it to the top!

If you are interested in going to see “Flower Children” tickets are available from Ticketmaster. Click on the poster below for a link. The season starts on 23 May.

If you want to keep up to date with Matt’s doings, here’s his website:

Keep in touch with Dave through his Facebook page. Click on his smiling face to find it.

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