Traditional Graffiti (aka ‘The Trads’) rose from the ashes of the popular Wheeze & Suck Band. The regular band members are:
- Ian “The Pump” Macintosh – guitars, melodeon, vocals.
- John “Johnny Red Tips” Milce – percussion, jokes.
- Brad ‘Stix’ Newhouse – percussion.
- Nigel “Muddy” Walters – mandolin, guitar, vocals.
- Clive ‘Dodger’ McFarland – guitar, vocals.
Nigel and Ian are both solo performers in their own right. Ian is also a prolific songwriter, being awarded the Australian Songwriters Award in 2006 for ‘Rag and Bone’. Nigel is also a member of the duo ‘Cap in Hand’. Ian is a member of Sydney blues trio ‘The RBJ’s, and UK contemporary music trio, ‘TRI’.
John and Ian have a long history of involvement in traditional dance both here in Australia and in the UK, and Traditional Graffiti include threads and themes of the tradition in their repertoire.
The ‘Trads’ also continue their reputation for fun, and audience participation. As Traditional Graffiti, and Wheeze & Suck Band before, there have been nine albums released, plus various solo albums from Muddy and Pump.
The Trad’s perform at various Folk Festivals in Australia, plus Folk Club and pub appearances. The band perform a mix of English traditional and contemporary folk music, (including some favourites from the Wheezers repertoire), and many self-penned compositions.
Visit their website.
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Peter brings music to comedy with his arsenal of original songs and rollicking reworking of famous tunes. He is a favourite on the folk festival circuit and has performed at countless folk and comedy venues, and too many clubs and pubs.
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