Helen began performing
professionally aged 15 in Wellington New Zealand 1980.
Playing Guitar and singing full time for 5 years in her uncles busy covers band ‘Cool Change’,
In 1988 with older sister Juanita. ‘The Damzels’ all girl rock band stormed all over NSW in a time when chicks with big hair, screaming guitars and oversized amps and ego’s ruled.
1989 – 2000 Helen with her younger sister Dot, formed the
group ‘Sister Sister’ playing in and
around Brisbane with residencies at a few of the city’s club restaurants, it
was during this time Helen started writing and performing her own songs and
began attending singer/songwriter sessions
‘The Fret Fest’. She began recording her self-titled EP in 1998 and worked as a session singer trading session work for the studio time needed to record her own album. Helen was also singing and recording throughout this time with a Capella group ‘The Flannelettes’, featuring 12 of
Brisbane’s best female singers/performers.
Early 2000 saw a big change for Helen when she was asked to sing with Mark Cryle and his folk/roots band ‘Spot the Dog’, thrown in the deep end, Helen was quickly ushered back into the studio learning and recording an entire new repertoire and then back on the road promoting and performing the latest Spot The Dog album ‘Brand New Juliet’ the group toured Australia extensively, performing at festivals and concert venues throughout. “this band was 13 years old when I joined, I’ve now been with them for 11 years, and although we don’t perform regularly anymore, we still love getting together for the occasional concert or show”.
Things are more relaxed for Helen these days, performing alongside Singer/Keyboard player Michael Stevenson in ‘Cool Lula’ their individual experiences combined produces a polished, professional performance of strong rich vocals and beautiful music.
Starting his long playing career on Keyboards / Vocals in 1964 in London with his cousin’s successful group ‘The Detroit Show Band’, Mike learned his trade playing with many established musicians around the UK circuit. Mike arrived in Australia in 1974 and was almost immediately touring with the ‘Young Talent Time’ team, backing them around the country.
He put together a trio with his brother Alan on Bass and Russell on Drums to form ‘Charlie Brown’, which toured Queensland on the Carlton circuit.
1977 saw him join Brisbane band ‘Klute’, with residencies on the Gold Coast and Brisbane including the sadly missed Cloudland. Klute was one of the most successful `local` units around working a staggering number of gigs each year.
The eighties saw Mike in a number of bands including ‘Troppo’ and the very successful ‘Trooper’. This band regularly backed such great acts as Dragon, Mondo Rock, John English and Marcia Hines.
Mike moved to the Sunshine coast in 1990, and together with his sons Chris and Keith, formed the band the ‘Rocketeers’. This band worked busily and continuously up until 2002 and currently continues on the coast.
From 2002 and into 2011 Mike plays with various outfits around the state such as including ‘Rockin and Rollin’ in Bundaberg and the Gold Coast with the ‘Step Back Show Band’, the ‘Rockin Bodgies’ and more recently on Bass with local band ‘Smokin Mirrors’.
His current project
is playing Keyboards and singing with the talented Helen McGreevy in ‘Cool Lula’
This musical partnership formed only a few months ago is producing a combination of strong vocals, tight harmonies and some real musical magic, the result is they are wowing audiences everywhere they play.