This weekend local music identity Terry Doyle will celebrate fifty years in the Australian Music Industry with a special concert at Edmonton on the outskirts of Cairns.
During those years Terry has worked in every facet of the entertainment industry including sound engineer, lighting technician, roadie, comedian, venue manager and operator, songwriter, mentor, recording artist, album sales, drummer, guitarist, vocalist etc.
It all began back in 1964 when Terry started playing drums in his school bands and then progressed to local country Victorian bands the first being, at the time, the youngest performing band in Australia called ‘The Answer’. Terry’s first full drum kit was a second hand Drouin set with a chrome Roger’s snare which Terry still has and will be using when he plays this weekend.
After relocating to Perth Terry drummed for notable Western Australian bands such as Nosmo King, the infamous Wayne and the Phantoms, Paul Felton Band, Sweethearts and The Deadbeats ‘Live’.
Nosmo King members included Brolga Coughlan bass player for Goanna and Redgum along with Russell Smith who has played for Company Caine, Billy T, and Ross Wilson among others.
Terry first came to Cairns from Perth in 1985 with The Deadbeats ‘Live’ with Neil Melon on bass and Dave Zuric on guitar but later drummed for popular local outfit Party Starters with members Danny McCowan, Vic Holder, Greg Boots and Mick Stills.
In 1986 frustrated by doing only covers Terry purchased his first quality guitar, a Maton, from Steve Louder, a local bass player at the time. Terry then left Cairns with his new lady, Carolyn, who was pregnant at the time with their son Jake and started writing his own material and doing his own shows.
Terry performed in Brisbane and throughout southern Queensland and northern NSW for a number of years before heading home to country Victoria. In his home town of Shepparton Terry formed Nuts and Bolts with young guitar whiz Jason Gladman, and harmonica player the late Bobby Calvarie recording ‘Runnin a Muck’, a blues influenced album which was a follow up to Terry’s first recording ‘Around the Block’.
Terry, Carolyn and Jake hit the road again spending some time in resort entertainment management and as an entertainer in the Whitsundays before make it back to Cairns in the late nineties.
Terry again continued his solo performances but also put bands together with the likes of guitarist Gordon Sheard, harmonica player Rod Collins and even teamed up with the legendary Johno Johnson for awhile.
With a teenage son that could play anything and everything Terry formed The Doyles in 2005 and released two albums The Doyles ‘Live’ at Johnos and 4:00AM before Jake took off to America and finally settled in Melbourne.
When Terry returned from the states in the second half of 2007 he reinvented himself and started playing music for children, With business partner Rachel Bradley they have formed a very popular children’s interactive music show The Doyle Family Fun Show. With four albums of self-penned ‘aussie songs for kids of the world’ the show is still in great demand.
In 2010 Terry put together a compilation CD of 16 singer songwriters called Songwriters on the Waterfront that album winning 2010 Timeout Album of the Year.
In the same year Terry was a Cairns Regional Council Australia Day nominee for Citizen of the Year along with being awarded Certificate of Achievement for services to the Arts.
Eight years ago Terry started mentoring local songwriters and has had huge success with helping kick start the careers of many young and not so young artists. Those that Terry has nurtured include multi award winning Emma Louise, Brisbane based Hannah Karydas now know as ‘Eves’, Houston Texas based Nikki Jensen, Melbourne based Davy Simony as well as Melbourne based ‘Drunk Mums’ plus countless others.
Terry continues to perform up to 200 plus shows a year and this weekend’s concert will be a celebration of fifty successful years in a very hard industry plus it will be a memorial to his late wife Carolyn who passed away suddenly seven weeks ago.
The Carolyn Memorial Concert and Terry’s celebration will be held Saturday 18th of October at Strikie’s Farm Page Rd. Edmonton. Gates open at 3pm. and there will be no cover charge, there are camping areas available as well as full bar facilities and ample food trucks on site.
Further information please contact Doyle Entertainment on 0418712906
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