The Strzelecki String Busters have released their debut CD. The band have been playing together for around 4 years. While the name of the band is reflective of some local Gippsland geography the pronunciation with challenge anyone from outside Victoria I suspect.
This group was formed as a result of jam sessions in band member’s Ray Negro’s shed which, given the size of the group (14 at last count), must be quite large.
The band members are:
Ray Negro – fiddle, guitar, mandolin
John Werner – upright bass
Danny Boothman – Dobro, banjo
Gary ‘Rainbow’ Roberts – guitar
Arnie Young – fiddle
Mick ‘Tank’ DeBono – guitar
Will Laaks – harmonica, guitar
Glen Davis – guitar
Michael Saulle – guitar
Andy Taylor – guitar, mandolin
Red O’Donnell – guitar, mandolin, shaker
Rod ‘Rocket’ Couling – guitar
James Smee – guitar, kazoo, shaker
Darryl ‘Big D’ Hewitt – banjo, mandolin, guitar
All members contributed to vocals (10 different lead singers) and harmony; which, given the size of the group is surprisingly disciplined and tight.
To quote the Stringbusters: ‘We have taken our time, but here it is. Our debut CD is chock-full of Ol’ Timey string band music, country blues, and a few other well known tunes that have been given the SSB’s treatment thrown in for good measure…’