I bought my first guitar at 14 and learned a few chords from my mate ‘Duggy’. By 16 I was playing in pubs and a year later left for University and while fellow students worked in kitchens and driving cabs to pay their way, I was fortunate to become a founding member of popular Melbourne Band Federation.
Federation, complete with Flairs and sideburns! Gerry Burke (Guitar and Vocals), Alan Heffernan (Drums), Judy Humberstone (Vocals) and Phil Turner (Bass and Vocals)
I played with many wonderful musicians and friends in the Melbourne music scene in the 70’s and 80’s.
After leaving Melbourne I spent wonderful years living in the foothills of the Victorian Alps where I played at many of the wineries and clubs on the Border region with my very good friends David Keat and Julian Collins.
In 2005 I ‘emigrated’ to beautiful Tasmania and soon formed another trio with husband and wife songwriters Tony and Les Rees. Martinique played at the many festivals and events around Hobart and toured the mainland as a folk/rock trio. In 2009 Martinique released The Road That Never Ends.
Finally on my own, I had the privilege over recent years of performing at The Cafe at the iconic and award winning State Cinema complex in North Hobart. The album Songs from the State was recorded to help commemorate the Centenary of this arts institution in our city.