Rhydian And The Residuals. After Starting an Australian tour, Rhydian And The Residuals recorded an album to sell whilst on tour. After good sales and feedback, they decided to take the next logical step and have made it available for download. There is currently another album in mastering stage which contains some very creative versions of some well known songs from the 80's, and some classic jazz versions of some of our the bands favorites.
Originally born in Wales, UK, Rhydian was given a Frank Sinatra cassette tape at the age of 14 (Come Fly With Me) which he played over and over until he had learnt all the songs and lyrics.
Rhydian sang in UK band “Word of Mouth” in which he had a local hit record with “Fly away” and “Will You Be Mine”? Rhydian has also released 2 other records in the UK, A Double A sided CD “In Love With My Best Friend” and “Give Me One More Chance,” with duet group Lewis & Flett. After failing to make a career out of music, Rhydian decided it was time to follow his other passions, ocean swimming and an outdoor lifestyle and moved to Australia and went back into education to learn how to become a hairdresser.
To earn extra money, Rhydian started singing Michael Bublé songs within Hope Island, Queensland, Australia, in venues such as Mexi’s (now renamed Leo’s), The Hyatt Lounge Veranda Bar (as resident jazz singer), Red Rock Cafe, and within Sanctuary Cove Marina Village, around 2010 and up to present day. Rhydian’s Brisbane Jazz Club debut, covering Sinatra and Bobby Darin songs was at an open mic in 2011. Rhydian was keen to put together a jazz band and luckily found the already formed trio of Fred Cole (piano), Hans Lovejoy (double bass) and Ben Cox (drums) who were performing in the Tattersal Hotel in Lismore NSW.
With over 250 songs under his belt Rhydians’ song knowledge is vast and varied, offering many different feelings and tempos’ within the jazz and swing 1930’s to 1950’s period and up to latter day hits.
DR. fred Cole
As well as being an accomplished pianist, Fred is an active contemporary composer with a PhD in electronic music composition. Dr Fred Cole also wrote many theme songs for Festivals within Mullumbimby, and has also played with Big Bands all over the world. He owns 64 pianos!, including 2 grand pianos (a Steinway and a Bechstein) in his home plus an upright Yamaha. Fred is the Resident pianist at the Double Basement, Byron Bay Jazz evenings and master organizer of music for the Michael Bublé Tribute Band, you really couldn’t ask to be in better hands. His tours include senior pianist for Eartha Kitt and
Rolf Harris, and many European tours.
Fred Cole is the principal of Speciality Pianos, Lismore. He is responsible for all the tuning and fine action regulation work in the business.
Hans has performed, taught and recorded music for over seventeen years. From duo to big band, he is an accomplished bassist in all styles of contemporary music. He is also the editor of The Byron Echo newspaper, Hans has over seventeen years experience as a professional double and electric bassist,
holds a Diploma of Advanced Jazz Studies from the Canberra School of Music, Performs regularly with his own ensembles and as a session bassist.
Recent highlights include Byron Bay Blues and Roots Festival 2009 with Indonesian musician Tommee.
Recently his South American Latin band Vivalucion composed three songs and performed onset for the upcoming ABC TV's 'East of Everything'.
Past ensembles include country original artist Sara Tindley and The Kingfishers.Has taught Certificate and Diploma ensemble classes at The Conservatorium of Music in Lismore.
Ben is a Drummer based on the Far north coast of NSW Australia in a well known surfing town named Lennox Heads, and is already emerging as an Australian drumming force to be recognized.
With a personal style, groove and feel all his own, Ben is well on his way to becoming a widely sought after drummer across Australia.
Ben has proven himself as a professional studio musician and enthralling live performer playing with Australian and international artists such as Tim Freedman (The Whitlams), Marshall and the fro, Jefery Siler, Todd Robinson (Kate DeArouge), Regan Osbourne and numerous others around the country and abroad.
While currently maintaining a busy touring schedule, Ben has also found his way onto recent studio albums from Jefrey Siler (U.S.A.) and Regan Osborne, as well as appearing in various musical theater productions. With a full schedule lined up for 2013 it seems this is just the start for Ben Cox.
“Ben Cox is for me a drummer’s drummer, amazing grooves, plenty of flash and with more feel than some players twice his age, Ben has a versatility, touch and attention to detail that is seeing him become one of the chased drummer’s everyone wants for their projects, hence why I snapped up this emerging drummer for my current project and Ambivalence tour. It will be no surprise to me to see Ben become a sought after name in Australian drumming in the near future.” - Scott Hills (Drummer with Troy Cassar-Daley, Marcia Hines, educator.