In 1998, Chris Chapple, one time guitarist for Melbourne quartet Autohaze, released his debut solo album It's A Wonderful Life to much local critical acclaim.
After performing a dozen or so solo acoustic shows, he teamed up with two members of Charlie Marshall's Body Electric : pianist, cellist and vocalist Julitha Ryan (also from The Dead Salesmen , Silver Ray ) and drummer extraordinaire Dave Creese (The Dumb Earth , The Hired Guns) to form the Chris Chapple Ensemble.
As a predominantly laid-back, acoustic trio, the Ensemble played shows supporting, among others, artists such as Lisa Miller, The Underground Lovers, Robert Forster / Grant McLennan, Chris Wilson and, from the U.S., Sparklehorse.
Which brings us to the line-up which worked on the second album Whisky Bay:
Dan Luscombe ( The Blackeyed Susans ) : guitar / slide guitar / backing vocals
Sean Simmons (The Spoils) : Bass
Chris Chapple:acoustic & electric guitar / vocals
Brett Poliness (Silver Ray): drums/percussion
The currently performing line-up of The Chris Chapple Ensemble features Steve "Harmony" Hassett of Wagons fame playing bass guitar and singing, and Clare Moore of The Moodists and TheDave Graney Show playing drums and singing (a little).
Chris has also played bass, on a stand-in
basis, for The Spoils, Matt Walker and
Ron Sexsmith (on his 2001 Aust. tour),
and supported Ron Sexsmith on his 2003
national Australian tour.