Variety key for Brass Monkeys

Bundaberg band Brass Monkeys has been making a name for itself around the region with a huge variety of songs.
Bundaberg band Brass Monkeys has been making a name for itself around the region with a huge variety of songs. Contributed

SULTANS of Swing, Black Magic and some Blue Suede Shoes - Bundaberg band the Brass Monkeys have a little of it all.

The versatile five-piece have been making a name for themselves across the region, becoming well-known for their ability to play almost any song from the 1950s to now.

Vocalist and rhythm guitarist Barry Franklin said the band, which had been together for about two and a half years, drew its huge range from the various backgrounds of the five members.

"I was doing tribute shows before I came to the band," Franklin said.

He said bass and brass player Tony Brown had been classically trained and bass and drums player Wayne Barnett had a 1980s rock background.

Peter Knight rounds out the five-piece on lead guitar and vocals.

"We do get a lot of people yelling out to play stuff like 500 Miles and Brown Eyed Girl," Franklin said.

"We like to put the Brass Monkeys spin on it and improvise."

Franklin said part of what he enjoyed about playing with the band was its ability to add something new to the pub rock favourites.

"It's nothing for our keyboard player Ross (Andersen) to put the bagpipes over 500 Miles or something like that," he said.

The band can most often be found in their home club The Waves or playing at corporate events where their tribute shows are quite popular.

Tribute shows available include Las Vegas, Johnny Cash, Elvis Presley and Aussie rock legends.


Upcoming gigs

  • The Waves, Saturday
  • Avondale Homestead Tavern in support of Mental As Anything, Saturday, May 12
  • Agnes Water Tavern, Saturday, May 26
  • For more information or bookings, visit thebrassmonkeys.biz

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