Wheatsheaf Hotel

George St Thebarton

Crooked Rd, Michael Coghlan, Luke Swinburne @ SCALA

1. Michael Coghlan

• has been writing songs since he was 20
• has played regularly in coffee bars, hotels, restaurants and folk clubs in Adelaide and overseas since 1977; mostly as a soloist
• spent a year or so busking and playing music for a living in Europe and Israel in the 80s
• played regularly at Ginger’s Coffee Shop in North Adelaide for years, appeared at the 1991 National Folk Festival as part of the group Changing Hats, and as a soloist at the 1991, ’92, and ’93 Goolwa Folk Festivals
• describes his music as ‘contemporary acoustic’ – a blend of folk, pop, rock and country
• for those who remember was part of the folk group Dark Island, with Sean Mangan, Kate Battersby, and George Will
• was the warm up guy for Old Dogs Can at the Seven Stars in the city for a couple of years in the noughties, and more recently has been seen singing Eagles songs with the Hawkers at the Singing Gallery in McLaren Vale.
• still writes his own songs occasionally but currently working on an acoustic set of Jethro Tull songs and is even contemplating a one hour show on the music of his life!
• SCALA FOOM judge and regular contributor to online arts magazine The Clothesline.
• Along with Rob Childs may be the only other person who has played at every SCALA venue since its inception.

2. Luke Swinburne

Born and raised in the Adelaide Hills, 18 year old Luke Swinburne is just starting to kick off his music career as a solo artist.

Luke realised his passion for guitar at the young age of 12 and has never looked back, Luke has since acquired a larger, tasteful range of guitar skills, from smaller riffs’ to surprising guitar solo skills and he is just getting started.

Over the past 12 months Luke has worked on his song writing skills as well as making himself a multi-instrumentalist, and through trial and error has formed a unique songwriting capability.

His original song range can quickly show you though feelings and thoughts that are upbeat to life pondering, heartbreak, sadness and through the deeper stages of loss.

In this past year Luke has decided that music meant so much more to him than just a small hobby, it has since became he’s dream and passion to share with the world. Luke is only just beginning to start his career as he is now playing at venues throughout the Adelaide region and across the state.

He has recently returned to South Australia after recording his first EP in Melbourne, which will be released in the coming months.


3.  Crooked Road

Crooked Road has been invited to play festivals in Victoria and South Australia. Over time, and with different bands the members of Crooked Road have made 13 albums, many TV and radio shows and several national and international tours.

Bluegrass, folk, country, gospel-our influences all come out in our music. We play harmony-driven originals and a few pieces by our favourite musicians. Who are they? John Prine, Mike and Pete Seeger, The Eagles, Earl Scruggs, Bill Monroe, The Stanley Brothers, The Dillards, Adam Steffey, Peter Rowan, Ricky Skaggs, Del McCoury, Tony Rice, Jim and Jesse, The Louvin Brothers, The Country Gentlemen and the Grascals.

We are Phill Parker (Guitar) Andrew Hook (Mandolin), Leonard Cohen (Dobro) and David Taylor (Bass).

Phill sings harmony and lead vocals in the folk, country and bluegrass traditions, playing with The Bill Chambers Band, Country Comfort, Shut Up and Deal, Highly Strung, The Bridgland Brothers Band and Old South Bluegrass Band.

Andrew immersed himself in the bluegrass genre playing professionally with The Rank Strangers, Paul Wookey, The Buckshot Boogie Band, Dingo Ridge, Grass Roots and Old South Bluegrass Band.

Leonard moved into folk and bluegrass and played professionally with the Hamilton County Bluegrass Band and Slim Dusty. He played solo and then with The Skillet Lickers before joining Old South Bluegrass Band.

Dave grew up on a diet of Beatles, Stones, Pacemakers, 60s pop, Daddy Cool, Chain, and Axiom. He played in community choirs ukulele group Savoir Plunk, and now plays country/folk, bluegrass and retro pop.