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Grooveyard Hammond Combo

Written by Tuesday, 01 September 2015 12:44


Albury’s Grooveyard Hammond Combo is ready to demonstrate their popular, unique and quirky style of blues, soul, and R’n’B, when they take to the stage as the guest band for First Friday Live on September 4, 2015, at Giuseppe’s Restaurant & Bar, 188 Banna Ave.

Grooveyard’s amazing sound is created by a collection of instruments played by band members Phillip Stone (electric + acoustic guitars, and ukuleles), Carolyn (‘Caz’) Higgs (electric bass, U bass, percussion + vocals), Graeme Cook (Hammond organ, accordion, trumpet, and trombone) and Kevin McGrath on drums. And all four pack a powerful punch as vocalists.

“This is Grooveyard Hammond Combo’s first gig at First Friday Live and we couldn’t be more
excited for locals to experience the energetic music that the band is famous for delivering on
stage,” said Livio Mazzon, co-founder of the FFL initiative, a not-for-profit, community-
organised event run by local volunteers with the aim of nurturing a strong live music scene in
“The band fearlessly stretches and massage arrangements on the fly, and they are versatile
and able to play as an electric band or an acoustic quartet. All this makes for night with
Grooveyard that should not be missed,” Livio added.

Phillip Stone has 40 years of experience as a professional musician, performing around the world. He has worked in bands, sessions and toured with many artists including Rick Price, Kevin Borich, Buddy Guy band, Darryl Braithwaite band, Ross Williams, Monica Trapaga, Renee Geyer, Tommy Emmanuel, Venetta Fields, Phil Emmanuel, Normie Rowe, The Aztecs, Billy Thorpe, Angry Anderson, Bobby Gebert, John Swann, Enormous Horns Bigband, Leon Gaer, Ted Mulray and Maria Venuti to name a few on this Australian music industry ‘who’s who’ list. Carolyn Higgs, known as Caz, has a background in live music and theatre production, and event and convention production. She worked at the Adelaide Convention Centre, Adelaide Festival Fringe, Grand Prix, and with touring acts through Australia, Japan, USA and the Pacific. Caz was production manager of the Flying Fruit Fly Circus and toured their flagship shows through the mid-90s. Kevin McGrath has played drums with rock and corporate bands in Albury and Melbourne. He was also a member of Expresso Bongo. He spent numerous years in TV as a lighting engineer, camera person and production manager for the ABC, Channel 7, and 9, and worked behind the scenes on many iconic Australian television programs. Graeme Cook is musical director of JAZZ Albury Wodonga at the JAZZ basement in Wodonga and has hosted national and international jazz artists at the venue since 2004. He started on piano and began his musical life on soprano cornet chair, then as principal trombonist with Wodonga Citizens’ Band for 11 years. He spent 20 years as a working musician, playing varied gigs on trumpet and trombone. Learn more about Grooveyard Hammond Combo at and listen to their amazing sound at To learn more about First Friday Live visit and or call Livio Mazzon on 0428 235 871. Don’t miss Grooveyard Hammond Combo as the guest band for First Friday Live on September 4, 2015, at Giuseppe’s Restaurant & Bar at 188 Banna Avenue, Griffith. The event starts at 7.30pm. Tickets for $15 can be purchased at the door.