Lighthouse Keepers


The Lighthouse Keepers were unique among the many independent music bands that were emerging or converging in Sydney in the early 1980s by espousing a loosely rehearsed casual ethos along with C&W humour, punk DIY attitudes and pure pop song craft. Evolving out of Tex Truck and the Semis,a student Talent Quest party band, three members originally migrated from Canberra ACT. Juliet Ward, Greg Appel and Stephen 'Hairy' O'Neil (the latter two having played together in The Grant Brothers and Guthugga Pipeline) were augmented by Michael Blue Dalton on national steel slide guitar and harmonica bringing an authentic country/blues style to arrangements as a foil to multi instrumentalist Stephen O'Neil's melodic and nifty bass/guitar/drums/ and C melody sax playing, perfectly complimenting the rich timbre and vocal ability of Juliet with Greg's understated but skillfully rendered jangling Maton 12 string guitar .For some time all members including Juliet were rotated to bass playing duties on stage and in the studio to facilitate various song arrangements. Early cassette recordings include a live performance of a Tim Spencer song Cigareettes and Whuskey originally recorded by The Sons of the Pioneers (replete with Juliet's dog Chaos contributing back up vocals) and also recorded by Willie Dixson's Big Three Trio as well as Red Ingle. A demo version of the country standard I Fall to Pieces imortalised by Patsy Clyne recorded late 1982 on a Sony 4 track and mixed to cassette featured ...

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