Pedal Steel, Lead Guitar, Banjo, Mandolin, Harmony Vocals. Born into
a musical family in Gawler, Kevin began playing the banjo at an early
age. He soon branched out to lead guitar and with friend Darryl became
popular guests at local venues, the highlights being a radio performance
with Bobby Limb and a TV appearance. By the late sixties the boys formed
a 60/40 band and were in great demand throughout the local country venues.
In 1980 Kevin bought and learnt his first steel guitar and soon became
a regular backing artist at Country Music festivals throughout the state.
He has been privileged to back artists such as Adam Harvey and Denise
Featured in local bands Both Barrels, Heartland and True Grit and many
local recordings. Having now played in nearly every Australian state including
the Tamworth Festival he recently travelled to the USA to further his
knowledge at the Pedal Steel Convention. Kevin's dedication to the industry
has earnt him the respect of his peers and the local audiences and he
is a worthy inductee into the Hands of Fame 2004. From the 2004 26th Annual
South Australian Country Music Festival & Awards Souvenir Program.
Contact 08 8524 8063
Mick Bergen is one of South Australia's true Pioneers of Country Music
and strong supporter of the Industry and those who work in it. Mick started
singing and playing at parties and dances at a very young age. By the
time he turned fifteen Mick was performing with his sister winning a Radio
Talent Quest, they Guest Starred on Radio and were regularly on Country
Music Snows-the BOB FRICKER SHOW and recorded together influenced by Buddy
Williams and Will Caner. Mick toured Shearing Sheds around the country
and performed at the Birdsville Races Mick and his sister won the Country
Music Pioneers of South Australia and he didn't stop there.
Many of today's working musicians were taught and encouraged by Mick
Bergen, His son is a noted Multi-instrumentalist and his grandson is following
in his footsteps, having been awarded the Rocky Page Scholarship to attend
the Tamworth College of Music in January 2002
The three generations of Bergens are full of Talent and quite at home
on Lead Guitar, Acoustic Guitar / Bass Guitar / Accordion Mandolin Drums
and much more Mick has been a member of bands such as Town & Country
and is today in popular demand as a Balladeer.
Having given many years' service to Country Music Clubs and Festivals,
Mick is a truly worthy 2002 Inductee to the South Australian HANDS OF
FAME. From the 2002 24th Annual South Australian Country Music Festival
& Awards Souvenir Program
Bradley won the Rocky Page Memorial Scholarship in 2001. He shares his
birthday of May 18th with Troy Cassar-Daly. (Check here
for Artist birthdays)
Bradley's MySpace Site
Words from that site: (April 15, 2008)
From the moment that Brad’s parents discovered him out in the backyard at the tender age of 3 - two twigs in hand- sitting on a stool made from a turned over paint tin, and three tin cable reels set up in front of him for drums.. They were certain, over the years, their guitar playing household was about to get a whole lot louder!
And they were right. As the years rolled by, Brad’s passion for drums grew. He won his first talent contest at the age of 4 – (playing ‘Running Bear’ on his new ”Dolphin ¾ kit, with his Dad accompanying him on guitar/vocal) and continued to progress through the local ranks in his home state of South Australia under the ripe old age of 9 when he played his first professional paid local gig.
Brad’s passion for music saw a re-location to Sydney in 2004, when he was asked by Country Music recording artist Beccy Cole to join her band for her 2004/2005 “Little Victories” Tour. This continued for 18 months and was the beginning of Brad’s inevitable National Touring Career.
In 2005, Brad was also invited on a 2 month tour of Europe with Country Artist Wayne Law. Fortunate enough to perform at various top festivals throughout Germany, Switzerland, France, Austria, Italy and Denmark.
He has been regular player on TV shows such as Bert Newton’s Good Morning Australia, Mornings with Kerry Ann, plus local Adelaide television prior to his re-location.
Brad’s career has seen him perform with artists such as Adam Harvey, Tamara Stewart, Beccy Cole, Stuart French & Camille Te Nahu, Feral Swing Katz, Travis Sinclair, Travis Collins, The Sunny Cowgirls, Bushwackers plus many many MANY more. A regular multi-gig player at all the major Country Music festivals throughout the country. Gympie Muster, Tamworth, Mildura just to name a few.
No stranger to the studio, Brad has worked as a session muso playing drums and guitars on a number of albums. (see discography)
Many Aussie musicians would wish in a lifetime for what Brad has been able to achieve by 24 years of age. His work ethic carries his achievements just as swiftly as his talent and the result is Brad being one of the most sought after players on the Australian Country Music scene."
Bradley has toured with Beccy
Cole and may other artists.