AN INTERVIEW WITH HArry Brus - PT 1
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PART 2 WILL BE AVAILABLE NEXT ISSUE.
In this two part interview, Steve Flack talks to renowned Australian bass player Harry Brus who takes us on a journey through a career that spans almost five decades and saw him perform with many of Australia’s best musicians and artists.
Harry arrived in Australia at the age of seven from Graz Austria. As a teenager he was initially inspired by the sounds of the great Hank B Marvin, and after seeing a live performance of The Beatles, Harry picked up a guitar and decided that playing music was going to be his life. In '65 his band The Amazons scored a record deal with Festival Records and since then he has never stopped working as a professional musician.
Harry's music career is impressive; the list of artists he has shared the stage or studio with is long and varied and continues to grow. The early years saw him in line ups including Jeff St John and The Copperwine, playing on the legendary 'Teach Me How to Fly', the musical Hair, Wendy Saddington and Blackfeather. In the mid-eighties he joined the band Australian Crawl. He is well known for his almost 30 years as bass player with Renee Geyer, beginning with the great soul band Mother Earth and many years on the road were dedicated to Kevin Borich Express.
Along the way Harry has been in too many band line-ups to recall them all: highlights would be, Tommy Emmanuel, Barry Leef Band, Jimmy Barnes, Marcia Hines, a cherished gig with the great Joe Walsh, Billy Thorpe, House Band for the hugely successful Long Way To The Top concert series with many incredible artists, including Max Merritt, Dinah Lee, Normie Rowe, Doug Parkinson; Leo Sayer Band, Russell Morris, Brian Cadd, Ross Wilson, Phil Emmanuel and Irwin Thomas on the Let It Be Tour. Harry currently has the pleasure of performing with his musical soul-mates in 'Mitch's Brew', featuring the ever soulful Mitchell Anderson and performs on a regular basis with his own outfit, The Harry Brus Band, featuring some of Australia's best funk-groove musicians.