It’s one of the Northern Rivers’ newest line-ups but the musicians in Sundance have served up inspirational rhythm and blues for several decades.
Sundance has a repertoire of classic songs from the 60’s and 70’s and 80’s from performers like Bob Dylan, The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Eddie Rabbit, Carlos Santana and Muddy Waters punctuated with almost as many original songs that audiences find hard to separate from the top covers.
Sundance is a six piece outfit offering many years of musical experience. Singer/guitarist, Danny Mortison, has fronted rhythm and blues bands up and down the east coast from Sydney to Far North Queensland over three decades. Lead guitarist, Gary Lee, has over decades playing experience in Australia, including such influential line ups as Sydney band Screaming Rhubarb and local bans Farmer’s Friends and The Sand Pit. Bobbe Thornton, on bass, has four decades of experience with many local bands and regularly played with the Phil Emmanuel and Stevie Wright bands.
Drummer, Warren Sparke, has featured in some top Sydney outfits including The Stevie Wright Band, Melissa, and Hard Rain. Locally he has driven Flying Time, The Sultans and many more.
Local blues harp player Dave Baker came to the north coast from Sydney in 1978 to put together ‘Nods and Winks’ with Trevor Keightly. He also worked with ‘The Fugly Bros and with Peter Tindal’s blues-rock band before starting originals band The Chocolate Dogs with Bruce ‘Stickman’ Edge. This band eventually became popular blues rock band The Dogs.
Lead and harmony singer Carolyn Cleak, previously featured in Melbourne indi-rock bands and her own outfit, I Dig Red.
“The essence of Sundance is to provide good-time music that people want to sing along or dance to,” Carolyn said.
“It is really hard not to sing and dance when the band is at full swing. We just get up there and have a lot of fun and audiences are soon infected by that fun and join in.
“The repertoire is designed for a more mature audience, or anyone who wants to have fun really. It’s a great party band.”