Broderick Smith - Intro
My family have always been travellers. It's not something that we've always gone looking for. It's just happened. I guess it's because we said "okay" when the opportunity came along.
Broderick Smith has been a clerk, storeman, soldier, advertising copywriter and actor, as well as a singer-songwriter. Broderick sings, plays harmonica, guitar and banjo. He writes his own material and performs other songwriter's material as well. His stage and TV experience enables him to communicate with any audience.
Success with arts councils in Victoria has shown him that he prefers to work with local regional duos in his shows, as everybody gets to learn from each other and it builds a strong rapport with each area he visits rather than being just the strangers in town. Recent songwriting workshops in schools have also been a lot of fun and have given Broderick a chance to pass on knowledge that might be of some use to budding writers. Broderick and his partner carry their own Bose state of the art public address system and prefer to play 80 to 100 seat venues as it creates a good intimate atmosphere.
Broderick Smith - Biography
Broderick started playing folk and blues music back in 1962. Leaving school and having a variety of jobs, Broderick joined legendary Blues outfit the Adderley Smith Blues Band. In 1968 Broderick was kidnapped by the government of the day and press-ganged into the Australian Army for 2 years, in which he spent most of the time trying to stay out of trouble. Upon his eventual release after the collapse of the Liberal junta he helped form a country roots type act called Sundown. But his first commercially recorded work was in 1972 with Carson, a boogie and blues band. This was his first real taste of travelling the country and playing music. Then in 1973 he helped form The Dingoes, a legendary country rock group that is a main inspiration behind the modern country rock explosion. Funnily enough the Dingoes main aim in life was to carry on the great work done by another band called Country Radio and further explore the possibilities of blending Bush music with R'n'B. The Dingoes were signed up to American management in 1976 and went over there to live and work until the end of 1978. These two years would fill a book and in this context would sound somewhat fantastic, so we will leave it for another time. Broderick eventually came came back home and formed the Big Combo. During this time he was also a singer on the Andrew Durant Memorial concert album. He's released twelve albums to date, six under his own name, recording both here and in Canada and the US. He has recorded with Cat Stevens, Jimmy Barnes, Steve Cropper, The Memphis Horns, Buffy Saint Marie, Phil Ochs, Tommy and Phil Emmanuel. The list goes on and on.
He's held workshops on songwriting, vocals and harmonica. His workshops have taken him all over his home state, into schools, prisons, reformatories, as well as music stores. Brod's been involved in the writing of somewhere around 200 songs and his solo albums have seen him writing virtually all the lyrics. He generally starts off with the lyric in a prose form and then when the music is written, tends to change the lyrics to suit the music. Broderick believes lyrics should say something and not just be something to sing along to. Mick Ahearne (guitar, vocals), Broderick's current duo buddy lives in Harcourt Victoria where he also runs a recording studio (Harcourt Recorders). Being an obsessive compulsive, Mick can become passionate about virtually anything, given half the chance.
Broderick Smith - Chronology 1948 Born in Hertfordshire, England. 1959 - family emigrate to Australia, aged 11. Took up residence in St. Albans, Melbourne, moving to Craigieburn in the mid-sixties. 1962 - joined his first garage band, played a bit of percussion, diidn't really know what he was doing.