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Two Tone Pony - Born on the Road
Formed in 2018 by lead guitarist, singer and songwriter David Kirkpatrick, Two Tone Pony came from a desire to write, perform and record original Australian music.Joined by fellow songwriter Ian Rhodes and bass player Graham Puglisi from prior band The Rhythm Method, schoolmate and university band member of The Adverts Glenn Willey and brother in law Greg Richardson, the band has honed their skills to have a diverse repertoire from acoustic ballads to soaring country rock.
Electric and Acoustic Guitar, Lap Steel, Vocals.
David was literally born on the road - his parents Slim Dusty and Joy McKean were touring Australia and David lived in a caravan for the first 6 years of his life. He subsequently went to boarding school and onto a career as an Emergency Medicine Specialist on the Central Coast of NSW. However, music has always been more than a hobby to him - he has actively played in bands throughout his medical career, including guest appearances with his family on stages from Tamworth to the Opera House.
David’s sister Anne Kirkpatrick introduced him to the early country rock scene of The Flying Burrito Brothers, The Byrds, Gram Parsons, Emmylou Harris and John Prine. This, coupled with the rock influences of Neil Young, Tom Petty and The Rolling Stones, has given forth to a style of writing that is hard to define – except that it is heartfelt and original.
Electric and Acoustic Guitar, Mandolin, Harmonica, Vocals
Ian’s musical career began emulating the Sex Pistols’ three chord anger in his bedroom but he learnt quickly that a handful of chords can be played finger style and if you added some lyrics based on half-truths, you could readily amuse yourself for hours.
Growing up in Sydney’s north amidst the era of pub rock led to an addiction to live music in all its guises. He now spends half the time driving to work through rural landscapes listening to The Eels, Jolie Holland and Jeff Lang cooking up his own lyrics that are often a little on the dark side.
The opportunity to play in Two Tone Pony aligned with the rest of the crew’s desire to record and play their own music based on the notion that not having a go would only lead to regrets. Ian’s modest collection of guitars, harmonicas and mandolin keeps him searching for new tunes that can be shared with the band for collaborative enhancements. His favourite colour is green.
Drums and Percussion, Vocals.
Greg wanted to be in a band from the moment the Beatles changed everything.
He first started drumming in Desperate Straights a band of school friends named long before anyone had heard of Mark Knopfler’s mob. He played around Sydney and established a rehearsal and recording studio in a dingy city basement. Drumming began to take a back seat as he moved more and more towards recording music and then into a career in radio at SBS, commercial radio in Darwin and the ABC.
Lately though Greg has been back behind his vintage Rogers kit and as a member of Two Tone Pony, is loving working on David and Ian’s exceptional original material and interpreting some inspiring covers.
He still loves The Beatles, The Band, The Stones and Steely Dan and dreams of Tom Petty, John Prine, Neil Young and Emmylou.
Hammond Organ, Keyboards
Glenn was born into a family that was musically obsessed. His parents named him after Glenn Miller, the famed 40’s band leader so his destiny was sealed. His first instrument growing up was an electric theatre organ. By the age of 10, he was performing at the local music shop on Saturday mornings.
Glenn was already a fan of the Beatles, Creedence Clearwater Revival, the Monkees and in particular the songs of Mike Nesmith who was one of the founders of country rock.
For a couple of decades Glenn was content writing and recording songs with friends rarely finding the need play to an audience.
That all changed in 2020 when David asked Glenn to add some keyboard parts to some of his songs and eventually invited him to join the band.
Glenn has had a lifetime love of the Hammond organ with Jimmy Smith, Jon Lord, Keith Emerson, Booker T Jones, Bill Payne, Belmont Tench, Gregg Allman, Greg Rolie among his favourite players.
Graham grew up in the era where INXS was the local high school band and a good night out was going to the Narrabeen Antler or Bryant’s Manly Vale to watch Midnight Oil, Australian Crawl, or the mighty Cold Chisel. Music was always there and it became an inspiration.
Graham started playing guitar but, when all the strings, except the big E and A broke, gravitating to the bass was a natural progression.
Graham didn’t quite abandon guitars though and nowadays follows his passion for collecting those made famous by the biggest names in music history and discovering how to coax the sounds that made them icons.
For Graham, Two Tony Pony is a great mix of stunning originals and songs everyone already knows. Far more than your simple three and four chord repetitions. These are songs that tell a story and he’s excited to be a part of it all.
Thanks to our friend John Guest, The Two Tone Pony Band was recently able to enjoy some time with his 1964 Ford Mustang GTO, an original Two Tone Pony.