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Bin-A-long Road playoing at the Bull n Bush Hotel, Baulkham Hills. Bin-A-long Road playoing at the Bull n Bush Hotel, Baulkham Hills.
08 June 2016 Posted by 

HOME GROWN ROCK

Long road to popular music

By Di Bartok

IT’S always a long road for pub bands but Western Sydney rock cover band Bin-A-long Road is hitting its stride with gigs almost every weekend.

And it has been a long road for band founder Marty Walls, who formed the band when he and a few former Pendle Hill High mates played at their 30th year reunion three years ago.

“I had played in bands since my 20s - music has always been part of my life, but this band came about when we were asked to play at our school reunion and named it after Binalong Rd where the school is,” Marty, 49, said.

“It kind of made sense as well - as it has been a long road as well.”

The line-up today is a bit different but Marty is happy with the talent on board.

He plays rhythm guitar, keyboard and does back-up vocals, lead singer is Scott Pearse, Cameron Shelley is on lead guitar and does vocals, Victor Bajada is on bass and drummer is Shane Stewart.

To add to the rocking atmosphere, sometimes some of the girls at his wife Debbie’s dance studio take to the stage as go-go dancers.

The group plays a range of rock across six decades, such as The Angels, The Beatles, Sunnyboys, AC/DC, 3 Doors Down, Poison, INXS, The Radiators, Choirboys, Rolling Stones, Noiseworks and  Mental as Anything, with some Elvis and Johnny O’Keefe thrown in.

There also are some originals from Marty and he wants to introduce more of their own work in the line-up, while still concentrating on the favourites of their following - mostly people aged in their 40s and 50s.

“They are the ones who come out to have fun and like to hear the music of their youth. Live music faces challenges today but we focus on delivering entertainment to our audience and it’s paying off. Our band is more like a team,” Marty said.

Sometimes even his mother comes out to listen. After all, she had to put up with loud music in the house from the time of his guitar lessons at age 13.

“For a long time she didn’t get it (the music) but she likes to come along to a few gigs now, which is good,” Marty said.

And those gigs are not only in Western Sydney, as the band is a popular act in Windsor, Bathurst, the Central Coast and Port Macquarie.

As all members have day jobs, that means weekend gigs of course.

When travelling away, they arrive at the hotel on Saturday morning, settle in, play the night and then travel back home on Sunday - hopefully not too tired for work the next day.

But Marty, a sales manager for a Western Sydney forklift company, would not have it any other way.

“I’m happy with the current line-up and we all enjoy our music, but above all, we like putting smiles on people’s faces,” he said.

Bin-A-long Road will play at the Vineyard Hotel on June 24, from 8.30pm.

For more information, go to Bin-A-long Road’s Facebook page.

 



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