History

The Wheeze & Suck Band formed in 1996 around a nucleus of roots musicians and Morris dancers who shared a desire to sing a principally English Folk repertoire. Over the years this focus evolved to embrace a more eclectic range of influences, as well as a growing repertoire of irresistible original songs. These have included ‘Rag and Bone’, runner up in the 2004 MusicOz songwriting Awards, ‘Johnny in the Morning’, runner up in the 2005 MusicOz songwriting Awards, and ‘Tyburn Fayre’, winner of the 2005 Australian Association of Songwriters Award.
Seven albums have been released:

  • The Loading Bay Tapes (1997) (out of print)
  • Traditional Graffiti (1999) (out of print)
  • Vincent Street (2002) (out of print)
  • Elsie Marley’s Mates (2005) (out of print)
  • Flash Lads (2007)
  • Wheeze & Onion (2011)
  • The Macclesfield Dandy (2014)

 

Vincent Street Flash Lads wheezeandonion The Macclesfield Dandy

The Wheezers have appeared at the following major festivals:

  • Woodford FF
  • National FF
  • Port Fairy FF
  • Auckland FF
  • Wellington FF
  • Jamberoo FF
  • Folk in the Foothills, Jamberoo
  • 
Cobargo FF
  • Turning Wave FF
  • Majors Creek FF
  • St Albans FF
  • Kangaroo Valley FF
  • Illawarra FF
  • Fleurieu FF

  
The Wheeze & Suck Band are regulars at folk clubs and festivals on Australia’s east and south coasts, from Brisbane down to the Illawarra and on to South Australia. A Wheeze and Suck performance is an experience. Colourful costumes, heaps of audience participation, and the occasional foray into the audience mid-song. This is a band that lives by its belief that its music is built around a shared experience with its audience. This attitude stretches to inviting the audience to join in on their instruments, and the occasional surprise celebrity guest such as Rory McLeod joining them on-stage for a tune or a song.