"Stone Orchard"



ROD STONE was guitarist for the band voted as New Zealand's No.1 in 1964, The Librettos. After moving to Australia, he played comprehensive guitar with chart topping late 1960's group "The Groove" who won Hoadley's national "Battle of The Sounds" and toured Britain and France in 1969 and 1970 also recording at EMI's Abbey Road studios. Later, Rod toured Britain and Europe as backing guitarist for many top line acts such as Olivia Newton-John, Cliff Richard & Lou Christie. On returning to Australia worked extensively as a session musician on both pop recordings and radio/TV jingles. Also played on several film soundtracks including "The Man from Snowy River." Has played with the Channel Nine band, the M.S.O., and many touring overseas Music Directors. Played in theatre with "The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas," "The Two Ronnies" and "Evita" to name a few.

MATT ORCHARD Singer, songwriter & guitarist, has contributed to the Melbourne music scene for over a decade. A good feeling for the blues has been an essential ingredient in his work with "Souled Out," "T.X.P." Totalled: 1994, "The Lounge Hounds," "Diablo" and acoustic duo "Matty & Yodge." Played regular gigs at "The Corner Hotel," "The Punter's Club," "The Espy" and "The Armadale" (3 yrs.) He has also played extensively down the Victorian West Coast, especially in Apollo Bay. His experience and enthusiasm for the local scene show in his former hosting of regular broadcasts of the "Australian Music Show" every Thursday from 10pm 'til midnight on 88.3 Southern FM.

(Stone Orchard disbanded in August 2005)

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