MEET THE BAND

Sydney born, Noosa bred, Hayley reigns from a diverse background of musical beginnings. Her introduction to the world of music began through dance shows from childhood, which soon turned to lead and supporting vocals through various high school and community productions. Little could prevent the transition into a touring tribute ensemble thereafter, which Hayley regards as the first memorable debut to live music production and performance.. It was through this experience when Hayley cemented herself as a prominent personality within live music circles. 

Hayley has continued in the art of dance, and identifies as a member of Fierce Dance Studios, Noosa where well known and regarded Principal, Jason King, made clear his intention to further train and refine her ability and technique in dance. Over the following decade, Hayley continued her participation in many shows locally and nationally, cheerleader/choreographer for 5 years, Toured Australia and South Africa as a back up singer/dancer/choreographer with the ‘Simply the Best’ Tina Turner show, and in recent years sings around the Sunshine Coast in a covers band ‘Got You Covered’. Hayley has been singing now with Brewn’ the Blues for the past year, at many great venues and looks forward to many more years ahead with the Band.

Hayley Beard
Lead Vocals/ Dancer
Ashleigh Rainer
Lead Vocals/ Dancer

Ashleigh was born in Paddington NSW and was raised in QLD on the beautiful Sunshine Coast. Ashleigh is a trained classical singer (10 years) who has been performing for audiences since she was 8 years of age. She also trained in various dance styles after winning a scholarship to study dance at her local dance school Fierce. She previously toured Australia and South Africa as a backing vocalist, dancer and choreographer for the 'Simply the Best' Rebecca O'connor as Tina Turner show, alongside Hayley. Her musical and dance upbringing scored her lead roles on stage and in theater productions and musicals around the Sunshine Coast from them on, sparking her interest in acting. She recently relocated to Brisbane to focus on her prominent acting and band career. Ashleigh also performs in a duo called The Carpet Dragons, singing around the Brisbane area, and also volunteers to sing regularly for her local RSL in Cooroy on the Sunshine Coast. Ashleigh has been with Brew'n The Blues for a year now and is very excited for what's lies ahead for BTB. 

Doug Lavery
Drummer/ Vocals

Doug Lavery was born and raised in Brisbane Australia. He started playing drums with some of his mates during his high school days at Mitchelton High, Brisbane. His first band to score a record deal was 'The Loose Ends' out of Brisbane and so they headed to Melbourne in a fried out kombi. Their song “ Looking Back “ got some radio air play but the gigs were few and far between. Doug stayed on in Melbourne and joined a band called the Andy James Asylum. Soon after he was asked to play with Doug Parkinson In Focus. Next thing he new, he was living in Sydney with Doug Parkinson’s guitar player Billy Green at his mums house in Manly. Very confusing days cause things started happening realy quickly. After a few months playing with In Focus he heard a little band from Perth playing at the Sydney Bowl; Singers Bon Scott and Vince Lovegrove. They called themselves The Valentines. Next thing Doug new he was playing with the valentines back in Melbourne. Doug was then thrilled to be asked to be a part of Australia’s very first super group, 'Axiom'. They went on to having hits like Arkansas Grass, Little Ray of Sunshine, and Fords Bridge just to name a few. Doug then moved to America for a time. While living in America he played and sang with some of the greatest: Kenny Rogers, Starland Vocal Band, Ricky Nelson and John Stewart. Many more years were spent as a studio drummer in Houston Texas, Los Angeles California, Las Vegas Nevada, New York and Denver Colorado. He now resides back home here in Brisbane touring with Brian Cadd, Glenn Shorrock and Colleen Hewett. For many years Doug wanted to put a Rock”n”Blues band together and play with some of the best musicians here in Australia. “Brew’n The Blues” is his brain-child and we look forward to what he has install for us with BTB to come!

Floyd started playing professionally in Sydney in 1980 with band members from well known bands Buffalo and Rose Tattoo. He has toured Australia many times with touring rock bands like Stacey Morris, the Fabulous Zarsoff Brothers, Simply the Best and Bad to the Bone since then and is presently still playing professionally with The Brass Monkeys and Brewing the Blues. He has also worked with Kevin Borich and Phil Emmanuel around South East Queensland and toured New Zealand, South Africa and the United States with various before mentioned bands. Floyd is an integral part of BTB and you can see him shred on lead guitar at any of their events!

Floyd Jones
Lead Guitar/ Vocals
Michael Rander
Bass Guitar

Mike Rander began his professional career when he was 16 years old playing bass in a 60/40 covers band in the Adelaide pub and club circuit.  University followed including a short stint at Elders Conservatorium on trombone.  While studying to become an instrumental music teacher at SACAE he played both trombone and bass in several different Jazz combos and stage bands. He also played bass and composed songs in the indie/experimental music scene with several bands most notably Luncheon China.

A move to Sydney in the early 80’s gave Mike the opportunity to perform on bass with Jazz greats such as Don Burrows and in small combos such as the MB Jazz Orchestra and Trilogy. Also at this time Mike became involved in the Sydney indie scene playing and singing in Shotgun Justice.  At the end of the decade and the start of the 90’s Mike moved back into the rock and blues scene playing in bands that covered artists such as the Doors, Led Zeppelin, George Throughgood and ZZ Top.  Mike moved to Queensland in 2001 to focus on his teaching career and his family. While in Queensland he has performed with a variety of musicians and bands both local and interstate and now he grooves with BTB on a regular. 

Ric Halstead
Saxophone/ Flute

Ric is experienced in many areas of contemporary music including three years on the road in the 70's with the Brazilian Spectacular show "Brazil Tropicale". Ric has also performed with many jazz greats including Red Rodney, Nat Adderley, Georgie Fame,Ray Anderson, Billy Bang, Norma Winstone, and the George Gruntz Concert Jazz Band. He's also played with blues legends Jimmy Witherspoon, Elvin Bishop, "Gatemouth" Brown, Albert Collins, and Charlie Musselwhite, and rock legends Mick Taylor and Terry Reid! Ric has also performed with World Music Afro-Regge band "Nogabe" and P.N.G's legendary "Sanguma" band. Ric has many international festivals under his belt and had recorded with Jimmy Witherspoon, Eddie Gomez, Eugene Pao, Kenny Wheeler, Irene Reid, and Jon Hendricks. He has composed, arranged and performed on numerous recordings as a leader, session musician and producer. Since moving to the Sunshine Coast Ric has performed wirth many high prifile artists including Berry CHarles and the Deeper Beat, Rebecca O'Connor's 'Simply the Best' Tina Turner Show, Lindsey Pollak, Julian Jones, Jalberto Maldonado, Mungo Coats, Ross Nixon and Kit Cotter. Ric is now featured on saxophone and flute as an integral part of the wonderful Brew'n The Blues! 

Jon learned classical piano as a teenager until seduced away by the keyboard driven rock of the seventies. During this period he developed a love for the blues & the sound of the Hammond B3 organ.

Currently Jon continues to favour music with a blues influence, either with or without the sophistication of jazz chord voicings and substitutions.

Jonathen May
Piano/ Organ
BREW'N THE BLUES
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