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June 11 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
“Dennis Wilson has been regarded as one of Australia’s premier guitarists…” – Chris Spencer,
”one of the country’s most important guitar players” – Ian McFarlane, The Encyclopedia of Australian Rock
“one of Australia’s most tasteful and understated ‘guitar heroes’” – Michael Smith, The Drum Media.
Dennis Wilson has been one of the country’s hardest working live performers from the late ‘60’s onwards. He has played in almost every major venue in Australia, and has shared the stage with many international artists, including Tina Turner, Deep Purple, Uriah Heep, Rod Stewart, Jeff Beck, 10cc and more. Dennis is a part of Australian music history, from his earliest 1960’s recording sessions with the Bee Gees, and as lead guitarist and vocalist with progressive rock legends Kahvas Jute in the 1970’s, as well as writing most of the songs that made their ground breaking album “Wide Open” one of the world’s most collectable records. He has also been ranked by a reader’s poll in the top five Australian guitarists of the era. He has played and recorded in England, where he lived and worked with Kahvas Jute for two years, and when he returned to Australia Dennis played guitar with music legend Bo Diddley on a national tour, which ended at a concert to celebrate the opening of the Sydney Opera House.
Dennis later formed Chariot, releasing two singles, and performing 365 days per year. He then formed the Dennis Wilson Band, and performed consistently for two years. His record company flew him to the USA, where he recorded “Walking On Thin Ice,” a solo album of original songs with musicians from Aerosmith and Robert Palmer’s band.
Dennis joined Swanee (John Swan, brother of Jimmy Barnes) in the 1980’s, with whom he recorded two albums, did several TV appearances, and toured all over Australia. In the 1990’s he joined ex-Mi-Sex singer Steve Gilpin’s band Under Rapz, and toured Northern NSW and Queensland extensively. He then formed Catch22 and later Thin Ice, and continued to work extensively in Northern NSW and Queensland, as well as Sydney.
In the early 2000’s Dennis composed and performed music for Steve Irwin’s “Crocodile Hunter” TV series. He has also been one of Sydney’s top session guitarists and has recorded with Olivia Newton-John, Swanee, Steve Gilpin (Mi-Sex), Jacky Orszcaczky’s Jump Back Jack, Air Supply, Alan Caswell, Mark Holden, The Bee Gees, Kahvas Jute, Chariot, Electric Pandas, Screaming Tribesmen, Ol’ 55, and a great deal more.