Todd Cook & The Rufous Whistler EP launch
Todd Cook & The Rufous Whistlers
Todd Cook, with his new band the Rufous Whistlers, will be launching their new E.P. at the Bruthen Mechanics Hall Saturday July 9th. With special guests Harry Hookey, and The Alley Cats Community Choir. This should be a night to remember.
The Rufous Whistler is a native bird to East Gippsland and found across Mainland Australia. This small but mighty bird, arrived in Todd’s backyard following the recent Black Summer Fires. It would sing every morning and fill the landscape with a proud song and melody, something that Brent Hodgkins (drums), Martin Potts (double bass), Geoff Stagg (electric guitar), and Hilary Rigg (Violin and backing vocals) enhance in his music. With performances at the recent Bruthen Blues and Arts Festival, Black Cockatoo’s rural show and a number of community events in East Gippsland, Todd Cook and The Rufous Whistlers are already proving they are in demand. Todd’s unique story-telling and emotive lyrics are supported by a solid foundation of harmony and rhythm, built on friendship during hard times. These songs and performances promote hope, regrowth and unison of communities.
Also sharing the stage is will be Harry Hookey who is an ARIA-nominated Gippslander who has toured around Australia, Europe and the USA. In 2014, he won the International Songwriting Competition and released a solo album with Warner Music. He has played in session bands alongside the likes of Paul Kelly, Kasey Chambers, Bernard Fanning, and has supported The Eagles, Lucinda Williams, and Busby Marou to name a few. In 2018, he moved back to Gippsland from Nashville to begin work on a new solo project. He also performs as part of local band Desert Alien with Small Town Alien and Jesse Kidd. He released an album 2021 “No Snake in the Tree” available wherever you stream your music.Back to Program