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1998 to 2006  NORFOLK ISLAND          

Graham (Deano) Dean’s main function on Norfolk Island was that of Accountant/General Manager of the Island’s largest and most successful tour & entertainment company Pinetree Tours. During his time on the Island, he had the opportunity to excel in the entertainment field, his biggest & most successful entertainment achievement being nearly eight years as Director/Actor/Musician & Manager of Pinetree Tours’ Evening Musical Comedy Theatre Dinner Show “NIGHT AS A CONVICT”  playing anything up to 4 nights a week. 

Deano was director and actor/muso, at various times performing all roles from“Private Parts”  to “The Commandant” through to his favourite role, moulding his own alter ego especially for the part of “Sergeant Deano”, a blustering, domineering pompous little sergeant in bloomers (short pants), with small man’s syndrome, who tries to control the whole prison, whilst everyone else including the Commandant laughs at him and simply ignores his orders.

“Over my eight years with the show it became Pinetree Tours’ highest earner. I must have performed close to 99% of the shows over the time. I never got tired of it. It was loads of fun—every show!”

“I worked with a great team of guys in my support actors in Rob (Punga) Adams, Trent Christian Brent (Hat) Hattersley, Hadyn (Teddy) Evans, Phil (Philby) Billman, and a heap of others not to mention the myriad of Food & Beverage guys & girls over the years doing the catering with us. I produced my CD Convict Songs with Deano in association with Pinetree Tours, which became quite a success as a souvenir. Thanks to all those people who bought it”

Fletchers Fate Theatre Dinner  - The Mystery Drama “Fletchers Fate” (Pinetree Tours’ newest show) is already promising to be equally as successful as Night As A Convict. This show is more dramatic following the mystery of the possible final destination and fate of the famous Bounty mutineer, Fletcher Christian. It was written by Alison Pollard-Mansergh & associates of Interactive Theatre Australia originally for another Norfolk Island company, Bounty Excursions.

Deano became Director/Manager of the show under an arrangement to buy it for  Pinetree Tours.

“In fact I was involved in the setup of the show right from the very start with meetings in 2004 with the author Alison Pollard–Mansergh, since my own company, Pinetree Tours, had plans to market the show to our group tourists and group operators. The owner company were having trouble finding a committed cast of seven, and had no director to put the show together, so, seeing as it was in my own company’s interest, I took on the role of Director/Manager/Actor (actually producer would be more descriptive) and set about the long arduous task of building the cast, rehearsing it, at the same time setting a marketing program in place to sell the show’s first performances to the group tour operators. It was a pretty big challenge in addition to my other responsibilities– but we got there!”

After a disappointing start in late 2005, Deano re-vamped the whole show & cast, enabling successful “patron satisfying” performances in March 2006 and then the solid bookings started flowing.

“I played two of the parts “Cuthbert” - a roly poly jovial 18th Century Publican on the Isle of Man, and I also got to play the part of the very pompous bad tempered  Captain Bligh himself!  both very satisfying roles. As I left the Island in May 2006, the show was going ahead leaps and bounds under its now stable cast & capable new director Julie Cook, with the promise of being one of Pinetree Tours’ leading shows.”

Mutiny On The Bounty Show & Sound & Light Show - As General Manager of Pinetree Tours, he was responsible for the operations of these two very famous live/soundtrack shows (total cast compliment of 40 actors etc.). Each show had it’s own director, reporting to Deano. His positive influence was felt constantly seeking to improve. Occasionally he’d fill in & play “a sailor” to help out. Mixing with the cast would always “lift” the team to the shows improvement. Utilising his own sound engineering experience, he completely overhauled the sound tracks and theatre audio systems for both of the shows taking the shows into state of the art computerised audio technology.

Restaurant Entertainer  - Around 2001/2002, Deano performed as dinner music entertainer one night per week  at The Governors Lodge Resort and on a different night per week at The Colonial Resort Hotel from 2001 right up to his leaving Norfolk Island in May 2006—“cuppla nice relaxing little gigs!”

Island Fish Fry Entertainer  - He directed and performed as entertainer at Pinetree Tours  Island Fish Fry, a regular twice weekly feast of fresh fried local fish and local island salads whilst watching the spectacular sunsets over the sea from a cliff-top park on the western shore of the island. An absolutely magnificent environment! As he said “What a gig! You wouldn't be dead for quids!”

Ballroom Dancer & Teacher  - Deano, being a medal standard dancer, actively participated in the Norfolk Island Ballroom Dancing Club and the annual Norfolk Island Ballroom Dancing Festival each year. “ I assisted with teaching ballroom dancing for a while but my passion was Latin so I started a little Latin dancing club and taught Latin dancing to the people on Norfolk Island”

Club Country & Rock Music entertainer—He  was booked regularly as solo or duo entertainer (at times weekly & fortnightly) to play & sing country & rock music for any of the five clubs on the island, notably the Norfolk Island Leagues Club and the Norfolk Island RSL

Band Member  “Early in my time on Norfolk Island (1998) the NI Country music club’s social arm “Upcountry” ran weekly & fortnightly music nights. I was invited to sit in with the local country music band “The Norfolk Island Nightriders” many times, and became an active and backup muso for  the Norfolk Island Country Music Festivals which used ‘Upcountry’ as the night club”.

Band Leader & Organizer—In order to provide conference groups with specific music nights, in particular 50’s rock nights, Deano assembled a local 50’s rock band “The Norfolk Island Rockers” for a few very successful conference functions, notably the 2004 Apex Rort and others, culminating in the band’s strong feature in the Norfolk Island Rock n’ Roll Festival in Feb 2006.

Rock n’ Roll Dancer & Teacher—In 2004 he extended the Latin dance club into a Rock n’ Roll dancing club & taught Rock n’ roll dancing which enabled the club base for staging the Rock n’ Roll Festival

Rock n’ Roll Festival Organizer  - In 2005/2006 the Norfolk Island Inaugural Rock n’ Roll Festival,  “Rock Around The Rock” became Deano’s “pet” project after being involved in the organization of the 50’s band & a rock n roll dance club. Despite airline problems the Feb 2006 Festival was a great success.

“As General Manager of Pinetree Tours, I was able to give the upcoming inaugural festival the right organisation and marketing support. With Lucky Starr, Dance On from SE Qld, Franky & Johnny from Newcastle plus two excellent teacher couples Fred & Merylin Robertson from the Gold Coast and Gavin & Renee Bean from Newcastle, we were able to  make it an absolutely memorable event for everyone concerned. The success of 2006 ensured that 2007 is now booked for Feb 26th to March 4th with Little Patti as headliner, and we are gearing up for next years festival to be booked to capacity.“ …...Roll on 2007!

 

Music & Entertainment Biography

1992 to 1996  SILVER SPURS LINE DANCE CLUBS

DOUBLE OR NOTHING—KATHY RAYDINGS AND BORDERLINE

Kathy Raydings and Graham Dean originally performing as a duo “DOUBLE OR NOTHING” from 1988, noticed the emergence of line-dancing around early 1993. As a venture “just to get the band an extra gig per week they started and then successfully developed & operated Country Music Line Dance organisation, SILVER SPURS in Melbourne 1993 - 1996 . They built the clubs to very successful levels as the craze developed & reached maturity .in 1995 to 12 venues per week around Melbourne, 8 of which were simply dance classes, and four “club nights” per week, which were ran on a cabaret style with teaching sessions (basic, intermediate, and advanced) in between the band sets and the guest Country Music floorshow artists engaged from throughout the Country Music industry. During this time “DOUBLE OR NOTHING” became KATHY RAYDINGS & BORDERLINE with the addition of extra musicians including Barry Roy (of Allstars and Johnny Chester’s Jigsaw) who became a permanent member of the band until the group’s move to the Gold Coast in 1996.

Deano’s successful record production & promotion of  Kathy Raydings CD “On Line”  resulted in National  Country Music Chart Success in 1995 enabling KATHY RAYDINGS & BORDERLINE to achieve a busy touring schedule in Victoria through  NSW & QLD  with performances at  major venues, (including Sydney Opera House ), Country Music Festivals & clubs throughout the Eastern States of Australia.

They toured Pacific & South Pacific Islands including Command Performances for the people & the then President Dowiyogo & subsequent President Renee Harris of Nauru during the Republic of Nauru’s 1993 National  Silver Jubilee Anniversary of Independence Celebrations.

A very successful return tour requested by the President Dowiyogo  in 1995 resulted in an invitation to personally accompany him on a tour of the Gilbert Islands & Kiribati for that Country’s Independence celebrations.  “We have entertained high level dignitaries from all over the Pacific.”

 

1996 to 1998 KATHY RAYDINGS & BORDERLINE

Kathy Raydings & BORDERLINE was a touring & recording entertainment group in the Australian Country Music field. Successful Record production & promotion of  Kathy Raydings CD “On Line”  resulted in National  Country Music Chart Success enabling Entertainment tours in Victoria through  NSW & QLD  with performances at  major venues, clubs  (including Sydney Opera House ) & Country Music Festivals throughout the Eastern States of Australia.  Kathy & Deano, as partners, performed as a duo, trio or full floorshow band as venues required. Deano doubled as manager/musical director.

Moving to the Gold Coast from Melbourne in early 1996, they completed an 18 month successful residency performing at Seagulls Leagues Club in Tweed Heads, many shows at Twin Towns Services Club, and became Friday night regulars at Club Banora, whilst regularly touring to various country venues from Adelaide Melbourne, through Mid western NSW and many parts of country Queensland.

 

1985 to 1988 SHADES OF RECALL

“SHADES OF RECALL” - a Melbourne based 50’s  revival band, emerged out of the Melbourne Country Music Band “COBBLESTONE”. At the time there was a resurgence of interest in 50’s nostalgia around and the three remaining members of “COBBLESTONE” , Ron Freeman, Gary Manjian, and Graham Dean decided to take a break from country music, and start playing music that they all grew up loving — 50’s Rock n’ Roll. The band played rock n roll dances, clubs & pubs around Melbourne for the next 3 years. Other musicians became involved, included Jim Coudery and Peter Lindenbaum  on drums.

1988 to 1992 DOUBLE OR NOTHING

Deano teamed up with Kathy Raydings in 1988 as the Melbourne based duo “Double Or Nothing” playing mainly country music but with Deano’s rock influence. With Deano’s rather sophisticated computerised music backing, and Kathy’s magnificent voice blending with Deano’s harmonies, they soon found themselves playing music all over Victoria.  By 1990 they were playing exclusively country music, getting acceptance at many country music venues around Victoria. In 1992 they found themselves entertainers on the cruise ship “The Belarussia” sailing out of Sydney to The South Pacific. In late 1992 they noticed the commencement of the line-dancing craze at their appearances,. In 1993 they started SILVER SPURS cabaret style line dancing clubs “to give the band an extra gig each week”. This grew substantially in Melbourne through 1994./1995

1983 to 1985 COBBLESTONE

“COBBLESTONE” - were a Melbourne based country music band playing country music at various venues & country music clubs around Melbourne. Members of the band included Ron Freeman on vocals & rhythm guitar, Phil Gow on drums, Barry Mynott on bass. Graham Dean joined them in1982 after his  pub & club band “BAKER STREET” broke up. During the time Deano was playing with  “COBBLESTONE”, other musicians became involved, including Jim Coudery on drums, Gary Manjian on bass, and Peter Lindenbaum on drums

1981 to 1983 BAKER STREET

“BAKER STREET” - were a pub & club band “BAKER STREET” playing covers & rock music around Melbourne. The band was run by architect Dale Swensen as bass guitarist & band leader. Deano joined forces with Dale in 1980 and a great couple of years partnership endured enlisting the assistance of drummers including Jim Coudery and Peter Lindenbaum to work as a trio.

1978 to 1981 MADISON

“MADISON” - a trio made up of Graham Dean on guitars & bass  , Vic Gittus on bass & guitars , and Stan Strahan on drums. All members contributed vocally to make up  a cool latin funk jazz & pop combo playing the function circuit around Melbourne—great little band!

1978 to 1978 BLUE VELVET BAND

“BLUE VELVET BAND” was Deano’s first glimpse of the country music scene in Melbourne in the late seventies. It was a band run by Terry ???? On bass, Jeff ??? On lead guitar and ???? on drums.  Deano was a bit tired of the function scene and wanted to branch out a bit.

“We rehearsed twice a week for four months on the promise that ‘the gigs are there and the money’s there, when the band gets good enough’. Well we never really improved and Deano and the lead guitarist left just as we got our first cuppla gigs for which we were paid about 10% of what I was used to in the function scene. I’m afraid I had a mortgage so I was a little bit more hungry than that. T‘was fun while it lasted.”

1975 to 1978 GD TRIO

“GD TRIO” - was Deano’s trio period where he worked the function circuit of Melbourne with various support members (bass players & drummers). He played what we called “sausage factory” music for dinner dances, parties and ...you guessed it...WEDDINGS!..... So many weddings!. The name “GD Trio” was as good as any because all the gigs came thru agents into reception centres & function rooms around Melbourne, and the band became simply the house band. “I lost count of the number of times I said ‘Welcome to ‘Blah Blah’ Receptions Ladies and Gentlemen. Would you all please be upstanding….’. Phew!... must have been thousands of times…...So many weddings!”

1974 to 1975 FUNCTION BAND—It didn’t even have a name!

In 1974 Deano was a struggling young aspiring accountant trying to make ends meet with young wife & toddler and a rather large mortgage at the time. He had given up music in 1970 to become a trainee accountant on insufficient salary to cover mortgage, family, kids & dog & cat. The lure of the “big” money as a functions musician became too much and he joined forces with a couple of well seasoned function musos, Phil Seymour on bass and George Bastecki on drums, and plunged into the lucrative musical “sausage factory” world of dinner dances, private parties and weddings. “ We had a great time for about twelve months until the other two guys retired from the sausage factory—they had been doin’ it for years and were sick of it.”.

That left Deano with a repertoire, equipment, and a couple of good agents. He just picked up other muso’s and mates on the way and kept the band going.

1968 to 1970 LEPRECAUNS / ABACUS

“After my University exams in 1968, I had been out of music for a whole 9 months, and was going crazy. As soon as I was free I answered an ad for a guitarist in the then high profile at the time band, “The Leprecauns”  - A band full of little guys (all very young) They liked me—I was in. The band had enjoyed success around Melbourne for the past few years notably with TV performances on “The Go Show” etc because they had the claim to have had the youngest bass player in the world (8 y/o at the time). When I joined them four years later Mark was 14—still young for a musician. He was more entertainment industry wise than I was at 19 & a uni student. He sure knew how to get the chicks….at his age!!!!”

Other members of the band were Peter Madafferi (Mark’s older brother) on drums, and Rick Dean (no relation but we told the fans we were cousins or brothers — it was a good pickup line) The band had a ready made working schedule as support act to many of the bigger named artists and bands in the then “Pop Scene” playing most of the dances & venues around Melbourne, and what were then called “discos”- really just glorified dances with recording in between the live band sets. Most of the venues at the time were non alcoholic– most like school dances The hotels in Victoria had only just got late night trading and were starting to move into entertainment, so gigs were a plenty, as was TV & radio appearances and the bands management even ran their own “discos”, which of course the band performed at as they changed their name to “ABACUS” and they added a lead singer Colin ???? And took on the “pop” scene. They found themselves so popular amongst the pop scene that their manager even allocated them stage names to keep the under age girls at bay.— Buggar!

“Life was great for the next year or so but I failed my Uni exams. (It’s a bit hard on a 40 hour a week study lecture & prac schedule if you’re playing in a pop band 5—6 nights a week up to three gigs a night) They kicked me out of Monash Uni in 1970. I left the band to go into a trainee accountants job, just as they changed their name to “Fat Bubbles” and recorded a hit record which took them on tour around Australia.  Cuppla the guys went on to bigger and better things.  It would appear, I left about three months too soon. Oh well C’est La Vie “ (sailor who?)

1967 to 1968 AFTER HIGH SCHOOL BAND

“I don’t remember the name of the band or the guys—it was just as I finished high school before I went to Uni” - a trio made up of Graham Dean on guitars & vocal , ????? on bass , and ????? on drums. “We played a few gigs around Latrobe Valley between Nov 1967 and Feb 1968 with some of the new ground breaking Jimi Hendrix material of the time….wow! - I even nailed some of the guitar solos to impress some of my local peers.”

1964 to 1967 MYSTICS

“MYSTICS” - the band started as a teenage school mates thing with Tony Hine on guitar asking Graham Dean to join his band as lead guitarist with Les  Dunn on drums.

“Wow! Tony had a REAL DRUMMER! And I was actually given the title LEAD guitar!.”

So Deano reluctantly split up the duo he had going with mate Peter Glen (who actually taught me just about everything I knew on guitar), and started in a REAL BAND. They later added Tony Marino on bass, and the next year Tony Hine withdrew and was replaced  by John Mazur. Les Dunn left and Kevin Pockney joined us on drums. Then we added a lead singer Brian Kane.  Lots of gigs ensured at dances, parties, YMCA’s etc in and around Morwell and Latrobe Valley with parents driving us to & fro

“I’m sure I remember Tony Marino knocking off his fathers van a few times and picking us all up—driving us to the gigs, dropping us all home and having the van back at home just before his father woke up at 4AM to take it to the grocery market. Tony could hardly see over the dashboard”

The gigs boomed from around 1966—1967 to the point where I think we were earning as much per week as the average worker, and we were all still conning our parents into pocket money & school lunch money each week. I failed my first year HSC in 1966 ( no where near enough study) and I would have failed my second attempt in 1967 had not someone, broke into my car in about September 67 and stole all my equipment. I had to drop out of the band—no gear!—nothing left to do but study. I got three distinctions. I think my parents had a rather cunning plan in not replacing my music gear with the insurance money until after my exams”.

 

1963 to 1964 Pete & Graham

“My first foray into the professional music world was at 13, when my close school friend Peter Glen, after teaching me all he knew about guitar playing, “got us a gig” as a duo at someone’s party. I think we got five bob between us. The music we played probably reflected equivalent value for money for the patrons.  (music as bad as the pay!). I think I was able to get the next gig and we were away.   

Pete taught me to play guitar and I guess it was he, who was responsible for my entry into the professional music world, which has been lucrative and fun for a long time.  (Thanks mate—if you’re still around, and if you’re reading this—get in touch!).  I pestered my parents for an electric guitar & amp after seeing Pete’s beauty. Mum was a softy and probably without telling Dad how much it cost, ensured that I had the best 1962 Xmas present, anyone could imagine.

Away went Pete & Graham playing Shadows stuff! ..Apache! ..Wow!”

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Ron Freeman

Gary Manjian

Jim Coudery

Peter Lindenbaum

Barry Mynott

Dale Swensen

Stan Strahan

Vic Gittus

 

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George Bastecki

Phil Seymour

Peter Lindenbaum

Peter Bedford

 

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Mark Madafferi

Peter Madafferi

Rick Dean

Colin ????

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Tony Marino

John Mazure

Tony Hine

Les Dunn

Brian Kane

Peter Glen

 

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Felix Lonel

Yvonne Hamilton

Mary Nuske

 

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Steven Aris

Steve Byrne (NZ)

Karina Roberts

 

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Lee Gorring

Michael Losin

Frank Dabaco

Dale Juner

Tim Fry

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2. 1988 - 1998 GOLD COAST

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3. 1974 - 1988 MELBOURNE

1. 1988 - 2006 NORFOLK ISLAND

2. 1988 - 1998 GOLD COAST

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3. 1974 - 1988 MELBOURNE

1. 1988 - 2006 NORFOLK ISLAND

2. 1988 - 1998 GOLD COAST

4. 1968 - 1970 MELBOURNE

5. 1964 - 1968 LATROBE VALLEY

3. 1974 - 1988 MELBOURNE

1. 1988 - 2006 NORFOLK ISLAND

2. 1988 - 1998 GOLD COAST

4. 1968 - 1970 MELBOURNE

5. 1964 - 1968 LATROBE VALLEY