Ross Hannaford Benefit


The Melbourne music community will gather at Memo in St Kilda on Saturday July 18 for a show of support for Daddy Cool co-founder and legendary Australian guitarist Ross Hannaford, who was hospitalised earlier this year and has been suffering serious health problems.

The ‘Concert For Ross Hannaford: Dance If You Want To’ will be hosted by RockWiz MC Brian Nankervis and will feature a line-up that includes Hannaford’s former  Daddy Cool colleagues Ross Wilson and Wayne Duncan, The Black Sorrows, Steve Hoy, Mike Rudd, Bart Willoughby, Kerryn Tolhurst, Bruce Haynes, Ray Pereria and The Rockwiz Orchestra featuring Peter Luscombe, James Black and Mark Ferrie.

More special guests will be announced soon.

It is exactly 50 years ago that  Hannaford and Wilson were on the local charts in their first band together, The Pink Finks. They later formed Daddy Cool, after which Hannaford not only had a succession of his own bands but also played on recordings by some of Australia’s best known acts, including Renee Geyer, Mark Gillespie, Goanna and The Black Sorrows.

In recent years Hannaford could be seen busking at the South Melbourne Market, often in the company of Bart Willoughby. 

Tickets will go on sale at 9am Thursday 2nd July 2015 via

Brian Wise

Brian Wise was the Editor of Addicted To Noise‘s Australian site from 1997 – 2002. The site won two ONYA Awards as Best Online Music Magazine in 1999 & 2000. He has also been Editor since its reincarnation in 2013. He also presents the weekly music interview program Off The Record on 102.7 Triple R-FM ( in Melbourne. It is networked to 45+ stations across Australia on the Community Radio Network and is a four-time winner of the Best Music Program Award from the Community Broadcasting Association of Australia. In 2012, it was nominated as a finalist in the Excellence in Music Programming category. Brian was also the Founding Editor & Publisher of Rhythms Magazine and is now its Senior Contributing Editor.

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