The Substitutes present The ’60s Girls Rock Show

Saturday 08 July


w/ special guests Kelly Auty & Andrea Lees

Melbourne ’60s music specialists, The Substitutes, have previously brought you the Giants of ’60s British, US and Australian rock music but now, for the very first time, they will focus on the great female singers and bands of the period. To pull this off they have joined forces with acclaimed R&B/Soul singer KELLY AUTY and again enlisted the help of the versatile and vivacious ANDREA LEES.

The Guest vocalist are:

Kelly Auty
Kelly Auty has been heard by Melbournians Kelly singing at The Continental Café, The Regent Green Room, Downstairs at Eric’s, The Lomond Hotel, The Hillz Bar, Capers, The Hyatt, The Hilton, The Palais Hepburn Springs and many more. She has supported The Divinyls, The Drifters, The Platters, Janis Ian, Jose Feliciano, Uncanny X-Men and Manhattan Transfer amongst others.

Kelly is also a regular at Australian festivals. She has played Wangaratta Jazz and Blues, Woodford, Ballarat Blues, Tanawah Blues, Bridgetown WA, Broadford Rock Vic, Port Fairy Folk, Echuca Moama, Brunswick Music Festival, Goulburn Blues, Apollo Bay and Blues on Broadbeach.

Kelly has also written and regularly performs the Wild Women Show, an impeccably researched, beautifully costumed and passionately performed show that transports the listener back in time. The Wild Women Show travels from 1920 to 1970, through uplifting stories, costumes and songs by Bessie Smith, Ida Cox, Billie Holiday, Eartha Kitt, Josephine Baker, Edith Piaf, Peggy Lee, Ida Lupino, Etta James, Aretha Franklin, Tina Turner and Janis Joplin.

Andrea Lees
Andrea Lees is the daughter of renowned Australian singer Ron Lees and her singing career spans two decades. She has starred in cabaret, television, musical theatre and much more, plus supported leading stars such as Frank Sinatra, Whitney Houston, Jimmy Barnes, Helen Shapiro, Bon Jovi, Colleen Hewitt, Alison Durbin, Marcia Hines, The Four Kinsmen, Michael Bolton and many others.

The Substitutes are:

Neil Scott – Guitar, Vocals
Neil Scott grew up in Manchester and learnt to play guitar by listening to records by The Beatles, The Hollies and The Who. His natural ability and a succession of bands lead him to tour Australia as part of the successful British pop band Chalice who elected to stay at the end of the tour. Neil remained with Chalice until they split in 1979 when he went on to play with a number of popular Australian bands, notably Captain Spalding. He is an extraordinary guitarist, a fine lead singer and his Mancunian accent enables him to sing a range of British ‘60s songs with uncanny authenticity.

Peter Reid – Drums
Peter Reed is a veteran of Melbourne’s rock scene who began his career as the drummer in pop band the New Dream who had half a dozen top 10 hits in the late ‘60s. Since then he has played and recorded with numerous bands such as Gary Young’s Hot Dog (at Sunbury ’74), Pantha, the Mark Gillespie Band, The Tremors (with Kerryn Tolhurst from the Dingoes), Lynne Randell Band, the Phil Manning Band, the Jane Clifton Band. He has taught drums to budding students for many years (including Daddy Cool’s Gary Young) and is a highly regarded technician.

Pete Robinson – Bass, Vocals
Pete was a founder member of one of Melbourne’s first ‘60s pop bands, The Strangers. This band appeared regularly on TV, had at least a dozen national hits, and featured John Farrar who went on to become a successful songwriter in the US. Pete’s subsequent musical career has included such roles as television musical director, arranger, record producer for the likes of John Farnham, Johnny Young, Russell Morris, Ted Mulry and the Masters Apprentices. Most recently Pete was invited to become Music Director for the Go-Show reunion shows that have toured Australia annually since 2010. Pete is very well known and highly respected within Melbourne musical circles.

Peter Summers – Guitar, Keys, Vocals
Peter has been obsessed with music in all forms his entire life and played in many different sorts of bands (jazz, country rock, punk) before forming New Wave band Strange Idols in 1979. They recorded a single and album and toured extensively in the early 1980’s. In 1984 Peter retired from music because of family commitments but re-emerged in 2004 after being forced to attend yet another corporate event with a B-grade covers band (involving a laptop computer). He decided to prove that ‘60s music could be played with the fire and originality of the period and hence formed The Substitutes with some first class likeminded musicians. The rest is on youtube.