Ross Hannaford 'Concert For Ross Hannaford' Date Set For July 18 -
Ross Hannaford Daddy Cool performs at the Age Music Victoria Awards 2014. Photo by Ros O'Gorman

Ross Hannaford performs at the Age Music Victoria Awards 2014. Photo by Ros O'Gorman

Ross Hannaford ‘Concert For Ross Hannaford’ Date Set For July 18

by Paul Cashmere on July 1, 2015

in Live,News,Noise Pro

The music community will come together on July 18 for a show of support for Daddy Cool co-founder Ross Hannaford, who is battling a serious health issue.

Brian Nankervis will host ‘Concert For Ross Hannaford: Dance If You Want To’ with an historic line-up together for one night including Ross Wilson and Wayne Duncan of Daddy Cool, The Black Sorrows, Mike Rudd, Bart Willoughby, Kerryn Tolhurst, Steve Hoy, Bruce Haynes, Margo Barrett, Ray Pereria as well as The Rockwiz Orchestra featuring Peter Luscombe, James Black and Mark Ferrie.

More names will be announced in coming days.

It is near impossible to register the total contribution Ross Hannaford has made to Australian music. Even before Daddy Cool when they were just 16 Hannaford and Wilson were together as The Pink Finks. Hannaford and Wilson then met Mike Rudd and The Party Machine was formed. That band split into two with Rudd forming Spectrum and Ross and Ross forming Daddy Cool. In March 71 Spectrum released their debut song ‘I’ll Be Gone’ and Daddy Cool launched in May with their first single ‘Eagle Rock’. After Daddy Cool broke up, Wilson and Hannaford moved forward again to form Mighty Kong. Hannaford then formed Billy T.

For the next 40 years Hannaford has been a driving force behind some of the greatest Australian recordings for acts like Renee Geyer, Mark Gillespie, Goanna, The Black Sorrows and Ian Moss, to name a few.

As recently as 2014 Ross Hannaford together with Bart Willoughby recorded two CDs using the anonymity of the street to create something different.

‘Concert For Hanna’ will be a special event for music fans and a chance to celebrate one of Melbourne’s greatest and most unique musicians at Memo Music Hall in St Kilda.

NB: We had previously reported Russell Morris would be appearing on this show. While Russell sends his full support for the event he has had to withdrawn on doctor’s advise while be recovers from an operation.

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


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