Terry, the dapper bass player joined The Flying Circus around 1970 that was the last time I saw him. I browsed the internet and found a photo of him in Bradley and the Bouncers..
'Currently Terry works with Bradley and The Bouncers (Wiki). He previously worked with Sophia Perlman and The Vipers who released a CD entitled 'Once Smitten'. He wrote, co-produced and arranged tracks on the CD. He has just completed a CD for national treasure Bob Snider. Production credits include Juno nominated Chris Whiteley; Blues Party and Raoul and The Big Time; Big Time Blues (2001)and Cold Outside (2004) as well as The Legendary Miles Johnson featuring Raoul Bhaneja and Graham Guest released in 2006.
He also completed a CD playing bass and producing for Dennis Aubrey, his younger brother who is based in Australia (2007).'
This article I came across gave me further information on Terry:-
'Sporting a double bass, Terry has played in various 'swing bands' over the last 40 years. He was nominated for the Maple Leaf Award last year, he was successful in his field.
Toronto Blues Society Lifetime Achievement Award: Terry Wilkins, Danny Brooks, Michael Fonfara, Alec Fraser, Amos Garrett, Tom Lavin, Big Dave McLean, Ellen McIlwaine, Joe Murphy, Chris Whiteley, Ken Whiteley.
'Upright Bass TerryWilkins is a Toronto based musician, composer, bandleader, arranger, producer and teacher. A native of Sydney, Australia he arrived in Toronto in 1971 with Aussie pop band, Flying Circus, and since then has worked with many Canadian and international artists from Lighthouse to Big Sugar as well as Rough Trade and David Wilcox. He has also backed many visiting artists such as Dr. John, Eddie Cleanhead Vinson, Maria Muldaur, John Hammond, Levon Helm and Son Seals.His musical range is wide and varied with an emphasis on roots music especially blues and swing with some interesting adventures in Caribbean styles.
Terry also played with Big Sugar ....
Big Sugar was a Canadian blues-rock band, active from 1991 to 2004. This CD features vocalist and guitarist Gordie Johnson, Terry Wilkins on bass and drummer Al Cross.
Self-titled debut LP (previously the Bourbon Tabernacle Choir and supporting band for Molly Johnson’s jazz performances. Wilkins left the band in 1993 .. click here
I located a copy of the CD and reviewing it was my pleasure.
"Hi Lynne, This really blows my mind to see this picture of Wally. It is 40 yrs ago, so my memory is a titch faded.... is that you in the photo? I am most curious as to how I can help you.
I just dug out a scrapbook that my first wife started and in it is one picture of The SWD @ a joint I believe was called Beethovens that was in the back of Market St and George St behind the famous nightclub whose name escapes me. I also found a sheet that has pictures of Starving Wild Dog himself with Kathy McGowen, Dr. Kandy's Third Eye Band and Dave Kane I was back home in 2003 but most of my time was spent with family.
That said, I did take a walk up Oxford St. all the way to Bondi. The music I played on Taylor Sq. came back to me in the mid 70's (after a few years of flirting with pop music) and has been the mainstay of what I have done ever since. Are you writing a book? Looking forward to seeing Red and Allanah's pix. Is Allannah still in NZ? Now my 17 yr old daughter is sitting at the kitchen table thumbing thru my scrapbook and alternating with snickering and admiration. I will get these pics scanned and I will send them ASAP. Regards, Terry."
21 May 2010 "I am in the middle of 18 gigs in 14 days..... no time to remember but I will at some point get around to it. Last night, a band I am in played Wolf's version of 300 Pounds of Joy for the first time (with horns, the cool drum beat and Hubert's crazy swung guitar figure. 2 weeks ago played a CD release of A Tribute to Little Walter. Sat. night I am playing a duo of National guitar and string bass.
All of this music is from the era of my musical nurturing on Taylor Square. My entry into jazz was greatly helped by my exposure to all those ragtime progressions in jug band music and a 2/7 ,3/7 and 6/7 chord were always familiar to me. I am thankful always for this. T."
15 December 2010 "I have been blessed and I appreciate it all. Its' a long musical journey, a long way from Seven Hills."
"Maria (Muldaur) is one of the greats. She has one gear... full on. I worked with her in the '80's and '90's and whether she was rehearsing or soundchecking or doing a show she always gave it her all. I saw her the summer before last and she looked and sounded fantastic... better than ever really. And Maria influenced more singers than you could imagine. T"
From: Red McKelvie Hi Lynne, we played at the King's Cross Bar B Que as Quill, for ab out three weeks we were a three (3) piece . Then Terry Wilkins, Darryl Mckenzie and I went to 'Adam's Apple', Joan Whitty's club corner Crown and Oxford Streets, after Tully left, where we become a four (4)piece when Keith Barr joined us . I don't think we ever played in the 'Cross' again as Quill.
After Terry left and joined the Flying Circus,Peter Knox joined as bass player I think eventually Darryl and Keith Barr went off to form a band and as far as I know Quill ended then. Peter Knox may remember better than me?
I joined up with some 'kiwi' mates Claude Papesch, Murray Grindlay plus 'Ace' Follington we called ourselves (haha) Savage Rose and we played up the Cross at the Electric Circus,Whiskey Au Go Go and the Hawaaiian Eye, Castlereagh Street. and the Here disco North Sydney. This was all in 1969 hope that's some help cheers Lynne, Red "
Ross J Waters March 24, 2009 "Hi Lynne, I actually got thru to Terry W in Canada with the 2nd address you gave me. I've just had a long email back from him, & he's really pleased I got in touch after 40 years! He's also hooked me up with Leonie, & given me his whole history since we last saw each other (1969!!!).
So thanks ever so much for initiating that reunion for Terry & me.
I wish I'd kept that infamous Sunday Mirror front page expose of the Whitty's Picnic down South. 'll check with my brother - he thought it was hilarious, & he tends to keep memoribilia like that, but I doubt he'll have a copy, especially after all these years!
Once again, it was a real buzz hearing from Terry, & we'll keep up correspondence, I'm hoping. Fond regards, Ross"
Dave McDermott "Hi, My name is David McDermott and I came across your blog whilst doing a search for Terry Wilkins, I went to the same school as Terry in western Sydney and also knew him when he played with Quill in Darlinghurst, cannot for the life of me think of the name of the joint! Is that Phil Jones of the Unknown Blues fame on your page? I have "If I had a Ticket" on my MP3 as well as the Python Lee Jackson song that Rod Stewart sang the lead. Oh what memories. Dave McDermott"
In 2010, David travelled over to Canada and touched base with Terry and his family. Thanking you Dave for these photos
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