The Howie Brothers (twin
brothers John & Graeme Howie) are one of Australia’s
leading country music / easy listening acts.
and Graeme have been performing and recording
for over 30 years and are renowned for their distinctive
vocal harmony sound. They play a variety of instruments,
including piano, guitar, accordion, mandolin,
ukulele and drums.
They are both dedicated songwriters and have
recorded many of their own songs over the years.
Originally, as members
of the band 1901, the Howie brothers won three
Golden Guitar awards at the Australasian Country
Music Awards in Tamworth, including two Group
of the Year awards (1980 & 1982).
The Howie Brothers have
recorded more than 20 albums, including the successful
Singalong with the Howie Brothers series, and
the very popular 20 Love Songs. One of their
most recent country music CDs is the highly acclaimed
the Cows Come Home.
It has often been said
that The Howie Brothers have a ‘sound of their own’. However,
their music could accurately be described as being
Australian country, with bluegrass, Irish/Scottish,
easy listening, singalong type influences. Think
Hawking Brothers, Slim Dusty, Foster & Allen,
and Max Bygraves and that will give you some idea
of what the Howies are about, musically. They like
to incorporate a few funny yarns into their shows.
As John says, ‘Good music and a few laughs
is a winning combination.’
The Howie Brothers love
performing and audience members often say, ‘You seem to enjoy yourselves
so much when you perform.’ John & Graeme
perform with various back-up musicians, depending
on the type of show. Lots of Howie Brothers shows
feature Robert Edge (also a member of 1901). Rob
sings light-hearted songs, like The Court of
King Caractacus, plays banjo, and generally
makes people laugh. The Howie Brothers most often
perform as a 3 or 4 piece outfit. They are based
in Melbourne, but perform throughout Australia,
undertaking several major tours each year.
For many years now John Howie has been running
successful Music Tours, in partnership with Australian
travel company Travelrite International. These
music tours are sightseeing coach tours, with a
focus on music, especially in the evenings. John
runs tours to Ireland, Scotland, America, Europe,
New Zealand, Canada, and the Australian Outback.