Rick Peacock fronted the Big Brass Band Navilus for about 20 years. In his earlier years he “cut his teeth” in the tough environment of a theatre restaurant at Tikki & John’s and The Tivoli, and also had a distinguished acting career in The Eltham Little Theatre. He can sing all night in rock, pop, swing and ballads.
And now he is living out his dream teaching Singing.
Below are snippet’s from Rick’s career.
Navilus. | The versatile group with the big band sound.
- Navilus – Played music of the 40’s through to the present day. Such as ABBA, The Village People, The Bee Gees, The Blues Bros, The Commitments, Neil Diamond, Billy Joel, Buddy Holly, and the music of shows such as Grease, and Saturday Night Fever are included in our repertoire.
- Glenn Miller Swing Night Band – Played the music of Glenn Miller and other greats of the swing era – such as Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, Frank Sinatra, Ray Charles and Tom Jones.
- The Kings of Rock and Swing – Performed the music of Elvis, The Beatles, Bill Haley, Johnny O Keefe, Joe Cocker, Jerry Lee Lewis, plus music of the Swing era.
- The Bellini Brothers – was a Duo with a difference. Covering styles such as jazz, rock, swing, latin, pop and blues.
Eltham Little Theatre.
Rick has worked for many theatre companies, however Eltham Little Theatre was his Homebase. Performing in many straight plays, music halls, musicals, comedy, drama and satire. Winning several awards for performances in their shows.
ELT specialized in Annual Music Hall productions which Rick performed in since 1973 until 1990. Rick’s most enjoyable character roles were Marcus Lycus (A Funny thing Happened On the Way to the Forum, 1978), Mick (Straight-Up, 1976), Dangles Dunn (Dimboola, 1977), Preacher Haggler (Dark of the Moon, 1979). Rick’s most memorable Role would be playing Joey in Butley, (1978). Rick was in the fortunate position of playing opposite Paul Karo, and gained a great deal of experience playing opposite an actor of his calibre.
Clip below: Pathfinder, 1990. Rick as Jock. A two man play with music on the life of the Australian Poet John Shaw Nielson.
MusicCafe @ St Johns, Portarlington.