Spotlight on Brendan McCarthy

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Brendan McCarthy was born and bred in Dunedin and grew up in a household where  music was a primary focus.  

He began playing guitar at the age of nine, and formed his own bands throughout high school, playing his own material.

After leaving school, he played bass in various bands around  the plentiful Dunedin covers circuit of the early 90s, where gigs were in abundance.

The realities of having a young family set in, and his musical career moved from the stage to the couch for around nine years.

After moving to Tauranga in 2007, he decided to return to the guitar and start performing again.

He formed his own  covers outfit ‘That Band' with well-known local bass player Pat Hawkins, and they played around the Bay of Plenty and Waikato for the next few years.

In 2014, Brendan switched his focus back to original material and recorded a batch of songs with Tim Julian at Colourfield Recording Studio in Welcome Bay.

On completion, Brendan was signed to Songbroker music publishing, and has since enjoyed success having three songs used in television shows 'Shortland Street' and 'Filthy Rich'.

Brendan currently plays his own original material in his band 'Apollo Steam Train' with Les Robinson on drums and Ian Clark on bass.

The band is preparing for a major release in February 2018, and will be performing live at the Rockfest at Totara Street on October 28.

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