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Wondrous Fair


Racheal Bruhn Exhibition, Wondrous Fair (Performers), Pictured Musician Jeanette Gilfedder (r)



The Shared Camera



Wondrous Fair, Post-Jug Apple Banana ism, Exhibition, That Contemporary Art Space.













Brisbane’s Wondrous Fair began around 1986 and had lasted up until 1995. In nine or so years they chalked up the following releases: the cassettes ‘Wondrous Fair’ (C60), ‘Tidy Town’ (C90) and ‘Live All Over the Shop’ (C60). They also self-released a CD in 1994 called ‘Cosmological Clock’.


They appeared on all three SPILL label compilations (1 on cassette, and 2 and 3 on CD) as well as the 1986 4ZZZ compilation LP ‘State of Emergence’.


They wore outlandish costumes.


Members of the band were formerly of Tangled Shoelaces, Gobble Gobble and Clag to name three. The story of Tangled Shoelaces and the rest of what I call the Class of 1982 is to be continued for the readers of SSS.


They made a selection of videos. Most of them are on YouTube. Some of their songs were played by Dragster after the band and beforehand by Tangled Shoelaces.


This cassette came out in 1987. As the notes in the 7” sleeve suggest, they were recorded live. The now surnamed line-up from their debut album is:


Deborah Cavallaro – marimba, keyboards.


Rodney McAllister – drums, guitar.


Martin Mackerras – bass, clarinet.


Richard Hagen – keyboards.


Jeanette Gilfedder – viola, keyboards.


Michael Bouwman – saxophone.


Stephen Mackerras – guitar


Deborah played in the Sump, the Fair Muses and Dragster (to quickly name three) – she’s currently in the Golden Circles. Rodney was the drummer in the Sump when Jeffrey Wegener or a drum machine wasn’t or weren’t keeping a beat. Richard had a tapeloop-heavy project called Wank Engine and did a curious radio show on 4zzz in the 90s called Winky Wanky Woo. Jeanette’s in Italy now, and I think Stephen’s in Japan. Michael plays in Not Pictured. And I’m not sure what Martin’s doing at the moment but he played in Puppenspiel in the early 1990s.




Drawing, Collage, Painting, Live Music, Bands.



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Paul ANDREW archives collection