Col ( he used to be known as Colin ) showed an early interest in music sparked by his eager request to play the kettle drum with his school marching band – self taught and just eight years of age. This love of music was further enhanced by his brother’s appreciation for Rock & Roll music, especially the locally born idol Johnny O’Keefe.
Within the first year of taking up the guitar, Col was performing in public at the local Bentleigh
(Aussie Rules) football club social nights. In those days there were NO sound or light systems at all, all he had was the acoustic guitar and a loud voice.
He continued with his self generated solo career for the next 4 years performing at weddings, school functions and local community fetes and fund raisers – in fact anywhere he could get up and entertain people. His Mum was the driving force that made sure he continued to practice his guitar lessons – even when he wanted to stray from those “daggy” old country and popular songs to the wilder Rock & Roll bands etc. came when he responded to an advert for a singer/guitarist. From there Col worked in a few bands until 1967, when he formed the GATHERING and when John Wallis joined (as a drummer) in early 1968 the inevitable meeting and combining of talents finally took place – that association now spans more than 40 years.
Nowadays Col suggests he has “slowed up a little”, mainly concentrating on his morning melodies/retirement community performances and the odd Wallis & Madilda gig.
He now has several shows which include tributes to country legends John Denver, Glen Campbell & Kenny Rogers, and also rock legends Cliff Richard, Col Joye & Johnny O’Keefe, there’s even the Crooners with Pat Boone, Perry Como & Nat King Cole.