Saturday, 4th March 2017

Rough Red's last Brisbane show :(

My brothers-in-arms and I in ROUGH
RED celebrated our 21st anniversary in 2016. We marked the year by performing
our songwriters circle show, where we played songs from our respective solo and
side project albums together. It really worked a treat, and certainly struck a
chord with our long-time core audience around the country. But it does get
harder and harder for us to get together, living in different parts of the
country now, and all of us having solo careers or other projects to pursue. So
it is with some sadness that we announce that we are playing what will be our
last show in South East Queensland this year, and more than likely
indefinitely, on March 4th. We will be returning to one of our favourite
venues, The Retro Bar in Kenmore, Brisbane. There will be two sets from us, the
aforementioned songwriters circle show, and then a set of Reds tunes from our
various albums. Check out the details in the SHOWS section here. We will be
playing the Yackandandah Folk Festival in Victoria at the end of March, but
more on that final fling later. As I prepare to release my new solo record,
John Fegan also nears the completion of his next solo album, John Barr is
playing bass with Sydney blues band The Red Rattlers (cannot escape the Red
connection !), Pete Harvey has a new duo he is working on material with, and
Dave Mash Parnell has never been busier with production work. But you can be
assured we will be playing these shows as if our lives depended upon it. If you
are one of our Brisbane friends, we would love to see you at the Retro Bar on
March 4th

Thursday, 24th November

Great review for new album "Out Of The Red"

Trad & Now magazine have written a great review for Rough Red's new album "Out Of The Red".... well done lads
Monday, 21st November 20

Hey, We are very excited to be playing one of our favourite Australian festivals -- the Illawarra Folk Festival --- in January. We have played Illawarra four times from memory, and it is always a great vibe. The dates are January 12 to 15, and full details can be found at www.illawarrafolkfestival.com.au You will get to hear The Reds playing both kind of shows --- our Songwriters Circle set, and our late night rollicking thing. We love to highlight both facets of the band so we hope to see many of our friends down there. It's a great line-up as usual...
Wednesday, 6th July 2016

Download the new Rough Red single "Amsterdam" for free !!

Our new album OUT OF THE RED-- a 15 track compilation of songs from each of our solo and side projects -- is now available from the Red Music store on our web site, or digitally via itunes. The set includes one new previously unreleased track "Amsterdam", written and sung by our bass player John Barr (JB), now released as the single from the album. You can download it for free here....and check out the live video of the song



Monday, 27th June 2016

OUT OF THE RED : Our new Album Launch @ Foco Nuevo
This is our new album OUT OF THE RED, which we are releasing at a special show next Friday July 1, at Foco Nuevo, West End, Brisbane. The album is a 15 track compilation set which reflects what we are playing in our Songwriters Circle show. It contains three tracks from each of our solo or side project records, with five of the tracks being new live versions. The set includes one previously un-released track "Amsterdam", which will be released as a free single download next week. At Foco Nuevo, we will be playing two sets -- the songwriters circle set, followed by a Rough Red band set. Gig hosts Jumping Fences will also be performing. For full details check out www.foconuevo.org.au
Hope to see many of our Brisbane friends at this special album launch show. The album will be available online and via our web site the week after the launch....

Tuesday, 26th April 2016


We have a very special gig coming up on Saturday May 7th, at The Retro Bar, in Kenmore, Brisbane. This will be the premiere of our new 2 part show, where we will be doing our Songwriters Circle thing in the first set, and then performing as ROUGH RED in the second set. The old songs will take on a new flavour though, as we are playing with different instrumentation, so if you haven't seen us for a while, please come along for a listen to the "new" band. Tickets available from www.theretrobar.com.au

Tuesday, 29th March 2016

Hi folks, All six live videos that we shot recently at the Retro Bar are now up on our youtube site. You can access that via the VIDEO link here on our site. There are five songs from each of our solo or side projects, plus a new version of "Tell Me Something I Don't Know". Hope you enjoy these.....

Wednesday, 3rd February

New Songwriters Circle Vids

We recently took over the Retro Bar in Kenmore, Brisbane, and shot a bunch of tunes to highlight our new Songwriters Circle show. This is the first of them, John Fegan's great tune "Do You Sleep Alright". Thanks to our great friends Ian and Steve Shawsmith from Singing Dog Productions for the amazing they did for us. Go to the VIDEO link here on our page.


Tuesday, 8th December 20

We are kicking off our 21st anniversary year with the first performance of the ROUGH RED SONGWRITERS CIRCLE at Folk Redlands on Sunday January 17th. Folk Redlands is held at the Redlands IndigiScapes Centre, 17 Runnymede Rd, Capalaba, south of Brisbane. The club kicks off from 1pm with blackboard performances, and The Reds will take the stage at 3pm for the first full performance of the Circle concept, featuring songs from all five members' solo and side projects, played by the band. Full details at www.folkredlands.org

Tuesday, 17th November 2


Hello all,
You might have seen our previous emails or FB posts about the band working on a new show for our 21st anniversary year next year...
The concept is the ROUGH RED SONGWRITERS CIRCLE, where we get to play tunes from our respective solo albums together. We are really pleased to be rolling out the show at a forthcoming House Concert, in the beautiful Sunshine Coast hinterland town Maleny. The gig is part of Bob & Laurel's famous House Concert series, sponsored by the Qld Folk Federation. Bob & Laurel produce a show every couple of months, and they are a highly anticipated and regarded event on the folk calendar.
We will kick off and finish the set with a couple of Rough Red songs, before rotating through the band members who will perform material from the vast array of solo and side projects we are all involved in. John Fegan will have a couple of songs from his critically acclaimed album last year "I AM THE FOX", about which Noel Mengel from the Courier Mail said this ...
"Songs such as these are a welcome harbour amid life's storms". That album followed John's highly regarded debut set "FOX TALES".
Reds' drummer Dave 'Mash' Parnell recently released his debut solo album "BACK2FRONT" at a series of launch shows around Brisbane, to a great response. This set of heartfelt, personal tunes has struck a chord with those who were fortunate enough to catch the gigs or buy the album. Dave will be be moving from the back to the front once again to perform songs from the album in Maleny.
Bass player John Barr (JB) was front and centre in the side project twentysevens, an electric trio that released three albums on the mid -2000's and toured the UK on an arena tour in 2006 supporting legendary rockers Status Quo for 31 dates. JB is going to roll out a few twentysevens' tunes in acoustic format for the Maleny show, plus a new song which is rumoured to possibly be a new Rough Red single, a tune he wrote after many band adventures in Amsterdam.
Steve Tyson's two solo albums "GREEN SIDE UP" (2014) and "TEMPLE DOG" (2011) have been critically acclaimed, both scoring 4 star reviews in the Weekend Australian and Courier Mail. Noel Mengel had this to say -- ".....these tunes take the listener to places and times we might never go otherwise". Tony Hillier in the Weekend Australian said --- "Tyson's smoky singing and skilful guitar and mandolin playing receive sterling support from his bandmates from Rough Red."
The date for this special event is SUNDAY NOVEMBER 29, kicking off at 3pm. Bob & Laurel, better known as The Goodwills, will be starting the show with a set from their 4 star rated album "THE LAST WATERHOLE" released earlier this year. Bookings are absolutely essential, and full details of the address will be given to you  when you book. Bob tells me the show is selling fast and nearing capacity, so if you are thinking about coming along, please contact Bob & Laurel at goodwills@ozemail.com.au. Tickets are $15/$12.
It's a great drive to Maleny, beautiful village, and if you have never experienced a house concert, it is truly a great experience for both audience and performer. Hope to see some of you there....

Wednesday, 28th October


Rough Red drummer Dave Mash Parnell successfully launched his debut solo album "Back2Front" at a series of shows in Brisbane over the weekend -- the Cardigan Bar on Saturday night, a private house concert on Sunday, and a great show at the BUg last night. He was joined onstage by Rough Red members bassist John Barr (JB) and guitarist/mandolin player Steve Tyson, plus good friend guitarist Ian Shawsmith. Reaction to to the album was outstanding, and you can check it out in the RED Music store here....

Thursday, 24th September


Master percussionist, master sound engineer, master navigator, drummer with "Rough Red" and the "twentysevens" is a classic overachiever as far as drummers go and you'd think he'd be happy with that but no, that's not enough for Mash.

No longer for him the dark, haunted corridors of the back row staring at his band mates backsides. He actually wants to be seen and heard and to bathe in the adoring glow of the assembled But is the front row ready for this incursion by one of "them"? Are his strange little drummer fingers ready for the complexities of the guitar and the rigours of "guitar face".

Well as fate would have it the little bastard pulls it off with his usual aplomb as if he's been there all his life (heaven forbid) perhaps even a little too easily as far as those of us who have struggled for a life time to write songs are concerned. I've always said that if the world ends tomorrow I'm going straight to Mashy's place, he'd know what to do. Come and see for yourself as he presents his debut CD "Back2Front" joined by his long time"twentysevens" and "Rough Red" band mates John Barr and Steve Tyson. Ian Shawsmith may even sneak in for one or two songs. After all drummers need all the help they can get.

Don't They

John Fegan (Rough Red)

Monday, 20th April 2015


In 2016, Rough Red will have been in existence for 21 years. So, we are planning some special stuff during that momentous year. Although the band hasn't performed as Rough Red much in the past twelve months, we have been incredibly busy musically.  John Fegan released his second solo album I AM THE FOX early in 2014, and played a series of shows with his band throughout the year. Steve Tyson released his second album GREEN SIDE UP in September, and spent most of the second half of the year touring the country. His back-up band, The New Felons, was comprised primarily of his Rough Red bandmates John Barr, Dave Parnell, and Peter Harvey. The latter released his 3rd solo record LADY ON THE WIRE, and played some solo gigs locally. Dave (Mashy) Parnell is nearing the pointy end of recording his debut solo album BACK TO FRONT. John Barr has been a frequent flyer up from Sydney to put down bass parts for Mashy. Rough Red did perform at the Tablelands Festival in North Queensland in October, and as well as our usual set, we did a special Songwriters Circle show, where all the band members played tunes from their various solo projects. It was a great experience crossing over on new material, and gave us some good things to think about when planning our special shows for 2016. For those of you who have not seen these, here are a couple of clips for Steve and John F's solo stuff, featuring familiar Rough Red faces and friends. There are more videos to check out in the VIDEO section here....

Monday, 30th June 2014

New album from Steve Tyson
GREEN SIDE UP is the new album from Steve Tyson, following his critically acclaimed solo debut of 2011, TEMPLE DOG. For much of the inspiration for this new record, Steve had to look no further than his family history, with stories of his great-grandmother's tough life in rural Queensland, his great uncle's capture and imprisonment during the Great War, and his French ancestors fleeing from religious persecution in the 16th century, all intertwined with matters of the heart, stories from the road, and a healthy dose of black humour.

Although at its heart a set of contemporary folk songs, GREEN SIDE UP twists and turns through the landscape that is roots music, and brings together influences borne out of The Beatles and the blues, touching on big band jazz, and delving into celtic and country, all made coherent through the extraordinary lyrical approach and story-telling. 

Predominantly recorded in Steve's own studio in the Byron Bay hinterland, the album features contributions from several wonderful players, including a special collaboration with ARIA nominated artist Sarah Calderwood. Steve's co-write with Sarah, "Back To The Bar" is a funny but heartfelt tune that is just one of many highlights of the record.

Wednesday, 19th February


Hey folks, Once in a while, The Reds love to step away from the festival environment, and do that thing we were all brought up on .....play a good old-fashioned pub gig. That's what we are doing this Saturday, the 22nd February, when we play the Royal Mail Hotel at Goodna, just outside of Brisbane.

You'll still get the ballads, and you'll still get John Fegan telling funny stories, but you will be able to enjoy them with a beer in your hand. The Royal Mail has a reputation as a great music venue, with live blues and roots every week.

The gig kicks off at 4pm, through to 7pm. More info at www.royalmailhotel.net

Thursday, 23rd January 2

Just back from Bulli in NSW after playing the Illawarra Folk Festival last weekend. It was a great festival -- good crowds, well organised, terrific volunteers and staff. The Reds played three shows and had a great reaction to the new record. Thanks to al those who came along ....Cheers

Sunday, 5 January, 2014


Hey folks, Happy New Year to you all. The Reds saw in the new year at the Woodford Folk Festival, where we played three great shows. It was a fantastic festival, full of amazing acts, and it was good to catch up with many old friends.

Next stop for us is the Illawarra Folk Festival, one of our very favourite events. Dates are Friday January 17 through to Sunday 20th, and we are playing sets on Friday night, and Saturday and Sunday evenings. We are really looking forward to it...again, it's an exceptional line-up, so we hope to see some of you there. Full details in the GIG section....

Wednesday, 27 November


For a variety of reasons, it has been many, many years since ROUGH RED has played in Sydney.  We rectify that this weekend, when the band heads south to play shows in Sydney and Canberra. We will warm up with an acoustic gig at the Braidwood Folk Club, about an hour out of Canberra, on Thursday November 28.

Then we head to Sydney to play The Roxbury Hotel in Glebe, on Friday night November 29, with special guests Alchemy, and Sweet Little Army. On Saturday November 30, we play The Artists Shed, in Queanbeyan ACT, with special guest our great mate Trev Dunham making a rare solo appearance.

Full details in the GIG section here. Hope to catch up with our southern friends along the way....

Sunday, 20 October, 2013


Hey folks, We are happy to announce a new run of shows in support of the new album NOT HERE FOR A HAIRCUT, kicking off on November 23rd.  Check out the GIG section here on the web site. We are especially excited to be playing the iconic Woodford Folk Festival, plus one of our Australian favourites, the Illawarra Folk Festival. Look forward to catching up with you there....

Tuesday, 16 July, 2013

Review from the Weekend Australian

Download the news clipping here

Wednesday, 3 July, 2013


Check out our review in Rythms Magazine 

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Wednesday, 19 June, 2013


Hey folks,

On the eve of our departure for Europe, this Q & A article will be in the next edition of Rhythms Magazine.


Friday, 24 May, 2013


Download the poster here

It's almost time! The brand new album NOT HERE FOR A HAIRCUT will be released on June 1st. We will be launching the record at a very special gig that night, the Brisbane Music Bureau at the New Farm Bowls Club, 969 Brunswick St, Brisbane. Special guests will be our good friends 3 Miles From Texas. The album will be available for the first time at the launch.

If you live out near the bay, we will also be performing at the Redlands Indigi Festival the next day, Sunday June 2nd. The Reds will be on the main stage at 1.30pm, but prior to that we wil be hosting a songwriting workshop at 11.30. The festival is held at the Redlands IndigiScapes Centre, Runnymede Rd, Capalaba.

You can pick up a copy of the new album at either of these gigs, or from the web site right here. We are very excited and very happy with the end result...we hope you like it.

Monday, 18 February, 2013


Hi folks, We are very excited to announce that we will be returning to Europe in June/July for a short tour of Scandinavia. We have been invited to play two festivals -- our old favourite the Skagen Festival in Denmark, and the American Festival in Vanse, Norway. We will play a handful of club shows in between, but we are really looking forward to seeing old friends and getting back on European festival stages.

With that deadline firmly in mind, we have been working away feverishly in recent weeks recording the new album. Between Steve Tyson's studio in Byron Bay, and Dave Parnell's studio in Brisbane, not to mention demos from Peter Harvey's studio, we have been putting down tracks with a view to having a new album in our hands by mid-May.

We are absolutely thrilled at how the record is coming together. We have a great bunch of songs, and we are beginning to think that this will be the best album we have ever made.

There will be a bunch of shows to launch the record, so stay tuned for that....Cheers

Thursday, 26 July, 2012


Hi all, the band is going to be off the road for a while, as we get working on material for our long overdue new studio album. We all treat ROUGH RED as a special project these days, with all the members busy with other projects and solo records. John Fegan is in the studio at the moment recording his second solo album, and Peter Harvey, fresh on the tail of his recent solo record "New Way of Talking", is already working on yet another release. Steve Tyson, Dave Parnell and John Barr are gigging again as STEVE TYSON & THE INDUSTRIOUS FELONS from September onwards, still pushing Steve's solo record "Temple Dog". Steve is about to record some new material, and Dave Parnell has been writing prolifically with a view to recording a solo album in the near future. John Barr is also writing.

There is usually a disctinction between the songs we write for solo projects, and the songs we pen for Rough Red, but for a while now, we have been swapping ideas, lyrics, and tunes - things that will be suitable for a ROUGH RED record. There is some pretty exciting material coming together. The next step is getting into the studio and actually start recording, which we are very close to doing.

So whilst we won't be playing live for a while, when we do get back on the road, it will be with a whole new set of songs. We are excited about this, and we look forward to letting you know when we are ready to roll..!

Tuesday, 13 March, 2012


Hey folks, the full Rough Red line-up plays a rare pub show this coming Saturday, St Patrick's Day, March 17th. We are at D'Arcy Arms, on the Gold Coast Highway (Cnr Frederick St) in Surfers Paradise. This is a great opportunity to see the band play a full range of material from all six of our albums, as we are playing four sets, kicking off at 3pm through to 7pm. Hope to see you there....

Thursday, 1 December, 201


We are very excited to announce we are performing at the National Folk Festival, held over the Easter weekend in Canberra. The National is Australia's premier folk festival, and we are delighted to be back there next April.

We have a new section here on the web site, John Fegan's blog, where the Reds frontman will write in his unique style interesting stories and events that we have encountered in our many travels. The first blog is a fascinating story about Harry's Farm, the topic of one of our much-loved songs. Enjoy ...

Sunday, 6 November, 2011


Hey folks, the band is running the gauntlet with Qantas again this week, going down to play the Music At The Creek Festival, at Major's Creek, near Braidwood, about an hour and a half from Canberra. The festival runs from Friday 11 November to Sunday 13 November. From all reports, it's a great festival in a beautiful setting. Unfortunately, drummer Dave Parnell can't make it, so we have asked our good friend and outstanding Canberra-based musician Trev Dunham to sit in with us. The Reds will play three sets, opening proceedings on Friday night, playing the party set om Saturday night, and then again on Sunday afternoon. Steve Tyson is also playing a solo show in the Church on Saturday early evening. More details are at www.musicatthecreek.com

Thursday, 20 October, 201


Hi folks, the band heads off tomorrow morning (Qantas permitting) to play the Kangaroo Valley Folk Festival, a few hours outside of Sydney. The Reds will be performing four shows over the three days of the festival, a couple of afternoon sets where we will get in a bit of story-telling and play some laid-back stuff, and a couple of late night party sets. More details at www.kangaroovalleyfolkfestival.com.au

August 29 2011

iTunes Music Store

Hi folks, we are really pleased to be able to tell you that the entire Red Music catalogue is now available on i tunes. So you can now download songs from Steve Tyson's solo album TEMPLE DOG, John Fegan's solo album FOXTALES, Peter Harvey's solo album SHANGHAI PLY, or any song from the ROUGH RED albums, or anything from the TWENTYSEVENS records. As you would know, you can download entire albums, or you can just buy individual songs. Happy shopping..!

August 2nd 2011

Redlands Folk Club

Hi folks, well the Reds are going through a comparatively busy phase. The gig at the BUg last week in Brisbane was the first time the band has played together in its full line-up in Brisbane for two years. It was a fun night at a great venue. The band is back in action this coming Sunday August 7th, at the Redlands Folk Club, in Capalaba. The folk club is a terrfific concert venue, and kicks off at 2pm with some blackboard sets, before Rough Red takes the stage at 4pm. This will be a stripped back acoustic show, featuring four of the Reds -- John Fegan, Peter Harvey, Dave Parnell, and Steve Tyson. Hope you can make it down to Redlands for this one.
Then on Friday September 2, we will be doing another show in the acoustic 4-piece format, at the Shorncliffe Yacht Club, on Brisbane's northside. The night will also feature some short solo sets from the solo albums of John Fegan, Peter Harvey, and Steve Tyson (with Dave Parnell), before the Reds take to the stage.Coming up in October, the band will be playing at the Kangaroo Valley Folk Festuval in NSW. More on that later .....

December 4th 2009

Illawarra Folk Festival

ROUGH RED at the Illawarra Folk Festival Rough Red will be performing at the Illawarra Folk Festival, which is held from January 14th through to 17th 2010, at the Bulli Showgrounds, Slacky Flat. Illawarra is a couple of hours south of Sydney, and this is one of Australia's great folk festivals. The Reds are very happy to be back on the Australian festival circuit.
The band will be playing on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, go to the GIG section for full details, or go to the festival web site HYPERLINK "http://www.illawarrafolkclub.org.au" www.illawarrafolkclub.org.auRough Red will also be playing a show on Australia Day back in Queensland, at the Pine Rivers Aussie Arvo, Pine Rivers Park, Strathpine. The date, of course, is January 26, and the band will be onstage at 5.30pm.As this will be the last newsletter from Rough Red and the twentysevens for 2009, we would like to wish all our friends a Merry Christmas and safe, prosperous new year.

16 January 2006


twentysevens is the new band featuring former Rough Red members guitarist Steve Tyson, bass player John Barr, and drummer Dave Parnell. The three piece has just released its debut album SONGS FROM THE MIDDLE AGES, on the Red Music label. The album marks a clear change in musical direction for the guys, with early reports from the band's first few gigs describing the new songs as groove-based roots music?.

Recorded in Steve's Red Engine studio, SONGS FROM THE MIDDLE AGES features 13 new original songs written by all three members, plus a couple of interesting covers. twentysevens is now gigging in and around the Brisbane area, before formally launching the album in the near future. You can hear samples of tracks from the record (and buy it, of course!) in the STORE section. For more information about the band, upcoming gigs etc, have a look at www.twentysevens.com In other news, Reds front man John Fegan has entered Red Engine Studio to record his debut solo album, which all the members of Rough Red will contribute to over the next few months. In the meantime, twentysevens look forward to seeing you at a gig sometime soon. 19 October 2005 As you are probably aware, Rough Red has been in hiatus for the past year. After almost ten years of gigs, tours and albums together, the individual members have been working on different projects.

Steve Tyson, John Barr and Dave Parnell have been writing many new and different songs together, working and creating in Steve's new studio, and are poised to release a brand new album as a brand new 3 piece band very soon. Keep your eye on the web site for details. Lead singer John Fegan has been working on a solo act, refining his great art of story-telling, and is about to go into Steve's studio to record some new songs and release a solo record in the not-too-distant future.

Peter Harvey continues to write great songs, and his backlog of material will undoubtedly see him coming up with a new project soon. As always, we appreciate your interest in all things Rough Red, and we hope to see you at a gig for one of our new projects soon


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