Broderick Smith has been a clerk, storeman, soldier, advertising
copywriter, graphic artist and actor, as well as a singer-songwriter.
Broderick sings, plays harmonica and guitar. He writes his own material
and performs other songwriterís material as well. His stage and TV
experience enables him to communicate with any audience.
Broderick started playing folk and blues music back in 1962. Leaving
school and having a variety of jobs, he joined legendary Blues outfit the
Adderley Smith Blues Band*.
The last ASBB managed by Stan Rogers
In 1968 Broderick was kidnapped by
the government of the day and press-ganged into the Australian Army for 2
years, in which he spent most of the time trying to stay out of trouble.
Broderick at the time he was
conscripted into National Service
Upon his eventual release after the collapse of the Liberal junta he
helped form a country roots type act called Sundown*. But his first
commercially recorded work was on Harvest EMI records in 1972 with Carson*, a boogie and
blues band. This was his first real taste of travelling the country and
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Then in 1973 he helped form The Dingoes*, a legendary country rock group
that is a main inspiration behind the modern country rock explosion. The
Dingoes aim in life was actually to carry on the great work done by
another band called Country Radio and explore the possibilities of
blending Bush music with RíníB.
Dingoes, 1973 (L-R) John Bois, Kerryn Tolhurst, Brod Smith, Chris Stockley,
The Dingoes were signed up to American management in 1976 and went over
there to live and work until the end of 1978.
Venue unknown -
possibly from a Leon Russell show
Broderick eventually came back home and formed the
Big Combo*. During this
time he was also a singer on the Andrew Durant Memorial concert album.
Heís released fifteen albums to date, nine under his own name, recording
both here and in Canada
and the US. He has recorded with Cat Stevens, Jimmy Barnes, Steve Cropper,
The Memphis Horns, Buffy Saint Marie, Phil Ochs, Ted Egan, Tommy and Phil
Emmanuel. The list goes on and on.
Broderick on recent recordings have been known collectively as "The Guild".
Broderick has a new cd Unknown Country with Matt Walker and Shannon Bourne.
And he also shares the harmonica chair with Ian Collard in the
Backsliders, a NSW act featuring Dom Turner on guitar and Rob Hirst from
Midnight Oil on drums.
Photo-shoot - Mossvale Music Festival, March 2008 - by
Brodís also held workshops on songwriting, vocals and harmonica. His
workshops have taken him all over his home state, into schools, prisons,
reformatories, as well as music stores.
Brodís been involved in the writing of somewhere around 200 songs and his
solo albums have seen him writing virtually all the lyrics. He generally
starts off with the lyric in a prose form and then when the music is
written, tends to change the lyrics to suit the music. Broderick believes
lyrics should say something and not just be something to sing along to.
part of the Dingoes was inducted into the ARIA Hall of Fame at Melbourne's
Forum Theatre on August 27, 2009
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