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The Bellhops

The Bellhops
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Members of the band

  
  
  
  
  
  
  Mark Roulston
  
  
  
  
  

Mark Roulston


  


  

Bassist and harmony vocalist for The
  Bellhops Mark began his career straight after leaving school, joining the fondly
  remembered Gill Weaver tours, bringing music to remote communities in NSW. Mark
  later joined The Bruce Band and there first met Vocalist Ian Dittman and
  guitarist John Russell. Mark has done many dep gigs throughout the years and on
  one of these occasions met Drummer Steve Lovarini performing with The Howling
  Wolves. He and Steve have since formed a rhythm section partnership that now has
  them working for Sydney Blues Society Performer of The Year 2005 PJ O'Brien and
  Tiara Award winning Pop Country act Strum. Mark also Teaches guitar and bass,
  runs a guitar ensemble, produces educational resources for music teachers. Mark
  is also authoring an eductional music rock show for performing in schools. In
  2006 Mark completed his first tour of the USA as part of the PJ O'Brien Band.


  

Ian Dittman


  


  

lead vocalist, rhythm guitarist and
  songwriter for The Bellhops Ian started off his performing career in the early
  70's and came to local prominence with the fondly remembered Bruce Band. It was
  while in the Bruce Band that Ian met guitarist John Russell and Bassist Mark
  Roulston. Following the demise of the Bruces Ian worked with Tux Deluxe which
  later went on to morph itself into The Bellhops. Ian loves the swing of Louis
  Jordan, the power of Howling Wolf, the style of Sinatra, the guitar and vocals
  of Eric Clapton. Ian is a prolific songwriter and collector of guitars. The
  latest edition to his collection, an Epiphone Sheraton, was acquired on a trip
  to the USA, primarily to attend The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival.
  Ian also does solo, duo and trio work. He has joined forces with Bellhops
  guitarist John Russell and former Bellhops Vocalist, harmonica player Steve Trew
  to form an authentic delta style blues band called The Hellboppers. Their debut
  album is available from Black Market Music.


  

Steve Lovarini


  


  

Drummer for the Bellhops, Steve's
  association with the Bellhops began with a chance meeting with Mark Roulston
  when Steve was drumming for Sydney blues outfit The Howling Wolves. Steve and
  Mark found an intense musical connection that sees them now as the rhythm
  section to 3 award winning bands, The Bellhops, The PJ O'Brien Band and Strum.
  Steve completed his first tour of the USA performing with PJ O'Brien. They
  performed in LA @ Cozys, in Memphis at Club 152, in Chicago @ Buddy Guys Legends
  and Kingston Mines, and in Austin @ Nunos on 6th Street.


  

John Russell


  


  

lead & slide guitars; a wonderful
  guitarist/musician. John started playing in the late 60's, early 70's and
  achieved some success initially with a band called Flake who had a hit with
  "This Wheel's on Fire" (during the record ban era). They followed this
  up with a couple of other singles that did quite well. John went on to play with
  Black Feather, Jeff St John, Phil Keyes' Band of Light and BB Strut. A master of
  lead, slide and dobro guitars, John is also a very fine songwriter and master of
  the double meaning, although the smut is all in the mind of the listener. John
  has joined forces with Bellhops vocalist Ian Dittman and former Bellhops
  Vocalist, harmonica player Steve Trew to form an authentic delta style blues
  band called The Hellboppers. There debut album is available from Black Market
  Music.


  

 Brassholes Horn Section Featuring


  

Steve O'Connell


  


  

Saxophone; is an exceptional player who
  has played with just about everybody within the Sydney scene, previous bands
  include The Angels, Psycho Zydeco, Bellydance, and many, many more! Steve also
  wrote most of the horn lines featured on the album and apart from being an
  absolute bastard is a very nice human being. Steve teaches saxophone as well as
  playing full time.


  

Bruce Allen


  


  

Baritone Saxophone; Bruce first gained
  recognition with the Dynamic Hepnotics and has gone on to play with people like
  Ol' 55, The Eddys, Doug Parkinson and many others. Bruce is a full time
  professional musician and founder of "Mercenary Bastards Inc" (a nice
  human being all the same).


  

Ed Shots


  


  

Tenor and Baritone Saxophone; Ed first
  played with the band at the '94 Lithgow Blues Festival when The Bellhops found
  themselves without a sax player at the last moment. We don't know how we got his
  number, but the consensus of opinion at the time was "Shit, I hope he can
  play!". Ed has been playing with the band ever since. Originally from the
  Netherlands, Ed teaches music professionally and is married to the very
  wonderful Sue, also a professional bass clarinettist extraordinaire. Ed is also
  creator of "The Egg" as pictured on the Bellhops Photo Gallery page.


  

Check these videos of The Bellhops captured
  live @ The Towradgi Beach Hotel


  


  


  
  
  
  
  

General info

  
  
  
  
  
  
  The Bellhops are Australia
  
  
  
  
  

The Bellhops are Australia's Premier
  Award Winning Blues, Jump'n'Jive and Swing exponents and the 2003 Australian
  Blues Awards (The Chain Awards) Band of Year. Their latest release No
  Reservations was voted 2003 Australian Blues Album of the Year while their debut
  release Room Service was 1999 Runner Up for Blues Album of Year.


  

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The Bellhops lineup is big and brassy, featuring their very
  own Horn Mafia - the Brassholes. The Bellhops are also blessed with the virtuoso
  guitar skills of John Russell whose slide guitar and comping work is among the
  best in Australia. The talents of Vocalist Ian Dittman and Rhythm Section of
  Steve Lovarini and Mark Roulston add to the wealth of riches in this superb
  outfit. Add to this to the substantial songwriting abilities of Dittman &
  Russell and you have a formidable combination of the 'must see' variety.

  

  The main musical influences of The Bellhops is the Swing and Jive era of the
  late 40's, the Rock'n'Roll of the 50's, the Soul and R&B of the 60's and the
  Blues music legacy of so many great Artists. The Bellhops pay tribute to these
  influences in their recorded work and also in their live performances with
  material drawn from artists such as Louis Jordan, Big Joe Turner, Chuck Berry,
  Bill Haley and Jerry Lee Lewis, Ray Charles, Wilson Pickett and James Brown.

  

  The Bellhops can be found regularly playing around the Greater Sydney Region,
  Wollongong and the Illawarra Region, Newcastle and the Central Coast Lakes
  Region, Goulburn and the Southern Highlands Region. They have even been spotted
  as far south as Victoria, (especially those Ski Field gigs) and as far north as
  Byron Bay (especially those resort gigs), as far west as Wagga Wagga or Mudgee
  (especially those Winery gigs)
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