Six burning questions for ... Ross Wilson

Singer-songwriter Ross Wilson.
Singer-songwriter Ross Wilson. 

1. How did you get started in music?

My mum asked me to join the church choir when I was 10. I found myself learning how to sing harmonies without even knowing what was happening.

2. How did you start out playing rock'n'roll?

In the early '60s, every little mechanics hall, RSL, and church hall put on a dance. Our band had a good apprenticeship.

3. How did you get your big break?

We answered an ad in the paper: ''R'n'B bands wanted, no experience necessary.'' We thought, ''That's us!'' I was the eldest in the group at 16. Ross Hannaford was only 13. We went into the studio and recorded a version of Louie Louie. It got us on the charts for a couple of weeks.

4. Is Eagle Rock an albatross around your neck?

Some people know it's our song, but it's taken on a life of its own.

5. How does it feel to be classified as Oz-Rock?

It feels good to me because I think regionality is a really good thing.

6. What do you make of the younger crop of Australian bands coming through? Any favourites?

Yeah, there are some great ones. I tipped the Preatures when I first heard them last year, and bang, they're getting awards and touring in the States. It was obvious when I heard their first track. It's pop and it has integrity. 

Ross Wilson & the Peaceniks play the Yarraville Club, Feb 15, and the Flying Saucer Club, Feb 22.