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Green Hand Band

Poverty, racism and inequality are cornerstone concepts Redfern-based reggae fusion group Green Hand Band aims to break down barriers about. Drawing musical influences from soul, reggae and desert rock genres, the group uses music to raise awareness of issues such as recovering from addiction, spiritual empowerment, love and social justice. Key writer, keyboard player and vocalist, Tim Gray leads the band bringing an infectious passion to the stage. 

The Gumbaynggir/Wiradjuri man born in Macksville, NSW, and growing up in East Hills along the Georges River, Tim was influenced by the likes of Bob Marley, Warumpi Band and Coloured Stone. He started playing piano at his foster mother’s prompting and the music grabbed a hold of him; he started writing his own songs and playing in bands. “I want to make music that heals, that breaks down barriers and explores the human condition,” Tim says. 

The band released its self-titled debut EP in November 2014 as part of Corroboree Festival in Sydney, after recording earlier in the year at Kameygal Studio housed in Gadigal Information Services in iconic Redfern, Sydney. Currently playing the new EP Connections released April 2018 with songs that focus on connection to culture, love and recovery from addiction.

Green Hand Band also played at  Australia Day Parramatta 2020, Yabun 2019/2015, Lost Paradise 2018/2017, Burramutta NAIDOC 2017, NAIDOC in the City 2016, Inner City NAIDOC 2019/2017/2016 and performing in the Sydney live music scene. Waitangi Day 2018, Lost Paradise at Boardi tent 2017, Burramatta NAIDOC 2017, Inner City NAIDOC Family Day at NCIE 2017, Coloured Diggers March 2016/2017, NAIDOC in the City 2016, Yabun 2015, and performing regularly in the Sydney live music scene. Green Hand Band has also collaborated with Jamaican reggae artist, Ras Daniel Ray during his last Australian Tour. 

The current lineup of Green Hand Band is Tim Gray on vocals/keys, Troy Russell on guitar, Minnie Ryan on trumpet, Dave Howell on bass, Mert Balkani on drums, Michael Brown on saxophone and Amanda Dwyer backing vocals.

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Cancellations. 

Hi Peeps,

Due to COVID-19 Green Hand Band is deciding to pull back on the reins and slow this juggernaut down. So no ANZAC Day gig. Unfortunately this particular strain of corona-virus has our nation in a state in a tizz and we have to do our part and stay at home. Good news is we will probably be writing news songs. Bad news...You may not hear them for a while. Look, better safe than sorry and we have to abide. The dude abides, so will we. Anyhow stay safe and well. Look after your young and the elderly and yourselves. 

Peace, Love and Mung-Beans,

Green Hand Band.

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