The story of the Embers starts in 1965 when 2 Student Teachers Doug Trevaskis and Ian Woods saw an ad on the notice board at Adelaide Teachers’ College for a band audition.Doug being a rhythm guitarist and Ian being a bass guitarist thought, “why not?” At the audition they met with lead guitarist Brenton “Snowy” Dinan (an upholstery apprentice) and drummer Bob Snewin (a bank teller) as well as other sundry players and singers.
After many practices and exits of players from the line up the “Slaves” were born, later to become “Ian Wood and the Splinters” in a time when it was trendy to change names. After a period of playing together the boys finally settled on the name of The Embers. The band had a lot of fun practicing in garages and lounge rooms and ultimately playing gigs at many different and varied venues around Adelaide, South Australia. Read more....
Brenton “SNOWY” Dinan – Lead GuitaristIn his own words Brenton says “I started with nothing and I still have most of it.”
I was born in Unley in 1947 – (Go the Blues).
I got to know Bob Snewin through our parents friendship when we were both about 12 years of age. At that time I begged my parents for 2 Pounds and sent away to Sampsons Music College in Sydney and received an acoustic guitar and learnt by correspondence for 6 months. Unable to read music I learnt to play be ear somehow mastering the chords along the way.
I met Doug and Ian through Bob and we progressed as a group together and helped each other along the trip. They were fun days but as often happens people go their ways for many reasons. Read more...
Bob “STIX” Snewin- Embers Drummer
I started my musical career when I was 10 years old in the Adelaide Drum and Fife band.
This band was very much a “military” type band with marching and discipline as well as the music instruction. I enjoyed the 4 years I had in the band I learnt quite a lot highlighted by playing in 3 John Martins Pageants.
Eventually my Mother bought me my first drum kit which was my pride and joy for a longtime. I played with some 60/40 music players before I eventually joined the Embers to play my great love “rock.” I loved playing in the Embers in the 60s we had such a great time and the band always enjoyed playing and the great friendship of each other. Read more...
Ian “SPLINTER” Woods- Bass player, backing vocals and technical dabbler
(Usually on the right of the stage)
I live in Strathalbyn, a beautiful South Australian rural town, 60 km southeast of Adelaide.
I am married to author Jane Jolly (check her website) and have 4 children.
While my real job was secondary school teaching I’ve always been a dreamer about music providing me with a living.
My musical life began when I was about 10 years old. My musical father decided I should learn piano – lasted a few months – and banjo mandolin – lasted a couple of years. Performance began in my first “band” with dad on big banjo, my older brother on piano and me on mandolin. I also sang in the Primary Schools Choir Festival of Music in the Adelaide Town Hall. Read more...
Peter Dewy - Keyboards
My first 'pro' gig was with a high school band which was bottom of the bill at a community concert at The Octagon Theatre, Elizabeth in 1968. Each member of the band was paid $2.
Later, during my uni years, I got paid work wherever I could – as the accompanist for a ballet class, the rehearsal pianist for a light opera company and as a jazz soloist in pubs and coffee bars.
I was a founder member of several semi-pro 'prog-rock' bands during the early to mid seventies, most notably 'Fragile' and 'Felix'. We played all the best venues – The Bridgeway Hotel (then The Pooraka) and The Mansfield Park Hotel as well as some long forgotten 'clubs' in Hindley Street Read more...