Inspired by the likes of Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell, Steve Earle and Leonard Cohen, and raised in rural Victoria, roots and alt-country singer/songwriter, Harry Hookey first played the guitar at the age of 15 when his father bought home instruments for he and his three brothers.
With musical passion ignited, Harry and his brothers began performing as the Hookey Family Band playing an eclectic mix of covers in pubs throughout Gippsland.
Whilst studying law at the University of Melbourne, Harry explored his talents as a solo musician, busking in Melbourne streets and entering and winning competitions with punk rock band, The Bystanders, an outfit he formed with 6 other law students.
In 2010 Harry entered the heats of Telstra Road to Discovery in Tasmania to see, as he puts it, ‘if I could cut it on a professional stage.‘ He not only proved himself, he won the prestigious competition in early 2011.
Armed with a new boost of confidence to progress to the next level with his song-writing talent, Harry headed into the studio with award winning producer Matt Fell to record his first 6 track EP, “Old Noise”, featuring the single ‘Don’t You Ever Treat Me Like a Fool, ‘ and the hauntingly beautiful ‘Audrey’s Song.’
Fast becoming a name on the live scene, Harry has showcased his music at the Americana festival in Nashville TN, and performed with artists as diverse as Leo Sayer, Tim Rogers, Mick Thomas, Doc Neeson and Kasey Chambers.
Harry has also undertaken much co-writing. He has written with artists such as Karl Broadie, Kim Richey, Mick Thomas and Rafe Van Hoy.
This will be the second year for Harry Hookey on the Oz Artist Stage at CMC Rocks the Hunter 2013.