The sound of the Hammond B3 goes back to the early 1950s, and was a regular feature played by the early Jazz musicians of that era. Jimmy Smith was one of the first Hammond virtuosos and has been a great influence to all Hammond players. The combination of a rotating ‘Leslie’ speaker and the added bonus of playing bass lines with the feet given the Hammond organ it’s unique sound
Liam’s musical career started in Ballarat at the age of 12 performing at the legendary Bridge Mall Inn with a band called Milk, worked with several Ballarat Bands as a Bass player/ Guitarist for many years, including The Fat Thing, Taxi Driver & Swamp Donkey.
Moving to Melbourne Liam joined one of Australia’s respected Irish Groups, “The Hooligans”, who toured Australia and New Zealand playing an average of 5 nights per week and were invited to Ireland to perform for 3months at a variety of music festivals. The Hooligans also performed residencies in Singapore and Brunei for some time.
Returning to Australia he commenced learning Hammond Organ a passion since the very start of his musical career. Liam’s first Hammond was an L100 and this great Hammond is still in his possession. Forming a Blues trio ‘Stumpy Funnel’ he toured from Tasmania and up the East Coast of Australia for 12 months
For the past 7 years Jazz trio “The Mondlarks” (featuring Brigid McKinnon on Guitar and vocals and Rohan Heddle on drums) has occupied Liam’s performance time with Hammond B3 & Piano. This trio held a 12month residency at a Novotel Resort, performed on Hamilton Island, a 5 year residency at Rippon Lea Estate and scheduled for the 2012 and 2013 Wangaratta Jazz and Blues Festival. The band have performed live online at Ballarat’s Courthouse Theatre, at Ballarat Mechanics Institute on International Jazz Day, Michael Unwin Winery and extensive shows around Melbourne.
In addition to musical performance Liam has been teaching Keyboard, Guitar & Bass Guitar for the past 4 years in a variety of primary schools across VIctoria, as well as teaching privately at Cross Roads Guitars and local schools. Liam studied Advanced Diploma Of Music/Jazz Performance NMIT Melbourne. .
Lessons are conducted once weekly (unless otherwise arranged). Lessons are 30 minutes in length with Liam Kealy and we will be in touch to arrange your exciting lessons. Feel free to buy more than one and we can lock in a time that stays as 'your time' weekly time until you need to change.
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