We want to get out and play more and everything takes time. Our line-up features some of the most creative musicians in SA including fiddle-playing singer-songwriter Richard Brown, songwriter, vocalist and multi-instrumentalist Jackie Walton, ace drummer Paul Trueack, astounding lead guitarist Lyn Sanders and bass player Derek Walton.

Also playing with The Fatherhood in the past have been Chris Finnen, Sue Oldknow, Mark Hallam, Brian Lamb, Geoff Newblack and Titus Ng, each brilliant musicians in their own right.

See our line-up in a bit more detail below.


Photo: Samra Teague

Richard Brown plays guitar, violin and sings. From school and church choirs to local celtic music sessions, Richard has always loved singing and enjoys the opportunity to perform his own compositions in The Fatherhood.

Richard’s taste in music is pretty varied and it’s no surprise that both rock and folk music albums feature in his collection. His favourite music includes Roy Harper, Genesis, Wishbone Ash, Doves, Steve Hackett, Florence and the Machine, Radiohead, Runrig, Ossian and Wolfstone.

The inspiration for Richard’s songwriting often comes from his love of the natural environment, and particularly the landscapes of South Australia and around the world.



Photo: Richard Brown

Paul’s interest in music started at quite a tender age with the lead role in his primary school’s production of Gilbert & Sullivan’s classic HMS Pinafore. As a kid Paul was always being told off by his Mum and dad for tapping his fingers and feet. Who knew then, that it was the drummer in him wanting to get out!?

Fast forward 30 years – it wasn’t until 1993 that the drummer was released. Paul took some lessons and started to play some musical theatre and pantomimes with Upstage Theatre.

Coming from a musical family Paul loved to jam with his daughter Laura. He’s now very much the driving force in the rhythm of The Fatherhood.



A multi-instrumentalist and music teacher, Jackie is a vocalist and violinist in The Fatherhood. She joined the band in early 2018 and is looking forward to performing a mixture of the band’s existing material plus a number of new songs that she and Richard have been composing and arranging in recent months. Jackie cites Midge Ure, John Paul White and Dido as her most influential and favourite musicians.


Derek joined us as a bassist in 2018. Derek’s musical influences include Madness, Bon Jovi and Red Hot Chilli Peppers. As a youngster Derek played the cornet, which we understand will help him find his way in the band!


Kai is the band’s newest member playing some delicate and melodic sounds on keyboard. Photo: Samra Teague



Chris Finnen

Photo:   Richard Brown

When we took this photo of Chris at the Groove Garden in McLaren Vale little did we know we would become priveleged to have him come and play with us.

Chris Finnen has added the most delectable sounds to a number of tracks on The Fatherhood’s debut album. We are so happy to have teamed up with this most sensational guitarist.

Chris stood in for Lyndon and played a mighty fine lead guitar at the Fleurieu Folk Festival, October 2016.



As well as singing Sue played bass, mandolin or percussion in The Fatherhood from 2015 to 2018. Sue wrote and sang “Girl in the Orange Room” on The Fatherhood’s first album.




Photo:   Samra Teague

Mark Hallam performed bass and vocals in The Fatherhood from 2015 to 2018.

Mark recorded, mixed and mastered The Fatherhood’s debut album “Dreams Enough to Share” in 2016.









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Brian Lamb joined The Fatherhood in 2015 and featured in our line-up at the Fleurieu Folk Festival in South Australia in October 2015.



Photo:   Mark Hallam

Lyn Sanders played lead guitar in The Fatherhood from 2016 to 2018. Known to Richard for more than a decade as a consultant engineer he’s now better known to us as the experienced, creative and melodic guitarist that he is.