Peter COAD (2007)
1948 – Born on the 20th
March at Hawker in South Australia.
His parents played Old Time dance music for local events.
He was one of
seven children, all are successful entertainers. Growing up in
the isolated area of
gave him the inspiration to write about Australia
and its characters.
In the early days he was inspired by Tex Morton, Buddy Williams,
Slim Dusty and other “hillbilly” artists.
education was via correspondence with the “School of the Air”
wherein the pupils talked to the teacher based in Pt Augusta via
two way radio. One of the
first pupils to use the network in 1958.
1961 - First Live Show appearance was on the
Bob Fricker Show, when he toured the
area of SA.
1963 - Appeared on 5AU Pt Augusta SA on “Yodel and Smile”.
1979 – As the Coad Bros (with
Phil and Trevor) released
their first album “In Ford Country”.
The “Ford Anniversary Song” being used in a Documentary by
It was at this stage they
started to take their music seriously and begin working at
venues around SA and also the
festival in the very early eighties.
Coad Bros (Phil, Trevor and
Peter) and Big Mal Coad were the first electrified music in the
festival streets at night. Police had to close Peel Street
traffic because of the crowd we had in front of Frenches Café.
1984 – Released the album
Coad Bros – “Coad Bros Country”.
This was recorded with his brother
Trevor at Hadley’s in
with Lindsay Butler as engineer. This again was a successful
original album with songs such as “The Pichi Richi Train”, and
“Lonely House”. With brothers Mal, Trevor and Philip performed
on the main stage at the Gympie Muster.
1986 - Coad Bros – “Halley's
in conjunction with the Coonabarabran
Observatory Tourist Association. This album was also recorded at
Hadley Studios in
and coincided with the return of the Halley’s Comet. A video
clip of our band was made.
1987 – Released his first
solo album “PETER COAD - Vol 1”,
recorded with Roy Cooper in Sydney.
1988 - Released
a cassette of all time favourites, “Peter Coad – Requested”,
recorded at Chris McCusker’s Studio in
Appeared at the
Released a four track EP ‘Barcaldine Shearing’. Recorded at Ross
McGregor’s Axcent Studios Sydney, this EP was part of the
commemorations at the Barcaldine Centenary celebrations at that
time. Major TV interviews followed the EP release.
Released the “Rainbow
also recorded at Ross McGregor’s Axcent Studios in Sydney.
This album spawned “Riding Out The Storm”, “If Only I Was
Young”, which scored quite a few finalists in various awards. At
this stage he was now working in conjunction with his
Virginia and Lynette as a combined act of “Peter Coad and the
They performed at Ag Shows,
Clubs, pubs and festivals and outback communities around
clocking up around 80,000ks on the road a year.
The band was also performing
TV promoted tours of WA, Qld and SA in conjunction with an
international floorshow act – “The Vandeleur’s – Whips Of Australia”.
They also had a segment filmed
with “It’s Country Today” in
They also involved in TV
advertised concert tours with brother Big Mal Coad, throughout
NSW, and Victoria through these years.
1997 - Released an album of all Bush Verse, recorded at Day One
Studios, produced by Coad Sisters.
1998 – The album “Bush Verse” scored a finalist place in the
Bush Laureate award.
1999 - Released the album “Face
of Australia” recorded at Day One Studios, produced by Coad
Sisters, which attracted further finalists in TIARA and TSA.
At this point
they were touring intensely, but family health issues saw the
band relax the touring schedule and spend time closer to home.
2000 - Excellence
award at the
Australian Independent Country Music
Australian Bush Ballad Vocalist.
The inaugural President of
Australian Bush Balladeers Association, he still holds this
position in 2013.
2003 - PETER COAD & the COAD
SISTERS - "Home Again" August
2005 - PETER COAD & the COAD SISTERS – “The Road We
Travel” released April. NSW Gold Medallion Awards – Touring
Artists of the Year (with The Coad Sisters).
2007 - PETER COAD
– “Outback Chapters” – May.
Inducted into the
Hands Of Fame.