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Mike HAYES (1978)  Pete HAYES (1978)

Mike Hayes                                Pete Hayes

1944 – Mike Hayes born on the 15th of March at Henley on Thames in England

1946 – Pete Hayes born on the 4th of May at Henley on Thames in England.

1949 – Family moved to Australia and spent seven years living near Bacchus Marsh before settling in Melbourne.

1959 – Peter started playing music, his early influences were a mix of Irish-Australian and American folk.

1960’s – Joined with his brother Mike and formed “The Bluegrass Ramblers”.

1964 – Age 18 Peter joined the Rick and Thel Show.

Pete was a versatile vocalist and harmony singer and with his brother formed the Hayes Bros. Bluegrass Band which performed for many years. As the Hayes Brothers they released 2 albums and became known as the first bluegrass band to perform in Australia.

1976 – After the death of Russ Hawking, Pete sang with Alan Hawking for 2 years as part of the Hawking Brothers.

1978 – After 2 years of constant travel Pete settled in Melbourne with band Homestead which featured guitarist Barry Roy, bass player Geoff Whyte and drummer Jazzer Smith. Mike and Pete were inducted into the Hands of Fame.

Mike Hayes was a multi-instrumentalist and vocalist and was the lead singer for a number of groups.

As a studio musician Peter played and recorded with a host of International and local artists such as The Hawking Brothers, Saltbush, Johnny Chester, Lee Conway, Lionel Rose, The Howie Brothers, Col Elliot, Noel Watson, Slim Whitman and Charlie Pride.

2003 – Mike Hayes passed away on the 10th of February.

            Pete Hayes passed away on the 1st of December.