7pm sun dec 2

Big Merino is a genre-blending, vocal harmony-driven band featuring Stuart Davis (lead vocals/guitar), Alex Craig (lead guitar), Peter Richardson (bass) and Colin Sevitt (drums). 

Their songs blur the lines between rock, country, blues, soul and funk – occasionally making forays into lesser known styles such as New Orleans 2nd Line and Rumba.

Lead singer Stuart Davis cut his teeth singing Trad Black Gospel with Tony Backhouse in The Heavenly Light Quartet, and brings that soulful feel to everything he does.  

Citing some of their influences as Glen Hansard, Jackson Browne and The Rolling Stones, co-songwriters Craig and Davis write socially and politically-charged songs, often in a specifically Australian context, that are sometimes gentle and nostalgic and at other times nothing less than a fierce cry for revolution. 

Big Merino’s debut album, Suburban Wildlife, is like a patchwork quilt painstakingly handcrafted to reflect a lifetime’s worth of the band’s much-loved musical influences. 

Recorded and engineered by Russel Pilling over three weeks at Damian Gerard Studios, the album also features guest performances from several of Australia’s musical giants including James Greening on trombone, souzaphone, trumpet, flugelhorn and pocket cornet; Jess Ciampa on percussion; Jonathan Zwartz on double bass; John Gauci (Johnny G and the E-Types) on piano, organ and accordion; Michel Rose on the pedal steel; vocalists Alice Papademetriou and Lisa Spence; and a string quartet from the Sydney Chamber Orchestra.

Big Merino will perform at their official album launch on 13th May 2018 at Petersham Bowlo with numerous live gigs planned for the rest of the year at music venues and festivals.


‘Sometimes’ is one of the most powerful rock songs I’ve heard in many years. 

‘Black Cockatoos’ is destined to become an Australian classic.   

Peter Winkler - TheMusic

“The album sounds so FULL it has more than three dimensions. It’s the aural equivalent of having your cataracts removed to find you have 20/20 vision and you are looking over the Megalong Valley.”

Louise Howells.

“Great songs, great songwriting and best of all - full of a real sincerity and commitment”

Michael Smith - Rhythms





mob              0403 869 405