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How to book
Apart from the original Spectrum outfit there's more than half a dozen Mike Rudd options to choose from listed below. If you'd like to book one of them please contact Mike per email or speak to him directly on (03) 9736 1164 or 0411 103 818. Prices and availability of the various options available on request. 

Spectrum*plus L-R Broc O'Connor, Peter Robbo Robertson, Mike Rudd, Madder Lake's Brenden Mason and Daryl Robert
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S P E C T R U M*plus with Brenden Mason
Spectrum* plus is a very similar idea to Spectrum to Ariel (below) but with a variation on the Mason theme, this time with Brenden Mason, who still plies his considerable guitar expertise and personal charm with Madder Lake, which is, if I really need to explain, another very original Melbourne band contemporary with Spectrum in the '70s and up to the present day.
In fact, Spectrum and Madder Lake have now combined their talents and drawing power in a
projected series of Australia-wide shows - and from the success of the Madder Lake w Spectrum gigs so far - premiering at the Sooki Lounge followed by a sell-out show at the (new) Flying Saucer in 2018 for instance - the double bill is an inspired move. The combination of Brenden Mason and Spectrum works a treat and suggests this version of Spectrum may even surpass the Spectrum to Ariel model.

Glyn Mason and the regular Spectrum chaps in Spectrum to Ariel
The concept of Spectrum to Ariel was born when Laneway Music’s Vincent Donato suggested to Mike Rudd that he put on a special one-off concert on at Melbourne’s famous Caravan Music Club. Mike needed something special so he asked former Ariel stalwart singer, guitarist and songwriter Glyn Mason to join the Spectrum nucleus. so Spectrum to Ariel began with a repertoire of songs from the various Spectrum, Murtceps and Ariel albums plus a brace of largely neglected singles released by Rudd's bands over the decades. Singles like Ariel's Disco Dilemma and Glyn's It's Only Love, Murtceps' Indelible Shuffle and Spectrum's But That's Alright - and that's just a few. You forget how many singles Mike's bands released.
Now, with satisfyingly successful Spectrum to Ariel gigs at Melbourne's Caravan Music Club, a Brian Cadd show at the Palms at Crown and an Adelaide tour, the Spectrum to Ariel chaps are looking round for more mountains to climb. Why not gig at your place?
(pic Peter Lamont) Read the Spectrum to Ariel bio
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Peter Robertson, Broc O'Connor, Mike Rudd & Daryl Roberts
The Indelibles - Spectrum reloaded
This is the very same band that was known until just now as Spectrum and is the band that can recreate the original Spectrum, The Indelible Murtceps, Ariel, WHY, Mike Rudd & The Heaters and even Mike's first band, Chants R&B songs just for you. With songs like I'll Be Gone, Launching Place Part Two, Going Home and Fly Without Its Wings, Ariel's Jamaican Farewell, Rock & Roll Scars, Red Hot Momma and Worm Turning Blues, Murtceps' Esmeralda, Some Good Advice and We Are Indelible, you'll be in Spectrum heaven.
The Indelibles (pic) will also treat you to a set of more recent songs from the Breathing Space EP series like Rocket Girl, Silicon Valley and Xavier Rudd is Not My Son, followed by a set of crowd pleasing blues from the Spill - Spectrum Plays The Blues and No Thinking CDs. Irresistible? Indelible? Certainly!

(pic Dale McCabe)
large pic
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#3 m Mike Rudd's Three-Piece Suit

Broc O'Connor, Mike and Peter 'Robbo' Robertson
The Suits - Mike Rudd, Peter 'Robbo' Robertson & Broc O'Connor
Just like Mike Rudd's Indelibles - but crunchy!  The perfect band for parties, Mike's Three-Piece Suit can do anything the four-piece can do but more economically and in a smaller space. Think of some famous three-piece outfits, like Cream, The Jimi Hendrix Experience and The Police etc. and you'll realise that despite Rudd's insistence on keyboards in his other line-ups, the trio format represents the essence of all Mike Rudd's bands rolled into one neat package with the spotlight on his own idiosyncratic finger-style guitar playing.
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The Mike Rudd trio -mmm 

The Mike Rudd trio (pic Peter Lamont)
Mike Rudd, George Butrumlis & Jeremy Alsop
I had a dream - and the dream was this acual trio, with piano accordion meister George Butrumlis and ace bassist Jeremy Alsop brilliantly complementing my nylon-string guitar and other bibs and bobs in essentially the same repertoire as I perform on my own. If the reaction to the trio at Spectrum to Ariel's re-Visionary concert is anything to go by, there's an audience out there for exactly this kind of sophisticated acoustic fare. George's lyrical playing and instinctively appropriate vocal harmonising combined with Jeremy's knowing but always tasteful double bass, flesh out the musical palette and enliven my occasionally quirky songs from Spectrum and Ariel to today and beyond..

bios and a live review
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#5m Mick'n'Broc - mmm
Broc O'Connor & Mike Rudd Mike Rudd & Broc O'Connor
Mick'n'Broc have barely played together as this is written, but already there are signs that this is going to be a winning combination. As well as being Spectrum's exemplary bassist, Broc O'Connor has form on the six-string guitar with a multitude of bands and when not on Spectrum duties has a thriving business playing his beguiling chops in bars and restaurants till the cows come home. Mike has seized on bits of Broc's solo repertoire and chosen some classics to add his voice to - classics like Georgia on my Mind, At Last, Ain't Misbehavin', Dock of the Bay and a bevy of Beatles' tunes including Can't Buy Me Love and Yesterday.
Adding these to Mike's own retro-Spectrum and current solo songs and his own choice of covers makes for fascinating and entertaining listening.
Could be the ideal format for your birthday or any other celebrations.

Check out the official
bio for more details.
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#6m Mike Rudd - solo mmm

Mike Rudd - alone at last!
Mike Rudd playin' wid himself
Throughout his long performing career, Mike has preferred the comfort and safety of 'the band' format, but things are about to change. Mike sees playing solo as an opportunity to tackle songs that, for one reason or another, don't get played in the group setting. Outrageous songs like Excuse Me Just One Moment from Murtceps' Warts Up your Nose album and Confessions of a Psychopathic Cowpoke, from Ariel's A Strange Fantastic Dream album which of course was famously banned from airplay by the FCB* when on release.
Naturally the solo repertoire isn't just comprised of controversial songs - there are some damn strange and just plain beautiful songs in there as well. Songs like Superbody, from the Spectrum Part One album, the Ariel single I Can Do Anything, and the haunting Kneedeep from the Living on a Volcano CD. 

*Federation of Commercial Broadcasters

Read a review and some feedback about Mike's solo performances

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S P E C T R U M -mmm the original and..

Today L - R - Peter Robertson, Broc O'Connor, Mike Rudd & Daryl Roberts 1971 L - R Lee Neale, Bill Putt, Mike Rudd & Ray Arnott
Discuss - is Spectrum dead?
The original Spectrum played around Melbourne and beyond between 1969 - 1973 when it was known chiefly as a sit-down-and-listen-to concert band, playing at venues like the Thumpin' Tum, Berties and Sebastians (oddly known as Discotheques) and the occasional riotous TF Much Ballroom event.
When pub gigs came into vogue in Melbourne, The Indelible Murtceps was devised to cope with the more visceral demands of pub audiences and happily co-existed with its big brother Spectrum, occasionally even playing a support role in the bigger concerts.
The popularity of Spectrum's national number one single, I'll Be Gone, put the band in front of many more people than an outfit retrospectively dubbed as a prog rock band might've expected, but Spectrum doggedly pursued its own musical course, to the point of not including I'll Be Gone on its first album, Spectrum Part One.
You will hear echoes of the original Spectrum in all the contemporary configurations listed above and, while it's still a useful reference point, the fact is that Spectrum as it was known back in the '70s, doesn't actually exist any more.
Don't be disheartened though. If you really want a genuine, purely Spectrum-Murtceps contemporary recreation, let's talk. In the meantime, if you'd like a stimulating concert-type reappraisal of Spectrum and beyond there's always the Spectrum to Ariel band with former golden-throated Ariel stalwart Glyn Mason or the more recent still version with the other Mason, this time Brenden Mason of Madder Lake fame to consider.

And there's much, much more, so rather than me rabbiting on, check out the list above. (See official bio)
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