Rock N Rolla-Billys
Rock N Roll - Swing - Rockabilly - Retro Band Brisbane -
Sunshine Coast - Gold Coast - Queensland - Northern NSW
are Leona (lead vocals, rhythm guitar, drums/percussion), Andrew
(back-up vocals, lead guitar, cigar box guitar, electronic drum
programming) and Jo-Maree (Double Bass, support vocals, costuming).
Leona has been described as another “Wanda Jackson” with her
powerful bluesy rock n roll voice and attractive presentation.
Leona developed her love for music while hanging around with her
older brothers and her father who were working musicians
in and around the Sydney music scene. She had a unique voice and
passion, and went on to perform in her own bands in Sydney.
As well as an exceptional lead vocalist, Leona is also a competent
guitarist and drummer.
Now in Queensland, Leona has been performing extensively in major
QLD venues including more recently as the lead singer and rhythm
guitarist of the popular South East QLD club band ‘Sera Loons’. She
has shared stages with the likes of Phil Emanuel and performed at
many major music venues including the Gympie Music Muster.
Andrew has been a professional comedic entertainer and musician for
more than 25 years.
He grew up surrounded by music as the son of a music teacher. By the
time Andrew was ten years old he played piano, trumpet, guitar,
cornet, ukulele and sang, plus even played drums in his mother’s
old-time dance band. Andrew went on to play in the clubs and pubs
around Brisbane while working for two major Queensland entertainment
More recently for over 10 years Andrew was the lead guitarist,
backup singer, musical director and band leader for the highly
successful corporate function band ‘The Dukes of Rhythm’. Andrew
also founded, and still performs with, the heavily-booked
retro-dance club duo the ‘Rock n Roll Boys’. The Rock ‘n’ Roll Boys
have a large following of dancers and repeatedly perform at most
of the major Clubs and Rock n Roll/Rockabilly festivals in South
East QLD. They have recently released their first CD.
Jo-Maree has been involved in music since she was 8 years old when
she began lessons on flute and piano.
She went on to perform with various groups and orchestras as well as
chorister for large vocal groups.
More recently she has taken up the double bass, both to perform
orchestral classical music at times but mostly to play
Rock n Roll and Rockabilly. She is very proud that, although she is
the shortest person in the band, she now plays the biggest
instrument on the stage. Her big pumping double-bass playing,
combined with Leona’s exuberant and perfectly-timed drumming,
form a powerfully solid rhythm section for the band.
They are quickly becoming a sort-after favourite amongst the Rock n
Roll dancers and clubs of South East QLD.
They attribute this to their commitment to try to create a
yester-year experience while playing the right beats for those
of dancing. Andrew, Jo-Maree and Leona also know what the dancers
like to hear as they are competent
Rock n Roll Dancers themselves - often dancing in Rock n Roll dance
The RocknRollaBillys are becoming known as a great club band due to
their interesting sound and their unique renditions
of popular toe-tapping dance music. They cover classic and more
modern Rock and Roll dance tunes as well as
Swing, Rockabilly and Jive. Their targeted, yet diverse, range of
tempos cover 4-step, 6-step and 8-step Rock n Roll styles and also
allows the more serious dancers to do many other dance styles
including Cha Cha, Tango, Lindy Hop, various Partner Dances,
and even some Line Dancing. For those who don’t take their dancing
that seriously, they can sit back and be entertained by a
professional band that will have them laughing, singing along and
dancing in their seats as they recreate and reinterpret
the great sounds of days gone by. The RocknRollaBillys pride
themselves in providing an historical experience, along with the
Double Bass, they use Gretsch guitars, ‘Elvis Mics’ and wear
50’s/60’s hair styles and custom-made retro costumes.