Welcome to our official website
‘Traditional Graffiti’ is the exciting roots music band that has evolved out of Australia’s ever-popular gang of ex-pats, ‘The Wheeze & Suck Band’. Ian ‘The Pump’ Macintosh (Melodeon, guitar, Harp), John ‘Red Tips’ Milce (Percussion and japes ie: he hits things hard!) & Nigel ‘Muddy’ Waters (Mandolin, Cello Mandolin, Harp & Guitar) continue their unique readings of British-based traditional, ceremonial and contemporary folk material, but now embrace both the strong Australasian and North American influences that have influenced their lives over the years.
Who We Are!
Johnny Red Tips is a dyed-in-the-wool Scouser. Along with The Pump, John was a key dancer with the Sydney Morris Men. He also played a drum for the side, which set him upon the road to his current fame. He is (almost) a founding member of the band, having performed at the first paying gig at Hornsby Folk Club in 1996. JRT is the Wheezer’s resident comic, but his attempts to channel Ringo Starr by wearing the former Beatles’ jacket, bought on a trip back to Liverpool, have met with limited success and a certain degree of derision from the southerners in the band.
In his spare time JRT runs Sherborne Consulting, an I.T. Recruitment company. When not enjoying a furtive ale at his kit behind Pump and Woody, he wanders the world watching Liverpool FC and Bob Dylan at his clients’ expense. JRT presents a folk music programme on 102.5FM and is also partial to a drop or two of Pinot Gringo, a fine Mexican wine. The origin of his nickname is a story he will only too eagerly share for the price of a pint.Johnny ‘Red Tips’ Milce
Nigel ‘Muddy’ Walters has been singing and playing folk music since his schooldays
in Bath in England’s West Country. There with “Lucifer’s Hat Band” he performed in
local pubs and clubs whilst sampling the local ‘scrumpy’ and ‘Natch’ (Natural Dry
Emigrating to Australia in 1988 Nigel has performed with several Sydney based folk
bands as well as being a solo performer. A chance to play with the Wheeze & Suck
Band appeared in late 1999 when they were short a man or two for some gigs – and
Nigel jumped at the chance to play the sort of driving traditional and contemporary
songs and tunes of his heritage.
Nigel’s musical influences include English guitar finger style players and singers Dave
Evans, Nic Jones & Martin Simpson. Nigel plays a Mandolin and Appalachian
Dulcimer made by Peter Coombe of Canberra, and a Cello Mandolin made by David
Oddy in the UK. This latter instrument in particular helped provide the driving
rhythms in the Wheezers’ line up, and now does the same for Traditional Graffiti.
A calming influence, Muddy is not a noted ‘Toper’. But he is also 50% part of the
guitar duo, Cap in Hand.Muddy
Ian grew up in Oxford, and began life as a fine artist. He drifted into Creative Direction for live events as a means to meeting life’s growing financial demands and supporting his creative exploits. His performing career began as a support performer sharing stages with such luminaries as Ewan McColl and Peggy Seeger, June Tabor and other folk acts in the early 1970’s. Cited influences are Dylan, Donovan Leitch, The Fairports, Syd Barrett, Sacred Harp Music, the Watersons, Soul Music and Terry Riley.
In the mid to late 1970’s Ian was the synthesiser player in the terminally obscure ‘CETI’ Band, and bass player in the ‘Weird Druid Cult’.
In 1996, Ian was a founder member of the Wheezers with Lol ‘The Undertaker’ Osborn and Trevor ‘Mint Sauce’ Sutton.
An artist and traditional dancer, he performs traditional material, as well as original songs on guitar and melodeon. The ever-present dress collection is an affectation from Ian’s Morris dancing days.Pump