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John Brian Ringrose was born in Christchurch, New Zealand on May 01st, 1945 and died In Christchurch on August 21st, 2017.  He was an extremely talented musician mastering a number of instruments including the flute, keyboards and vocals, although his principal talent was as a guitarist.  His career began in 1958, and he played in a number of bands from that time.  These included The Wildcats, The Downbeats, The Invaders, The Playboys, The Byrds and letterly About Time (which he formed with former Max Merrit drummer, Peter Sowden.  Hew was resident at (among others) The Plainsman, The Shiralee and The Platter Rack.  He performed on several TV Shows, including Come On, Let's Go, Happen Inn, That's Country, A Week Of It, Opportunity Knocks, What's Now and several Telethons.  He toured with The Howard Morrison Quartet

 

 

With The Playboys - Phil Garland and Dave Miller


Playing at the Brisbane Steel Guitar Club


With Dave Miller + The Byrds

 

 



SSR Concerts (Christchurch Cathedral) - About Time


SSR Concerts with About Time



 
 

Brian tells us in his own words ... "My first paid job was at St. David's Bible Class social on May 01st, 1958.  I was asked to join The Wildcats and played with them for about 18 months, at which stage I was asked to join The Downbeats with Ray Columbus, and I started playing at Spencer Street.  We eventually changed our name to Ray Columbus and The Invaders and played at many of the local dances, eventually signing to play at The Plainsman.  After a six month stint there, the band moved to Auckland.  I was too young to leave school, and so I joined Phil Garland and The Playboys.  Dinah Lee was also a singer with this band, and eventually Phil and Dinah left, and Dave Miller joined on vocals.  We had success in Christchurch, and then in Auckland during 1965 and 1966, when we worked with The Howard Morrison Quartet, and played most of the clubs, spots etc. in Auckland..  At the end of 1966 I came back to Christchurch where I have based myself as a professional musician ever since.  I am still performing as a professional musician - recording, writing music etc. and running a very successful pre-school children's music business in New Zealand and overseas.  In excess of 80% of the materials are my own original songs".