The Rockin Chairmen had their beginnings around 1984 when Boof Power, and Mic Bradshaw, were on the drag shift at the Adelaide printing plant they both worked at.
Amid the rhythmic pulse of the presses Mic heard Boof wailing away on his harmonica and the two struck up a musical friendship which ended up with the two partying and jamming after hours.
At this stage Bradshaw was assembling what would become Kangaroo Court, and 5 piece original rock outfit, with Kym Spurway on drums, Lyndon Stidiford on bass and eventually Vic Holder on guitar. Although he was hesitant, Power took on the role of part time lead singer and harp player.
This line up lasted about 9 months, playing pubs like the Alma, The Tivoli, Producers and self-promoted gigs around Adelaide.
The band released one long play recording the eponymous “Kangaroo Court” in 1985. Self-produced and distributed the album sold out but the band broke up before recording again.
Twelve years later they would reform to record ‘97’s “Gait” which also sold well although the band never played live.
Holder and Power went on to form the hugely successful The Barflys while Bradshaw pursued his career as a film maker, making all the Barfly’s video clips, while he also played solo and in various bands such as old No7, Brick, The Stone Crows, Fair Warning and the Deadbeats.
Around 2012 Boof & Mic set out to reestablish their singing and songwriting. Through ’13 and ’14 they bunkered down at Power’s country manor and reworked the songs they had written all those years ago, eventually writing new material and even learning a few classic covers.
When the time was right to get rocking again they added drummer Livlos Weindenhoffer and Cory Heneker on bass and played a couple of gigs as a four piece outfit. Enjoyable though it was they decided that drums weren’t going to be a big part of their future.
“I didn’t really think I wanted to get up and be the singing, dancing man again “said Boof, referring to his days in the Barflys. “I’m not even sure that playing at full volume is the way to go, for us now.”
“We decided that we wanted to play in winerys, beer gardens and cafes as well as pubs, but that we didn’t want to back to loud rock n roll, we’re getting old these days and it blows up out hearing aids” added Mic with a laugh.
BOOF POWER - Harp, Vocals, percussion. Joined Kangaroo Court as his first band and later became front man and Harp player for the legendary blues boogie band The Barflys.
MIC BRADSHAW - Guitar, Vocals. Formerly of The Deadbeats, Brick, Ol' No7, The Stone Crows & Kangaroo Court
CORY HENEKER - Bass & Production. Formerly of Like Thread he was also lead guitarist in Adelaide metal band Tortured Realm - Served his rock n roll apprenticeship in The Stone Crows.