John Freeman

John Freeman was born on the 12th of December 1949 in Adelaide. John attended Prince Alfred College, whilst there he formed Red Angel Panic with classmates Chris Bailey and Rob Tillet. The band was originally based at the Cellar on Tynte Street when Red Angel Panic was called Tattered Sole. Simultaneously John was also in another band called the Brunswick Blues vision.

A spell with a number of short lived local groups such as Cannery Row, interrupted John’s stay in Red Angel Panic. John was also a cadet journalist for the Adelaide paper ‘The News’, writing the music column. John particularly admired Barrie McAskill and the Levi Smith’s Clefs. He would often write about the band and attend their gigs and hang out with them.

Eventually Barrie’s band would leave him to form Fraternity. Barrie put a new version of the Levi Smith’s Clefs together featuring John Freeman on drums. John worked with Barrie for a short period of time before becoming a member of Fraternity himself, after the departure of Tony Buettel.

After a successful stint in Sydney, Fraternity moved to Adelaide under the management of music entrepreneur Hamish Henry. Henry had the band perform at his many venues around Adelaide, including Headquarters. Henry also had the band headline his outdoor festival with Black Sabbath, Myponga ’71.

The band would record two albums Livestock and Flaming Galah before winning the national Hoadley’s Battle of the Sounds. Fraternity moved to England and ultimately fell apart.

A majority of Fraternity returned to Australia. Bruce Howe, Uncle John Eyers and John Freeman formed Fraternity Mk II with Jimmy Barnes and Pieter Bersee. John Freeman would be replaced by John Swan on drums.

Later John Freeman re-joined his Fraternity band mates in Jazz-rock infusion band ‘Some Dream’, before ending up in Mickey Finn.

John has continued to play drums over the years with musicians such as Chris Finnen and bands such as Hoy Hoy!, Papa Legba and many others. John has also kept his love for guitar.


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