Pop Standen ** Free **

Sunday 28 October 2018 (opening 5:00 PM)

at The Stag & Hunter Hotel ( venue info )
187 Maitland Rd, Mayfield NSW


Born on the Atherton Tableland up in the rainforest covered mountains above Cairns, POP left school at 15 to become a Butcher. While completing his apprenticeship he bought his first guitar and started to teach himself the basics. He played for a short while in some small groups, in and around the Tablelands without getting too serious. After completing his apprenticeship and a successful couple of years playing rugby league in the North, he got the travel bug and headed for the "big lights".

Pop has lived in almost every State and capital city, his guitar was put on hold for a few years while he pursued other interests but he still played rugby league resulting in representing the State of Western Australia and receiving the State Award (The Brice Trophy). In the late 1970's he found himself in Western Queensland, for a short time, and was involved in a country 4 piece band for about 12 months. His passion for the guitar subsided for many years until at the tender age of fifty the passion was reignited by a fellow worker on a building site. An invite to a Blues Festival on the Gold Coast led to renewing a friendship with Brian Fraser (three times Chain Award winner). Brian then suggested a Queensland tour together. After 300 shows with Brian, the guidance and influence from Brian can now beseen in POP's solo performances. Pop's nickname came when he was 2 years old and his father would rock him on his knee singing "Pop goes the Weasel." 
The Prince of Promises came about when a Building Supplier asked... "Whats ya name"... He answered Pop. ..."Whats that short for, Prince of Promises"... A work colleague close by shouted out ..."Thats your new stage name mate".

When asked musical influences Pop says that he doesn't so much have influences, more that he hears sounds that he likes and then interprets those sound in his own music. To quote Pop, "Music is like a recipe, you have your ingredients that you cook to your tastes but the better it tastes, the more other people will enjoy it". In Pop's recording career he has the privilege of playing and recording with Brian Fraser on "The Fraser and Standen" CD (2008). Pop's new solo CD produced by Brian Fraser released in April 2010 features Brian Fraser on guitar and on harmonica Geoff "Gerka" Donaldson (ex Muddy Puddles and Chubby Rae and the Elevators.) Pop has played alongside other artists that includes; Phil Emmanuel, Bo Jenkins, Doc Span, Dallas Frasca, Mykl Lozin, Mason Rack Band, Hatz Fitz, Leon Tioke and many more. The opportunity to play with artists like the above has fast tracked Pop's musical career and career highlights thus far include:
• V8 Super Cars in Townsville 
• Whitsunday Reef Festival Airlie beach 
• Airlie Beach Race Week 
• Magnetic Island Race Week 
• Ravenswood Roundup 
• Barbeque and Blues Festival Ipswich 
• Extensive tours of New Zealand
• Western Australia coastal and regional tours

This is an 18+ event.

* Over 18's only unless advertised otherwise. * Photo ID is essential,­ acceptable ID is a current and valid Australian Photo Drivers Licence or Passport. Please check with the venue for any other acceptable forms of photo ID * All children under 18 not permitted including small children and babies * Intoxicated persons will not be admitted * No thongs or steel cap boots * The venue reserves the right to refuse admission to any person * Dangerous behaviour including Crowd Surfing, Stage Diving, Moshing and Violent Dancing is not allowed and will result in your immediate removal from this venue.*Inappropriate behaviour at this venue will lead to your banning.*