"Dragon Tier packs a blues punch, mixed with rock and reggae to make for a surreal sonic explosion."
Dragons Tier’s musical excitement is driven by long-term multi-instrumentalist Gerard, and the more recently evolved multi-instrumentalist Toni. The duo’s musical energy and passion for song writing is dominant in their songs.
This duo becomes a trio with the inclusion of long-term song writing compadre and multi-instrumentalist, Adrian. The three have written a prolific amount of music covering many genres but influenced by Blues, Rock and Reggae.
Dragon Tier has developed their sound. This sound is built upon a strong Bass and Drums backend. Along with this is the extensive use of Electric Guitar hooks, Keyboards and at time Electric Ukes. The results are high-energy songs like “Hioctane”, “Excuse Me Madam Diva”, “Get Unplugged” and “Amp It Up” down to the more bluesy feeling songs of “Whiskey Blues”, “Pray For Rain” and “Whisper On The Breeze”.
“Alive”, “Whispering”, “Time” and “Velvety Lizard” add an instrumental appeal to Dragon Tiers song line up.
Dragon Tier plays all instruments on their recordings. Toni usually covers Vocals, Guitar, Drums and Electric Uke. Gerard covers Keyboards, Guitar, Bass, Woodwind and Vocals. Adrian completes the set with Vocals, Guitar and Electric Uke.
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Gerard picked his first guitar up at the age of 4, and in some ways has never looked back. As a child he studied piano, guitar and clarinet and went onto to study at prestigious musical conservatorium. He left music for a very successful career in computering, but in his mid 40’s found music again and progressed back into a musical focussed life style.
He now is one of the driving members of Dragon Tier. With his strong classical training he supplies the bulk of the arranging for Dragon Tier’s songs, and predominantly plays the Guitar, Bass and Keyboards.
In her mid 40’s, Toni found a neat little instrument called a Uke, an instrument that both inspired and propelled her musical career. After a dominant period of leading and running one of the largest Community Music Groups in Sydney, Toni branched out and started Dragon Tier. It was a move to write and play her own songs.
Today Toni is a passionate songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. She plays Guitar, Drums, Electric Uke and Vocals.
Adrian started in a band during his army days, as the lead singer. He left this behind as life went on, until a 5-year stint in Sydney Australia, where he was heavily involved with one of the largest Community Music Groups. Adrian’s love and enthusiasm for music saw him join Dragon Tier. Adrian saw Dragon Tier as an avenue for him to write, play and record his own music.
Adrian has now evolved and expanded his musical knowledge to include Guitar, Vocals and Electric Uke along with a passion for song writing.
Toni Hackwill – Vocals, Guitar, Electric Uke, Drums
Guitar – Gretsch Electromatic Hollow Body
Electric Uke – RISA Les Paul Style Tenor Steel String
Drums – Roland HD1
Gerard Hackwill – Vocals, Guitar, Bass, Keyboards, Woodwind
Electric Guitar – Fender Deluxe Player Stratocaster
Guitar – Boulder Creek Solitaire, K. Yarii Dreadnought
Keyboards – Fender Rhodes Mark I, Ashton Stage Performer 500
Woodwind – Ukelyptus Saxophone, Ukelyptus Clarinet, Ukelyptus Flute
Adrian Coombes – Vocals, Electric Guitar, Electric Uke
Electric Guitar – Fender Stratocaster Eric Clapton, Gibson Les Paul Std. KM
Electric Ukulele – RISA Les Paul Style Tenor Steel String
Dragon Tier’s tracks