COME ON A MELODIC RIDE THROUGH MELANCHOLY, LOVE AND LOSS - AND OUT THE OTHER SIDE INTO THE SUNSHINE - WITH SWEETLY HARMONISING VOICES, CELLO, GUITAR AND MANDOLIN”

SUNSHINE TIP

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Who is Sunshine Tip?

Dave Bowers (guitars, vocals), Dee Hannan (mandolin, vocals) and Alice Garner (cello) are an acoustic trio playing melodic, moody country-influenced original songs. The band members have played across many different line-ups in Melbourne, Australia, moving through a kaleidoscope of styles & traditions, including country, rock’n’roll, electronica, lounge, Irish, Greek and more. 

In 2014, the three musicians came together as The Endlings, to work up a set of new songs by Bowers. A name change was on the cards when they realised that over their quiet songwriting years, a bunch of other Endlings had emerged around the world… hence the name of their debut EP: ‘We were the endlings', released in December '23.

what's going on

Check out our debut EP 'we were the endlings' 

No. 5 on the Australian Independent Record Labels Association 100% independent singles chart in Dec 2023

Out now on all platforms (Bandcamp, Tidal, Spotify, Apple and all the rest)

but…. the BEST place to find our vinyl, cd and digital music is via our Music page on sunshinetip.xyz/music

COMING UP: 

Check out our shows page

We recently launched the first line of our original upcycled Sunshine Tip hand-painted t-shirts made by Dave Bowers - drawing on his Mambo / surfwear design history. We sell these at our gigs… but you can get an idea of what they look like from our Merch page

RECENT GIGS:

Archie's Creek Hotel, the Bridge Hotel Castlemaine, Meeniyan Town Hall (supporting Ed Kuepper, Xylouris White), Commercial Hotel Terang, Brunswick Artists' Bar (with Top Bunk - now Silver Channels, Post Office Hotel (with John McAll), George Lane (vinyl launch), Prince Alfred Hotel Port Melbourne, Standard Hotel Fitzroy with Silver Channels

Press photos

FROM TIP TO LAUNDROMAT. PHOTO: TED BOWERS

SINGLE LAUNCH POST OFFICE HOTEL OCT 2023

LOVE A RED DOOR. L TO R: DEE HANNAN, DAVE BOWERS, ALICE GARNER. PHOTO: TED BOWERS

the musicians

Dave Bowers is Sunshine Tip’s main songwriter, working up new material on acoustic guitar and bringing it to the group for collaborative arrangement and refinement. Dave grew up on Melbourne's western edge, watching the farm across the road transform into outer suburbia. This experience on the border of city and country informs many of the band's songs. 

This is also what lies beneath the band's new name: Sunshine is an outer suburb of Melbourne and the tip was a regular destination for families dumping their stuff but also where they might find unexpected treasures.

Dave's musical background includes: Eugene Hamilton and the Money, Hogbelly Morton’s Country Revue, Mr Universe, Fonda, The Nubiles, B# Big Band, Stone Cold Boners and the ‘Sun Ain’t Gonna Shine Any More’ Scott Walker tribute (with Dave Graney, Clare Moore & Rob Snarski).

Dave is also a painter and graphic artist. He exhibits regularly in Melbourne, and was one half of Doug Bartlett (fun interview archive here!), created many memorable t-shirt designs as a Mambo artist and co-founded the surfwear label Umgawa. He is currently making a unique line of hand-painted / stencilled, upcycled T-shirts for Sunshine Tip merch.

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Alice Garner started playing cello aged ten, and after eight years of classical training moved into other musical territory. She learnt to listen in new ways and to trust her ear over decades playing and recording with the Xylouris Ensemble and then euphonia, alongside her childhood friends Dee and Mairéad Hannan. In Sunshine Tip, Alice improvises cello parts that move from drones to moving bass lines to melodic solos. 

Alice earns a living as a historian and occasionally goes back to her first trade as an actor. She began acting as a child and became known for roles in Australian TV shows like Secret Life of Us (Caitlin) and SeaChange (Carmen). She played ‘Alice’ in the 1990s international hit film, Love and Other Catastrophes and more recently has been playing the role of her incredible ancestor Fanny Finch on stage and on the radio. She played cello and lyroukla on the award-winning soundtrack of One Night the Moon and she also occasionally guests with other bands, most recently with Sally Ford & the Idiomatics

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Dee Hannan has been practising as a musician and multimedia artist for over 30 years. Dee trained in classical piano and harpsichord with Elizabeth Anderson and Cretan lute with Giorgos Xylouris. In Sunshine Tip, Dee brings her gift for heart-breaking vocal harmonising along with understated but unforgettable mandolin parts.

She has played live extensively and recorded with bands and artists including the Xylouris Ensemble, Psarantonis, The Troubles, Friends & Relations, Paul Kelly, Caroline No, Xylouris White and Mick Turner. She has worked with international producers like Donal Lunny (IRL), Guy Picciotto (USA), and Stelios Aerakis (GR). With Alice and Mairead Hannan she was involved in original music theatre productions Square and Kyklos and was assistant musical director on the award-winning soundtrack of the film One Night the Moon

Most recently, when not playing with Sunshine Tip, Dee has been playing (and recording) with Caroline Kennedy, Henry Hugo, Xylouris White and Ekranoplans. Dee worked for many years as a Digital Arts Producer at the Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Recently she has made video clips for Xylouris White with Lisa Little, and has another in the pipeline for Greek punk band Frenzee
 

Music - taster tracks from our EP

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