Eamon McNelis

  • Bachelor of Fine Arts (Contemporary Music) (Degree with Honours)
  • Bachelor of Music Performance (Improvisation) (VCA)

Awards ////

2013: Winner Australian Bell Award “Best Traditional Jazz Album” for Flap! – A Great Day For The Race

2011: Winner Australian Bell Award “Best Traditional Jazz Album” for The New Sheiks

2010: Winner “National Jazz Award – Brass” as part of The Wangarratta Jazz

Teaching ////

2016: Instrumental Teacher at Melbourne University

2014-2016: Instrumental teacher at Monash University

2011-2013: Instrumental teacher at Northern Melbourne Institute of Tafe (Melbourne Polytechnic), Fairfield

2005-2007: Instrumental teacher at Sophia Mundi Steiner School,

2000 - 2019: Private instrumental teaching

Performance Career Highlights ////

Eamon began playing the trumpet, and playing jazz at the age of eight. At the age of 12 he was accepted into the Victorian College of the Arts Secondary School. In 1999, Eamon participated in the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra’s Young Composers Program and had his piece 'The Little Man and the Deep Blue Sky' recorded by the MSO. In 2010 Eamon supported Branford Marsalis at the Melbourne Concert Hall, Performing with the Leigh Barker Quintet. Eamon has recorded on albums released by the following artists: Amanda Palmer, Tripod, Jen Cloher, The Wagons, Zulya Kamalova, The Band Who Knew Too Much, Scott Edgar and The Universe, City City City, My Disco, TZU and Julie O’Hara, as well as many more.

In 2006 Eamon toured Scandinavia with The Band Who Knew Too Much, where his original composition "Princess Mary" won many fans among the Danish locals. Also while in Denmark he won the 'Jazz Pris' at the Femoe Jazz Festival. He has also toured Iceland with The Hoodangers, Russia with and Zulya Kamalova, and Germany, Ireland Italy and Switzerland with Irish band Grada. Eamon has also completed dozens of Australian tours with
numerous groups.

In 2009 Eamon toured the Northern Territory with The Black Arm Band.

He has played at the Wangarratta Jazz Festival, The Merimbula Jazz
Festival, The Meredith Music Festival, The Paynesville Jazz Festival, The Melbourne Jazz Festival, The Melbourne Fringe Festival, The Half Bent Jazz Festival and the Port Fairy Folk Festival.

In 2003 Eamon was the youngest finalist in Australia’s most prestigious jazz competition, The Wangarratta Jazz Awards.
In 2010 Eamon won the Wangarratta Jazz Award for Brass.

between 2008-2010 Eamon was involved in a cross-cultural project with a peroveta (prophet song) choir from Tatana Village in Papua New Guinea. The work is collaboration between the choir and Vada and had its premier
performance at the Powerhouse in Brisbane as part of the Brisbane
Festival. The Work was also performed through Arts House at the Meat Market in North Melbourne, WOMADelaide and was performed at the Port Moresby Arts Center, Port Moresby.

From 2007-2015 Eamon co-lead and played trumpet in Flap!. Flap! released their debut album in 2008, and becasme a popular fixture on the Australian scene. They performed at 100s of Australian festivals including The Melbourne International Jazz Festival, The Melbourne International Comedy Festival, The Rainbow Serpent Festival, The Brunswick Music Festival, The Woodford Folk Festival, The Adelaide Cabaret Festival and The Apollo Bay Festival. Flap! also toured Europe three times, performing at some of the biggest festivals and venues throughout Europe and The UK including The Brixton Academy, Le Trianon, The Edinburgh Fringe and The Latitude Festival.

Eamon is currently running a new band called The Big Idiot Club performing original swing music.

Collingwood, VIC
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0434 101 353


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Details last updated on July 8, 2019