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SSC Newspaper : May 2012
may 2012 22 Strathfield Scene people Don’t get caught out at home wrapping gifts for Mum! Have your Mother’s Day purchases beautifully wrapped for a gold coin donation on Level 4 near Woolworths. At Ashfield Mall, we make it easy for you to make your Mum feel special... it’s our little secret! Look out for the Ashfield Mall Mother’s Day brochure in your letterbox – it’s full of special offers from many of your favourite stores, just in time for Mum’s special day. Gift Wrapping Mother’s Day Sunday 13 May 2012 260a Liverpool Road, Ashfield NSW 2131 T: (02) 9799 8488 F: (02) 9799 7883 facebook.com /AshfieldMall www.ashfieldmall.com.au Mother’s Day savings are our little secret! By Sarah Macklin Strathfield’s real-life wedding singer Jon Brian wears several hats – and not just onstage with The Excellent Iguanas. On weekends you’ll often find him performing with the band around Sydney venues and parties. But during the week, Brian also works as a pool lifeguard in Enfield, leads tourists up the Sydney Harbour Bridge Climb and spins terrifying tales while running ghost tours of The Rocks. You may have seen him on TV too – presenting segments on the travel show What’s Up Downunder with his elder brother, Frankie J. Holden. “The universe moves in mysterious ways,” grins Brian as he explains how he joined The Excellent Iguanas as lead singer and percussionist last year. “It turns out that I shared exactly the same birthday as Tony Buggy in the band, June 10. We play great dance music – we cover a wide range of genres, everything from blues to light jazz, rehearsing in Tony’s home recording studio,” he says. “It’s a lot of fun. And when my brother plays a gig, I often get up to share a stage with him too – nepotism is wonderful,” jokes Brian. Some of the highlight gigs for The Excellent Iguanas include performing at Sydney Opera House for the New Year’s Eve fire- works, while Buggy was also musical director for the popular band The Four Kinsmen, which won a slew of awards and was the first Aussie band to have its own show in Las Vegas. Brian’s day job is pretty spectacular too, leading tourists to the heights of the Harbour Bridge. “ When you’re standing on top of the bridge and looking out, it’s one of the best views in Sydney. The location, quality of life and opportunities in this city make it one of the best places to live in the world,” he says. Brian has called Strathfield home since he and his family re- turned five years ago from a stint teaching in Bucharest, Roma- nia, and Dar es Salaam in Tanzania. “Strathfield is vibrant with a great mix of cultures and a won- derful array of food,” he says. Now his younger son Charlie is a pupil at Homebush Boys’ High School, while his elder son Thomas has followed his fa- ther’s footsteps as a drummer. Brian manages to drum up plenty of drama while leading ghost tours of historic streets in The Rocks. “At the Observatory, people walking along the gravel path often get the sense that someone is following them. They hear footsteps on the gravel behind them but no one is there,” he explains. “But the weirdest thing was at a place called Reynolds Cot- tage, where some people reckon there is a ghost. One of my cli- ents took a photo of the house with a full-spectrum camera, and the picture distinctly shows a face in the bottom corner of the window.” As yet, he has no plans to extend the ghost tours to Strathfield – though he’s not ruling anything out. “It’s all a tremendous amount of fun, and as a band we really love what we do and try to make a great connection with the audience. I hope we continue as long as people continue to love us,” Brian adds. Catch The Excellent Iguanas on Sunday, May 6, at St George Motor Boat Club, 2 Wellington Street, Sans Souci, from 4pm to 8pm. The (real-life) wedding singer Jon Brian, 59 Musician Jon Brian (in lifebuoy) with Tony Buggy and Rick Graham of The Excellent Iguanas.