Harry Brus

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Harry Brus
Dr Harry Brus.jpg
Background information
OriginSydney, Australia
GenresSoul, funk, blues, rock, progressive rock
Occupation(s)musician, composer
Instrumentsbass guitar, guitar, vocals
Years active1964–present
WebsiteHarry Brus' official website

Harry Brus (born April 1949, in Graz, Austria) is an Australian bass player and guitarist, best known for his work with Matt Finish,[1] Kevin Borich,[2] Renée Geyer,[3] Australian Crawl,[4] Leo Sayer,[5] Marcia Hines,[6] Jimmy Barnes,[7] Ross Wilson[8] and Billy Thorpe.[9]

Thredbo Blues Festival describes Harry Brus as "a unique stylist" and he is widely recognized as "a powerful and sensitive player" with "tons of credibility".[10]



Harry "The Doctor" Brus arrived in Australia at the age of seven from Graz, Austria where his music career started in 1964, inspired by James Jamerson, Hank Marvin and The Beatles.

In 1965, Brus' band The Amazons signed a record deal with Festival subsidiary Leedon Records and since then he has continued to work as a professional musician. Another band member of The Amazons also included John Cave.

In 1967, he played lead guitar with pop idol Johnny Young and later joined Tony Gaha and The in People, featuring Ron Barry and Janice Slater. During this period he was recruited for the original lineup of the Dave Miller Set but left the band soon after it formed.

In the late sixties, Brus teamed up with Geoff Oakes playing soul music.

Brus also performed bass guitar in the stage musical Hair, before forming the band Birth with jazz pianist Roger Frampton and English drummer Tony Hicks from Backdoor.


In 1970, Brus joined Jeff St John & Copperwine, who had a top five Australian hit single with Teach Me How To Fly.[11]

Also in 1970, he recorded a live album with Australian blues singer Wendy Saddington, Live at Walacia.[12]

This was followed by stints with Blackfeather,[13] Dave Miller Set, Ross Wilson, Little Sammy and The in People, Birth, Hunger, Mother Earth, The Bobby Gebert Trio, Fender Benders, Foreday Riders, Duffhead, The Healers, Phil Jones and The Unknown Blues Band.[14]

Brus then began long-term relationships as bass player with Renée Geyer and Kevin Borich.

In the late 1970s, Brus joined the Barry Leef Band, featuring guitarist Stevie Housden, and they had a residency at the Musicians Club in Sydney for two years.


During the Eighties, Brus toured and recorded with Kevin Borich, Renée Geyer, Marcia Hines, Joe Walsh, Phil Emmanuel, Ross Wilson and Russell Morris.

In 1985, Brus became a member of Australian Crawl and recorded Between a Rock and a Hard Place.

Other highlights include jamming with Leon Russell, Billy Preston and Ron Wood.


During the nineties, Brus toured and recorded with Kevin Borich, Renée Geyer, Jimmy Barnes, Billy Thorpe, Brian Cadd and was bass guitarist in the house band on the highly successful Long Way to the Top tour and album.


Brus continues to tour and record with Kevin Borich and Leo Sayer. He is a regular performer at the annual Thredbo Blues Festival and has recorded and toured with James Southwell and Gail Page.

In 2007, he joined Matt Finish with John Prior and recorded bass guitar and vocals on their 1978 - 2008 album and New Frontier EP.


  • Fender precision bass guitar
  • Spector bass guitar
  • Fender Rhodes electric piano



  1. ^ "Matt Finish website". Myspace.com. 1 September 2010. Retrieved 9 September 2010.
  2. ^ "Kevin Borich website". Kevinborich1.com. Retrieved 9 September 2010.
  3. ^ "Renée Geyer credits". Hem.passagen.se. Archived from the original on 15 January 2011. Retrieved 9 September 2010.
  4. ^ Mark Gibson. "Australian Crawl Australian Music History database". Australianmusichistory.com. Retrieved 9 September 2010.
  5. ^ "Leo Sayer". The Harbour Agency. Retrieved 9 September 2010.
  6. ^ "Harry Brus credits". Hem.passagen.se. Archived from the original on 15 January 2011. Retrieved 9 September 2010.
  7. ^ "Jimmy Barnes listing at passagen". Hem.passagen.se. Archived from the original on 28 May 2000. Retrieved 9 September 2010.
  8. ^ "Ross Wilson article". Milesago.com. Retrieved 9 September 2010.
  9. ^ Thredbo Blues Festival Archived 6 January 2009 at the Wayback Machine
  10. ^ "Thredbo Blues Festival review". Australianbluesfestival.com.au. Retrieved 9 September 2010.
  11. ^ "Wendy Saddington, Jeff St John". Wendysaddingtonfantribute.com. Archived from the original on 18 December 2010. Retrieved 9 September 2010.
  12. ^ "Wendy Saddington tribute". Wendysaddingtonfantribute.com. Archived from the original on 25 November 2010. Retrieved 9 September 2010.
  13. ^ "Blackfeather article". Archived from the original on 27 October 2009. Retrieved 12 October 2010.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: bot: original URL status unknown (link)
  14. ^ "Renee Geyer - passagen listing". Hem.passagen.se. Archived from the original on 15 January 2011. Retrieved 9 September 2010.

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