He’s produced 4 albums since the split of London’s much loved acoustic rocker’s ‘Hubbard’. He’s been seen playing alongside Australian acts such as Midnight Oil, Spiderbait, Magic Dirt, Mick Thomas and Regurgitator. He’s headlined some world famous venues and even been drafted by the Dandy Warhols for hula hooping duties at Parklife. This South African born modern day troubadour has covered some ground, though you could be forgiven for asking yourself “Who the hell is he??”.
Roostar is the brainchild of singer-songwriter Ryan Sweeney. Born and raised in South Africa, he saw the end of segregation play out during his teen years. By 22 he had moved to London and soon formed the band Hubbard, landing on the bill at ‘100 club‘, ‘The Garage’, ‘Mean Fiddler’, ‘Precious Days’ and ‘Glastonbury’ (backstage). After Hubbard split, Ryan continued on as a solo artist under the name ‘Roostar’, recording an album (Little King) and an EP (Underground). In 2002 he was still performing in London including a one day festival (Fierce), featuring some of the biggest bands from the southern hemisphere at the time.
With the need for new horizons, Ryan relocated to Australia in 2003. Starting out in Melbourne he formed a duo with drummer, James Rusbridge, performing at venues like The Espy and The Corner Hotel, as well as doing some regional tours. For a number of years Ryan lived in the regional town of Castlemaine where he collaborated with guitarist/percussionist Darren Bujeya. The pair recorded the acoustic album ‘A History of Forgetting‘ which was released on Roostar’s independent label ‘Three Mountain Records’. They followed this up with a full band album ‘Out of the Woods‘ in 2012 with Andy Steward on bass and David Rogerson on drums. Sadly, Darren lost a battle with Cancer and passed away a year later.
Ryan is now back in Melbourne, working on new material and performing live as a stomping duo with Andy Steward.
|24 Aug 2014||Hepburn, VIC The Old Hepburn Hotel||The Old Hepburn Hotel|
|25 Jul 2014||Castlemaine, Victoria ( Australia ) The Bridge Hotel||The Bridge Hotel|
|30 May 2014||Brunswick Brunswick Hotel||Brunswick Hotel|
|12 Apr 2014||Northcote, VIC 303||303|
|10 Apr 2014||Richmond, VIC ( Australia ) Great Britain Hotel||Great Britain Hotel|
|01 Apr 2014||Northcote, VIC Open Studio||Open Studio|
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