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Dave Graney and Clare Moore
, 1996

by Bleddyn Butcher

gelatin silver photograph

Dave Graney and Clare Moore

Dave Graney (b. 1959), musician, grew up in Mount Gambier where he formed his first band, The Slunks, in 1978. Nine years later, in London, he launched the band known as Dave Graney with The Coral Snakes. Ejected by the UK Immigration Department in 1988, Graney and his partner and collaborator Clare Moore returned to establish The White Buffaloes, who released the romantic My Life on the Plains in 1990. After a trip to England the Buffaloes resumed the name The Coral Snakes and made Night of the Wolverine (1993), an elegant and idiosyncratic rock classic featuring a notable guest track from Tex Perkins. That year, Graney was honoured as a ‘brother from another scene’ by the surfing magazine, Tracks. He was named Best Australian Male Artist at the ARIA awards in 1996. His recent releases include we wuz curious, with The Lurid Yellow Mist (2007), and the solo Knock Yourself Out (2009).

Collection: National Portrait Gallery, Canberra
Gift of the artist 2002
Accession number: 2002.28