Dave MacRae Profile

Keith Newman
11 Feb 2016

The career path of keyboard maestro Dave MacRae has taken him around the world touring, recording and gigging with top names in jazz and as a pioneer of fusion music, even spending eight years as musical director for BBC TV comedy The Goodies.

MacRae and his wife, singing sensation Joy Yates, were founding members of Pacific Eardrum and well known for their musical partnerships and collaborations in and out of the studio, having achieved greater kudos in Australia, the US and the UK than in their country of origin.

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Dave MacRae and Joy Yates in 2006
Dave MacRae and Joy Yates
Ian Carr's Nucleus - Images (feat. Dave MacRae on keyboards, Joy Yates vocals, Brian Smith Flute)
Dave MacRae's Some History album, 2005
Pacific Eardrum's Beyond Panic album, 1978
Dave MacRae at the ABC in 1962
Pacific Eardrum, with Billy Kristian, Joy Yates and Dave MacRae
Brian Smith's Playing Gershwin with Joy Yates, Dave MacRae, Kevin Haines, Brian Smith and Frank Gibson Jr. National Jazz Festival Tauranga 2007
Dave MacRae in 2000
Bob Paris Band, Onehunga 1959. L to R: Bill Fairs, Brian Smith, Desma, Keith McMillan (behind), Bob Paris, Gene Blazer, Dave MacRae
Photo credit: Brian Smith Collection
The debut Pacific Eardrum album, released by Charisma in 1977
Dave MacRae with Nucleus in 1972
Joy Yates with The Dave MacRae Trio at Ronnie Scott's, London
Dave MacRae and Joy Yates with Pacific Eardrum in the mid-1970s
The Goodies - Funky Gibbon
Dave MacRae and Joy Yates