Tony Backhouse


Over the past half century, people will have encountered Tony Backhouse in many different musical roles. He has been a bass player, guitarist, keyboardist, songwriter, sideman and bandleader for rock bands (Mammal) and madrigal groups, psychedelic happenings, R&B ensembles (Rough Justice) and new wave combos (The Crocodiles), film and television soundtracks.

But it is surely as a singer and arranger of voices that he has connected with the widest and most diverse community. Over the past couple of decades he has conducted more than 2000 choral workshops around the world.

Heavenly Light Quartet CD cover, 1997.
The Wide Mouthed Frogs and friends at a Wellington Summer City event, 1979. From left, Tony Backhouse (sitting), Sarah Mulheron, Katie Brockie, Jenny Morris and, in a cape, Paddy Neville singing 'Twist and Shout'.
Photo credit: Matthew McKee
Tony Backhouse and Jann Hing with Rev Malcolm Collins, New Orleans 2018.
The Crocodiles (Mark I) - Peter Dasent, Tony Backhouse, Bruno Lawrence, Jenny Morris, Tina Matthews, Fane Flaws
The final Crocodiles gig, Bondi Astra, Sydney, July 1981. Left to right: Rikki Morris, Barton Price (drums), Fane Flaws, Jonathan Zwartz, Jenny Morris, Tony Backhouse.
Photo credit: Richard Morris collection
The Wide Mouthed Frogs and friends sing madrigals at a Wellington Summer City event, 1979. From left, unidentified, Jenny Morris, Michelle Scullion, Bronwen Murray, Tony Backhouse, Katie Brockie, Michael Mulheron. 
Photo credit: Matthew McKee
Tony Backhouse, Outback tour, 2019.
Sheila Chandra and Tony Backhouse, 1993.
The Crocodiles Mk.1: Tony Backhouse, Jenny Morris, Fane Flaws, Tina Matthews, Peter Dasent and Bruno Lawrence, 1979
Tony Backhouse, 1979.
Photo credit: Rick Bryant Collection
The Crocodiles (Mark II) - Ian Gilroy, Tony Backhouse, Jenny Morris, Tina Matthews, Peter Dasent
The Crocodiles Mk.1: Tony Backhouse, Jenny Morris, Fane Flaws, Tina Matthews, Peter Dasent and Bruno Lawrence, 1979
Tony Backhouse, singing in an Australian gorge, 2010.
Nets of Mercy flier, 2011.
A Café Of The Gate Of Salvation poster.
Tony Backhouse recording with Spats at Harlequin Studio, Mt. Eden Rd, Auckland 1977
Photo credit: Tony Backhouse collection
Tony Backhouse, Café Of The Gate Of Salvation, 20th anniversary, 2006.
Mammal, c 1971. Tony Backhouse with hand on chin.
Photo credit: Rick Bryant Collection
Tony Backhouse (right), Vulgar Beatmen, 1984.
Tony Backhouse - a capella workshop, Glasgow 2017.
Tony Backhouse in Heavenly Light Quartet, Sydney 2019.
Tony Backhouse - a capella songbook, 1997.
Mammal recording at NZBC's Broadcasting House, Wellington, 1972. From left: Patrick Bleakley, Robert Taylor, Rick Bryant, Bill Lake, Mike Fullerton and Tony Backhouse. 
Photo credit: Bill Lake collection
Nick Bollinger and Tony Backhouse, Brown Trout Festival, Dannevirke, 1980
Mammal, 1973. From left: Mike Fullerton, Robert Taylor, Bill Lake, Rick Bryant, Tony Backhouse and Mark Hornibrook. 
Photo credit: Bill Lake collection
The Café Of The Gate Of Salvation 'Deluxe' CD, 2004.
Rough Justice 1979, left to right: Denys Mason, Rick Bryant, Nick Bollinger, Tony Backhouse
Photo credit: Photo by Murray Cammick
Jenny Morris with fellow former Crocodiles member Tony Backhouse (and the Heaven Bent Gospel Choir) at the 1999 APRA Silver Scrolls
Douglas Singers anniversary poster 2018.
Mammal, 1972 (at Lucifer's Nightclub). Left to right: Rick Bryant, Bill Lake, Patrick Bleakley, Mike Fullerton, Tony Backhouse, Robert Taylor
Photo credit: Rick Bryant Collection
Tony Backhouse and Fane Flaws, Spats, 1977
Photo credit: Fane Flaws Collection
Mammal, 1971 or 72. Tony Backhouse pictured with beer.
Photo credit: Rick Bryant Collection
The Umbrellas billed with The Elevators, Sydney, 1989.
Café of the Gate of Salvation, self-titled album, 1991
Mammal mark one, 1970. From left, Bill Lake, an audience member, Simon Morris, Tony Backhouse. 
Tony Backhouse, Paris workshop, 2009.
Mammal, 1974. Left to right: Julie Needham, Mark Hornibrook, Kerry Jacobson, Rick Bryant, Robert Taylor, Tony Backhouse
Photo credit: Rick Bryant Collection
The Crocodiles, late 1980 - Tina Matthews, Peter Dasent, Tony Backhouse. Jenny Morris, Ian Gilroy
Tony Backhouse, Summersong, 2016.
Tony Backhouse, Blessed Relief CD launch, 2017.
Tony Backhouse, Arthur Baysting, and Nick Bollinger, Grey Lynn, Auckland.
Photo credit: Arthur Baysting collection
At the Apra Silver Scroll, 1994 (L-R): Mike Chunn, Simon Morris, Steve Robinson, Bronwen Teuton (RNZ), Tony Backhouse, and Kaye Glamuzina (RNZ)
Tony Backhouse
SPATS recording 'New Wave Goodbye' at Harlequin Studio, Mt. Eden Rd, Auckland 1977. L-R: Patrick Bleakley, Michael Knapp, Fane Flaws, Tony Backhouse and Peter Dasent.
Photo credit: Courtesy of Fane Flaws and Michael Knapp
Bunny Walters sings 'Welcome Back' on Ready To Roll backed by players including Kevin Bayley, Carl Evensen, and Clinton Brown, with Val Murphy, Tony Backhouse and Beaver on backing vocals.
Mammal, 1973. Left to right: Tony Backhouse, Julie Needham, Kerry Jacobson, Mark Hornibrook, Robert Taylor, Rick Bryant
Photo credit: Rick Bryant Collection
Mammal, 1972. Left to right: Bill Lake, Mike Fullerton, Rick Bryant, Patrick Bleakley, Tony Backhouse, Robert Taylor
Photo credit: Rick Bryant Collection
Peter Dasent and Tony Backhouse: as Design for Living they released the Blessed Relief album in November 2017.
Rough Justice - Tony Backhouse and Martin Highland
Photo credit: Photo by Murray Cammick
A Capelle Gospel Explosion, Sacred Heart.
Design for Living is Tony Backhouse and Peter Dasent. Their 'Blessed Relief' album - 30 years in the making - was released in 2017.
Tony Backhouse
The Café Of The Gate Of Salvation - Wade in the Water, 1990.
Tony Backhouse, right, with Rev Frank Campbell and Delois Barrett Campbell, Stellar Awards, Chicago 1988.
Tony Backhouse.
Photo credit: Graham Hooper
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