Magneto came together on the North Coast of NSW when a group of seasoned, like-minded musicians found common ground in their search for quality. Taking well known covers and the occasional obscure wonder song, Magneto infuse every tune with their special sauce…a bit of extra kick and grunt, a bit more wildness. Magneto are easy going professionals with a fun and infectious stage presence, great vocals and harmonies, who love nothing more than being TIGHT
Rock, Funk, Party. Simple.
Rachel “Chelski” Geddes: Vocals and Guitar
Whether on the couch or on the stage, long time rhythm guitarist and singer/songwriter Rachel is often described as natural, both in vocal tones and personality. Rachel has spent the last 20 years playing various Nth QLD venues & festivals, including The Airlie Beach Festival of Music before relocating to the Coffs Coast. So, what’s the meaning of life for Rachel? Great music, great mates, and great fun…On stage with Magneto this translates to a vibrant performance and an energy that’s hard to ignore.
Steve Simmons: Bass and Vocals
Steve hails from Birmingham UK, a city well known for its music and sound. He has played bass with many artists around Australia’s east coast. Steve has also toured as a drummer and produced albums for artists in Melbourne. He forms half of the dynamic and driving rhythm section for the Magneto sound.
Rick Hofma: Lead Vocals
Rick has been a front man for many popular Sydney bands from the 70’s to current. Bands such as Navaho, Fragile, The Kick, Knight Brothers, Bad Sneakers, Tuckitinya, Rocks Up Doc, Lone Strangers, and the Pink Chevys. Rick’s on stage vocal performances range from heartfelt ballads to high powered contemporary rock, and will move any audience. With over 30 years’ experience singing all the great hits one would have to experience a performance to really appreciate Rick’s ability and versatility.
Steve Shields: Drums and Vocals
At an early age of 8 Steve started playing drums and by 18 he was playing the Newcastle circuit. Steve was involved in touring bands in the 80’s such as Sweethearts and Shot in the Dark, playing in venues all up and down the east coast. His keen interest in drums led him to a full time profession of playing, teaching and recording. Presently, he is quite content performing around local venues. By now, Steve says he should know what to hit and when to hit it!!
Warren Cox: Lead Guitar
Warren’s guitar style is a blend of passion, energy, taste, and a bit of good old wailin’ crazy wildness when called for. He has worked in support acts for the elite of the Oz music scene including Dragon and Richard Clapton, in venues such as Chequers, Whisky A Go Go, Bombay Rock and the legendary Bondi Lifesaver. Warren has more recently enjoyed performing in North Coast house bands for touring artists such as Kevin Borich, Ali Penny and Les Karski. Warren has also had strong involvement in the local blues scene and Bellingen Jazz Festival.
(opening 6.30 pm)
Hoey Moey Hotel (View Location Map)
Ocean Parade, Coffs Harbour