Tony Backhouse Profile

Nick Bollinger
16 Mar 2020

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.

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The Café Of The Gate Of Salvation - Wade in the Water, 1990.
Tony Backhouse, Paris workshop, 2009.
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
Nets of Mercy flier, 2011.
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
Tony Backhouse, Café Of The Gate Of Salvation, 20th anniversary, 2006.
Tony Backhouse, Arthur Baysting, and Nick Bollinger, Grey Lynn, Auckland.
Photo credit: Arthur Baysting collection
Mammal, 1972. Left to right: Bill Lake, Mike Fullerton, Rick Bryant, Patrick Bleakley, Tony Backhouse, Robert Taylor
Photo credit: Rick Bryant Collection
Tony Backhouse
Rough Justice 1979, left to right: Denys Mason, Rick Bryant, Nick Bollinger, Tony Backhouse
Photo credit: Photo by Murray Cammick
Heavenly Light Quartet CD cover, 1997.
The Umbrellas billed with The Elevators, Sydney, 1989.
Tony Backhouse in Heavenly Light Quartet, Sydney 2019.
Mammal mark one, 1970. From left, Bill Lake, an audience member, Simon Morris, Tony Backhouse. 
Sheila Chandra and Tony Backhouse, 1993.
Design for Living is Tony Backhouse and Peter Dasent. Their 'Blessed Relief' album - 30 years in the making - was released in 2017.
Tony Backhouse.
Photo credit: Graham Hooper
Tony Backhouse, right, with Rev Frank Campbell and Delois Barrett Campbell, Stellar Awards, Chicago 1988.
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
The Crocodiles (Mark II) - Ian Gilroy, Tony Backhouse, Jenny Morris, Tina Matthews, Peter Dasent
Tony Backhouse
Tony Backhouse, Outback tour, 2019.
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
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, Summersong, 2016.
Café of the Gate of Salvation, self-titled album, 1991
A Café Of The Gate Of Salvation poster.
Mammal, 1974. Left to right: Julie Needham, Mark Hornibrook, Kerry Jacobson, Rick Bryant, Robert Taylor, Tony Backhouse
Photo credit: Rick Bryant Collection
Rough Justice - Tony Backhouse and Martin Highland
Photo credit: Photo by Murray Cammick
Mammal, 1973. From left: Mike Fullerton, Robert Taylor, Bill Lake, Rick Bryant, Tony Backhouse and Mark Hornibrook. 
Photo credit: Bill Lake collection
A Capelle Gospel Explosion, Sacred Heart.
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
The Crocodiles Mk.1: Tony Backhouse, Jenny Morris, Fane Flaws, Tina Matthews, Peter Dasent and Bruno Lawrence, 1979
Mammal, c 1971. Tony Backhouse with hand on chin.
Photo credit: Rick Bryant Collection
Tony Backhouse - a capella workshop, Glasgow 2017.
Jenny Morris with fellow former Crocodiles member Tony Backhouse (and the Heaven Bent Gospel Choir) at the 1999 APRA Silver Scrolls
Mammal, 1973. Left to right: Tony Backhouse, Julie Needham, Kerry Jacobson, Mark Hornibrook, Robert Taylor, Rick Bryant
Photo credit: Rick Bryant Collection
Tony Backhouse recording with Spats at Harlequin Studio, Mt. Eden Rd, Auckland 1977
Photo credit: Tony Backhouse collection
Douglas Singers anniversary poster 2018.
Tony Backhouse, Blessed Relief CD launch, 2017.
Tony Backhouse and Jann Hing with Rev Malcolm Collins, New Orleans 2018.
Tony Backhouse, singing in an Australian gorge, 2010.
Tony Backhouse (right), Vulgar Beatmen, 1984.
The Café Of The Gate Of Salvation 'Deluxe' CD, 2004.
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
Nick Bollinger and Tony Backhouse, Brown Trout Festival, Dannevirke, 1980
Peter Dasent and Tony Backhouse: as Design for Living they released the Blessed Relief album in November 2017.
Tony Backhouse - a capella songbook, 1997.
Tony Backhouse and Fane Flaws, Spats, 1977
Photo credit: Fane Flaws Collection
Tony Backhouse, 1979.
Photo credit: Rick Bryant Collection
The Crocodiles Mk.1: Tony Backhouse, Jenny Morris, Fane Flaws, Tina Matthews, Peter Dasent and Bruno Lawrence, 1979
Mammal, 1971 or 72. Tony Backhouse pictured with beer.
Photo credit: Rick Bryant Collection
The Crocodiles, late 1980 - Tina Matthews, Peter Dasent, Tony Backhouse. Jenny Morris, Ian Gilroy
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