Tyrone Noonan is a man of many talents, mastering jazz, musical theatre, burlesque, cabaret and countless genres of music from rock to classical. He’s best known for his work in the Aria award-winning band, george, with sister Katie, but has truly made a name for himself as a solo artist and through his involvement with several bands all across the globe.
Music runs through Tyrone’s veins.
"I got the bug from a very early age, watching my mother perform opera from prams on the side of the stage at venues like the Sydney Opera House," Tyrone says.
"My mum claims I was singing before I could talk properly - and I also learned the thrill of performance by entertaining family and friends as a young boy."
"We moved up to Brisbane when I was midway through primary school, and I continued to perform in school and other theatre productions until the final clincher happened in high school when I began performing in rock bands."
He became a journalist after school but music was always his true calling, playing in bands on the weekend and eventually creating george with sister Katie.
Life after george has been busy for Tyrone, releasing a solo album in 2006 and a subsequent tour across Australia followed. Tyrone was based overseas from 2007-2012 and settled in to New York for a few years where he put together bands and played in top venues in London and New York. He’s also played with many talented musicians and represented Australia at several occasions including ANZAC day commemorations in New York.
When asked about life after george, Tyrone explains, “It's fantastic to have that legacy of both musical integrity and success behind you.”
Tyrone now wears many hats, as a DJ, an MC, as a soloist, and playing in his bands Palimpsest, a jazz/latin/soul project; and The Pleasure Set, a covers band at weddings and other celebrations. This allows him to try different genres and styles.
"My sound as a soloist is more rootsy; it's generally just me, my acoustic guitar and a bunch of harmonicas," he says.
"My own music is a combination of pop, rock and soul and I also can perform a range of styles including folk, blues, pop, rock, soul, reggae and jazz. As Palimpsest, ee perform some originals but also cover some truly classic songs once performed by artists including Mel Tormé, Ray Charles, Frank Sinatra, Vince Jones, Al Green and Marvin Gaye."
His sister Katie is still playing music and performs at many high profile events, but has been working in less mainstream genres as of late.
When asked what gets him through the day, Tyrone's response is simple.
“Bach, Nat King Cole and Coffee!”
Which is the kind of response you’d expect from such a multi-faceted musician as Tyrone Noonan.
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