The Full Story
Born in New Zealand came to Australia for a national
tour of GODSPELL
Joined LITTLE RIVER BAND as the original bass player in 1975.
Recorded two albums, debut album Little River Band and After Hours - both multi-platinum sellers.
Joined Melbourne based band STARS, recorded platinum
selling album "Paradise".
Toured South Africa with CLIFF RICHARD. 1978
Joined highly acclaimed fusion band PYRAMID. Recorded self titled debut album. Toured Europe with Pyramid performed at the MONTREAUX JAZZ FESTIVAL 1983.
Appeared on the ABC television special "DON BURROWS COLLECTION" as a result the LP "SUNSHOWER" was released.
Recorded on PETER CUPPLES "Fear of Thunder" album.
JACKO single "I'm An Individual".
Joined "SHORT CIRCUIT" featuring LISA EDWARDS and recorded an innovative, high-tech album "WAITING FOR THE BIG ONE"
Recorded Fretless bass on JOHN FARNHAM'S "You're the Voice" and
"Touch of Paradise" tracks for the "WHISPERING JACK" album.
Also toured on the 1987/88 "JACK'S BACK" tour.
Supported TINA ARENA on the LIONEL RITCHIE Australasian tour
Movie Sound Tracks
"CROCODILE DUNDEE" movie soundtrack - PETER BEST.
"EVIL ANGELS" (A Cry in the Dark) movie soundtrack - BRUCE SMEATON.
"ALL THE RIVERS RUN" TV movie soundtrack - Bruce Rowland.
"THE PIRATE" (with Terry Britten), "REBEL" - Debbie Byrne,
"THE MAN FROM SNOWY RIVER II" (B. ROWLAND),
"BLISS", "STREET HERO", "MATTHEW AND SON", "RAW SILK",
"BOULEVARD OF BROKEN DREAMS", "THE CHEATA". "BREAKAWAY" movie soundtrack - Peter SULLIVAN. “MUGGERS” – Frank Strangio
STEFAN DENNIS debut single "Don't It Make You Feel Good"
."New Generation" (YTT teenage variety show) U.S.A. Television Network.
NORMIE ROWE - Single "Maybe Tomorrow".
GRAEHAM GOBLE album "Broken Voices" debut single. MARTIN LASS - "Bach To The Future" album.
"D" GENERATION single (Top 10).
Other television and live concert performances:
"The Melbourne Music Show", "Good Friday Appeals” (I’ve lost count)
" Live Under The Southern Cross"
"The Ultimate Event" at Sanctuary Cove, and "Australia Live '88"
Roger has worked with, or recorded for the following reputable artists:
Joe Camilleri, Ross Wilson, Angry Anderson, John Paul Young, Redgum,
Linda George, Daryl Somers, Bruce Woodley, Frank Howson, Reg Lindsay,
Di Trask, Rolf Harris, Brian Cadd, Doug Ashdown, Karen Knowles, Allison Durban, Jackie Love, Joe Dolce, Billy Wilde, Wendy & The Rockets, Ross Ryan, Rene Geyer, Ricky May, Daryl Braithwaite, Gerry Humphries, Stevie Wright, Marc Hunter, Samantha Sang, Chelsea Brown, Marcia Hines, Barry Crocker, Mike Brady, Harry Secombe, Daryl Cotton, Norman Gunstan, Jim Keays, Julie Anthony, Colin Hay, Max Meritt, Russell Morris
KATE CEBERANO - "Brave" album.
1989 & '92 Logies with DAVID HIRSCHFELDER - musical director.
TV variety shows - "RAY MARTIN" "BERT NEWTON" "NEW FACES-1992"
GUY PEARCE single "Call of the Wild".
Played bass for THELMA HOUSTON on the ISSAC HAYES tour.
DIANA TRASK C.D. "Country Bumkin".
ALLAN ZAVOD concert - Hilton.
INDECENT OBSESSION single "Cum Back 2 Me".
COLLEEN HEWETT single's "Gigolo" & "Dreaming My Dreams".
"YOUR THE VOICE" released on Green Peace album.
"HUNTING OF THE SNARK" stage musical - Mike Batt.
Produced tracks for "Beau Geste", "Sue Jones", "Carlo and Maria",
"Alex Matt", and "Andrew Williams".
CRAIG McLACHLAN and check 1 - 2 debut album.
BILLY COBHAM tour Melbourne.
SLOW CLUB album "World Of Wonders" single - "Shout Me Down".
Played bass for VENETTA FIELDS on the LOU RAWLS tour.
ANTHONY WARLOW album "On The Boards".
BRODERICK SMITH-Suitcase album.
Co-produced and wrote "Science Rap" - featuring CHUCK McKINNEY.
Recorded album for French artist "CHARLELIE".
JANEY KITTO debut single "Blind Lead The Blind".
" O.O.K. " debut album - featuring MEG HERBERT.
Produced debut album for FRED CHEAH. "Fred Cheah Sings".
GREG CHAMPION C.D.s - "That's What I Like About FOOTBALL Vol 2"
"Everybody Loves To Watch The Cricket" - "Australian Music".
Toured with PETER NOON (Herman's Hermits)
Produced and co-wrote tracks for NERIDA LEISHMAN
U R There -Trying My Love - Don't Wait For Me - Universal Propaganda.
Toured Australia with JON STEVENS Solo C.D. "ARE U SATISFIED".
JIM HAYNES C.D. " It's Nothing Serious " Top 10 hit "Since Cheryl Went Feral".
WENDY RULE debut C D "Zero "
Toured Australia with THE 5th DIMENSION
SHIRLEY BASSEY Melbourne Concert Hall.
NIKKI NICHOLLS C D "Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood"
BOB VENIER debut C D "Zoë"
MERRIL BAINBRIDGE debut C D "The garden"
GRAEHAM GOBLE C D "Stop" Top 10 in Europe
A F L GRAND FINAL Pre game entertainment '96 '97 '99 2000
THE SEEKERS '97 Single "Far Shore"
MERRIL BAINBRIDGE ( '98 2nd C D ) "Between The Days"
Toured U.S.A. with LITTLE RIVER BAND summer '98
Formed BASS-IC INSTINCT in mid 1996 to explore traditional and new musical directions for bass playing, but principally as a way of showcasing WARWICK instruments in a real world performing environment. The band features three of the most accomplished and respected bass players in the Australian music industry. Roger McLachlan, Craig Newman, Evripides Evripidou.
Recorded GEOFF ACHISON & THE SOULDIGGERS "Live at St Andrews" (2000)
“Chasing My Tail” (2002) Performed @ Byron Bay Blues fest. 2002/03
Co-Written, Played & Produced the song “Reconciliation” with Colleen Hewett to commemorate the inaugural world Reconciliation Day and tribute concert to Nelson Mandala.
Produced & Co wrote c.d. for COLLEEN HEWETT "Bulamama" (2001)
Co-Produced/wrote/played/recorded “EXPLORE YOUR VOICE” – Online singing lessons http://www.exploreyourvoice.com
Inducted into the “Southland Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame” New Zealand 2008
Recorded Late For Breakfast debut CD “The Art Of Falling”
Performed at the “Cape Breton International Drum Festival”
Received the “Life Time Achievement Award” for
Major Contribution To The World Of Rhythm Sections & Education 2010
Released “Geoff Achison & The Souldiggers” Recorded Live at “Guitars Across The Bay”
Awarded Band of The Year & Album of The Year 2012 Released CD “Box of Blues” Live studio recording Featuring Chris Wilson & Geoff Achison
Released Solo CD Roger This Roger That Available from iTunes and CDBaby
Recorded, Produced & co-written with Andrew Williams A three part musical performed at The Melbourne Town Hall for
United Nations Day of Vesak
“The Birth of Buddha” 2011
“The Enlightenment of The Buddha” 2012 “Universal Love of The Buddha” 2013
Recorded “Another Mile Another Minute” with Geoff Achison 2017
Australian Blues Music Awards 2017: Album of the Year, Song of the Year, Artist of the Year and Duo or Group of the Year with his band The Souldiggers.
Stars Reformed after 40 years in 2018 to celebrate the songs of Andy Durant
Released a new CD “Boundary Rider” and DVD Stars live at “The Caravan Music Club”
2020 Released new Stars CD 'One More Circle Round The Sun'