Maurice Frawley: 1954-2009
News posted Tuesday, May 19 2009 at 03:00 AM.
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Maurice Frawley, a former member of Paul Kelly and The Dots, died last Friday after a short battle with cancer at Rochester Hospital in rural Victoria. He was 55.
Hailing from a farming community in northern Victorian, Frawley moved to Melbourne in the late 1970s. He became a guitarist in Paul Kelly's backing band The Dots, co-writing ‘Look So Fine, Feel So Low’. Frawley later joined the Olympic Sideburns, an ever-evolving garage outfit that featured Spencer P Jones, before forming the Working Class Ringos with Shane Walsh, Charlie Owen and Des Hefner in 1993.
In 2003, Frawley embarked on family musical project, Frawleys and Friends, that culminated in the 2003 release Queen of Runnymede. Recently, his musical journey came full circle when he reunited with Dots bandmates Michael Barclay and Alan Brooker in The Yard Hands. Their debut album Good Things was released on Frawley’s own Red Finn Records.
Frawley is survived by siblings Brendan, Mary and Leo and his son Martin, a former member of defunct Melbourne indie band You Will Die Alone and current member of the Twerps.