The Sundowners

Decades Active: 2000s


Eric Tutin (c.1914, near Childers, Queensland, Australia; piano, accordion, vocals) and Joan Martin (b. 1924, Queensland, Australia; guitar, vocals). An early Australian country music duo, formed in Toowoomba in 1939, they worked locally before moving first to 4BK Brisbane and then to Sydney. They made their only recordings for Regal Zonophone Records on 30 June 1942, being joined by fiddler Ted McMinn as they recorded six original songs, which proved very popular. In 1944, Martin decided without warning to quit the business to marry. She reputedly moved to America but in the 60s, she was rumoured to be living in Victoria. Tutin first played piano with a dance band, before forming a country quartet, which included Aphra Lorraine, whom he married. Between 1946 and 1950, they toured extensively with Lester’s Follies, before forming their own touring show, the Vanities. In 1952, they gave up touring to run a music shop in Gympie, Queensland, from where they...

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