Meet the SCALA
President - Simon Molloy
Simon has been playing music in Adelaide since the 1980s in a variety of original and cover acts. In 2002 he began setting up and fine tuning a PC-based home studio to help both his recording and song-writing. In 2008 Simon released a CD from this venture, and is currently working through a backlog of songs for a subsequent release.
Treasurer - Clayton Werner
This man IS dedicated - he's been the SCALA treasurer for almost this millennium! Clayton regularly collaborates with Claire Gurry and David Cronin and has been a regular host on Radio Adelaide's 'Songcatcher' and other shows on the station.
Secretary - Greg Wright
While playing in a band several decades ago Greg was told not to give up his day job, advice he has assiduously followed through subsequent years. He maintains a keen interest in local music, and has excellent skills in applauding at the end of songs. Occasionally Greg accompanies SCALA artists on guitar and piano accordion. Greg is coordinating the SCALA CD this year.
Board Member - Geoff Hastwell
A baby boomer, 'taught and brought up' in Adelaide, Geoff has spent most of his working life teaching humanities in city and country high schools.With a love of reading, and as a child of the 60s, it was a natural progression for him to embrace music. His heroes over the decades have been folk like Roy Orbison, Gene Pitney, Don McLean, Neil Young and these come through strongly in his music.
Board Member - Ronnie Taheny
After 20 years of working with the likes of David Gray, Luka Bloom and Billy Bragg, Ronnie has finally turned her passport in for a sock drawer and a quick swim. She now uses her considerable energy and DIY music industry knowledge in mentoring and artist-export courses she has set up with Arty Records. She also lectures at the Conservatorium of Music at Adelaide Uni.
Board Member - Marta Bayly
Marta has shared her love of songwriting and singing with Adelaide audiences for almost 10 years. As one half of folk duo 'Andy and Marta' and as co-front person singer songwriter with the 5-piece band, The Good Questions, she has developed an enduring presence on the local original live music circuit. She has also supported numerous other artists live and in the studio with her much sought-after harmony singing.Marta manages to combine her busy schedule of gigging, recording and rehearsal with her day job as a research scientist and now she is digging even deeper to support SCALA by joining the SCALA Board. She is experienced in the use of social media to advertise and promote live music and her skills and pro-active approach are already proving to be a boon for the Board and SCALA.
Board Member - Rowena Garcia
Rowena Garcia is a local Adelaide songwriter and performer fronting local band ‘The Tangerines’, and as solo performer ‘Yvie G’. Inspired by the theatrical arts Rowena completed her Bachelor of Arts degree in Drama and over the years has enjoyed performing in numerous theatre productions with the Adelaide Theatre Guild.
Rowena is on the organising team for ‘SCALA Live at the Wheatsheaf Hotel’ each fortnight. She is excited to also provide ongoing graphic and website design support to SCALA’s marketing team.
Board Member - Paula Standing
Paula Standing studied music in Queensland and spent many years performing in musicals and plays, while teaching voice. Migrating to SA 20+ years ago, life interrupted her music and only began to push its persistent little nose back in early 2000’s when sheventured into songwriting. In 2009 she bought a mini Maton with Uncle Kevie’s $900 and thus began her current career as a singer songwriter. Paula has sat on boards and committees for a few different creative organisations over the past 30 years and is lookingforward to ‘putting in’ for SCALA.
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