JENNY BLAKE was born in Australia and, prior to forming the duo, had performed all over Victoria and southern New South Wales with a travelling theatre company.
ROD HULLS was born in England but migrated to Australia in 1965. He had his own band, ‘Townsound’, for 14 years which performed at major venues such as the Melbourne Town Hall and the Melbourne Exhibition Building, as well as having residencies at a number of hotels plus the Carlton Football Club. In 1980 he turned solo and over the next 10 years worked as resident entertainer at the Beaumaris Hotel, the Jean Cocteau Restaurant in Beaumaris and the Tudor Inn in Cheltenham.
The "HARMONY PLUS" piano/vocal duo was formed in October 1990 and initially worked in hotels around Melbourne. In 1992 they appeared on New Faces where they won the producer’s award and performed on the Bert Newton Today Show.
They successfully auditioned to perform in Cyprus where they worked at the Rembrandt’s Restaurant in Nicosia for 9 months followed by a 3 month season at the Amathus Beach Hotel in Paphos, Cyprus.
From there, Rod and Jenny travelled through Europe, performing along the way, finally arriving in England where they acquired an agent who booked them into the Hilton Hotel circuit starting with a 6 month residency in Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates. From there they had 3 month seasons at the Izmir and Ankara Hiltons in Turkey.
They next went to the Tokyo Bay Hilton in Japan, initially for a 3 month season, but this was extended 3 times and they stayed for a year. This was followed by a 6 month residency at the Vol de Nuit Bar at the Hotel Nikko in Fukuoka, Japan.
They returned to Melbourne in 1996 and have since had residencies at the Melbourne Hilton, the Rialto Hotel, the Templestowe Hotel and the Excelsior Hotel, as well as performing at many other venues.
Harmony Plus has an extensive repertoire of jazz standards, 1960s rock ‘n roll, and songs from the 70s onwards. Here’s what overseas managements have said about them …
“I would certainly recommend them to anyone seeking classy, easy listening and enjoyable entertainment.” - Hotel Nikko, Fukuoka, Japan.
“… during that time they have been able to build a loyal clientele …” - Hilton Hotel, Tokyo Bay, Japan
"They established an excellent contact with the clients …. and contributed greatly to the success of the bar” - Hilton Hotel, Ankara, Turkey
“Flexible, friendly, creative and with an extensive repertoire covering a wide variety of tastes, they are an exceptional duo that will be missed by all of us.” - Hilton Hotel, Izmir, Turkey
“They are a very professional and talented duo and we will have no hesitation in recommending them highly.” - Hilton Hotel, Abu Dhabi, United Arab emirates
“Besides their excellent music, …. willing to oblige at short notice for our special functions and festive season entertainment programme.” - Amathus Beach Hotel, Paphos, Cyprus
“They have been a real asset to my restaurant.” - Rembrandt’s Restaurant, Nicosia, Cyprus
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