Soundshop Founder - Andrew Rickard
After a long career in the recruitment industry, Andrew set out to fulfil his life-long passion for music.
In July 2017 Andrew launched Soundshop with a view to not only building a profitable business but also actively supporting the live music industry in Canberra. Soundshop provides musical equipment to purchase or hire as well as music related services including AV production, mixing for bands, backline hire, session musicians, entertainment booking and events coordination.
Andrew is no stranger to the music industry. Here is a summary of his involvement over recent years.
Andrew has been playing bass and guitar for 40 years. He has performed with several bands starting with swing/rock pub band Cruize Control in the early 80s and more recently with pub rockers Vendetta. Currently, Andrew performs with the originals band Carnival Road.
Andrew has a very broad play list and is often seen with his favourite bass, the Purple Levinson Blade 5 string!
Aside from performing with various bands for many years, off-stage Andrew also operated as a booking agent for both bands and venues.
In July 2017 Andrew purchased one of Australia's most reputable entertainment businesses, Peter Funnell Entertainment. Trading as Soundshop & Funnell Entertainment, Andrew now books for a wide range of professional bands and represents an increasing number of venues in Canberra and the surrounding region.
Canberra Music Workshop
Andrew is also the convener of the Canberra Music Workshop - an amateur Canberra-based jam group. The Canberra Music Workshop events give up-and-coming singers and musicians the opportunity to perform in front of appreciative audiences and gain critical feedback.
Over time Andrew's reputation as an event manager in the Canberra music industry has grown. Recently he organised the well-known Boot n Flogger Revival Party.
For several years Andrew has recorded and mixed live music events, including for the Canberra Blues Society monthly jams.
Andrew proudly promotes local acts and is always keen to help establish new live music venues.
Boot and Flogger Revival Party
Andrew was the main organiser behind the highly successful Boot and Flogger Revival Party, a gathering of music fans at their favourite pub of old, held at the Durham, Kingston, Canberra in 2016. This was an exciting festival of the best local bands from the Boot n Flogger days.
[ Andrew Rickard trading as 'Soundshop' ABN 48430138531 Telephone: 0450 960 750 ]