From Bourke to the big stage


Alister Hill with his double bass. PHOTO supplied

Former Bourke High School student and 2WEB volunteer announcer, Alister Hull, is making a name for himself in Melbourne, and is an in demand young bass guitarist.

Alister left Bourke in 2016 to pursue a career in music, gaining his Bachelor of Music degree in 2018 from Australia’s leading private college in creative industries – the JMC Academy.

“I made a bunch of friends and started networking at uni, as you do,” Alister said. “The tutors really encouraged us to play a lot of music much of the time and get as well-versed as possible in a variety of styles.

“Around my first or second year I met up with some family friends and they had a band with a guitarist and drummer and were looking for a bass player who would be fun to hang out with, and I thought ‘Oh, that could be me’.

“So that’s how I started playing bass in Pollyman,” Alister said.

The band has garnered critical acclaim, not just in Melbourne but interstate as well, and Alister is shortly on his way to perform at the Gum Ball Festival in Brisbane.

That gig did come at a cost, however.

“Unfortunately, we got an offer to support Crowded House on part of their tour, but we had already made this commitment to the Festival, so it was just bad luck, but that’s how it goes – you miss one but others come up.”


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