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Rachel Trainor

Rachel Trainor

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Rachel is a New Zealand born, Melbourne based professional drummer, performer and multi-instrumentalist. She holds a Bachelor of Music (Honours – First Class) from the University of Otago in Dunedin where she was tutored by ex-Mother Goose drummer Marcel Rodeka and bassist Rob Burns, whose credits include playing for the BBC and collaborations with well known musicians such as Pete Townsend of The Who.

Coming from a very musical family, she had her first drum lesson at age 12, picking up regular lessons a year later when she started high school (as a great way to get out of maths class). She was awarded Best Rock Musician and Contribution to Music, along with First in Class in Music, in her final year of high school.

While she was at university she toured all around New Zealand with corporate/tribute band 'X Factor' (formerly X-Set), providing both vocals and drums for corporate events, sports events and private parties. She also formed her own originals band 'Honeybone', and was an integral part of University of Otago lecturer Ian Chapman's 1970s Glam Rock tribute 'Dr Glam'.

Along with her various professional band work, she also was in pit bands for several musicals such as 'Buddy Holly' and 'Back to the 80s'.

After graduating with a 1st Class Honours degree she made the move from New Zealand to Melbourne with her band Honeybone in 2012. Since then she has gone on to play most notable band venues around Melbourne such as Cherry Bar, The Espy Gershwin Room and The Workers Club. Her gigs with Honeybone have included opening for NZ greats such as Dragon and The Datsuns. Honeybone have released one full length album and two EPs in over 8 years of playing together.

Rachel is in her second 12 month season of shows at Dracula's Cabaret Restaurant Melbourne, providing drums, vocals, rhythm guitar, bass and ukulele for their current show 'Resurrection'. She performs five nights a week, and is the cast 'Band Leader', responsible for all live music in the show. 

 

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