Illawarra rock band Leadfinger’s first European tour

Illawarra rock band Leadfinger. Picture: Supplied
Illawarra rock band Leadfinger. Picture: Supplied

Helensburgh gardener Stewart Cunningham once described his rock band Leadfinger as an avenue for adventure.

The four-piece of men aged around 40 are currently embarking of the biggest adventure of the band’s existence, their first tour of Europe.

They’ll play a string of shows through France, Switzerland and Spain which kicked off on October 11.

Leadfinger - Champagne & Diamonds

Not a bad feat for a group of “Friday night heroes”.

“Very nervous going overseas but [it’s] exciting too,” Cunningham told the Illawarra Mercury from an airport in Doha.

“It’s a bit of a fun working holiday ... we have been playing great live since the last album came out so hopefully we win a heap of fans over there and get to go back again in a year or so and play some festivals.”

Illawarra rock band Leadfinger. Picture: Supplied

Illawarra rock band Leadfinger. Picture: Supplied

The group -  Stewart Cunningham, Dillon Hicks, Reggie Screen and Michael Boyle -  formed in 2007 and have mined the deep seam of genuine rock’n’roll, from punk and ’70s rock  to the classic Stones and Dylan records of the ’60s and beyond.

[Our families] are probably more stoked than us, ‘cos they know how much work and passion we put into our songs.

Stewart Cunningham

Leadfinger’s tools are as broad as their musical palette – electric guitars, 12 and six-string acoustic guitars, alternate tunings and slide, dynamic bass and drums and harmony vocals.

In the past decade they have released five albums and three EPs.

Their last album “Friday Night Heroes” shows the group in all their glory – musically and physically – with the band choosing not to Photoshops any of the images that appeared on the front or inside the album cover.

“It’s not every day a Wollongong band gets invited over to play in Europe,” Cunningham said.

“The guys in the band are totally in awe that they are finally going overseas to play their own music and can’t wait to kick out the jams.

“[Our families] are probably more stoked than us, ‘cos they know how much work and passion we put into our songs.”

Leadfinger will return to their homeland at the end of the month.