The Pheasant Pluckers have been treating audiences to their own unique brand of “home grown original alt country bluegrass” for a while now. Call it what you like, the music is unmistakably Australian, high energy and fresher than ever.

Matt Campbell leads with his fine emotive singing, driving rhythm guitar and top-notch song writing. Long time member Keith Ludekens is a happening guy on stage and adds more original songs, blues harp, washboard and passionate vocals. Rod Boothroyd powers the band with double bass plus searing high lonesome harmonies. Best known for his banjo work with Paul Kelly, Peter Somerville plays slide guitar as well as banjo, and adds another layer to the vocal harmony mix. Last but not least, Dan Kerr (formerly with Chequeboard Lounge) plays high voltage lead acoustic guitar in a style that’s a mix of the greatest country and R&B players.

The band performs mainly original songs, complimented by a sprinkling of covers of artists including Tony Joe White, Dylan, Kelly, Tom Waits, and the Hoodoo Gurus. It’s hard to put a label on their music but the Pheasant Pluckers have built a loyal following over several years at many top venues in Melbourne and right across regional Victoria. Soon to record their sixth album, this band is not to be missed!


Matt Campbell

Lead vocals & rhythm acoustic guitar

Original co-founder of the Pheasant Pluckers in late 1993, and songwriter of much of the band’s original material. Whipcracker and carrot-dangler, Matt is always talking about the next original album even while working on a current project, and then he starts talking about the one after that.

Keith Ludekens

Backing vocals, harmonica & percussion

First saw the band play at the Maori Chief Hotel in South Melbourne in 1995. He got up and sang along with the band and he never left.

Rod Boothroyd

Double bass & backing vocals

At his first PP gig in 1998, Rod plugged in his six string electric bass to an enormous amp rig with many many cables and little flashing lights. Then one day the wind blew, the clouds parted... and Rod beheld the magnificent vision of a maple upright bass. His life and ours were never the same again.

Dan Kerr

Lead acoustic guitar & backing vocals

Dan has been playing live gigs for over 20 years, mostly on his beloved electric Gibson. We lured him into the Pheasant Pluckers with the promise that if he did a few gigs on his acoustic guitar, he could get out the Gibson one day. Sadly for Dan, he’s just been too hot on the acoustic. We keep promising.

Peter Somerville

Banjo, dobro & backing vocals

Well Pete has been joining the Pheasant Pluckers for about three or four years. Hopefully he’ll keep joining us for many years to come.