The Dames are Clare Moore on drums, songs and vocals, Kaye Louise Patterson on keys, songs and vocals and Rosie Westbrook on bass and backing vocals.
Clare Moore plays currently and has played for many years, with Dave Graney – from the Moodists to the Coral Snakes and now the mistLY . Her debut solo cd “the third woman” was released on Chapter Music in 2002 and “liquor”, her disc of a double set opposed to Dave Graney’s “hashish” in 2005 . And now the DAMES. Clare Moore also plays with the Ukeladies and Harry Howard and the NDE and has been involved in writing and recording for film and tv. Being nominated for an ARIA for “the soundtrack to the movie BAD EGGS” in 2003.Her songs are very much studio constructions and include a paen to “Eve”, the female character in the tv show IRONSIDE and also “the Groosalugg”, a character from ANGEL.
Kaye Louise Patterson also writes songs for the DAMES. Her background includes playing with Jeff Williams as part of Acuffs Rose. Pioneers of alt country before any other wagons set up in that part of the prairie. She also released her brilliant solo album, “INTERNATIONAL TRAVEL” in 2006. Missing the camaraderie of a band, she hooked up with Moore and BAM! The DAMES is born! Her songs are very much piano trio based and include an instrumental tribute to DUDLEY MOORE and an epic tribute to a little known paradise of evergreen forests and sailing boats called “California”.
Rosie Westbrook is involved with composing film soundtracks and international touring with the esteemed Mick Harvey, among others.
Their debut self titled album was recorded at Atlantis in Melbourne and has been mixed by acclaimed, award winning icon of UK post punk and 90s film funk music BARRY ADAMSON.in Brighton, UK. Barry being an old friend of Clare Moore’s since her days in the Moodists and his in Magazine and the Bad Seeds. Old Time Weirdness is in the House! Guaranteed!