Things Of Stone And Wood

Thirty years ago a rag-tag bunch of folkies got together and formed a band called Things of Stone and Wood that went on to define Melbourne in the early 90s..

Off the back of their top 10 single ‘Happy Birthday Helen’, the band achieved national success, international tours, a gold album ‘The Yearning’ and even a Late Show parody, kicking off a career that would place them as one of Australia’s most loved Folk- Rock bands.

Described as “Melbourne’s most inspired and inspiring acoustic band” (Michael Dwyer), their imaginative use of organic instruments set off an acoustic/folk movement that paved the way for the likes of John Butler, The Waifs and Angus & Julia Stone.

Their live show has always been full of energy and passion and whilst they’ve won many an industry award, including an ARIA and APRA Songwriter of the Year for singer/songwriter Greg Arnold, it’s on stage that demonstrates why they’re so loved.



• Singer/songwriter Greg Arnold was APRA’s Songwriter of the Year in 1993
• The Late Show’s parody of “Happy Birthday Helen” is one of the highest hit on Late Show parodies on
YouTube over two decades on
• Greg is still happily married to ‘Helen’.
• ‘Wildflowers’ was the most played Australian song on radio in 1994
• The band’s ultra- rare first independent EP “The Hopeful” continues to go for upwards of $100 when
copies emerge on eBay today
• Their album “The Man with the Perfect Hair” was named after Kerry O’Brien

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