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Langton-Joy-Snakeskin Dr Andrew Langton-Joy of Canterbury Family Dental, Canterbury, VIC, plays guitar, banjo and mandolin in The Original Snakeskins

The Original Snakeskins have been going for 12 years now. We have four core members and a floating fifth member but essentially we’ve had the same line-up during all that time. Different members of the band like different styles of music but we’re all into country, especially Hank Williams and Johnny Cash, a bit of bluegrass, and a bit of gospel. We’ve steered clear of slick country pop and gone for a more traditional country sound.

“We write all our own material and have recorded four CDs. Our most recent album, Along For The Ride, was a finalist in the 2012 Victorian and National Country Music Awards.

“We play at a lot of festivals; there’s a lot going on in Victoria but we all enjoy playing interstate. We’ve appeared at the Northern Beaches Music Festival in NSW and also at the Kangaroo Valley Folk Festival.

“We had a fantastic gig at the Apollo Bay Music Festival in Victoria where we performed in front of 1000 people. Mind you, the small gigs can be just
as satisfying. Just recently we did a pub gig in
a little corner bar and the place was packed to the rafters on a cold, wintry Melbourne night. Everyone was into it and it was great to play to such an appreciative crowd.

“All the members of the band are serious about the music but we don’t take ourselves too seriously.
I think we have the balance right which would account for us being together for so long. We’re able to come together, play our music and have a really good time but we all have lives outside the Snakeskins.

“There’s a picture on my surgery wall of The Original Snakeskins playing at the Harrietville Bluegrass Festival [in Victoria] a few years ago. Patients sometimes do a bit of a double-take when they see their dentist in the picture. I always keep a guitar at work. If there’s a cancellation or a no-show or I need to have a little time out, I can pull out the guitar and have a bit of a play.

“Occasionally, the band rehearses in the waiting room here at work. After hours, we can make a lot of noise when there’s no-one around. There are always a few pub gigs or festival appearances coming up which can be checked on our website [www.reverbnation.com/theoriginalsnakeskins].

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