Pete McMahon


"Making music in the good old fashioned way..." "Always Entertaining"

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Jenny Power

UNSW Residential Communities 2018

The feedback for the band and dance from the students was great! They had a ball so thank you very much for the wonderful time that was had.  We would definitely like to book Rosella again for our colleges festivities in 2019.

Sharon and Trent Watt

Padstow Uniting Church 2017

We just want to thank you again for such a tremendous night, everyone had a fantastic time from young to old…… enjoyed the experience, even those young ones that had never been to a bush dance before.

The music was absolutely wonderful and we truly could not have asked for more  than what you guys provided for us.  It will be a wonderful memory for all of us.

Diane Tatum

Kamaroi School 2017

Thanks so much for yesterday! As you can tell, a good time was had by all and the feedback was wonderful! Please convey our thanks again to the rest of ‘Rosella’. 

Warmest regards and thanks

Mr P Sayer

Public Relations Manager, Hotel Lido, China (together with the Southern Cross Bush Band)

It has been our pleasure having the band perform at the Holiday Inn Lido, Beijing

Peter Blair

Recreation Officer, Gladesville Hospital

Pete has great success with long term and rehabilitation patients

Wally Gray

Teacher, Birchgrove Public School

The kids and the staff thought the show was great!

David Thompson

Settlers Arms, St Albans

Pete has a great range of music and I thoroughly recommend him.

Peter Hughes

St Albans

Pete McMahon truly lives for his music and has contributed greatly to the finding and recording of Australian Folk Culture and to the extending of that spirit in our time.



Pete’s versatility makes him impossible to button-hole into a musical category. A performance might include the musical influences of many genres including folk, jazz, rock, blues and country.

Pete has played in pubs and clubs for many years, he is able to perform as a solo or with one of his specialty bands. With his winning combination of entertainment, vocals and acoustic instruments Pete needs no artificial backing tracks.

You name it – Pete has done it! From touring the UK on his talents, working solo in the pubs in the English Midlands, performing in prison concerts in WA and NSW, extensive recording, film soundtracks, radio shows, song therapy, builder of over 200 musical instruments and touring with the Drifters.

Pete has worked with the Conway Brothers, Flying Wombats, Heritage Ensemble, Ragged Band, Blue Gum, Stringybark, Jacaranda Ceilidh, String Fiddle Tradition and is the leader of the infamous McMahon Brothers.

As a regular performer at the Settlers Arms in St Albans, he is the holder of the local record there with an amazing 102 consecutive Saturday night shows!



Sue is a multi-talented singer and musician playing the Anglo-concertina, keyboard, harmonica, musical saw and largerphone.
The haunting sound of the saw has to be experienced to be believed.
Being the first female President of the Bush Music Club in Sydney, Sue ran dozens of bush dances across Sydney and coordinated colonial balls and music festivals. Sue was a founding member of the Currawong Bush Band which was renowned for concerts, dances and balls in Sydney, Canberra and the Central coast.
Sue has worked with Stringybark, Jacaranda Ceilidh, Bad Wallaby and still is the best looking McMahon Brother!
Sue’s repertoire ranges from classical to rock to colonial ditties.

Solo Pub Muso, 120 pubs and clubs in Australia, England, Scotland, China

Contributed to Film and Television sound tracks

Co-Ordinator of Bush Dances, Schools, Churches. Irish and Scottish Pub bands

Member of innumerable bands, notably, Southern Cross. 15 years

Snake Gully 4 years, Conway Bros (3 shows)

The Drifters (6 shows)

Plays most Fretboards.

Producer 5 Albums

Co-Founder of the Poetry, Song and Lies Club, Canberra. 4 years

Tutor in residence at the Bush Music Club, Sydney. 10 years

Music Teacher Community Colleges.

Private Music Teacher

Shanty Master on the Bounty, Sydney Harbour. 3 years

Leader of “Alkomi" Band Macquarie Hospital. 34 years

Currently a member of the following bands, Rosella, Bad Wallaby, McMahon Bros, Heartdust, Postcard.

Pete and Sue McMahon


Sue and Pete McMahon are the core of the infamous McMahon Bros.

They are a Sydney based exciting and versatile acoustic duo with extensive experience in the music industry. Their complimenting vocals blend well together to share lead vocals and harmonies.

Delivering a boundless energy to any venue or function, Pete on guitar and Sue on concertina. They are consummate musicians and performers with years of experience. Their unique, live music provides an engaging and rare atmosphere.

Being able to respond to audience choices, Pete and Sue can provide anything from ballads to folk to dynamic dance sets featuring a huge range of music from the 1920’s to 50’s rock-n-roll.

Always entertaining they fit into any pub, club or venue. Their unique style across many genres is suitable for anything from a relaxed afternoon to a dynamic events - large or small.