Biography

Stewart was born in Sydney, Australia, the son of a Hardware Merchant.

He attended school at St Ignatius, Riverview and went on to graduate in Arts/Law at Sydney University. After graduating, instead of becoming a lawyer, he chose the world of music.

 

For many years he was in great demand as the ‘Piano Man’, entertaining the elite in Sydney’s most prestigious nightclubs in the 80’s.

 

Stewart since then has gone on to become extremely successful in the music industry, as a prolific composer, and as a highly regarded musical director, performer, and producer.

 

He was signed to Polygram in the mid 80s for his solo project “Side Effects “ and then in the late 80s went on to form ‘Big Storm’ which was signed to Warner Brothers.

 

In 1992, Stewart co-wrote a show with the well known Australian actor, John Waters. Their show ‘Lennon Through A Glass Onion’  recently performed a sell out season at The Sydney Opera House, celebrating their 25 year anniversary as one of Australia’s longest running stage shows.

 

Among Stewart’s many other musical directing and composing credits are ‘Reunion’ and ‘Cafe Brel’ (with John Waters), ‘Satango’ (with Justin Fleming) and a New York production called ‘ Gigi, The Black Rose’ (with Josh Gosfield).

In 2008 and 2009, he was the musical director for ‘The Beatles White Album’ and in 2010, ‘The Beatles Back to Back’ ( Sergeant Peppers and Abbey Road).

 

Stewart has composed movie scores for ‘Whitsunday Ash’, ‘Sugar Inc’, ‘Blood Oath’,  Emmy Award winning ‘Faces in the Mob’ and award winning ‘Moeder’. His TV scores include ‘Ocean Star’, ‘Trapped’, “The Cut’ and ‘Second Chance’ and recently ‘Easter in Jerusalem’ for Compass.

 

In 2005, Stewart moved to New York to perform his highly acclaimed  show ‘Belly of a Drunken Piano’ , a homage to the music of Tom Waits. The show got rave reviews from the New York Times, Variety and the Village Voice. He then took it to The Montreal Jazz Festival, The Edinburgh Fringe Festival and Riverside Studios in London.

 

Whilst in New York he formed the rock band ‘ America’s Least Wanted’ which went on to live up to it’s name!

 

Stewart received  the Drover’s Award from ‘Arts on Tour’ for his production of ‘The Blonde, The Brunette and The Vengeful Redhead’, starring Academy Award nominee Jacki Weaver.

 

In 2013, Stewart produced and starred in ‘Tuxedo and The Little Black Dress’, a musical he co-wrote with renown playwright Louis Nowra.

 

It wasn’t till 2014 that Stewart first developed ‘My Leonard Cohen’ which was a smash hit at Chapel Off Chapel in Melbourne.

 

That same year, Stewart and John Waters took ‘Lennon: Through a Glass Onion’ to New York where they played for three and a half months. They went on to Florida and then Japan.

 

In April 2016 a well known Liverpool actor named Daniel Taylor joined Stewart to perform ‘Glass Onion’ to full houses and standing ovations in Liverpool, the birthplace of the Beatles. If you can make it there…

 

A few months later, Stewart and his band were back performing ‘My Leonard Cohen’ at the 2016 Edinburgh Fringe Festival to sell out crowds and rave reviews.

 

After Edinburgh, Stewart went straight back on the road with  ‘Lennon Through A Glass Onion’ to 23 towns all over the UK and Ireland, including, by popular demand,  a return season in Liverpool.

 

‘My Leonard Cohen’ is a wonderful vehicle for Stewart to showcase his multitude of talents, and that of the superb band who play with him.

It is with great pleasure that Stewart brings ‘My Leonard Cohen’ to the 2017 Adelaide Fringe Festival, accompanied by a veritable who’s who of Australia’s best rock musicians.

 

Stewart’s latest solo album, ‘My Magnificent Narcotic ‘, a selection of gritty blues, rock songs and ballads, is currently on sale by limited release.

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