John Howie Biography
John Howie is an Australian musician who lives in Melbourne. He and his identical twin brother, Graeme, perform together as The Howie Brothers, a well-known country/easy listening vocal harmony recording act. John and Graeme were previously members of country band 1901 which, in the early ‘80s, won three Golden Guitars (including two Group of the Year awards) at the Australasian Country Music Awards in Tamworth. The Howie Brothers has released approximately 20 albums. John plays various instruments, including piano, drums, accordion, guitar, mandolin & ukulele. He is also a keen songwriter, and sometimes writes songs inspired by his Music Tours (e.g., Out in the Outback, I’d Never Been to Birdsville, and We’re Travellin’ Around New Zealand).
John has a music degree from the University of Melbourne, where he studied classical music and music education. He taught music in secondary schools for over 20 years, including Camberwell High School (Melbourne), where he taught Kylie Minogue.
In the 1990's John came up with the idea of running Music Tours - group sightseeing tours with a focus on music. He ran his first tour, to Ireland, in 1995. He has now organised and led many tours to Ireland, as well as tours to Scotland, America, Europe, New Zealand, and the Australian Outback. John finds running music tours very satisfying—he has a passion for music and travel and he thoroughly enjoys getting to know the people who go on his tours.
John is married and has three daughters and lives in Balwyn Nth. Melbourne, Victoria.