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Dennis Browne, Paula Browne-Wills and Greg Carruthers performed mainly as a three piece band called 'Nucleus' from early 1981 to mid 1985 at many of the Bowling, RSL, Soccer, Workers and other clubs, plus a few pubs, in and around Newcastle and the Hunter Valley. Other muso's were added as required.

Nucleus worked most weekends during the early to mid 1980's, providing music and song at dinner-dance, pattern (old time) dances, 50/50 dances, weddings and balls.

The band disbanded in May 1985, due mainly to other work related commitments of Dennis and Paula. The last gig Nucleus performed at was a fabulous combined church's Deb Ball at Karuah RSL.

Musical connections:
Paula's parents were both accomplished musicians. Her father, Frank Wills, (drums, double bass, violin, trombone and voice), played double bass in Jim Hunt's Swing Rhythm Club at Maitland in the 1950's, 60's and beyond. Paula's mother, Mary Wills played piano, firstly in her own dance orchestra, The Mary Wills Dance Orchestra, and then of course with her husband. She was known far and wide for her impeccable timing and rhythm, an essential ingredient for discerning old time dancers. The Frank Wills Dance Orchestra played to packed halls and other venues, at country dances all around the Hunter Valley for many, many years. Paula's first cousin Justin Collins, vocals, heads up the vibrant Newcastle jazz based group Fish Fry.


Photographs and Bio courtesy of Dennis and Paula Browne