Woodley Range Bio

Woodley Range Bio

Keith Oliver provides vocals and multiple instruments for Woodley Range. Instruments includes guitar, dobro, banjo and harmonica. His musical inspirations are taken from the blues, folk and the classic rock genres. Musical expression via the variable tonality and pitch from slide guitar and harmonica, he finds to be most rewarding.

Nick Dokter on drums and vocals started his musical career in South Africa at the tender age of 14, quickly becoming a sought after session player. He continued his studio work in London at PYE Studio where he rubbed shoulders with Ronnie Wood, Arthur Brown and Van Morrison. Nick carried on his session work upon arrival in Canada working with the Juno nominated Richard Stepp Band, Oliver and the Elements and Jimmy D Lane.

Gary Anderson on guitar and vocals along with some guitalele and mandolin. Gary started in the folk scene in the late 60's in Vancouver. In the 70's he played bass in a few road cover bands in the west ending up playing guitar in the New Wave-Punk scene for the Dick Twacy Band in the late 70's. Burnt out from the road and the biz he quit playing for several years until the late 80's and help start the NDR Band, an all original band fronted by talented song writer Peter Curley. Seizing on an opportunity to play and record with pro's again after moving to the Vancouver Island he helped form the Woodley Range Band and started recording with Ron Obvious at the controls.

 

Joel Bennett on bass. Following his two older brothers, Joel started playing music around the age of 13. His influences include bands such as Led Zeppelin, Deep Purple, Black Sabbath and Rush.    By the time he was 17 he was playing gigs and clubs in and around his home town of Moose Jaw. After playing in a number of local garage bands he co-founded the band Rukus. Rukus toured western Canada for about a year before disbanding. He continued touring Canada in a variety of duo acts. In the Mid 90’s he moved to Victoria BC and joined an original band called “Turk and the Rat.”  Turk and the Rat won the first Rocktoria contest and became a fixture in the Victoria music scene. In 2012 Joel Moved to Nanaimo and joined Potential Trainwreck a Rock cover band. Looking to expand his musical horizons he started jamming with a group of musicians.  This is where he met Keith Oliver and Gary Anderson.  When Nick Dokter moved into Keith and Gary’s neighborhood the idea for an original project was born and became Woodley Range in 2015.