In 1986 after a stint as a burger flipper at McDonalds and a few years as a roof plumber, Rusty moved to Melbourne from his native Queensland in search of a career in entertainment.
He first joined a barbershop quartet called Four Chairs No Waiting, playing festivals and shopping centres around Melbourne to great acclaim, as well as a four month stint at Expo 88 in Brisbane.
Four Chairs was where Rusty first met John Fleming and together they joined another successful a capella group, The Phones, then in 1990 started the Scared Weird Little Guys.
The Scaredies have just finished an incredible career which included an astonishing number of shows – over 4500 in countries all over the world – festivals, comedy clubs, theatres, universities, countless television and radio spots, corporate events, childrens shows and everything in between. However, all good things must come to an end and Rusty and John went out on a high with a successful national farewell tour which left their legions of fans shouting for more.
An exciting future now lies ahead with Rusty working on various television related ventures including a documentary on his trip to Antarctica to run a marathon!
Rusty is an accomplished, all round entertainer and musician. He plays a variety of instruments including guitar, ukulele, banjo, harmonica and double bass. He is a skilled vocalist, comedy writer, musical arranger and bandleader. Years of diverse performing situations has given him the ability to work under any circumstances – from noisy street shows to corporate awards nights, from nerve wracking live television to a packed MCG.