Any talents Eric possessed, certainly in the musical or artistic field, had been pretty well hidden up until he was about 18. Eric went for an audition with a local rock band, and because of his amazing vocal ability and the fact that he owned a Kombi van, he got the job. Fired with an enthusiasm and sense of purpose he'd never experienced before, he set out to make 'The Informers' world famous and transform himself into a Rock God.
A couple of years later, with neither ambitions anywhere near recognised, Eric denounced the whole pop music scene and turned his attention to folk music. The rest, as they say, is history. A compulsive, almost obsessive songwiter for most of his adult life, Eric has written some songs that have pretty much become Australian classics of their particular genre. Probably his best known song is 'The Band Played Waltzing Matilda', which confirmed it's iconic status by appearing as a question in the Australian version of Trivial Pursuit! Some of his other songs have been recorded by Joan Baez, Mary Black, Donovan, Slim Dusty, John Williamson, Billy Bragg, The Pogues and The Furies, just to name a few.
Eric, together with his long term partner John Munro, has literally taken his music to the world. He has toured extensively over the last 25 years or so, and this includes 8 tours of North America, 10 Tours of Europe and God knows how many tours of Australia. He has appeared at every major Folk and Country music festival in Australia and overseas, you name it, he's done them all, and many times as well. He has won quite a few awards along the way including the Order of Australia medal for services to the entertainment industry, and a Peace medal from the U.N. for his efforts, through music, to promote peace and racial harmony.