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Odyssey
Bill Kearns (Bass and Lead Vocals), Jeff Stribling (Drums), Terry Gallavin (Keyboards and Vocals) and Ronnie Harris (Guitar and Vocals)

Odyssey was a glam-rock band which was formed in Christchurch in 1973 from the remaining members of NZ Fantasy .  After splitting from Mike Brown (who formed Fantasy in Dunedin circa 1968) the group moved to Dunedin in 1971 for a couple of years, before eventually returning to Christchurch in 1973.  On their return they took on an up-front singer and this became the substantive line-up which still exists to this day.  Lead singer Michael Scheele was not the group's "original" singer - Rob Gray was bass-player when Michael joined.  Odyssey went through a multitude of personal changes over time, but guitarist Ronnie Harris and drummer Jeff Stribling remained the stalwarts of the group.  Bass players included Rob Gray, Bill Kearns, Dennis O'Connell, Marc Beecroft, Phil Hall amd Robbie Wilson, whilst lead singers also changed regularly - these included Terry Gallavin, Michael Scheele, Rob Gray, Ronnie Harris, Phil Hall and Bill Kearns.  Featured second guitar players included Jimmy Taylor, Colin Bayley and Mark Wootton.  Whilst the origional line-up of Jeff Stribling, Ronnie Harris, Bill Keans and Terry Gasllavin remasins intact, the group now-a-days features a female vocalist Layna Hunt, although she is not regarded as an offical member of the group.

 
            
   
 

Bill Kearns


Terry Gallavin


Dynamia Records DS-101


Jeff Stribling


Ronnie Harris

 
 

Odyssey released a single on Dynamia Records in 1980 (DS101).  The recording featured a glammy remake of The Easybeats' single Sorry.  The flipside was a Ronnie Harris original That's Life.  Odyssey were reunited at the Lyttleton Wunderbar on Saturday September 8th, 2018

 
 

Odyssey - Radio Avon Concert outside the Town Hall 1974


Jeff Stribling on Drums


Odyssey - Radio Avon Concert outside the Town Hall 1974