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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 Kearns and Terry Gallavin remains intact, the group now-a-days features a female vocalist Layna Hunt, although she is not regarded as an offical member of the group.

 
 

Odyssey at Moby Dicks - Ronnie, Jeff, Terry and Bill


Rob Gray at Moby Dicks


Odyssey 1973 - Terry, Bill, Jeff and Ronnie

 
            
 

Odyssey became Crossroads, and remained so until circa 2013 when they returned to being Odyssey.

 
   
   
 

Blair Allchurch


Bill Kearns


Terry Gallavin


Jeff Stribling


Ronnie Harris


Layna Hunt

 
 

Blair, Terry, Bill, Layna, Jeff and Ronnie


Bill, Jeff, Pepper, Terry, Layna, Blair and Ronnie

 
 

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 reunite regularly at the Lyttleton Wunderbar and include special guests Blair Allchurch , Layne Hunt and Pepper Hall.

 
 

Odyssey - Radio Avon Concert outside the Town Hall 1974


Jeff Stribling on Drums


Odyssey - Radio Avon Concert outside the Town Hall 1974