MY HEARTS DEZIRE/Hawk-Kestrel
WILD MAN BRUN (Bruno George Koenig)
Australian Indie Folk Rock Duo Hawk-Kestrel (formally Hy Hearts Dezire) is the collaboration of two seasoned singer songwriters,
Pennie Lennon (Piano & keyboards) and Wild Man Brun (Lead guitar).
Their music has been described as old school seventies revisited with a contemporary edge. They've been playing Festivals, having preformed at the Blackheath Rhododendron Festival the past few years,
and having just returned from the Mfest in Springbrook Queensland, after the Canowindra Ballooning Festival. In March they played at the Black Dog Benefit at the Valve Bar in Sydney.
Wild Man Brun played in the 2013 Tamworth Country Festival as lead guitarist for Rod Dowsett and the Cold Hard Truth and will again in 2014 daily through out the Festival at the Tudor Hotel, Peel St. Tamworth.
Pennie and Brun have been playing together for 15 year, originally from Sydney, now based on the edge of the mountains in Lithgow.
Brun met Pennie at a stage when he was returning to his guitar after a period of electronic sound art. Pennie had just completed her CD Journeys, produced by Steven Kilbey, with the rhythm section of the Church (Kilbey and Powell).
Pennie wanted to create a live show of her material, and in meeting with Brun, they developed their original sound, composed of songs from both Pennie and Brun, with some writing together.
They released the Live 2005 five song CD, with Pennies songs, one of which is a co-written piece (Rocks in the Bathroom).
There is a CD in the wings with a stronger contingent of songs from Wild Man Brun.
Pennie Lennon’s voice has been described as reminiscent of Laura Nyro and Niko from Velvet Underground, and on several occasions has been compared to Kate Bush.
Pennie has been playing piano since the age of five and has been writing songs in the last twenty years. Her vocals float through her arpeggiated Bach influenced piano style.
Pennie is multi talented in the arts and also has worked in Fashion and Theatre Costume design for over 25 years. She created her own look and images, working with greats such as Zandra Rhodes in ’73 and Lindsay Kemp in ’75. She danced on stage with ‘Simon and The Daimonds’ in the mid 70’s and was a founding member of the Cabaret Conspiracy Movement in Sydney’s Garibaldi’s in the late 70’s.
Pennie started writing music around this time, she has played with many musicians, showcasing her songs at live gigs, piano bars and private functions.
Always with a piano at her fingertips, Pennie has several CD's to her name. (Heart Speak 1993, Healing Bones 1996, Journeys 2000, Live at Karmic Hit Studios, Live 05 at Cheltenham Studio)
Bruno George Koenig aka Wild Man Brun’s recent playing has brought about comparisons
to early Peter Green from Fleetwood Mac and David Gilmour crossed with Bruce Springsteen when it comes to singing.
He is an ‘old school’ guitarist/singer/songwriter who has been on a merry-go-round of different styles and art forms;
from Irish folk in the early 70’s and R&B/blues (Sydney nationally touring band City Strutt 1974)
and hard rock in the late 70’s (Wollongong based El Pifco 78-80 for which he wrote half the original song repoitour). Even though he never put down the guitar,
in the 80's he changed course and became an acclaimed contemporary painter and sculpture,
in the 90's he studied in the arts; BFA(Studio Arts), GradDipEA(Computer Music/Temporal Arts) created electronic sound installations
and he exhibited in the International Symposium of Electronic Arts (ISEA)1996 Rotterdam, Netherlands.
He has now gone full circle, firmly back on his musical road, back to his roots, back to guitar, playing, singing and songwriting.
Now named Wild Man Brun for his exuberance on stage, a name he took on in 2004 after being given a guitar strap with "Wild Man" embroidered on it by his friend FG who not long after past away.