About Proud Mary CCR Tribute Band

The members of Proud Mary Creedence Clearwater Revival Tribute - Ryan Rafferty, Paul Cushing, Eddie Parise and Frank Celenza.

Proud Mary are:

Ryan Rafferty

Ryan is a veteran of the Perth live scene who cut his teeth playing with members of internationally acclaimed band the Baby Animals. He has gigged regularly around Perth, including long term residencies at Metropolis Fremantle, The Shed and Black Betty's to name a few. Ryan has also gigged extensively through the South-west and the Goldfields with numerous covers acts, as well as providing backing vocals and guitar for 80s tribute act Rockstar. Ryan also provided bass and backing vocals for local singer/songwriter Manni on her live performances. No stranger to hard work, Ryan gets the job done with a level of professionalism matched only by his on-stage finesse.

Paul Cushing

Paul Cushing, aka 'Cush', Lead Guitar/backups, who is originally from Lakes Entrance in Victoria moved to Perth in 2007 after being a frequent visitor for a number of years. In his short time in Perth, Paul has spent most of that time networking, going to gigs, meeting the local musicians, playing guest spots and supports with artists Rick Steele, Michael Vdelli, Tahnee Mckay and local band The Shinkickers.

It wasn't until Paul met Eddie Parise at a local gig that things were about to change for the better. Eddie was playing bass for Vdelli at the time and was on the lookout for a young guitarist to form a Creedence Tribute band. He had heard good things from Michael Vdelli so grabbed Paul's number and the rest is history.

Paul is now revelling in his role as lead guitarist for Proud Mary. Creedence is one of his favourite bands and he jumped at the chance to be a part of it.

Eddie Parise (ex Baby Animals)

Eddie Parise has been in the music industry since the late '70'. During the eighties, Eddie found himself working in Sydney as a session musician amongst the local burgeoning music scene from which emerged bands such as Noiseworks, Wa Wa Nee, QED to name a few. Session work landed Eddie gigs with Bo Diddley and Shauna Jensen.

Later that decade, Eddie helped consolidate the line-up of a band which went on to become the Multi ARIA award winning BABY ANIMALS who went on to tour with Van Halen, Robert Plant and Bryan Adams. Eddie moved back to Perth to build his own recording studio to produce and nurture young talent - something he loves to do.

After hearing Rafferty sing Fortunate Son seven years ago while playing in a band together, Eddie acted on a strong urge to form a new band, which would play only Creedence songs. 'Ever since I was a teenager listening to CCR and gazing at their album covers, I had always dreamed of playing CCR onstage. Hearing Ryan sing Fortunate Son that night I knew at that moment something had to be done as he was just incredible.'

Handpicking his line-up, his friend and colleague Frank Celenza was an easy choice as they had a long professional association. Paul Cushing finalised the quartet. 'Right from our first jam session, it felt right. Everything sounded good. It was a magic moment for me.'

Frank Celenza (ex Baby Animals)

Frank has been playing drums from the age of 7. He played his first gigs at age nine, and has been a professional drummer ever since.

He was a founding member of the Perth band 'The Boys' having recorded 2 albums produced by Buzz Bidstrup (renown drummer for The Angels and Gangajang). The Boys toured Australia extensively playing support to bands like ACDC, Iron Maiden, The Kinks , Inxs, Cold Chisel, The Reels, The Angels, Dragon, Rose Tattoo, The Radiators, Jimmy and The Boys, Ian Gillian Band just to name a few.

After moving to Sydney in the mid eighties Frank was involved in many different musical situations as a freelance drummer doing session and live work. He worked/ recorded and performed with artists, the likes of Matt Taylor (Chain), Ross Wilson (Mondo Rock), Don Walker (Cold Chisel) Richard Clapton, Nuno Bettencourt (Extreme), Eric Weideman (1927).

Frank went on to become a member of the Multi ARIA award winning band the Baby Animals touring with Van Halen, Robert Plant and Bryan Adams.