about Diddly Squat



Frenetic rhythms, rousing harmonies, and infectious camaraderie...

Amazing experiences can come from knowing "diddly squat" and doing it anyway.

We're a bunch of friends who got together to make some noise & have a bit of fun. We knew "diddly squat" about music but reckoned we'd do it anyway, because it looked like a hoot.

Turns out, it's been a really big hoot and we're having an amazing ride and love sharing the joy.

 Thank you to all the folk who've supported & egged us on!

Diddly Squat band were featured as finalists in ABC’s EXHUMED competition for amateur bands, culminating in a TV series & live Grand Final performance at Rooty Hill RSL Sydney December 2013.

Our Journey

In 2009 we were challenged to prepare a few songs for a charity function. At that time half of us had never played an instrument or sung before, but it looked like fun, so we had a go. It was hootin' good fun, so we kept going.

Turns out, we all secretly harboured a desire to play in a band, but none of us had ever thought it possible.

We play music we love...an eclectic mix of Rock 'n Roll, Folk, Blues, Country & Pop from the 1950's - 80's, and who'd have thought, a few originals are starting to emerge!

In 2013, we entered ABC's EXHUMED competition for amateur bands. Created by James Valentine, the competition was "not for the wannabe's, not for the has-been's, but for the never-were's" - people who play for the passion and enjoyment.

We figured that this was us to a tee - and were thrilled to be selected as one of 6 national Grand Finalists (from 1400 entries), to be featured on a TV series, culminating in a live performance at Rooty Hill RSL Sydney. So we've had a heck of a joyride and more experiences than we ever imagined, including being bustled into a recording studio at 24 hours notice & performing on the hallowed stage of Rooty Hill RSL to 1 million+ TV viewers...makes our head spin really. 

Who knows what's next...we'll keep playing because we love the music, the friendship, the learning, and the downright good fun!
and we hope to get better at it...bit by bit, all in our own time. 

what others say

"What a joy! Diddly Squat bring fun, high energy and great musicality to their audience. Yay, Girls...You Rock" - Leonie

"Just saw your performance on the Exhumed final. I was blown away! Was really not expecting to be, but you lot are fantastic! Be proud!" - David

"Fabulous girls! Loved it! So proud of the Diddly Squatters" - Craig

"Took my breath away with those harmonies! It was a beautiful arrangement that blended your voices perfectly." - Susan

 "They were a delight to work with. I would highly recommend this band and would not hesitate to invite them to any event I was involved with in the future. Diddly Squat would be a memorable feature of any event." - Helen

Kath Ridgway


Vocals & Rhythm Guitar

Kath is a “live wire” who loves to dance, and loves playing danceable upbeat music. She is blessed with impeccable rhythm, and a disturbing ability to remember every song since Federation. Kath has performed as lead vocalist with several Brisbane Bands (“Moondog”, “Double Deal”, “ The Panic Sisters”) and has had a taste of theatre, performing in ‘Back to the Cremorne”, La Boite Theatre, 1982. 
Kath penned the Diddly's first original song "All So Ordinary" which is recorded on the EXHUMED CD.
She holds a day job as an archivist for a commercial TV station..we're not sure how much "work" gets done, as she often has her miniature travel guitar right by her side.

Merrilyn "Sticks" Bowers


Drums & Percussion

Merrilyn loves a challenge, and took up the drums in adulthood because she has always wanted a way of expressing herself… and well, the “drums just do it“.
Merrilyn is a social worker providing palliative care services to the terminally ill, and believes it's important to engage in "life affirming" activities. She finds that affirmation by playing with the diddlys, and oh.... did we mention you can't tear her from the screen when the AFL is on.

Chris Hall


Vocals & Bass Guitar

Chris is an artist and administration assistant by day, and had no prior music experience, so she started with the Diddly's by playing congas & bongo drums. She has always loved the "low stuff", and after a couple of years, started teaching herself bass guitar because it had "more notes"...

Ann Leung


Vocals & Guitar

Ann learnt classical guitar as a youngster, but hadn’t played for years prior to Diddly Squat, and has been on a steep learning curve. Historically, a severe introvert, learning to sing and perform has challenged every inch of her being. Ann started writing songs 12 months after commencing with the Diddlys, and released a debut solo album, dreams of a wildgoose in 2015. 

Performance Listing:

  • The Green Owl, Bowen Hills, August 2018
  • IndigiDayOut Festival, June 2018
  • Green Living Expo, Indigiscapes, March 2018
  • Coast Acoustics, February 2017
  • Folk Redlands, Dec 2016
  • Reclink Cup, Brisbane, September 2016
  • Peaks to Points Festival, July 2014, 2016
  • Clive Burdeu Aged Care, Aug 2015
  • Wynnum Twilight Markets, Dec 2014
  • Folk at the Friary, November 2014
  • LGBTIQ Over 50's Expo - New Farm, Southport & Kawana 2014, 2015
  • Redfest Spring Festival, Cleveland, September 2014, 2015
  • Alderley Arms Hotel, supporting Across The Ditch July, November 2014, April,July,December 2015, April 2016
  • Launch It –Surfers Paradise Festival April 6, 2014
  • 612 ABC Radio - Tim Cox Drive Show, April 2014
  • Folk Redlands, Feb & Dec 2014
  • Christmas Party, Sherwood AFL Club, Dec 2013
  • “Exhumed” Finalists – Featured in ABC Exhumed TV Series November- December 2013, culminating in Grand Final, Rooty Hill RSL December 2013 (broadcast on ABC TV)
  • 612 ABC Radio, Tim Cox Drive Show, October 2013
  • Co-winners “Exhumed” Brisbane Final, Kedron Wavell RSL August 2013
  • Kahuna Hut opening, Salisbury, July 2013
  • 50th Birthday party, Enoggera, June 2013
  • 50th Birthday party, Oxley Golf Club November 2012
  • Karuna Christmas Markets, Lutwyche, November 2012, 2013, 2015
  • Karuna Art & Jewellery fair,  Lutwyche August 2012, 2013, 2014
  • Private Birthday Party, Norman Park Bowls Club, March 2012
  • Salisbury Bowls Club, November 2011
  • Coorparoo Bowls Club, October & November 2011
  • Bohemia Bar, Paddington, June 2011
  • Heartbeast, Fortitude Valley, March 2011
  • Inspire Gallery, West End, March 2011
  • Wedding, Point Break, Burleigh Heads, February 2011
  • Private Christmas Party,  Brisbane North, December 2010
  • Channel 9 Christmas Party, Red Hill Community Club, November 2010
  • Wedding, Norman Park Bowls Club, October 2010
  • Blessing of the Cornfield, Enoggera August 2010
  • Christmas party, Ukraine Club Nov 2009
  • Koko’s Apartments, July 2009, February & November 2010, February 2011, December 2011
  • Friends of Ebenezer Fundraiser, Heaven in the Hills, Maleny,  July 2009