Sarah McCann, John Littrich, Neil McCann & Paul McGee.
Hailing from the beautiful townships of Kiama and Gerringong on the New South Wales south coast of Australia, Dogmatic Music began as an idea of three friends with a common love of music. Paul McGee had been writing songs and plays for many years and using them to great effect in the classroom. Also an experienced teacher and talented multi-instrumentalist, Neil McCann recognized the value of the music Paul was making. They invited John Littrich aboard to further develop Paul’s ideas. Neil and John were able to bring their years of experience as live performers into the mix. Neil’s daughter, Sarah McCann provided her youthful perspective and talents as a backup singer and musician. Together, since 2004, Dogmatic Music has been producing vibrant and fresh music for schools, engaging students and making learning fun.
Along the way, the group has received considerable recognition for its music. In 2009, it was commissioned by Illawarra Childrens Services to create an album of songs for pre-school children. Performing under the name “The Rockalots”, the music has proved most popular and the title track “Rockalot” placed sixth in the children’s section of the 2010 Australian Songwriters Association (ASA) Competition.
The two songs from Dogmatic Music’s Anzac Day Kit - “Lest We Forget” and “Australia Remembers”, also scored top 10 places in the ‘Australia’ category of the 2010 ASA Competition. This success was followed up in 2011 with another top ten placing for “Mother’s Day” from their latest album ‘Let’s Celebrate… Let’s Remember’.
In developing, recording and performing their music and plays, the whole Dogmatic Music “family” have had a part to play, with Wendy McCann, Jane Littrich and Vicki McGee, all experienced teachers, providing input, and the kids, Gabby McCann, Kate Littrich, Patricia McGee, Steve McGee and Dom Littrich performing both live and in the studio.
The band pride themselves on their ability to perform a wide range of musical genres. Instruments featured in their recordings include: Guitars, bass, double bass, banjo, keyboard and a range of synthesised sounds and percussion. Styles featured include: Rock, Rock and Roll, Bluegrass, Country, Ballads, Reggae, Ska and Rap. The variety appeals to young people.
Dogmatic Music recordings and plays have been used by schools for a number of years in different ways and the band has performed live at numerous public and school events as well as staff inservice days. Please, have a listen to the samples in this site and contact Dogmatic Music if you want to order or if you have any questions.
Paul has taught in primary schools for twenty five years, but has ventured into high school teaching for the last four years. His teaching career started in Maningrida, an Aboriginal settlement in Arnhem Land. From there he moved to New South Wales, teaching in Queanbeyan, Eden, Cooma and Bankstown. After that, a year travelling overseas found Paul teaching in both Japan and England. After returning to Australia, Paul married and moved to Kiama on the NSW south coast, working in various schools.
Paul has used music and drama throughout his teaching career, realising early that this was the way to really engage students in their learning. He has written many musicals including Antarctica, The First Fleet, the Digestive System, and the environmentally themed Humans in Fairytale Land. Some of his other musical creations involve insects, rainforests and even parts of speech!
Paul is married to Vicky and has three teenage children.
Neil is a high school Principal who has been working in education for over thirty years. Trained as a mathematics teacher, Neil has taught in Darwin, Sydney and numerous high schools in the Illawarra. During this time, Neil has always managed to play in one band or another to foster his musical side and love of live performance.
A “jack” of many instruments including guitar, bass, double bass, banjo, mandolin and didgeridoo, Neil has a diverse musical background. His involvement in live music has included rock bands, symphony orchestras, bush and bluegrass bands. Neil is married to Wendy and has three daughters.
John is a lecturer at the University of Wollongong, having previously practiced as a solicitor for 13 years. John has played in various bands and musical projects in Sydney and the Illawarra since his teenage years. He plays guitar and harmonica and provides most of the main vocals on our projects and shares in our songwriting.
John lives in Gerringong with his wife, Jane and their two teenage children and is actively involved in a number of local social justice projects. He enjoys camping, surfing, sing -a -longs and dreaming of more overseas travel.
Sarah is currently studying Medicine, but manages to squeeze in her commitment to Dogmatic music. She has studied music and dance since she was four which has led to her teaching singing and dancing for seven years. Sarah has performed in many musical productions including Les Miserables and West Side Story. She also has a wealth of live band experience as well as on stage dance performances.
Sarah has a precise voice and an uncanny ability to sing many layers of harmony with a minimum of fuss. Sarah brings youth and vibrancy to the music.