FABBA was established in 1996 and reformed in 2000 as a live show band
ABBA is considered one of the 3 largest selling recording artists in history and FABBA aim to continue sharing their music
The group are dedicated in replicating the ABBA sound, however they have also added a modern and theatrical element to the show
FABBA promises to deliver a show that is highly energetic, visually captivating, musically brilliant, audience engaging & always entertaining
Meet the FABBA Team
We work together, play together (literally), travel together and over the years have become a family of our own……but most importantly we really like each other.
We are so grateful and appreciative for every gig we do – because we love our job and we love working together.
There is so much fun and laughter both on and off stage with the FABBA team – which is why every show is different and unpredictable…. but with every FABBA show, the music and magic of Abba is reproduced with respect and passion.
Anni-Frid Lyngstad (Frida) aka Anthea J
Anthea J has worked as an actor, singer and voice over artist in all areas of the entertainment industry including film, television, stage and musical theatre.
After studying at the prestigious Ensemble Studios under Hayes Gordon, Anthea honed her improvisational skills and became a regular performer at Belvoir St Theatre playing ‘Theatresports’….which are talents regularly used at a FABBA gig!
She has featured in TV shows such as “Flat Chat”, “GP” & “Just Kidding” as well as some Australian films (both short and feature).
Her most memorable highlight was the lead role of Gypsy Rose Lee in “Gypsy” at the Seymour Centre.
Her career then extended to producing live theatre shows with Tunks Productions. She has written, produced and directed shows for The Roxbury Theatre, Eurovision Events and some select venues and events.
Anthea operates a very successful entertainment consultancy, Anthea J Productions & specializes in consulting, producing and sourcing entertainment for venues. See www.antheaj.com
Playing Frida has been a whirlwind experience for Anthea. She has met and made wonderful friendships, had two children (performing both times till she was 7mths pregnant) and travelled to amazing parts of the world to perform the show. Her personalhighlight was flying on a private jet with The Angels and meeting Doc Neeson when FABBA were their support act at a function.
Anthea has much empathy with Frida – she too had a bad perm in the 80’s!
Agnetha Fältskog aka Anita Hartmann
Anita has been a professional singer, actor and entertainer for most of her life.
Although she started her career in musical theatre, she went on to establish herself successfully as a cabaret artist, including producing her own one woman show.
She also works professionally as an actor in television and theatre and is called on regularly to compere and host events and shows.
Recently she performed in the premier of a new Australian musical ‘Beaudy’ at the NIDA theatre.
Anita started with FABBA in 2008 playing the role of Frida when Anthea was pregnant – she actually has the ability to play a brunette or blonde and vocally can sing both parts.
She joined FABBA full-time in 2011 performing the part of Agnetha and has since truly made the role her own.
Although she is a natural brunette, she becomes a blonde effortlessly – in fact the rest of the band thinks she may actually be a natural blonde!
While Agnetha never really liked the fame and attention, Anita loves it….she also has the famous ‘bottom’ wiggle down to a fine art!
Björn Ulvaeus aka Tim Johnson
Tim’s musical background started back in highschool with a band that won numerous competitions including the prestigious, Battle Of The Bands.
He has played lead guitar and co-written songs in various original bands including ‘Change Of Heart’ and ‘Glow’
He has also played in a variety of covers & tribute shows including during the 90’s including ‘Explosive Hits’, ‘The Doors Show’, The Pearl Jam Show’ ‘Vibeology’ & ‘Audio Adrenaline’
Along the way he has played guitar for a variety of artists, including the successful LA act ‘Frank & Barbra’ on their Australian tour.
His FABBA career highlight was performing in Vietnam to a stadium of 15,000 Abba fans.
Tim is always working on original projects with other musicians and singers and also his first solo project which can be heard at www.myspace.com/timmyjay.
Tim, like Bjorn, is a frustrated rock god stuck in the 80’s!
P.S He actually likes wearing lycra!
Benny Andersson aka Chris Hunt
Chris is the Clark Kent of the show. By day he is Director of Instrumental Music at Central Coast Grammar School and on the weekend he dons the white satin jumpsuit to become Benny!
In addition to classroom teaching, his responsibilities include coordination of the school’s highly regarded cocurricular ensembles, private music tuition and Junior School instrumental programs. He has overseen the growth of these programs to feature over fifteen large ensembles, including orchestras, bands, choirs and other instrumental groups and over 300 weekly private lessons.
Chris has been musical director for the school’s celebrated senior productions including Beauty and the Beast, Grease, Looking Both Ways, Aida, Man of Steel, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying and Guys and Dolls, as well as several drama productions, the Performing Arts Centre Gala Opening and the CCGS 30 th Anniversary Gala Concert.
He has also been sought after as an ensemble conductor for HICES Music Festivals, NSW State Music Camps and Public Schools Instrumental Ensembles, and is Assistant Conductor, Vice President and Principal French Horn of Symphony Central Coast.
He has performed with many orchestras and ensembles around Sydney, and composed music for film, theatre, contemporary dance and instrumental performances. Chris has many similarities to Benny – both are mild mannered, super talented, have real beards and both are virtuoso’s on the piano. He is also channelling another famous Swedish star – The Chef from the Muppets!
Hans Olover aka Michael Papallo (Drums)
Will Indowd aka Alex Keller (Bass)
Alex’s love of music began at an early age, learning piano at age six, and cello in his early teens. In his late teens he started to dabble with the bass guitar. As a cellist, Alex performed with the Sydney and SBS Youth Orchestras and toured throughout Australia, Asia and the South Pacific region. He was also the cellist for the SBS String Quartet.
Alex began his career as an Audio Engineer in 1996, teaching at JMC’s Academy of Audio Engineers, and opening up his own recording studio the following year. Alex began working for the Wiggles in 1998 and since then, has recorded and mixed over 20 Wiggle’s albums and toured all over Australia, USA, Canada, UK, New Zealand, UAE and Asia.
As a bass player, Alex has performed many times with the Wiggle’s Big Show, Over 18’s, iTunes, with Jamie Oliver and on Rove Live. Alex has been The Wiggles session bass player since 2009. Alex has also performed with The Cockroaches and many other original artists.
Alex has performed with FABBA since 2010, after being thrown into the deep end with their Vietnam Tour! Since then, he has enjoyed trips to Papua New Guinea, Vanuatu and all over the Australian countryside with the band.
Alex runs a successful mixing suite in the Blue Mountains and composes music for film and television with fellow multi instrumentalist, Vince Pace (Graft Productions). True fact – Alex is the only ‘real’ Swede in the band!
FABBA would like to thank the following people for being part of the FABBA story.
Rhonda Schou Agency (for that very first gig!)
G’Day Hollywood for our American Cruise ship contracts
ATSOC Sound Production – Michael, Allan and Luke. Always making us look and sound good
Daily Press for the wonderful website wizardry
Sue Lioli & Belinda Player– ‘Digging the Costume Queens!’
Selwa Anthony Agency – the best role model ever!
All the wonderful players/performers past and present: David Goyen, Logan McCrory, Mark Denton, Michael Armiger, Danny McCabe, Robyn Larymore, Tamara Miles, Jason Paris, Drew Parsons, Shane Edwards, Mick Tague and Wayne Tunks
All the partners of the FABBA team – thanks so much for letting us do what we love!
All the ABBA fans – thank you for keeping the music alive!
In fact FABBA would especially like to thank Abba for never doing that reunion tour!