Meet the team

//Meet the team
Meet the team2017-11-29T03:12:51+00:00

KEVIN O’MARA – GENERAL MANAGER

Writing Credits

Developmental Classroom Music Program

  • Music Room (books 1-7)

Integrated Arts Program

  • Cool Cats Cross Arts Adventures (levels 1-4)

Singing Resources

  • Start Singing (with the Cool cats Kids)
  • Start Singing Aussie Kids Songs
  • Advance Australia Fair (adapted for younger singers)

Guitar tutor

  • Upbeat Guitar 2

Dance collections

  • Cool Cats Big Bush Dance with Paradidle Band
  • Cool Cats Big Dance Party with Paradidle Dance Band
  • Start Singing Action Songs with Paradiddle Band
  • Start Singing and Dancing with Paradiddle Band

Mini-musicals

  • What We Did on Our Holidays
  • Our Cake Eating Hippo Plays (musical adaptation of the Hazel Edwards stories)
  • The Gingerbread Man
  • Holidays

Junior Musicals

  • A Christmas Pageant
  • HMS Pinafore (adapted for younger performers)
  • The Mikado (adapted for younger performers)
  • The Pirates of Penzance (adapted for younger performers)
  • Kids in Camelot
  • The Little Mermaid
  • Masquerade!
  • A Kidsummer Night’s Dream
  • Danger Kids
  • Kids at Sea
  • Once Upon a Time
  • Kids in Paradise
  • Dragon Girl
  • Currawong Creek
  • Kids in Space
  • Superkids

Senior Musicals

  • Open Season

Music picture book

  • Moondrops – a First Book of Lullabies

Miscellaneous

  • Cool Cats Graduation Kit

Kevin O’Mara is the General Manager of Bushfire Press. He oversees all operations and projects, controls production, engineers recording sessions, handles the music set and all the technical stuff, designs layout and liases with printers – and takes his tea black with one sugar. He also finds time to write and edit for the company.

Kevin was born in Melbourne, growing up in the working class suburb of Fawkner and is a passionate Carlton supporter – but don’t hold that against him. When not being a General Manager, Kevin umpires Aussie Rules football on the weekends in winter and leads the Warrandyte Primary School Bush Band.

Kevin has been a classroom teacher, music teacher and Music Advisor, as well as a professional musician, writer and performer. He holds a Dip Prim Tch and a Grad Dip Mus.

Kevin’s involvement in music began with a scholarship to St Patrick’s Cathedral Choir, Melbourne and he was a chorister with the choir from ages of 9 to 25. He was a founder member, in 1978, of Paradiddle Band, an Australian-Irish group that specialises in bush dances and primary school programs and is still performing.

In the late eighties, Kevin began writing school musicals with Lynne Bartlett, Mark Leehy and Rob Fairbairn. By the end of the decade, he, Lynne and Mark began Bushfire Press and those early shows were first titles published by the company.

Get in contact with Kev via email

MARK LEEHY – PUBLISHER

Writing Credits

Developmental Classroom Music Program

  • Music Room (books 1-7)

Integrated Arts Program

  • Cool Cats Cross Arts Adventures (levels 1-4)

Singing Resources

  • Start Singing (with the Cool cats Kids)
  • Start Singing Aussie Kids Songs
  • Advance Australia Fair (adapted for younger singers)

Guitar tutor

  • Upbeat Guitar 2

Dance collections

  • Cool Cats Big Bush Dance with Paradidle Band
  • Cool Cats Big Dance Party with Paradidle Dance Band
  • Start Singing Action Songs with Paradiddle Band
  • Start Singing and Dancing with Paradiddle Band

Mini-musicals

  • What We Did on Our Holidays
  • Our Cake Eating Hippo Plays (musical adaptation of the Hazel Edwards stories)
  • The Gingerbread Man
  • Holidays

Junior Musicals

  • A Christmas Pageant
  • HMS Pinafore (adapted for younger performers)
  • The Mikado (adapted for younger performers)
  • The Pirates of Penzance (adapted for younger performers)
  • Kids in Camelot
  • The Little Mermaid
  • Masquerade!
  • A Kidsummer Night’s Dream
  • Danger Kids
  • Kids at Sea
  • Once Upon a Time
  • Kids in Paradise
  • Dragon Girl
  • Currawong Creek
  • Kids in Space
  • Superkids

Senior Musicals

  • Open Season

Music picture book

  • Moondrops – a First Book of Lullabies

Paradiddle Band

  • Wait Till the Word Gets Around
  • Sorry To Keep You Waiting
  • Eureka! Live at the Stockade

Miscellaneous

  • Cool Cats Graduation Kit

Being the publisher for the company, Mark gets to hang out with writers, artists and musos (his favourite pastime). He is always on the lookout for people with interesting and exciting ideas in music education and will either generate the project or find it in the submissions that arrive on his desk. It’s Mark’s job to put together the team and guide the project home. Sometimes his role is editorial and sometimes it’s hands-on researching, writing, composing and recording – and, these days, filming.

Mark is a Marrickville boy whose family never stood still. He grew up in Sydney, Melbourne and Darwin – giving him an early taste of state similarities and differences in education. These days he has a home, office and studio in Upwey, in Victoria’s beautiful Dandenong Ranges, where he lives with his wife, cat, free-range chooks – and several tree frogs, geckoes and bearded dragons (it’s a Darwin thing).

Mark has been a classroom teacher, music teacher and Music Advisor, as well as a professional musician, writer and performer. He holds a Dip Prim Tch and a Grad Dip Mus as well as a Grad Dip in Editing and Publishing..

Mark was a founder member of Paraddiddle Band, an Australian-Irish group that has been doing bush dances and primary school programs since 1978 and still won’t go away.

In the late eighties, he began writing school musicals with Lynne Bartlett, Rob Fairbairn and Kevin O’Mara. By the end of the decade, he, Lynne and Kev began Bushfire Press and those early shows were the first titles published by the company.

Get in contact with Mark via email

LYNNE BARTLETT – SALES AND MARKETING MANAGER

Writing Credits

Plays

  • The Tooth, the Whole Tooth and Nothing But the Tooth
  • Plays for Little Kids
  • One Goldilocks, Three Bears and More Plays for Little Kids

Mini-musicals

  • What We Did on Our Holidays
  • The Nativity

Junior Musicals

  • A Christmas Pageant
  • The Mikado (adapted for younger performers)
  • The Pirates of Penzance (adapted for younger performers)
  • Kids in Camelot
  • The Little Mermaid
  • Masquerade!
  • A Kidsummer Night’s Dream
  • Danger Kids, Kids at Sea
  • Once Upon a Time
  • Kids in Paradise
  • Dragon Girl
  • Currawong Creek
  • Kids in Space
  • Superkids

Secondary School

  • For Home and Empire

Lynne Bartlett is the centre of Bushfire Press! It’s Lynne or Olivia that answer your calls and emails, dispatch your parcels and help you with advice and encouragement.

Lynne was born in England and migrated with her parents to Australia in the sixties. Her father Ken Woodward, was a passionate theatre lover and started one of the first non-professional theatre companies, Kenwood Theatre in Victoria and then moved to far north Queensland, producing works for both adults and children. He was awarded three OAMs for his contributions to theatre. Lynne worked with her father in all aspects of production and went on to gain an Associate Diploma – in Speech & drama – from Trinity College in the UK.

Working in primary schools in the eighties, Lynne began writing children’s musicals with Mark Leehy, Kevin O’Mara and Rob Fairbairn. By the end of the decade, Lynne, Mark and Kev began Bushfire Press and those early shows were first titles published by the company.

In between running the office in Plenty, Lynne works in primary schools mentoring and team teaching with the performing arts teachers.

Lynne’s office in Plenty is the hub of Bushfire Press and always has a great, positive vibe to it, with phones and faxes going, deliveries arriving and departing and the occasional grandchildren to amuse.

Outside of Bushfire Press, Lynne recently wrote a musical drama for Secondary Schools with David Billings which premiered in 2016.

Get in contact with Lynne via email

STEVE VERMONT – TECHNICAL AND ASIA PROGRAMS SUPPORT

Steve looks after the website and Download Store and co-ordinates the production of eBooks and other digital offerings.

He is a consumer rather than a producer of music and is continuously in awe of the musical talent at Bushfire Press. Perhaps he could be seen as the Bushfire Press “roadie”. His music passion is Early Music on original instruments – but some just see this as a progression from his earlier interests in folk music. It does, however, give Steve the impetus to travel to places like Leipzig, London and Utrecht following early music festivals. And The Renaissance and Machiavelli draw him to consider Firenze a home away from home.

Steve read for his degree in computer science back in the days when the computer system that took up a whole floor of a university building had far less power than the iPhone in your pocket.

He taught mathematics and computing in Melbourne and Perth grammar schools and high schools. Steve introduced computer aided learning, computer studies and automated library systems to many schools back in the 70s and 80s, intranet and internet networks to schools in the 90s – and went into business in the Internet industry for the new millennium. This brought him to work with KULCHA (Muliti-cultural Arts of Western Australia – by now folk music had morphed into world music) and Bushfire Press.

Bushfire Press was a kind of home-coming for Steve, as he and Mark and Kev went to school together back in the 60s.

Steve is now working with Bushfire Press, Tamara O’Brien and Connie Law to establish a We’re Orff music program in Asia. Watch this space!

Get in contact with Steve via email