Introduction to Marjorie Cardwell & DC Cardwell

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Marjorie & DC

DC Cardwell & Marjorie Cardwell are a husband & wife musical partnership based in Tasmania, Australia.

Growing up in Northern Ireland

They both grew up in Portadown, Northern Ireland and met at high school where they quickly discovered that they had a shared love for music and almost identical tastes in many genres, with a particular passion for classic, hook-filled rock, pop, punk and soul. They both listened to legendary BBC DJ John Peel‘s forward-thinking radio show, spent hours in record shops and were constantly being inspired by cutting-edge new music while also keenly digging back deeper and deeper into the roots of rock.

Marjorie's George Harrison 45s

Marjorie’s George Harrison 45s

DC was pleased to find that Marjorie’s favourite LP was The Beatles’ Revolver“, an album that was legend among the rock intelligentsia but not found in the bedroom of many 15 year-olds at the time. She also had all of George Harrison‘s singles which marked her as having been a musically precocious young girl in the early 70s!

Even more striking, perhaps, was the fact that she, like DC himself, had a treasured copy of Jonathan Richman‘s Rock’n’Roll With The Modern Lovers, and that she even had Wild Man Fischer‘s new album, which DC had taped in its entirety off the John Peel show but hadn’t been able to find in the shops!

One of our tickets from the Buzzcocks concert, 1978It wasn’t long until the two young NME readers were travelling together on the train to Belfast to see punk melodicists Buzzcocks, excited that one of their favourite bands had plucked up the courage to visit a province that was generally shunned by artists fearful of the heavily publicized sectarian violence perpetrated by a few against the peaceful majority.

Even as teenagers, Marjorie was an extraordinarily good singer and DC (or plain old “David Cardwell” as he was known then) was a rapidly progressing master of smart, emotive lead guitar.


Bypassing university, as you could in those days, DC embarked on a career in medical science whilst Marjorie left high school early to became a journalist. They married soon after, acquired a cat, Joni, followed by their first son, Joel, and meanwhile developed a small semi-pro music career with a band and also as an Marjorie and David on stage, early 80sacoustic duo.

These were among the worst years of Northern Ireland’s infamous Troubles, with bombings and killings occurring almost daily, and opportunities for music were very sparse unless you played country & western or in Ireland’s peculiar variation of Top 40 bands, the so-called showbands.


In 1988, Marjorie, DC & young Joel moved to Vancouver, Canada, where they settled happily. DC carried on his medical science career and Marjorie worked part-time as a journalist. Their younger son, Samuel, was born in Vancouver. They continued to play music live, this time as an acoustic/electric duo in Vancouver’s rock clubs. They were occasionally accompanied on drums by their good friend, John Cody, a near-legendary figure on the Vancouver scene who has played with many of the great Canadian and overseas artists from Bachman Turner Overdrive to Neko Case. These were the classic alternative/grunge years, where the indie music scene, particularly in the Pacific Northwest, suddenly opened up, major labels started to become passé, and nothing seemed impossible.


In 1996 Marjorie & DC, now with two children in tow, emigrated again, this time to Melbourne, Australia, where they have lived ever since. As the boys were growing up, Marjorie commenced an impressive series of studies, starting with a BA and culminating in a Masters degree.

Cardwell family, 2003.

Joel, DC, Marjorie & Samuel

While Marjorie was immersed in her academic pursuits she wound down her musical career temporarily, so DC decided to start singing and writing his own songs – the first time he had done this with any degree of seriousness. At this time, MySpace came along and further opened up the possibilities for independent artists. DC quickly found that many people loved his music, so he began to immerse himself in writing, recording and navigating the new world of social networking.

DC began gigging without Marjorie for the first time, his debut album, Some Hope, was released in the US, he travelled to Los Angeles to record for movies with music supervisor/composer Jaymee Carpenter, his song I Am Still The Same won a major Australian song contest, and he eventually retired from his science career to work on music full-time.

Brain Tumour

By this time, Marjorie was well into her new career in teaching, but in 2012 everything seemed to grind to a sudden halt when she was diagnosed with a brain tumour. She had major brain surgery to remove it, but even before the operation she decided to release her own album and started to write new songs! She recorded enough new basic tracks the weekend before her surgery to make an entire album, and during her convalescence she and DC worked on overdubs and together they produced her own debut album, In Another World, which was released in August 2012. As well as Marjorie’s own guitar & ukulele playing, the album features DC and both of their sons, Joel & Samuel, on guitars, bass, drums, keyboards etc.

And Marjorie was very thrilled and honoured when one of her music heroes, Don McGlashan, of New Zealand’s Mutton Birds, played euphonium on the opening track, a touching song about her experience with the brain tumour.

The Future

Fortunately Marjorie’s brain tumour was benign and the operation was successful. Her recovery was rapid and there was absolutely no effect on her brain function.

In 2015 Marjorie and DC moved yet again, this time to Northern Tasmania. They’ve settled very happily near Launceston. They have set up a new studio in their new home and plan on releasing more music.

In Another World with Some Hope and freebies!Oh, and Joel and Samuel, what are they doing? Well, they are both excellent musicians and they have often played live and in the studio with DC and Marjorie. Joel studied for a BA, followed by a law degree in Melbourne, and he is now a working man in Victoria, Australia, and happily married. Samuel has also studied in Melbourne and in England and is now pursuing a PhD in Medieval History at the University Of Toronto, so, for now, he’s back in his country of birth!

For more detail in their individual bio’s, click HERE for Marjorie’s and HERE for DC’s.

To hear Marjorie & DC’s music, click on the players to the right of this page, or click on the MUSIC or VIDEOS links.

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