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Marty Willson-Piper (Born: May 7, 1958) is a guitarist and was a long-time member of Australian independent rock band The Church. While he was not a founding member of the band (he joined in 1980 after seeing an early gig where they were performing as a three-piece), he was regarded as an integral member for many years.
Willson-Piper travelled around the world as a street performer, before he arrived in Australia in his early twenties.
Following his arrival in Australia, Willson-Piper soon joined The Church on guitar, vocals and bass guitar—alongside Steve Kilbey, Peter Koppes and Nick Ward—in 1980. Willson-Piper's sound was influenced by guitarists such as Tom Verlaine and Bill Nelson.
Willson-Piper contributed to most of the Church's studio releases and was a member almost continuously, from 1980 to 2013. One exception is the 1997 album Pharmakoi: Distance Crunching Honchos with Echo Units, which only featured Kilbey, Koppes and drummer Tim Powles. Willson-Piper's last recording with the Church is the 2010 EP Deadman's Hand, released after the band's 2009 album Untitled #23.
Kilbey announced on the band's Facebook page that former Powderfinger guitarist Ian Haug replaced Willson-Piper, who Kilbey explained is "not available" for the recording of a new album, and subsequent touring, in 2014. Entitled Further/Deeper, the Church's 25th album was released on 17 October 2014.