Tuesday, 19 June 2018


From Western Australia, rock band The Jackals formed out of the remnants of a band called China Doll in the mid 80s. The band released one single "Faint Aroma Of Performing Seals / Power" and an album 'Pheal'. 


Phil Bradley (guitar), Leon Kotz (drums), Dave Miles (bass), Paul McCarthy (vocals), 
Howie Johnson (drums), Howard Shawcross (bass)

Monday, 11 June 2018


Short lived 80s all female band led by bassist Sylvie Leber and guitarist Eve Glenn. Formed in 1979, they released one single on the EMI Custom label in 1981, "Intoxicated/Housewives". The single turned up on the 2016 compilation album: Subnormal Girls - DIY/Post Punk 1979-83 Vol. 1. Vocalist Fran Kelly went on to become a radio presenter, current affairs journalist and political correspondent that hosted the Australian Broadcasting Corporation's Radio National program 'Breakfast'.


Fran Kelly (vocals), Vicky Bell (guitar), Cashsn Foley (keyboards), Evie Glenn (guitar), 
Sylvie Leber (bass), Helen Sky (vocals mandolin), Helen Smart (drums)

Sunday, 3 June 2018


Formed in Melbourne in late 77, the Young Charlatans played only a dozen gigs in their hometown and in Sydney. The band's line-up featured singer/guitarists Rowland S Howard and Ollie Olsen; drummer Jeffrey Wegener and bassist Janine Hall. The only existing recordings were demos made by Bruce Milne for a future single on his Au Go-Go label. The band soon dissolved before this could take place, as Howard soon joined the Boys Next Door. Olsen meanwhile went on to form the influential Whirlywird, Wegener went on to join Laughing Clowns, while Hall joined Chris Bailey's incarnation of the Saints upon his return to Australia in 1980. Their signature song (and only commercially-available recording) 'Shivers' became a Boys Next Door single, and has been compiled on Clinton Walker's Inner City Sound CD, available through Laughing Outlaw Records.


Rowland S Howard (vocals guitar), Ollie Olsen (vocals guitar), Jeffrey Wegener (drums)
Janine Hall (bass).

Tuesday, 29 May 2018


The Poles were formed in Brisbane in 1978. The band were inspired to take up music by The Saints, and took it from there themselves, to become another slant on the Brisbane sound. They were probably best described as "a wonderful slice of modern pop halfway between the Shadows and the Saints. The single "Over and Beyond/Ha Ha Ha", one of the 500 individually screen-printed 45s is the band's sole release from April, 1981.The band moved to Sydney in November 1979, and played alongside the Laughing Clowns on numerous occasions at the Metropole; and shared bills with the likes of the Sunnyboys. They disbanded in 1982.


Scott Bolland (vocals) Mick Tate (guitar) Joe Borkowski (bass) Dave Tyrer (guitar)
Andrew MacLennan (drums) Scott Stone (guitar) 



Thursday, 24 May 2018


Mulga Bill’s Bicycle Band was perhaps the earliest, large full time, Australian ‘folk revival’ band. It began in 1970 as an offshoot of The University of Melbourne Folk Club and played first as a nine-person group in Swan Hill, Victoria in August 1970. Most members of the initial band were at that time students at the university. The band’s most active touring within Australia occurred in the three years between mid-1972 and mid 1975. Before 1973 most of the work involved one off gigs at a wide range of events including weddings, balls, festivals and hotels. The former Polaris Inn Hotel in Nicholson Street was a regular Friday night gig and the band did a lot of work for events at Emu Bottom in Sunbury. The band also appeared on HSV Channel 7 Penthouse Club as well at GTV 9’s Graham Kennedy Show. The only overseas trip the band undertook was to play and represent Australia at the World Cup Soccer Final opening concert in Frankfurt, (West) Germany in June 1974.

In 1974 the band completed two repeat Arts Council tours of NSW and Queensland, the latter lasting eight weeks and covering much of the huge state. By the time the band members collectively decided to cease in July 1975 the band had played in hundreds of towns and venues in the four eastern Australian states and was very well known. The only state where touring was limited was Western Australia. The band also appeared at the Sunbury Pop Festival in 1972 and 1973.

Over the full course of the band’s operation between 1970 and 1978, over a dozen members were at some stage part of the band. Only three original members: Tony Britz, Liz Eager and Barry Golding were there at the start and also at the end. The band produced two records. The first was an LP 'Mulga Bill’s Bicycle Band: In Concert' (Basket, BBBS 002, 1974) recorded mostly live on tour in Queensland in 1973. The second record, released in 1974 was an EP 'Rum and Raspberry: Mulga Bill’s Bicycle Band' with four tracks (Clarion Studio, Melbourne recording, Stereo SF297B). Both records were paid for by the band and were sold mainly at concerts across Australia between 1973 and 1975.


Elizabeth Vincent (violin); Tony Britz (banjo); Liz Eager (flute); Ian Sullivan (double bass); 
Wendy de Veer (recorder); Barry Golding (percussion); Peter McDonald (guitar)
John Langmead (guitar); Geoff O’Connell (bass); Chris Bettle (violin) Marsh Robinson (bass)
Jo Beams (vocals) Peter Howell (double bass) Lionel O'Keefe (guitar vocals)



Monday, 21 May 2018


Fast Cars are a Sydney power pop band who started in the original days of the Sydney Mod Scene. Between 1980 and 1984, Fast Cars played nearly 100 shows in and around Sydney. Their first 7” single ‘Saturday’s Girl b/w ‘No Love Today’ was a massive radio hit with 2JJ and sold out multiple pressings. The follow 12” EP ‘Annual’ was equally successful, as was the 1984 EP ‘Love Child’, an energy charged take on the Motown classic. Di and Fabian now collaborate musically via the internet, as Di is based in Bristol, UK and Fabian is based in Sydney. Since reforming as Fast Cars in 2015, the duo have produced two EPs and have reissued a live album recorded by the original band in the 1980s. The band’s first full length studio album LAX was released 5th March 2018 through Method Records and Music.


David Frederick Pye (bass, trumpet), Dianah Shirley Levy (vocals, guitar), Andrew William Southam (drums), Fabian Peter Byrne (guitar, Mellotron)



Monday, 14 May 2018


Early 60s singer who appeared on TV shows 'Sing Sing Sing' and 'Bandstand'. Toured the east and west coasts of Australia. Recorded on the HMV label. After nearly 60 years in the business he is still out there singing

Thursday, 10 May 2018


David Virgin was born in North Dublin on 14 January 1962. At the age of seven he emigrated to Australia with his family. In 1978, at the age of 16, Virgin formed his first band The Broken Toys as bass player and main songwriter. He was joined by Peter Mullany (of Johnny Dole & The Scabs) on lead guitar, Andrew Campbell on rhythm guitar and vocals and Virgin's brother John on drums, who was later replaced by Paul Cosgrove. The Broken Toys played 60's pop inspired melodic punk in the style of The Buzzcocks and performed regularly at the Grand Hotel, Broadway, Sydney. In 1979 Virgin joined Graeme Revell, Neil Hill and guitarist Dan Rumour as bassist for the industrial noise group SPK, where he co-wrote and recorded the early 7" records "No More" and "Mekano".

The Broken Toys disbanded in '79 and shortly after that Virgin formed The Ugly Mirrors with Dan Rumour, Des Devlin and Peter McGregor. The Ugly Mirrors quickly became Sekret Sekret with the final line up including Colin Ellis on drums and Peter Mullany on second guitar who came over from Johnny Dole & The Scabs. Sekret Sekret performed and recorded for six years earning five number one singles on the Australian independent charts including the "noted underground classic New King Jack". Sekret Sekret's final line up included Ken Gormley (The Cruel Sea) on bass and James Elliot (The Cruel Sea) on drums with Des Devlin moving to share the lead guitar duties with Dan Rumour. In 1985 Sekret Sekret released their last single "Just to Love You", disbanding shortly after. Three of the members of Sekret Sekret went on to form Australian rock band The Cruel Sea with singer Tex Perkins.

In 1984 Virgin recorded and released a split single with Leonard Samperi titled "Possession/Give It Up" through Waterfront Records. The single was co-produced and engineered by Clive Shakespeare of Australian pop, rock group Sherbet who also engineered a number of Sekret Sekret singles including "Girl With a White Stick/Chimes" and "Just To Love You/Waterbirds". In 1991 Virgin reunited with SPK and Sekret Sekret band-mate Dan Rumour to record the David Virgin solo album "Landlord Green" before touring Europe in 1992. Since then Virgin has maintained a presence on the underground music scenes of Europe and Australia recording five more solo albums; "No Fun Sessions", "Dublin 7", "Rock N Roll Meditations", "Posing As A Sodomite," and "International Treasure". He also recorded a second album with Dan Rumour in 2004 titled "Virgin & Rumour". Over his live career Virgin has shared the stage with musicians and acts such as Nick Cave, John Cooper Clark, Jonathan Richman, Mary Black, INXS, The Church, The Triffids, The Go Betweens, Cat Power, Lloyd Cole, Billy Bragg and Tim Freedman. David Virgin now lives in Dublin, Ireland and continues to write, record and perform.



Friday, 4 May 2018


Far Out Corporation was a rock band formed in Brisbane in November 1997. They were led by singer-guitarist Grant McLennan, formerly in The Go-Betweens. McLennan started the group with Ross MacLennan (no relation) on drums (ex-Turtlebox), bass player Adele Pickvance (from Davey Graney Band) and Powderfinger's guitarist Ian Haug. It was a side project for most of its members, other than Ross MacLennan, as they were in other bands which were in hiatus. The group's name is a reference to the rock supergroup, Far Corporation.  Australian musicologist, Ian McFarlane, described them as a "conceptual art group with a pop orientation." Far Out Corporation was initially a one-off group to fulfil a Brisbane music-arts project and the band performed live at one of the six nights of the Occiput Hammerings display early in 1998.

The group then continued to gig at various Brisbane venues. In October 1998 they released their first and only album, FOC, which is an initialism of their name. It was produced by Tim Whitten and Far Out Corporation. McFarlane felt the album "successfully blended a pop sensibility with a more cerebral orientation (reminiscent of Underground Lovers, New Order or Velvet Underground)." It provided the CD single, "Don't Blame the Beam". In late 1999 The Go-Betweens unexpectedly reformed and McLennan brought Pickvance into a new Go-Betweens line-up; Far Out Corporation were disbanded by 2000. On 6 May 2006 Grant McLennan died.


Grant McLennan (vocals, guitar), Ian Haug (guitar, vocals), Ross MacLennan (drums, guitar), Adele Pickvance (bass, vocals)



Saturday, 28 April 2018


In late 1977 in Sydney, Carmel Strelein and Ian Hartley, editor of punk zine Spurt!, placed an ad looking for people to start a new punk band. Guitarist Bruce Tindale and drummer Richard Waddy answered the ad. Just like nobody can remember his surname, no one can quite remember how bass player Nick entered the fold but a band was born and was soon working on a set of originals and covers. The Screaming Abdabs shone briefly but brightly in the city’s early punk scene. Singer Carmel was known for her wild individual style that included a shaved head, tattoos and outlandish customised clothing.

In their short time The Screaming Abdabs played a number of shows, including headlining the Paris Theatre on April 12, 1978 alongside The Press and Johnny Dole & the Scabs. Unfortunately with the departure of Nick the band fell apart before the end of 1978. Richard adopted the name City Ram Waddy and Carmel moved to San Francisco, where she became involved in the drag and punk community and established a successful hair salon called the Pink Tarantula. Tragically, in 1997 Carmel was murdered in a contract killing instigated by her ex-husband. 


Carmel Strelein (vocals) Bruce Tindale (guitar) Nick (bass) Richard Waddy (drums)



Tuesday, 24 April 2018


James Kevin Hocking, was born on 7 June 1963 and grew up in Melbourne. His father, Kevin Hocking, was a pianist, musical director and composer who worked in TV and theatre; while his mother was a singer. Kevin taught his son to play piano who showed little interest in it. After Hocking was given an acoustic guitar as a Christmas present, he became a self-taught guitarist. He later worked in amateur theatre. Hocking started performing in groups in Melbourne in 1983. In the following year he formed The Astroboys alongside Peter German (ex-Phantom Band) on bass guitar and vocals, Glen Miles, and Christian Muehlke on drums. He composed and performed the theme for ABC-TV telemovie, Emerging in 1985; and provided guitar session work for the network's series, The D-Generation, in the next year. When performing in cafes Hocking would change his description on the "Who's Playing Board", he related "I started to add silly titles (like) Jimi the Singer, Jimi the Muso ... Eventually I wrote Jimi the Human, a joke about playing any style".

Early in 1986 Hocking, on lead vocals and lead guitar, and German formed The Aströs as a hard rock group with Greg Pedley (ex-Phantom Band) on drums. Hocking also worked on TV series Fame and Misfortune during that year. Also in 1986 The Aströs released a self-titled four-track extended play on Robot Records. It had been recorded live-in-the-studio at Working Class Studios in May. In the next year Hocking, German and Pedley performed as The Housewarmers, however by August The Aströs had reconvened and they toured nationally. They were described by The Canberra Times as a "hard rocking Melbourne band, which are ready to rocket on to the Australian music scene".

In May 1988 The Angels' lead guitarist, Bob Spencer, broke his wrist after an on stage collision with front man, Doc Neeson. The group asked Hocking to temporarily replace Spencer for the remainder of the group's Live Line Tour of Australia. Hocking provided lead guitar and backing vocals. He later recalled "I was called up as the result of some session work I had recently done ... It was originally to fill in for one night and the tour would be cancelled ... The gig went so well, that the band offered me the guitar spot for the rest of the tour, so overnight I found myself on a major rock tour".

In the following year he formed Jimi the Human and Spectre 7, another hard rock group, with former band mate Muehlke on drums (ex-Honeythieves); they were joined by Josie Jason (ca. 1962–2011) on rhythm guitar and vocals (ex-Butterfly, Final Outcome, Dirty Rats, Mars Needs Women); and Didi Kies on bass guitar (ex-Adventure, Honeythieves). The group signed with Avenue Records which was distributed by EMI. They released their debut album, No Turning Back, in March 1990, which was produced by Peter Blyton (Lime Spiders, The Radiators, Painters and Dockers). It provided two singles, "Quicksand" and "Edge of Insanity". Jason left to form her own band, while Jimi the Human and Spectre 7 sold an album, The Official Bootleg in 1991, at gigs and via mail orders. The group's next album, Living in Luxury, appeared in 1993 on the Primitive Records label. Later that year he relocated to Sydney.

In January of the following year Hocking joined The Screaming Jets replacing founder, Richard Lara. He appeared on two of their studio albums, The Screaming Jets (August 1995) and World Gone Crazy (October 1997), but had left in May 1997. While a member of that band Hocking also issued an acoustic solo album, The Ultimate Bootleg, in August 1996 on Feral Records and Blah Blah Blah Records. After leaving the group he returned to Melbourne, as a solo artist he fronted Jimi Hocking and The Human Condition. They recorded his next album, The Great B-Grade Remake, which appeared in late 1997 on Blah Blah Blah.

Also in 1997, under the name of Jimi Hocking & The Aströs, he released Space Doubt, which contained nine tracks recorded in the mid-1980s and all four tracks from the 1986 EP by the latter named group. Another solo album, Standard Bohemian, followed in March 1998 on Blah Blah Blah, which is an acoustic music-based release. Blue Guitar was issued in 1999 as his first Blues-based album. In June 2012 he told Michael Limnios of Keep the Blues Alive website "I had always heard blues music as I grew up with musical parents, but I started to take it more seriously in the early 1980’s when I saw SRV perform then about 15 years ago, the blues festivals became a lot more viable in Australia, so I put together a blues band".

As of February 2002 Jimi Hocking's Blues Machine included Graham Maddicks on drums and Karl Willebrant on bass guitar. In October 2004 he won the local Melbourne Blues Appreciation Society's Blues Performer of the Year which resulted in an appearance at the 2005 International Blues Challenge in Memphis, Tennessee; where he won the Solo/Duo category. In 2010 he rejoined The Screaming Jets replacing his successor, Ismet "Izzy" Osmanovic, who had left in the previous October. He also continued his solo performances and with his Blues Machine.



Saturday, 21 April 2018


Ian Paulin is a singer-songwriter from Ulverstone who started performing his own material in concerts around Tasmania in 1970. He has taken part in TV and radio programmes in most capital cities. Ian's first album 'Glebe Hotel Inviation' was recorded in 1975 on the local Candle label. The band he formed after the first album won the first prize in The Battle Of The Bands in Hobart in 1976 and they supported Ariel on their Tasmanian tour. He later became involved with the Tasmanian Wilderness Society writing protest songs against the damming of The Franklin River.

Ian's work has brought him to share the road with the homeless, at risk and marginalized people, heroes and fools, the best and the worst of souls. He's campaigned for peace, sung to save the wilderness and searched for any way to share a road with any who need. Activist, environmentalist and campaigner for justice and the release of people from poverty. Fun, passionate, yet clear and relevant whether poetry or prose, live performance or through his recordings something actually happens.

Monday, 16 April 2018


Kiwi Brent Parlane moved to Australia in 1976. He formed 33° South (previously called Tourists) with Andrew Forrer, Andrew Kay, Co Tipping and Dave Cail. Signed to the Polydor label, they put out two singles: 'This Time It's Love'/'Something To Believe In' (1979) and 'Mr President'/'Baby Jane' (1980). They were followed by an album, 33° South (1980). They disbanded not long after. Brent Parlane went solo and was nominated for a 1993 ARIA Award for Best Country Album and he won the 1993 Golden Guitar for Best New Talent and has been a finalist on four occasions.


Brent Parlane (vocals, guitar), Co Tipping (guitar), Andrew Forrer (bass), Andrew Kay (keyboards), Dave Cail (drums)

Wednesday, 11 April 2018


Punk band Upsets formed in 1978 out of Ipswich QLD. The band released one single 'Back To Afghanistan' in 1980. 300 copies were pressed on the EMI custom label. The single came to the attention of Midnight Oil's management who were impressed by the political lyrical content. As a result the band moved to Sydney to work but things didn't work out as expected. By 1982 the band moved back to Brisbane. They disbanded not long after.


Rob Hesp (guitar, vocals), Neil Roberts (bass), Brad Cox (drums), John Armstrong (guitar),
Pat Dow (guitar)

Saturday, 7 April 2018


Arena was a 70's fusion group of session musicians led by saxophone player Ted White. White was working in the British big band jazz scene until moving to Australia in the 1960s to work in the television industry. In the mid 70s he gathered a group of session musicians to test out the capabilities of a new studio (Crystal Clear) in South Melbourne and cut an album. The session players were a who's who of Australian music. Drummer Graham Morgan held the position of staff drummer for over 20 years working on numerous shows including The Don Lane Show. At channel 10 (0) Graham worked with the Young Talent Time band for 10 years, The Ernie Sigley Show, Showcase and more.

Keyboardist Peter Jones began playing in cabaret and jazz venues in Melbourne and Sydney in 1960 and he had been in demand as a studio player arranger/producer and musical director for a large number of leading Australian performers and overseas artists. Guitarist Charlie Gould started off his career in The Thunderbirds and became a sought after session guitarist and bass player Bob Arrowsmith had played on many recordings. The band recorded seven original tracks that were pressed up and released as Arena. A combination of jazz fusion and funk the album is one of the finest Australian jazz-funk records ever to hit the shelves.


Ted White (saxophone), Peter Jones (keyboards), Bob Arrowsmith (bass), Charlie Gould (guitar), Graham Morgan (drums

Sunday, 1 April 2018


The Howie Brothers (twin brothers John & Graeme Howie) are one of Australia’s leading country music / easy listening acts. John and Graeme have been performing and recording for over 30 years and are renowned for their distinctive vocal harmony sound. They play a variety of instruments, including piano, guitar, accordion, mandolin, ukulele and drums. They are both dedicated songwriters and have recorded many of their own songs over the years.

Originally, as members of the band 1901, the Howie brothers won three Golden Guitar awards at the Australasian Country Music Awards in Tamworth, including two Group of the Year awards (1980 & 1982). The Howie Brothers have recorded more than 20 albums, including the successful Singalong with the Howie Brothers series, and the very popular 20 Love Songs. One of their most recent country music CDs is the highly acclaimed Singing ‘til the Cows Come Home. It has often been said that The Howie Brothers have a ‘sound of their own’. However, their music could accurately be described as being Australian country, with bluegrass, Irish/Scottish, easy listening, singalong type influences. Think Hawking Brothers, Slim Dusty, Foster & Allen, and Max Bygraves and that will give you some idea of what the Howies are about, musically. They like to incorporate a few funny yarns into their shows. As John says, ‘Good music and a few laughs is a winning combination.’

The Howie Brothers love performing and audience members often say, ‘You seem to enjoy yourselves so much when you perform.’ John & Graeme perform with various back-up musicians, depending on the type of show. Lots of Howie Brothers shows feature Robert Edge (also a member of 1901). Rob sings light-hearted songs, like The Court of King Caractacus, plays banjo, and generally makes people laugh. The Howie Brothers most often perform as a 3 or 4 piece outfit. They are based in Melbourne, but perform throughout Australia, undertaking several major tours each year.
For many years now John Howie has been running successful Music Tours, in partnership with Australian travel company Travelrite International. These music tours are sightseeing coach tours, with a focus on music, especially in the evenings. John runs tours to Ireland, Scotland, America, Europe, New Zealand, Canada, and the Australian Outback.



Thursday, 22 March 2018


Bell Jar were formed in Sydney in the mid 80s by friends who were still at school. They released a number of EPs and singles before they released their first album 'Glass' in 1990 on the Festival label. Unfortunately they disbanded not long after. Lead singer Raoul Graf formed The Infidels and recorded successful records with Ed Kuepper and Marty Wilson-Piper from The Church.


Raoul Graf (vocals, acoustic guitar), David Price (keyboards, vocals), Ben Whatmore (guitar),
Simon Roy (bass), Steve Munro (drums).

Saturday, 17 March 2018


The Benders were formed in 1982 in Sydney by Chris Abrahams on keyboards, Dale Barlow on tenor saxophone, Louis Burdett on drums and Lloyd Swanton on bass guitar. Burdett was replaced by Andrew Gander on drums. Abrahams, Barlow, Gander and Swanton had all attended the New South Wales State Conservatorium of Music. The Benders played at local music venues, including a residency at the Paradise Jazz Club, Kings Cross for three nights a week. Swanton was advised by teachers at the conservatorium to hold non-jazz gigs to survive, "Perhaps the teachers felt they were merely being pragmatic, but I, along with others of my generation, refused to accept this model, and The Benders were a clear expression of this belief." Jazz music writer, John Shand, remembered first seeing them in the early 1980s, "I was stunned by their originality and the rock-band-like intensity, energy and performance qualities."

Barlow left the Benders late in 1982 to work in the United States, however he was recorded on their debut album, E (1983), before he was replaced by Jason Morphett. E had been recorded in September 1982 at radio station, 2MBS-FM's studio with Abrahams and Swanton co-producing. Adrian Jackson of The Age described the group, "a very exciting band indeed, playing worthy original themes and improvising with plenty of abandon." Abrahams told Jackson how they had changed after recording the album, "I think we're playing a lot more freely in a sense. We play a few lesser-known standards, few Monk compositions, but we mainly do original tunes." Jackson caught their gig at the RMIT in October 1983 and observed, "they have developed a firm group identity, playing aggressively and with a sense of purpose... Most numbers are played with the tempo fairly fast and the volume fairly loud: Swanton and Gander work unflaggingly to maintain the momentum while Abrahams and Morphett play twisting, increasingly heated solos." Also in that year Abrahams provided piano for the Laughing Clowns' album, Law of Nature, which was released in the following year.

False Laughter (1984), the Bender's second album, was also co-produced by Abrahams and Swanton. Jackson opined, "the skill these young musicians possess is certainly formidable. The strength of their mostly original repertoire is a plus for The Benders, but what really sets them apart from most other Australian groups is the way they play their music. Despite the success of their LP False Laughter (on Hot Records), and the acclaim they have received from a wide variety of audiences in Sydney and elsewhere, The Benders found they couldn't get enough gigs around town. The group's third and final album, Distance, followed in 1985. The group broke up and Abrahams issued his debut solo album, Piano, in the same year. He then formed the Sparklers (1985–87) before recombining with Swanton to form the Necks in 1987. Swanton was briefly a member of Dynamic Hepnotics in 1986 before he joined The Necks.


Chris Abrahams (keyboards), Dale Barlow (saxophone, 1983), Lloyd Swanton (bass),
Andrew Gander (drums), Jason Morphett (saxophone, 1984-85)



Tuesday, 13 March 2018


Moving Parts was a Sydney band formed in 1977. From their punk beginnings the band gradually evolved into an modern dance outfit. In 1980 they released their self titled EP. Later in the year the single 'Living China Doll' was released on the Alternative label. The single got heavy rotation on Double J/JJJ. In 1984 they changed their name to Sirens.


Mark Woods (vocals, guitar), Geoff Gray (bass, vocals), Nada Sinkovic (keyboards)
Martin Sinkovic (drums), Jonathon Purcell (guitar), Gary Roberts (bass), Marvel Chaloupka (bass)

Saturday, 10 March 2018


After his stint in The Bushwackers, Dave Isom co-founded The Sundowners with Peter McDonald from The Mulga Bill's Bicycle Band in 1977. They played Australian folk music and recorded their first album "Colonial Classics" in the early 80s. Released by Hammard in 1981 it was a compilation of famous Australian bush ballads. The LP was subsequently re-released on CD and most of the tracks have appeared on other aussie folk compilations. Not long after first album release The Sundowners split. Remaining band member Mick Slocum put together a new group and recorded 'The Great Aussie Bush Party' in 1985.


Tony Hunt (fiddle), Peter Keown, Bob Hugo, Peter McDonald (recorder, accordion)
Dave Isom (vocals, guitar) Mick Slocum (vocals, accordion, harmonica) Greg Martin (drums, guitar) Mark Russell (fiddle) Brendan O'Shea (bass)

Tuesday, 6 March 2018


Doc Neeson, the long-time front man for The Angels, left that band in November 2001 after being involved in a car accident that had left him with chronic back and neck pain and blurred vision. By 2005, Neeson had recovered enough to re-launch his career, but with his old band carrying on without him he decided to form a new band Red Phoenix, which then began touring around Australia. Joining him on guitar was the non-executive deputy chairman of Westfield Group (and son of CEO Frank Lowy), David Lowy, with the former Angels bassist Jim Hilbun on bass, Peter Northcote on guitar, and Fab Omodei on drums. In July the EP Lonely With You was the band's first release, and in November they followed up with debut album Red Phoenix, produced by former Angels producer Terry Manning. Unfortunately, due to a relapse in Neeson's health during that same month, Red Phoenix found themselves forced to cancel all shows and not long after disbanded. Doc Neeson died in 2014 from cancer.


Doc Neeson (vocals), David Lowy (guitar), Peter Northcote (guitar), Jim Hilbun (bass), Fabrisio Omodei (drums)

Saturday, 3 March 2018


Dern Rutlidge (or DernRutlidge) were a stoner rock band from Melbourne. Formed around 1998 by Jason Miszewski and Craig Westwood from Christbait, Jason PC from Blood Duster and Callan O'Hara from Drool. They were named after two characters in a Jack Daniels' ad. Dern Rutlidge released a number of singles one full length album 'Johnny No Stars' which was well received by critics. Beat magazine gave it their Album of the Week, The Age gave it 3.5* and Hellride Music gave it 9/10. The first single from the album, "Lines on the Table", was placed on high rotation on Triple J and they played a live set for Triple J's Home and Hosed program. They toured heavily in Australia and Europe. The band called it quits in 2003 but reunited on the odd occasion since for one-off gigs.


Jason "P.C." Fuller (bass) Craig Westwood (vocals, guitar) Jason Miszewski (guitar)
Callan O'Hara (drums)



Monday, 26 February 2018


Born in Junee, NSW, on June 14, 1934, Barry was the eldest of 16 children. At age 17, while living in Sydney with his grandparents and working in a glove factory, he bought his first guitar for 12 pounds. After learning a few basic chords, he entered his first talent quest at Eden Park near Sydney, sang a Wilf Carter song and came second. During his rounds of the talent quest circuit, Barry met Slim Dusty who ultimately offered him a three-month job touring with show. Three months that turned into almost 20 years! Though he worked as a singer, gradually, the singing was overtaken by the "Mulga Dan" character and a shaky lead guitar began to emerge. In the years to follow, through the encouragement of Slim and Joy McKean and Barry's own natural talent, the "shaky guitar" developed into the sound now so recognizable and respected.

Barry's first solo recording venture was in 1970 when he cut Talking Guitar, one of the first country EPs put down in Australia for EMI. Side two of the release was Shorty Ranger's classic Winter Winds, destined to become the most popular Australian country instrumental then recorded. He followed this with another EP, Country Guitar. His first full solo album came in 1981 when Selection Records released The Country Way featuring all the tracks that had made Barry so well known over the years. One track from the album - Brian's Tune - won him the Golden Guitar for Instrumental of the Year in 1982. His second (and all subsequent releases) was also on the Selection label and contained four original compositions together with a number of country standards.

After moving to the Queensland Sunshine Coast with his wife Pauline and children Meryl and Brian, Barry began to take things a little easier though never stopped playing his beloved guitar. His recording career took off with the production of 10 or more albums over 20 years including Barry Thornton Plays Slim Dusty, two volumes of Barry Thornton's Country Music Dance, Buts 'N' Bazza (with Lindsay Butler), Country In The '90s The Thornton Way, Gospel Guitar, The Legends Of Country Guitar (with Charlie Boyter and Lindsay Butler), Lest We Forget, The Country Way & Somethin' Country and Tunes From Australia's Top End. Barry also featured, of course, on numerous recordings as a session player, on compilation albums and as a guest artist (including several with Lindsay Butler).

Inducted into the Country Music Hands of Fame in 1981, in addition to his touring and playing, Barry had been heavily involved in the Queensland Champion of Champions working, since their inception, to ensure the annual success of the event. A special tribute was made to Barry at Champs soon after he had returned home from hospital after becoming seriously ill. A number of performers he had influenced put together a moving presentation to say thank you for his encouragement and advice over many years. Despite his continuing ill-health, Barry took the stage and played one of his favourites, The Old Rugged Cross, with the assistance of his fellow performers, ending in a standing ovation and barely a dry eye in the house. In 1990 ill health slows down his performing. He has a triple bypass operation. In 1991 Barry Thornton was elevated onto the Australian Country Music Roll of Renown at the time of elevation being the only specialist instrumentalist to have received this honour. He became ill in 2002 was admitted to hospital and died at 68 years of age. Barry leaves an enormous legacy to Australia and Australian country music - an inspiration to our instrumentalists over two generations.



Thursday, 22 February 2018


Max Hamilton and The Impacts were around the Melbourne music scene during the mid 60's and released three singles on the HMV label. Their most successful single was 'Jenny Jenny' which reached #15 on the Melbourne charts in 1965. The group disbanded around 1967. Guitarist Gil Mathews would later end up playing drums with Billy Thorpe and The Aztecs.


Max Hamilton (vocals), Gil Matthews (guitar), Ron Sheedy (guitar), Ron Cork (bass) and Daryl Fadden (drums)

Tuesday, 20 February 2018


Colin Cooper started his career as a teenager on the legendary "Bandstand" in Sydney in the early 60s with Brian Henderson. For many years he performed on the Sydney Club circuit. Moving to the Sunshine State he joined the band 'Dance On' which has been a firm favourite on the Gold Coast and regional QLD for over a decade. He recorded on the CBS label.

Saturday, 17 February 2018


Born in Melbourne in 1931 Dick Hughes is a jazz pianist whose career has spanned over six decades. Pianist Willie McIntyre introduced Dick to jazz in 1941 and took him to the first Australian Jazz Convention in 1946. He started playing drums and piano about this time, worked musically with Max Collie, Ken Owen and John Tucker and was president of the University Rhythm Club (1950-1951). While in London as a journalist (1952-1955) he played with the Cy Laurie and Sandy Brown bands and interviewed US and British jazz stars for ABC National radio. Dick settled in Sydney in February 1955 and worked with the Ray Price Trio and Port Jackson Jazz Band (1956-1962).

He led a quartet at the Macquarie Hotel in 1962, toured with The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre in 1965 and from 1966 until 1986 held residencies at the Windsor Castle Hotel, Adams Hotel, French’s Tavern, the Journalists’ Club, with his Famous Five at Soup Plus (1977-1987) and worked as a piano soloist. He was the first solo jazz pianist to play at the Sydney Opera House (1973) and the first Australian jazz pianist to record an album completely solo (no rhythm accompaniment). He was a member of the Port Jackson Jazz [Reunion] Band during the 1990s and, from 2008, has worked and recorded with his daughter singer-entertainer Christa Hughes. He is now in musical semi-retirement and has been a radio presenter on Fine Music 102.5 since 2005.