Friday, 15 February 2019


Ian Stuart and Ken McKay formed as a duo in the early 70s. Their first release was a single on the Troubadour label ''Right For Me'' in 1972. The label billed them as McKay and Stuart. Moving to the Atlantic label they released their first album 'Playin' Up' in 1973. The song ''Hey Billy'' was lifted from the album and charted at #63 in December of that year. The song was based on a photo seen by McKay in Time magazine. In 1975 they released their second album 'Never Is Forever'. Further single releases bore no chart success. In the mid 70s Stuart and McKay joined Ross Ryan as backing musicians for his live performances. They parted ways around 1977 when McKay relocated to Melbourne. Both members have since died.


Hey Billy

3 DEC '73



Friday, 8 February 2019


Tymepiece evolved out of the '60s Australian band the Black Diamonds, who did one of the great-'60s punk singles from Australia (or indeed any country), "I Want, Need, Love You." By 1968 the band changed its name to Tymepiece and they moved permanently to Sydney. According to Vernon Jopyson, they were a frequent attraction at the Hawaiian Eye and the Coli Drum Disco, which they shared a residency with The Affair. It was at this time that Pat Aulton approached them to record a version of The Tokens' "The Lion Sleeps Tonight" to promote the opening of Stafford Bullen's African Lion Safari at Warragamba, NSW. For the purposes of the single the group worked under the name The Love Machine. The song was a hit, but the band members then returned to their own music, although Pat continued releasing material under the Love Machine moniker, using different musicians, until 1970.

As Tymepiece they issued three singles on the Festival label, beginning with "Bird in the Tree" / "I Gotta Know What You're Like" in August 1968, followed by a cover of The Small Faces' "Become Like You" b/w "Give a Little More" in November 1969 and "Won't You Try?" b/w "Down and Out" in October 1970. Tymepiece then moved to Festival's progressive subsidiary label Infinity for the release of their ultra-rare debut album, 'Sweet Release' (February 1971). Ian McFarlane describes it as "a diverse range of moods and styles, from psychedelic pop ("Why?"), folk ("Reflections") and country ("Sweet Release") to R&B ("I Love, You Love") and the pulsating, eight-minute heavy progressive blues ("Shake Off")."After such an astonishing debut album Tymepiece should have progressed to the next level, but inexplicably broke up before the year was out. Fortunately, this highly regarded album, long out of print, has now been reissued on CD by Vicious Sloth Collectibles.


Glenn Bland (vocals, harmonica), Colin McAuley (drums), Alan Oloman (vocals, guitar),
Darcy Rosser (bass), Felix Wilkinson (keyboards, accordion)

Monday, 4 February 2019


Rock band, The Showmen were formed in Sydney in 1963. The Showmen appeared at the 2SM Sound Spectacular on 22 April 1965. The show was a precursor to the soon-to-be-founded Hoadley's Battle of the Sounds; the first prize included £100 in cash, a support spot on the upcoming Dave Clark Five tour, a record contract and a possible deal with Brian Epstein's NEMS organisation. With such a enticing prize up for grabs, almost sixty local bands competed, and the show, held at the old Sydney Stadium, was attended by nine thousand fans. The Showmen ended up being the eventual winners. The band were signed to the Leedon label and recorded two singles, the self penned ''Don't Deceive'' and the Chuck Berry cover ''Too Much Monkey Business''. Baden Hutchens and Ian Thomas departed and joined the second incarnation of garage band The Missing Links but returned in 1966 . Tony Hamilton would later turn up in Pirana.


Peter Ellison (guitar, vocals), Tony Hamilton (guitar, harmonica), Ian Thomas (bass), Baden Hutchins (drums)

Tuesday, 29 January 2019


Former drummer for Dig Richards and Johnny O'Keefe, Leon Isackson founded The Mighty Guys in the early 1980's with Mick Hamilton (ex Moods, The Vibrants) on guitar and Phil Eisenberg (ex The Ferrets) on bass. The Mighty Guys rapidly gained a reputation and following for their eclectic repertoire and stripped back sound. Glenn A. Baker spotted their potential and their single ''Be Cool, Be Smart'', written by Leon, saw them make the charts and appear on Countdown. Their album, 'Rockin' All Thru The Night' sold over 40,000 copies and the band received a cult following from authentic rock 'n' roll enthusiasts. Two more albums followed on Rivet label-Festival: 'Be Cool Be Smart' and 'The Rest of the Mighty Guys'. The band has been though various incarnations since it formed and has had some notable musicians pass through its ranks.


Leon Isackson (drums), Mick Hamilton (vocals, guitar), Phil Eizenberg (bass, vocals),
Alan Freeman (bass), Brian Dean (guitar), Bob Howe (guitar), Owen Booth (bass), Mike Lawler (bass), Jacqui Shaw (vocals)

Sunday, 20 January 2019


Brothers Gary and Donald Hosie had been the prime movers of the Sydney (Australia) mod revival scene of the early 1980s with their band The Sets. “The Sets were not 60s revivalists,” explained Gary. “We simply took the fashion and music of the mod era as a starting point; we weren’t trying to recreate anything”. I thought the clothes were great because you could wear them to a gig and then go and have a drink at the Hilton – you looked sharp enough to go anywhere”.

In The Mustard Club, the Hosie style matured into double-breasted suits coupled with a powerful brand of R&B party music. But accusations of revivalism frustrated Hosie. Their first single ''Dance'' was released in 1984 on Method Records. Moving to the  Big Time label, their second single, ''The Rest Of My Life Begins Today'' was described by one reviewer as “the best song Paul Weller never wrote”. The fourth single, ''Steeltown Man'' was a tribute to Mr Hosie Senior (“He’s a real doer, and not only do I like him a lot, but I admire him as well;” said Gary of his father at the time).

The song was a slice of gutsy, good-time, modern R&B that trod similar territory to ''The Rest Of My Life''. It certainly recaptured some of the spark that was missing in the third single, ''Leave Before She Wakes''. Donald Hosie (ex-The Sets and Stupidity) eventually joined his brother in the line-up and Mustard Club became a heavy version of The Sets. 


Gary Hosie (vocals), Rob Turner (guitar), Stanley Mobbs (bass), John Nicholls (drums),
Peter Iacono (drums), James Crosland (bass), Donald Hosie (vocals)



Tuesday, 15 January 2019


Acuff's Rose were formed as a country rock group in Melbourne in 1991 by Jack Coleman on bass guitar, James Hurst on drums, Martin Lewis on guitar, Kay-Louise Patterson (ex-Battle Happy) on keyboards and vocals, and Jeff Williams on vocals and guitar. The group were named for United States' 1940s country music artist, Roy Acuff, his songwriting partner, Fred Rose, and their publishing company, Acuff-Rose Music. By July 1992 Acuff's Rose had signed with the Torn & Frayed label on Shock Records which issued their debut extended play, 'Long Past Dawn'.

By June 1993 Bruce Kane had replaced Hurst on drums and they released their first studio album, 'Never Comin' Down'. Guest musicians on the album include three former members of The Triffids: David McComb, Robert McComb and Graham Lee; as well as Charlie Owen and Chris Wilson.

In November 1995 their second album, 'Son of the North Wind', appeared with guest musicians including Spencer P. Jones and The Coral Snakes' Robin Casinader. The album was produced by Conway Savage, Julian Wu and Acuff's Rose. The album was later issued in France, Patterson and Williams promoted the release by touring there as a duo. By 1997 Acuff's Rose had disbanded.


Jack Coleman (bass), James Hurst (drums), Martin Lewis (guitar),
Kay-Louise Patterson (keyboards, vocals), Jeff Williams (vocals, guitar), Bruce Kane (drums)



Thursday, 10 January 2019


James Pegler was well-known in the 70s and 80s as a singer of ballads and love songs. Born in Castle Hill, Sydney NSW, he worked as a jackeroo in Queensland. After eight years of intensive training at the Sydney Conservatorium, his career started in 1972 with success in the ABC’s “Showcase”. In England, he toured with Harry Secombe and Petula Clarke, and also appeared with Des O’Connor and Gladys Knight. ABC-TV produced a special and then a series of six programs called “The James Pegler Show”. Signed to Polydor Records he released many albums on the label. Jim’s most personal triumph was when he performed at the United Nations UNICEF Concert in the General Assembly Hall in New York. The charity concert directed by Sir Robert Helpmann, was the first in the Assembly Hall for just one country and included other great Australian performers: Joan Sutherland, June Bronhill and Barry Crocker. He passed away on 15 June 2004 due to heart failure.

Friday, 4 January 2019


The band formed as The Sonics in 1964. The came out of the Coogee-Maroubra suburbs of Sydney. On entering the NSW's 1966 Hoadley's Battle of the Sounds they changed their name to The Loose Ends. They won the state finals after a close tussle with The Sunsets. 

In the National Battle of the Sounds staged in Melbourne, they finished second to The Twilights. Their prize was a recording contract with Go!! Records, an appearance on the Go!! Show, $500 and a sea cruise. They recorded a single, ''Without You/Come On Baby'' at Bill Armstrong's studios in Melbourne. Both sides were written by Maurie Camilleri. Because a so-called supergroup was apparently forming in London under the name The Loose Ends, the band once again changed their name and became The Other Ends. This single was to be their sole recording legacy.


Don Fowler (vocals), Maurie Camilleri (guitar), Joe Camilleri (guitar), Bob Brookes (bass), 
Alan Roberts (drums), Steven Navdi (keyboards)


Dean Mittelhauser

Sunday, 30 December 2018


Popular Newcastle band that formed in the 70s. Signed to the Copperfield label they released a couple of singles and album 'Hey Rock n Roll' that had much success in their home town. The band appeared on TV  and played with Sherbet, Dragon, Hush, Billy Thorpe, Stylus, TMG, Radio Birdman and many more. In 1978 they released a single ''I Can Do It'' on the ATA label. 


Steve Coburn (guitar vocals), Bruce McIntyre (drums), Rick Pointon (bass vocals), 
Dennis Butler (guitar vocals)


We Put the Bomp (In the Bomp Bomp Bomp)

9 JUN '75

I Can Do It

16 JAN '78

Tuesday, 25 December 2018


The Gutbucket Jug Band was formed in about 1964 by Colin Stevens, Rick Ludbrook and Rick Amor, three teenagers with a shared passion. Their love of roots music, especially of the Jug Band variety inspired them to emulate and invent their own takes on Jug classics, played by such bands as Gus Cannon's Jug Stompers, Memphis Jug Band, Dixieland Jug Blowers and many others. Arguably the first jug band in Australia, they hit the folk scene and jazz scene simultaneously as Jim Kweskin's music O/S was making the genre popular as well. Colin played mandolin, harmonica, kazoo and vocals, Rick Ludbrook 12-string guitar and vocals and Rick Amor guitar. The latter left the band when he won an art (travelling) scholarship from the Victorian National Gallery and put his musical career on hold to pursue his art. Shortly after, Tony Dunn on jug joined and Brent Davey on banjo.

Ron Davis joined as a washboard player until the band realised he played fantastic guitar. Bruce McNicol joined as well, violin, guitar, washboard and vocals. The dates when members joined and the comings and goings of various band members are a bit hazy but the group played to loud acclaim during the 60's/70's, doing the pub, club, festival, uni, protest rally, folk and jazz circuit. Marni Sheehan, guitar, mandolin, vocals and Teana Schifferle, washboard, vocals, joined Col, Brent, Tony and Ron in 1968/9 and when Ron moved to Sydney with his work, Rick Amor rejoined as one of the new guitarists. Romance blossomed and Rick and Teana married.

A recording was made at East Studios during this time and this has now been converted to CD. Bits and pieces of tapes have come to light over the years and have been saved to disc. Janie Conway took her two younger brothers, Mic and Jim along to a concert at the Kew Civic Centre in about 1965 and inspired by the raw, gutsy blues of Gutbucket and other roots music they heard, they formed the Jelly Bean Jug Band which later became Captain Matchbox. The band split up in about '71. When Victoria celebrated its 50th Jazz Convention in 1995, Tony Dunn called Gutbucket members together again to reform for the occasion and the band slayed them in the aisles. Gutbucket were later joined by Tim Shaw on reeds and Ken Farmer, washboard/percussion. The band released three albums in the 2000's - Pussyfooting (2003), Engruntlement (2004) and Raunchy, Paunchy, Rootless and Blue (2006).


Colin Stevens (mandolin, harmonica, kazoo, vocals), Rick Ludbrook (guitar, vocals),
Rick Amor (guitar), Tony Dunn (jug), Brent Davey (banjo), Ron Davis (washboard),
Bruce McNicol (violin, guitar, washboard), Marni Sheehan (guitar, mandolin, vocals),
Teana Schifferle (washboard, vocals), Tim Shaw (reeds), Ken Farmer (washboard, percussion)



Sunday, 16 December 2018


Mark Trevorrow (born 4 February 1959 in Melbourne, Victoria) is an Australian comedian, television host and media personality. Trevorrow first came to prominence in the cabaret duo Globos with Wendy De Waal, and they scored two Australian Top 20 hits with quirky covers of "Tintarella di luna" (1982) and Sonny & Cher's "The Beat Goes On" (1983), both of which were produced by Red Symons.

In 1984 he formed a comedy duo in with Cathy Armstrong, in which his flamboyant alter ego Bob Downe was born. Bob Downe is a cheesy, safari-suit-wearing lounge singer with dazzling teeth, and host of the fictional regional daytime TV show Good Morning Murwillumbah. The distinction between the two personae is often blurred: Trevorrow and the "Prince of Polyester" both appear at events and host television programs.

In January 1987, Trevorrow went solo with the character at Sydney's Harold Park Hotel. In 1988 he took Bob Downe to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, where he was a huge and instant success. Bob Downe played throughout the 1990s to ever-larger British audiences, with Trevorrow in perpetual commute between London and Sydney, touring nationally in both countries. With a multitude of UK TV credits under his beige belt, Bob Downe made his twelfth Edinburgh Fringe appearance in 2002.

Back in Australia, the first Bob Downe album, 'Greatest Hits', was released in Australia in 1996, with 1997's 'Jazzy!' nominated for a Best Comedy Album ARIA music award. 1998 saw the Australian publication of his first book, All Bob Downe! (Penguin) and he hosted the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Parade broadcast for Network Ten. In 1999 and 2000, Bob Downe again hosted the Mardi Gras Parade, a consistent ratings winner for Network Ten, and also won the Cabaret Artiste of the Year at the Green Room Awards in Melbourne. He released his third album, 'Huge Hits', in 2001. His comedy/chat series, The Bob Downe Show (Foxtel/TV1), went to air in December 2000. Bob Downe's last three national theatre tours, Million Sellers (1999), Whiter! Brighter! (2000) and Cold August Night (2002) were sellouts everywhere, including the Sydney Opera House and the State Theatre.

In 2001, Trevorrow made his first appearance as himself rather than his alter ego, opening a new show at the Black Cat cabaret in Melbourne. The show also appeared at the Sydney Opera House Studio in 2003, followed by a studio album 'It's About Time' in 2004 (ABC Music/Universal). Trevorrow has appeared on the Australian series of Good News Week, often joining with host Paul McDermott in a sing-along of an Australian song at the end of the episode. He has collaborated several times with the Doug Anthony All Stars (which included McDermott), appearing in their TV series, DAAS Kapital, and their film The Edinburgh Years. He has also featured in episodes of the sitcom Kath & Kim, as well as hosting the series The Way We Were, and has appeared in the animated Australian/Canadian sitcom, Quads! as the voice of Spalding (SBS 2002). Trevorrow is a regular fill-in presenter on the "Evening Show" on 702 ABC Sydney. He has also been a contestant on the special Australia's Brainiest Comedian. 



Tuesday, 11 December 2018


Bellydance were formed as a dance, funk band, Bellydance Disco, in Sydney in 1987 by mainstays Ted Cavanagh on guitar, the actor, Tony Hughes on vocals, and Scott Saunders (ex-Deckchairs Overboard, Beatfish) on keyboards. Their line-up changed often and the ensemble sometimes reached 12 members. The group's debut single, "Spittin' Bullets", appeared in July 1987.

According to Australian musicologist, Ian McFarlane, they "built up a strong following on the Sydney dance/pub circuit, and first came to national prominence with the release of the topical single ''Green Revolution'' in mid-1992." By that time Saunders had also formed an acid jazz group, Directions in Groove (initially styled as d.i.g.), with Alexander Hewetson on bass guitar, Terepai Richmond on drums, Rick Robertson on saxophone, and Tim Rollinson on guitar. They released an extended play, Fun Dopin', in May 1993 and also supported visiting English reggae singer, Maxi Priest, on his tour of Australia.

Bellydance issued their debut studio album, 'One Blood', in October 1993 via Regular Records/Festival Records. It had been recorded in the previous year with Stephen Ferris producing. McFarlane observed, "it contained a mix of hard funk, smooth soul-pop, dub reggae and jazz-funk." At the ARIA Music Awards of 1994 it was nominated for Best Pop Release. The group released another EP, 'The Joker', in 1994 and followed with their second album, 'Babylon Mixed Business', late in the next year, via Roadshow Music. Another EP, 'Ain't no Use', appeared in November 1995 and the group disbanded in 1996


Ted Cavanagh (guitar), Tony Hughes (vocals), Scott Saunders (keyboards), Frank Ward (bass),
Charlie MacLean (vocals), John Swanton (drums), Linda Jannsen (vocals), Grant Taylor (guitar),
Dave Wray (sax), Richard Barry (vocals), Terepai Richmond (drums), Theo Silvera (drums)



    Thursday, 6 December 2018


    Started out as Johnny and The Ringworms with Red McKelvie, Peter Knox, Dave Ovenden and Grahame Lister in the early 70s. A name change soon followed and they became The Third Union Band. Released one single on the ATA label and they appeared on GTK. The band played regularly at The Clique. Harry Brus replaced Knox after the band recorded an album that has never been released.


    Red McKelvie (vocals/guitar), Grahame Lister (vocals/guitar), Peter Knox (bass), Harry Brus (bass), 
    Dave Ovenden (drums)

    Friday, 30 November 2018


    The Mangrove Boogie Kings emerged from the swamps of Mangrove Creek north of Sydney in 1974. Formed by Warren Nunn and the late Chris Piper plus Rex Kelaher the band became stalwarts of the Sydney pub rock scene , attracting a broad spectrum followers from fans of blues ,country the emerging New Wave movement sharing stages with some of Australia's biggest bands including Radio Birdman, Cold Chisel and Mental As Anything. The band also supported Chuck Berry's Australian tour in 1978. A self titled EP was released in 1981 on the Mullet label.

    In the late 70s the core of the band went on to form the more commercially successful Model Husbands and other associated outfits, however the MBKs still performed sporadically over this time even though members were widely distributed across the country until the death of Chris Piper in 2005. Mike Willessee’s Street Stories TV series featured a mini-doco on the band after Slim Dusty wrote and recorded the song ''The Mangrove Boogie Kings'' on his 'The Stories We Told' album. A revitalised Mangrove Boogie Kings began performing regularly in Sydney from 2012 and released a new album 'Tent Show Medicine' of original material and favourites in 2015. 


    Warren Nunn (vocals/harmonica), Chris Piper (guitar), Rex Kelaher (drums), Rodd Coe (bass), 
    Denis Burke (drums)

    Friday, 23 November 2018


    Graeme Lyall is widely regarded as one of the greatest jazz saxophone players and arrangers Australia has produced. As well as performing, writing, arranging and teaching at the WA Academy of Performing Arts, he is also the Artistic Director of the WA Youth Jazz Orchestra and musical director of the 50 strong WAYJO Composers Ensemble.

    Graeme commenced his professional career at the age of 17 at the Palais Ballroom and The Embers night club in Melbourne. At 19 he moved to Sydney and at 22 was appointed as a musician and arranger with the TCN 9 Orchestra. Graeme moved back to Melbourne in 1971 to take up an appointment as composer, arranger and record producer at Armstrong Studios. He was a member of the ABC Melbourne Showband for 3 years and in 1977 was appointed Director of Music at GTV-9 Melbourne. During the Melbourne years Graeme was the Winner of the Best Arrangement at Yamaha International Song Festival 4 times and winner of the Australian Writers and Art Directors Guild Award for the Best Music for a Television Commercial (Hallmark Greeting Cards).

    In the mid '80s Graeme left full time television to concentrate on teaching. He returned for special events including AFL and NRL Grand Finals, Carols by Candlelight and the Logie Awards and then full time in 1991 to be Musical Director of Hey Hey it's Saturday.

    Since 1992, Graeme has taught at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, the Victorian College of the Arts and the West Australian Academy of Performing Arts. As well as performing, writing, arranging and teaching, Graeme has been the Artistic Director of the West Australian Youth Jazz Orchestra and musical director of the 50-strong WAYJO Composers Ensemble and since 2008 has been a resident at the Tenison Woods College based at Mt. Gambier, South Australia where he teaches Jazz Performance at the Generations in Jazz Academy. He became a Member of the Order of Australia on 26 January 2003: "For service to music as Artistic Director of the Western Australian Youth Jazz Orchestra, and as a musical director, composer and performer."



    Wednesday, 14 November 2018


    Bart Willoughby (born 12 September 1960) is an Indigenous Australian musician, noted for his pioneering fusion of reggae with Indigenous Australian musical influences, and for his contribution to growth of Indigenous music in Australia. A Pitjantjatjara man of the Mirning dreaming, his totem is the whale. He is Kuthatha through his father and Mirning through his mother. He grew up at Koonibba Aboriginal Mission near Ceduna on the South Australian edge of the Nullarbor Plain on the Great Australian Bight. At 14 years of age, after spending some time in a boys' facility, Willoughby found his way to the Centre for Aboriginal Studies in Music at the University of Adelaide, where he was introduced to music including drumming, singing and guitar playing.

    Willoughby's musical career commenced in 1978, and in this period he developed as a distinctive Indigenous Australian musician notable for his pioneering fusion of reggae music with Indigenous Australian influences. He formed his first band, also Australia's first Indigenous rock band, No Fixed Address, in 1978, though he also played with Jimmy Chi's newly formed band Kuckles throughout 1978 and 1979.

    In 1979, No Fixed Address played its first large concert at the National Aboriginal Day event held in Taperoo, South Australia, and over the years has played at numerous concerts for Aboriginal causes, including Rock Against Racism, The Artists Newsletter Association, the Campaign Against Racial Exploitation and the National Aboriginal Country Music Festival.

    In 1982 Willoughby and his band toured Australia in support of Peter Tosh, and a documentary of this tour was screened by SBS TV entitled Peter Tosh in Concert, featuring Willoughby and No Fixed Address. During 1982 Willoughby also played drums with Shane Howard and Goanna. After the success of the Peter Tosh tour Willoughby and his band became the first Aboriginal band to travel overseas, becoming cultural ambassadors for their people while touring Great Britain in 1984, playing at nine cities including London, Bristol, Leeds, Plymouth and Manchester. They played at "The Elephant Fayre" rock festival and appeared at a concert for striking miners. A documentary of this tour No Fixed Address in London was produced and screened on SBS TV.

    Returning to Australia, Willoughby joined his cousin Bunna Lawrie, and his band Coloured Stone, founded in 1977. He played drums for them between 1985 and 1986, including on their Scottish tour where they appeared with k.d. lang at the 1986 Edinburgh Festival. Coloured Stone then returned to Australia, where Coloured Stone were awarded Best Indigenous Album at the 1986 Australian Music Awards for their debut album Human Love.

    Willoughby reformed No Fixed Address in 1987, and in 1988 the band toured Europe, including Eastern Bloc countries where Willoughby made his wry comment about "being hungry in Hungary" while appearing at the 1987 East Berlin Music Festival.

    Late in 1988 Willoughby was asked to join the newly formed Yothu Yindi as drummer on their Diesel & Dust tour, visiting 73 cities throughout the USA on a tour that Willoughby found very strenuous. In 1989 Willoughby left Yothu Yindi to form a new band Mixed Relations, now known as Bart Willoughby Band, although he has reformed No Fixed Address on occasion. From its inception, Mixed Relations toured extensively throughout the Aboriginal communities, Australian cities, Pacific Islands, New Zealand and Hawaii, and were was chosen as the closing act for the 1989 inaugural Invasion (aka Survival) Day Concerts at La Perouse, Sydney and then every Invasion Day concert until its final date at La Perouse in 1994.

    Following work in Alice Springs, Northern Territory and Surfers Paradise, Queensland on the film Until the end of the World, Willoughby was invited to tour Australia with Shane Howard and The Big Heart Band before returning to his work with Mixed Relations opening the inaugural 1991 Stompen' Ground Concert in Broome, Western Australia and representing Australia at the 1990 and 1992 South Pacific Music Festival and the 1990 and 1992 Asian Music Festival. All of these festivals have been documented by ABC Television and SBS TV and screened by these stations in the year that the festivals were held and have had repeat screenings over the years.

    In 1993, International Year of Indigenous People, Willoughby and Mixed Relations were invited to attend the Los Angeles Indigenous Arts Festival, the London Indigenous Festival, England and the Wanchai Music Festival. He left Mixed Relations in 1995.

    Bart Willoughby went on to pursue his solo career releasing two albums 'Pathways' in 1997 and a double album 'Frequencies' in 2000. In 2007 Bart formed the Bart Willoughby Band with producer and drummer Airi Ingram, with long time collaborator Selwyn Burns on Lead Guitar and occasional guest legend Ross Hannaford on second lead. The Line up has grown to a ten piece with a 3-piece horn section percussion and the sublime harmonies of Decline Briscoe and Emma Donavan.

    2010 The Bart Willoughby Band Appeared on National Television performing Barts iconic tune ''Message for Young and Old'' at the pre match entertainment for Dreamtime at The G, the song recorded at Sing Sing studios was later released on the Bands first E.P 'Rock Against Racism'. 2013 they released first full length album 'Proud'. In 2012/2013 he received a grant through the city of Melbourne to record an album 'We Still Live On', on The Melbourne Town Hall Pipe Organ accompanied by Indigenous Songstress Decline Briscoe. Adding to Barts many firsts in his illustrious musical career he is the first Indigenous artist to play this instrument. 



    Thursday, 8 November 2018


    Andrew Richardson (later to be known as Howlin’ Wind) is an Australian flute player. He is known for creating musical works which combine sophisticated classical traditions with earthy folk roots as well as showing an implicit understanding of Australia’s indigenous song lines. His first album 'Expanse' was released in 1984. Since then he has released dozens of albums.

    His flute compositions have been used in many films and TV series, including Peter Garret’s Shoalhaven Bay”, Fred Hollows’ Life and Times, Channel 9 TV series Ray Martin Gallipoli Special, many Brian Naylor’s Travel Shows, Getaway, The Great Outdoors and many of Burkes Backyard Films. Howlin’ recorded six albums for Sony Music which became major sellers on the Sony Masterworks Label. He is also the author of a highly respected recorder tuition book “Recorder Technique”.

    Howlin’s music combines sophisticated classical traditions with earthy folk roots and an implicit understanding of Australia’s indigenous song lines. His recordings feature a stellar cast of Australia’s leading contemporary musicians. Jim Moginie (Midnight Oil), Rob Hirst (Midnight Oil), Manny Seddon (Southern Lightening), Chong Lim (John Farnham Band), Shane Howard (Goanna), Peter Jones (Crowded House), TJ Vox, Bob Sedergreen, Paddy Free (Pitch Black), Mark Houlihan, Dave Linden, Steve Wilkie, Phil Langdon, Rick Evans, Bryan O’Neil, Johnny Brew (The Trip), Dave Merry (The Trip), Robin Bernet, Gavil O’Loughlin, Jane Martin, Alex Pertouit, Raju Shamer (Szfortsando), Chris Corr, Alfie Massound, Andrew McGregor, Tim Blake and Jex Saarabecht- to name a few.

    He has been trained by some of the greatest flute players of all time, James Galway, William Bennett, Lenore Smith, Sue Milan, and Australia’s wonderful international concert pianist Ruth Nye. He lived in London for ten years where he made his living busking in the London Underground Tube System (Green Park). He was named the Greater London Council’s- number one busker 1980. He recorded his early compositions with John Williams’ Sky Band. He was also commissioned to write, perform and record his music for three BBC T.V films. During 1980-81, he gave monthly flute recitals at the National Theatre-London, and toured the USA with William Bennett. Howlin’ also attended in the International Summer School in Canterbury and spent three years as a Dresser for the Royal Shakespeare Company-London.

    During 1998, Howlin’ toured the USA, England and France. He records at his analogue and valve studio MAGNETIC HEAVEN. During November 2003 Howlin’ followed a childhood dream and recorded his flute at the Taj Mahal, India.

    Tuesday, 30 October 2018


    The Palisades were formed in Perth in the mid 80s by Ian Freeman and Jeff Baker after the breakup of their band the Peppermint Drops. They recruited Velo Zupanovich who played bass with Dom Mariani in the Gostarts and Guido Berini who played guitar with Velo in a band called The Rayguns. Drummer Richard Nash joined soon after. Signing to Easter Records the band released a five track mini album 'A Month Too Soon' in 1987.

    Drummer Richard Nash left the band and was replaced by Chad then Dave Hale, then Guido left and the band decided to play as a four piece. Then Baker and Hale quit to pursue other interests. Velo and Freeman decided to continue on as the band had quite a following and were getting heaps of shows. Gil Bradley from The Homecoming replaced Baker on guitar (who went on to start the Rainyard) and Duncan McMillan came in from the Stolen Picassos to play drums.

    The band recorded a few songs with this line up of which “Memories of Old Flowers” and “Deaths Echoes” made it onto the Palisades CD on Egg records (Egg Records released a compilation in 2004). They decided to move to Sydney. Velo quit and Mandy Haines came in from the Homecoming/Rosemary Beads to play bass. They played about 15 shows there and went down well but we never really got a foot hold. The band returned to Perth and disbanded.


    Ian Freeman (vocals), Jeff Baker (guitar), Velo Zupanovich (bass), Guido Berini (guitar),
    Richard Nash (drums), Chad (drums), Dave Hale (drums), Gil Bradley (guitar),
    Duncan McMillan (drums), Mandy Haines (bass)

    Wednesday, 24 October 2018


    The Mexican Spitfires were an inner-city suburban band which developed a collection of songs about Sydney. They dealt with aspects of local daily life,: "Ivy Street" about a dilapidated street familiar to Sydney University students who walk to or from Redfern Station; "Sydney Town" on the moral tightrope found between the city and Kings Cross down Park Street; "Town Hall Steps" about a meeting out front of Sydney Town Hall; "Until" on spending time in Katoomba in the nearby Blue Mountains; and "Rookwood" talks about Rookwood Cemetery. Similar lyrical territory was farmed by contemporaries, Paul Kelly & the Coloured Girls and John Kennedy's Love Gone Wrong.

    With three songwriters in Tim O'Reilly, Michael Quinlan and Stephen McCowage, the band's set lists contained mostly original material. Harking back to their earlier experiences in Prince Vlad & the Gargoyle Impalers, the band displayed a 1960s pop sensibility with strong harmonies from Quinlan and O'Reilly and also covered tracks by the Beatles' "If I Needed Someone" and the Monkees' "Mary Mary".

    In July 1986 the Mexican Spitfires played their first gig to an audience at the Lismore Hotel, Sydney. They were signed to Red Eye Records. The group were finalists at a talent quest, Battle of the Bands, run by University of New South Wales in October; alongside Bodycore, Things for the Weekend, Merrie Melodies, and the Jive Turkeys. George Braddock of Tharunka saw their performance in October 1987, he observed "they play original songs with a basis on harmony. Like Paul Kelly an acoustic lays the basis for their arrangement with tasteful electric lead following In and out of powerful pop songs. Sounding somewhere between Lloyd Cole and the Smiths, with a hefty dose of Australian pub sounds, they are an interesting and worthwhile Sydney band."

    The band's debut six-track 12-inch extended play, 'Lupe Velez', was released in 1988. The EP was produced by Jon Schofield (of the Coloured Girls), engineered by Phil Punch, and featured a keyboard appearance by Russell Parkhouse (ex-The Riptides). The EP appeared on the independent charts, moving into the top 5 in Sydney and received significant airplay on 2JJ (now 2JJJ). Lupe Velez received favourable reviews in English music magazine, NME, and in the Australian music press. "Town Hall Steps" was described by The Sydney Morning Herald's Michael Kozoil as "an upbeat ditty... about a summer rendezvous" at Sydney Town Hall.

    According to London-based rock music critic, Andrew Mueller, as quoted in Who's Who of Australian Rock the Mexican Spitfires provided "Impressive songs in the Kelly/Kennedy vein with a slightly English sounding pop touch." The EP was favourably received in Germany and Italy, where "You Can't Run" gained substantial airplay on Radio Marte, Radio Luna and Radio Delfino in Catania. The music video for "Sydney Town" made its debut on SBS's world music show, Rock Around the World, before being shown on ABC's, rage. The band also performed "Ivy Street" on the Network TEN programme, Ridgey Didge.

    After their debut, the Mexican Spitfires returned to the Electric Avenue Studio of Phil Punch to record their second six-track 12-inch EP, 'Elephant', during 1989 and 1990. That EP has not been released in any format, despite interest from indie pop labels such as Catania's No Tyme Records.

    Two tracks, "Sydney Town" and "You Can't Run (Forever)", were included on a compilation album by Red Eye Records' various artists, 'Asides and Besides: The First Five Years' (1990). Penelope Layland of The Canberra Times described the album, "a fun collection, snappily packaged in bright red. The liner notes explain where each track originated, and indicate if they went any where on the independent charts." "Sydney Town" appears on a Sony Music double CD compilation, 'Somewhere in Sydney: 30 Songs from the Harbour City', which was released in 2000 to coincide with the Sydney Olympic Games.

    During the mid to late 1980s, the Mexican Spitfires played many local pubs: the Hopetoun, the Sandringham Hotel in Newtown (aka the "Sando"), Paddington Green, and Harold Park. In 1988 they toured Melbourne with other Red Eye acts the Crystal Set, Curious (Yellow) and the Bhagavad Guitars. The band also played with other bands such as: the Triffids, Roaring Jack, Penguins on Safari (later the Whitlams), the Wet Taxis, the Last Metro, the Upbeat, Billy Baxter and the Hollowmen and John Kennedy of John Kennedy's Love Gone Wrong.

    Following McCowage's departure in 1989, DJ Pantless joined the band on lead guitar. That line-up supported the Proclaimers on the Sydney and Canberra leg of their 1989 tour supplemented by Dominic Killalea of the Upbeat filling in on drums. Whilst the Mexican Spitfires have not played live as a band since early 1989, their music has been played on radio stations like 88.1 FM WMBR Cambridge, Massachusetts, and fans of their music can be found in Australia, Japan, Germany, Italy and the United States. 


    Tim O'Reilly (vocals/bass), Michael Quinlan (vocals/guitar), Stephen McCowage (guitar),
    Price Conlan (drums), DJ Pantless (guitar)



    Thursday, 18 October 2018


    Tiring of the fast pace of city life, Bill Chambers and his wife, Diane, moved to the remote Nullabor Plains area of Australia, where they raised two children, Nash and Kasey, who they fed by hunting foxes and rabbits. Returning to "civilization" more than a decade later, Bill and Diane Chambers began performing as a duo in the pubs and clubs near Sydney. 

    Kasey joined the group in 1987, at the age of ten, while Nash, two years older, joined shortly afterwards. The success of the Dead Ringer Band was swift. The recipients of a prestigious Golden Guitar Award (Australia's equivalent of the Country Music Association Awards) as Best Group of 1995, they received a Mo Award as Best Country Group a year later. Their second album, 'Home Fires', which included the chart-topping country song "Australian Son," received an ARIA Award as Best Australian Country Release in late 1996. 

    While they honed their sound by singing country songs by American songwriters (including Hank Williams, the Carter Family, Bob Dylan, Jackson Browne, and Johnny Cash) and Australian songwriters (including Slim Dusty, Tex Morton, and Reg Lindsay), the Dead Ringer Band incorporated an increasing number of original tunes by Bill Chambers, who received a Song of the Year award for his song "Things Aren't the Same on the Land," recorded by Australian country singer Slim Dusty in 1992. The band released four albums from 1993 to 1998.


    Kasey Chambers (vocals guitar), Bill Chambers (vocals guitar mandolin), Dianne Chambers (bass),
    Nash Chambers (vocals guitar harmonica)



    Friday, 12 October 2018


    Tenor Ron Lees' career started at 20 when he appeared on New Faces in 1960 with the English performer David Whitfield at the famous Tivoli Theatre in Melbourne. About a year later he went into the studios of Channel 7 Melbourne where he met the producer of the television show Sunnyside Up, Mr Alf Spargo, who hired him immediatly and he became the feature tenor for ten years. During this time he was invited to do three command performances, one with American soprano and actress Kathryn Grayson who chose him to tour around Australia as her duettist. She remarked back stage "Hey! You sing better than Mario Lanza!" It was about then he was given his own television show called Free and Easy which was highly successful. He recorded his first album 'Ron Lees Sings Television Favourites' on the W&G label in 1962. He has recorded many albums since.

    For a further fve years he performed in Sydney clubs, concerts and on television. He toured in South Australia with the June Bronhill show which went for 3 months. Ron was then contacted by David McIlwraith a well known entrepreneur who ran the famous Lido nightclub. He sang there for four years and during that time he worked with international stars such as , Jose Ferrer, Johnny Ray, Howard Keel, Francis Faye, Eartha Kitt and many others. In 1974 he won a Scholarship into the Opera, but as fate would have it, a Brisbane television show, Studio 9, offered him a contract and he became the featured singer on that show for another three years.

    1977 saw him in his first leading role in the opera The Gypsy Baron, after that season concluded, Ron sang the lead role in Tosca for the A.B.C. on a concert tour of Australia, called "The Longest Land Based Tour in the World". It was at this time he was recognised as one of the great singers of our day, getting rave reviews from newspapers and critics alike. Four operas and four leads later, he was invited to sing at the famous Genting Highlands Casino, the second largest in the world, where to this day, his life size portrait hangs above Andy Williams and Tom Jones. After being voted as the best and most popular singer ever to visit South East Asia, the success of this initial two-week engagement was extended to three months! Ron then returned to Melbourne for Madam Butterfly, once again as the leading man, for a very successful season with Victorian Opera Company.

    Up until 1994 Ron toured Australia singing on television, clubs and concert halls. Ron's next engagement was at the famous Mietta's restaurant for a 14 day season, in the Australian version of The Mario Lanza Show, whilst Jose Carreras of the Three Tenors" fame, did the version in the U.S.A. The show was so successful it toured all over Australia. He has received rave reviews for his ability to recall the Great Tenor back to life. During all this he appeared on Bert Newton's 'Good Morning Australia' on Channel 10 for 6 years and was voted the show's most popular artist. All though Ron Lees is Australian and has sung leads in 7 major operas there are many worldwide aficionados who regard him as one of the greatest "Italian Tenors" of our century. He has an extensive repertoire of arias & popular standard music which he still performs to this day.Ron Lees has also been a singing teacher for over 40 years teaching the time proven "Bel-Canto" method,



    Sunday, 7 October 2018


    Bourbon Street made their live debut on February 20, 1987, at the Top Pub in Byron Bay, NSW, now called the Beach Hotel. The four-piece rock group was formed from two dissolved Northern Rivers bands, The Blest and Rockola. The members were: Colin Germano (aka: Col Meredith) on guitar and lead vocals, Horace Bevan on guitar, Simon Dundon (aka: Simon de Avalon) on bass, and Lenny Reilly on drums.

    Bourbon Street’s popularity blossomed early in their local area, and the band quickly became a regular fixture on the Northern Rivers live circuit. Their reputation soon generated interest in Sydney and by the end of their first year, the band’s geographical horizons had expanded. Sydney proved to be a rewarding stomping ground for Bourbon Street. As the crowds swelled, so did the demand for original material. In late '87, the band released a 45rpm single on vinyl entitled "Eyes the Size of Stars". The Germano-penned single slowly crept the local charts in early '88 and peaked at # 9 on the Lismore-based 2LM radio station.

    Their debut LP followed in late 1988. 'Stronger Than Dirt', featured six original songs and five covers. The first song on side-one was a cover of Neil Young's "Powder Finger", which became the band's traditional opener for live shows. A Brisbane-based group largely influenced by Bourbon Street, chose the song’s title as their band's namesake. 'Stronger Than Dirt' although independently released, eventually became a cult classic. It was re-pressed four times and still remains a collector's item.

    In August of '90, they recorded a live show in Nimbin, parts of which were released late that year as 'Live By Night', the band's first all-original album. This was followed up with extensive tours of Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane. In July of ’91, the band toured parts of the US, including Los Angeles, San Diego, Orange County and Las Vegas. It was in Hollywood that Bourbon Street were courted by Capital Records. After capturing the hearts of Capital's A & R department during several live shows in the area, the group was on the verge of signing a lucrative contract with the recording giant when negotiations broke down with the band's management. The group returned to Australia later that year with broken dreams and a large debt.

    Early '92 saw the band touring hard as usual, paying off monies owed from the US tour. They headlined an outdoor festival in Nimbin called The Rage of Aquarius. The festival featured guitar legend Kevin Borich, who joined Bourbon Street on stage that night. He later joined the band on various tours throughout the coming months. On a road trip to Sydney, the band was asked to play with the Eagle's Joe Walsh and Doobie Brothers’ Skunk Baxter for a live performance at the Dee Why Venue for the "Long Live the Leadbreak" competition. The national morning show Good Morning Australia filmed the event. After a brief rehearsal with the two guitar legends, the six-piece played to a packed house and were featured on national television the next morning.

    Later that year, Bourbon Street relocated in Sydney's Bondi Beach, playing their usual haunts while breaking in material for what would become their third album. 'Time Flies' was released in late '92 and spawned a hit single in the title track. A video accompanied the release and the band found new life on the road again. Footage for another video, the intended second single, "When You're Broke", recorded with Kevin Borich, was filmed but never released.

    When the excitement for 'Time Flies' died down in mid-’93 and record sales levelled off, the band decided to call it quits. Their last gig was the already-booked Chincogan Supercharge on September 11th of that year. The band headlined a bill that included Things of Stone and Wood, Phil Emmanuel and a host of touring acts. A crowd of more than 3000 attended Bourbon Street's last official appearance, which extended well into the wee hours. It was the police who finally ended the marathon performance by escorting the band offstage as the dawn was breaking.

    It would be three years before Bourbon Street were lured back to performing live, as a series of reunion tours ensued around ’96. These continued uneventfully until 2004 when the band began work on a fourth album. With the assistance and encouragement of Powderfinger guitarist Ian Haug, Bourbon Street recorded what was to be their finest piece of work. 'Banned for Life', The band continues to play live shows to this day and prefer to do select gigs a few times a year at their favourite venues.


    Colin Germano (vocals/guitar), Horace Bevan (guitar), Simon Dundon (bass), Lenny Reilly (drums)



    Wednesday, 3 October 2018


    Wickety Wak was a comedic show band which started in 1975 at The Kuraby Hotel doing parodies of other artists, notably Louis Armstrong, Kermit The Frog, The Beach Boys, Elvis Presley and Dolly Parton. In 1982 Wickety Wak had a top 10 hit in Brisbane with their single "Moonlight Marvel". During the 1980s Wickety Wak made 14 television specials for BTQ channel 7. They were ambassadors for Expo88 in Brisbane, disbanded in 1990 and re-formed in 2006. for the Gympie Music Muster. Some of the members continued to perform thereafter. . Greg Doolan, the band's lead guitar player, died on 16 February 2017 from cancer at the age of 63. Pahnie Jantzen passed away on the 28th of March 2013 after a brief battle with cancer.


    Greg Doolan (vocals guitar), Rob Rosenlund (vocals keyboards), Tony Jeffrey (vocals), 
    Peter Mackay (drums), Pahnie Jantzen (bass vocals)


    Moonlight Marvel

    7 MAR '83