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Spectrum
L-R Peter 'Robbo' Robertson, Broc O'Connor, Mike Rudd, Daryl Roberts and Brenden Mason 
Spectrum today is, conceptually at least, similar to the original band launched way back in 1969, but the loss in 2013 of bassist and fellow founding member Bill Putt leaves singer/songwriter Mike Rudd as the sole original member in the current line-up. The recent addition of Madder Lake guitarist Brenden Mason (pic) however has added a very positive dimension to the band, especially in the live performance arena - a recording would seem to be inevitable.
Spectrum and Madder Lake played a very successful series of double bill shows during 2019 celebrating Spectrum's 50th anniversary and as 2020 marked the Madders' 50th anniversary there had been another series of double bill shows planned throughout the year, another good intention scuttled by COVID-19.
Today's Spectrum plays a batch of retrospective songs from the various Spectrum, Murtceps and Ariel albums, including a selection from their many singles released over the decades. Like Spectrum's But That's Alright and Play a Song That I Know, The Indelible Murtceps' Indelible Shuffle and Esmeralda and Ariel's Jamaican Farewell and Disco Dilemma - and there are quite a few more.* Never forgetting the legendary song that started it all, I'll Be Gone (Someday I'll have money) of course!
 
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The Indelible Murtceps
 
The Indelible Murtceps
They said it would never happen again, they also said that it could never happen again, but they were wrong - again! In 2022 the jesters of the Aussie music scene, The Indelible Murtceps, are back! The band's first gig for countless decades was in January in their all-too familiar role as support for their big brother band, Spectrum, and it felt as though there had been no gap at all between gigs. The chaps were resplendant in their chosen avatar costumes (see pic) and the songs, culled exclusively from the Murtceps repertoire of old, sounded as fresh as ever. If you're looking for a good time and a laugh, this is the band for you.
 
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Mike Rudd's Indelibles
The Indelibles can evince the original Spectrum, The Indelible Murtceps, Ariel, WHY, Mike Rudd & The Heaters and even Mike's first band, Chants R&B songs just for you. With songs like I'll Be Gone, Launching Place Part Two, Going Home and Fly Without Its Wings, Ariel's Jamaican Farewell, Rock & Roll Scars, Red Hot Momma and Worm Turning Blues, Murtceps' Esmeralda, Some Good Advice and We Are Indelible, you'll be in Spectrum heaven.
The Indelibles will also treat you to a set of more recent songs from the Breathing Space EP series like Rocket Girl, Silicon Valley and Xavier Rudd is Not My Son, followed by a set of crowd pleasing blues from the Spill - Spectrum Plays The Blues and No Thinking CDs. Irresistible? Up to you. Indelible? Certainly!
 
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The Indelible String Band
Mike Rudd, Noel Kennedy and Jeremy Alsop with Sarah Morse, Isabel Morse, Bobby Macindoe and Roger Young

Q&A
Q. So, what's this Indelible String Band all about then? A. Well, I should point out that the project is still at the dream stage, but the portents are pretty good that the dream is due to become a reality. Portents don't necessarily trump the pandemic, of course. Q. How did this dream come about then? A. I received an email on the 11th of January 2019 with an mp3 of a string arrangement of I Can Do Anything. When I say arrangement, I mean a real arrangement, not just an immediately recognisable version of the original song with strings tacked on. It actually took me quite a while to identify what song it was! I was impressed and intrigued, and when I played it to my live-in muse, the beautiful Maria, she absolutely adored it, so the die was cast! Q. So, can you tell me anything about the arranger? A. Noel Kennedy's a gentleman of a similar vintage to me - not quite as old, of course, nobody is these days - but Noel's been in and around the music scene as we know it for the requisite yonks and was aware of the Rudd oeuvre - which, in itself, is noteworthy. This all began a couple of years ago so we've met in person two or three times now, but in many ways we're still feeling each other out, musically speaking, which is all part of the adventure.

 
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The Mike Rudd trio
Mike Rudd, George Butrumlis & Jeremy Alsop
I had a dream - and the dream was this acual trio, with piano accordion meister George Butrumlis and ace bassist Jeremy Alsop brilliantly transforming the repertoire from Rudd's Ancient & Modern hymnal into sublime reality. If the reaction to the trio at Spectrum to Ariel's re-Visionary concert is anything to go by, there's an audience out there for exactly this kind of sophisticated acoustically inclined fare. George's lyrical playing and instinctively appropriate vocal harmonising combined with Jeremy's knowing, but always tasteful double bass, flesh out the Cruddy guitar and vocal musical palette and enliven my occasionally quirky songs culled from pre-history, last century, yesterday and beyond..
 
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Mike Rudd (solo)
Throughout his long performing career, Mike has preferred the comfort and safety of 'the band' format, but with his now playing 'solo' things have evolved - a bit. Mike has now decided that playing entirely on his ownsome is far too lonely an experience and has established that George Butrumlis (piano accordion) is his preferred partner in future solo gambits, hence Mike's definition of 'solo' is always in quotation marks.
Either way, it still gives Mike the freedom to tackle songs that, for one reason or another, don't often get played in any of the above group settings. Outrageous songs like Excuse Me Just One Moment from Murtceps' Warts Up your Nose album and Confessions of a Psychopathic Cowpoke, (A Strange Fantastic Dream) which was famously banned from airplay by the FCB* on release.
Naturally the 'solo' repertoire isn't comprised of just controversial songs - there are some damn strange and very beautiful songs in there as well. Songs like Superbody, (Spectrum Part One), the Ariel single I Can Do Anything, the haunting Kneedeep (Living on a Volcano), as well as others from the more recent Breathing Space series of EPs.

*Federation of Commercial Broadcasters

 
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