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Cool warm up for the Tsunami benefit
do their voodoo to the Sound Vault logo 2) Robbo gets snapped
with yet another bunch of legends
do come true, Robbo..
24.2.05 - Robbo, Robbo, Robbo! How many bands can you
be in without having a physical and/or nervous breakdown? Luckily
he's not actually playing with DC, just muscling in on a photo
opportunity, but his sheer ubiquitous-ness is a worry. On behalf
of all your fans, Robbo, learn how to say 'no' occasionally.
Mick looks surprised to see me 2) The band, with Robbo sucking
it in, in full swing
Sam See adds his touch of magic to proceedings 4) Sam waits
patiently for the flash 5) The Robbos and Tracey
moonlights with Mick Pealing
24.2.05 - At Robbo's invitation I whizzed
down to the Palace in St Kilda last night to be part of the
Mick Pealing Band's CD launch. Robbo, although
recovering from a bout of the lurgie that's going around and
working flat out teaching, managed to stay awake for the whole
performance and actually played with his customary panache.
The MPB on the night was a modular unit, adding three guests
to the basic five-piece, including a girl vocalist, a versatile
guitar/harmonica/mandolin player and the reliably awesome Sam
See. I enjoyed the set very much - even the sound was
pretty good - and I'm looking forward to getting my copy of
the CD soon. (check
out enlargements 2 & 3)
is the life!
view from the stage area at the McWilliams Lillydale Estate
gig 2) Leonie and Jackie get into the spirit of the arvo
grape-grazing Batperson! That was grape fun!
20.2.05 - I guess it was a case of third
time lucky - last year's two Spectrum winery gigs each had their
particular problems - but yesterday's winery gig, at McWilliams
Lillydale Estate in Seville, was close to being a triumph.
The acoustics were fairly lively, so there was an element of
restraint volume-wise, but certainly the band, the Estate staff
and the audience, all seemed to enjoy themselves thoroughly.
Bus-loads of grazers rolled in and out all afternoon, but there
was a core of Spectrum-ites that communed for the whole session,
and numerous CDs were sold. Looking forward to the next one!
Andrews is back
The Vermont St crew pose for the camera 2) Chris says that he's
kicking Mike out of the band - and Bill's next!
goes to St Andrews
14.2.05 - Spectrum played their first gig
at St Andrews for the year, and Mike's son Chris came along
to join in on the fun. In fact, the whole Vermont St crew (the
residence where Chris lives) made it along to the gig, and seemed
to enjoy themselves heartily - as did Spectrum and the rest
of the audience for that matter. Given there were so many other
attractions round town it was a particularly grand crowd. Roll
on next weekend!
10.2.05 - Sorry that things have fallen behind somewhat.
The Big Pond dude has been round and replaced the corroded connection
that had me off the air for the past five days. Hopefully things
will get back to normality soon.
of our lives - part whatever..
Pete Smith roasts the Dynamic Direct team at the Bluestone
Bar 2) Pete asks Robbo what he'd like for Christmas
Pete Robbo and Pete Smith 4) Nick Charles nonchalantly dismays
all watching guitar pickers 5) Adam and Mrs Adam
in their inscrutably named band, CAAM, performing tracks from
their new album on Stage 2.
Fiona Boyes with Kaz and Nick Charles 7) The Elephant Bridge
Hotel in Darlington tries to sober to greet the day
Pinocchio's Nose sing for their supper at the hotel 9) Lee
(owner of the pub) and Heather vote Spectrum No. 1
Spectrum with Boots and Garry Dalton from 3WAY FM
the totally ridiculous to the (very nearly) sublime in two
7.2.05 - Although the weather was cool
and occasionally drizzly, the Mortlake Buskers Festival
last Saturday was great fun - not to mention a welcome contrast
to the sound-metered nightmare that was the gig the night
before - but that's another story. Spectrum has never played
the Mortlake Festival, but now we're considered a Sound Vault
act we get to do at least some of the Sound Vault gigs on
offer. Until the local plods decided some years ago it had
to be relocated away from the township, the main street of
Mortlake originally hosted the festival. Since then it's been
suffering a bit of an identity crisis, moving from the town
to the footy oval and finally to the park where it's been
for the last few years. Seeing as a busker's natural element
is the street and not the middle of a paddock, and the shift
away from the town means the local businesses have been hardly
reaping the financial benefits of having a crowd in town,
there could be a major re-think about the whole concept in
the offing, but in the meantime there was plenty for the whole
family to enjoy aside from the music, and the music on the
two main stages was quite varied and snappily presented. In
fact, I can't remember a better stage sound than the sound
we got on Stage One- ever - and we've experienced the gamut
over the years. All the acts were given a mean five minutes
to set up, which was a breeze for the acoustic acts, but even
with Spectrum's more complex set-up we managed to get pretty
close. No waiting round in the freezing cold watching roadies
randomly zig-zag round the stage for thirty minutes. And just
as well too, 'cause by the time we got on for the second set
it was quite chilly, and most of the audience was huddled
together under blankets doing something or other to keep warm.
Both sets, the first Spectrum Plays The Blues set on Stage
One and the mostly retro-Spectrum set on Stage two, were well
received and great fun to do - as Boots from 3WAY FM said
after the second set, it was the shortest hour he'd ever experienced.
And then there was the accommodation, the intriguingly named
Elephant Bridge Hotel, about twenty minutes
drive away from Mortlake in downtown Darlington. Well, the
hotel is about the only thing in Darlington, so you might
imagine that things get a little less inhibited into the wee
hours - and you'd be right. When we checked in to the hotel
we found the place overflowing with leprechauns in fancy green
vests, who turned out to be some sort of repertory musical
outfit called Pinocchio's Nose who'd also
been playing at the festival. They were still playing at the
hotel when we got back, and after they'd packed up, the hotel's
new owner, Lee, insisted we play a couple of numbers too.
We did, and the world's smallest audience (two) loved it,
but decided that a command performance by Spectrum on its
own wasn't enough while the night was still young and made
for dancing, so they proceeded to dance the night away with
some of the remaining patrons till nearly six o'clock the
next morning. I told you it was uninhibited!
Not only is the Elephant Bridge Hotel the oldest continuously
licensed establishment in Victoria, it reputedly has a ghost,
and I reckon the ghost of the hotel's original owner, Adeline
Gellie, was with me in the shower the next morning, and saw
to it I got a damn good scalding! (Bloody rock musicians in
my hotel - I'll teach them!)
Anyhow, we loved the festival, and we're looking forward to
doing it again, bigger and with better weather, next year.
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