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welcomes Heather, Di and Lyn 2) Two old blokes having fun -
that's what the audience came to see! (Newman)
Newman was happy
Eltham Hotel Sun. 27.6.10
& Pump beat the Sports Bar hoodoo
28.6.10 - Glyn Mason gave me a call recently
to warn me about the Eltham Hotel. He and Sam had done it recently
and roused the ire of some sports fans by playing during the
footy, so when we arrived at the hotel and found a dozen or
so footy fans intently watching the Melbourne v Adelaide game,
we were a little spooked and decided we'd only play during the
breaks between quarters. Which is what we did - that is until
the last quarter when the issue game-wise was beyond doubt and
by which time most of the audience were Spectrumites anyway.
They were mostly Eltham locals too, apart from our roving photographer,
Mick Newman, (pic 3) all the way from Rockbank. The
Trollops (pic 1) were there in strength (apart from
Jennie) and I was invited to the Bistro to sup with them after
we'd loaded out. Bill's back is buggered again, so he'll be
in Camberwell soon on his way to see his chiro, Stormin' Norman.
I'll have a pot of tea on the boil..
and Pump under a Harvester Moon
The Harvester Moon crowd goes crazy at show's end 2) The Moon's
Dom McAlinden with Mr Bilge Pump
The Pump chats with Jill and Glenn Braithwaite (Daryl's twin
bro') 4) Bambra's Stephen and Sarah Ramsay
Harvester Moon Restaurant Bellarine
blossoms at Bellarine's Harvester Moon
20.6.10 - Maybe it was
because we were heading for the Bellarine Peninsula, but this
little ditty came into my head and I just had to share it with
Bill. O Mandarine! With your saggy-baggy skin. Why do people
call you Mandarin? (It's OK - Bill didn't get it either).
The Harvester Moon restaurant is a few minutes the Geelong side
of Port Arlington on the Bellarine Peninsula in the middle of
some reputable wine producing country - or the middle of nowhere,
if you like. Phil Manning recommended it to me and I was more
than pleased he did, given the paucity of Spectrum gigs down
As is our wont, Bill and I set off very early in case of mishaps
and we were met by our affable sound engineer for the night,
Peter, who is a fine musician in his own right according to
the Moon's owner Dom (pic 2) (and apparently played
support to the trio at the Burrinja Art Gallery a few years
ago). Anyway, he was most helpful - and respectful - all night,
and attended to our every need, musical or otherwise..
The restaurant's interior has been fastidiously fashioned by
an obsessive decorator (Dom's partner apparently) and everything
you see seems to reflect some shade of red. (I commented to
Dom it was rather like walking into the interior of a greeting
card, which he found amusing). The proscenium stage is draped
with (red) curtains and is quite small, but it's also cluttered
with a concert piano, a mannequin and various musical instruments,
which makes it even smaller.
I'd decided to keep up the momentum of my recently revived solo
career and opened the show with four songs on my own. Bill then
joined me for the B version of I'll Be Gone and we
were away. After the first set we had time to chat with some
the audience, including Wayne Reid and Helen Watt, Stephen and
Sarah Ramsay (pic 4) and our old mate Jill Coffin (who
features in the original IBG film clip) and her partner,
Glenn Braithwaite, (pic 3) whose band is playing at
the Moon in a few weeks.
The second set went down an absolute storm and at the end
the crowd gave us a terrific ovation. (pic 1) Dom gave
us each a bottle of wine from the area as a parting gift and
we decided to work out another Crudd & Pump date for some
seven or eight months down the track. Can't wait!
Lomond's pest harpist 2) Mike stays warm at Fresh (Wazz)
Trio at Lomond Hotel Sat. 12.6.10
Mike at Fresh @ Elwood Sun. 13.6.10
no-show at the Lomond and Mike's very fresh Fresh
13.6.10 - I had been warned that
there was a slight chance some State MPs might roll up to the
Lomond on Saturday night to somehow claim some kudos for its
preservation as an ongoing music venue, (see Positive developments
in the Live Music issue below), but in the event they didn't
show. Despite their non-attendance, there was a very good crowd
on hand to watch the trio go through its paces. I really think
the Lomond goes a little too late for a good part of our
|audience, so I re-jigged the second
set so that some people, who perhaps had an appointment at the
gym early the next morning, could hear the song before
they left - and it seemed to work OK. Marilyn had brought along
Clif Edwards, bass player with the illustrious Company Caine
who's been out of town for about thirty years, and we chatted,
amongst other things, about the American tradition of (music)
acts putting on matinée and late shows. That
would be exhausting. Mind you, most of them don't do
their own roadying..
Sullen grey clouds hung motionless over Fresh @ Elwood
today and dared anybody to show up for my solo show there this
arvo. The Sellers' did, and some friends of Brighty's - Spy
put in an appearance as did Peter, (whose 51st birthday party
Bill, Enza and I played at four years ago), but that was about
it. And Pat (Wilson) of course, but she had to be there. I managed
to play a couple of sets this time, including half a dozen songs
with Brighty, and quite enjoyed myself, apart from having to
abort And I'm Blue 'cause I couldn't remember the opening
line.. Unfortunately that was the last show at Fresh @ Elwood
until next spring - so, see you there then..
trio at The Fleece
Big brown Bobby Valentine's loud shirt and The Fleece's Julie
Cavanagh 2) Mick Newman chats with McTubby
trio rocks the upstairs crowd at the Fleece Hotel (Newman)
The Fleece Hotel Sth Melbourne 10.6.10
rocks out - kinda ..
11.6.10 - Robbo mentioned The Fleece a
few weeks ago after playing there with the Bobby Bright band,
so I got in touch with Julie Cavanagh (pic 1)
and discovered they were concentrating on Thursday nights, which
is pretty unusual these days. Anyway, last night was it, and
I reckon the concept seems to work OK. What was most surprising
(to us) was the sound, which, with all the windows and blank
walls (pic 3) promised to be bright and clattery, but
was actually a little on the muted side. We eventually decided
the insulated carpet was the culprit, but
|once we'd got used to
it, it sounded fine and the audience feedback was very positive.
I gather The Fleece (formerly The Golden Fleece) used
to be pretty notorious, but the recent renovations have given
it an up-market feel, and that encouraged quite a few people
who'd not seen us for decades to come out on a Thursday night
and check us out. Despite the upstairs load-in, (!) I reckon
we should probably do it again..
it's cold outside..
Most of the Trollops pose with Robbo at St Andrews 2) The Doctors'
yet another appearance
at St Andrews and the wayward wang bar..
7.610 - There was a distinct paucity in
the numbers of bikes and bikers at St Andrews yesterday, most
likely due to the showery weather, but there was a good crowd
at hand anyway. Besides the Trollops, (pic 1) the
Sellers', (pic 2) and The Soundgarden's Dave and Maree,
bro' Dick, (of Dick's Toolbox fame), actually put in
an appearance with Mary's sister Paula and accomplice David,
(Paula objects to the term 'partner'), and after the gig I dropped
into the Rudds' with a pinot from Central Otago I'd picked up
in Black Rock that afternoon.
There was one misadventure during the arvo, more akin to a wardrobe
malfunction really. I was having trouble with my wang (or whammy)
bar and gave it a good wrench to try and rectify it - only to
have it break off in my hand! No more wanging for the next two
sets, but nothing terminal thankfully. I took my Strat' to Brenden
(Mason) at Real Guitars this morning and he was able to extricate
the remnant stuck in the bridge mount, (after fifteen minutes
of finicky work with various implements), and now I have a new
(slightly different) Fender wang bar to get used to.
Apart from that we all had a lot of fun and it was great to
be back at one of our favourite gigs. Disturbingly we found
out as we were about to leave that Stan has been in hospital
again and undergone a second, rather nasty sounding operation.
We wish him all the best for a speedy recovery.
more un-hyperbole T-shirts on the ASR
developments in the Live Music issue
5.6.10 - There have been some welcome developments
in the vexed live music venue licensing issue which has aroused
so much public concern in Melbourne over the past few months.
Check out the following article in today's Age by Jason Dowling
and Patrick Donovan, headed New chief, new take on live
'LIVE music is not dangerous and does not necessitate extra
security at venues, the new Director of Liquor Licensing, Mark
Brennan, has declared.
The statement was praised by the new owners of the Tote Hotel
in Collingwood, who hope to have a ''soft'' reopening of the
venue on Friday.
Mr Brennan told The Age he would not be imposing
|blanket security licence conditions
on live music venues.
In a break from the past, the former Small Business Commissioner
said he firmly believed live music should not come with a fixed
level of security.
''I would not be coming from the point of view that there must
be crowd-control conditions because there is live music,'' he
Mr Brennan does not believe live music makes a venue more dangerous
or more likely to cause antisocial behaviour.
''The answer to that is obviously: 'No. It would depend on the
particular circumstances of a particular application.' It [live
music] is irrelevant in that sense,'' he said.
The 59-year-old, who took over as Liquor Licensing director
from Sue Maclellan last month, said he occasionally went to
hear live music.' read
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