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Andrews, St Andrews..
band launches absent-mindedly into Jamaican Farewell at 4.20
was having a really good time 3) Tracey catches Lisa up with
all the latest goss
Mick Newman and his fave radio jock, Siobhan 5) The Trollops
interpret Esmeralda at the bar (Newman)
The St Andrews pubSun. 30.1.11
it's warm outside..
31.1.11 - I believe it only
made it to 38° yesterday, but a measure of how hot it actually
was that the traditional all-seasons fire wasn't blazing in
the hearth when we arrived to set up at the St Andrews' pub
- or perhaps that's simply because Stan is no longer supervising
the room. Anyway, the heat and the alternative attractions (Big
Day Out, Sting, the beach etc.) may have accounted
for a slightly smaller crowd than usual, but it was clearly
a case of feel the quality and not the width. Apart from my
son Chris, (pic 2) who'd sayed at my place overnight,
in attendance were the Trollops, (pic 5) welcoming
back a fully-restored Jane (second left), Tracey (and David)
who sat with Lisa Robbo, (pic 3) and surprise guest
Siobhan (pron. shivawn) from Yarra Valley FM (99.1).
Siobhan has a show on Fridays at midday called Girt by C
which features Australiana and she responded to an e-mail I
sent her prompted by her biggest fan, Mick Newman (pic 4).
Of course, there were others too, and delightfully we knew nearly
everyone in the room for a change. (I'll stick a couple more
pics up on my Facebook
Anyway, it must've been a while since our last gig there, because
we were getting comments about songs that people imagined were
new or rearranged - or something. I think we were just
thrilled to be playing again at our favourite pub and it all
just sounded fresh as a result. Whatever, it was a fun arvo.
Australia Day 2011
A new Aussie citizen is made welcome 2) The girls shake their
hair and taut booties..
back - and he wants drum lessons from Robbo! 4) Bad hair day
Robbo meets old friend Paula -
Robbo wishes Ray good luck in his new job 6) Wendy and Steve
Aitkenhead are fans from way back..
Steve Aitkenhead took this shot of the band during the blues
set and even squeezed in Chopper!
Aitkenhead took this nice shot of Bill too
Wed. 26.1.11 Lake Weeroona Bendigo
26.1.11 - I believe that this is our
fourth year at the Bendigo Rotary Club's Australia
Day celebrations and so it can be justifiably termed an institution.
We (intentionally) left Mt Waverley at 7.30 and arrived at
the picturesque Lake Weeroona site exactly two hours later.
When we left Mebourne for Bendigo it was cool and drizzly,
and half way there I was beginning to doubt my choice of sandals
and even turned the heater on. Fortunately the sun was shining
on Bendigo when we arrived and not too hot either for a change,
which made it very pleasant for everybody.
After setting up we adjourned to a café over the road
for refreshments while the citizenship ceremony got under
|We played the retro-Spectrum set
first and it was good to be playing, the stage sound was perfect
and the audience was enjoying it as much as we were. Our old
Soundgarden mates Dave and Maree were there again, Ray and Di
(pic 5) had rocked over from Waai, but the big surprise
was to see the Trollops there in force and we enjoyed lunching
with them before our next set. (pic 9)
The second set was mostly the blues and also went down very
well, but by this time I'd worked out that I was having an AF
(atrial fibrillation) episode, which accounted for my not feeling
100%. For that reason - and because I was doing a phoner to
Bob Valentine on 88.3FM on the way home - I allowed Bill to
take the wheel, and despite my misgivings he drove us all safely
home to Mt Waverley where we said our goodbyes - and Robbo,
whose hair was doing a Steve Irwin impression, said 'Crikey!'
Robbo, Bill and Chopper pose with Di, Maree, Heather and Lyn
and Mike do bro' love*
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17.1.11 - You will have all heard by now
that Harvey died a couple of days ago (Sat. 15th) at the Bairnsdale
hospital. It wasn't unexpected I suppose, but it was still a
jolt. It's good that the last, and lasting memories I'll have
of him are from the benefit night (pic) back in November.
I was personally astounded that he found the energy to last
the entire night, let alone play - as only Harvey could - with
nearly everybody that appeared on stage to honour him.
I know it was a matter of some regret for Harvey that Sherbet
didn't take up the many opportunities to re-form the band. Harvey's
typically delay-drenched guitar lines in the Sherbs' biggest
hit Howzat will live on however, and it remains a tantalising
sampler of what might have been.
Harvey said that he always treasured our times playing together
and it was his work on Ariel's Rock & Roll Scars
album that evoked the most response from fans and guitar afficianados
alike. Back atcha man.*pic
Alana Galea - see large
& Mary (circled) attended the Minya Winery concert despite
the damp weather
Sat. 8.1.11 The Minya Winery
Minya Winery gig rocks in the damp
9.1.11 - Despite getting lost
on the way to the same gig last year, I opted to try Google
Maps again - and we got lost again! This time though we sorted
it out quickly and arrived to set up with time to spare, only
to be immediately showered on, which meant we had to reset the
stage until we were safely shielded from the subsequent persistent
Surprisingly perhaps, almost a full complement of patrons arrived,
including bro' Dick and Mary, (pic) and they mostly
came prepared for the damp and with hampers stuffed with food.
The band made do with a complimentary sandwich each (!) before
taking the stage for the long awaited first Spectrum gig of
the year. Musically things were a bit rough at times, but overall
the night was a huge success and the buoyant crowd finally left
after the third encore demanding to know when we were playing
down their way again. Good Friday at Birregurra's Café
Birre should be wild!
The view from Dick's possie - Chopper is obscured as usual (Dick)
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