Monday, 20 February 2017


As a girl growing up in Kogarah, Claire Poole took dancing lessons and also studied singing and the piano. Her professional career began on radio 2CH, followed in 1950 by a role with ABC radio. Married at 25 to singer Stephen Baker, better known by his stage name Richard Gray, they travelled to London where among other roles, she played piano at the London Palladium and had her first television appearance.

Back in Australia, where television was in its infancy, she formed The Claire Poole Singers, initially a group of eight which grew to 20; in 1961 they provided the musical background to a new Channel Seven series, Revue '61 followed a year later by Revue '62 working with Australian stars such as Barry Crocker and visiting performers like Shirley Bassey and Ethel Merman. Over the years, she worked on Channel Ten with the Mike Walsh Show and Barry Crocker's Sound of Music. She has also taught singing and music to students at her home, but these days it is her son Simon Baker, who is the teacher, and who has also had a successful career as a singer.

Sunday, 19 February 2017


Formed in 1967, Melbourne band The Colours released a number of singles on the Astor label before disbanding


Tony Hewett (guitar), David Hewett (bass), John Annable (drums), Peter Smith (organ)

Plenty of Room Up Top

4 MAY '68#54



Saturday, 18 February 2017


Adelaide band The Chosen Few started out as The Outcasts and were formed in the mid sixties. The quintet regularly played Adelaide clubs like "The Octagon" and "Big Daddy’s". In 1966 they competed in the Battle of the Bands winning the South Australian section. Moving to Melbourne they competed in the national final where they came fifth in 1966. Though not winning they did get a deal with the Go!! record label for a single, which was a cover of the Zombies’ “Is This a Dream,” issued at the end of the year. Influences were The Zombies, The Animals, James Brown, Wilson Pickett & The Spencer Davis Group, which the band played many covers off.


Mike Siegele (vocals, keyboards) Bob Van Amstel (guitar) Dan Schubert (guitar)
Rod Schubert (bass) Brian Fechner (drums)

Is This a Dream

21 JAN '67#89




Friday, 17 February 2017


The Bumblebeez were formed by Christopher Colonna and his sister, Pia, of Braidwood, New South Wales. The band was unearthed by Triple J in 2002. Around the same time, they won a competition run by the ABC's short-lived Fly TV, making them the first to sign to the Fly Records label. In 2004, The Bumblebeez served as opener for Radiohead in Melbourne and Sydney.

The band released White Printz and Red Printz EP's, before compiling them into one album called The Printz for release in 2004. The band released their first full-length LP Prince Umberto and the Sister of Ill in September 2007, featuring the singles "Dr. Love" and "Rio". The album was selected as Triple J's "feature album," and nominated for a J Award on 28 November 2007. The album was mixed by Zdar of the French band Cassius. In May 2011, the EP I'm a Cowboi was released.

Dr. Love

16 JUL '07#7




Thursday, 16 February 2017


Born in 1929, Blanch grew up on the family sheep farm and, encouraged by his parents who both played instruments, he learned to play guitar and sing as a child. In the early 50s, he began entering talent contests and his successes soon led to him recording some singles for the Rodeo label. In 1954, he married singer Berice Collins, after which he toured, sometimes working solo and sometimes with his wife. In 1958, their daughter, Jewel Evelyn, was born. In 1961, they worked as a duo for ABC-TV in Brisbane and recorded for EMI Records. They recorded their first album, in Melbourne, for W&G in 1963, billing themselves as the Blanch Family. In 1964, they toured in America but failed to establish themselves and returned to Australia.

They played the Sydney club circuit and appeared on major television shows from 1965-68, during which time a second album was recorded. In 1968, they returned to America, where they worked for the next 10 years as the Blanches. Jewel was signed to RCA Records and as a child actress, she began to appear on television and in films. In 1978, she gained Billboard chart success with ‘So Good’. Not to be outdone, her father charted ‘The Little Man’s Got The Biggest Smile In Town’, recorded on Mike Curb’s MC label. They each achieved another hit in 1979, Arthur charted ‘Maybe I’ll Cry Over You’ and Jewel ‘Can I See You Tonight’. Berice, using the name Ida Collins, turned to management.
In 1980, the Blanch Family, somewhat homesick, returned to Brisbane and relaunched their Australian careers. Arthur and Jewel wrote a television special, The Lady And The Cowboy, which featured several noted Australian acts including Smoky Dawson. In 1982, they won a Gold Guitar for the Duet Album Of The Year and the following year Arthur gained the Album Of The Year award. In 1980, Jewel returned to Nashville, where she married Australian Barry Coburn and together they went into the management of country artists. In the late 80s, Arthur and Berice also relocated to Nashville. In 2001, Blanch received the honour of being elected to the Country Music Roll Of Renown in Australia.



Wednesday, 15 February 2017


Testeagles were formed as a techno rock trio in Adelaide in 1994 by Matthew "Matty" Matt on lead guitar and lead vocals, his brother, Adrian "Ady" Matt on drums and Dean "Deano" on bass guitar. Australian musicologist, Ian McFarlane, felt they "displayed an uncanny ability to combine thudding metal/indie rock with electronic beats and samples to arrive at an intense brand of techno rock."

Their first extended play, Chum, was released in December 1995, with seven tracks, on an independent record label, DEF Records. They were signed by Stuart MacQueen of Adelaide-based independent label, Krell Records. During 1998 they issued two EPs, B-Sting (March) and Friends (August), on Krell. Early in 1999 Deano was replaced by D Paisawa. They were also signed by Epic/Sony and issued "Turn That Shit Up" as their first single in July that year. In January 2000 "Turn That Shit Up" was listed at No. 66 on Triple J's Hottest 100 for 1999. The single was followed by "Underdog" (October 1999) and "Like No Other".

Their debut album, Non Comprehendus, appeared in February 2000, which peaked at No. 8 on the ARIA Albums Chart. It was produced by Paul McKercher (You Am I, Spiderbait). McFarlane described it as "A heavy-duty mix of alterna-metal riff-rock, squalling sound effects, experimental electronic beats and samples, it was certainly the most visceral album to chart in the Australian Top 10 since the likes of Nine Inch Nails and Marilyn Manson." Christie Eliezer of Billboard felt the album was similar to material by United States groups, KoЯn and Limp Bizkit.

Due to label difficulties, the Testeagles left Sony and the independent label, Krell. The group were regulars at the annual Big Day Out festivals, and last appeared at the Adelaide venue in 2005. Testeagles final performance, before disbanding, was at the Hi-Fi Bar in Melbourne supporting Mammal on 21 June 2008.


Matty Matt (vocals, guitars, sampler, programming), D (vocals, guitar, bass, sampler, programming), Ady Matt (drums, turntables, programming) Deano (bass 1994-99)

Turn That Shit Up

19 JUL '99#54




Tuesday, 14 February 2017


Edward Leslie "Ted" Hamilton (OAM) (born 1937) is an Australian singer, composer, playwright, entrepreneur and actor. In 1955, hailed as a teenage singing sensation, Hamilton began performing in nightclubs, and live on national radio. He guest starred on The Ford Show, Calling The Stars and The Gladys Moncrieff Show. He also had hit records with "Primrose Lane" and "The Things We Did Last Summer".

Hamilton was also the featured singer with The Bob Gibson Band, Australia's premier swing-band, and the Australian All-Stars jazz quintet. In 1956 Hamilton guest starred on Australia's first variety show broadcast on New Year’s Eve on ABC TV. Also in the 1950s, Hamilton featured in variety shows on all channels, including The Hit Parade (ABC), Make Mine Music (ABC), Bandstand (Channel 9), Sydney Tonight (Channel 7), and in the 1960s the seminal variety show Revue 61/62.

Hamilton made his debut as singer/songwriter and starred with many of the top musicians and groups of the day, including Don Burrows, Terry Wilkinson and Errol Buddle - Bob Gibson's swing band - The Australian Jazz Quintet and The Australian All Stars. He was voted best singer in jazz and pop by Bandstand and Downbeat.In late 1965, Hamilton compered In Melbourne Tonight on Monday nights on Channel 9. He went on to host his own national variety shows on the ABC: Ted Hamilton's New Wave and Ted Hamilton's Musical World. In 2011 Hamilton was appointed Australia Day Ambassador. 



Monday, 13 February 2017


Direct from the heart of Melbourne, independent singer-songwriter Emily Ulman has developed her own distinctive brand of storytelling, swirling candour and wry metaphor delivered with a clear voice. She released her first album, The Chorus and Me in 2000. Followed by Upping The Ante (2003) A Year of Perfect Days (2007).

2015 marked the release of Emily’s latest album, 'Wear it Well', followed the unveiling of its two singles ‘Scratches’ and the just-released ‘Hurricane’ – which received airplay on triple j, Double J, Triple R, PBS and more – described as “Simple sentiment done intricately, and totally shattering for it” by Jake Cleland, Strine Whine. Recorded in the second half of 2014, the album features production from Marty Brown (Clare Bowditch, Art Of Fighting), mixing and playing from John Lee (Lost Animal, Ocean Party), along with instrumental contributions from Fraser A. Gorman, Adam Donovan (Augie March) and plenty more musical talents, mastered by Mikey Young (Eddy Current Suppression Ring, Total Control).

'Wear it Well' continues Emily’s refined songwriting acumen – as showcased on her previous full-length release, 'A Year Of Perfect Days' – possessing a nuanced worldview portrayed with acute self-awareness and a delightful, underhanded wit. The poetic openness is emboldened by pastoral tones expressed by Emily’s tender guitar skills. 2015 saw Emily support acclaimed American songwriter Jessica Pratt, as well as reprise a successful Tour Of Yarra – where Emily headlines a series of special performances across Melbourne – plus performances at Hobart’s extraordinary Dark Mofo this July. Emily has previously supported artists including Billy Bragg, Olivia Chaney, Beth Orton, M Ward, Paul Kelly, Justin Townes Earle, Neko Case, as well as appearances at St Jerome’s Laneway Festival and Boogie.



Sunday, 12 February 2017


Tim Gaze (born 1953), at the age of 14, was a member of Stonehenge from 1968 replacing Ray Ferguson on guitar and vocals, alongside Nigel Macara on drums, Ross Ward on guitar and vocals, and Warren Ward on bass guitar. Gaze joined his first major band, Tamam Shud, in late 1969 in Sydney, replacing founding member Zac Zytnic, on lead guitar and vocals. Other members were Peter Barron on bass guitar, Lindsay Bjerre on vocals and guitar, and Dannie Davidson on drums. Gaze initially played with the progressive rock group for about six months but quit suddenly, around June 1970, just after recording their second album, Goolutionites and the Real People, which was released in October.

Gaze and Davidson then formed another progressive rock band, Kahvas Jute, in mid-1970 with Bob Daisley on bass guitar, and Dennis Wilson on lead guitar and vocals. Gaze contributed his first compositions to their only album, Wide Open (released in January 1971). Soon after its recording Gaze rejoined Tamam Shud, remaining with them until the band broke up in August 1972. Also in the line up was former Stonehenge band mate, Macara on drums. During this period Tamam Shud provided three tracks for the soundtrack of the Australian surfing film, Morning of the Earth, which became the first Australian film soundtrack to earn a gold record award.

In late 1972, after Tamam Shud disbanded, Gaze and Macara formed Miss Universe with George Limbidis on bass guitar and Phillip Pritchard on guitar. Early in the following year they rehearsed with Ross Hannaford and Ross Wilson (both ex-Daddy Cool) but after about a month Gaze left and Macara followed. Gaze and Macara were founding members of Ariel, another progressive rock group, which formed in 1973, alongside John Mills on keyboards, Bill Putt on bass guitar, and Mike Rudd on guitar and vocals (all ex-Spectrum). Aside from guitar and vocals, Gaze co-wrote tracks for the group's debut album, A Strange Fantastic Dream (December 1973), including their first single, "Jamaican Farewell" (September). He remained with the group until April 1974 and then joined the Stevie Wright Band to tour Australia until the end of that year.

Gaze was a member of John Paul Young and the Allstars on guitar during 1975. In the following year he joined Headland alongside Neville Barker, Peter Bolton, Mick Norris, Bruce Parkinson and Judy Parkinson. In that year he founded Tim Gaze Rock Ensemble with Peter Blyton on bass guitar, Bolton on keyboards and Robbie France-Shaw on drums. Dayride followed in 1977, which included Gaze, Blyton and Bolton. Tim Gaze Band followed soon after and, in 1979, they supplied tracks for the surfing film, Band on the Run. The soundtrack album was re-released in a 2× CD format in 2004; the 1979 line-up was Gaze on guitar and vocals; Bolton on keyboards; Harry Curtis on bass guitar; France on drums and percussion; Annette Henery on vocal and percussion; and Suzanne Petersen on vocals, guitar, flute and piano.

In 1985 Gaze, on slide guitar, became a member of hard rockers, Rose Tattoo, alongside Angry Anderson on lead vocals, Andy Cichon on bass guitar, keyboards and piano, Scott Johnston on drums and John Meyer on lead guitar. The line-up released a cover version of Steppenwolf's "Born to be Wild". Meyer left and the group recorded an album, Beats from a Single Drum (1986), as a four-piece for Mushroom Records. The band separated by the end of 1987, Anderson re-released Beats from a Single Drum as his solo album. It provided Anderson's debut single, "Suddenly" (July 1987), which peaked at No. 2 on the Kent Music Report Singles Chart.

Gaze established his own recording studio and performed in several different bands from the late 1980s to the early 1990s. He was a member of Pete Wells Band in 1991 with Wells on guitar, slide guitar and lead vocals (ex-Rose Tattoo); Lucy De Soto on piano, keyboards and backing vocals; Warwick Fraser on drums (ex-Feather, The Screaming Tribesmen); and Michael Vidale on bass guitar (ex-Jimmy and the Boys). In the following year Tim Gaze Trio issued an album, Rough Trade. From 1992 to 1995 he periodically worked for Gyan including on her second album, Reddest Red (October 1992), for which he co-wrote her single, "Something's Gotta Give" (August) and backing her singing with acoustic guitar for her solo shows.

In March 1993 Tamam Shud reformed with the line-up of Gaze, Barron, Bjerre and Macara. They issued a single, "Stay" (June 1994), and followed with an album, The Permanent Culture (August). The group toured until April 1995 and disbanded again. Gaze returned to studio and session work. In 1996 he recorded his solo album, Blue Sierra , with studio musicians Pamela Jo Drysdale on accordion, Rob Grosser on drums, Damien Kennedy on bass guitar and Glen Muirhead on piano and keyboards. According to Australian musicologist, Ian McFarlane, it is "an exceptional release. The material ranged from the tough blues rocker 'Easy Mama' and the gypsy-tinged 'Let It Rain', to the gorgeous acoustic ballad 'Say Goodbye'. Prominent throughout was Gaze’s always-tasteful guitar playing." To support the release Gaze formed Blue Sierra with Grosser and Kennedy.

Gaze and Grosser founded Tim Gaze and the Blues Doctors with Daniel Barnett on brass, Jim Conway on harmonica (from Backsliders), Ralph Franke on brass, Graeme Gibb on bass guitar and Mike Gubb on piano and organ. They issued an album, Blues Remedy (1998), on Full Moon Records. McFarlane described how "Gaze went back to his roots, with covers of blues material like Little Walters' 'Blues with a Feeling' and Bukka White's 'Parchman Farm Blues', sitting alongside quality Gaze-penned originals like 'Hell to Pay' and 'Riverside Blues'."

In 2001 Gaze and Grosner formed the Hoochie Coochie Men with former Kahvas Jute member, Daisley. Conway joined the group on harmonica. They released a self-titled debut album in that year, which Hector of Undercover News described as "a 39 minute party animal. Like Paul Christie did with the Party Boys in the 80s, Daisley and crew have produced an equally loose and fun record in their self titled debut. It combines some blues classics with some very credible new music written by Daisley, Gaze and Grosser." Hector felt that "As accomplished musicians themselves, these guys know how to recreate a great song. Cream's 'Strange Brew', Johnny Winter's 'Dallas' and Jimmy Vaughan's 'Six Strings Down' are not necessarily your obvious band covers but familiar by their quality sounds."

The Hoochie Coochie Men issued two albums with Jon Lord on keyboards (from Deep Purple), Live at the Basement (live album, November 2003) and Danger. White Men Dancing (December 2007). On 14 April 2008 Gaze issued a 2× CD compilation album of both his group and solo work, Reckless Love: the Tim Gaze Anthology. Today he is still gigging and delighting audiences.



Saturday, 11 February 2017


The Nation Blue is a rock band formed in Tasmania and based in Melbourne noted for their intense live performances and bleak subject matter. They have toured nationally in Australia and internationally in Brazil, America and Japan and have supported Helmet and Foo Fighters. In the third song of their first set in support of the Foo Fighters, bass player, Matt Weston, dislocated his knee, but saw out the remainder of the set while lying painfully on the stage floor. At the fourth annual AIR Awards held on 22 November 2009 The Nation Blue won the 'Best Independent Hard Rock/Punk Album' award for Rising Waters.


Tom Lyngcoln (vocals, guitar) Matt Weston (bass) Dan McKay (drums)



Friday, 10 February 2017


Bit By Bats were an Australian three piece originally hailing from Adelaide before moving to Melbourne. Forming in 2003, the band had existed just a matter of weeks when they laid down their first demo (later released as their first EP). They sent it in as a CD-R to their local radio station, Three D Radio, who almost burnt a hole in the disc from constant play, well before the mysterious band stepped out to play their first show. The songs recalled influences of early-era The Cure, Joy Division and Television and fused them with a fresh raw and rough urgency.

During their time, Bit By Bats have toured with the likes of Australian bands Cut Copy, Youth Group, The Grates, and supported international acts including Bloc Party, Pretty Girls Make Graves, Les Savy Fav, Von Bondies, Peaches and Wire. Their debut album was recorded at Birdland Studios with Dean Turner of Magic Dirt, Rob Long and Lindsay Gravina of Birdland and was released in early 2007. In December 2007, Bit By Bats announced they would be parting ways, although all members are said to remain on good terms.


Owen Eszeki (vocals, electric guitar, theremin) Peter Gravestock (vocals, bass, electric guitar)
Ben Macklin (drums)



Thursday, 9 February 2017


Growing up in Tasmania can be isolating. Being stranded from the larger world forces people to make their own fun. Midnight Caller did this for a few years in Hobart, Tasmania, selling out copies of their 2006 debut LP 'We All Work At The Shop'. Midnight Caller are a three-piece band that perform a heavy blend of rock and pop. After relocating to Melbourne the band started forging new music. Their 2013 album 'Particle Dreams' was recorded at Headgap Studios by Brent Punshon onto 24 track tape.


Patrick Cross (vocals, guitar), Dan Cross (bass), Stu Campbell (drums)

Wednesday, 8 February 2017


Donna Fisk born in 1960 is an award winning singer, songwriter-recording artist and producer with several albums, and a Royal Command performance. She has won five Southern Hemisphere Country Music Awards and the award for Best Female Entertainer at the Australian Country Music Awards. Donna was nominated for a MO Award and has been immortalised in the Hands of Fame Park in Tamworth. She features in Andrea Lemon’s book “Rodeo Girls go Round the Outside”, exploring modern day female trailblazers for Australian Country Music. Donna has toured her own show as well as performing and recording overseas incorporating appearances on local and American television.

She was the voice on many national advertising campaigns including, “The Australian Centenary Of Federation”, and the face of Australian Football League/ Channel 7 theme’ Rock N’Footy,‘ that ultimately led to performing at the Melbourne Cricket Ground for the prestigious Grand final to an audience of millions. During her career Donna has shared the stage with the acclaimed artists such as Muhammad Ali, John Denver, Donny Osmond, Dame Edna Everage, Tom .T. Hall, Canned Heat, Brian Cadd, Susan Raye, James Morrison, Tommy Emmanuel, Dave Dudley, Blood Sweat and Tears, Frank Ifield and The Seekers to mention just a few.



Tuesday, 7 February 2017


The Godbotherers were an offshoot from the Craven Fops and Living with Robert, both Sydney bands circa 1990. The two bands were on tour together when the drummer from the Fops broke her arm and couldn't play anymore. Jim White, the drummer who later played with Dirty Three, stood in for a night, but most of the Fops didn't want to continue the tour. Daniel Morphett, the singer from Craven Fops, got together with Living with Robert and thus the Godbotherers were born. They played around Sydney for a few years after this, releasing a four song EP entitled "Jesus Christ It's the Godbotherers!" on Phantom Records.


Daniel Morphett (vocals) Greg Hassall (guitar), Tony Locke (bass) and Rob Shannon (drums)



Monday, 6 February 2017


The Shrinking Violets (1987–1990) were a band from Sydney. They recorded with Phantom Records


Marcus Clement (vocals, guitar) Julian Knowles (guitars, vocals, keyboards) Barry Hayes (bass)
Andrew Clement (drums)

Sunday, 5 February 2017


Melbourne's, The Paul Trenda Group were formed originally as a school band (Bentleigh High School) in 1964 and performed at over 150 gigs until 1968. During that period the band played at most of the major dances and discos around Melbourne as well as at corporate functions and private parties. They recorded three songs with Phonovox and at 3KZ Studios.


Rob McNaught (guitar) John McNaught (bass) Paul Alsberg (vocals) Joe Burg (drums)
Arwin de Goede (keyboards) Bill Kilvert (sax) Bill Lonergan (vocals)



Saturday, 4 February 2017


Formed in Geelong in the 60s, The Cherobendys were one of the most popular vocal groups in the field of sacred music. Recorded a couple of albums on the Crest label.


Cheryl Nankervis (piano) Robin Nankervis (vocals), Wendy Aitken (vocals)

Friday, 3 February 2017


Aloi Head and the Victor Motors were born in the mid 80’s out of Rob Craw, and his brother Al. Rob’s band at the time, the Huxton Creepers, were the hottest ticket in town, the next big thing. Rob and Al began jamming with mates of Al’s: Victor E. Gugger on bass and Mark “The King” Johnstone on drums. An extraordinarily basic rhythm section. The King has the loudest voice of any drummer anywhere. He claims that when he sings the insides of his head shake. Jonnie von Goes, who for years has been the voice of RRR on Sunday afternoons, wanted to be a part of it and elbowed his way in to those sessions. He didn’t exactly hip and shoulder Rob out. The Huxton Creepers were more than a full time thing. JVG quit the Hollowmen to join Aloi Head and as a result the Hollowmen went from strength to strength. The first gig Aloi Head and the Victor Motors played was at the Middle Park Hotel. The sound bloke for that gig was Mal Stanley who now presents Jazztrack on ABC Classic FM.


Rob Craw  (vocals guitar) Victor Gugger (bass) Mark Johnstone (drums) Al Craw (guitar)
Johnnie Van Goes (vocals)



Thursday, 2 February 2017


Formed by Mark De Vattimo (ex Voyager and winner of the 'WF Metal Awards Best Guitarist' 2007 & 2009 and ‘WAMi Best Guitarist Nominee’ 2005.) in Perth, Australia circa 1999. Psychonaut cites influences such as Mercyful Fate, Loudness, Motorhead, Black Sabbath, Kiss, W.A.S.P. & Slayer. The band has a classic metal & rock sound with lyrical themes such as Star Wars, Hammer Horror and Sci Fi. Psychonaut has supported Death Angel, Exodus, Finntroll, Frankenbok, Lord, Armoured Saint. The band also played the hugely successful seventh installment of Rock In Solo (Indonesia).A debut album ‘Masters Of Procrastination’ was released during early 2004. 2012's ‘Shock ’Em Dead!’ revealed 14 new tracks of power-speed-thrash-death-rock-metal. Songs such as ‘The Tooth Of Dracula’, ‘False Metal’, ‘The Humungus’ and ‘Darklord Rise!’ and ‘Thrash Metal Zombies’ reveal that already classic Psychonaut heavy metal sound with a modern twist. A fitting sequel to an already successful debut album.


Mark De Vattimo (guitar /vocals) Metal Mike (guitar) Simon Hallett (bass/vocals)
Louis Rando (drums)

Wednesday, 1 February 2017


In 1977 Bob Elliston formed a band called the Panton Hill Umbrella Club (known affectionately as the Phuc band) with many of his old friends from the 60s. The band became very well known in the Melbourne scene at pubs, clubs and festivals. The band released an album (Sofisticated) on the Pumphandle label in 1981. They were a hard band to classify, but probably best described as a country jazz band which included jug music. The Panton Hill Umbrella Club had up to seven members (depending on who was available) and around thirteen instruments. They played their last gig in 1982.


Bob Elliston (vocals dobro guitar) Tony Dunn (bass) Ron Davis (guitar) Brent Davey (banjo keyboards) Tim Shaw (sax clarinet) Ken Farmer (washboard tambourine) David Hampson (guitar)
Rowan Flude (harmonica)



Tuesday, 31 January 2017


Short lived Melbourne band formed in the late 70s. Signed to the  Au Go Go they released a single in 1981 'Can I Go Home'. Guitarist Peter Tulloch and drummer Neil Osborn went on to join The Zimmerman in the mid 80s.

In 2006, Tulloch died of cancer


Peter Tulloch (vocals guitar) Mick McGinley (vocals guitar) Keith Nunn (bass) Neil Osborn (drums)

Monday, 30 January 2017


Clint Small was a contemporary of Rowland S. Howard and Au Go Go label chief Bruce Milne at the Swinburne Community School. His first named band, apart from the various freeform jam bands that played at the school, was Tootho and the Ring Of Confidence, shortened to TATROC, in 1975, with Howard on sax and Graeme Pitt of Champagne Edge on bass.

Small played in an early lineup of the Little Murders. He released acouple of EPs on the AuGo Go label and then disappeared.



Sunday, 29 January 2017


Formed in 1976 Yasmin and The Tea Leaves played a mixture of styles with a combination of vocal harmonies, string band arrangements and cabaret sensibilities. In 1980 "Yasmin and the Tea Leaves" recorded their first album "Yasmin and the Tea Leaves" and received great reviews from Rolling Stone and other music magazines.They disbanded in 1983.


Yasmin Shoobridge (vocals) David Wayman (vocals guitar) Anthony Leonard (guitar vocals)

Saturday, 28 January 2017


Hailing from Araluen, NSW, Roger Thwaites is a folk singer/songwriter that released four albums: '200 Years of Colonial Australia', 'North By Northwest', 'Bound For Glory' and 'Ladies Love Outlaws' in the 70s. He also wrote a book with his father Lindsay, The History Of Araluen which was published by the Braidwood & District Historical Society.

Friday, 27 January 2017


Melbourne country group 'The Promised Band' recorded a single "Got To Get Back To Tamworth".
This band then morphed into Saltbush with Bernie O'Brien, Paul Pyle and Ross Nicholson in 1975, touring Australia and supporting Ray Stevens who was also touring at that time. Saltbush eventually gained recognition in 1977 by winning the Best New Talent Award at the Tamworth Country Music Awards, and also played at the Tulsa Festival in Oklahoma, US in the same year. They also received an award in 1979 for their single "Stranger / Fiddler Man" taken from their Selftitled album.
Their music style was a mixture of Country, Folk and Bluegrass. They were also great ballad singers and successfully toured for a year with the Slim Dusty Show in 1977. Saltbush released two quite successful albums: At Twin Rivers (1976) and Saltbush (1978), before disbanding as a group in 1979 and seeking solo careers.


Bernie O'Brien (vocals guitar dobro fiddle), Paul Pyle (bass vocals) Ross Nicholson (guitar vocals)
Harold Frith (drums)