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Back In The Day – Fords Music Store – Mal Stevens Remembers

BACK IN THE DAY… Intro from MICK POWER Greetings Fellow BASEQ Members and welcome to our second edition of “BACK IN THE DAY”  This month we start a two series edition on the history of one of Brisbane’s go to music stores “FORDS MUSIC” Woolloongabba. We discover the main personnel behind this iconic institution and the impact it made on so many upcoming musicians of the day. As an introduction, we hear from the main man behind Fords Music Mal Stevens and, while reading his account of [...]

By |2021-04-08T02:08:20+10:00April 8th, 2021|Back In The Day, The Groove|

Back In The Day … Keith “Stretch” Kerwin Remembers.

Hi Folks, this is basically the remnants of memories about the early days of the Brisbane music scene from individual personal perspectives .. and for all  intents and purposes concentrating more towards the 'Blues' scenario. My name's Keith Kerwin but possibly more Sanctuary - L-R Mal Logan, Barry Sullivan, Keith "Stretch" Kerwin and Adrian Payne [drums] well known via my nickname 'Stretch'. I was born and raised in Coorparoo, Brisbane, in May, 1949 ... so that makes me approaching my 72nd birthday. I'm the youngest [...]

By |2021-02-24T02:28:39+10:00February 24th, 2021|Back In The Day, The Groove|

Back in the Day… Introduction by Mick Power

Welcome to a new series titled “Back In The Day” as we go down memory lane in Brisbane, North / South Coast regions and give us some unusual info that happened in the day, covering from 1950 – to say 1980’s. For those of you who do not know me, my name is Mick Power and I am one third of “The GrooveMasters”.  I grew up in Brisbane and from the mid 60’s I was involved in the music business here in South East Qld and in [...]

By |2021-02-24T01:55:09+10:00February 24th, 2021|Back In The Day, The Groove|

Wiley Reed, You’ve Got Mail!

Wiley Reed preserved on cavas by Cath Butler. On Monday October 7, Labour Day in Queensland, the dust kicked up in the warm wind blowing gently outside the Royal Mail Hotel in Goodna, the old pub we fondly refer to as the Mail. The street was lined with the purple haze of jacaranda flowers as the intense heat of the day shimmered thickly from the road with all the promise of summer just around the corner. We had arrived to meet with others at the Wiley Reed [...]

By |2019-07-25T14:28:51+10:00July 25th, 2019|Back In The Day|

Mick “The Blues Doctor” Diggles Reminisces

by Mick "The Blues Doctor" Diggles (origionally published in BASEQ Groove Mag 189) "I guess everybody comes to the blues from a different direction and in a different way. For me it hit me like a sledge hammer, a life changing experience that happened one night back in 1964. It wasn’t through listening to records or watching you tube, it was through listening to a live band and a particular singer. The place was the Saint James club near Spring Hill. The band was the early [...]

By |2019-07-24T05:12:14+10:00July 24th, 2019|Back In The Day|