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Bushfire Appeal Gig

17 Band Lineup at Bushfire Appeal Gig! By Tracey Hammell Australia is in shock at the devastation reeked by the fires leading up to Christmas and continuing into 2020. For those of us glued stiffly to the edge of our seats on the sideline, it is unimaginable to us what our fellow mates and animal folk are facing. Our emotions seem to lay somewhere between sheer relief and almost guilt at being safe ourselves, while others are fighting for their lives. Helpless is how many of [...]

By |2020-01-15T12:42:42+10:00January 10th, 2020|News, Reviews and Events, The Groove|

Larkin Poe 2020

Larkin Poe Returns to Byron Bay Bluesfest in 2020! By Tracey Hammell August 28, 2019 Rebecca and Megan Lovell of Larkin Poe (pic courtesy Larkin Poe) Rebecca and Megan Lovell, the two sisters who front Larkin Poe, hail from Atlanta Georgia and now live in Nashville. Larkin Poe took their name from the Lovell’s Great, Great, Great Grandfather - Larkin Haskew Poe, a historian who wrote about the 1862 Battle of Chickamauga, and was also Edgar Alan Poe’s cousin. The Poe Family Cabin stands [...]

By |2020-01-15T16:25:20+10:00December 24th, 2019|News, Reviews and Events, The Groove|

‘Black and Blue’ with Chain

(I was lucky enough to have Matt Taylor talk with me about the early days of Blues in the 60s and 70s. Here, Phil Manning provides us with some additional insight, and Kylie Cowling tells us about performing the re-released ‘Black and Blue’ with Chain at Mitchell Creek 2017) Matt Taylor (harmonica, vocals) and Phil Manning (guitar) with Chain. What can you tell us about the 50 years story? Well I don’t know that anyone can truly fully remember the early days because it was so complicated, [...]

By |2019-07-25T15:30:37+10:00July 25th, 2019|The Groove|

Shane Pacey – Bondi Cigars and the Shayne Pacey Trio.

(Shane Pacey chatted with me about the Bondi Cigars and the Shayne Pacey Trio) Bondi Cigars: Eben Hale (guitar/vocals), Frank Corby (drums, vocals), Shane Pacey (guitar vocals), Alan Britton (bass, vocals). Hi Shane, that was an awesome gig. Thank you, yeah it was good fun. It was quite intense. But you know, that’s how we operate, we’re not a particularly laid back band. And you had a bit of trouble getting up here and missed out on playing your Friday night set so that would get a [...]

By |2019-07-25T14:47:36+10:00July 25th, 2019|The Groove|

Foreday Riders (University of the Blues)

Known as Sydney’s ‘university of the Blues’, the Foreday Riders celebrated 50 years as a working band in 2017. The Groove caught up with Ron King for a chat about how it all started. Foreday Riders (L-R): Two original members from 1967 remain: the King Brothers, Ron (harmonica, vocals) and Jeff (guitar, Dobro). Rosscoe ‘Stinger’ Clark (drums) has been a Rider since 1982, Stan ‘Sleepy’ Mobbs has been on bass with the Riders since 1990. Fronting the band is singer/ guitarist Shane Pacey whose presence they [...]

By |2019-07-25T15:31:09+10:00July 25th, 2019|The Groove|