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New Album Review – Craig Claxton – “Azure Blue”

Craig Claxton and the Barbarians "And here is someone that needs no introduction" For the local blues scene, that fits Craig Claxton to a tee. But for those that might not know, Craig has been a professional Australian musician and talented guitarist from an early age, now with a career spanning decades. Want to find out more? Go here: Bio | Craig Claxton And just like some of his older local contemporaries like the late great Ewan MacKenzie, has mastered many styles, notably rock, [...]

August 25th, 2021|Categories: (default)|0 Comments

Local Musician In Conversation – Simon Worlo Paying Homage to his Heroes.

Simon Worlo has been a regular down The Colonel [1] jams for many years, originally starting on bass before moving to singing and playing guitar. It comes to no surprise for Simon to have a strong affinity to the early electric blues era from the late 1940s and early 1950s, which he delivers as "Simon Worlo & The Colonel", or with Trev Gollagher as "The King Tones".   Trev, Simon and The Colonel "Muddy Waters first caught my ear. Through research and listening I [...]

July 23rd, 2021|Categories: (default), News, Reviews and Events, The Groove|0 Comments

Back In The Day – Perspectives From The Front Row

(in this months installment of "Back In The Day", long-time BASEQ supporter Mick Power arranged an article from an enthusiastic audience member at the time, Maggie deKort, to share her experiences) People say to me “don’t you hate being your age” no way if I wasn’t this age I would never have gone through the best music years ever, and this is where it all started for me!  I was only 12 years old when I heard Love Me Do on the radio, The Beatles, saw [...]

July 22nd, 2021|Categories: Back In The Day, The Groove|0 Comments

Vintage Electric Guitars: Are they all they are cracked up to be? (by Dale Robbins)

What defines whether a guitar is collectible? Is it the sentimentality of one of the classic designs from a bygone era that was used by great musicians of the past? Ie. Jimi Hendrix’s Fender, Jimmy Pages’ Les Paul… Is it the superior sound that old guitars possess? Is it because they aren’t “made that way” anymore? Is it because they easier to play? Down the biggest rabbit hole of all guitardom we go! … And the answer is…. It’s a very subjective issue but Vintage guitars [...]

July 22nd, 2021|Categories: Back In The Day, The Groove|0 Comments

Back In The Day – Brisbane Music Scene in the 60’s and early 70’s.

Mick Power Remembers: My life in Music really started at the age of 15 years after running away from Boarding School at St Brendan’s in Yeppoon. At the beginning of the second Term, I took off across the Pineapple Farms and managed to hitch a ride in an old beatup FJ Holden back to Brisbane. I did have a musical background from the age of 8 years learning Piano, Piano Accordion, and Vocal training gained from my schooling days in Private Colleges. My first gig was [...]

June 9th, 2021|Categories: Back In The Day|0 Comments

DJ Reckless Robin – Blues and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance

Bear with me, this post is going to take you along for a ride... unfolding pun intended ... So, recently I had the good fortune to attend a motorcycle rally with, what turned out to be, 527 other kindred spirits... most adhering to the mantra of "I'd rather ride than polish". The rally site is in a very scenic spot between Stanthorpe and Tenterfield, on the banks of a river. Honestly, you couldn't have picked a better spot, a fitting destination from enjoying some great - [...]

May 18th, 2021|Categories: News, Reviews and Events, The Groove|0 Comments

Back In The Day: Fords Music Store and Home Grown Amplification

By Tony De Caria and Les FORDS BLUES CONNECTION Now that I think of it all these years later, Fords was destined to have a heavy blues influence many years before I got there. The Purple Hearts had completely blown away three kids at a venue across the road in Stanley St. called “The Bowl”. We had been having guitar lessons for some months and had at the time become rather bored with Shadows instrumentals and the top 40 hits played by the resident bands, finding [...]

May 12th, 2021|Categories: Back In The Day, The Groove|0 Comments

Azure Blue CD Review

Azure Blue CD by Craig Claxton CD Review by Tracey Hammell Craig Claxton made excellent use of his time in lockdown during the shift into the “new normal” by writing and recording his first solo album, Azure Blue. Craig Claxton and his fabulous rhythm section ... sometimes known as The Barbarians at the Azure Blue Album preview. L-R Craig Claxton (guitar & vox), John Postlethwaite (dums), Kevin Howard (bass), Brendan St Ledger (keyboards). "It was so much fun to do ... I [...]

May 12th, 2021|Categories: News, Reviews and Events, The Groove|0 Comments

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 [...]

April 8th, 2021|Categories: Back In The Day, The Groove|0 Comments

The “Secret Sauce” from the BBFactory: New Album – Track By Track

So I heard that BBFactory had recorded a new live album and were getting ready to release it with a series of album launches... ... and I harassed and harangued Pedro for more info on it, that "Secret Sauce", as it were, of the album Pedro and Jackson, BBFactory (photo by Dianne Haistie) But first, the BBFactory story so far: ... the band has already released their highly regarded ‘First World Blues’ and ‘Let the Good Times Roll’ albums ( the latter is a live [...]

March 17th, 2021|Categories: The Groove|0 Comments

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 [...]

February 24th, 2021|Categories: Back In The Day, The Groove|0 Comments

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 [...]

February 24th, 2021|Categories: Back In The Day, The Groove|0 Comments

What happens behind the scenes: BASEQ Jams at the Royal Mail

I wrote the following to help a very new committee member get up to speed on what happens at a BASEQ jam when it is held at the Royal Mail Hotel Goodna on the last Sunday of the month (except Dec: Xmas/NYE, and Jan: too close to Australia day events at the Royal Mail). I've also expanded on some of the points. 12noon - the host band starts to arrive for setup and hopefully a quick soundcheck. At the time of writing, the Royal Mail provides a [...]

January 1st, 2021|Categories: Behind The Scenes, Club Stuff|0 Comments

Hot Days for Scorching Dezzie D and the Stingrays

Dezzie D and the Stingrays are just about to drop another new release, full of danceable and interesting swing and jump blues tunes. But how did that happen? Congrats on your second release. The "followup" seems to be the hardest for artists to be satisfied with, while debut releases have been years in the gestation.   Are these originals or reinterpretations of classics? Was there a theme or common ideas running through the songs? The process of selecting songs to make the cut for our second album was [...]

December 2nd, 2020|Categories: News, Reviews and Events, The Groove|0 Comments

Radio Radio – Shaun “Blues With a Feeling” Bindley interview

(Part 1 of a series). Shaun Bindley has been producing the blues radio program "Blues With a Feeling" for 27 years. Here he discusses how this came to be, why he supports community radio, some of the up, downs and what he looks for. BB - Thanks Shakey Shaun for taking the time. Can I start with what motivates and drives you to be part of community radio? SB - I love to make a connection with listeners and being part of such a ground breaking [...]

December 2nd, 2020|Categories: News, Reviews and Events, The Groove|Tags: , |0 Comments

BASEQ Christmas Bash – Sunday 29th November 1pm

It’s been a long year without live music in our favourite venue, The Royal Mail Hotel. BASEQ is celebrating Christmas and the lessening of restrictions with a bigger than ever Christmas Bash. Please come along and join the party.  If you haven’t seen Shakes Fear and the Skeleton Gang you’re in for a real treat – they’ll get this party started with a bang. Young, brash and exciting these guys will have you chair dancing from the first riff. We all love BB Factory – one of [...]

November 22nd, 2020|Categories: Club Stuff, News, Reviews and Events|0 Comments

New Release: Lucky Lips bring good fortune and a new Turnaround

Lucky Lips ready for their Turnaround Donna Hourigan and band have a followup to their debut EP, Talk the Talk. I had the opportunity to throw some questions to Donna about the new recording and how it all came about. Congrats on your second release. The "followup" seems to be the hardest for artists to be satisfied with, while debut releases have been years in the gestation. Was there a theme or common ideas running through the songs? As with our debut EP, Talk [...]

November 10th, 2020|Categories: News, Reviews and Events, The Groove|0 Comments

Annual General Meeting – Agenda and Candidates.

To all members The BASEQ Annual General Meeting will be held on Sunday 25th October 2020 at the Royal Mail Hotel, Brisbane Terrace, Goodna at 10:30am. All members are invited to participate to listen to the reports of the past year, and be part of the process in dissolving the current committee and vote in the election of a new committee. Please find attached the Agenda for the AGM, in PDF versions and MSWord Versions. BASEQ_AGM_Agenda251020 (PDF) BASEQ_AGM_Agenda251020 (DOCX) As standard AGM practice and adhering to [...]

October 19th, 2020|Categories: Club Stuff|0 Comments

Mitchell Creek Rock N Blues Festival – A Success Story

In September, we had the Mitchell Creek Rock N Blues Festival. This was the first live music festival, as we used to know them, in Australia since COVID-19 restrictions began in late March. It was COVID Safe and absolutely fantastic. There were 3000 people there and it was a sellout event. Lots of people who go regularly with a good dose of newcomers as well, who have said they will be back next year for sure! Jimmy Budgen and his team did a magnificent job of putting [...]

October 12th, 2020|Categories: News, Reviews and Events|0 Comments

BASEQ Blues at The Triffid!

Cooperation and determination by BASEQ's Dillion James and the team at The Triffid brought live blues back to the centre of town!   With a very short lead time of two weeks, Dillion pulled together a "Who's Who" of local talent featuring: Angela Fabian; Blind Dog Donnie; Donna Hourigan & The Lucky Lips Band; and his own Dillion James Band. Harvey Blues; Norman Baquiran; and Matt "Dishpan Hands" Beagley, joined Angela & Dillion's respective bands to form an "All Starr" jam band, leaving nothing in the [...]

October 7th, 2020|Categories: News, Reviews and Events|0 Comments

LiveStream: Blues Arcadia – How It Was Done

SoundOut Studios Even with using recording setups, there are many ways to tackle how to stream a band. Here, Casper Hall, drummer for Blues Arcadia and owner of SoundOut studios explain how he and the band approached their Facebook Stream. Congratulations, Casper, on an excellent Stream of Blues Arcadia the other week. Can I ask you a few questions on what happened behind the scenes? Firstly, did you float the idea of live streaming to the band, being comfortable with technology, perhaps using the [...]

September 7th, 2020|Categories: Behind The Scenes|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Membership Extensions

COVID 19 has limited BASEQ's ability to promote & support blues music in the form of live events, festivals and jams. For this reason, BASEQ has decided to extend your membership for a further 6 months. There are positive signs of live music being available again in the near future, with some venues and festivals holding events in the next few months. We will continue to support venues, artists and fans through all possible avenues such as social media and emails to our members. We appreciate your [...]

September 4th, 2020|Categories: Club Stuff|0 Comments

Blues in the Bush Drive-In Concert – POSTPONED – Date TBA

Live music is starting to happen again although in a different way than before. We have venues with 'sit down' cabaret-style live music and then we have drive-in concerts. With drive-in concerts, you get to go along and sit in the comfort of your car and enjoy seeing live music with the sound also being played through your car stereo. Buy your tickets here now: http://www.driveinconcerts.live/blues-in-the-bush.html Drive In Concerts Live and Blues Association of SE Qld (BASEQ) present 'Blues in the Bush' featuring Russell Morris, BB [...]

September 1st, 2020|Categories: News, Reviews and Events|0 Comments

BASEQ Blues at The Triffid

BASEQ are busy teaming up with some great venues to give people some live Blues music! The Triffid is our co-host for this great live event. BASEQ Blues at the Triffid will showcase some of Brisbane's finest blues musicians and performers: Angela Fabian, Blind Dog Donnie, Harvey Blues, Lucky Lips, and the Dillion James Band. With the Triffid leading the way in COVID safe protocol, live music can be enjoyed whilst adhering to mandatory safety measures. After recently starring in the Voice, Angela Fabian will take to [...]

September 1st, 2020|Categories: News, Reviews and Events|0 Comments