The Groove2019-06-06T15:50:00+10:00

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

BASEQ AGM

Can you lend us a hand to keep our association alive and growing? The Blues Association of South East Qld warmly invites you to join us at our ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING on Sunday the 25th of October at 10.30am at The Royal Mail Hotel, Goodna.   Have you thought of playing a more active part in promoting Blues music? It may surprise you to know that even 2 or 3 hours of your time per month can have a big impact!  BASEQ is a totally volunteer [...]

September 1st, 2020|Categories: Club Stuff|0 Comments

LiveStream: BBFactory Single Launch – How It Was Done

(image curtesy of Dianne Hastie) Unprecedented times, unprecedented measures. More musicians are turning to using live streams - via Facebook, Youtube ... even Zoom - to reach their audience. Reconnect with audiences, chances for musicians to play together, pushing technical boundaries, the reasons are many. I chatted with Pedro from BBFactory on how they went about doing their recent live stream to launch their new single "Keep Yo Mama" ... the recording of the live event can be found here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qdPUPoxUWP0 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Congratulations, Pedro, an [...]

August 26th, 2020|Categories: Behind The Scenes|Tags: , |0 Comments

Mitchell Creek Rock ‘N’ Blues Fest 2020 – The Show Must Go On!

Mitchell Creek Rock ‘N’ Blues Fest 2020 - The Show Must Go On! Story by Tracey Hammell Jimmy Budgen, Festival Director, Mitchell Creek Rock 'N' Blues Fest. Mitchell Creek Rock ‘N’ Blues Fest is the first music festival to be successfully awarded the COVID Clean Practicing Business Program certification and given the green light to go ahead this September, paving the way for other festivals to follow!  With all the uncertainty surrounding COVID-19, you may well be wondering how this magically came about. Well, [...]

June 18th, 2020|Categories: The Groove|0 Comments

BASEQ Raffle Postponement

BASEQ is sad to announce we are postponing the draw of our current raffle indefinitely due to the current social distancing circumstances surrounding the COVID 19 pandemic. BASEQ President Paulette Steele will contact ticket holders directly in the coming weeks. If you do not receive a communication please message us via Facebook or email BASEQ at president@baseq.org.au Tickets already purchased will be honoured at the time of the new draw. Ticket holders, who wish to, can obtain a full refund. Please message us via Facebook or [...]

April 24th, 2020|Categories: Club Stuff|0 Comments

Josh Cheyenne – Natural Blues

Recently I was at The Colonel's "legendary" Blues Jam at the Morrison Hotel Woolloongabba and ran into Josh Cheyenne, who - as was mentioned earlier in the day - had just released his first CD. So I bailed Josh up just outside the restaurant and pressed him for details ... Congrats on the release of your new CD. Many thanks! I've been more of a side-man for others, on lapsteel and slide-guitar over the years so didn't concentrate on my own recordings, or my own lineup [...]

March 1st, 2020|Categories: Behind The Scenes|0 Comments

BASEQ Memberships – How-To Create Your Profile

The BASEQ webiste has the ability for members to update their personal information, and to create a profile (that could be useful to for musicians in promotion). To do so needs to ensure the members can log in. If you signed up as a BASEQ member via the website, you will already have created your login email address and password. You can skip the first part of these instructions. Some BASEQ supporters, however, have taken out BASEQ membership by not using the website sign-up. These instructions will [...]

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

2020 Agnes Blues, Roots & Rock Festival

AGNES BLUES, ROOTS & ROCK FESTIVAL Venue – SES Grounds, Captain Cook Drive, Seventeen Seventy. Festival Dates – Friday 21st February to Sunday 23rd February 2020. #AGNESBLUESFEST 2020 SET TO LIFT OFF THIS WEEKEND The annual Agnes Blues, Roots & Rock Festival is set to lift off at the SES Grounds in Agnes Water & 1770 from 4pm this Friday 21st February. With the Festival in its 13th year, the twin towns of Agnes Water & 1770 in the Great Barrier Reef’s Sensational Deep South will once [...]

February 18th, 2020|Categories: News, Reviews and Events|0 Comments

Girrakool Blues Festival and BBQ

Some people I know went to the Girrakool Blues festival this year and had a fabulous time. It's held on the Central Coast NSW, near Kariong, and according to Google Maps it's a 9 hour drive from Brisbane, so not too far down the Pacific Hwy. The Girrkool Blues festival is on 6-8 March next year. There is a great lineup for 2020. Have a look at this link to see who's going to be playing at it https://girrakoolblues.com.au/category/2020-artists/ For our BASEQ members, they've offered us a [...]

February 16th, 2020|Categories: News, Reviews and Events|0 Comments