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

Sunshine Coast Blues Club

I went along to the monthly Sunshine Coast Blues Club jam last Thursday night at the Palmwoods Bowls Club. The place was hopping with their house band opening the evening at 7.00pm before the jammers got up and played. A lot of the jammers are regulars who come along each month but there are the occasional new faces. The same with the crowd that attends. There are a lot of people who wouldn't miss the monthly jam for the opportunity to catch up with friends, listen [...]

August 5th, 2019|Categories: News, Reviews and Events|0 Comments

International Blues Music Day Festival

On August 17, 2011 an online petition was launched advocating for the establishment of an International Blues Music Day. Within a few months the petition-group was joined by thousands of members from around the world.The first Saturday in August of each year was established as a time for musicians and lovers of the Blues to come together to celebrate the genre. This will be the 5th year Brisbane city has hosted this event. International Blues Music Day brings together communities, schools, artists, historians, academics, and Blues [...]

August 1st, 2019|Categories: News, Reviews and Events|0 Comments

IBMD Schedule Day 1

Mainstage - The Mojo Webb band - 12pm, 1pm, 2pm • Wintergarden - The Lucky Lips Band - 12.30pm, 1.30pm, 2.30pm • Milano’s - Mick Diggles - 12.30pm, 1.30pm, 2.30pm • Mainstage - Blues Arcadia - 4pm, 5pm, 6pm • Wintergarden - The Josh Cheyenne Band - 4.30, 5.30 & 6.30pm

August 1st, 2019|Categories: News, Reviews and Events|0 Comments

Mitchell Creek 2019 is Coming

It seems there was only one way to go on 19-22 September 2019! The Mary Valley in the Noosa Hinterland turned on fine hot days and cool starry nights for the Mitchell Creek Rock ‘n Blues Fest, treating almost 3,000 patrons once again to great music, delicious local food, and free camping in a gorgeous bush setting to share fun times with family and friends. Over and over again patrons were saying that this festival is like a little holiday people make the pilgrimage to each year [...]

July 25th, 2019|Categories: News, Reviews and Events|0 Comments

‘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, [...]

July 25th, 2019|Categories: The Big Picture|0 Comments

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 [...]

July 25th, 2019|Categories: The Big Picture|0 Comments

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 [...]

July 25th, 2019|Categories: The Big Picture|0 Comments

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 [...]

July 25th, 2019|Categories: Blasts From The Past|0 Comments

Blues Brothers: Still on a Misson from God!

The Original Blues Brothers The Blues Brothers movies (1998 and 2000) need no introduction and at Byron Bluesfest in 2018 we’ll witness the amazing band that created the soundscape behind comedy actors Dan Aykroyd and John Belushi. I spoke with Rob "The Honeydripper" Paparozzi (vocals, harmonica) from his home in New Jersey, USA about the new album and the upcoming show in Australia. The band has 16 albums including a brand new one, The Last Shade of Blue Before Black, recorded live in the studio and [...]

July 25th, 2019|Categories: The Big Picture|0 Comments

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 [...]

July 24th, 2019|Categories: Blasts From The Past|0 Comments

SAVE OUR GIG …really? A Note On Gig Promotion

By Andrew Baxter (origionally published in BASEQ Groove mag #189) “Support live music”, “Come out and support my band”, “Support venues that support musicians” “Keeping Mu- sic Live”. These phrases can be seen regularly on pro- motional material for gigs and shows, especially on so- cial media sites. How effective are they? Are they in fact counter-productive? Should promotion of live music be cast in a more positive light? Is live music dead or dying? Does it need to be supported? These are all vexing questions [...]

July 24th, 2019|Categories: Behind The Scenes|Tags: , |0 Comments