Category Archives: music

Wagons: 2004 to 2019


UpRRRooted at the Palace, St Kilda
Benefit for RRR FM’s “Move Your R’s” campaign
14th June 2004



Marquis of Lorne
Sunday, 1st May 2005

Queenscliff Music Festival 2005
25th – 27th November 2005

Wagons – Henry later said at this appearance they were the “piss boys” in between bands on the main stage, he made a small child cry during one show

Melbourne BBQ Day 2005
Ceres Environmental Park
Sunday, 4th December, 2005


Live at Night
Royal Melbourne Show
Tuesday, September 26 2006
with Wagons, Sarah Carroll and Rebecca Barnard

Melbourne BBQ Day 2006
Ceres Environmental Park
Sunday, 3rd December, 2006
with special guests Ian Bland, Gary Adams, Melbourne BBQ Orchestra: Big Kev, Dan, Ed Bates, Dan Warner, Marcel Borrack,
Sarah Carroll, Fred Negro, Wagons, Tides of Welcome Community Choir, Barb Waters, Wes & Horse, Suzannah Espie, Dr Pump, Merri Creek Primary School dancers


Elvis 30th Anniversary
with Jane Dust, Tupeloettes, Little Sadie, Aintree Sweet, Kentucky Backroads, Tanya Lee’s R&Bs, Collard Greens & Gravy, Sarah Carroll & the Blue Moon Boys, Chautauqua, Henry Wagons, Four Men from Memphis (unseen), The Exotics (unseen)
Corner Hotel, Thursday 16th August 2007


Melbourne BBQ Day 2008
Ceres Environmental Park
Sunday, 7th December, 2008
with special guests Melbourne BBQ Orchestra, Dan Warner, Harrington Brothers, Ian Bland, Barb Waters, Bob Starkie, Charles Jenkins, Dave Larkin, Dr Pump, Sarah Carroll, Suzannah Espie, Adam Simmonds, Wagons, Fred Negro, Jimmy Clinkerfield, Wolfgramm Sisters



Wagons CD Preview
with M.C. Fee B-Squared, Princess One Point Five, QUA (DJ SET)
East Brunswick Club, Thursday 9th April 2009

Wagons Goodtown CD Launch
with Felicity Groom, Whiskey Go Gos
Corner Hotel, Sunday 7th June 2009

JVG Radio Method RRR Radiothon Spectacular 2009
RRR Performance Space
with The Futuras, The Mercurials, Dr Pump, Big Kev, Pina Colada, Dale Lindrea, Liz Stringer, GO GO SAPIEN, Henry Wagons, Si Philanthropist, Large No. 12s, Charles Jenkins, Dan Warner & his big band
Sunday 23rd August 2009


Long Gone Whistle CD Launch – A Tribute to Maurice Frawley
MC Brian Nankervis, Large Number 12s, The Frawleys, Billy Pommer Jnr, Clare Bowditch, Henry Wagons, Kasey Chambers, Paul Kelly, Dan Brodie, Dan Kelly, Tom Carolyn, Megan Washington, Tim Rogers, Billy Miller, Renee Geyer, Spencer P. Jones, Adalita, Tex Perkins, The Panics, Working Class Ringos
The Espy, Thursday 19th August 2010

Clare Bowditch and Henry Wagons


International Independant Record Store Day 2011
Basement Discs, Saturday 16th April 2011
with Charles Jenkins, Wolfgramm Sisters, The Spoils (Duo), Sarah Carroll, Chris Wilson, Sean MacMahon’s Western Union, Cash Savage and the Last Drinks, Little John, Abbie Cardwell and Her Leading Men, Jeff Lang, MCs Rebecca Barnard, Rusty Berther, Dave Graney, Henry Wagons

Basement Discs, Friday 6th May 2011

Wagons Rumble, Shake and Tumble CD Launch
Forum Theatre, Saturday 16th July 2011
with MC Peter Escott, Teeth & Tongue, Puta Madre Brothers and special guests the DC3

Queenscliff Music Festival 2011
November 25th – 27th 2011
Leah Flanagan, The Widowbirds, President Roots, Puta Madre Brothers, Pseudo Echo, The Herd, The Delta Riggs, Pete Denahy, The Sweethearts, Tides of Welcome choir with Dave Steel, Dead River Deeps, Wagons, The Cruel Sea, Brothers Grimm, Laine Lane, My Friend the Chocolate Cake, Woody Pitney, The Plains, BOOM! BAP! POW!, Kimbra, WHATEM 2 CD Launch with Sarah Carroll, Chris Wilson, Hausfrau, Sophia Katos, Lash78, Dadhouse, Frente, Gypsy & the Cat, Bondi Cigars


with Dan Waters, The Nymphs
Caravan Music Club, Friday 9th March 2012

Raise the Roof – Pure Pop Records Benefit
with MC Ryan Coffey, Chris Russell’s Chicken Walk, Hamish Cowan, The Twoks, Henry Wagons, Archer, Alex Lashlie, Roesy, Paul Kelly, Pony Face, Davey Lane, Underground Lovers, Charles Jenkins, Ron Peno and Cam Butler, Stonefield, the Dark Lords
Prince Bandroom, Friday 11th May 2012

Chris “Nothing but Nice Things” Album launch
with the Altmann Revue Band
and special guests Henry Wagons, Van Walker, Liz Stringer, Ange Boxall
Caravan Music Club, Saturday 1st December 2012

Chris “Nothing but Nice Things” Album launch
with the Altmann Revue Band
and special guests Henry Wagons, Suzannah Espie, Liz Stringer, Ange Boxall
John Curtin Bandroom, Friday 7th December 2012


Wagons Album Preview show
with Jemma and the Wise Young Ambitious Men, the Toot Toot Toots
Corner Hotel, Saturday 22nd June 2013

A Nymphtastic Christmas
with the Nymphs, Henry Wagons, Cash Savage, James Kenyon, Mikelangelo and Saint Clare, Tracy McNeil and Luke Sinclair, Sweet Jean, Major Chord
Toff in Town, Wednesday 18th December 2013


The Nymphs Farewell Show
with Lady Dee, The Rechords and special guests Cash Savage, Henry Wagons
Ding Dong Lounge, Friday 21st March 2014

Wagons “Acid Rain and Sugar Cane” Album Launch
with Fraser A Gorman, Johnny Fritz
The HiFi Bar, Saturday 7th June 2014

with Broads
Caravan Music Club, Friday 8th August 2014

Out on the Weekend 2014
with Justin Townes Earl (unseen), Henry Wagons, Nikki Lane, Lindi Ortega, Jonny Fritz, Raised by Eagles, Ryan Bingham (unseen), Robert Ellis, The Delines, Chris Altmann, Emma Swift, The Morrissons
Seaworks, Saturday 18th October 2014


JVG Radiothon Spectacular 2015
with Stu Thomas, Ian Bland, Jemma and the Clifton Hillbillies, Liam Linley and Phil Gionfriddo, SKA Vendors, Dr Pump, Henry Wagons, Kylie Auldist, Davey Lane, Pete Ewing, Dan Warner
RRR Performance Space, Sunday 23rd August 2015


Henry Wagons
with Lachlan Bryan
Caravan Music Club, Friday 11th November 2016


Wagons 20th Anniversary
with Charlie Whitten and special guests Broads
Corner Hotel, Friday 15th February 2019

Wagons “Songs from the Aftermath” Album Launch
with Gena Rose Bruce and guests
Croxton Bandroom, Friday 6th September 2019

Queensclif Music Festival 2005 – 2016

I did go to it for 11 years in a row until circumstances intervened and I could no longer make it (In 2017 I was not living in Melbourne and in 2018 I had just started a job a week before.) Not too sure about 2019 either as I am going over to the USA during October and will no doubt be broke on my return.

[ 2005 | 2006 | 2007 | 2008 | 2009 | 2010 | 2011 | 2012 | 2013 | 2014 | 2015 | 2016 | Photo Mosaics ]


25th – 27th November 2005
Sarah Blasko, That 1 Guy, Sophie Koh, Dave Graney & Clare Moore, Mia Dyson, Tony Joe White, Tides of Welcome Choir
Blues Train – Shannon Bourne & Grant Cummerford / Dave Hogan’s Meltdown, Blackeyed Susans, The Hoodangers, Wagons, Clare Bowditch and the Feeding Set, Sally Ford & The Pachuco Playboys, The Saints, Melbourne Singers of Gospel, The Junes, Joe Dolce, Not Drowning Waving, Jeff Lang







24th – 26th November 2006
Dallas Frasca, Rebecca Barnard, Portentia, Mick Thomas & The Sure Thing, Unconscious Brothers, Anne McCue,
Chris Wilson, Yann Tiersen, Blaze, Jimi Hocking, Little Green Houses, Rose Bygrave, Charcoal Club, Royal Chord, Detonators, Shannon Bourne, Bay of Pigs, Don Walker, Barb Waters & Cyndi Boste, Collard Greens & Gravy, The Models, Neapolitan Croxton Showcase (Sarah Carroll, Dan Warner & Marcel Borrack), Betty Harris, Weddings Parties Anything, Ska Vendors, Sophie Brous Ensemble, Tides of Welcome Community Choir, Kerri Simpson, Andy Baylor, TnT, Suzannah Espie & The Last Word, The Exotics







23rd – 25th November 2007
Chris Wilson & Shane O’Mara, The Basics, AlMacandJack, Antagonize, Girl Vs Ghost, Lil’ Fi, Mia Dyson, Nick Charles, Gotye, Unconscious Brothers, Ross Hannaford, Sweethearts, The Junes, My Friend the Chocolate Cake, Rich Family Band, Lisa Miller, The Leisuremasters, The Rustys, Sambrose Automobile, The Periscopes, Sarah Carroll, Nigel Wearne, Laura Baxter, Sweet Dolores, Steve McEwen and the Yes Men, Sime Nugent, Hank’s Jalopy Demons, Paul Kelly, Bob Log III, Vardos, Mrs Wainright, Tides of Welcome Choir, Bless this House, Bec Willis, Dan Kelly, The Breadmakers





Photos by performer:
Chris Wilson & Shane O’Mara

The Basics



Girl Vs Ghost

Lil’ Fi

Mia Dyson

Nick Charles


Unconscious Brothers

Ross Hannaford


The Junes

My Friend the Chocolate Cake

Rich Family Band

Lisa Miller

The Leisuremasters

The Rustys

Sambrose Automobile

The Periscopes

Sarah Carroll

Nigel Wearne

Laura Baxter

Sweet Dolores

Steve McEwen and the Yes Men

Sime Nugent

Hank’s Jalopy Demons

Paul Kelly

Bob Log III


Mrs Wainright

Tides of Welcome Choir

Bless this House

Bec Willis

Dan Kelly

The Breadmakers



November 28th – 30th 2008
Harry Angus, Unconscious Brothers Spectacular with Rebecca Barnard, Josh Owen, Geoff Achison & Guy Pearce, Vulgargrad with Zulya, Kate Miller-Heidke, Sweet Dolores, The Wilson Pickers, Geoff Achison, Tides of Welcome Choir, Diamond Jim and the Tuff Tones, Fireside Bellows, Sarah Carroll and Andy Baylor, Kerri Simpson, ROOT!, Oh Laura, Tripod, Jeremy Jay, Kaya, Marshall and the Fro, The Bawdies, The Town Bikes, Elana Stone, The Bedroom Philosopher, Jackson Jackson





Queenscliff Music Festival 2008 Mosaic

Harry Angus

Unconscious Brothers Spectacular with Rebecca Barnard, Josh Owen, Geoff Achison & Guy Pearce

Guy Pearce

Vulgargrad with Zulya

Kate Miller-Heidke

Sweet Dolores

RRR FM Outside Broadcasts
Off the Record

Twang with Sarah Carroll and Kerri Simpson

The Wilson Pickers

Geoff Achison

Tides of Welcome Choir

Diamond Jim and the Tuff Tones

Fireside Bellows

Sarah Carroll and Andy Baylor


Oh Laura


Jeremy Jay


Marshall and the Fro

The Bawdies

The Town Bikes

Elana Stone

The Bedroom Philosopher

Jackson Jackson



November 27th – 29th
Tinpan Orange, The Megahorns, Pigram Brothers, Gun Street Girls, Aluka, Alica Merrit, Steve Jones, Charles Jenkins & The Zhivagos, The Junes, Djan Djan, Mal Webb, Stephen McEwan & The Yes Men, The McClymonts, Dan Musil, Organ Boy, Black Market Rhythm Co., Even, Dan Sultan, Tides of Welcome, Grace Barbe, Bertie Blackman, Howl, Peter Combe, Tim Finn





Tinpan Orange

The Megahorns

Pigram Brothers

Gun Street Girls


Alica Merrit

Steve Jones

Charles Jenkins & The Zhivagos

The Junes

Djan Djan

Mal Webb

Stephen McEwan & The Yes Men

The McClymonts

Dan Musil

Organ Boy

Black Market Rhythm Co.


Dan Sultan

Tides of Welcome

Grace Barbe

Bertie Blackman


Peter Combe

Tim Finn



November 26th – 28th
Frank Yamma, Katie Noonan & The Captains, Izzy, Mr Percival, Ashleigh Mannix, The Black Sorrows, Stephen McEwan, Chloe & Anika, Dave Steel & Tiffany Eckhardt, Beau (The Rustys) & Brittney McNeil, Catherine Sanzarro, Victoriana Gaye, Tides of Welcome Choir, Sweet Delores, Sweethearts, The Nymphs, Mary Gauthier, Kate Vigo & the Underground Orchestra, Ray Beadle Band, Quarry Mountain Dead Rats, Blue Shaddy, Gareth Liddiard, Dan Kelly’s Dream Band, The Mercurials, Catherine Britt, Sally Seltmann, The Rustys, The Meanies, Mick Thomas & The Sure Thing

Photos here:




Queenscliff Music Festival 2010 mosaic

Frank Yamma


Katie Noonan & The Captains

Mr Percival

Ashleigh Mannix

The Black Sorrows

Stephen McEwan

Chloe & Anika

Dave Steel & Tiffany Eckhardt

Beau (The Rustys) & Brittney McNeil

Catherine Sanzarro

Victoriana Gaye

Tides of Welcome Choir

Sweet Delores


The Nymphs

Mary Gauthier

Kate Vigo & the Underground Orchestra

Ray Beadle Band

Quarry Mountain Dead Rats

Blue Shaddy

Gareth Liddiard

Dan Kelly’s Dream Band

The Mercurials

Catherine Britt

Sally Seltmann

The Rustys

The Meanies

Mick Thomas & the Sure Thing



November 25th – 27th 2011
Leah Flanagan, The Widowbirds, President Roots, Puta Madre Brothers, Pseudo Echo, The Herd, The Delta Riggs, Pete Denahy, The Sweethearts, Tides of Welcome choir with Dave Steel, Dead River Deeps, Wagons, The Cruel Sea, Brothers Grimm, Laine Lane, My Friend the Chocolate Cake, Woody Pitney, The Plains, BOOM! BAP! POW!, Kimbra, WHATEM 2 CD Launch with Sarah Carroll, Chris Wilson, Hausfrau, Sophia Katos, Lash78, Dadhouse, Frente, Gypsy & the Cat, Bondi Cigars





Puta Madre Brothers on the QMF Express

Leah Flanagan

The Widowbirds

President Roots

Puta Madre Brothers

Pseudo Echo

The Herd

The Delta Riggs

Pete Denahy


Tides of Welcome choir with Dave Steel

Dead River Deeps


The Cruel Sea

Brothers Grimm

Lanie Lane

My Friend the Chocolate Cake

Woody Pitney

The Plains



WHATEM 2 CD Launch

Sarah Carroll

Chris Wilson


Sophia Katos




Gypsy & the Cat

Bondi Cigars



23rd – 25th November 2012
Loon Lake, The DC3, Tom Richardson Project, Howlin’ Steam Train, TZU, Baby Animals, Jackson Firebird, DJ Emma Peel, Kira Puru and the Bruise, Bee Gees Tribute Showcase, Cat Sanzaro, Izzy Losi, Lily & King, Sweethearts, The Tiny Giants, Clairy Browne and the Bangin’ Rackettes, King Cannons, You Am I, Ruby Boots, Tides of Welcome Choir with Tiffany Eckhart, Dave Steel, Chris Wilson and Sarah Carroll, Jordie Lane, Butterfly Boucher, Pinky Beecroft & the White Russians






Loon Lake

The DC3

Tom Richardson Project

Howlin’ Steam Train


Baby Animals

Jackson Firebird

DJ Emma Peel

Kira Puru and the Bruise

Bee Gees Tribute Showcase

Izzy Losi

Cat Sanzaro

Lily & King


The Tiny Giants

Clairy Browne and the Bangin’ Rackettes

King Cannons

You Am I

Ruby Boots

Tides of Welcome Choir

Jordie Lane

Butterfly Boucher

Pinky Beecroft & the White Russians



22rd – 24th November 2013
The Pigs, Russell Morris, Transvaal Diamond Syndicate, Darren Percival, The Owls, The Tiny Giants, The Living End, The Brow Horn Orchestra, Tides of Welcome, Yirrmal and the Yonglu Boys, Hussy Hicks, Sweethearts, Ginger and Tonic, Chris Russell’s Chicken Walk, Andrew Swift and the Rattlesnake Choir, Genevieve Chadwick, Spiderbait, Stompy and the Heat, The Ray Mann Three, Twin Beasts, Papa Pilko and the Bin Rats, Microwave Jenny, Jeff Lang, Dallas Frasca, Underground Lovers, The Basics, Mason Rack Band, King of the North






The Pigs

Russell Morris

Transvaal Diamond Syndicate

Darren Percival

The Owls

The Tiny Giants

The Living End

The Brow Horn Orchestra

Tides of Welcome

Hussy Hicks

Yirrmal and the Yonglu Boys


Ginger and Tonic

Andrew Swift and the Rattlesnake Choir

Chris Russell’s Chicken Walk

Genevieve Chadwick

The Ray Mann Three


Stompy and the Heat

Twin Beasts

Papa Pilko and the Bin Rats

Microwave Jenny

Jeff Lang

Dallas Frasca

Underground Lovers

The Basics

Rack Mason Band

King of the North



28th – 30th November 2014
Davidson Brothers, Sweethearts, Hiatus Kaiyote, The Little Stevies, Georgia Rodgers, Skunkhour, Skyscraper Stan and the Commission Flats, The Delta Riggs, Dan Sultan, Áine Tyrrell, Karl S Williams, Charles Jenkins, Marlon Williams, DD Dumbo, WILSN, Murdena, Dyson Stringer Cloher, Emma Swift, The Bombay Royale, Jazzy Jazzper and the DARE OHHS, Jesse Valach & Blues Mountain, Stella Angelico, Tijuana Cartel, The Imprints, Tides of Welcome, Aluka, Hurray for the Riff Raff, The Waifs, Charm of Finches






Davidson Brothers


Hiatus Kaiyote

Sarah Carroll receiving the Ross Lipson Award for service to the local community

The Little Stevies

Georgia Rodgers


Skyscraper Stan and the Commission Flats

The Delta Riggs

Dan Sultan

Áine Tyrrell

Karl S Williams

Charles Jenkins


Marlon Williams

DD Dumbo



Dyson Stringer Cloher

Emma Swift

Bec Goring

The Bombay Royale

Jazzy Jazzper and the DARE OHHS

Jesse Valach & Blues Mountain

Stella Angelico

Tijuana Cartel

The Imprints

Tides of Welcome


Hurray for the Riff Raff

The Waifs

Charm of Finches



27th – 29th November 2015
Tinpan Orange, Faux, Georgia Rodgers, Jack Filmore, Louis Baker, Harts, Morgan Bain, 19-Twenty, The Snowdroppers, The California Honeydrops, Sahara Beck, Bellarine VET Music (Righteous Desmond, Evony Dilema, Rachael Hart, Chitra Ridwan, Abby Grace & Erica Lyon, Mild Child), Sweethearts, Mustered Courage, Áine Tyrrell, Benny Walker, All Our Exes Live in Texas, The Tiny Giants, Damian Cowell’s Disco Machine, Tides of Welcome, Ainslie Wills







Mustered Courage on the QMF Express 2015

Tinpan Orange


Georgia Rodgers

Louis Baker

Morgan Bain

Jack Filmore



Sahara Beck

The Snowdroppers

The California Honeydrops

Bellarine VET Music (Righteous Desmond, Evony Dilema, Rachael Hart, Chitra Ridwan, Abby Grace & Erica Lyon, Mild Child)


Mustered Courage

Áine Tyrrell

Benny Walker

All Our Exes Live in Texas

The Tiny Giants

Damian Cowell’s Disco Machine

Tides of Welcome

Ainslie Wills



25th – 27th November 2016
with The Mojo Corner, Jordie Lane and the Sleepers, Liz Stringer, Chitra, Kylie Auldist, Bobby Alu and the Palms, Quarter Street, Alice Ivy, Bellarine VET Music (Hey Mammoth, Gypsy May (Liz Powell), Madeliene Cope & Zack Darkes, Erica Bjornenak, Jess Viola, Nina Denham), Sweethearts, Sarah Carroll and the Left Wing, JAWN, Leah Senior, Sweet Jean, Eilen Jewell, The Harpoonist & The Axe Murderer, Peter Garrett and the Alter Egos, Kira Puru, The Run, Geoff Achison & the Souldiggers with Chris Wilson, The Tiny Giants, Hollie Joyce, Tides of Welcome, Reuben Stone, Matt Anderson, Charm of Finches, Snuff Puppets, Ben Harper & the Innocent Criminals






Photo Mosaics

Boogie woogie!

The Mojo Corner

Jordie Lane and the Sleepers

Liz Stringer


Kylie Auldist

Bobby Alu and the Palms

Quarter Street

Alice Ivy

Bellarine VET Music (Hey Mammoth, Gypsy May (Liz Powell), Madeliene Cope & Zack Darkes, Erica Bjornenak, Jess Viola, Nina Denham)


Sarah Carroll and the Left Wing


Izzy Lossi and the Auracles

Leah Senior

Sweet Jean

Eilen Jewell

The Harpoonist & The Axe Murderer

Peter Garrett and the Alter Egos

Kira Puru

The Run

Geoff Achison & the Souldiggers with Chris Wilson

The Tiny Giants

Hollie Joyce

Tides of Welcome

Reuben Stone

Charm of Finches

Matt Anderson

Snuff Puppets

Ben Harper & the Innocent Criminals

Dancing Terry vs. the Man with the Folded Arms

Working down t’pit


Photo Mosaics

MIFF 2019: No Time for Quiet (2019)

Directors: Hylton Shaw, Samantha Dinning

Featuring: LA Bastard, Courtney Barnett, Cable Ties, Sukhjit Khalsa, Girls Rock! camp participants


I wondered why the audience seemed so excited for this movie when I was in the audience, it turned out that most of the participants of the Girls Rock! Camp over the past few years were in attendance along with their parents and the counsellors from the camp.

The film makers had heard of the Girls Rock! Camp for young teenage girls wanting to get into music was coming to Melbourne and manage to convince the people running it to film the first intake. They had done a pre-screening of the applicants to choose a couple of them and found a few others on the day as there were 50 people involved and it would have been too much to follow them all.

I am a big fan of music and in particular women musicians the point that I get made fun of for going to see them all the time. Fuck off! I like them more as they don’t have half the bullshit the men have with their bands and do not feel the need to live the infamous Rock and Roll lifestyle. A lot of them get better after they have kids as they have more experience. I have been seeing some musicians for so long now their kids have started their own bands.

Back to the documentary and they did choose some unique individuals such as Zeiro (pronounced Zero) who has their own thing going on and is gender fluid.  The concept is described for people who do not know what it is by Zeiro. That is a lot to put on a teenager and it is handled well.

Some strong themes are handled such as mental illness and suicide and they don’t shy away from discussing it.

The drummer got a big cheer by saying Alien was “that feminist movie” and Sigourney Weaver would agree with her.

During the Q&A Jacinta Parsons revealed that one of the participants in the documentary was her daughter, which bought cheers from the audience especially when she had to interview her.

There were some performances by Courtney Barnett, LA Bastard (I missed that gig it was their last one) and Cable Ties. The camp was structured around all the participants forming bands, writing a song and doing a showcase gig at the end of the week.

I did enjoy the animation throughout the documentary that showed some things that couldn’t really be filmed such as the voices one of the participants had in their head. Also Zeiro’s fears were illustrated about the plane crashing into the venue and everyone dying.

There was a strong positive vibe at the screening due to the participants being in the audience and cheering when they saw themselves on screen. I believe it should be shown in schools for young people wanting to express themselves in music.

After the screening there was a live performance downstairs with a supergroup named BARK with the five main participants from the movie who had written a song “No Time for Quiet” and rehearsed over the past month.

The film had been produced over three years and the film makers have come to know the participants very well and have become quite close. Two the people in the documentary are now volunteers at Girls Rock! And one is working as a sound tech in the music industry and playing in bands.

Photos from the screening Q&A/Afterparty

St Kilda Jazz Stories (2019)

Director: Kaye Blum

Featuring  Eugene Ball, Bob Barnard, Rebecca Barnard, Margie Lou Dyer, Peter Gaudion, Judy Jacques, Vince Jones, Nick Polites, John Scurry, Bob Sedergreen, Ted Vining, Paul Williamson, Julien Wilson and Barry Wratten,  Bill Armstrong, Len Davis, Cameron Paine, Ian Stanistreet, Horst Liepolt

Soundtrack: Warwick ‘Wocka’Dyer with Frank Johnson’s Fabulous Dixielanders, Judy Jacques and the Yarra Yarra New Orleans Jazz Band, Bob Barnard on trumpet with Len Barnard’s Jazz Band, Allan Lee on vibes with Len Barnard’s Modern Jazz Band, Allan Browne’s Red Onions, John Scurry’s Reverse Swing, and the Margie Lou Dyer Quintet.

I thought I was running late for this session, but it turned out there was a band before the screening so they were still playing before I arrived. I did get to talk to Rebecca Barnard about the oil pastel sketches I did of her dogs before the screening also.

I had heard about St Kilda being known as a Jazz hotspot before it became better known for punk and rock and roll but had not looked into it myself. I did know about Claypots being a meeting place for jazz enthusiasts and am a fan of the more recent band Jazz Party. Gil Askey did a guest spot with Harry Angus at one of the Clairy Browne and the Bangin’ Rackettes’ residency shows at the Toff in Town back in 2011.

I did not expect to see Rebecca Barnard in this at all. I knew she did Jazz gigs but I did not know about her family having a Jazz history and the story of her mother and father deserves a documentary of its own. She told the best story right at the end and it could have gone on from there.

As with any music scene there is an evolution with venues and each of the interviewees explained their roles in each of them over the decades. The arrival of the Beatles in Melbourne changed everything and the music evolved also.

St Kilda was a lot less expensive to live in those days so a lot of artists and musicians lived there and Vince Jones said they wouldn’t mind him practicing his trumpet at midnight or having people play the song on piano all day to practice.

Unlike today where there seem to be more women in the jazz scene it did seem to be male dominated back in the day except for Rebecca’s mum and the famous Ruby Carter for Ruby Tuesday. Funnily enough I go to the toilet after the screening and the name “Ruby” had been written on the toilet wall already as a memorial.

The director said she was researching the Espy and found out about the jazz scene from there and the other venues that it had been played at.

Due to development a lot of these venues are no longer around and have gone from popular memory as not many people except the people who played there still know about them. As they said in the Q&A they were lucky to get all the people they did as some of them are not going to be around for much longer and one of them passed away earlier this year.

The subject of rights clearances came up as an audience member asked where they got some footage as it was their brother. The director said it was from the National Film and Sound Archive and they had to pay full price due to not having a grant. Also they were not allowed to give the footage out as they did not have permission from the owner. Paul Harris also said they wanted to get a music documentary for the festival one time but it was $12,000 for music rights.

The director had contributed a lot of the 8mm performance footage themselves and had filmed a lot of interviews for an online project, but wanted to include different footage for this release. There was about 24 hours of footage over 4 years but they managed to cut it back to 38 minutes. They would make a longer documentary if they got funding but can’t make it shorter if they want to include everyone.

They did want to include more people, but decided to go with people they knew directly as going through managers was a bit hard.  Horst Liepolt was initially interviewed over the phone from New York after the director found him via a Google search and then filmed on an iPhone. PBS FM offered a studio space to film some interviews so they would get good sound quality.

It was a good documentary and I found out in the credits that the trumpet seen in the background of most of the interviews had a history which contributed the documentary also.

Rowdy, Tim, Fred and Tex

Commuity Cup 2002 – 2018

No camera for the first two years I attended:

Sacred Heart Mission Community Cup 2004
Junction Oval, St Kilda
Sunday, 27th June 2004

Sacred Heart Mission Community Cup 2005
Junction Oval, Sunday 26th June 2005
with The Almaboobies, Rebecca’s Empire, Weddings, Parties, Anything and Dallas Crane

Ruck’n’Roll Pie Night
with The Cheats, The Twits, The Spazzys & Cosmic Psychos
The Esplanade Hotel
Saturday, 24th June 2006

Sacred Heart Mission Community Cup 2006
with Grant Hansen’s Big City Rock Band, The King City Seven, Dave Graney & Clare Moore, Matt Walker & Ashley Davies, The Meanies, Man’s Ruin Cheerleader
Junction Oval, St Kilda
Sunday, 25th June 2006

Community Cup Training 2007
Arden St Oval, Wednesday 13th June 2007

RRR/PBS Megahertz 10th Anniversary
with the Bowerbirds & British India (unseen)
Spanish Club, Wednesday, 20th June 2007

Sacred Heart Mission Community Cup 2007
with he RocKwiz Orchestra (with special guests), The Double Agents, Crystal Thomas & Les Fleurs Du Mal, Killer Birds, Bob Log III, Mach Pelican
Junction Oval, St Kilda
Sunday, 24th June 2007

Photo mosaics based on photos from the Community Cup from 2004 to 2007:

Reclink Community Cup 2009
Elsternwick Park, Sunday 21st June 2009
with Jordie Lane, Dollsquad, Kram, Scared Weird Little Guys, Cosmic Psychos
special appearances by Espy Rockdogs & Megahertz Cheerleaders

Espy Rockdogs Pie Night
with Buried Horses, The Level Spirits, Money for Rope, The Spazzys, Cosmic Psychos, The Nubiles, Oz Rock Karaoke, Fuck Fucks (unseen)
The Espy, Friday 25th June 2010

Reclink Community Cup 2010
Elsternwick Park, Sunday 27th June 2010
with Blue Lead, Money for Rope, Little Freddie and the Pops, Blackeyed Susans, The Living End, Nick Barker and the Reptiles

Final Community Cup Training 2011
Elsternwick Park, Monday 20th June 2011

Reclink Community Cup 2011
with Red Rockets of Borneo, The Mercy Kills, The Rebelles, Tumbleweed, You Am I, Barry Morgan
Elsternwick Park, Sunday 26th June 2011

Reclink Sydney Community Cup 2012
with Wolfpack, The Meanies, Celibate Rifles
Henson Park, Sunday 18th March 2012

Rockdogs Training
Ross Gregory Oval, Monday 11th June 2012

Combined Community Cup Training
Elsternwick Park, Monday 18th June 2012

2012 Reclink Commmunity Cup
with Blue Ruin, Boomgates, Bunny Monroe, Drunk Mums
Elsternwick Park, Sunday 24th June 2012

Combined Community Cup Training
Elsternwick Park, Monday 17th June 2013

Reclink Community Cup 2013
with Justine Clarke and the Rebelles, Super Wild Horses, King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard, Beasts of Bourbon
Elsternwick Park, Sunday 23rd June 2013

Reclink Community Cup 2014
with Elmo and friends, Fraser A Gorman, Smith St Band, Saskwatch, Painters and Dockers
Elsternwick Park, Sunday 22nd June 2014

Reclink Community Cup 2015
with Ally Spazzy Kiddyrock and the Cool Bananas, Pearls, Adalita, Public Opinion Afro Orchestra, Graveyard Train
Elsternwick Park, Sunday 21st June 2015

Reclink Community Cup 2016
with MCs Ms Emma Peel and Johnny Von Goes, Rhys Muldoon kids’ group with KRAM, Ash Naylor, Tim Rogers, The Sugarcanes, Loose Tooth, Ross Wilson, Total Giovani, Regurigtator
Elsternwick Park, Sunday 26th June 2015

Reclink Community Cup 2017
with MCs Ms Emma Peel and Johnny Von Goes, Murray Wiggle and Wally Meanie’s Bubblegum Machine, BoxWars, Jen Cloher
Victoria Park, Sunday 25th June 2017

Reclink Community Cup 2018
with MCs Ms Emma Peel and Johnny Von Goes, Rudely Interrupted, The Cartridge Family
Victoria Park, Sunday 24th June 2018


10 years of the Union Hotel Brunswick

I know as a pub it has been around a lot longer, but I have been going to it to see gigs for 10 years now.

2008 / 2009 / 2010 / 2011 / 2012 / 2013 / 2014 / 2015 / 2016 / 2017 / 2019 / 2019


Union Hotel Brunswick Launch
with Bluestone Junction, Sarah Carroll & Suzannah Espie, The Leisuremasters, The Futuras
Sunday 9th November 2008


Sarah Carroll and Andy Baylor
Saturday 20th June 2009

Sarah Carroll & Marcel Borrack
Saturday 22nd August 2009

Suzannah Espie and the Last Word
Sunday 15th November 2009


Suzannah Espie & Chris Altman
Saturday 13th February 2010

Sarah Carroll & Dan Warner
Thursday 11th March 2010

Monday 14th June 2010

Jordie Lane and Matt Green
with special guest Leanna
Sunday 29th August 2010

Sarah Caroll
with the Nice Guys (Marcel Borrack, Tim Fullerton, Chris Tabone)
Sunday 12th September 2010

Suzannah Espie & The Sensitive Strings
with Liz Stringer, Chris Altmann
Thursday 2nd December 2010

The Cartridge Family
Saturday 11th December 2010


Suzannah Espie and the Last Word
with special guest Chris Altmann
Sunday 23rd January 2011

Gleny Rae and her Brunswick Playboys
Saturday 19th February 2011

Sarah Carroll CD Launch
with the Psychadelic Wildmen, Marisa Quigley
Sunday 5th June 2011

Zoe K and the Shadow Katz
Sunday 7th August 2011

The Junes
Sunday 14th August 2011

Coral Lee & the Silver Scream
Sunday 9th October 2011

Cartridge Family
with Danny Butler
Saturday 5th November 2011


The Band Who Knew Too Much
with Chris Wilson
Thursday 26th January 2012


The Cartridge Family
Saturday 6th April 2013

The Cartridge Family
Sunday 13th October 2013


Mick Daley’s Corporate Raiders
Sunday 9th Februrary 2014

The Cartridge Family
Sunday 15th June 2014

The Sideshow Brides Duo
Sunday 6th July 2014

The Junes
Sunday 31st August 2014

Suzannah Espie and the Last Word
Sunday 7th September 2014

Suzannah Espie and the Last Word
Sunday 21st September 2014


The Cartridge Family
Saturday 9th May 2015

The Sideshow Brides
Sunday 10th May 2015

Dan Warner & Marcel Borrack
Sunday 24th May 2015

Dan Warner and band
Sunday 27th June 2015

Leah Flanagan
Saturday 29th August 2015

New Year’s Eve 2015 with Suzannah Espie and the Last Word
with Native Plants and guests
Thursday 31st December 2015


The Cartridge Family
Saturday 21st May 2016

Dan Warner and the Night Parrots Band
Saturday 28th May 2016

Suzannah Espie and the Last Word
Saturday 23rd July 2016

Layla Jean/Davidson Brothers
Sunday 9th October 2016

The Lairs
Sunday 30th October 2016

Dan Warner & Marcel Borrack
Sunday 6th November

Sarah Carroll and Sally Taylor
Sunday 13th November 2016


Ian Bland and the Lamington Drive Orchestra
Sunday 30th April 2017


Dan Warner and the Night Parrots Band
Saturday 1st December 2018


An Arvo of Rockin’ Chicks at the Union
with Katie Bates, Alison Ferrier, Lucie Thorne, Tracy McNeil, Suzannah Espie
Sunday 10th March 2019