Thursday, 29 July 2010

Breaking news on the BIG BASH 2010!

Two bits of news re the 2010 PBGB BIG BASH:

First, we've moved the venue as a result of some requests by PBGB friends - it's now going to be on at The Wharf Aquarium and Restaurant at Merimbula (in Lake St Merimbula).
Same time and date - 7.30pm on October 16th.

Second (and you don't see this often) we've REDUCED the cost of a ticket to $40 - we're just going to be covering costs, but hey ...... it's a party for our friends!

What you'll get:
• Music by PBGB – and Special Guest Stars (Heather McLeod and Colin Enright )
• Light Finger Food in the Aquarium - well not IN the aquarium ..... you know what I mean!
• Buffet serving of: Roast Beef w. Horseradish and Mustard/ Roast Turkey with Cranberry/ Vegetarian Lasagne/ Variety of Salads/ Jacket Potatoes with sour cream/ Bread Rolls and Butter
• Choice of three desserts: Brandy snaps/ Citrus Flan/ Pavlova with fresh fruit and cream,
• Unlimited tea and Coffee
• A great bunch of people and lots of fun!

How to book?
Contact PBGB at

Ring Peter on 6495 6247

Get some friends together and make up a table.

Love to see you there!

Tuesday, 6 July 2010


PBGB has been invited to join the bill for a Forest Fundraiser at Tanja Hall on July 31.

Local musicians including Damon Davies, Arati, Dave Sparks and Dave Crowden will join forces to support actions to protect our native forests.

Food will be available. Admission price is $15. Music starts at 7pm.

Neil and Peter have joined forces to write a song especially for the occasion. It’s called “Wood You Like chips With That ?“. The message is obvious and it has a rousing sing along chorus. Listen to an ‘in-progress’ version by clicking on "Wood You Like chips With That?“ in the player on the right hand side of this page.

Do your bit to protect our forests and fauna – rug up and join in ! See you there !

New PBGB T-shirts, etc available

We've just set up our online store with long and short sleeved t-shirts, caps and tote bags. All original PBGB designs. Purchase online - quality gear at reasonable prices (in US$).


Saturday, 3 July 2010

Graham and Grunden Up-Date

Graham and Grunden Up-Date

Peter and Ken travelled to Mallacoota July 3 to join in the selection of prize winners for the Graham and Grunden music scholarships.

Four winners were selected, but they can’t be named as yet. Announcements will be made at a family music night at the Mallacoota Mudbrick Pavilion on July 10 (NAIDOC Week ).

As in all such exercises, the judging was tough – who could deny little kids proudly doing their best ?

But a great experience – soul food !

PBGB salutes the members of the Mallacoota Community who have made this event such a huge, inclusive community event.

Thursday, 1 July 2010



Following on from PBGB’s donation to the Mallacoota based Graham and Grunden Music Scholarship for young Musicians, an amazing piece of serendipity has unfolded – and the story goes like this :


April 2010 :

PBGB donates to the Graham and Grunden Scholarship for Young Musicians.

Auntie Jean Nickels ( Scholarship Secretary ) writes to thank PBGB.

May 2010 :

Ken Vatcher, very well respected drummer, moves from Mallacoota to Pambula Beach. PBGB knows nothing of Ken’s involvement in the Scholarship, but get in touch with Ken to see if he is interested to join in PBGB goings-on.

June 2010 :

Ken pops into THE SHED and records a version of Gus’s ‘Boozer Blues’, thus becoming a member of the PBGB Family. Still PBGB doesn’t know about Ken’s involvement with the Scholarship.

Auntie Jean rings Peter to ask if he would be prepared to join judging panel for the Scholarship. Auntie Jean tells Peter the other panellists include Ken Vatcher !

So Peter and Ken and Peter will travel to Mallacoota on July 3 to assess applicants and rank the finalists.

Serendipity indeed !

By way of background on the Graham and Grunden Scholarships :

The aim is to give encouragement to
young musicians aged from eight to
20 years from Mallacoota, Cann River
and Noorinbee areas. The scholarship
was established by the Mallacoota
District Reconciliation Group and the
Mallacoota Strum Club and is named
for two local professional musicians.
Merv Graham is a Kukuimi ji man
who has been supported by some
Mallacoota people in his quest to find
the family he was taken from at birth.
John Grunden has been the inspiration
for 12 years of family enjoyment and
music-making through the Strum Club.
Both Graham and Grunden are committed
to encouraging the next generation
of young musicians in their
region “to express greater acceptance
of each other, and through musical
expression move towards a nation that
engages in mutual respect”.

The scholarship presentations will
be made by Merv Graham and John
Grunden at a concert on 10 July in
Mallacoota Mudbrick Pavilion during
NAIDOC week. There will be performances
by some of the young
applicants backed up by Merv
Graham-Warner’s ‘Are We There Yet?

Donations to the scholarship, and further information can be sought by contacting

The Graham and Grunden
Music Scholarship, c/- Jean Nickels,
Secretary, PO Box 414, Mallacoota
3892, telephone 5158 0367.