Thursday, 8 December 2016


Not so long ago Dawson was in The Shed noodling around with one of his many 'yet to be recorded' songs. He called it Dust. Everybody stopped dead in their tracks and listened...............we all really enjoyed what we heard. 
Sometimes we think songs sound pretty good in their most basic format. Some songs just don't need a whole lot of instruments stomping all over the place. 
In this instance we were all set to record Dawson on his lonesome, when he said he would like include a dash of harp from Mick. Well Mick added a dash of harp to the mix, and in hardly any time at all, maybe two takes, they had it sounding super. See Dawson and Mick conferring on the finer points in the photo. A bit of serious Sheddery going on there boys ! 
So, next time they were together in The Shed we turned on the recorder, and THIS came out. Neil tidied it up a bit, but essentially what you hear is what went down. 
Another absolutely live recording from The PBGB Shed. Well done boys. A beautiful song Dawson, well sung, and well played. Love the ukework !! And Mick.............very tasty harp licks sir! A stellar perormance. 
Dawson tells us that Dust is about some people who come from the big smoke to settle on the Far South Coast, thinking that the ' issues' that were plaguing them back in the city will just miraculously disappear with a change of scenery. Some do of course, but then again, some don't...............sometimes the Dust just won't settle. We live in a paradise, but what's in some peoples' minds can't necessarily be sorted by a change of scenery. 
Dawson wrote Dust, played the ukelele, and sang up a storm. Yet another great song thank you Dawson. Mick played the tasty accompaniment on harp. Top work Mick. Neil recorded and mixed it. Wonderful work lads. Hope you enjoy it folks.

Thursday, 24 November 2016


Yep, Mick is happy in The Shed
Mick, aka local community radio station Sapphire 97.5 fm's General Mikey, has been a welcome regular at The Shed for over a year now.   
We knew from Mick's very first visit to The Shed, and from his radio show,  that Mick lurves da Reggae.    
When Mick introduced us to his new song 'Nanny State Madness' it confirmed for us that he not only digs da riddum of da reggae...... he is also deep into the protest strain that is the rootstock of reggae.   
Check out Mick's previous songs Bureaucracy and Destiny, and you'll get to hear Mick's views on a couple of deep socio / political issues.   
Nanny State Madness carries on that tradition with a few solid swipes at State intervention. Have a listen HERE.    
Despite Mick's rumblings about certain aspects of the world we live in, he is actually a happy chap..............he's loving The Shed, pumping out new songs, and wailing away on his vocals and his harps.   
Keep it up Mick............we're all digging it too !!   
Mick wrote the song, sings it, and plays da harp. 
Steve Faggotter plays rhythm and intro electric guitar. 
Gus Washbourne plays dem guitar solos 
Louise Nadin plays intro acoustic guitar 
Graham Brown provides percussion 
Dawson Graham sings backing vocals 
Neil Porter plays dat bass and produced the song
Peter Reid is on drums

Friday, 21 October 2016


It's been a while since Neil had a song posted on the blog, but here is the latest, just in time for the US election.  Click HERE to listen.

What needs to be said? 
An antipodean response to the lunacy that is the Trump "campaign". 

Peter Reid on drums, 
Mick Nadin on harmonica, 
Kerry Hynes on vocal 
Neil Porter on vocal, bass, guitars and production 

Mean Mr Mustard 
Got his foot in the door 
I don’t understand 
What you opened it for 
Drop your guard 
And he’ll walk right in 
Oozing that snake oil 
On everything 

Snake oil, snake oil 
Come and get your snake oil 
And you’ll stay alive 
Til a hundred and ten 
Snake oil, snake oil 
Buy my fine snake oil 
Gonna make you richer 
Than you’ve ever been 

Mass hypnosis 
Wild tirade 
He’s got all the skills 
Of the snake oil trade 
Big on slogans 
Small on hands 
Gonna make America 
Snake again 


Money on the counter 
He’ll give us all a case 
Snake oil man 
In a snake oil race 
Drop your guard 
And he’ll walk right in 
Oozing that snake oil 
On everything 

Gonna make you richer 
Gonna make you richer 
Gonna make you richer 
Than you’ve ever been 
Snake oil, snake oil 
Gonna make you richer 
Than you’ve ever been

Friday, 14 October 2016


'Round about August 2016 Kerry Hynes strolled into The Shed. We knew Kerry as one of the regular crowd who used to hang out at Figz Gigz at the fabled Cheeky Mango. 
Anyway, in she came, and before long was fronting up to a mic adding backing vocals to this and that. 
Next thing we knew she came in with some lyrics for a song she called Sugar. We added a pinch of blues, a spoonful of swing, and it started rising. Tasted pretty sweet. Mick added a dash of harp, Dawson threw in a dollop of the old Resonator, and we thought we pretty much had the ingredients ready to cook. As it happened, groovemaster Ken was lurking. You want swing ? 
We set a date for recording, and figured that we should have a crack at a totally live take. And that is pretty much exactly what happened..........a warm up, then one shot, two shots, and THIS is what came out - second time through. Sugar ? Sweet !! 
Well done Kerry ! Great debut. Welcome to the PBGB Family ma'am ! You nailed it. You can read a bit about Kerry's past musical exploits by clicking HERE

Friday, 23 September 2016


We got an email mid year.  'Twas from a fellow named Graham Brown who said he was a percussionist who had come across our website after talking with Neil, and was keen to drop into The Shed and see whether he might fit in.   
Well he did drop in, and he did fit in just fine. Been a regular ever since in fact. Got hisself and his percussion gear nicely set up over by the Shed door.   
Graham cottoned on to The Shed routine pretty smartly and before long arrived with his first attempt at a song. He had heard Gus call out "Forgot My Words" while Gus was leading us through one of his old tunes. Graham thought that might be the makings of a set of lyrics, so off he went.   
We had been messing about with the classic Bo Diddley feel for a while, and we thought that might work with Graham's lyrics.   Before long we had the lyrics and the feel stomping along together, and we were off !   HERE is what happened.    
So welcome to The Shed Graham, and thanks for the song.   
You can read more about how Graham came to be in The Shed by clicking HERE   
Graham wrote Forgot My Words, sings it, and plays percussion.   Steve Faggotter plays the guitar.   Mick Nadin blows his harp.   Neil Porter plays the bass and did the production work.   Pete plays the drums.     
Hope ya dig it !

Monday, 1 August 2016


Dawson with Frankie
Dawson had only owned his much loved Ashton Resonator guitar for a week when it fell down and busted it's neck.

Dawson, a 'Never Give Up' kind of guy got to work with some stainless steel plates and bolts and patched up the Resonator - check the photo.

With a bunch of bolts through the Resonator's neck, Dawson gave it the nick-name 'Frankie'. Very droll Dawson !

Anyway, a few weeks back, Dawson was in The Shed plunking away at a new song he had written, called Never Give Up.

Ken's interest was piqued, and before long he was sitting at the kit laying down a New Orleans style second line drum pattern. That  seemed to fit the song very nicely indeed.

Next thing we knew Neil had his bass strapped on, and the three of them recorded THIS.

The whole song went from Dawson messing about with a new tune through to completion in less than an hour. Well, Dawson did dub some harmonies later, but essentially this one came together very smartly indeed.

The lyrics to Never Give Up are self explanatory.......................keep on keeping on, don't give up. It's a sweet tune, very reminiscent of early Afro-American spiritual / gospel music.

Dawson and Frankie work together beautifully, and Dawson's vocals are as soulful as ever.

Ken's drums provide a very tasty backing, as does Neil's laid back bass feel. Thanks guys !

Hope y'all dig it !!!

Sunday, 3 July 2016


Mick Nadin
Immediately after we posted Mick's song 'Bureaucracy' on the PBGB Blog back in March, Mick was stirring us into action with a fresh number he titled 'Destiny'. You can listen to Destiny by clicking the link.

Although the songs feature very different feels, both share a commonality - they are both very much 'protest songs'.

The issue in question in Bureaucracy is self explanatory. The issues Mick highlights in Destiny are those of the invasion of Australia by Britain, and the refusal, to this day, of the conquerors to treat Australia's first people with due respect. In particular, Mick writes of his feelings about the ownership of the land and our refusal to agree a fair treaty with Australia's Indigenous people.

Mick tells the story .................

"Destiny began taking shape in my head after I read stories about the Eureka stockade. Impressions of rampant injustices began festering in my mind. Misunderstandings between the Aboriginals and the white colonists really became clear to me later on, while I was on holiday in Cooktown. And then, at the 2016 Cobargo Folk Festival I was fortunate enough to come into contact with well known Aussie songwriter Neil Murray who inspired me to write some verses down. The next day I sat in on an open forum with Aboriginal Elders who reinforced ideas I had and led me to write further verses.  'Destiny' was born!"

We Shedders are not averse to robust discussion around issues politic. Indeed a trawl through our earlier musical offerings will uncover many a song borne of dismay about how our world fails to function in ways we might prefer.
Tony Green

So yea, we're right with you on this one Mick.  Let's treaty !

Destiny marks the welcome PBGB Blog debut of Tony Green, who plays bass on the song.

Tony came out of the blue a couple of months back. He got in touch saying he had spotted the PBGB Blog and liked what he saw and heard. He asked if he might stick his head in one day and check it out. " Well sure Tony, come on down " !

Tony plays bass and guitar and is not averse to having  a sing. He is now a regular visitor to The Shed. Indeed, by featuring on a song posted on the PBGB Blog, Tony earns his stripes as a bona-fide member of the PBGB Family, not to mention collecting  a PBGB Tee Shirt.

Welcome to the Family Tony !!

You can read all about Tony's previous musical exploits by clicking HERE.

Mick wrote the song, sang it, and played the harp.
Steve Faggotter contributed the guitar licks
Tony Green debuted on bass
Pete did the drum stuff
Neil did the production work

And yes, the prolific Mick is already well underway with his next this space !

Thursday, 16 June 2016

IF ONLY......................

In the late 1940s / early 50s, a creative storm centred around Chicago Blues stalwarts including Willie Dixon, Elmore James and Howlin' Wolf emerged. Their music featured electric guitars, dance beats, and no shortage of suggestive 'Jive Talk'. 
'Jump' music was made popular in the 1940s by jazz and rhythm and blues bands doing their darndest to make their audiences stomp and holler. Better known exponents include Louis Jordan, Lionel Hampton and T-Bone Walker. 
Rhumba is a genre of ballroom and dance music that appeared across the East Coast of the US during the 1930s. It combined American big band music with Afro-Cuban rhythms. 
Separating musical styles is an impossible task. All music is a gumbo of different styles. But one thing you can bet your sweet bootie on is that Chicago Blues, Jump beats and Afro Cuban rhythms were being combined into hot dance floor shakers in smoky night clubs all over the US around the middle of the last century. 
Good enough for Howlin' Wolf, good enough for The Shed. 
So we thought we'd have a crack at it. The result is a little ditty we call 'If Only'.   Click on the title to have a listen. 
Hope y'all enjoy it ! 
Pete wrote it, sang it, and played the drums 
Steve Faggotter played the guitar and did the nasty solo
Gus Washbourne played the guitar 
Mick Nadin blew the harp 
Neil Porter played the bass and did the production work

Saturday, 4 June 2016


In April 2016 Clare Biilmann, a long time friend of The Shed, popped in for a chat. We met Clare way back around 2009.......somehow Clare had gotten the word that there was music being made in The Shed, and her curiosity was piqued. 
You see Clare is mother to Jack and Joe Biilmann. Back then both were youngsters with burning ambitions to play music. Well we invited Jack into The Shed and recorded him playing John Butler's 'Ocean', which you can listen to by visiting the PBGB Vault. That version of 'Ocean' was the first recording Jack ever made. Jack and Neil subsequently worked together to record and produce Jack's first cd. 
Jack has gone on to bigger and better things of course, but we remain proud to have helped Jack get his career off the ground. 
Anyway, as we said above, Clare dropped in around April. She told us she had been on a holiday in Vietnam and had struck up a friendship with a musician named Tam. Clare told us Tam was a fine guitarist / vocalist who was about to visit Pambula Beach. 
"Perhaps you'd like to meet Tam " Well, yes, perhaps we would........... thanks Clare, great idea, bring him on down. 
Fast forward to May 2016, and sure enough Tam is in The Shed playing music with us. We had a great afternoon. Thoroughly enjoyed meeting Tam and playing some songs together. It was very clear that Tam is a talented man. So before long we had Tam perched on a stool with a guitar in hand, fronting a microphone. 
We recorded Tam playing two songs. The first is titled "bài hát đầu tiên của Tam".   The second is titled "bài hát thứ hai của Tam". We hope you enjoy both songs. 
We certainly do. It was great to meet Tam and it is our pleasure to add Tam to the increasing number of international musicians we have hosted in The PBGB Shed. 
Tam, whose full name is Tam Huu Nguyen, lives in the town of Hoi An, in Quang Nam province, Vietnam. Tam runs a live music cafe / bar in Hoi An called 'Guitar Hawaii'. We could tell you all about Tam's Bar, but why don't you just click HERE and visit the website. 
Guitar Hawaii looks great to us. Maybe in part because it reminds us of The Shed.................instruments everywhere, leads all over the place and what is clearly an open door policy which encourages visitors to jump up and perform. The website also provides an insight into Tam's life as a musician. 
We'll let you know what comes of Tam's invitation to take PBGB on tour to Guitar Hawaii !!!
Tam....................welcome to the PBGB Family sir. It was our pleasure to host your visit to The Shed and listen to your beautiful music. We are delighted to now be friends and we look forward to seeing you again, either in The Shed or at Guitar Hawaii !!

Friday, 6 May 2016


Graeme Nelson
In late 2015, regular Shedder Steve Faggotter brought his long time friend Steve England into The Shed.   
Steve England, who hails from the Blue Mountains, began strumming away on a song he wrote called 'Gone Too Soon'. 
We liked what we heard and asked Steve what the song was about. He told us it was a tribute to his close friend Graeme Nelson, who was killed in a skiing accident at Mt. Feathertop ( Victoria ) in August 2011.   Graeme was a well regarded GP who served the Pambula and Eden communities for many years.  He had many good friends in the local medical, surfing and High Country skiing communities. 
Steve and Graeme shared many Australian and international ski trips over a fifteen year period before Graeme's untimely passing.   Steve wrote Gone Too Soon in the weeks following Graeme’s accident, in an attempt to come to terms with his loss.   
Steve England
When we heard all this, we realised that Neil knew the Nelson family through his work as a school counsellor, that Mick knew Graeme through his work as a paramedic, and had shared many a wave with Graeme.     
It was obvious that we ought to have a crack at recording Steve's song. So we did.   Click on Gone Too Soon to listen to Steve's poignant song about a good friend gone too soon.   
Steve wrote the song, sang it, and played acoustic guitar. Mick Nadin played the harp. Neil Porter played bass and did the lion's share of the production work Pete played the drums   
Sad though the story behind Gone Too Soon is, we are very happy to have made friends with Steve, and we look forward to his return to The Shed.   Welcome to the PBGB Family Steve !

Tuesday, 22 March 2016


Not so long ago, Dawson strolled into The Shed and commenced crooning a freshly penned ballad. Our ears pricked up. 
We decided this was a song worthy of our best efforts. 
We pulled the tempo waaay down and found a sleeky groove for the bass and drums. 
Neil added some deliciously sparse rhythm guitar licks. 
We put all that together with Dawson’s haunting vocals and decided that all we needed to finish it off was a dash of the old B3. 
In a typical serendipitous Shed scenario, next time we opened The Shed door who should be standing there but our old mate John Drews. And lo and behold, he had his Hammond B3 - the full "piece of furniture" kit with leslie speaker! - with him (as you do).  Well, come on in John!  Have we got a spot for you sir ! 
John wheeled in The Hammond. Neil shoved a mic. in front of the Leslie. In no time flat John had nailed it. Job done. 
We are thrilled with the result. 
Have a listen to Dawson’s Tore Me Up and see if you agree that this ranks amongst the best of The Shed’s productions to date. 
And welcome back John – great to have you in The Shed again. Your Hammond work is the perfect icing on the cake ! 
Dawson wrote the song and sang his torn up heart out. 
Neil played the bass and added the rhythm guitar licks. Also did all the recording and superb production work. 
John Drews played Hammond B3. 
Pete played the drums.

Sunday, 20 March 2016


Pete and Penny recently jetted over to Adelaide for Womadelaide 2016. It’s a brilliant event that had been on Pete’s Bucket List for ages. Do yourself a favour and get along, you will not be disappointed !! 
One of the groups that really tore the place up was Ester Rada’s band. All the way from Israel, with their brand of Ethiopian Jazz, Funk, Soul, and R & B, they cooked ! Look them up, read about them, and hear them on the Womadelaide 2016 website. 
Anyway, day after the Festival, Pete and Penny were waiting in the departure lounge for a flight to Melbourne. The lounge started to fill with what were obviously musos from the Festival. Check the photo below......... 
World musos everywhere ! All on their way to WOMAD New Zealand. ‘Plane was full of ‘em!  Pete recognised Ester, happened to be wearing his PBGB Tee, and thought “Hmmm, here’s an op for a PBGB T sighting” Ester and the band, good sports, were happy to oblige. 
Thanks gang !! 

Friday, 4 March 2016


Mick and Louise Nadin started hanging out in The PBGB Shed around April 2015.
We knew them beforehand.........part of the gang hanging out at The Cheeky Mango and so on, friends of friends etc 
Louise came equipped with an acoustic guitar. Mick toted a box of harps and a voice. 
It soon became very apparent that Mick is a HUGE fan of the reggae mon. In fact, Mick’s alter ego is General Mikey, presenter of Sapphire FM’S 2 hour ‘General Mikey’s Reggae Show’, broadcast 8pm Thursdays and repeated at 4 pm Fridays. Tune in rasta freaks............The Gen hangs out some serious grooves !! 
No surprise then......Mick soon had us sharpening up our reggae skills. 
Mick had written some lyrics. He had a bee in his bonnet about government ‘procedures’. He also had a groove in mind, and we started kicking it all about. 
Have a listen to our finished product. Click here to play BUREAUCRACY. We had a great time putting it together. You did good Mick ! Hope ya’ll like it. Mick Nadin wrote the lyrics, knew what groove he wanted, sang and played harp. Go General Mikey !!

Steve Faggoter played the lead guitar. Louise did the percussion stuff. Neil played bass. He also did all the recording and production. Nice work Neil ! Pete played the drums

Saturday, 27 February 2016


 We are truly saddened to learn that on the evening of February 26, 2016, long time friend and PBGB Family Member Kevin Abbey was killed in a motorcycle accident.

Kevin’s long time partner Sophie was riding pillion with Kev. Fortunately Sophie has survived the accident. At the time of writing we believe Sophie is recovering in Canberra Hospital. We wish you a speedy, complete recovery Sophie.

Kev was a great guy. A true rascal. A stirrer. 

Love him and curse him in the same breath.
A very talented musician who leaves behind two lovely daughters. Our hearts are with them, as they are with Sophie, and the girls’ Mum Dorothea. 

Kev’s ties to PBGB actually pre-date the formation of PBGB.

Indeed it was Kevin who approached Pete way back in the seventies, asking Pete if he would become the drummer in Kev’s successful Canberra based cabaret band Sprunter. Strange thing was, Pete had never played drums, didn’t even own a kit. But Kev had the confidence, and it happened. Pete has been in Kev’s debt ever since.

When PBGB kicked off back in 2005 Kev was amongst the earliest ‘special guests’ who used to travel far and wide to join in our crazy Shednanigans. Most of our earliest recordings that were of any value featured Kev – he was able to inject a spark into our proceedings that lifted the early PBGB bar.

Click on ‘the Musos’ tab at the top of this page. Click on Kev’s name and listen back to the recordings we made with Kev. 

We’ll miss you Kev. Thanks for a lifetime of music and mayhem.

Monday, 11 January 2016


Big day in the Shed today for our first play of 2016 - record set with 14 players/singers all up. Nothing recorded, but some interesting and varied music.   Max, Maceo and Michael (from the Zeitgenoßen session) brought young trumpeter Johannes along; Ken, Chris and Corinne dropped by for a visit, plus the regular seven made for a very enjoyable afternoon - my ears are still ringing!

Max, Ken, Michael and Steve

Maceo, Mick and Johannes
Dawson and Max
Louise, Pete and Rob
Chris and Corinne left early, and Neil took the pics.