Wednesday, 21 June 2017

KERRY HYNES AND JOCK LOGUS TEAM UP ON VOCALS FOR TONY GREEN'S 'YOU AND THE BLUES'

Kerry
Tony
Jock

Tony's been  a regular Shedder for over a year now. He came to The Shed as a bass player, but he had a few original tunes up his sleeve. And he likes to sing. He's also very keen to master the black art of production. Earlier this year we posted 'First Class Ticket', a song Tony wrote, sang, played bass on, and produced. Pretty handy fellow to have around !!

For his second original offering,  YOU AND THE BLUES, Tony asked Kerry to sing lead and Jock to provide back-up vocals.  Nice teamwork Tony !

You And The Blues is Jock's PBGB debut. Well done Jock !!  Welcome aboard the good ship PBGB !

Jock wandered into The Shed late last year, and is now a very welcome regular. We had heard about Jock through her appearances at the Candelo Blues Club Sunday jams. Word was that Jock could really belt out a blues, and that became very evident as soon as she sidled up to a mic. and let fly. Jock brings a truckload of enthusiasm........ she's great fun to make music with. We can't wait for Jock to feature as lead vocalist on one of our songs............watch this space, won't be long.

Kerry has added her vocals to a half a dozen PBGB songs now, including a couple of her own originals. She really enjoys afternoons in The Shed and seems to be feeling right at home.

Anyway, Kerry and Jock are showing real promise working together..............a powerful synergy............don't you agree ?

Tony explains that You And The Blues tells the age old story of how people are attracted to musicians, but sometimes grow tired of the commitment to music that comes with the territory. That commitment frequently involves many late nights, expenses, trips away, and, well, the word obsession springs to mind. It is no coincidence that the very first PBGB Value reads "Family First.....No rock and roll widows or neglected children here please".  So yea Tony, we know where you're coming from !

You And The Blues is Tony's second shot at producing a PBGB song. He's putting hard yards into mastering the ins and outs of production, and it shows.

On Tony's 'You and the Blues'...............

Kerry Hynes sings the Lead Vocals
Jock Logus sings Backing Vocals
Tony Green wrote it, plays Bass and did the Production work
Dawson Graham plays his Resonator Guitar
Steve Faggotter plays Lead Guitar
Graham Brown plays the Percussion parts, and
Pete plays the Drums.


Tuesday, 6 June 2017

BiiK-OS WE CAN !

PBGB Blog followers will know that many of our songs start out with just a groove, or a riff, or a clutch of lyrics. It is a great product of the collaborative and supportive nature of The Shed that a shred of an idea will bloom, with input from here there and everywhere, into a song we are all happy with.

It is also the nature of The Shed that different people participate in different songs.............not everybody gets involved in all of our songs. 'Side projects' abound.

In the case of BiiK, Pete had a drum and bass groove, and an 'interlude', floating around in his scone. Couldn't get rid of it in fact. He  practiced up the drum patterns and turned to Neil for help marrying the drums and bass together.

Neil got that sorted tout suite.

From there on it just developed from a flurry of emails, experiments, test tastings and floated ideas.

Communicating musical ideas via emails is not easy, and there were many times Pete thought Neil might come down the hill with an axe. But in fact, Neil displayed incredible patience and understanding as they hammered the song together piece by piece.

So, as you might gather, this was not recorded 'live in The Shed'. Nope. Far from it. This is more a product of Neil's 'Jiguma Studio'.  All Neil took away from The Shed were three or four drum patterns and some weird 'Pete' ideas.  The rest was all pieced together at his place. Painstakingly. Step by step. With much trepidation on both sides.

But it was very exciting when we both went "yes !" and we had another piece locked in.

So....................

BiiK is the result of an extended collaboration between Pete and Neil.

Pete had the rough concept, and a few drum and bass patterns in his head. He played the drums.

Neil did everything else.....................great suggestions, guitar, bass, dulcimer, and all the Production work.

They are delighted.  What do you think ?  Have a listen by clicking HERE.

Oh.....................people asked "what is the song going to be called ?"............."BiiK" ..............what does BiiK mean ?

Buggered If I Know.

Wednesday, 24 May 2017

ALICE WIEBE - "WINTER CLOTHES"

Sometimes things just pop up and end with a really good outcome.  This song is the result of one such situation.

PBGB occasionally gets the opportunity to work with young local musicians who are just starting out on their musical journey - Jack Biilmann, Matt Burroughs, Lockie Marson to name a few.  We do this to help them by giving them a first recording experience and maybe a few mp3s of their songs.

Alice Wiebe's name came up in the local bakery, owned by Alice's parents, and after a brief discussion and a recommendation from Graham Wykes at Sapphire FM, we agreed to give Alice an hour in The Shed to put down a song or two.

We had no expectations as far as what we might be able to record or how long it might take.

Alice came in, sat down and knocked over three songs, one of which was this original "Winter Clothes", which, like all three songs, was recorded on the first take!  Alice played guitar.  On this song, virtually no engineering was required. 

It was a real pleasure recording this and meeting Alice, who at only 16, seems to have an interesting musical journey ahead of her.

We hope to be able to do more recording with Alice in the future.

Produced by Neil Porter at the PBGB Shed in Pambula Beach, NSW, Australia

Listen HERE.

Wednesday, 17 May 2017

NEIL REPRISES 'COLD BLACK HEART'

Neil's been scratching around in the PBGB archives again. 

Just as he did recently with 'Wood You Like Chips With That' and 'Under The Southern Cross', Neil has unearthed a song that was recorded way back when but never seemed to make it onto the PBGB Blog. 

Not sure quite when Cold Black Heart was recorded (it was mid 2014 - Editor), but Neil has dusted it off,and given it a bit of a spruce up. 

Have a listen HERE.

Neil wrote it, sang it, and played the guitar, bass and keyboards. 

Pete played the drums. 

The lyrics tell the story. 


Enjoy !!

Wednesday, 3 May 2017

EXTRA ! EXTRA ! READ ALL ABOUT IT.............DAWSON GRAHAM'S 'UTE BROKE DOWN'

Just a cuppla days ago we had a rather unusual combo of people in The Shed. Sometimes the same players just don't get together for what seems ages.  

Anyway, Dawson gazed around the room, noticed Brother John Drews had his 'keyboard with the lot' on board, and figured we might just have a great line-up for his song The Ute Broke Down.

We'd been kicking The Ute around for a while, trying different feels and sounds, and sort of saw it as a fun thing that shouldn't be taken too seriously. But John had never played it, and Neil hadn't played it for yonks.

Anyway, we jumped in, belted up, and pressed the starter button. John hit the honky tonk toggle, and away we went.

Neil took it home and sent out a straight off the desk, no fidgets version just to see what we thought.

Well sometimes the first takes are the best. Seems there is just adrenaline and anxiety that creates tension when a group of people try out a song for the first time................not knowing quite what to do..........hanging on for dear life.................making it up as you go.

We thought this was just such a moment and decided to post it exactly as it came off the desk.................quick mix.............done.

Sounds like THIS   

The story is..............well the ute broke down pretty much says it all !

Hope ya like it !

Dawson wrote it, sang it, and twanged the Resonator
Neil (Bass ) and Pete ( Drums )  laid down a Pambula Beach New Orleansy bed.
John honky tonked the Piano

Lemme tell ya............THAT was fun !!!

Sunday, 23 April 2017

PBGB IN THE WILD

A few of the Shed regulars did some extracurricular activities last week.  Here are shots of Kerry, Mick and Dawson - don't have one for Steve, who helped out with Jackson Fisher.

PBGBer Kerry at the Taraganda's Got Talent event.


PBGBers Mick and Dawson at the Candelo Festival.


Wednesday, 19 April 2017

NEIL PORTER BEGS THE QUESTION..................'WHEN YA GUNNA?"

It's not unusual for a PBGB song to emerge from the barest snippet of an idea.

In the case of When Ya Gunna, the snippet was a groove Pete was fiddling with. The beat became  'Groove in G'. We'd been kicking it around for a cuppla weeks when Brother John Drews dropped in for one of his very welcome visits.

John set hisself up and dropped in on our Groove In G.

Well, as often happens, John's twiddles turned a jam into something worth working with.

We had the recorder on.  Neil decided to take the results home.


Next thing we knew Neil had added some scones and cream to the jam......... lyrics and vocals.

We liked it.

'Groove in G' had morphed into 'When Ya Gunna ?'

Goes like THIS   

Hope y'all dig it !

Pete gave up the groove
John Drews hammered the Hammond
Neil Porter wrote and sang the lyrics, played the bass. Produced it.
Graham Brown hit percussion thingies
Steve Faggotter Telecasted the lead break


Wednesday, 5 April 2017

KERRY HYNES SHINES...........ON AWAY.


Kerry has been a regular Shedder for going on a year now. Until recently she had sung lead and back-up vocals on four PBGB songs, one of which, 'Sugar', she wrote herself.

Kerry digs The Shed. She loves coming on down and getting stuck into whatever project we have going on. Kerry is also a strong believer in what the Shed stands for, and happily stretches herself in her quest to improve her vocal performances and her song writing skills. Suits us just fine - learning is what The Shed is all about. Besides, Kerry always has a big smile on her dial!

Now, Kerry is very proud to present her second original composition. It's called 'Away'. We kicked it around for a while, then turned on the recorder.

The song is a very personal one for Kerry.  The story behind it, in Kerry's own words, goes like this:

"My father was given away at birth. He was a love child, born out of wedlock in the 1920s. That was a shameful experience back in those days, and my grandmother and her family found it all too overwhelming.  As a result my father and I never knew his parents. The circumstances of Dad's birth were kept a family secret.  His name was Clancy, and, true story, I was raised to believe I was a descendant of “Clancy of the Overflow”. 

Dad did eventually track down his father and front him, but that man denied his parenthood.  Dad also tracked down his mother and met her when he was 28. Mum wanted to stay in touch, but it was too painful for Dad to learn that as a child he had lived in an orphanage not far from where she lived and yet she had never visited.

Despite these difficult beginnings, my father always had a smile on his face and an indomitable spirit.

This song has been cathartic for me in coming to terms with abandonment."

Thanks for sharing this very personal song with us Kerry.  Listen to how Kerry expresses her feelings about all this by clicking on AWAY.

Kerry wrote and sang Away
Mick Nadin played the harp
Gus Washbourne played guitar
Neil Porter played bass and organ, and produced the song
Pete played the drums

Wednesday, 22 March 2017

WOOD YOU LIKE CHIPS WITH THAT ?


 When we found the then unpublished version of 'Under The Southern Cross' languishing in the PBGB archives ............  see the story by scrolling down to the blog post dated February 17, 2017...............we wondered what other unpublished songs might be  gathering dust down there in the archives.

Neil thought he'd have a look, crawled in, and before long stuck his head up with THIS.

'Wood You Like Chips With That ?'  is a song we wrote specifically for a gig we played at the Tanja Hall way back in........way back in............somebody help me here please..............anyway, let's say 2010.  Back then, Neil, Chris Ralfs, Gus and Pete were The Shed Regulars.

Anyway we got a call from a local environment care group..............somebody help me again please.......who were putting on a fund raiser and they asked us if we would play a set.

Well we in The Shed have our hearts and minds in the right  place as far as the environment goes, so we set about putting some songs together. In fact we decided to write a song especially for the occasion.

The woodchip industry is very much an 'in your face' local environmental issue around these here parts, what with the Eden Woodchip Mill being just down the road, the recent scalping of the forests at the top of Brown Mountain, and the constant stream of logging trucks that rumble through Pambula Village. Three of our favourite things really...........not !

So we wrote this little ditty, and with a  nod to Macca's, called it  'Wood You Like Chips With That ? '

Neil wrote the music, sang it, played guitar and organ and produced the final product
Gus played guitar
Chris played bass
Pete wrote the lyrics, and played the drums. 


We hope you like it.......................the Eco-Warriors did. Best as we remember anyway.

Wednesday, 15 March 2017

NEIL'S FIFTH CD, "LOOKING LIKE THE REAL THING" NOW AVAILABLE

 Neil's fifth CD, "Looking Like The Real Thing" became available at the start of 2017.

It contains 15 original songs from the last two years, which were written in Pambula Beach, Australia and Ougney-Douvot in France.  Many of the songs have had mp3 versions available for a little while in various locations, but this is the first release of CD quality aif tracks of any of the 15 songs.  You may have already heard tracks from "Looking Like The Real Thing" on local radio - thanks Graham, Henry and Fraser.  All recorded and produced in Neil's jigumastudio except for some of "Snake Oil", which was recorded in the PBGB Shed.

Apart from two tracks where Jan joins in on harmony vocal, and "Snake Oil" which features members of PBGB (Peter Reid on drums, Kerry Hynes on vocal and Mick Nadin on harmonica), all instruments and vocals are performed by Neil.  Style ranges between fairly straight-up rock and old school RnB with a couple of outliers - including a little Bavarian disco  ;)

You can listen to it from the player below or go to the CD's BandCamp page and read lyrics, view track info, and even buy it there at a ridiculously low price.

Possibly Neil's best collection of original songs so far.


Wednesday, 1 March 2017

IF TONY GREEN GOES DOWN HE WANTS A 'FIRST CLASS TICKET'

Tony Green has been Shedding for the best part of a year now. He and wife Chris retired from Canberra to Tura. Tony's alter life in Canberra included years playing gigs around the pubs and clubs of the Nation's capital.

Tony got wind of what goes on in The PBGB Shed. He got in touch. We invited him down. He enjoyed himself, we liked him, he  handled his bass with aplomb. We were pleased to note Tony's interest in harmonies, and his desire to learn about recording and production......it all felt good, so we invited him to come on board.

Tony was stoked to note our focus on original songs...............in the Canberra club scene originals are about as welcome as a strong dose of a something nasty. But Tony had a batch of original songs in his kit bag and before long he wheeled out 'First Class Ticket'. 

FIRST CLASS TICKET is the first of Tony's originals to grace the PBGB Blog. Tony wrote the song, sang it and played the bass............ then dove headlong into the production. He set himself up with Logic software and set about unravelling the mysteries of mixing /  production.

The black arts of mixing and production are enough to make anybody tear their hair out. Desperate L Platers seek out whatever help they can get, from any quarter.

Tony found a helper in Merimbula local Eden Hendry. Eden uses Logic as a tool for producing electronic music. He's keen to make a career out of mixing and production but hadn't had the opportunity to mix 'live' recordings. So he was happy to dive into the First Class Ticket audio files with Tony. He enjoyed that, and now he plans to check out The Shed, and we are looking forward to meeting him.............who knows what might happen.

First Class Ticket is Tony's first PBGB 'production'. It's a great start Tony, well done sir ! You're off and running, and bound to get betterer and betterer at it.

As for the song, Tony explains.............

"First Class Ticket is a song about what we don't know about death. What happens to us ?

If we believe in God, and heaven and hell, then we will presumably be predisposed to practice good deeds.

But none of us is perfect.......we have all made mistakes.

So if I'm going to hell I want to go in style, and take my time getting there. But if I'm going to heaven then I'm cool, I'll take any seat on offer."

Sounds fair to us !!

Joining Tony on First Class Ticket are.............

Steve Faggotter on Lead and Electric Rhythm Guitar
Lou Nadin on Acoustic Guitar    
Mick Nadin on Harmonica and Harmony Vocals
Kerry Hynes on Harmony Vocals
Graham Brown on Percussion, and
Pete on Drums

Eden Hendry showed Tony some stuff about Logic.

Nice one team !

Well done Tony.............a splendid first attempt !!!

Friday, 17 February 2017

NEIL, CHRIS AND PETE JAM UNDER THE SOUTHERN CROSS

Couple of weeks back we played back some early PBGB recordings while packing up apres Sesh.   

Neil's song ' Under The Southern Cross' popped up. It must have been five years since we last heard it. Neil's ears pricked up. We thought it sounded pretty smart. We chatted............... realised we had never posted it on the PBGB blog.

'Why not ?' we wondered. Buggered if we knew.

"Well let's do it" .

So Neil dug the Logic files up and had a bit of a fiddle. Added a dash of this and dab of that. Fine-tuned the mix as it were.

THIS  is how it came out.

We recorded it back in 2011.

Neil wrote the song in response to the then recent Severe Tropical Cyclone Yasi  which seriously lashed the coast of Queensland. It also drove some beautiful lines of swell down to Pambula.  Good for us, not so good for Queensland !

Back then, Neil, Chris Ralfs (once aptly described by Jenny Halper as ' the Grizzled Bass Warrior' )  and Pete jammed regularly as a threesome in The Shed. 

So that's Neil singing and playing guitar and some keyboard overlays, Chris on bass, and Pete on drums.

Still not sure why we didn't post it back then !

Friday, 3 February 2017

GRAHAM BROWN GETS IT ON WITH HIS ODE TO GEORGE


This one is Graham
Graham has been a regular and enthusiastic Shedder since mid 2016. He is now happily ensconced in his corner of The PBGB Shed surrounded by things he hits and a maze of microphones and leads.

Graham has contributed his percussion chops to a few of our songs now, but 'Georgie' represents Graham's second 'original' offering. That's 'original' in inverted commas......... on listening you might realise that we pinched the groove from T-Rex. More on that later.

When Graham first turned up at The Shed he, like everybody else, was warmly welcomed by George. George and Graham established an instant rapport that soon became a solid bond................they have become best mates.

George of course has been grooving along to music in The Shed all his life. He loves to mosie in, say hello to everybody, then curl up in or under the wagon and drift off............no matter what sort of cacophony is going down.

Wasn't long before Graham decided to put his fondness for George into words. At the same time, the rest of us were kicking around a few grooves that might teach us a thing or three about syncopated funk.

One such groove was that which Marc Bolan used in T-Rex's number 1 hit of the early 70s "Get It On". T-Rex and funk ? A funky glam band ?  Really ?  Well, in fact, Marc Bolan, author, poet, and creator of T Rex, actually had a deep knowledge of, and respect for a huge range of musical styles and artists. He saw going glam as an extension of a long tradition of showmanship.... all part of the show. And why not ?  It's all entertainment after all. And it worked............T-Rex, arguably the first ever glam band, had eleven consecutive UK top 10 hits. 'Get It On', along with another three T-Rex songs, went to number 1 in the UK, and scored top 10 in the US. All this in direct competition with The Beatles. Not bad.

Meanwhile..........back in The Shed we were kicking the Get It On groove around when Graham fronted up with his lyrics for 'Georgie'. We decided to see if we could put the two together.

Listen to Georgie and see what you think.

And this one is George
What we can  tell you is that George approves. Woof ! He digs it, and that's good enough for us.

Graham wrote the lyrics, sang the song, and hit various percussive things.
Steve Faggotter played electric guitar.
Lou Nadin played acoustic guitar.
Mick Nadin played the harp and sang back-up vocals.
Kerry Hynes sang back-up vocals and made appropriate canine noises.
Neil Porter played the bass, as well as doing all the recording and production work.
Pete played the drums

It was a great fun project from start to finish, and what you hear is very close to a totally live take.

Good one thanks Graham ! 

Tuesday, 17 January 2017

AN AFTERNOON WITH COLLEEN SPILLANE AND CHRIS KOMOROWSKI.

Over the years the PBGB Shed has been blessed with visits from many of the fine musicians who underpin the Bega Valley's well earned reputation as a microcosm of creative musical excellence.

Now we are thrilled to welcome Colleen Spillane and Chris Komorowski to the PBGB fold.

Given Colleen's impressive record of live performances alongside PBGB Family Members Ken Vatcher, Steve Clark, Mark Bolsius, Mandy Siegel, Stacey Mills, Andy O'Donnell, Dave Crowden and John Drews, it is something of a wonder Colleen hadn't found her way into The Shed sooner.  

As it happens, not so long ago, we chatted about the possibility of recording Colleen in The Shed. Colleen was keen, and said she'd keep an eye out for the right opportunity.

Well that opportunity arose when Colleen told us that her close friend Chris Komorowski was coming to town for a series of gigs with the Dorian Mode Hammond Organ Trio, which happened to feature Ken Vatcher on drums, and that she and Chris would love to come over to The Shed and record a tune or two.

Well that lit us up big time !!  

Here's why.................

Colleen studied singing at The Australian Institute of Music in Sydney, and the University of Western Sydney, graduating with a Bachelor of Music (Honours). Since moving to Pambula, Colleen has dazzled audiences, singing with top local and touring musicians at events including the Merimbula Jazz Festival, and the Down South Jazz Club.  

Colleen first came to our notice when she became a regular feature artist with the brilliant Steve Clark Trio. Steve's trio cohorts were Ken Vatcher and Mark Bolsius. 

Colleen went on to team up with PBGB Family Members Mandy Siegel and Stacey Mills in the all gal  'Queen Tide' combo.

More recently, Colleen has knocked audiences dead with her contributions to The Figmentz ( Andy O'Donnell, Ken Vatcher, Dave Crowden, John Drews )  'Celebration of Joe Cocker' and 'Soul Shakedown' spectaculars, both of which have wowed audiences and startled unsuspecting punters with their professionalism.

On top of that Colleen and Stacey now make very welcome regular guest appearances at Figz gigs. 

If you Google Colleen Spillane you will come across numerous references, including a video of her brilliant performance at the 'Farewell to Mark Bolsius' show shortly before Mark, much to our dismay,  moved on from Merimbula.

And as for Chris....................

Well we feel absolutely blessed to have a musician of Chris' calibre join the PBGB Family.

Chris lives in Sydney, but performs fairly regularly on the far South Coast, due to his friendships with so many top musos from around these here parts. Chris has been playing guitar since he was a little tacker. Epiphanous musical moments included being awe-struck by The Beatles, Eric Clapton, Martin Taylor and Australia's own Tommy Emmanuel. Such musicians inspired Chris to, as he says "get serious" about his music. Fascinated by harmonies and intrigued by the boundless possibilities of jazz, Chris knuckled down and went on to graduate from the Sydney Conservatorium with a Masters In Jazz Performance degree.

If you Google up Chris, you'll see that he is very comfortable playing across a range of musical genres.............jazz, blues, pop, and country. You'll note that Chris has gigged with some of Australia's finest talents, including Lloyd Swanton, Col Nolan, Laurie Bennett, Pugsley Buzzard, Sandy Evans and Nichaud Fitzgibbon.

Chris has featured at  the Tamworth Festival, the Gympie Country Music Festival, and the Merimbula Jazz Festival, amongst many other prestigious gigs.

Chris released his debut cd "As I Hear It"  in 2010, and is now working on a cd of his own compositions, forever burrowing deeper into the limitless joy that is music.

Chris has his own website, which includes a video in which Chris appears with Steve Clark at Sydney's premier jazz haunt, The Basement.

So...............are we stoked to welcome Colleen and Chris to the PBGB fold ??  You bet we are !!

Chris and Colleen recorded five songs in an afternoon in The Shed. Given they were able to reel off stonking versions of these songs in short order, we decided we would create a Special PBGB Project to house all five songs. Click on The Colleen Spillane and Chris Komorowski Special Project on the right hand side of this page to listen to their musical brilliance, and read a bit about each of the songs they performed. 

Our heartfelt thanks go out to Chris and Colleen for coming on down to The Shed and sharing their brilliant musical chops with us. It was a fun afternoon, an absolute privilege to sit there and listen to these brilliant musicians perform at such a high standard.  Their contributions to the PBGB oeuvre surely rank amongst the classiest recordings we have made.

Welcome to The PBGB Family Colleen and Chris!  We hope you enjoyed your visit as much as we did, and that we can all look forward to seeing you in The Shed again.