The Leinster Arms Hotel
Well, a quiet day for a change, in the Chateau de Leinster, and 15 musos (and you may treat the term with derision if you wish) all neatly lined up to take their turn (hah!) in mangling a fine selection of toons. We even played a Peter Ryan original, but we were getting desperate by then.
Fine cameo by Trev on piano, Fermin and Neil on guitars, and a welcome return by Michael Findlay on drums, followed by Bill, the Captain and later a coupla solos from Will on saxaphone, much improved and improvised, before Malcolm took over the keys. Bassist Pierce played solidly all afternoon, and got the bass sound right: he held the rhythm section admirably together. Black Nile a standout that flew well above the audience’s heads, then the Debster and Kevin on vocals. After which point, some of us wandered out into the warm air of an autumnal evening, and the remaining musos probably ramped it up until the dancing on the tables died down, and they all left when the pub ran out of beer.
Or not as the case may be. Well, probably not…
The Leinster Arms, Gold Street Collingwood, will definitely be back on Sunday 15th April at 4.00pm
I have never been a fan of the Maurocco Bar, until now, but walking into the Castlemaine Jam for its five year anniversary, found much entertainment. Continue reading
Next week: we are hoping for some news from Madge from Altona, and Hortense, or not, as the case may be.
Jean Baptiste Alphonse Karr
Well, he never turned up at a Jam Session anyway. It has been some time since I last wrote for the Jammers Newsletter, being rudely interrupted by the need for a little light surgery. Wandered in to the Gold Street Gossip Shop , exhausted after a long (for me) waddle down Johnston Street, at 4.00pm sharp, to be greeted by a guitarist (1), a keyboard, the good Captain with his saxophone, no drums, no bass and an exceptionally good drummer (2). Continue reading
24th Feb 2018
The usual suspects appeared at the Leinster Arms Hotel on Sunday for a run through of the same old tired and hackneyed material that pre dates the construction of the Pyramids of Giza or is it Stone Henge? Continue reading
4th Feb 2018
A very small and faithful number of jammers turned up at the Leinster Arms Hotel on Sunday only to find not only no cymbals for the drum kit but no drummers. In an attempt to get some music started, the jam featured this scribe on piano , Pete on Bass, Neil on Guitar , Jeff and the Captain of Chaos on reeds, and Sir not appearing in this jam on Drums. Continue reading
But that was somewhere else. The chill days of winter are upon us, and the same log in the Leinster fireplace as last year is burning cheerfully. Given the gloomy old day, the Chopper Read Ballroom took a while to warm up. Curtis, Happysnaps Findlay, Noel, the Captain, Neil the G and meself opened the batting and it went downhill from there. Continue reading
The Royal Standard Hotel: Possibly the best session we have had to date. And that is from October 2016 if anyone is interested. Susy sang better and better, the Captain insisted on playing Bernie’s Tune, and Neil (guitar) seemed to enjoy having a solid rhythm section. Not a huge turnout but an appreciative crowd.
Donna and Steve Bray are featured this week, with Ivan, meself and the Captain dodging the brickbats. All rehearsals have been error free so far, so I am looking forward to seeing how it all turns out.
Donna sings, Steve drums, with the Captain Chaos Quartet, The Royal Standard Hotel, 333 William St, 7.00pm to 9.30pm, Friday 14th July 2017
As promised, Susy V is back for another session, this time with Dave Taylor,(bass), Alan Richards (drums), meself (piano) the Captain (Belgian nose floot) , and Neil (guitar) soloing.
Susy V with the Captain Chaos Quartet, The Royal Standard Hotel, 333 William St, 7.00pm to 9.30pm, Friday 7th July 2017
But we are working on it. This was a medium to heavy session, with a large group of musicians from WA, none of whom got up and played. Possibly didn’t realise we were playing music.
Jeff, sax, gets better and better, Will is starting to sound a lot more fluent, and the rest of us (Peter G, Cathy, Kay and meself on piano, Michael F on drums, Ponytail Pete running hot for a while, Ivan doing abnormal things to an otherwise innocent latin rhythm, Taariq on everything else and Neil (guitar) the pick of them. There were six saxophones there, all put in the shade by Murray’s miniature trumpet. Nice one.
Personal highlight of the arvo was a very nervous Manal getting up and singing with a band for the first time – props to Kevin for guiding her through it, and hopefully she will be back for more.
See ya Sunday?
It would seem that the jammers have spread themselves all over the state, what with Castlemaine, Merimbula, Mornington and the rest.
So it was with a sense of coming back together that the stalwarts presented for the Gold Street Tea Roomes weekly bash once more.
The afternoon started innocently enough, with young Roger alternately sucking and blowing on his black satin finish medium sized saxophone. He looked positively Adonis like in his bebop with tight jeans. Of course, Adonis has been dead for around 2100 years, so it is not necessarily a good look after all.
Enough of the shenanigans, we all thought, and on with the ballad mangling.
Of which, although numbers were low, there was plenty to be had.
Jeff the pick of the saxes, Chloe and Susie singing, Brian providing a fine take on Georgia, the rest of us just mucking about really. A pleasantly relaxed jam session, nothing got broken, and nobody died.
Spiffin! See ya this week?
Miss Joys will be singing this Friday, with Kip Dale on bass, Michelle Morrison on drums and meself on drugs. As we haven’t played together for quite a while (Ms Njambi keeps jetting off for lush gigs in Bali or something) , this should prove an interesting evening, as a pre cursor to the Festival.
Joys Njambi, Royal Standard Hotel, 333 William Street, Friday 26th May, from 7.00pm.