Despite the loss of most of his original band,
Hunter, founding member of Dragon, is still positive about the future, and
has a new lineup and CD to prove it. The reformation comes after 10 or
so years writing songs for other performers, and music for film and TV.
Wendy caught up with the band at Capers, and accompanied by the sound of
Melbourne peak hour traffic, conducted an amusing interview.
DRAGON ARE RELEASING THEIR FIRST STUDIO ALBUM IN
20 YEARS AT 'THE BASEMENT' ON AUGUST 13TH
Famous in the early 70's for their two hits 'Boppin
the Blues' and 'Seasons of Change',
Blackfeather have reformed
under the original moniker. Neale Johns,
frontman and founding member, has procured the best musicians and
songwriters to further the cause. Brenden
Mason and Kerry McKenna from
Mick Holden from the 'Hot City Bump Band'
and Daryl Roberts from 'Hey
Gringo' make up the rest of the outfit, and you will hear both
old and new material.
This is a live gig from the Corner Hotel Richmond.
stockley see mason
In my opinion, the best guitar/harmony band that Australia
ever produced. Very under exposed, sadly because they formed just as
over produced keyboard bands were starting.
Featuring Chris Stockley,
Sam See and Glyn
Mason as the original members and backed by
Joe Imbroll (bass) and
David Hicks (drums) these 3 brilliant
songwriters are still at their peak, with new material not to be missed.
This is a live show at the Corner Hotel
|Max Merritt - Say you Will
Bob Valentine and Rhonda Burchmore - That's Melbourne
Brian Cadd - Say a Prayer
Taste - Hello can you hear me
Trevor Young - What do you know
Tramtracks - Youth
We felt very honoured to have
Manning in the studio. He said he felt honoured to be asked!
But believe me, Aussie guitar heroes with his stature, from an era that
spawned such a huge contingent of guitarists, could probably be counted on
Modern day guitarist/singers who strum a few chords could well learn from
this all-rounder. Phil still plays with
while continuously releasing solo albums.
One of the great all rounders,
Darryl Cotton has stayed in the entertainment industry by crossing
to other forms of media. From the successful 'Zoot',
he played Marty the Monster's sidekick
for 5 years on television, then played Joseph
in 'Joseph and the Technicolour Dreamcoat',
and even did a stint on 'The Young Doctors'.
Now in the middle of working on a 'Zoot' DVD,
PLUS doing an Australian Tour with the National
Youth Choir, PLUS his many gigs with 'Cotton,
Keays and Morris' (phew) it was hard to catch him.
But we were thrilled we did!
RIP 27/7/12 - so very sad
Yes - his name means 'horse' - his mother looked it up in
a baby naming book! But there is much more to this song, and to find
out you'll have to watch this episode. Ross became a famous singer
songwriter quite by accident, by being in the right place at the right time.
He originally wanted to be a producer, but his obvious talent took him
elsewhere. It's a very interesting story, and you can find Ross at
|Mike Brady - 2 or 3 for me
Gavan Anderson - Storm Boy
Kevin Borich - Heart Starter
Keith Potger - You in the Mirror
Franciscus Henri - Crow on the Cradle
Dutch Tilders - Smokin' Woman
No wonder this girl made it. The sassy Ms Jones
ain't afraid of nothin'!! Well it's all "in the book" which is coming
out in November but Wendy managed to squeeze some stories out about those
early years when Marcie was Normie's girl, and was pelted with tomatoes and
eggs as a result.
But she gave as good as she got, and came out the other
side as a great role model to young female vocalists. Marcie has been
writing songs now for over ten years and you can find everything at
Marcie Jones's amazing 400 page autobiography
"Runs in the Blood', featuring 97 pages of photos, is finally being
released on the 21st April. Pre-purchase your book now and Marcie will sign your copy with a
personal message just for you. Visit Marcie online at http://marcie.ncs.net.au
won two awards for her song "Daddy" at
the Victorian & National Country Music Awards
A lot of people will remember Sam
Biffi, as he featured on Channel 9's
'The Gift' last year as an organ donor recipient. But what
many of you don't know is that Sam is a well respected and much loved
musician from the Melbourne cover band circuit.
In this inspiring interview, he speaks frankly about his illness before the
operation, and how it has affected his life.
Sam has also 'rewritten' the Enrique Iglesias
hit song 'Hero'
which he sings and dedicates to his organ donor.
For further information on organ donation go to
www.organdonor.com.au to register online. Your
local Medicare office also has the
necessary forms, or call them on 1800 777203
to receive a registration information by mail.
Just after his interview, Sam was admitted
to hospital for an operation on a brain tumor. The operation was a
success. Unfortunately there have been further complications - we will
update as more is known.
A dedicated jazz musician, Wilbur has been able to cross
to different forms of media very comfortably. Stage, TV, radio and
film all feature heavily in his resume. A fact you may not know is
that his first small part in a feature film was in
'Mad Max'. But you'll have to watch this episode to find
out what the part was!
Wilbur played with Ol '55,
Jo Jo Zep and the Falcons, did 750
performances of The New Rocky Horror
stage show, and countless episodes of Hey Hey it's
We feature a song at the end of Wilbur's episode by young
up-and-coming singer Ngawara Madison.
She is part way through recording a collection of songs in
Nashville, and wowed em all at
Tamworth this year.
The featured song is 'Lonely Alone' and
you can find Ngawara's website by clicking
Lead singer of 'The Groop',
Ronnie Charles and the band won a trip to England. After
they returned, Ronnie packed his bags and went back for 15 years. He
successfully carved his own niche in the overseas marketplace after signing
with a well known producer/manager. After the untimely demise of the
manager, with whom he was still contracted, Ronnie returned to Australia.
A very interesting story, and I wish we had more time to fit it all in!
We finish the episode with a never before seen clip from those years in the
The boy from Wagga was the young local talented soprano
before he heard 'The Shadows' and was instantly smitten. He formed
many local bands before heading to Melbourne and joining up with
Jenny Johnston and
Alex Kadell to become 'The Dream',
which became 'The New Dream'.
They had a big hit with Jack singing 'Groupie'.
He now works full time in the industry as
Music Man', whilst writing and recording his own cd's.