Brian Cadd tells it, "lucky Brian was again in the right place at
the right time". But as we all know, there were probably a lot of
other musos there too, without the talent of this great songwriter.
With the ability to diversify, he grabbed hold of every opportunity which
passed his way, changing his style, and producing other acts in the
|toivo pilt|| |
A riveting interview again, thanks to Wendy!
Sebastian Hardie were
a big part of the Melbourne scene in the 70's, and we were surprised and
delighted when Toivo Pilt, their
keyboard player, made a special trip down from Sydney to be on the show!
Back then they toured with 'Focus'
and 'Santana', and they reformed to do
the 'Yes' tour in 2003.
|Better known as 'someone's guitarist',
Gavan Anderson is a welcome
guest on Wrokdown as he is an experienced songwriter with new material
recorded on CD and available on his web site. Over his long and
diverse career, Gavan has played with Bluestone,
Normie Rowe, Yvonne Barrett, Russell Morris plus many more, and
now MDs for Andy Cowan.
Episode with Gavan Andersson
Most musicians who have been around since the 60's will
now be saying "I can't believe you got that guy on telly!" But to all
of you who don't know, John Newhill has
been photographing musicians since 1967, so it was a great chance to be able
to interview a very important man who was there when it was all happening.
Sherry Love managed to corner
Kevin Borich at one of his Melbourne shows. What a blast!
In a very frank interview, Kevin talks about his recent cancer scare, and
how he came out the other side - a survivor. Armed with this
knowledge, he now gives a helping hand to the Cancer Society.
|mike brady||Mike Brady has had a
very interesting and full life. From his humble beginnings as a young
immigrant singing in concrete wash houses at the camp in the Exhibition
Gardens, then doing a tour in Vietnam in a band, to writing the
unforgettable 'Up there Cazaly', he uses
his life experiences to fuel his songs.
Now as a consummate writer across all styles, he has recorded a new country album, available at his web site Bradyworks.
It was such a pleasure to have
Keith Potger on our show. For someone who started off in
1962, Keith certainly doesn't show his age!
Many of our 'younger' viewers (under 50), will probably know Franciscus Henri as 'Mr Whiskers'. But for those of us who remember a refreshing folk album called 'Gabriel's Mother's Highway', this will take us back to the 'Green Man', a slightly religious but innocent era, and a fellow who once had a lot more hair!
|harold frith||Trying to fit 50 years of experience into a 30 minute show
is a daunting task in anyone's language. But
Harold Frith, founding member and drummer of
'The Thunderbirds', did his best. He had poor Wendy
both laughing and crying as he remembered the great names that have passed
by in his lifetime, and his recall is amazing!
The Thunderbirds were the first charting band in Australia, backed Roy Orbison and Johnny O'Keefe, and have a new cd called 'The Thunderbirds in the 21st Century'.
|Thinking back over the singers from our R & R history,
most of them had unique voices. They weren't trained to try and sound
commercially viable, and as a consequence each voice was instantly
One such set of vocal chords belongs to the much loved Doug Parkinson, who funnily enough hates hearing his own voice! However, we all love it. Doug has enriched our lives since the 'Questions', through 'In Focus', then to the many varied rolls in theatre productions.
He basically started singing at the old 'knees-up' family get togethers around the piano, and Wendy was very happy to take a special trip out to Lilydale to interview him during a short tour.
|gil matthews||It is often the case in life that a child who is obviously gifted in a certain field takes a very different path in adulthood.
Aztec's drummer Gil Matthews could read
drum music before he could read words, and was dueling drums with
Buddy Rich at age 9. (Gil won!)
A very interesting and informative interview shows the life of a man who
combined both playing with one of the loudest headline grabbing bands, and
running hugely successful businesses.
Gil is now head of Aztec Music, which releases 70's Aussie music on CD, and is best known for the 'Live at Sunbury' DVD.
|You would have had to be a pretty important part of
Australian history to be used on one of our stamps, but that is how we all
think of the 'Masters
They dominated our airwaves for many years, and the lovable
Jim Keays somehow managed to survive the
heady times as all the other original members dropped off and were replaced.
From managing nightclubs to writing books to playing with Darryl Cotton and Russell Morris, we are all estatic that Jim came through a recent health scare and is back entertaining us once again.
Jim sadly passed away 13/6/14 with complications from multiple myloma. RIP