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The Hawkesbury Hotel has changed management and the gigs will be going ahead at least for the next 3 months at least. If you had gig booked there ring the pub and talk to Pat or Jade to confirm….!
‘The Sunday Club’ at the Native Rose hotel has been going well, Chris Turner and his band first Sunday of the month, Finn third Sunday, Mitch Anderson with Harry Brus on bass 4th Sunday, the other bands are being finalised.
The pub has gone to a lot of trouble to make you all feel happy and welcome, a lot more chairs, (but not on the dance floor) chairs outside for smokers and we have been talking about the designated driver.
Last week I had a rant about the changing nature of our business, well the NR has come to the party, tea and coffee when you’ve reached your limit, non-alcoholic beer and wine plus mocktails coming very soon. Good cheap food and amazing array of beer, including my current favourite Hemp beer by Young Henry’s and some standard beers (VB, Tooheys) for those who don’t want it tarted up!
Come and check it out
So try and get out to see live music as often as you can, or it might just disappear.

Cheers, Jim

 
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The Hawkesbury Hotel looks like it might be sold so as to the future of gigs out there, I will keep you posted.
I guess that the nature of pub gigs has changed dramatically since I first started gigging in Sydney.
The band came from Adelaide in about January 1970, just to give you a time frame.
Every pub had live music at least on the weekend, but more importantly people used to go out, in those days workers earned enough so they could go out a few night a week and still put money away.
Normal folk spend money and keep an economy robust, so no matter what’s being said, lack of funds is a big part of what keeps people away from gigs, also drink driving, Netflix and now, menulog and Uber eats. Too many choices, too much competition.
I guess there will always be someone willing to pick up a guitar and sing a few songs. But would you get the best from a doctor or plumber who just practiced 2 or 3 days a month.
So try and get out to see live music as often as you can, or it might just disappear.


Jam Stuff
Annandale and Caro this week.
We have moved rooms at the Carousel, to the bar in the middle of the Pub,
Underage children are allowed have a play now.
Nearly 15 years at the Carousel, longest gig I’ve ever had, and we are talking to the Hotel regarding at 15 year reunion, more on that as it comes to hand.
Remember, bring a friend double the numbers! always room for more.

Paul O’Brien Tuesdays (Annandale ),
Tony Pedroza Wednesdays (Coogee),
Paul Surany Thursdays Carousel.
Double the crowd….bring a friend.
Sign on 7.30 pm all venues
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Howdy All
Jam Stuff
Annandale and Caro this week, first time in a few.
We are moving rooms at the Carousel from the Sports bar, to the bar in the middle of the Pub, You can bring your children to have a play now.
Numbers down at the Carousel, tell a friend we need a hand here! always room for more.

Paul O’Brien Tuesdays (Annandale ),
Tony Pedroza Wednesdays (Coogee),
Paul Surany Thursdays Carousel.
Double the crowd….bring a friend.
Sign on 7.30 pm all venues

Jims View

So voting time is coming around for you all! Oh what fun!
So I’d be really keen to find out how many of you all know exactly how the ‘vote card’ works. Well I have very little idea for one.
What I would say, is that preferential voting seems a good way to corrupt the outcome.
One person…one vote, you vote for who you want, irrespective of party and they collectively elect a leader from their ranks.
We have been let down by the major parties, they seem to play just about the same game, fawning to the elite rich, hard to tell if some of them are far right, centre right, centre left, or far left, like everything else our speech is being bent out of shape by PC mandates and our right to free speech and opinion are being perverted and in the end eliminated.
My solution, peaceful resistance…just say NO. No I won’t vote, pay the fine if you can afford it, AND if enough people don’t vote and you all say NO to the fine, what are they going to do ? Take 500,000 to court and put em in jail….I don’t think so.
If not there are some ways you can run your how to vote card to get better outcomes.
To vote is a right that our forebears fought for and it shouldn’t be given away, but it shouldn’t be compulsory, some people care too little to take a concern with it and we’re better off without their lack of insight and opinion.
Just say no works on a lot of levels, it takes guts, but maybe we have all gone a bit soft and we need to ‘grow some’ or risk losing the life we have, if you look around long enough you can see it is being eroded continuously and only we can halt its cancerous spread. Ta

Jim
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Finn News

Howdy All

Jam Stuff
The bad news
No Jam this Tuesday, the Annandale has rented their room out for this week to AIM, so, no room for us, but we do return on Tuesday the 30th of April.
This week there is only the Carousel on Thursday.
Next week on Anzac day (25th) there will be no jam at the Carousel, they like to avoid the trouble, that often occurs late on Anzac day, so only Coogee next week
The Good news
We are moving rooms at the Carousel from the Sports bar, to the bar in the middle of the Pub, we were in there before during renovations, I like this room, it’s far more cosy and you can bring young budding musicians along now.
 
Paul and I will be away from the Caro this week, that should bring a few out! Paul O’Brien Tuesdays (Annandale ), Tony Pedroza Wednesdays (Coogee), Paul Surany Carousel.
Numbers down out west, tell a friend we need a hand here! but always room for more. Double the crowd….bring a friend.
Sign on 7.30 pm all venues
 
Finn news
Move done!…. A bunch of people to thanks , in no particular order, Ken Eliott, Dave Tice, Steve Strange and Maryanne, Andrew Tzannis, Robert Stockman, Fred Blake, Charlie and Betty, (friends of Lesley), I hope I missed no one, still shell shocked.
Mike has been knocked down by some sort of bug and will be out of commission for about a month, Bill Crossland stepped into the breach and will be doing the gigs in Mike’s absence, a hope for a speedy recovery Mike
A pretty grand weekend for us, tho’ Billy did a great job and both gigs we extremely well received.
Sunday we had a plethora of stars join us last Sunday, thanks to Paula, Irish, CT, Elizabeth, Roscoe and of course Billy.
 
Thanks to Hugo Pfandler’s who had me on his radio show, last week
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Catch Up

Crown Hotel Friday 15th March and Native Rose Sunday 17th March were both crackers of gigs. Thanks to Michael Barry and Paul Read for their input on Friday.
Sunday at the Native Rose was just a cavalcade of stars, Thanks to Irish John, Paul Read, Martin Skipper, Paula McMahon, Lucy De Soto and of course Roscoe Waraker who played up a storm on both nights.

Jim & Lesley moving again, thanks to those of you who have offered help with the move, they are moving on Sunday 7
th April, 10 am, so if you have some spare time they would appreciate the hand. Shouldn’t take more than 4 hours end to end.
 
So a pretty busy weekend for Finn, Raby last Saturday with Paula and then 2 spots at The Hawkesbury for the Big Blues bash #2, a great day of music, many thanks to Peter Fricker and Tate’s Hotel, all the staff and Blake and all the Crew. By all accounts Blakes mixing was superb.

Visitors to Site in March, 1415, of those 380 were new visitors fro all over the Globe, and of those 314 were visitors from Australia, so I know you are all taking advantage of the Site. With 151 New visitors from Sydney, perhaps its time for you to translate that to bums on seats at Gigs. Gather your friends, make it a big night out, dinner, the lot, and grab yourself a copy of the New Album, there are some great tracks on it.

Till next time
Michael.P.Sheehan
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Gigs

Crown Hotel Friday and Native Rose Sunday were both crackers of gigs.
Thanks to Michael Barry and Paul Read for their input on Friday.
Sunday was just a cavalcade of stars, Thanks to Irish John, Paul Read, Martin Skipper, Paula McMahon, Lucy De Soto and of course Roscoe Waraker who played up a storm on both nights.
A new gig for us this Saturday night Georges River 16 ft. sailing club, kick off 8pm

Please get your bums on seats at the Gigs, to keep the industry alive an audience is needed. No audience, no bookings, simple, no bookings, no income, no band!
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Paula McMahon

Paula McMahon has just released her new album, “A Lifetime Addiction to the Blues”, in March, 2019 and it is an amazing piece of work. “A Lifetime Addiction to the Blues” (title track written by Chris Turner,) finds Paula, (Vocals, Acoustic, Electric, Percussion) performing live in the studio in collaboration with accomplished friends Chris Turner (Slide Guitar), Jim Finn (drums, percussion, vocals), Charlie Faruglia, (Bass), Mick O’Shea, (drums), Tony Boyd, (drums), Dave Scembi, (Harmonica), and Phil Grove, (Accordion).

Paula brings a lot of soul to her songs including “Believe I’m in Love with You,” “Angie,” and “Walking My Baby.” A drop the mic performance of Bonnie Raitts “Love me like a Man” is awesome. Her overall sound is clean, light and airy, but deep. There is a good mix of both acoustic and electric setups throughout the album, and Chris Turners “Lifetime Subscription to the Blues is brilliant.”

Paula has a lot of depth and is amazingly talented and really qualifies as an old soul. The Musicians featured here are gifted artists and are truly mastering the blues genre.

Her voice and her Acoustic guitar both just speak so clearly and deeply of the blues, but it is light enough to be refreshing. As for fans and new listeners alike, I don’t think Paula and her friends have any fear of being Misunderstood at all with this collaboration, and “Please don’t let me be Misunderstood” leaves no doubt. Paula is so spell binding that you can’t help but keep coming back for more.

Mixed at her own Studio, Twang and Bang and Big Rock Records and brilliantly Mastered at The Wave Ranch this Album is worth a listen

Michael.P.Sheehan
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New Album

“Emotionally, blues is healing music. It was designed to make oppressed people feel better. But the magic of the blues is that it isn’t just about African-Americans, but about people everywhere. Its tension-and-release form is designed to wring out the emotions, cleanse the soul, and make the audience feel whole — like gospel music, but without the religion,” “As they say in Chicago, you listen to the blues to get rid of the blues.” And, at an essential level, you need to listen to the blues to really understand the blues. No description, however poetic, can suffice.”

Finns new album, “Feck the Illusion” lives up to this. Released on Feb. 25th, (Jims 60th birthday,) it has been carefully engineered in Paula McMahons studio, Twang&Bang by Paula and Jim, (Paula also does backup vocals “Im Getting Stoned” and “Locked Out Boogie.” The album has been brilliantly mastered by Damien Gerrard, and harks back to the “roots” of his earlier work, with the sublime guitar work of Paul Surany and the subtle Bass sounds of Mike Bellamy, the lyrics have all been crafted by these three stalwarts of the industry. Some brilliant sax is to be found on “Reggie” and “Instrumental as Anything” by Henry Holt. Get a taste of this album here, You can purchase the album from the Store here.

With instances of pertinent social comment on the World today, this album not only makes you think with the lyrics, but undeniably gets the toes tapping, and the more you listen, the more comes to mind. The musical craftsmanship of Finn is undeniable, and can be heard clearly on “Instrumental as Anything.” Catch Finn at a gig near you, this Saturday at the Rose Cottage Monaro Hwy. Gilmore ACT 8 pm
Michael.P.Sheehan
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New Album released

New Album "Feck the Illusion" released today. Purchase for only $20 + $5 shipping here

Feck the illusion
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Finn Stuff

Howdy all

Finn’s 8
th Cd is with the printer and should be back this week. Many thanks to those of you who have responded for a copy already.
We think this is our best album to date.
 
Last Friday Crown Hotel, always the Crownie, crowd down a bit but seems Valentine’s day now makes a difference to going out and seeing a band.
Saturday ‘Blues on the Lake’, Toronto Hotel Saturday 16th February, Great crowd, well over 400, well attended and went very well for the first one, should be a yearly event now.
Sunday Native Rose, many to thank, Roscoe Waraker, Paula McMahon, Elizabeth Bellmore (She did a grand job and is improving all the time) Irish John, who always make the place come alive and George Rigatos.
We wish George all the best. He is in hospital for some operative work and we in the Finn camp are thinking of him today and hoping to see him bright and chirpy come Friday.
 
 
Jam Stuff
This Tuesday at the Annandale 19/2/19 we have Paul O’Brien as our guest guitarist. Paul is a great all round performer strong vocals wonderful playing and I personally love Paul’s original, come and check him out, numbers good at Annandale but always room for more.
Double the crowd….bring a friend.
Sign on 7.30 pm all venues

Jim
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