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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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Finn Stuff

Howdy All

This week we are back to the Crown Hotel on Friday and looking forward to it, some guests joining us as always in our efforts to keep things fresh.
Irish John put in a stellar performance with us last Sunday at the Native rose many thanks John also thanks to Ross Waraker Nori and Sai Keneko for their great singing and playing. Don’t forget Blues on the Lake, Toronto Hotel Saturday 16th February. ticketed show $38 online or at venue
https://www.facebook.com/TorontoHotelMotel/
2pm Finn 3.30 Steve Edmonds band, 5 pm Bondi Cigars, 6.30 Mal Eastic, 8.15 Kevin Borich Express

Jam Stuff

The jam at Coogee diggers (Wednesday 30th of January), Will have Keith in the guitar spot.
Every Second Tuesday at the Annandale 5/2/19 we have Gwynn Ashton playing with us as guest on the night.
Gwyn is an amazing exponent of all sorts of guitaring, from swampy dobro slide through to …well just about anything, if it’s bluesy, Gwyn’s got it covered.
More info at
https://www.gwynashton.com/

Don’t forget if you all bring a friend….(C’mon I know you have them), our numbers double.
Sign on 7.30 pm both venues

Musos Club jams website at:- http://jim0408.wixsite.com/musosclubjamnite

Cheers
Jim
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Hawkesbury 25.01.19

Thank you Raymond Hatcher for your Posts on facebook. Night at the Hawkesbury was awesome


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Finn Stuff

Howdy All
Finn Stuff
Back out to Hawkesbury Hotel this Friday and Native Rose Sunday where Irish John Arthurs will be doing some tunes with us across our sets.
Blues on the Lake, Toronto Hotel Saturday 16
th February.
ticketed show $38 online or at venue
https://www.facebook.com/TorontoHotelMotel/
2pm Finn
3.30 Steve Edmonds band,
5 pm Bondi Cigars,
6.30 Mal Eastic,
8.15 Kevin Borich Express
 
Jam Stuff
The jam at the Annandale Hotel tomorrow (Tuesday 22
nd of January), With Tony Pedroza in the guitar spot. Every second Tuesday.
Second Tuesday at the Annandale 5/2/19 we have Gwynn Ashton playing with us as guest on the night.
Gwyn is an amazing exponent of all sorts of guitaring, from swampy dobro slide through to …well just about anything, if it’s bluesy, Gwyn’s got it covered.
More info at
https://www.gwynashton.com/
Don’t forget if you all bring a friend….(C’mon I know you have them), our numbers double.
Sign on 7.30 pm both venues
Musos Club jams website at:-
http://jim0408.wixsite.com/musosclubjamnite

Catch Ya round the traps
Onwards and upwards
The greater the input,
the greater the output.
Freedom ain’t free
Common sense ain’t common.

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Jam Nights

Howdy All
Finn Stuff
Onwards and upwards in 2019,
The festival I mentioned last week…some more details
Blues on the Lake, Toronto Hotel Saturday 16th Feb.
ticketed show $38 online or at venue
https://www.facebook.com/TorontoHotelMotel/
2pm Finn
3.30 Steve Edmonds band,
5 pm Bondi Cigars,
6.30 Mal Eastic,
8.15 Kevin Borich Express

Benefit Gig for John Power
There will be a benefit gig for John Power
https://www.moshtix.com.au/v2/event/john-power-memorial-show/109427?ref=RSS_NineToFiveMag.
John played with….The Hippos, Fore Day Riders and Jo Jo Zep and the Falcons to name a few. He was a stalwart in the Aussie music scene for many years.
Unfortunately John had been fighting illness for quite a while and lost that fight. We will celebrate his life at the Bridge Hotel Tuesday 15/1/2019. $25 donation. Says 6pm start but check with the Bridge.
To celebrate his life, many of his musical colleagues/friends will perform at this memorial show.
The Hippos (Les Karski, Bridie King, Ace Follington, Janet Levy, Alan Britton)
The Foreday Riders (Ron and Jeff King, Rosscoe Clark, Stan Mobbs, Shane Pacey and Les Karski)
Dave Skinner (Roxy Music) Gayle Kennedy (author)
Shirley Smith (Co.Caine)
Ali Penney (Hippos 2)
Rick Grossman (Divinyls and Hoodoo Gurus)
Rob Hirst (Midnight Oil)
Harry Brus (Renee Geyer, everyone)
Dom Turner (Backsliders)
Lucy Desoto 
 
Jam Stuff
The jam at the Annandale Hotel begins on Tuesday 22nd of January, With Tony Pedroza kicking off in the guitar spot. Every second Tuesday. Our second Tuesday at the Annandale we have a very special treat for you. Gwynn Ashton will be playing with us as guest on the night. Gwyn is an amazing exponent of all sorts of guitaring, from swampy dobro slide through to …well just about anything, if it’s bluesy, Gwyn’s got it covered. More info at https://www.gwynashton.com/
Coogee begins Wednesday 16/1/19. Our very Special guest on that night will be Darren ‘Jacko’ Jack, I know you all really enjoyed Jacko last time so expect more of the same, More on Jacko http://www.darrenjack.com/
Carousel  17/1/19 with Paul, Al and myself
Check dates below if confused.
Don’t forget if you all bring a friend….(C’mon I know you have them), our numbers double.
Sign on 7.30 pm both venues
Musos Club jams website at:- http://jim0408.wixsite.com/musosclubjamnite
 
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Rebranding

Describing themselves as a Rhythm and Blues group may be somewhat misleading, it would be more apt to say they are "Americana," a fusion of Blues/Rockabilly/Country/Rock and Jazz. Finns Music is reminiscent of a time when the audience toe tapped, clicking fingers, playing ghost guitars while listening, and got up and danced seemingly drawn by some unseen force, their bodies transported into movement. Blending a mix of covers with unique originals, Finn becomes more of an experience to be had rather than a Band to be listened to.


Michael.P.Sheehan
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Gigs

Howdy All
Finn Stuff
Thanks to you all for your constant support throughout 2018, So onwards and upwards in 2019,
Things are looking up already. Finn will be on a nice little Blues Festival Bill in Toronto (near Newcastle) on Saturday 16th Feb. more to follow, but put this on your calendar. The line-up for the day is:- Finn, Steve Edmonds Band, Bondi Cigars, Mal Eastick Band and closing the Show Kevin Borich Express, nuff said, Tickets available soon.
First gig back Chisholm Tavern this Friday, and Paula McMahon Band 12/1/19 Riverstone RSL
 
Jam Stuff
Great news everybody, we begin a fortnightly jam at the Annandale Hotel on Tuesday 22nd of January, So we will do every second Tuesday from then and Coogee every second Wednesday beginning 16/1/19. Check date below if confused….I’m on holidays and keeping this short
Don’t forget if you all bring a friend….(C’mon I know you have them), our numbers double.
Sign on 7.30 pm both venues
Jams return in 2019
Coogee 16/1/19, Carousel  17/1/19 and Annandale Hotel 22/1/19.
 
Musos Club jams website at:- http://jim0408.wixsite.com/musosclubjamnite
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