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May 2019

Finn News

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


Finn News

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