"Excellent site for info, most informative Lynn ~ good work .. I recall The Roxy in Taylor Square run by Tim Martin .. spawning ground for some great musicians including the Emanuel brothers .. it was where I met Earlwood Greg who was a regular perfprmer there in the mid seventies. Others may have detailed memories of the venue and artists just as an aside... I remember gigging with the Neasdens at Buster Browns down from Taylor Square on Oxford Street, the waiters were on roller skates and we were supporting Madam Lash.. indeed strange bedfellows .. and we were told it was a family show!
Recollections of Taylor Square
I arrived in Sydney from London in the late sixties and was already into jug band music/ roots/ blues music. Being a harmonica player myself i became familiar with other players on the scene. At that time there were a number of good players including Ron King from The Foreday Riders, Mort Fist who i believed played with Philthy Donnison in The Emancipated Footwarmers Jug Band, Don Hopkins from The Cosmo Hamfat Entertainers and of course, Wally Mudd.
I am not too sure if Wally was playing in a band, but he seemed to turn up to gigs and was always a welcome extra sit in. We were mainly playing acoustic venues but I saw Wally play on a number of occasions and he had already developed a great feel on the harp while we were still learning our instruments. I will forward your e~mail to Jim Conway and Phil Donnison who plays in Mick Conways National Junk Band. I think those guys may be able to give you more info ~
Another memory of Wally Mudd emerging from the tangled circuits. I was playing in a band called The East Neasden Spasm Band around 1972/75 Our rhythm section was Rob Gray on bass and Richard Ruhle on percussion. I went back to the UK for a visit in December of seventy three, and Wally Mudd played with the band until my return around April of seventy four. He was a friend of Richard Ruhle, who suggested he could slot into the band. Sort of gigs we were doing at the time were the Elizabeth Hotel folk club run by Dermott Ryder, the YMCA accoustic night run by Cliff Atkinson amongst odd Surry Hills pub gigs and private functions. Richard Ruhle went on to greener pastures playing drums with Continental Robert Susz, firstly in The Dynamic Hepnotics, and later in The Mighty Reapers. His brother Chris Ruhle managed both those bands, and ran a highly successful roots music night at the Graphic Arts Club, where some of the best music around Sydney could be heard on a Friday and Saturday night during the late seventies/ early eighties"
The Roxy opened over the road from Whitty's .. a huge old building painted red .. I went there once, but not sure what happened, I guess I went back to Frenchs or Whittys? My memory is hazy on some venues. Do not recall Buster Browns .. read something about Madam Lash recently regarding lots of money she has poured into land?? or some venture and not going too well. She was a topic of conversation around the traps, she was often mentioned for her performances at a strip joint up the Cross.
The Shack in Narrabeen was recently re-opened Nov '08, I paid it a vist and introduced myself to Chris Blanchflower, now playing with the Spasm, (I have been researching Blanchflower, John A Buird, Greg Quill and Malcom Brooks and hope to put a post together. I spent a week at Errol and Phil Wood's and was treated to 3 wonderful days at the Dorrigo Folkblues Festival. Caught up with old friend Terry Darmody (OBH, UBB) ... Lynne
"Glad you caught up with Chris Blanchflower. We had a lot of fun when we played in Richard Brooks Puffin' Billies harmonica band. Incidentally he was the harmonica player in Greg Quill's Country Radio, a band that had a couple of good selling albums in the early seventies.I have attached a shot taken at my fortieth ( Forty years in OZ) and showing a group of great mates that have been playing together for over thirty years.---- Alan
"Hi Lynne, I have attached pics of some of the bands i have been involved with~ being in chronological order
East Neasden Spasm Band 1972~ 1974 The shot of the neasdens shows me bare legged standing next to Richard Ruhle, Julie George, Andy George and Rob Gray. Hokum ~on ~Somble 1976 to around 1985 Hokum shot shows Phil Evans, Al Ward, Peter Deane-Butcher, Jim Jarvis and me.el Sweaty Palms Orchestra 1980/1982. Sweaty Palms Orchestra shows Dave Clayton, Philthy Donnison, me , Ross Welch and Jim Pen
. . Does that bring back any memories~ cheers Alan"
1968-1970 STOVE PIPE SPASM BAND: Alan Meadows, DKPilley, Chris Blanchflower, Phil Donnison, Julie/Andy George
hokum-on-somble jug band: Phil Evans, Al Ward, Peter Deane-Butcher, Jim Jarvis, Alan Meadows
East Neasden's Spasm: Rob Gray, Andy and Julie George, Richard Ruhle, Allan Meadows
Sweaty Palms Orchestra: Dave Clayton, Philthy Donnison, Alan Meadows, Rose Welch, Jim Penel
THREE LEFT FEET as a five piece band: L to R Alan Meadows, next to him Jim " Fingers" Jarvis,Earlwood Greg centre stage, then Johnny "Tom Tom" Jacobs and at right Pete Mackie on bass. Incidentally the back of the head in the foreground belongs to Dave Clayton - musician and producer extraordinaire who has played in some wonderful bands alongside the Conway Brothers, Ian Date and George Washing Machine.
Earlwood Greg Derrig in the photo. We have been good buddies since the early seventies, and I have been playing with him in The Feet for over ten years. I had the pleasure of playing with the guys in a series of gigs last year, which included the Wollembi Folk Festival. Incidentally Earlwood Greg played with Jim Jarvis also in the pic and Trevor Wynn in Rent Party - a terrific acoustic blues act that gigged in the early seventies in Sydney on - Absent on this occasion Pete Mackie ~ ex Cockroaches who also plays bass in the five piece line up"