.... It's over forty years since I last saw Mort and 20 since I left Australia. Was sitting here in Kathmandu a few days ago and quite by accident came across this blog ? lots of memories, half-forgotten faces came back. It was the first I knew of Mort's passing, all those years ago. I had two crazy years playing in 69/70 with Mort, with 'the famous' Peter Miller, Lindsay Hewson, instrument maker extraordinaire Terry Hennessey and assorted washboard players. At French's ? somehow filling holes between the Heroes, Dick Hughes, the Riders, Graham Bell .? and anywhere else that would have us. Mort was all class, as was his wont. But hopefully it was an experience more interesting visually than it was aurally. We did one album that could benignly be described as ordinary with Martin Erdman's Du Monde label (home of Flake amongst others), which somehow got a posthumous (bandwise) release. Not even Dog's guest playing on piano and Terry Hennessey's crazy instruments could uplift it. We had some high and low points. Mort seemed to find us puzzling gigs. I still have some photos of us playing at the Australian premiere of Paint Your Wagon and another unidentified place (which I'd be happy to pass on ? how?), with Mort en full regalia: topper, frock coat and jug, wooden leg in the background. Mort and Lee Marvin had a lot in common (vocally). And then there was the time someone, probably Mort, booked us to play the Bobby Limb Show: we had problems turning the amps down to minus 1. Great to be able to partially relive those times on these pages. I hooked up somehow with Bob Hudson, started spending weekends playing with his cacophonous Electric Jug at the Star in Newcastle and in 72 moved to Newcastle and lost track in the haze. Alan Wall
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