This week brought the sad news of the sudden passing of Terry Halliday Meaney seen in the video clip speaking at IZZY’S LAST BIG GIG. If you can make it to manly this week, details are above. Our hearts go out to his loved ones. He was a good friend in the months after Izzy’s passing. Love you Brooke and Terry.
MARN REGAN is on the left. Dancing. I have found out that he can also COOK. Delicacies at that.
That’s Izzy in the middle and at the back is another Ukulele Player. The Uke players are the reason we keep the fire hose at the ready. Cool ’em down a little.
Izzy was surprised to find that JOHN MANSON, fiddler extraordinaire, took to the ale when performing at the OceanView Hotel in URUNGA.
Pete Howard is our HARMONICA PLAYER. Another resident of URUNGA. In the middle is a visiting bass player from down on the Nambucca and to the right is a bike rider who appeared at a 2014 Rumble for refreshment.
John May is another poly instrumentalist. Seems he prefers to be barefoot. Let’s hope he never appears with the dreaded bohdran.
SANDRA CLARK AND IZZY FOREAL. Feck the 18th April, says I.
You see me post the VAS boys quite a lot even though they are not always available for Rumbles. I post them because :
1. They are specially dear to me.
2. They play damned fine music.
3. They are mysterious.
See the Bloke at the back – he sells wine barrels.
Wrapping it up with some more seated Uke Players. I tried to keep Uke Players out of the Rumble but they are prolific and smarter than I am.
I just got a message from the wonderful REE PREO to tell me they will be at the Rumble as well.
MATT PREO was one of Izzy’s favourites and he is one of mine. Matt’s from down South near when my Lad lives. Matt writes and performs his own songs. Some are funny. Ask him about flies. Others are heart achers and some are just plain beautiful.
This is where blogging began for me, in a way. I was writing about BILAMBIL BLUES CLUB where I went Thursday Nights for dinner, music and company. Now I am writing about Rumblings. I am still possessed of a very minimal knowledge of Music and Musical Terms although I have learned some from my 7 years with Izzy.
Bear with me then as I fill you in a little on our Motley Crew. It will be from the viewpoint of the non-musical. Up here we have George Finney whom I first met as George ****** . He is a legit Raleigh Local and lives just over the river from me. George had become a very valuable and valued compadre to Izzy Foreal. He had picked up Zarsoff tunes , plays a wild guitar as well as turning his hand to banjo, mandolin,bass and MORE.
Dick is also a Raleigh Man. A lot of talent for a small village and Raleigh is small.
JOHN MANSON and Kerry are recently up from Sydney. Excellent additions to the community.The day after Izzy’s Last Big Gig, I went to the Hall expecting to do some cleaning and there they were along with a batch of others and all was done.
HAD a call from George Finney today. From where he is at work behind the Scenes.
George will be up on Guitar and Vocals.
He’s brought in GREG SALE on Bass. I think I have photos of Greg someplace here but will need to look about. Looks like this is him on djembe.
Warren Cox will be up on guitar.
He’s looking tough and muscular after bringing and placing the three ironbark benches up In Forealty Forest in the Bongil Bongil where Izzy took his rest.
A few of them are hunting up a drummer for the day, so George tells me. KEITH LONGMAN will be there next month but next week will be a surprise.
Robbie Harman from Hungry Head is in the lineup: guitar and vocals. Rob’s been a good friend to the Rumbles all the way along.
MARN REGAN will be with us. Best get him to promise not to sing one of his haunting Celtic melodies or tears will be a-falling once more.
Thrown in JOHN MANSON and we are fiddling bigtime.
AND WE WRAP YOU UP WITH SANDRA CLARK our friend.
BONUS : MARK MENZIES
I haven’t yet heard Mark but George tells me he is one good Country Music Songwriter. I am looking forwards to hearing him.
IT DOESN’T STOP THERE.
Shane from Coffs : guitars and vocals.
OUR VAS BROS.
CHANCE OF THE WILD LEONA FROM THE CLARENCE.
Now there’s a voice.
STILL ROOM ON THE BLACKBOARD FOR MORE. COME ALONG. JOIN US.
Greetings All. RRRR greeted the day with Trepidation. That’s how RRRR greets most things. Proved to be no need for the Trepidation because it truly RUMBLED again. The day was cool and gloomy but the honeysuckle was in blossom, the lawns had been mown and the milk we left behind last time in the turned off fridge was so old that it was no longer Intimidating.
George was there early as usual and Izzy ( another early bird) picked up the key from the RALEIGH WINERY and got the stage in order. RRRR arrived a little later in Alfie with the pink tub of goodies and paper plates. SANDRA CLARK kicked it iff at noon due to being on her way to the URUNGA GOLF CLUB for an afternoon Gig. It was her boy, DREW’s, 9th birthday as well and the staff of the BLACK BEAR CAFE in BELLINGEN were taking over Sandy’s house for a party while she was out and about. This Rumble featured far too many ukuleles for the liking of your Roving Reporter but everyone else seemed tickled pink. John May and Margot introduced a bit of the Irish to the day, including flute of some kind.
Hear tell that the gent sitting and playing guitar was actually Terry Walker ( ex STRANGERS) We had a couple of big band spots yesterday. The VAS BROS were back. That always makes a day sweet. They are inclined towards the morbid but a bit of UNDERTAKER music cheers RRRR up considerably. That’s the preference of RRRR. PUMPING as they say. There’s a heap more pics to come as well as those on the FACEBOOK site for RALEIGH RUMBLINGS. We had dogs and kids and DRIFTER DAN who lives in a stone cottage on the shore of the English Channel and spends months per year out in Kalang Valley. Drifter was looking very dapper yesterday. Sartorial in fact. Woz from Urunga survived the day before to get up on stage and he tells us there is a jam of some kind at the OVH next Sunday. OVH is what we locals call the pub in URUNGA – the OCEANVIEW HOTEL. Seems likely RRRR was actually conceived in the OVH way back in 1948-9 when the folks were honeymooning there from Sydney. Woz had talked Yellow Rock Man Richard Kelly into coming along and we did some yaaning over old days and names.
RRRR had a chat with Tanya and Leroy from Nambucca who had a similar thing happening down there for 5 years. Good feedback. RRRR knew then way back. Meeting a lot of people from WAY BACK WHEN.
Vanessa turned up with mate, Sandy Bonney, and a framed award for the URUNGS SURF LIFESAVING CLUB – proud winners of the AUSTRALIA DAY awards in Bellingen Shire.
RRRR was mighty grateful to Kerry Manson and the assorted other helpers who brought food and set up and cleaned up. The Mansons even took the garbage bags away with them. There wasn’t much food in those bags but we are glad to help our newcomers to the District in any way we can.
RRRR will recall more high and lowlights as the pics come out of the developer and make notes of them for you. Next Rumble is LAST SUNDAY IN FEBRUARY.
DOWN AT THE LIDO. What a grand day. Next Rumble is 26 January 2014. Otherwise known as Australia Day.
ROBERT PEDDIE HAS BEEN AIR FREIGHTED TO SYDNEY FOR SURGERY. Best wishes Rob from all of us Rumblers. Come home soon.
Published on 28 Feb 2013
SCRUBBY (PETER HURCOMBE GUITAR & SLIDE VOX
KELLIE BARNETT TROMBONE & VOX
GRANT BEDFORD DRUMS (HIPSHOOTERS)
BILLY WILLIAMS BASS (HIPSHOOTERS)
NEXT UP THIS SEPTEMBER.
Perfect weather has come to the Shire and Music is taking off. The BELLINGEN SHIRE ARTS WEEK is on from the 20-28. RRRR is mightily impressed with this Festival. Its grass roots , inclusive and fresh as an azalea. Bravo to the Good People putting this one on.
The SEPTEMBER RUMBLING is on the day after ARTS WEEK finishes, so its a WRAP PARTY. Just like in the movies. I’ve called it JUST PASSING TROUGH in honour of our Visitors. DENNIS AUBREY will be up from Sydney for 3 days. Check the events to the right. And Scrubby Pete Hurcombe is coming down from the Tweed for a gig or two.
The RUMBLING is adding Stephan from Unkya and Arlene to its usual motley crew.RRRR figures there will be a few more passing through. Warren Cox from TIN SANDWICH will be back along with Matt Preo and MORE.
The RALEIGH RUMBLERS ARE SPRINGING up all over the place as well as the Last Sunday of the Month. The VAS BROS can be found down at the EMBASSY CAFE in Urunga weekday mornings.
SANDY CLARK is doing ANCHOR’S WHARF CAFE in URUNGA On Frida 13th Sep with TAPAS.
Izzy and Brett are heading up to 33 HICKORY ST in Dorrigo on Sat 21 Sep and with Alexi Pigot on drums ( due to Greg Geisler taking off to NEW ZEALAND for a couple of weeks) they are doing the FEDERAL HOTEL IN BELLINGEN on Sunday 22. Passing through for this one is SCRUBBY PETE HURCOMBE – good friend and a favourite Muso.
DENNIS AUBREY is joining Izzy at Anchors on Friday 27, doing a UKE workshop in Bello on Sat 28 and then RUMBLING on the 29th.
WARREN COX says he will be back at the RUMBLING. Warren has been busy with THE TIN SANDWICH.
RRRR must have more news than these few paragraphs but can’t bring any to mind just now. Keep an eye on the FACEBOOK Page and nudge if you have been forgotten, insulted or misrepresented.
Meanwhile, Here’s some more pics for you.
The SEPTEMBER RUMBLING is coming up fast and its a big week with the BELLINGEN SHIRE ARTS FESTIVAL on that week. Our good friend, UKE FREAK and BUSKER, DENNIS AUBREY is coming up from SYDNEY for a UKE WORKSHOP in Bellingen on the Saturday. He’s doing ANCHOR’S WHARF CAFE in Urunga on the Friday Night with IZZY FOREAL. Then the workshop in conjunction with Pete Hardinge and our VANESSA NUGENT . We all know she’s UKULELE crazy. Then Sunday, he will be our newest Rumbler at Raleigh Hall. Should be good, eh ?
Now – before that comes along, best I post the images of AUGUST. I have been slow in doing so. It was a laid back, peacable Rumbling. One that I enjoyed mightily.
Here are some of the images :
3 batches of Rumblers – no 4 actually – were out and about locally this weekend. SANDY CLARK. IZZY FOREAL AND BRETT DIVOLA. ROBERT PEDDIE and the VAS BROS.
One of our Vas Bros. All local production. How good is that ?
REGINA SAUNDERS. SANDRA CLARK. IZZY FOREAL. THE PARKS.
Its the Raleigh Rumbling Roving Recorder here. We are 3 Musical Gatherings into our Rumblings with plenty of pictures and stories. I’ve been given the whole pile to sort out and keep you up to date with. I’m taking it slow and gentle so here’s one photo from the Gathering in May. I’m on my way to the Seaside this morning so I’m not about to write much.
I figure the smiles speak for themselves. Yrs. R.R.R.R.
Meet Sandy. One of our favourite Rumblers. Not only does she bring her guitar, voice and mouth organ – but she brings food as well. I am not au fait with musical terminology, so I won’t even try. I shall simply tell you that this is one fine woman. Check the videos to see Sandra in action. Bear with me while I post you my views of the Musical Gatherings ,including videos and pics taken with the trusty Fujifilm camera and lacking anything but enthusiasm.
See you in July , Sandra. Sandy plays at the Anchor’s Wharf Cafe in Urunga and at an assortment of local venues and hear tell she’s in the studio and nearing completion of her next album.
SANDRA CLARK WITH GREG GEISLER ON DRUMS AND IZZY FOREAL ON BASS.