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Love and Loss-Recordz & Gigz

Gary Young and Steve Williams have pressed an album of country originals. Gary is a prolific songwriter and here are thirteen excellent examples of country tunes he has penned on love and loss. Steve helps out and lays some excellent country riffs including harmonizing harps on a couple. You can hear this technique on the … Continue reading Love and Loss-Recordz & Gigz

By Dickens

Will the real Sydney Dickens please stand up? There has been some confusion on the identity of Sydney Dickens or should I say Professor Dickens. On Melbourne's Empire Records back in 1908, two wax cylinder recordings were pressed containing mouth organ medleys credited to 'Professor' Dickens (these are Australia's earliest known mouth organ recordings). For … Continue reading By Dickens

NAWFOS #2-Hess’ Harp

Pinch & punch Raffers. As promised a couple of advertisements from J Hess & Co. The Federal Harp was sold in Australia late in the 19th century from about 1898. It had been trademarked the previous year. The manufacturer Ernst Hess of Klingenthal Saxony had a display at the ‘World Fair’ held in Melbourne, Australia … Continue reading NAWFOS #2-Hess’ Harp

M-M-M-My Harola

Gidday Riff Raffers, Ooh, my little pretty one, my pretty one. My my my aye-aye whoa! Quite awhile back I discovered advertising for this unusually named harmonica, the Harola. I endeavoured to locate its origins and to see if it was actually unique to the Australian market. My initial attempts failed dismally and it would … Continue reading M-M-M-My Harola

DINGORADIO-Songs of Kerryn Tolhurst

Caravan Music Club, East Bentleigh, Sunday 5th January, 2020 "Aaron was a friend of mine. He lived out in the country far away from the city lights. Out among the gentle pines." (Kerryn Tolhurst) The band opened in fine fashion with Kerryn's melodic Aaron from The Dingoes self titled debut album of 1973. Terry Dean … Continue reading DINGORADIO-Songs of Kerryn Tolhurst

Now A Word From Our Sponsors (NAWFOS) #1-Dinkum Crackajack

Happy New Year Raffers, On the first of each month for twenty twenty we will search the old Australian newspapers for mouth organ advertisements and place them under the banner of Now A Word From Our Sponsors (NAWFOS). #1 is a couple of Crackajack promotions. Enjoy (Fair Dinkum) SD PS: Kerryn Tolhurst has his second gig … Continue reading Now A Word From Our Sponsors (NAWFOS) #1-Dinkum Crackajack

Bosker! Bonzer! Boshter!

G'Day Raffers, First rate mouth organs for sixpenny were sold in Australia as early as 1904 by Allan & Co under the Australian slang terms for first-rate, Boshter and Bonzer. (With permission City of Sydney Archives) In 1908 Chapman's of 634 George Street Sydney sold the Bosker in two models the Vamper for 1/6 and … Continue reading Bosker! Bonzer! Boshter!