The Kreisler of the Mouth Organ

One of our nation’s finest exponent on the mouth organ was Alfred Leslie Benoit, who was born in Ballarat on the 18th June 1899. To many of his chums he was known as ‘Hooker’. Perhaps a reference to his cricket or boxing prowess. Growing up in the gold fields of Ballarat, he was never far … Continue reading The Kreisler of the Mouth Organ

Cartoons & Caricatures #12 – Whoop Whoop

The Whoop Whoop School Band Reading from left to right: On the ladder, taking a top note, Charlie Cheapnut, mouth organ; Franz O. Mehod, Euphonium and Snake; Dough Nutt, Esq. (conductor); Chris Cross, solo mouth organ; Tim Pippin, solo soprano tin whistle; Bob Marino, solo concertina; Freddy Turnipseed, big drum and cymbals; Tom Tootle, flute; … Continue reading Cartoons & Caricatures #12 – Whoop Whoop

NFSCD #6-Prince Pauper

Hi Riffers, New month and another, 'Now For Something Completely Different' number six. Times were tough at Balmoral. Sydney-Miss Sarah Gould (68) of Milton, on the Southern Coast, was upset last September when she read in a newspaper that Prince Charles only got 1/6 a week in pocket money. So Miss Gould went shopping. She … Continue reading NFSCD #6-Prince Pauper

NFSCD #4-Biting A Chew Off A Plug…

Pinch & Punch Riff Raffers, An interesting insight into how the mouth organ was perceived in the colonies during the late nineteenth century. (Sydney Evening News, Thursday 9th August, 1894) Here's the full transcript with a 'pic' thrown in. THE LYRICAL LARRIKIN MADE MORAL BY MUSIC THE MELODIOUS “MOUTH ORGAN” After having decided either to … Continue reading NFSCD #4-Biting A Chew Off A Plug…

The Journey Continues

Hi there Riff Raffers, Harmonica Riff Raff started out on community radio 3MDR, Mountain District Radio (Emerald, Melbourne Australia) on Wednesday 24th April 2013 at 11pm and would conclude five years later after 256 episodes. HRR broadcast at various timeslots, primarily though from Wednesday 5pm to 7pm. A show dedicated to the most owned instrument in … Continue reading The Journey Continues