A Man Called Uncle

Hi Riff Raffers, Legendary axeman Kevin Borich only knew him as Uncle. When the 'Kevin Borich Express' played gigs in Adelaide, Kev would invite Uncle on stage to jam, such were the skills of this long haired, bearded man with wild eyes, on the most owned instrument in the world. In 1977 the stars aligned … Continue reading A Man Called Uncle

Now For Something Completely Different #1-Amplification

Happy New Year Riff Raffers and now for something completely different. This year on the first of each month I will feature a short article(s) under the banner of, ‘Now For Something Completely Different’. It will be a little quirky while honouring the history of the mouth organ in Australia and beyond. Our first ‘NFSCD’ (for … Continue reading Now For Something Completely Different #1-Amplification

Auditory Perception

Hello Riff Raffers, "The singer's song will not be heard if the applause is much too loud." (Glenn Shorrock) Some tunes are never destined for greatness if the measure is by chart success or record sales. Without airplay what chance does it have to be a 'chart buster'? I'm always bemused by the critics' label … Continue reading Auditory Perception

Collingwood’s ‘Crackajack’ Collier

Hi Riff Raffers, Who holds the title of Collingwood’s ‘Crackajack’ Collier? No it's not either of the footballing brothers Albert or Harry from the late 1920’s through into the thirties. It is Australian Mouth Organ Champion from the same period, Albert and Harry’s cousin, Harold. Harold’s father, Harry Edward Collier was the brother of Albert … Continue reading Collingwood’s ‘Crackajack’ Collier

Pig Jiggin’

Hi Riff Raffers, Mike Stevens first appeared on my radar when he collaborated with fellow Canadian, Matt Andersen on the 2009 album, 'Piggyback' (released on local independent label Busted Flat Records). 'Blue Celtic Rose' was a particular favourite of the authors as it featured his inimitable harp playing. Mike's unique style was suited to, but … Continue reading Pig Jiggin’

Break A Leg

Hi Riff Raffers, It was the summer of '63. The venue Flinders Street Extension outside the 'Mission for Seaman'. A fifteen year old boy from Hampton was hitching to Torquay for some surfing. His lift to the city couldn't take him any further and as he alights from the passenger side into the street he … Continue reading Break A Leg

Up To Date

  Hi Riff Raffers, Having determined that collecting vintage/antique harmonicas was confined to my past why did I shell out twenty bucks on another harmonica that didn't even have its original box. Their worth more in their original packaging. Freud would say it had something to do with my toilet training, of course he would. … Continue reading Up To Date

Man On The Run

Hi Riff Raffers, At last, an interview of sorts with one of my all time harmonica favourites, 'Dingo', Broderick Smith. As a twelve year old, Brod along with Matt Taylor (Chain), Mike Rudd (Spectrum), Ross Wilson (Daddy Cool) and Chris Blanchflower (Country Radio) piqued this young Australian boy's interest in the instrument that fits in … Continue reading Man On The Run

Riding On

Hey there Riff Raffers, Three new releases with the ‘Blues Burger’ as the feature. Out now! Firstly by James Harmon on a Muddy Waters’ cover by Billy Gibbons, ‘Standing Around Crying’ from his album ‘Big Bad Blues’ on Concorde records. On the album Billy let’s rip with a bit of harp as well.   We … Continue reading Riding On