SWINGERS FOR WODEN VALLEY, SATURDAY.
Woden Valley swingers will be catered for at a new Saturday afternoon dance beginning next Saturday.
Canberra's newest group sensation, The Tintern Abbey, will open the Saturday afternoon at the Statesman Hotel, Curtin, beginning this Saturday.
This will be the only Saturday afternoon entertainment offering for the 27,000 residents of the valley.
Well known Canberra folk singer, Adele Hoffman, will make her debut as a pop singer on Saturday.
She is the second female singer for the group.
Maria Morcelles is already established with the Tintern Abbey. The dance will begin at 2pm and a 50c admission will be charged. According to a spokesman for the dance "drinks will be at rock bottom prices. The dance is designed as door-step entertainment in the Woden Valley," he said. "The music will have a contemporary sound including blues, Dusty Springfield numbers, soul music and unknown album material. We hope it will develop as a focal point for young people," he added. The only other hotel entertainment on Saturday afternoon is at the Deakin Inn and the Dickson Hotel. However both of these provide music only. There are no dancing facilities.
PHOTO COURTESY ANDY INGRAM
This article on Megan is from The Canberra News, 24/8/1970, author unknown.
'FUN HAS GONE OUT OF SINGING IN CANBERRA', SAYS MEGAN WILLIAMS
Canberra pop star,
Megan Williams, will abandon her singing career at the end of the year.
"A lot of the fun has gone out of singing in Canberra", Megan said today. Only 15, Megan (pictured above) has been the lead singer with Tintern Abbey for the past year. She has a fine exciting voice, far advanced for her age.
But opposition from small-minded people on the scene has given her little encouragement to develop this talent.
"I didn't expect the antagonism I have got from other people, with all kinds of rumours always being spread about me", she said.
"Because I have had a lot of publicity, some people seem to dislike me on site, and look for things to criticise".
"They are even more antagonistic because they think I have no talent at all, because I'm only 15 and because I'm a girl".
"These people have conjured up in their minds the 'fantastic time' I'm supposed to be having, and because they think I don't deserve it, are antagonistic".
"Singing with the Abbey is not another world. Musicians are just people, not walking Buddhas", she said.
Megan said that because of all this, December will definitely bring "The finish of my singing. I have more important things to do now".
She plans to paint and study commercial art at an art school in Sydney.
"And anyway, I don't think I would be good enough to continue singing in Sydney, with all that competition".
Megan is not exaggerating the petty minded criticism and backbiting she has had to face. It is an indictment of the immaturity of some sections of the Canberra pop scene.
Some local "musicians" have told me Megan has absolutely no talent, cannot sing and is vastly over-rated by most people. Which is utter rubbish based on some sort of malicious envy.
Of course many people don't like Megan's particular singing style, but that is just a matter of opinion and they're entitled to it. However, to say she has no talent only indicates a pitifully inadequate knowledge of music. She is one of the few really exciting and genuine talents on the Canberra pop scene. There are many good musicians here, but few can equal her great potential. That is not just my opinion. People more qualified share my view.
When Megan sang with the Abbey at a number of Sydney discos recently, she received an enthusiastic reception from a number of top people including the powerful Gordon Bleu Agency.
Megan said she had "some regrets" about leaving the group.
"I have a unique position in the Abbey ---- the boys are fatherly towards me, yet at the same time I am treated like one of the mob", she said.
Megan said she would prefer to sing more blues material for the balance of her time with the Abbey.
Tintern Abbey as a group receives its share of hostility from other local groups, usually because of their material, but also because of the heavy advertising build up the group has received.
Megan thinks the other groups are to a degree justified in their resentment.
"In some ways our advertising has been unfair to them", she said. "We are in a good position with a manager who favours us and gives us more advertising than the other groups. We get more advertising than is necessary. We can sit on our behinds and not practice for weeks, yet still get the jobs. So it does seem unfair that some of the other groups have to slog away and still not get the jobs", Megan said.
But wait, all is not lost for the "Abbey", there's more.
This appeared in The Canberra News, date/author
DAVE KAIN JOINS TINTERN ABBEY
Dave Kain has joined top local group, Tintern Abbey.
Regarded for years as the top guitarist in Canberra, Dave will make his first appearance with the Abbey in a few weeks.
A student at the Canberra School of Music, Dave (pictured below)
has not played with any local groups for a long time, although he has done occasional gigs. His appearance with Tintern Abbey will no doubt herald a new wave of popularity for the group. A re-shuffle of the Abbey line-up has taken place to make way for Dave.
Drummer John Hovell has left the group, and lead singer Pieter de Vries will move to drums. John said his departure from the Abbey had been "amicable".
"I have not been happy with the material we have been doing, nor the places where we have been playing", he said.
He intends to "cool it" for at least a month, before trying to form a three-piece, mainly instrumental, heavy group. The appearance of John's new band will depend on "when I can get the musicians I want".
PHOTOS COURTESY DAVE KAIN
Fabulous article written by Gary Raffaele when Dave Kain decided to "come out" of retirement and join Tintern Abbey.
Good news, good news.
Guitarist Dave Kain, one of the giants of this town's scene, is back public.
Kain who has been hitting the books heavily, studying guitar, is to join Tintern Abbey this week.
Which is cool because the man has been hidden. And that was his scene, wood shedding But now changes, no matter the reason, changes.
Kain and Paul Reynolds is a combination to hear. When the Abbey plays your local policeman's ball, grab it. Because Kain is a man to reckon with.
He is out of the
freak-out phase ... I doubt if he was ever really in it. He's looking for new
directions. And that's just the clicheish phase he's going to hate. But that's
Kain should make a power of difference to the way the Abbey looks at it's music. His public reappearance should in fact make a difference to the Canberra scene.
If you're learning the machine hear the man. He'll have things to tell you.
I'm Paul Reynolds, played in assorted Canberra bands from '67ish to '74.
It has been great seeing the old faces again on your sites, stirred up many
memories of course, particularly that long-forgotten shot of my first
non-school band, Satisfaction's Curse.
band with a very schoolboy name!).
I've attached a couple of shots and some details which you may find
I have many more clippings, etc (though sadly not many photos) which I will
gradually scan & send to you.
It was particularly great to see the article about David Kain joining us in
Tintern Abbey - he really gave us a new burst of energy!!
appearance with Dave was at a corporate ball of some sort and the Fortified
Few (New Orleans jazz) had played the dinner music for a couple of hours
before we went on.
We started off playing a rocky instrumental of some sort which quickly got quite rhythmically and harmonically adventurous.
produced an audio tone generator (very simple one-oscillator
synthesiser) with just a single rotary pot for pitch control - suddenly it
was Stevie Wonder meets Ornette Coleman!
When we stopped, the guys from the Fortified Few clapped and shouted,
audience didn't have a clue what
was going on - the silence was frightening!
We had to jump
straight into a Beatles song to reassure them.
Anyhow, thanks for two very entertaining sites
keep up the outstanding work!
These came from a short-lived (one issue!) publication called Canberra Pictorial.
It had shots of the boxing at Police Boys Club, CWA meetings and
even a pic of visiting Indian model Persis Khambatta before she became Miss
World and an icon in Star Trek ... and us!
This caption was under this photo, author unknown.
Oh to be young and gay ... when Saturday morning means a pop concert under the Big Top instead of dragging the shopping through the Mall. For these Canberra youngsters the morning was filled with names like Tintern Abbey, Dreygan and Free Fall, groups playing at the concert held under the circus tent later to echo to the roar of tigers and elephants echoed now to the saxophone of Graeme Patrick of Tintern Abbey.
This is what
POPPICS had to
say about Tintern Abbey.
None of the screams of Elvis Presley's hey-day, none of the hysteria that these kids' mothers lavished on Frank Sinatra. Just respectful interest, all eyes on the bandstand as the Abbey's petite singer Megan Williams belts out a vocal with Pieter de Vries. With Jimi Hendrix hair-do erect in the background is Paul Reynolds.
This Daily News article had a different perspective on the Big Top concert from the Canberra Pictorial one.
It was written by Ross Campbell-Jones who knew every big word in the book - except "humble".
Glum Weekend For Pop
It was a bad scene for Canberra pop last weekend.
Poor crowds turned out at various pop events, with only 350 at Pacesetter, 250 at Fillmore Central and a disappointing 300 at the big top concert on Saturday morning.
I was surprised at the small crowds at the big top, as it was an ideal place to hold a pop concert.
The circus atmosphere was superb trappings for the sounds of pop.
Tintern Abbey got the show off to an inauspicious start with a couple of rather shaky numbers.
Their music was a little rough around the edges and lacked the polish so hard for any part time group to achieve, but they soon settled down to a high standard.
However, the change in the group was electrifying when bass player Paul Reynolds took over the vocals for a couple of numbers.
Together with Tintern Abbey's brilliant girl singer, Megan Williams, he sparked a sound that I guarantee would obtain steady work at Sydney discos.
Reynolds has a searing, driving voice and an on stage personality to match. The audience really started to groove in his bracket.
Which brings me to what I fell is Tintern Abbey's greatest hang-up at present - their vocals, Megan is, as I said, brilliant, but the other lead singer, Pieter de Vries, just does not have the voice necessary to lead this group.
Pieter is a very talented musician and is pleasant enough on vocals. He also happens to be one of the nicest guys in local music.
But that is not sufficient to lead a group that many claim is the best in the ACT.
Peter should only be harmonising, as well as playing an instrument and adding to the group's sound. He is too good a musician to be used in the present manner.
It is hard to understand why Tintern Abbey have not used Paul Reynolds singing more often in the past. He is the first local singer I have seen capable of blending a great sound with the personality necessary to get the audience involved.
And if I'm waxing lyrical I mean to be. Paul and Megan have too good a sound to be ignored.
Dreygan, the next group to appear at the big top, were quite dismal and well below whata they are capable of producing.
Their music was hollow and formless, the vocals amiss, and most of their material was entirely unsuitable for such a concert.
I have since been told that both lead singers with Dreygan were suffering from laryngitis on Saturday and had to cancel their scheduled appearance at Fillmore Central that night.
This would account for most of the group's problems, except for their choice of material.
Dreygan played much too much "light" music for a pop concert, and consequently failed to gain the interest of most of the audience.
In fact, the only time Dreygan looked like taking off is when they played one wild up tempo number. But it was the only piece of "hard" music they played.
Judged on their performance under the big top, Canyon have a great future in the pop business if they keep up their constant improvement.
John Socha's hard, gutsy voice is ideal for their style of underground music, which blasts wide open when they are in full groove.
Young 16 year old lead guitarist, Peter Lewis, has the talent to go a long way. Already his work is superior to a great number of other pop guitarists in Canberra.
One thing Canyon desperately lacks is good stage act to help get the excitement of their work across to the kids.
Their music is just not suited to the good old "stay and play" techniques. They must move around the stage and groove with, rather than to, their audience.
And as for the guitarists sitting on the ground while playing a really wild number - that amounts to pop suicide! I'm sure it is comfortable and makes guitar easier, but it shows disregard and almost lack of interest in the kids.
At Pacesetter, Glynn Braddy was having problems, apart from the small crowd. The audio console was only just working, the musicians were having trouble with their equipment, and finally the Sydney group Nebraska, proved to be dreadful.
Braddy was forced to order Nebraska's lead singer off for a while, and another member of the group finally took over vocals. He was certainly better, but they still must be in the running for the worst Sydney group we have seen for a long time.
Fortunately, Pacesetter's music was saved somewhat by local group Union of Jack, who performed creditably under arduous conditions.
However, their singer Roy Shepherd, seemed to be engulfed by the group's backing, and failed to emphasise his own style above the music.
Members of the group later told me they were having troubles with their amplification system, so we reserve any further comment until further listening!
Self-explanatory - one of Forbes Camerons' bright ideas.
Turned out to be a
top to bottom
Graham Patrick, Manfred Vuksa, John Hovell,
John Hoorweg, Megan Williams, Russ Corkhill & Paul Reynolds.
PHOTOS & WORDS COURTESY PAUL REYNOLDS
PHOTO COURTESY LORRAINE VUKSA