July/August 2016

Early morning paddle out at sunrise Redhead Beach 30/06/2016

Redhead beach early surfer 30-08-16

Redhead beach early surfer 30-08-16

The memory of the event below was inspired by Gaye Sheathers book Rock This City

The Beauty of the Star

Around 1979 The Star Hotel in Newcastle had live local bands on every night, no cover charge, you just walked in and tried to get a beer. The place would be packed and getting near the bar was hopeless, sympathetic punters who already had a beer would pass your money up and pass your beer down but never move from their coveted position for several reasons. Firstly they could get beer, secondly the bands played behind the bar so they had the best vantage point and thirdly there was no dance floor so girls danced on the bar. It was all happening then until some bean counters had it shut down.

Local band Rimshot had a gig on a quieter Monday night and to attract a crowd they had an idea, a dance contest with a surfboard prize for the “best” dancer. A real surfboard made by the bands guitarist. There was a good crowd and a few tidy dancers in bikinis up on the bar keen to win the prize.

The band were ready for the last set and the girls ready for a dance off and in the door walks a dude and on his arm a pretty brunette in a trench coat. He was definitely a dude as he had a stingy brim derby hat on and a double breasted knee length coat and wore a grin like the cat on the mushroom with the hookah in Alice in Wonderland. (that … was a kids book??) He pops her up on the bar, as you do, and she drops the trench coat and whoaaa ikarumba, ruby red lipstick, knee high boots, short shorts and a see through blouse tied up in a knot.

And the band starts playing probably the most appropriate song for the occasion – an extended version of The Doors Roadhouse Blues. The other girls are dancing up a storm but this beauty had it in the bag. Every time the guitarist hit the whammy bar she would shimmy from head to toe, needless to say the whammy bar got a fair workout and she won the dude a new surfboard, but I don’t think he surfed or cared that he didn’t.

This kinda night don’t happen much now but it did then.

Rimshot 1979 Marks Point Hall

Rimshot 1979 Marks Point Hall

Another great local Newcastle band Pamdemonia 1979

Pamdemonia 1979

Pamdemonia 1979

I love the Surfer magazine Extra pages, January 1990 shows a Mal rider called Sasquatch which can only be Steve Irwin in a confontation with a crocodile. Photo taken by Martin Tullemans.

Steve Irwin Jan 1990 Surfer Extra

Steve Irwin Jan 1990 Surfer Extra

There’s a book just out that is great reading – a must for all Newcastle Live music fans  with photos of bands and venues, it captures what a great era we were lucky to have taken in and listened to so many great bands.

Rock This City – Live Music in Newcastle, 1970’s – 1980’s

by Gaye Sheather published by Hunter Press.

Rock this city book by Gaye Sheather

Rock this city book by Gaye Sheather

My 2 best rock moments I can remember were at a Zappa concert (of course) at the Sydney Horden Pavillion 1976. Waiting for the band to come on the house lights dimmed and the band were tuning up and doing a sound check. The guy in the seat next to me turns to me pie eyed and says ” F@#$ there good!!!” I wondered how good he would think they were when they started playing. Moments later Sal Marquez the trumpet player was confidently strutting along the edge of the stage a drink in one hand and trumpet in the other casting an eye over the audience. Someone yells out “you betta be able to play that thing!” Sal takes a calm sip from the plastic cup, leans over backwards his head almost touches the floor and raises up slowly bringing the trumpet to his lips leans into the mike and let rip with a huge burp which fills the room. Of course he could play that thing!

Bright Green Water. Redhead duck pond 3/8/2016

Green Water Redhead duck pond 03-08-16

Green Water Redhead duck pond 03-08-16

Redhead Beach surfer in a chunky swell 31/7/2016

dhead kneeboarder 31-07-16

Redhead Beach surfer 31-07-16

Redhead Beach fiery sunrise 11/7/16

Redhead Beach fiery sunrise 11-07-16

Redhead Beach fiery sunrise 11-07-16

Lake Macquarie surfer Terry with the surfing legend Donald Takayama in Hawaii back in 2011. Donald, who has since passed away was a great surfer, a USA champion several times, one of the best surfboard makers and from all accounts the nicest of blokes you would meet. Terry was lucky to meet up with Donald staying at the same hotel in Hawaii and got to surf with him and share his quiver of longboards and ride some waves with Donald and his Hawiian mates.

Terry and Donald Takayama

Terry and Donald Takayama

February 2015

Midnight Oil Exhibition Newcastle Museum Opening 19/2/2015

A good crowd attended and were introduced by the master of spray H G Nelson who told us of the surf out between McTavish and Garrett … oh to have seen that heat!

HG Nelson Oils Exhibit opening spray

HG Nelson Oils Exhibit opening spray

Rob Hirst Oils Drummer and main man in this exhibition was there to greet all. Geoff & Sandy with Rob Hirst.

Sandy and Geoff with Rob Hirst

Sandy and Geoff with Rob Hirst

Mark Richards was there seen here with my wife Sandy

Sandy and MR Oils exhibition

Sandy and MR Oils exhibition

The exhibition is a must for Oils Fans and any Aussie rock fans. Some of the memorabilia on display.

Sorry Oils Exhibit

Sorry Oils Exhibit

Under careful supervision and a favour from Oils management’s Arlene took a photo of Sandy and Crow having a go on stage … gee that mike is high.

Crow and Sandy Oils stage

Crow and Sandy Oils stage

It seems I wasn’t the only one taking photos of Midnight Oil at the Mawson in 1978. Geoff Schuck sent me this ripper!

Martin Rotsey Mawson Hotel 78

Martin Rotsey Mawson Hotel 78

Lake Macqaurie Surfest 2015 at Redhead Beach. Good surfers and a few good waves with a good crowd, a nice day and well run.

Matt Rawson Longboard final Lake Macqaurie Surfest 2015

Matt Rawson Surfest 2015 Longboard final

Matt Rawson Surfest 2015 Longboard final

Justin Lee Shortboard Masters Lake Macqaurie Surfest 2015

Justin Lee Surfest 2015 Short board final

Justin Lee Surfest 2015 Short board final

Lake Macqaurie Surfest 2015 SUP final

Surfest 2015 SUP final

Surfest 2015 SUP final

Lake Macqaurie 2015 Longboard final

Surfest 2015 Longboard final

Surfest 2015 Longboard final

The Angels at the Mawson Hotel 1978 the good Doc Neeson gets some height, backs up to the ceiling. The Brewsters don’t move except for their hands.

Angels Mawson 78 Doc on ceiling

Angels Mawson 78 Doc on ceiling

The Angels Doc Neeson Outdoor show at Caves Beach around 1978

Angels Doc Neeson Caves Bch3 78

Angels Doc Neeson Caves Bch3 78

Redhead beach early morning Australia Day raining and overcast and the Australian flag flying from the Shark Tower.

Redhead beach Flag 26-01-15

Redhead beach Flag 26-01-15

Swansea Channel 21/12/2014 The water was as good in as it looked.

Swansea Channel 21-12-2014

Swansea Channel 21-12-2014

Redhead Beach Clouds 04/02/2015

Redhead beach Clouds 04-02-2015

Redhead beach Clouds 04-02-2015

Line up early morning Redhead Beach 23/1/2015

Redhead Beach surf 23-01-15

Redhead Beach surf 23-01-15

Redhead Beach Ship in sunrise 3/2/2015

Redhead Beach shipn sunrise 03-02-15

Redhead Beach shipn sunrise 03-02-15

September 2014

Razor Clam in Lake Macquarie 3/10/2014. There are many of these razor sharp shellfish in the shallows of most shorelines around Lake Macquarie. These things can grow to easy 30 centimetres and the edges of their shells as their name suggest are sharp.

Razor Clam in Lake Macquarie

Razor Clam in Lake Macquarie

Redhead Beach 1945 my Mum and Aunty with my older brother and cousin.They are on the rock where the surf club now sits and behind them shows that the first creek used to flow out at the Shark Tower.

Redhead Beach 1945

Redhead Beach 1945

From my re-discovered unprinted negatives:

Midnight Oil Peter Garret and Andrew James Mawson Hotel 1978

Midnight Oil Mawson 1978 9

Midnight Oil Mawson 1978 9

Midnight Oil Martin Rotsey and and Andrew James Mawson Hotel 1978

Midnight Oil 1978 1

Midnight Oil 1978 1

Midnight Oil Mawson Hotel Caves Beach around 1978

Midnight Oil Mawson 1978 15

Midnight Oil Mawson 1978 15

The Angels Doc Neeson at the Caves Beach Mawson Hotel 1977

Doc Neeson Mawson 1977

Doc Neeson Mawson 1977

Midnight Oil at the Mawson Hotel 1978

Midnight Oil Mawson 1977

Midnight Oil Mawson 1977

Sandscape Redhead Beach 30/08/2014. Heavy surf wind and rain have combined to mould the sand burms.

Sandscape Redhead Beach 30-08-14

Sandscape Redhead Beach 30-08-14

Redhead Beach Bird like cloud 29/08/2014

Clouds Redhead Beach 29-08-14

Clouds Redhead Beach 29-08-14

Bluebottles washed up on Redhead Beach 27/8/2014. The surf has been rough for a while due to a low off the coast bringing in bluebottles not usually seen until February.

Bluebottles Redhead Beach 27-08-14

Bluebottles Redhead Beach 27-08-14

View from a Stand Up Paddle Board Redhead Beach July 2014

Redhead July 2014 from SUP

Redhead July 2014 from SUP

Silvertop wave taken from my SUP at Dudley 27/7/2014. The morning sun shimmering on the crest of the wave.

Silvertop wave from Sup at Dudley 29-7-14

Silvertop wave from Sup at Dudley 29-7-14

Reflections in the water from Mangrove Trees in Black Neds Bay 22/8/2014

Mangroves in Black Neds Bay 22/08/14

Mangroves in Black Neds Bay 22/08/14

Foggy Morning Black Neds Bay 9/8/2014

Foggy Morn Black Neds Bay 09/08/2014

Foggy Morn Black Neds Bay 09/08/2014

Salts Bay Swansea 23/08/2014

Salts Bay Swansea 23-08-14

Salts Bay Swansea 23-08-14

Glassy water on the Blacksmiths side of Swansea Channel 6/8/2014

Blacksmiths Channel 06-08-14

Blacksmiths Channel 06-08-14

Clear water Salts Bay Swansea 14/07/2014

Salts Bay Swansea 14/7/2014

Salts Bay Swansea 14/7/2014

 

 

July/August 2013

Redhead beach on a cloudy early morning 7/8/13.

Redhead Beach cloudy sunrise 07-08-13.

Redhead Beach surfer 3/8/2013

Redhead surfer 03-08-13

Just before dawn on a wild and rainy morning 25/7/2013. The waves and wind and rain made this Redhead Beach sand dune some form of weird “thing” … and my dog Bonnie thought so too!

Redhead moulded sandbank 25-07-13

Redhead Beach surfer 6/8/13 In the gloom before sunrise this guy picked a couple off before anyone could see what was going on.

Redhead Beach surfer 06-08-13

Ross Wilson at Lizotte’s 3/8/13 Ross played all his great hits mixed with new songs which were just as good. Great night!

Ross Wilson Lizottes 03-08-13

Redhead Beach surfer 10/8/13. The end to the rides could be  a bit exciting.

Redhead Beach surfer exit 10-08-13

Redhead Beach early morning wave 6/8/13. A bit blurry but I just liked the feel of it

Redhead Beach early wave 06-08-13

Redhead Beach SUP riders Mark and Gus at sunrise 21/7/13

Redhead Beach 2 Sups at sunrise 21-07-13

Redhead Beach sunrise weird cloud 11/7/2013

Redhead Beach sunrise weird cloud 11-07-13

Redhead Beach shore break 08-08-13

Redhead Beach shorebreak 08-08-13

Redhead surfer Col Smith gets a warm welcome in Japan around 1979, photo courtesy of Col’s family collection.

Newcastle surfer Col Smith Greeting in Japan 1979

Redhead surfer Col Smith riding a 6’9″/7’6″ Asymmetric single fin channel board at Margaret River around 1980.

Photo courtesy of Col’s Family collection.

Redhead surfer Col Smith Margaret River 1980

Redhead Beach 18/8/2013. Mark Hancock and his surfing dog Buddy catch a wave.

Mark & his dog Buddy on SUP Redhead Beach 18-08-13

June 2013

29/6/2013 The Last Waltz Revival played at Lizotte’s Newcastle.

Lizotte’s – A great place – for a meal and to hear and see some great bands.

The Last Waltz Revival lovingly recreated the songs from The Bands 1976 Farewell Concert, which had an unrivalled line up of  guest star’s, which included Bob Dylan, Eric Clapton, Neil Young, Dr John, Joni Mitchell and the list kept going.

Last Waltz Revival at Lizottes 29-06-13

The Last Waltz Revival featured a talented line up on multiple instruments and music styles – all epic.

Last Waltz Revival at Lizottes 29-06-13

12/6/2013 Redhead Beach sunrise 2 early bird swimmers on the Little Beach

Redhead Beach sunrise 2 swimmers 12/6/2013

Redhead Beach sunrise 11/6/2013

Redhead Beach sunrise 11/6/2013

5/6/2013. We bought Bonnie a new kennel. She likes laying on the top best.

Bonnie on top of kennel 05-06-13

Redhead Beach sunrise 1/6/2013

Redhead Beach Sunrise 01-06-13

Redhead Beach sunrise 11/6/2013

Redhead Beach sunrise 11-06-13

Redhead Beach sunrise 18/6/2013. The cloud bank made it almost pitch black.

Redhead Beach sunrise 18-06-13

Pelicans in Newcastle harbour 08/6/2013

Pelicans in Newcastle Harbour 08-06-13

 

10th January 2013

Redhead Beach sunrise 26/1/2013

Redhead beach 26-01-13

Redhead Beach sunrise 25/1/2013

Redhead Beach sunrise3 25-01-13

25/1/2013 Surfers out at dawn Redhead Beach

Redhead Beach sunrise2 25-01-13

16/1/2013 Sunrise Redhead Beach.

Redhead Beach Sunrise 1 16-01-13

16/1/2013 Redhead Beach Sunrise with Bonnie and Seagulls.The seagulls flew into frame and Bonnie went in to to chase them and it made a nice entry into the picture.

Redhead Beach Bonnie and seagulls16-01-13

8/10/2013 This is Bonnie, a beautiful lovely dog – rescued and now re-housed by Amy’s Animal Rescue. See the web site  www.aaarescue.net – Amie’s Pets are currently advertised on Gumtree, contact her if you can help.Amy’s Angels goal is to save as many pets from death row as possible. Please consider adopting a pet from an animal rescue if you want a pet – as 63,000 good unwanted animals were put down just in NSW last year.

Bonnie 08-01-13

16/6/2012 An Octopus’s Garden. Since 1965 I was like what’s Ringo on about ” I’d like to be under the sea in an Octopusses garden with you”. Well I went for a paddle on my SUP in Marks Point Bay and in the shallows I noticed a pile of shells As I approached an angry Octopus popped out from a hole in the middle – no lie – brandishing a beer bottle in one hand. One Octopusses garden – but I dont think he was so keen on sharing it. I quickly pushed him off my board with my paddle and swung around to take this photo.

16-06-12 Octopus with beer bottle

As Frank Zappa said – the Ocean is the ultimate solution. Seems like it is for the problem of garbage -washed up at Redhead Beach  after a storm 11/6/2012.

11-06-12 Redhead Beach flotsom washed up

Redhead Beach 25/6/2012 Nice wave good surfer.

Redhead Beach Surfer1 26-05-12

Method 22/4/2012. Method played at Dudley Oceanview Pub – Great 2 piece band keep an ear out for them.

Method 4 Oceanview 22-04-12

16/6/2012 Mark’s Point Bay Starfish. A large bright starfish missing a leg and appears about to lose 2 more.

6-06-12 Marks Point Starfish

Redhead surfer 25/11/12 Yound Mal Rider

Redhead Beach surfer4 25-11-12

8/4/2012 Dweezil Zappa and Band Zappa Plays Zappa at Panthers Newcastle, what a great band, played music by Dweezil’s dad Frank Zappa.

Dweezil Zappa Band 8-4-12

16/6/2012 Marks Point Bay cloud reflections in the water.

6-06-12 Marks Point reflections

16/6/2012 Marks Point early morning.

16-06-12 Marks Point

Cold Chisel Mawson Hotel 1978

Cold Chisel played the Mawson Hotel at Caves Beach lots of times in the late 70’s. Well the hotel just got lunched, to make way for more stuff.  Some good shows and good nights were had there.

This is one of my favourite shots of Ian Moss. In silhouette. I only used the  stage lights, as flash bothers the players and washes out the atmosphere. I shot using fast speed film and doubled the time developing it in my garage darkroom.  Mossy used to take a solo spot while the band had a drink and he would play  Georgia, and it would hush the crowd down.

Ian Moss Silhouette Mawson Hotel 1978
Ian Moss Silhouette Mawson Hotel 1978

Cold Chisel at the Mawson with the crowd up close and personal.

Cold Chisel Mawson Hotel 1978
Cold Chisel Mawson Hotel 1978

Jimm Barnes in combat boots and ex army gear rocking his heart out. Mawson Hotel Caves Beach 1978.

Jimmy Barnes Mawson Hotel 1978
Jimmy Barnes Mawson Hotel 1978

Grubby, Newcastle’s most favourite drummer, who played in Rim Shot and Rat  Salad and many others and has mixed for a lot of bands too, summed up the  crowds feeling after a Cold Chisel gig. Quite often Grubby would take in a  show at the Mawson and then hitch into town to play with his own band,  who would be waiting, wondering where the hell is he. Somehow he always got  there, not so much on time, but got there.

Grubby the drummer Mawson Hotel 1978
Grubby the drummer Mawson Hotel 1978

Phil Small Cold Chisel bass player Mawson Hotel 1978.

Phil Small Mawson Hotel 1978
Phil Small Mawson Hotel 1978

Ian Moss – another great guitar solo at the Mawson Hotel 1978.

Ian Moss Cold Chisel Mawson Hotel 1977
Ian Moss Cold Chisel Mawson Hotel 1977

Don Walker on Keyboards Mawson Hotel 1978. You didn’t get to see much of Don from the front of the stage, but he was the backbone of the group, writing some fantastic songs.

Don Walker Mawson Hotel 1978
Don Walker Mawson Hotel 1978

Steve Prestwich Cold Chisel Drummer Maswon Hotel 1978.

Steve Prestwich Mawson 1978
Steve Prestwich Mawson 1978