Wednesday, 14 March 2018


We of the PBGB Shed have had the great pleasure of Nathan Lygon's occasional company for a while now.

Nathan is a Yuin man.  Born right here in our much missed Pambula Hospital. Nathan started school at Pambula Primary, where, in year 5 he started messing with a didgeridoo. Been at it ever since. He finished year 12 at Eden High. Given all that, Nathan could just qualify as a local !   

Nathan, we have come to learn, is a tireless contributor to 'good things'. We first came across him performing at the Jigamy Farm 'Grow The Music' workshop. Grow the Music is an Australia wide youth oriented program which aims to improve the health and well-being of Indigenous communities  through workshops focussed on music and performing arts. So there was Nathan, down at Jigamy,  performing traditional dances with the little kids.............brilliant !!  In fact Nathan will soon be repeating that performance at a Social Justice Advocates of the Sapphire Coast 'Day at the Beach' for a busload of refugees who have recently arrived in Australia.  See what we mean about doing good ?  More power to you Nathan !!

Anyway, Nathan drops into The Shed every now and then, with his didgeridoo and a smile. He plonks hisself down and starts blowing.

Nobody in The Shed had ever worked with a didge player before, so we set about figuring what we could do to  best compliment what Nathan was playing. An excellent musical challenge !

Mother Of Eternity is the fifth PBGB song that Graham Brown has written lyrics for. Check out Graham's 'Musos Page' to track down the others. On this occasion Graham came up with the title, then went on to pen lyrics that he thought reflected the spirit of what we were trying to achieve in working with Nathan. Nathan approved, and that was just fine by us. Once Graham had polished up the lyrics, he asked Mick if he might sing it. Mick was happy to do so and did a fine job. Nice bit of teamwork there. The rest of us set about trying to place the didge in an appropriate musical context.

THIS is what we ended up with.  How'd we go ??

Nathan was right at home............blew his part brilliantly every run through, without batting an eyelid.

The rest of us tried our darndest to play stuff that complemented the didge and the mood of the song. Nathan is  pretty happy with the result, so, hey, what works for Nathan works for us.

Welcome to The PBGB Shed Nathan !!!

Mick Nadin sang
Nathan Lygon blew the Didgeridoo
Manny Aigner played the Guitar
Louise Nadin played Bass
Graham Brown wrote the lyrics and played Percussion
Pete drummed
Neil Porter did the Production work.

Thursday, 22 February 2018


Mick Nadin is proving to be a prolific songwriter. Seems like every time we wonder what to do next Mick has a swag of lyrics in his kit bag.

Not so long ago Chris Ralfs was hangin' in The Shed fidgeting about with a bass riff. Mick latched onto it and reckoned it would fit nicely under a set of lyrics he was working on. Well we started grooving on it, set up a feel, and away we went. Mick turned on his 'phone recorder.

A week or so later we cut a demo on the Shed recording set-up.  Mick took that home to ponder. He reckoned the demo didn't have the punch that the 'phone recording had, so we went back to tors and toughened up the groove.

Mick liked that a whole lot better. We all did. So, with the new grittier groove agreed, we got serious.

Chris the grizzled bass warrior
We recorded a pass or two, chose the one we liked best. Chris, occupying the PBGB Producer's seat for the first time, took it home and sent out a rough mix for comment. Everybody seemed to agree that the song had recaptured it's mojo.

After a round of re-jigging, a dash of dubbing, and a smattering of smarm,  Chris sent THIS down for another critique. Well we all liked it and ticked it off. We hope you dig it too.

We're really chuffed that Chris is cool about producing songs for us. He's certainly got the skills. Plus, he favours the same Logic software as Neil. We use logic in The Shed as well, so that makes life nice and easy. Chris has a different style to Neil, so hopefully we can fit song styles to production styles. Anyway, we now have two producers, which is brilliant !!  More please Chris.

'Leavin' It All To The Dog' is another nasty little nugget from Mick's pen. Pure fiction of course, but basically a tale of a dude who reckons that the wipe just ain't cuttin' the mustard. So he's kicked her out of the cot and figures he'll be leavin' his stash to the dog. Cop that !!

Mick Nadin wrote it, sang it and blew the Harp
Chris Ralfs came up with the riff, played Bass and Produced
Manny Aigner played the Lead Guitar
Neil Porter played the Rhythm Guitar
Graham Brown played Percussion
Pete played the Drums

So there !!

Sunday, 4 February 2018


Look at these guys will ya?  Look like they're having a good time?  They are. They love livin' down  here on the Sapphire Coast and they dig hangin' out in The Shed.

So much so that all the songs Graham has written for PBGB are either about The Shed............ 'Forgot My Words' and 'Georgie' , or about our fabulous beaches......... 'Bar Beach Groove'.  All those songs are right here on our blog. Look 'em up and have a listen.

Graham's latest offering, 'Paradiso' is also about our little piece of paradise on the beautiful Sapphire Coast. He brought the lyrics in and sort of hummed it. Being a percussionist, Graham loves Latin feels, so we got the picture and put a little bit of beachside sway  behind his lyrics.

Dawson, with his uke and his general all 'round South Pacific laid back vibe, was the obvious choice for vocals.

What a team!  All you need is a couple of cocktails, you know those ones with  the parasols sticking out, a deck chair and some sunscreen to join them in their delight of our little piece of Paradiso.

Join the soiree by clicking  HERE  for a listen

Graham Brown                wrote Paradiso and played Percussion
Dawson Graham             sang and played Ukulele
Steve Faggotter               played the Guitar
Mick Nadin                      played the Harp and Melodica
Louise Nadin                   played Bass
Pete played                      played Drums
Neil Porter                       produced the song for us

Thursday, 18 January 2018


Mick originally set his lyrics for Mr Fixit as a story about a know, that friendly guy who comes in to do the odd job about the house. But while he was running the lyrics around his head Chris Ralfs strolled into The Shed and laid down a heavy hittin' bass line........... no particular context, just Ralfin' around. Chris does that.

Mick loved Chris's riff, and figured he might put two and two together. Suddenly the mild mannered tradey became a rather nasty, not to be crossed, ugly piece of work ...........a handy man with a gun !  A man with a serious nature.   Proud of his workmanship........ indeed !

A song about a dude like that has to pump, no doubt about that ay, so we dialled up  some gritty settings and off we went.

We recorded the basic track, added a bit of this and a layer of that. Neil took it home for a twiddle, and THIS is what came out.

Of course we of The Shed have no issues with the good folk of Frankston........... love 'em...............but we do have a cautionary warning...... ............'if you happen to be hanging out down Frankston way and you come across a nasty looking codger knocking back Whisky Sours, just nod politely and quickly move on...........nothing to see here thank you !!

Mick Nadin wrote and sang the lyrics
Chris Ralfs came up with the bass riff but he wasn't there when we turned on the recorder, so
Louise Nadin played the bass
Manny Aigner played the guitar (s)
Graham Brown shook the tambourine
Pete played the drums
Neil produced the track

Monday, 1 January 2018


Manny's been at it again. Thing is, he's versatile. So, a cuppla weeks back, when just Manny, Mick and Pete were hanging in The Shed, we figured what the hell, no matter, the three of us could probably do something useful.

As it happened, a week before, we had been foolin' about with Manny's 'But Mostly'. We liked it, and thought we'd give it a shot.

What with Manny being able to handle the guitar, bass and vocals, we figured the three of us could put it together layer by layer.

So we turned on the recorder and laid down a scratch take with Manny on rhythm guitar and vocals, Mick on harp, and Pete on drums. Then we added Manny on bass. Then we added Manny on lead. Pete wanted to re-do his drum track, so he did, and that was about that. Top to bottom in less than three hours. Great fun !!

Manny wrote But Mostly inspired by the idea that every situation we find ourselves can be viewed as an opportunity to learn. Manny believes everything is transitory - being rich, being poor, being famous, being healthy, being's only the way that we view such life experiences that give them real meaning. He believes it behoves us to learn from everything we go through. 

Manny sees negative emotions like blame, jealousy, and vengeance, as wasteful responses to life's experiences. For Manny, such emotions are peripheral.......... they shift our focus away from what are really opportunities to grow into a better person.

As Manny sings..................."But mostly you've got nothin' honey, if you don't learn from it all "

It's a great song thanks Manny and we are very pleased to add it to the PBGB oeuvre. More of those please sir !!

Manny wrote it, sang it and played the guitar and bass
Mick played the harp
Pete drummed

We sent it up to Neil who did a great job of tying it all together.

Have a LISTEN.

Tuesday, 19 December 2017


General Mikey and his Harp Arsenal
Mick pretty much takes care of what leads go in where, and which knobs to twiddle, on the Shed's recording set-up and PA.

'While back he fired everything up for a Sesh ...... nothing worked. Big Blank. Oh dear !

Mick was perplexed, and maybe a bit concerned that he might have done something wrong and blown up the whole shebang.

We managed to get it sorted............we'd pressed an Up-Date button and didn't realise we had to re-set the audio gizmo ( or something ).

Mick was righteously relieved. Not his fault. Settle down and have a beer Mick.

Not long after, he turned up with a song called 'Who Do we Blame?', and encouraged us to  'rassle up a bit of reggae riddumming.

It was fun tackling that weird back to front reggae feel.  But good fun thanks Mick.

Anyway, THIS is what came out.

Relax Mick, it's all good............. Ya didn't do it.

Mick Nadin wrote the song, sang it and harped on
Louise Nadin played da riddum guitar
Chris Ralfs da bass
Graham Brown hit all sorts of things
Peter Reid played upside down drums
Kerry Hynes chimed in with 'Such a Shame'
Neil Porter mixed it all down and did his Production thing.

Hope ya like it !

Wednesday, 6 December 2017


Manny has been a very welcome Shedder for a couple of months now. He recently moved down to Pambula from Jindabyne and was looking for some like minded souls to play music with. It was while he was playing at the Candelo Blues Club that somebody, maybe Brother John Drews, suggested he get in touch with PBGB.

Well he did, and we invited him along to check out the Shed scene.  Much to our delight he seems comfortable in The Shed, and has settled in as a regular. Fab!  Suits us just fine!

Manny is a great guy who plays tasty acoustic and electric guitar, sings, can handle the bass, and writes the odd song. He's a professional music teacher to boot, so he knows his stuff, and that comes in handy in The Shed as well.........we do, after all,  have plenty more to learn.

Manny has already made his PBGB Blog debut ................ check out his groovy guitar lines on Mick's 'A Dream' and Jock and Yarni's 'Mama Told Me So'.

We were, however, keen to feature Manny shining in his own light. We knew he had a few originals up his sleeve, one of which, 'Madly Deeply' is an instrumental that Manny uses as a warm up on his solo gigs.

So a couple of days back we took time out to record it .......... listen to Manny soloing on 'Madly Deeply' by clicking HERE.

Hope you like it  !

Manny casually knocked it out in one take with the aid of his trusty looper pedal.

Thanks for hanging out in The Shed with us Manny. We're looking forward to featuring more of your work  on the PBGB Website.

Friday, 24 November 2017


Steve Faggotter, Neil Porter, Graham Brown, Peter Reid, Mick Nadin, 
Louise Nadin and Manny Aigner took to the "stage".
After two short rehearsals, a collection of PBGB players were released into the wild on Friday night 24th November to entertain participants and friends at the 2017 Merimbula Classic.  An appreciative crowd enjoyed 6 original PBGB songs plus a couple of covers, as well as some jamming with various people from the audience, including PBGBer Kerry Hynes for a couple of songs - welcome back Kerry!

Our anticipated/planned/rehearsed 30 minutes of playing turned into well over an hour and a half, and a good time was had by all.  Congratulations to Louise on her first gig - which was also the first time most of us have played together outside The Shed.  Indeed, this lineup had only ever played together once before.

Henry Jones and John Drews have been very supportive of PBGB over the years, and it was really good to be able to give them something back in return - thanks John and Henry - love the t-shirts.  

The whole gig had such a warm and friendly vibe despite the impending weather (which never actually pended), and it was great to see so many familiar faces in the crowd.

In two words: GOOD FUN!

Friday, 10 November 2017


Dawson always has a song or three up his sleeve. And so it was a cuppla weeks back when we were in The Shed hankerin' on recording a new song. Dawson pulled out a song we had never heard before and laid it on us.

Within an hour and a half we had it down, and we were pretty darn pleased with how it sounded.

Have a listen to Never Forget and see if you agree.

Dawson says it's about the reality that although every one of us is on a different journey through life, it is important to remember where we each come from and the lessons we learned from our  families in our early days.

This song, says Dawson, is part of his journey.

It was, as always, brilliant to be able to hear a fresh song, shuffle it around a bit, find the right feel, and just lay it down by the seat of your pants. Nothing stale here.............done and dusted while the initial adrenaline was still flowing. Pure Sheddery thank you Dawson !

Dawson Graham wrote it, sang it, and played slide on his acoustic guitar.
Neil Porter played bass and produced it.
Peter Reid played the drums.

Simple, good.

Hope ya like it !!

Monday, 30 October 2017


Here comes Mick again !

Mick's appeared on some twenty PBGB songs since strolling into The Shed just over two years ago. That's a great effort, but will come as no surprise to those who appreciate the gusto with which Mick throws himself into all things PBGB. He's an enthusiastic regular who picked up on The Shed zeitgeist with a passion. Mick always has a new song ready to throw into the ring, is happy to have a sing, and loves blowing his harp. He's also stuck his head into the technical side of things and is now a good pluggerinnerer...................all in all a brilliant Shed all rounder !!

If you listen back to the songs Mick has written, you'll quickly realise that Mick's songs offer up a sharp image of his views and opinions on a wide range of socio / political  issues. The titles of his songs bear witness.................'Bureaucracy', 'Nanny State Madness', and 'Destiny'.

Mick continues on this path with his latest offering 'A Dream'. With a tip of his hat to John Lennon, Mick delves into free speech, religion and politics, and laments what might be in a world without war or poverty.............. a world of equality and compassion.

Nice thoughts Mick, beautiful dream.................if only ay ??

'A Dream' was a great song to put together...............a relaxed approach to a steady groove, with a neat little end passage.........thanks Mick, that was cool fun.

And we should point out that 'A Dream' features Louise' debut on Bass!  Yep, just like hubby Mick, Lou will happily have a go at anything and has of late been picking up the bass in a bid to help out with the eternal Shed Achilles heel..................a dearth of bass players. Well done Lou, great job.............keep it up please!

Mick wrote the song, sang it and played harp.

Helping Mick out on 'A Dream' were

Manny Aigner on Guitar
Louise Nadin on Bass
Graham Brown on Percussion
Peter Reid on Drums
Neil Porter did the Production work