PBGB was ‘born’ in 2005. Pete and Penny bought a block at Pambula Beach NSW. On the otherwise empty block stood a brick double garage now known as ‘The Shed’.
Before long, Pete invited his cousin David Noye ( bass ) and local chemist Warren Seeto ( guitar ) over to fiddle with a few blues grooves while attacking the well stacked beer fridge. Bill Cairncross joined in on keyboards and vocals. Some decent sounds started to emerge. We started recording on an ancient Tascam 4 track tape recorder. Lo fidelity!
We always welcome visitors to ‘The Shed’. Early visitors included Kevin Abbey (Bass, Guitar, Harp, Vocals), Colin Enright (Bass, Guitar, Vocals), and Tinsley Waterhouse (Vocals, Harp), and Max Murray and Matt Gallagher, both on guitars.
In 2008 we switched to digital recording. We purchased a PC and a Presonus Firestudio Project audio interface, which came with Cubase software. You call that (the Tascam) a challenge?? THIS (the Presonus and Cubase) was a challenge!!
Luckily Neil Porter wandered into The Shed. Neil was uber valuable in helping us get a handle on the new set up. Neil also sings and plays bass and guitar,so is an absolutely invaluable contributor.
Gus Washbourne (Guitar and Vocals) and Peter Brunt (Bass and Vocals) joined us in 2008.
In 2009 we recorded our first female PBGB Family Member, Heather McLeod on Vocals, and solo contributions by Jack Biilmann on lap steel guitar, and Tristan McCall on guitar.
We were steadily building our ouvre of original songs.
In 2009 we recruited John Hawkes, who played bass, guitar, and sang. 2009 also saw PBGB's first live performance.
In 2010, we again upped the ante equipment wise. Neil convinced us to record directly to a Mac loaded with Logic software. 2010 also saw us take a decision to play and record only original material. Chris Ralfs joined us on bass.
Ken and Susie Vatcher moved to Pambula Beach in late 2010. Ken loves the concept of The Shed. He is a brilliant full time pro. drummer and has been a massive boon to PBGB. Welcome to the Family PBGB Ken!!
In November 2010 we bought a pa for The Shed, which is now wired for hi quality recordings
In February 2011 we had our first visit from Mark Bolsius - a great keyboard player, and super nice guy.
In April 2011 Lyndon Lewis popped into The Shed for the first of a good few visits.
In early July 2011, The Shed was blessed by a visit by four of the best musos on the NSW far South Coast. Thanks to the respect Ken commands in the local musical fraternity, Andy O’Donnell, Dave Crowden and Garry Carson Jones dropped by for a jam. It was a great party! This was a very significant step forward for PBGB. The likes of Ken, Garry, Dave and Andy really lift the PBGB bar.
We posted one song from the SuperSesh – listen to Garry singing his beautiful original composition ‘I Am’ in the Garry Carson Jones Project on the right of your screen.
In mid 2011 Kevin Breeze started coming along. Kevin plays really solid bass, and fits into The Shed very nicely indeed.
In September 2011 we hosted another PBGB SuperSesh. This time, as well as return visits by Ken Vatcher, Mark Bolsius and Garry Carson Jones, we had the honour of the company of Pol O'Shea, Dave Hannagan and Jenny Halper. Read the post dated October 1, 2011 on the Latest News page of this Blog for a run down on the afternoon. Pol, who is a great producer, did the fine productions of 'Blues My Naughtie Sweety Gives To Me', 'Built For Comfort', and 'Stormy Monday' all of which you can listen to on this website. Can't thank you enough Pol. Just brilliant!!
In January 2012, Jem Savage, made the first of a number of visits to The Shed. Jem is a great multi-instrumentalist and we are delighted to welcome him to the PBGB Family.
Raymond Toms started dropping in in 2012.
In May 2012 Garry Carson Jones recorded four of his original songs in The Shed. He was accompanied by Ken Vatcher on drums, and Dave Crowden on bass. The nature of these recordings prompted us to launch a new PBGB Blog concept – the “PBGB Special Project Files”. Click on ‘The Garry Carson Jones Project’ on the right hand side of your screen to view the first such project and hear Garry’s songs.
In September 2012, Garry returned with Ken, Dave, and Jem. Bill Brown, who was then the Multiplatform Producer for ABC South East Radio was on hand to shoot videos of the two songs recorded on the day. Bill, who shares the PBGB passion for promoting local musicians has, by virtue of his contributions to our collected recordings and videos, been warmly welcomed into the PBGB Family. Click on 'The Videos' tab on the top of your screen to view Bill's vids.
Over the 2012 Christmas period we welcomed Rosario De Marco to the PBGB Family. Rosario is a very talented songwriter/guitarist who had stumbled across the PBGB Blog site and got in touch. Within days he had recorded his first PBGB offering. See Rosario's Muso's Page on this website for a full run down on Rosario and to hear some of his songs.
In January 2013 Mark Bolsius introduced us to Mandy Siegel, a seasoned songwriter / vocalist / guitarist. Mandy stepped into The Shed for an afternoon of jamming and we captured her on two jazz standards, 'At Last', and 'God Bless The Child', both of which you can hear on this Blog.
July 2013 set another benchmark for The Shed. We were blessed by a visit from Stacey Mills and Steve Clark. Stacey, backed by Steve, Ken and Mark, recorded some songs which are surely as good as it gets for sassy jazz neo standards. Click on The Stacey Mills Project on right of screen to listen to Stacey's Shed recordings. A very warm welcome to the PBGB Family Steve and Stacey.
In August 2013, Chris Ralfs brought along his long time mate Brett Ralph. It was immediately apparent to us that Brett is a brilliant songwriter and performer. And an utterly likeable true blue bloke to boot. We recorded a few of Brett's songs. Click on The Brett Ralph Project on the right of your screen to listen to some early examples, and to learn more about Brett. Welcome aboard Brett!!
Then, in September 2013, we heard Matt Burrows playing at The Cheeky Mango and invited him to come to The Shed to record a couple of songs. Matt, a member of Guitarama, came along and, with stellar support by Dave Crowden and Ken Vatcher, laid down two of his original compositions, Isolation and Ritual, both of which you can listen to right here on the PBGB Blog. Thanks Matt !
October 2013 saw a welcome return to The Shed by long time PBGB Family Members Colin Enright and Kevin Abbey. Also present was Bill Legge, who Pete had been wanting to record for years. Kevin Breeze joined in and we had a great time working up a recording of Sonny Boy Williamson's 'Don't Start Me Talking'. Welcome to the Family Bill!
During our Summer Break 2013/14, we received a call from PBGB Family Member Max Murray. A couple of days later Max, along with his brother Miles, and mates Maceo Wood and Michael Fendel were in The Shed for an impromptu jam. Neil sat in on bass. Read more and listen to the results by clicking onto the "Zeitgenoßen Project" on the right hand side of the page! Brilliant stuff boys!
Early 2014 saw a return visit by long time PBGB Family member Colin Enright, who brought along his friend, cello player Adrian Lewis.
In June 2014, when long time PBGB supporter Dave Crowden brought his son Sam along to record four beautiful songs as an acoustic guitar duo. Click on The Dave and Sam Project Page on the right of your screen to listen to how brilliantly they play together. Family within Family.................cool!
Over an extended period winding up in July 2014, a host of our favourite Shedders pieced together the song "Always A Way". Contributors included Andy O'Donnell on Vocals (Andy also took on the role of Musical Director for the project ), Stacey, Patricia and Phoebe Mills on Backing Vocals, Ken Vatcher on Percussion, and Kevin Breeze on Bass. Neil did all the recording and production work, and contributed the guitar and keyboard parts. Pete wrote the song and played the drums. Listen to the result on the PBGB JukeBox.
In early October 2014, two 'new' musicians found their way to The Shed. Rob Smallwood, a guitarist, was introduced by Chris Ralfs, and keyboard player John Drews was pointed in our direction by long time Shed supporter and local community radio 2 SEA DJ Henry Jones. Both fit the Shed mould very well. Their first contribution to our recorded oeuvre can be heard by watching the vid of Big Bad Handsome Man posted on January 17 2015.
In November 2014, Jenny Halper wandered back into The Shed. With Jenny out front we belted out some songs at the Nethercote Music Factory. A week after that we were on the bill at our favourite venue, the Cheeky Mango. Videos of these performances can be viewed by clicking on the "Videos" tab at the top of the page.
In 2015, Mick and Louise Nadin joined us. We knew Louise and Mick through our regular visits to Sunday Sessions at the fabulous Cheeky Mango Cafe. Mick likes to sing a song and blow his harps. Louise is a keen guitarist. In they came and before long made their PBGB debut on "Makes You Wonder Why" which you can find in the PBGB Vault. Welcome to the Family guys.
Mick and Louise introduced us to Dawson Graham who has become a very welcome regular. Check Dawson out by taking a look at his Musicians Page - click on The Musicians tab at top of screen and then click on Dawson Graham.
October 2015 saw the very welcome return of Matt Burrows. This time around Matt recorded five new originals. You can hear Matt's beautiful compositions and read the story by clicking on 'The Matt Burrows Project' on the right hand side of your screen. A pleasure to have you back Matt!!
October 2015 also saw the debut of Steve Faggotter. Steve is a long time friend of Neil. He plays some very tasty lead guitar and has settled in very comfortably indeed. Steve's first recording with us was on Dawson's original song 'Drag Queen' which you can listen to in the Vault, or see the vid. Check out Steve by clicking on his Musicians Page. Welcome aboard Steve!!
Over the 2015 / 16 Christmas holidays, Steve Faggoter introduced his long standing friend Steve England to The Shed. We enjoyed playing some of Steve's songs, and by May 2016 had posted Steve's first recording with us. Steve's song 'Gone Too Soon' was written in memory of a great friend of Steve's, a Pambula / Eden area GP named Graeme Nelson. Go to The PBGB Vault to listen. Welcome to the PBGB Family Steve.
In May 2016, we had the pleasure of hosting a visit by Vietnamese guitarist / vocalist Tam Huu Nguyen. Tam, a friend of Clare Biilmann was on a visit to Australia and Clare just knew he would dig The Shed. Dig it he did, and we had a great afternoon. We recorded two of Tam's songs.........................
In April 2016, Tony Green got in touch. Tony had come across the PBGB Blog and liked what he saw and heard. He asked if he might come check us out. He did, and he still liked what he saw and heard. We liked Tony too. Indeed he is now a welcome regular Shedder. Tony plays bass and guitar and is happy to have a sing. Handy guy ! Tony's PBGB debut came about through his playing bass on Mick Nadin's 'Destiny'. Welcome aboard Tony !!
Mid 2016, we got an email from a fellow named Graham Brown. Graham said he was a percussionist who had come across our website and was keen to drop into The Shed and see whether he might fit in. Well he did drop in, and he did fit in just fine. Been a regular ever since in fact. Got hisself and his percussion gear nicely set up over by the Shed door. Graham cottoned on to The Shed routine pretty smartly and before long arrived with his first attempt at a song. He had heard Gus call out "Forgot My Words" while Gus was leading us through one of his old tunes. Graham thought that might be the makings of a set of lyrics, so he set about it. We had been messing about with the old Bo Diddley feel for a while, and that seemed to fit Graham's lyrics pretty well. Before long we managed to fit the lyrics to the feel, and away we went ! So welcome to The Shed Graham, and thanks for the song. You can listen to Graham's debut "Forgot My Words" by clicking HERE
Around about August 2016, Kerry Hynes popped into The Shed. We sort of knew Kerry Hynes as part of the regular crowd who used to hang out at shows by The Figmentz at the fabled Cheeky Mango. Most of that crowd knew a bit about The Shed, and Kerry was curious enough to stick her head in see what went down. Well she sort of liked what she saw and heard and figured she could have some fun in there, add a bit of this and that. Before long she was adding backing vocals as we jammed away. And then she brought in some lyrics to a song she called Sugar. We figured we could add some sweeteners and before long Kerry had scored her first post on the PBGB website. Kerry is now a Shed regular, and of course by way of her first posting, a member of the PBGB Family. Welcome aboard Kerry !
Towards the end of 2016, The PBGB Shed was absolutely delighted to host a recording session featuring the amazing talents of Colleen Spillane and Chris Komorowski. Colleen is a Pambula local and her long term friend Chris hails from Sydney. Chris was in town to perform a series of gigs with the Dorian Mode Hammond Trio, and Colleen was the 'special guest' vocalist at those shows. We Shedders knew all about Colleen because over the years she has performed with so many PBGB Family Members, including Ken Vatcher, Steve Clark, Mandy Siegel, Stacey Mills, Andy O'Donnell, Dave Crowden, John Drews, and Mark Bolsius ( the list goes on ). Given that, it was surprising that she had not previously wandered into The Shed. But now, thankfully, she has. When Colleen told us Chris was looking forward to coming down to record a couple of tracks with her, we were super excited. Just Google Chris, read all about this very talented man and watch a video or two of him in live performance mode, and you'll see why we were agog to welcome Chris to The Shed. Listen to the songs Chris and Colleen recorded by clicking on 'The Colleen Spillane and Chris Komorowski Special Project' on the right hand side of this page. Welcome to the PBGB Family Colleen and Chris! Thank you for coming, and remember............the door is always open!