Tuesday, 12 September 2017

Johnny O'Keefe theme Part 2

Tonight on A Mixed Bag with Chris B, our theme was Johnny O'Keefe (Part 2), which included an interview with his daughter Vicky O'Keefe.  Vicky spoke with us about her famous dad, what it was like growing up with Johnny O'Keefe as her dad, and how important it is to look after yourself  and your health.  I thank Vicky for taking time out of her busy schedule to spare some time for our show.

To listen to the interview with Vicky, click on the link below:


To find out more about Vicky's upcoming gigs around the traps, check out her website.


Some of the tracks on our playlist for the evening included:

Mockingbird - JOK and Margaret McClaren
The Mexican Hat Dance
Shout! JOK
Six O'clock Rock - JOK
Don't You Know (Pretty Baby) - JOK
Ready for You - JOK
Keep the Candle Burning- Vicky O'Keefe
I'm Counting on You (duet) Vicky O'Keefe with JOK
50 Diamonds - Vicky O'Keefe
Heaven in this place - Vicky O'Keefe
Because of You (Sixto) - Vicky O'Keefe
Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow - JOK

Thanks for tuning into 93.7 Edge FM.  Next week on "A Mixed Bag with Chris B" our theme will be singers and bands beginning with O' (O apostrophe), e.g, The O'Donnel Brothers, Vicky O'Keefe.  Tune in every Tuesday evening (if you live in the Bega Valley) between 6.00 pm and 8.00 pm to 93.7 Edge FM.

Wednesday, 6 September 2017

Johnny O'Keefe theme

Last night on "A Mixed Bag with Chris B" on 93.7 Edge FM, our theme was the life and music of Johnny O'Keefe.
In 2013 I spoke with the late John "Catfish" Purser, who was JOK's original drummer in Johnny O'Keefe and the Dee Jays.  I was saddened to learn of the recent passing of "Catfish" and thought it would be nice to play some of the interview in memory of the man.

Our playlist for the evening included many songs from Johnny O'Keefe's repertoire - The Wild One, Real Wild Child, I'm Counting on You, She's so Tough, She's my Baby, Move Baby Move, SHOUT (of course!!) and many more. We heard a couple of tracks from the late Billy Thorpe (Most People I know think that I'm Crazy and Over the Rainbow) because JOK was a mentor for Billy Thorpe.

"Catfish" spoke fondly of JOK, and shared his memories of those times spent with the King of Rock and Roll.  To hear snippets of that interview please click on the link below.  There are seven separate interview snippets.







Wednesday, 30 August 2017

"Super" theme

Last night on "A Mixed Bag with Chris B" on 93.7 Edge FM in the Bega Valley, our theme was "Super".

Our play list included songs from Supertramp and Supernaught as well as songs with the word "Super" in the title (Sunshine Superman by Donovan, Oh Superman by Laurie Anderson, Super Trouper by Abba, Super Bad by the one and only James Brown, Supersonic Rocket Ship by the Kinks, Super Woman by Alicia Keys and more.

Bob McDonald is the president of the local Parkinson's support group in the Bega Valley.  It was great to catch up with Bob once again, and hear about a very successful Parkinson's Education Seminar recently held at the Bega Valley Commemorative Civic Centre.

In my opinion Bob is a super human, having been living with Parkinson's for 23 years, still playing golf, and providing valuable support for local people.

Photo below is of me (Chris B) having a chat with Bob McDonald.  You can listen by clicking on the link and pressing play once you are in Soundcloud.


For more information about Parkinson's Disease contact the Parkinson's NSW info line on 1800 644 189
or check out the website http://www.parkinsonsnsw.org.au/

If you live in the Bega Valley the Parkinson's Support Group will be meeting at the Bega Golf Club 
at 10.30 am on Monday 4 September.  Come early to share in a cuppa and a biscuit.  Guest speaker for the meeting will be consultant Pharmacist Tania Dwyer from Seeto, Dodd and Dwyer in Merimbula. Tania always gives a great presentation and provides the latest information on Parkinson’s medication, plus any other information to help daily living.  For more information about the local Parkinson's support group, telephone President: Bob McDonald on (02)6495-4108  or Email: jeannic2010@hotmail.com

Tune in next Tuesday night between 6.00 pm and 8.00 pm for our Johnny O'Keefe (JOK) theme. Let me know in the comments section if you would like to request your favourite Johnny O'Keefe tune.

Tuesday, 22 August 2017

Tonight on A Mixed Bag, local blues man Damon Davies joined us live in the studio.  He started off by joining Garry and Brent on their Boundary Riders program (which you can hear on Tuesdays between 5.00 pm and 6.00 pm on 93.7 Edge FM (if you live in the Bega Valley). 
Brent is your full-on country fan.  He likes his Slim Dusty and John Williamson tunes, whereas Garry skirts around and quite often ventures beyond the boundaries of country music. 
Damon, Garry and Brent had a great old chin wag.  Here is a photo of Brent and Damon having a chat.

And here is a photo of the Three Amigos, Garry, Brent and Damon

Have a listen to Damon live on air.  He is the silliest serious man I know.


On A Mixed Bag with Chris B, tonight was part 2 of our Davies and Daltrey theme, as in Ray Davies from the kinks, and Roger Daltrey from the Who.  With Damon Davies joining us in the studio, we knew we were in for a fun-filled evening.

Damon talked about the first time he heard himself on the radio, his first gig with his brother in Glebe, playing with the likes of Mic Conway, and why he's not performing as much as he used to.
I asked Damon to join me in singing a song, "Giving it all away" written by Leo Sayer and David Courtney for Roger Daltrey's first album, "Daltrey".  I was a little indulgent tonight, and sang another song called "Oceans Away", a song Roger Daltrey recorded for his album Ride a Rock Horse.

Click on the link below to hear a snippet of our interview with Damon.


After starting the show with a bang by playing The Who song, "Who are you", and then a gorgeous song from Ray Davies (featuring Jackson Brown) called "Waterloo Sunset", our playlist for the evening included tracks from some of Ray Davies solo albums - "Return to Waterloo" from the only movie Ray Davies wrote and directed, "Is there life after breakfast"from the album Other People's Lives, with the kinks classic tune "You really got me now" featuring Ray Davies and the Crouch End Festival Chorus

We bid Damon goodbye, and heard "Hesitation Blues" from his Wild and Wooly album.  Thank you so much Damon for making tonight's show such a fun-filled episode!

Tuesday, 15 August 2017

Daltrey & Davies theme

Tune into 93.7 Edge FM on Tuesday evening for our Daltrey & Davies theme (continued).
Last week our playlist included tracks from Roger Daltrey's first solo album simply entitled, "Daltrey", well known songs from The Who and The Kinks, and a little bit of a look at the music of Ray Davies.

I have been out and about in the Bega Valley this week, catching some of the wonderful local cultural events, starting with a visit to the Spiral Gallery to see the "Ways of Speaking" exhibition, and a terrific one-man play written and starring Alex Nicol called Always on Sundays.  To top it all off I went to Wolumla Hall this afternoon to "A Sentimental Journey" performed by Louise Page Soprano) and Pip Candy (piano).  The concert was presented by the Sapphire Coast Music Society and the chosen repertoire included favourites such as Summertime (Porgy and Bess) by George Gershwin, We'll gather lilacs by Ivor Novello and "He was beautiful" by Stanley Myers.  In 2010, Louise was awarded an OAM for service to the performing arts. with a beautiful repertoire.

On Tuesday night, local musician Damon Davies will join Garry & Brent (The Boundary Riders) at the end of their show for a chat, and then stay on to join me on A Mixed Bag with Chris B for some live music on air.

Damon is a multi-instrumentalist extraordinaire, and has been playing around the Bega Valley for many years.
I look forward to catching up with Damon and listening to some fantastic live music.

Wednesday, 2 August 2017

Ways of Speaking

Last night on A Mixed Bag with Chris B, our theme was "Ways of Speaking".

We talked about different ways of communicating - through words, with our hands or via Voice Output Communication Aids (VOCAS).  We also talked about expression through art, music and dance.

Click on the link below to find out more about a wonderful art exhibition coming up in Bega.  It is called "Ways of Speaking" and it will highlight exhibitor's from Tulgeen's Art in the Garage program.   The exhibit opens on Friday August 4 @ 5 pm at Spiral Gallery, Church Street Bega.
Miriam Kydd will be one of the artists presenting her work.


Some of the bold and the beautiful artworks by Miriam Kydd.................................

Tulgeen's Art in the Garage employs local practicing artists who work with emerging artists with disability.  The project philosophy focuses on encouraging the development of arts skills, and nurturing individual creativity through sensitive mentorship.


I spoke with Jenny McKenzie, an artist and mentor to Miriam Kydd, as they worked away in the Art in the Garage studio space in  Bega.

Please click on the link below to hear our chat.

Interview with Jenny McKenzie and Miriam Kydd about the Ways of Speaking exhibition

Jenny McKenzie and Miriam Kydd have become great friends. More than mentor and student.

Songs on our playlist tonight included: - "Every Picture Tells a Story (Don't it) from Rod Stewart and the Faces, Stevie Nick's "Talk to Me", "Lead the Way" by I'm Talking, a few songs by Talking Heads (Burning Down the House, Take me to the River - our old 45" scratchy old record! and The Lady Don't Mind), Rick Springfield's "Speak to the Sky", Roxette's "Speak to Me", Walk the Moon's "Shut up and Dance with me", "Hands" by Jewel, "Sign Language" by Eric Clapton,  Aly & AJ's "Speak for Myself", Sinead O'Connor's "Thank you for hearing me" and Harry Nilsson's "Everybody's Talkin'.

Mitchell Porteous is another exhibitor who will be taking part in the Ways of Speaking exhibition on Friday 4th August.

Please click on the link below to hear Mitchell's thoughts on being an artist.

Interview with Mitchell Porteous about Art in the Garage

Mitchell Porteous

Jeffery Young, another artist who will be exhibiting his work for the "Ways of Speaking" exhibition.

Wayne Ramus who specialises in painting Ned Kelly
Graeme Smith 
 Cornelius Moon

Tuesday, 25 July 2017

Song Writing Pairs

Tonight on "A Mixed Bag with Chris B", our theme was "Song Writing Pairings".  We included fantastic song writing teams such as Mick Jagger and Keith Richards, Jerry Lieber and Mike Stoller, Simon and Garfunkel, Elton John and Bernie Taupin, and Gerry Goffin and Carol King.  We also heard a snippet from an earlier interview with Daniel Champagne, where he talks about organising a couple of duets with his friend Maggie Rutjens, for his latest album fault lines.  The link is further down in our playlist for you to click on.  It's a little interview snippet, so not very long.

Also, if you have Parkinson's Disease, or a friend of family member with Parkinson's disease, Parkinson's NSW will be holding an information session in Bega on Monday 7th August, 2017.  Here is the link to the FaceBook page for further information:-


Next week on A Mixed Bag with Chris B, our theme will be "Ways Of Speaking", so if you live in the Bega Valley, tune in between 6.00 pm and 8.00 pm next Tuesday.

Our playlist tonight included:-

Songs written by Lieber and Stoller
  • That's What the Good Book Says (Bobby Nunn and the Robbins)
  • Yakety Yak (The Coasters)
  • Hound Dog (Big Mamma Thornton)
  • Hound Dog (Elvis Presley Version)
  • There Goes My Baby (The Drifters)
  • On Broadway (The Drifters)
  • Stand By Me (Ben E.King)
Songs written by Simon and Garfunkel
  • El Condor Pasa (If I Could) (Simon and Garfunkel)
  • I Am A Rock (Simon and Garfunkel)
  • Mrs Robinson (The O'Donnell Brothers - Pat and Andy O'Donnell)
Songs written by Jagger and Richards
  • Sympathy For The Devil (The Rolling Stones)
  • Gimme Shelter (The Rolling Stones)
  • As Time Goes By (Marianne Faithful)
  • Get Off My Cloud (The Rolling Stones)
  • I Can't Get No Satisfaction (The Rolling Stones)
Songs written by Gerry Goffin and Carole King
  • Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow (The Shiralees)
  • Up On The Roof (The Drifters)
  • You Make Me Feel (Like A Natural Woman) (Aretha Franklin)
  • I'm Into Something Good (Herman's Hermits)
  • The Locomotion (Little Eva)
Songs written by Elton John and Bernie Taupin
  • Tiny Dancer
  • Rocket Man
Here is the link to the little snippet from the interview where Daniel Champagne talks about his duets with Maggie Rutjens, a guest vocalist on his latest album "Fault Lines":-


  • Just Kids
  • Hearts Like This