Jam Session 28th November: It was a little quiet...

It was too hot to play bowls at the Middle Park Bowls Club, so we were faced with the unnerving sight of a bunch of overheated Bowlers looking for some entertainment. Well, they don't do that sort of thing here, it would seem, and we ran a Jam Session instead.


No Bass players for a start, until the best of us, Gentleman John C no less, got up with his stick bass and away we went...

Roger Clark in good form, with The Good Captain and Jeff not far behind; Alan Richards boisterous on drums, followed by Martin then the Horsch, beautifully subtle and restrained.

Kerry opened with Break it to Me Gently, sang two sets and got better and better, Annie sang Two For the Road, a song so complex that the saxophones dropped out and the guitars (Mike, Roger and Fermin) held back. The guitars were better this week than last, with some good solos. Kay came up with an oral piece, possibly so we would encourage her to sing more, and Libby sang an original (pretty good, once we got the mics sorted).

Julian sported a new flute, and played better than we remember - been practicing? - and then Yuko was perhaps the best of the singers, followed by Deborah (who could have been just as good but I had to leave early), and then Rick and Aimee sang a duet to close it out.

Smallest Jam Session for quite a while, until it really got going in the second half and left the Captain and crew well satisfied...

And That Was the Last Session for 2021 at the Bowlo.....

The Christmas Jammers Bash - Be There!

This will be back at the Post Hotel (see note 1) corner of St Kilda Road and Inkerman) on Sunday 12th December 2021     Free, Fabulous and Foolish

A few jammers have expressed surprise at going back to the Post  - a whole load more will be surprised when they see what the new owners have done with it.. South American cuisine (we tried it and it is great) and a goodly selection of beers to choose from. (Why choose, when you can have them all...)

The Land lord  (probably called Dave, because, let's face it, most Landlords are, and also I forgot to get his name, so Dave will do for now) isn't sure what to expect, but the hope is we will have some light lunch at 1.00pm, then start murdering the classics at 2.00pm. We should run 'til we are done - certainly past 6.00pm and we will keep going until everyone has had a bash, or the landlord turns industrially deaf, whichever comes last ...

Should be a disaster, it will probably rain, no-one will turn up, and even if they do, we will have to play Little Sunflower over and over (see note 2). Or it will be just like all the other Christmas Bashes over the years. Those of you brave enough to get up and play are most welcome, and the rest of you are equally welcome, and we look forward to seeing those hardy Jammers who only come but once a year... 

The Next Bowlo session

The next Bowlo jam session date is January 16th 2022. In the meantime, both Challis Fandango will run (every second Saturday starting 4th December with Aimee) and  the Vic Wine Center sessions every Thursday, with Annie great last week, and Yuko top sing this week.


(1) The Post Hotel was the site of some memorable sessions, most of them for being quite good, but the train wrecks were equally treasured. Sadly it got driven off a cliff in the middle of a pandemic, and has taken a while to re-open.

(2) Little Sunflower is an enduring classic, and we have all endured it from time to time. It is a particular favourite of some Jammers, because no matter how badly they play it, the tune does not sound any worse.  Or  any better.

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