Hank Marvin at the Basement

My Wednesday evening started off with a Mental As Anything gig at Customs House, Circular Quay in Sydney. We had a great view from the stage and the audience just had the band to look at.

It was a private party and before we started the organiser comes up to us and says “are you going to be playing all your hits tonight?” One of our guys replied with a straight face “We’re going to play a jam in E for an hour”. It went right over the organisers head, they had no idea what we were talking about.

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There was also some great food on offer.

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After the Mentals gig I legged it down to The Basement, which was near by, as Hank Marvin was playing in his Gypsy Jazz mode. I made it for their second set. All I can say is that they sounded great! Excellent arrangements and they sounded like a ‘real’ band should.

Hank was a huge influence on me to start playing the guitar. When I heard The Shadows play “The Rise and Fall of Flingel Bunt” that was the sound I wanted to make. Interestingly, Mentals often play “Flingel Bunt” as a encore song.

Afterwards I got to hang out with Hank & Gary Taylor. Good times.

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