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AMC SAMHF Sessions Inductions of Moonshine Jug & String Band and Alex Innocenti at The Goodwood Institute

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AMC SAMHF Sessions induction of Moonshine Jug & String Band and Alex Innocenti
Adelaide Music Collective SA Music Hall of Fame Medallion. Photographer Haydn Radford

A fantastic program of events is in store on Friday, 2nd October when the Adelaide Music Collective and the SA Music Hall of Fame will pay tribute to the Moonshine Jug and String Band with their induction into South Australia's Music Hall of Fame, along with the special posthumous inductions of Chris Bailey and Bernard "Doc" Neeson by John Pemberton.

AMC SAMHF Sessions induction of Moonshine Jug & String Band and Alex Innocenti
Alex Innocenti at The AMC's 'Yesterday's Heroes' Exhibition. Photo: Haydn Radford

On the night, Alex Innocenti will also be inducted. Alex established blues festivals at the Glenelg townhall and Seaford Beach, as well as bringing local, interstate and overseas rock, blues and jazz artists to The Cellar Blues Club in Twin Street, where musicians would jam together, creating a melting pot of music for their audiences that crowded in 7 nights a week. Alex was also instrumental in creating the Myponga Music Festival.

AMC Sessions induction of Moonshine Jug & String Band
Young Mods with their Vespas cuing outside The Cellar Blues Club. Photo courtesy of Alex Innocenti.

AMC Sessions induction of Moonshine Jug & String Band
The Angels. Photo courtesy of The

In 1970, the Moonshine Jug and String Band comprised of John Brewster, Rick Brewster and Doc Neeson and became one of Adelaide's most successful bands, performing at big festivals and concerts. In 1973, John Brewster wrote the song Keep you on the move, which got to number 4 on the Adelaide radio charts. Being a rock song the band realised they needed to initiate a change in direction of their music and in 1974 the band evolved into The Keystone Angels.

Doc Neeson was one of the founding members of The Keystone Angels, which eventually just became known as The Angels.

As lead singer of The Angels, Neeson had a big string of hits from the 1970s through to the '90s.

The Angels' first single, Am I Ever Going To See Your Face Again, took off slowly after its release in 1976, but later became an unofficial anthem for generations of Australian youth.

NW! GF! FO! Melbourne Showgrounds. Feb. 1988

Nobody is sure how it happened, but as the years passed, audiences began chanting their own X-rated response to the chorus.

The Angels were not only very popular in Australia, but had a global influence, which included groups such as Guns N' Roses, who the band opened for at one time, as well as other groups like Nirvana and Sound Garden.

Their successful appearance in 1975 at the Sunbury Pop Festival gained them a tour with Chuck Berry around Australia, and later the same year with AC/DC who were so impressed with them, they introduced them to Harry Vanda and George Young.

The Angels went onto achieve huge success, not only in Australia, but also in the US, Canada, England and Europe. John Brewster as rhythm guitarist and songwriter developed a driving sound, which The Angels were known for with their classic songs I Ain't the One, After the Rain Marseilles and Shadowboxer.

RED ANGEL PANIC at The Cellar.Courtesy of Alex Innocenti.

Chris Bailey has worked with a variety of artists including Red Angel Panic, The Angels, Gotham City, Invisible Men, Wendy Saddington Band, The Famous Nobodies and Tat Tat Tat. In 1983, the ABC asked him to join a songwriting team working on the TV pop music drama Sweet and Sour. Later he co-wrote songs with Graham Bidstrup and Mark Callaghan and they formed a pop rock group, GANGgajang with Geoffrey Stapleton (Ex - The Aliens) and he worked on five of their studio albums, leaving the group in 1982. Since 2000 Bailey has performed in various line-ups of The Angels.

AMC Sessions induction of Moonshine Jug & String Band
Adelaide Blues Festival at Glenelg. Photo courtesy of Alex Innocenti.

In the late 1960's the Woodstock Rock Festival and Monterey Pop Festival attracted huge audiences to see big name artists perform together in an outdoor locations creating plenty of love, sex and rock 'n' roll. Inspired by these festivals Alex staged the Myponga Music Festival.

Myponga Music Festival - courtesy of Alex Innocenti

Were you there at the Myponga Music Festival?
Overseas groups Black Sabbath (UK), Syrius (Hungary) and Black fire (US) were!

AMC Sessions induction of Moonshine Jug & String Band
Blackfire. Photo courtesy of Alex Innocenti.

Interstate groups and performers Spectrum, Chain, Daddy Cool, Fraternity (led by charismatic singer Bon Scott before he joined AC/DC), Fanny Adams, Jeff St John, Hans Poulsen, Wendy Saddington & Copperwine, Hans and Billy Thorpe and the Aztecs were!

As were local groups War Machine, Coney Island Jug Band, Red Angel Panic, Fat Angel, Hippo Move, Magic Mass, Octopus, Uncle Jack, Paper Cup and Moonshine Jug & String Band and several more groups, and an enthusiastic 20,000 young rock fans.

Many of the home grown bands enjoyed a huge increase in their record sales after performing at the Myponga Festival.

AMC SAMHF Sessions induction of Moonshine Jug & String Band and Alex Innocenti
Myponga: A festival of Progressive pop Music. Photo courtesy of Alex Innocenti.

The live performances to complete the evening will be 2005 London bombing survivor, Gill Hicks performing an original song by songwriter Gary Burrows. Gill will perform Gary's song, I Want to Tell You, accompanied by the Immanuel College Choir.

Singer/songwriters Sasha March and Banjo Jackson
will also perform and there will be a special reformation performance presented by the Moonshine Jug and String Band.

"I Want to Tell You" performed by Gill Hicks, Gary Burrows and the Girls from the Immanuel College Choir. Accompanied by Enrico 'Mick' Morena (Drums) and John Bywaters (Bass Guitar).


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Why? Enjoy a great night's entertainment with opportunities to see and hear some of our greatest music promoters be interviewed and artists perform and be inducted into the SA Hall of Fame.
When: 7.30 pm Friday, 2 October 2015, Doors open 6.30pm
Phone: 0430 410 002
Where: The Goodwood Institute, 166A Goodwood Road, Goodwood SA
Cost: Admission: Adults $38 Con: $33 Tickets at: Bookings recommended to avoid disappointment, or Tickets at the door.
Your Comment
Back in the late fifties and early 60's,the Cellar was the Jam Session venue for Adelaide and visiting musicians;one of which was Paul Thomas..sax...from uncle.I was introduced to many of the musicians and regularly attended the late night Sunday sessions.This tiny venue in Twin Street was low key.with limited seating,small stage and provided coffee and sandwiches for the hungry,with a few dim lights on the walls and large black and white photos of jazz musicians on the walls.The jazz was modern and vibrant and being so close to the musicians,it made for a wonderful night of entertainment,
by noelp (score: 3|1199) 1521 days ago
Myself and a whole group of friends used to go to the Modbury Hotel every week to see the Moonshine Jug and String Band. They were really good then so no surprise that the Angels did so well.

Ah memories of the good old days.
by janice (score: 0|2) 1521 days ago
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