Gaz leaves the green room

johnboy 19 May 2007 6

Over on justbands there is news that Gaz is giving up running the Green Room because he doesn’t enjoy it any more.

It sounds like he’s going to be having a long chat to his wife as well which he won’t enjoy half as much as she does.

Meanwhile Loadedog informs that Bill Arnett is parting ways with the Merry Muse.

And yours truly is leaving for the seaside. (A matter of considerably less moment).

Still, you can’t have regrowth without a burnoff.

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6 Responses to Gaz leaves the green room
hk0reduck hk0reduck 12:42 pm 20 May 07

I think I may have met that Gaz guy at the Monsters of Rock last night. He didn’t look like he was sick of it at all.

Bring on!

emd emd 10:55 am 20 May 07

So what does this mean for the Green Room? Will they be getting a new band booking bloke, or are they closing?
(Never been there, but I can hear the drums from my house on a Saturday night.)

r.blair r.blair 10:45 am 20 May 07

Having only recently met Gaz, this news is a little disappointing; he had a strong reputation for promoting excellence in the scene. I was personally looking forward to working with him further at the GR. A really nice fella.

As for Bill Arnett, aka the Hippy (Fat) Fairy, my best wishes go out to him. Bill was a bit of a character in the folk scene, he was very encouraging and enthusiastic, and also a very real ally to my little band. A top bloke all round. He worked tirelessly not only to keep the Muse afloat, but also to promote new acts and expand Canberra’s acceptance of ‘folk’ music.

I remember the first Muse gig I played, when it was at the Tuner Bowlo’ a few years back. When the muse moved up the road to the Polo’, Bill was there, booking acts, greeting guests and still encouraging everyone to ‘get up and meet someone new’ in the set breaks.

Most will agree that his cheery attitude, if not his corny jokes, was quite infectious.

As I stated he really gave me/us some great opportunities that we would otherwise be still scrounging for in this old town. I’m sure there are more than a few other musos that will have similar experiences.

I hope that the new committee taking over the Muse will continue Bill’s fine form. I also hope that with the change the Muse will continue its booking policy, and provide Canberra with a viable folk venue that challenges the notion that all folk music is just ‘riddly diddly’ music.

Thanks for your patience & indulgence on this one.

The Wedded Bliss.

Thumper Thumper 10:26 am 20 May 07

Yeah Nic, sounds like a plan mate….

Besides, I think I owe JB a beer anyway…

Nik_the_Pig Nik_the_Pig 10:24 am 20 May 07

We are considering it (both the send off and the invite list). Stay tuned.

simbo simbo 7:17 pm 19 May 07

Incidentally, is there going to be an official “bugger off, Johnboy” function to mark your disappearance from these environs?

And will friends of Riotact, like Troy Takiri, Samuel Gordon-Stewart and, well, anybody who’s ever served in Canberra’s Judiciary or Legislative arms, be invited?

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