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Margaret from Ainslie takes a stick to the CMC and Insatiable Banalities on Chief Minister’s talkback

johnboy 15 November 2008 84

[First filed: November 14, 2008 @ 10:30]

So there I was listening to Chief Minister’s talkback on 666 and between the usual old farts, party shills and other assorted nutbaggery I was surprised to hear a familiar voice.

Here’s a link to a recording of the segment.

There on the radio was the drop-in star of last night’s Insatiable Banalities podcast, who was shrieking over the actors doing a play reading. Something to look forward to in future when the podcast goes up.

Anyway Margaret was not so kind as to promote the Canberra Musician’s Club by name. But she did a great job of dropping a bucket on them and in particular the Backyard Backanalias.

At the moment the Backanalias are so pared back that sexual favours are being traded to gain a coveted “+1” with someone who’s on the guest list, and haven’t been held in 6 months. But it seems that not enough for Margaret.

Jon Stanhope did a commendable job of seeking conciliation.

Response from the CMC to follow shortly.

Margaret from Ainslie

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UPDATED: Here’s President McCrae’s response (the photograph is of his meeting with Chief Minister Stanhope at the CMC launch earlier this year):

    First I would like to say that many activities occur at our residence, only a few of which (Backanalias and Club picnics/meetings) are associated with the Canberra Musicians Club. It was never intended for the CMC to have any involvement in the Backanalias. Unfortunately, as the various authorities, alerted by our neighbour, became interested, we had to change tack in an effort to continue what we think is becoming and should continue to be a great social and cultural institution for Canberra.

    The changes we have made are in line with all the advice we have received from ACT police, health and liquor licensing officers. In fact, there is now nothing to distinguish the Backanalia in its proposed form from any ordinary house party, other than that the music is live (which frequently happens at house parties anyway). Given we will be running at most 6-7 of these events per annum, we don’t consider it to be too great an imposition on the neighbourhood. We purposely pick acts that are at the quieter end of the spectrum and amplify to a minimum. We put (even) quieter acts on later in the evening and stop all amplified play at 11pm. We are limiting attendance to 150 people. There will be no money exchanged except for a donation, 100% of which will go to the musicians. We are giving away sausage sandwiches. It is entirely byo.

    Having said all that, we (that is I, not the Club) have made some mistakes, especially in not properly consulting our neighbours, although I reject Margaret’s assertion that we have ‘never’ consulted her. In fact she is the only neighbour that we consulted about it before the first show in the current location. Last night’s incident was unfortunate. The recording of Podcasts (which is what was happening, and which have no connection to the CMC besides my involvement in both) normally takes place inside the shed, but the warmth of the evening and the unusually large group of participants decided us on moving outside. I had no idea that the content would be so full of ‘explicatives’ and I will be making a personal apology about that and a couple of other incidents later today.

    On the other hand, the feedback from other neighbours has been almost universally positive (one neighbour complained once, and then his wife came to the next one and advised my mother that they both approved). Many near neighbours have begun attending, some have joined the Club, and we feel like we are responsible for bringing the local community together to a degree. Margaret has complained once to us directly, not about a Backanalia, but about a small spontaneous party we held where unfortunately we allowed our high spirits to get the better of us and played too loud and too late. It’s not something we intend to repeat.

    The Club is very gratified to apparently have John Stanhope’s support. We feel that our objectives are in line with government policy on promoting the arts in Canberra and, while our mode of operation may be a little on the edge at present, it is our fervent desire to be able to operate entirely legitimately in a permanent location as soon as possible. We have every sympathy for our neighbour and will do all in our power to assuage her in this matter, but her complaint highlights an issue that spreads wider than our neighbourhood, frequently embroiling managers of urban venues where city living has created a conflict of interests. While the government may support contemporary music, it has done little to address these growing impingements on the ability of musicians to ply there trade in Canberra.

    The Canberra Musicians Club is determined to overcome these issues and find a home that will allow the best of local music to be presented in the manner it deserves. We are happy to work with the government and any other organisations to achieve these goals. We invite all interested parties to join in us this endeavour. In the mean time we will continue to operate as we have done, prioritising the music and solving such problems as arise with creativity, a spirit of co-operativeness and unrestrained passion. We mean no harm to anyone and we do not intend to continue running the Backanalia at its present location hereafter.

    Nigel McRae
    President
    Canberra Musicians Club

FURTHER UPDATE: Score one for complaining to the Chief Minister, the event has now been cancelled.

Also for the benefit of the intellectually disabled gentleman who complained allow me to disclose for those who missed it (after publishing it previously) that I’m a member of the CMC, was in fact in the group which riled Margaret last night (disclosed above), and the CMC are sponsors of RiotACT (as, so it happens, RiotACT is of the CMC).


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84 Responses to Margaret from Ainslie takes a stick to the CMC and Insatiable Banalities on Chief Minister’s talkback
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Skidbladnir Skidbladnir 2:12 pm 14 Nov 08

Blind, I like you.

poptop poptop 2:12 pm 14 Nov 08

Blind – You should send tickets and a limo for Margaret’s grandkids though. They need to get out more.

Thumper Thumper 2:11 pm 14 Nov 08

Fair point GB, but where does it all end up?

No more BBQs on Grand Final footy day because the boys get some grog in them and get a bit boisterous?

No teenage garage bands jamming away in a garage?

blind blind 2:08 pm 14 Nov 08

let me just make one point, as the writer of the play in question, regarding Margaret’s comment that ‘The play appeared to have sentences of three words, and every second word was an explicative.’

Margaret might be right on the money about there being three-word sentences in the play – I can’t think of any offhand, but I wouldn’t rule it out. If there are three-word sentences, I apologise. However, do you honestly believe Margaret when she says that every second word was an explicative? Every second word? Do you realise how ludicrous that is? If one word in ten was an expletive it would be a profane, foul-mouthed departure from the english language – one in five would make it virtually impossible to understand. Every second word? (And these are three word sentences, remember – at least half these sentences are TWO THIRDS SWEAR-WORD.)

For perspective, Trainspotting (the movie) had fewer than one swear-word to every hundred words. Reservoir Dogs and Pulp Fiction less than one in 150. What was Margaret listening to? The endless stream of cursing she describes did not, I’m sorry to say, originate from Oceans.

I’m not saying I don’t want to write this 50% explicative play: I clearly do. It would be awesome. It would be like Dr Seuss dipped in smut. Margaret would be welcome to attend, although she may not need to bother since she appears to be hearing an ongoing murmur of filth without needing to travel to the theatre.

GB GB 1:56 pm 14 Nov 08

I don’t know all the facts, but it seems people here are criticising the neighbour for simply demanding from the organisers what we demand of Stanhope: listen to the community, not just your mates.

Quiet enjoyment of your own backyard is a pretty common desire. If you want to do a concert in your backyard, then everyone else is going to have to listen, so you better make pretty sure that’s its ok with them. And if you don’t, well don’t be surprised if it ends up being debated in public.

Clearly one person’ creative, community-minded festival of acoustic song with sausages is another’s quite night in ruined. So give people a choice.

radonezh radonezh 1:41 pm 14 Nov 08

Does she live in the Noise Abatement Corridor? Did she know about the fact that her suburb was built directly under a Radical Performance Arts Zone??

Thumper Thumper 1:35 pm 14 Nov 08

Rewind…

tundoolb llac raif..ha

fair call Mr bands 😉

Granny Granny 1:35 pm 14 Nov 08

I missed it completely!

justbands justbands 1:34 pm 14 Nov 08

> Ah..fair call Bloodnut 😉

Hey! I called it first! *sooks* 😉

Thumper Thumper 1:33 pm 14 Nov 08

Ah..fair call Bloodnut 😉

el el 1:28 pm 14 Nov 08

KandyA: Pure gold mate 🙂

bloodnut bloodnut 1:27 pm 14 Nov 08

Thumper said :

And the bands dont even play well known popular music.

Um, hate to point this out but the bands that play are NOT cover bands.

They in fact generally play their own music, original stuff…

And in this town it is increasingly difficult to get gigs playing original material as the bloody clubs have pretty much killed the music scene bu only employing cover bands, and half the time they are in fact cover duos with sequenced backing tracks..

Argh, that hurts my ears….

Thumper, note that KandyA’s humour is not always accessible or suitable for communication via electronic electronic media.

Granny Granny 1:26 pm 14 Nov 08

Perhaps KandyA mistook the musician’s club for the footy club.

: )

justbands justbands 1:25 pm 14 Nov 08

> Ive been to one of these ‘events’ and I must say, the people there are all the worst sorts. And the bands dont even play well known popular music.

Surely this comment was a joke?

Thumper Thumper 1:14 pm 14 Nov 08

And the bands dont even play well known popular music.

Um, hate to point this out but the bands that play are NOT cover bands.

They in fact generally play their own music, original stuff…

And in this town it is increasingly difficult to get gigs playing original material as the bloody clubs have pretty much killed the music scene bu only employing cover bands, and half the time they are in fact cover duos with sequenced backing tracks..

Argh, that hurts my ears….

Granny Granny 1:13 pm 14 Nov 08

Well, I would have gone if I wasn’t going to be away in Brisbane, and I bet I would have had a fine time! Why would you go along to CMC gigs to see ‘well known popular music’? You can get that anywhere.

As for the worst sorts of people … *chuckle* … no doubt you all know who you are!

; )

johnboy johnboy 12:59 pm 14 Nov 08

PickedANickname said :

Well, was there swearing?

Anyways I found this…the event is supposed to be ‘family friendly’ a play with swearing is not family friendly.

http://www.culturazi.com/?page_id=328

[i]The Backyard Backanalia is a one-night music festival held in a back yard in Canberra on the first Saturday of every warmer month (Oct-Apr). It is not openly advertised. If you’d like to attend, email us.

The purpose of the BB’s is to provide an alternative venue for showcasing Canberra’s brilliant performing artists. They are family friendly and we hope to generate a ‘community’ feel. Click below to see stills and videos of past shows, and past line-ups.[/i]

Last night was not a Backanalia, it was an Insatiable Banalities podcast with the cast of the upcoming play “Oceans all boiled into sky”

KandyA KandyA 12:48 pm 14 Nov 08

Ive been to one of these ‘events’ and I must say, the people there are all the worst sorts. And the bands dont even play well known popular music.

but really – its what- every couple of months? my neighbours are rebuilding their house – thats noise just about every friggin day. (scuse the foul lingo…)

People that dont like their houses should give it to me (or Margaret from Ainslie) and if they buy a block they should live in a tent.

PickedANickname PickedANickname 12:46 pm 14 Nov 08

Well, was there swearing?

Anyways I found this…the event is supposed to be ‘family friendly’ a play with swearing is not family friendly.

http://www.culturazi.com/?page_id=328

[i]The Backyard Backanalia is a one-night music festival held in a back yard in Canberra on the first Saturday of every warmer month (Oct-Apr). It is not openly advertised. If you’d like to attend, email us.

The purpose of the BB’s is to provide an alternative venue for showcasing Canberra’s brilliant performing artists. They are family friendly and we hope to generate a ‘community’ feel. Click below to see stills and videos of past shows, and past line-ups.[/i]

Sammy Sammy 12:09 pm 14 Nov 08

Though evidence seems to be mounting that Margaret is a crank, so I shall reserve my judgment.

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