MAX Tinkle reports on progress with his forthcoming book on harmonica players in Australia:
I was Jim Conway’s house-guest in July while interviewing Jim, Robt Susz, Bruce Bongers,Chris Blanchflower, Antero Cheskin, and Ron King.
In Melbourne, so far, I’ve interviewd Kaz Dalla Rosa, Steve Williams, Snooks La Vie and arranged to interview Chris Wilson [part done],Rick Dempster [two attempts], Mike Rudd, Dave Hogan, Ian Collard, Sonny Rehe, Broderick Smith [part done]and Rockbottom James with several others still to return emails plus Doc Spann and other Northern stars
Wonderful names some of these harmonica players have!
A propos Jim Conway, my first sighting of him was when he was playing with his brother Mic in the fabled Captain Matchbox Whoopee Band in the Edinburgh Gardens, North Fitzroy in the 1970s with my then teenaged daughters. Here Captain Matchbox plays my all time favourite track “Wangaratta Wahine”. Although it’s hard to believe, under those rabbit (kangaroo?) ears and false eyelashes must be Jim Conway himself!
Jim is still a very active harmonica player and teacher, and incidentally was the subject of Greg Weight’s winning CITIGROUP PRIVATE BANK AUSTRALIAN PHOTOGRAPHIC PORTRAITURE PRIZE in 2003. Here it is – titled “Railroad Blues”.
Here Jim Conway plays with Chris Wilson at the Port Fairy Folk Festival in 2001.