Almanac Music: Elton John – on the road to the Highlands 1974

A Rolls Royce, a Mini, Elton John and the road to the Highlands are fondly remembered by Col Ritchie.

Almanac Cricket: First game of cricket

Watching his grandson play his first game of cricket brought back memories for Col Ritchie of his first match 57 years ago.

Almanac Music: Jon Cleary and The Absolute Monster Gentlemen

In the tradition of Professor Longhair, New Orleans based musician Jon Cleary continues the boogie-woogie piano playing that New Orleans is renowned for.

Almanac Music: From New Orleans – Walter ‘Wolfman’ Washington and The Roadrunners

Walter ‘Wolfman’ Washington is another one of the great musical institutions of New Orleans who plies his trade around the clubs of the ‘Big Easy’ and across the USA.

Almanac Music: ‘The Musical Mojo of Dr John: A Celebration of Mac and his Music’

Dr John is one of the legends of New Orleans music. Col Ritchie attended a tribute to Dr John, ‘The Musical Mojo of Dr John: A Celebration of Mac and his Music’ at the newly renovated Saenger Theatre in New Orleans in 2014.

Almanac Music: The Music of New Orleans – The Neville Brothers

Another one of the great bands to come out of New Orleans is The Neville Brothers. Col Ritchie has had the pleasure of seeing them perform live a number of times.

Almanac Music: The music of New Orleans – Allen Toussaint

During his lifetime, Allen Toussaint was a dominant and legendary figure in the music of New Orleans, that still continues to this day.

Almanac Music: Iris DeMent – What a voice!

Iris DeMent is a favourite singer of Col’s. He first came across her performing at Bluesfest in Byron Bay about twenty years ago and was hooked!

Almanac Music: The music of New Orleans – Traditional Jazz and The Preservation Hall

New Orleans is one of the great cities of the world, primarily known for its music and culture. Col Ritchie will be introducing readers to the music of New Orleans over the coming weeks. This week, some traditional jazz featuring The Preservation Hall Jazz Band and Tuba Skinny.

Almanac Book Review: ‘Born to Play – The Barry Davis story’

Ken Davis has written a wonderful biography of his brother, Barry Davis, former Essendon and North Melbourne champion. Col Ritchie has written a review of the book.

Almanac Poetry: Desert Island Poetry – What is your favourite poem to be lost with?

Marooned on a desert island can be very lonely. If you could, what favourite poem/poetry would you like to have with you?

Almanac Music: The Pogues – ‘Dirty Old Town’

Col Ritchie has been a fan of The Pogues for many years, and fondly remembers a memorable performance by them at BluesFest a few years ago.

Almanac Music: Dave Kimber – The beginning of a life in music

Dave Kimber has lead an incredible life in the music industry and has many stories to tell. Over the coming weeks, Dave will share stories about meeting and playing with everyone from Elton John to Sammy Davis Jnr, and many, many more.

Almanac Music: Jimbo Mathus – South Memphis String Band

Jimbo Mathus, Luther Dickinson, and Alvin Youngblood Hart are all long time musical legends popular in the southern states of America. Col Ritchie experienced their folksy homespun music at DBA’s in New Orleans a few years back.

Almanac Flashback: Fishing for a non-fisherman

WARNING: This story filled with beautiful images of sunsets, good red and fishing off the coast of WA will likely exacerbate any Monday morning back-to-work gloom you are feeling. Col reprises a story from a few years ago.

‘Essendon Football Club Best and Fairest Players from VFL days….told through Footy cards’ – Book Review

Neil Cole and Graeme Dickenson have produced a wonderful new book, ‘Essendon Football Club Best and Fairest Players from VFL days…..told through Footy cards’, that will appeal immensely to all footy fans alike.

Almanac Music – Bob Dylan:  ‘Rough and Rowdy Ways’

Long time Dylan fan Col Ritchie is absolutely rapt with Bob’s sensational new release, ‘Rough and Rowdy Ways’. It’s a ripper, and what better way to pass the time out walking than listening to Bob Dylan! ‘Don’t think twice, it’s alright!’

Round 2 – Sydney v Essendon: Parish last quarter heroics

Darcy Parish’s cracking last quarter ended a nervous afternoon on the couch for Col Ritchie as his Bombers hold off the Swans to win their Round 2 match at the SCG.

Almanac Flashback – 70s Footy: Prospect Hill to Windy Hill

Col Ritchie fondly reflects upon the trial and tribulations of following the Bombers with his good mates during the 70s.

Almanac Flashback – Jazzfest New Orleans 2019: Johnny Rivers

Col’s disappointed Jazzfest 2020 has been cancelled due to coronavirus. He had a great time at Jazzfest in New Orleans last year, with Johnny Rivers one of his highlights at the festival. Read Col’s reprised story here.