Almanac Life: Marbles

Col Ritchie reflects back to his primary school days in the late 50s and early 60s and the game of marbles.

Almanac Music: ‘Nina Simone Sings the Blues’

Nina Simone had a stellar but at times controversial career over her fifty years in the music business. ‘Nina Simone Sings the Blues’, recorded in 1967, is fine example of this great artist in one of the many musical phases she passed through.

Almanac Music: Reprise – The Footy Almanac Spine Tingling Playlist

A couple of years ago The Footy Almanac came up with a list of favourite spine tingling songs nominated by our readers and made them into a Spotify playlist. We reprise the playlist and seek further nominations to be added to the list.

Almanac Music: Miles Davis – ‘Kind of Blue’

Miles Davis is recognised as the greatest exponent of ‘cool jazz’, his seminal album ‘Kind of Blue’ remains the biggest selling jazz album of all time.

Almanac Music: ‘Take Five’ – The Dave Brubeck Quartet

One of the great and most recognisable examples of cool jazz from the 50s and 60s is the timeless ‘Take Five’ by The Dave Brubeck Quartet.

Almanac Music: ‘Electro Melodier’ – Son Volt

Jay Farrar and his band Son Volt, a staple of the alt country and Americana scene for many years, released their new album recently called ‘Electro Melodier. Check out a track from the album.

Almanac Footy: Colac Youth Club Under 16 Premiers 1965 and 1966

Col Ritchie remembers a couple of footy premierships he played in with the Colac Youth Club Under 16s in 1965 and 1966, featuring some team photos of the lads who won.

Round 23 – Essendon v Collingwood: Dare to dream!

A good win to the Bombers over Collingwood in their Round 23 match cements their place in the Final 8, and who knows, dreams may come true for Essendon supporters.

Almanac Music: ‘San Francisco (Be Sure To Wear Flowers In Your Hair) – Scott McKenzie

The Monterey Pop Festival in 1967 was one of the very first music festivals to feature the ‘pop/ rock-n-roll’ genre of music. It was also a huge stepping stone in the career of Scott McKenzie and his generational anthem of ‘The Summer of Love’, ‘San Francisco (Be Sure To Wear Flowers In Your Hair)’.

Almanac Music: I See Hawks in L.A.

‘I See Hawks In L.A.’ is a Southern California alt country band Col Ritchie has recently come across. With an appealing sound Col shares a new favourite with you for your enjoyment.

Almanac Music: ‘You Keep Me Hangin On’ – Vanilla Fudge

If you walked into a party in the late 60s and early 70s it wouldn’t be long before someone put ‘Vanilla Fudge’ on to the turntable and cranked the volume up to earsplitting levels.

Almanac Music: ‘My Brown Yarra’ – Whirling Furphies

The Whirling Furphies are one of those great inner city Melbourne bands well-known for their acoustic, roots based folky music. ‘My Brown Yarra’ is one of their classic songs, check it out.

Almanac Poetry: ‘The True Believers’ – Bruce Dawe

‘The True Believers’ is a footy poem from Bruce Dawe, one of Australia’s greatest and most loved poets.

Almanac Music: ‘A Whiter Shade of Pale’

‘A Whiter Shade of Pale’ is one of the greatest songs ever written according to Col Ritchie. Gary Brooker performs in concert the song he wrote with Keith Reid, and recorded by Procol Harum in 1967.

Almanac History: Old Grandstands

Grandstands come in all shapes and sizes. Col Ritchie has come across one incorporating a huge tree trunk at Beech Forest in the Otways long ago. It’s a ripper!

Almanac Music: ‘Promises’ – Floating Points, Pharaoh Sanders, and The London Symphony Orchestra

In an amazing collaboration between avant-garde jazz musician Pharoah Sanders, electronica favourite Floating Points, and the London Symphony Orchestra, they all came together to develop and record an album of music inspired by Julie Mehretu’s painting ‘Congress’.

Almanac Music: The Flatlanders – ‘Treasure of Love’

Butch Hancock, Joe Ely, and Jimmie Dale Gilmour are The Flatlanders, an iconic Texas band who have been performing together for over fifty years to great acclaim. Listen to a couple of tracks from their new album here.

Almanac Music: Americana – Whitney Rose ‘Believe me, Angela’

Col Ritchie has been a huge fan of Americana music for many years. One of his new favourite artists of the genre is Whitney Rose. Check her out, she is fabulous!

Almanac Music: North Melbourne Surf Club – ‘Banned from the Beach’

The sound of the surf guitar is a timeless sound. Col Ritchie has discovered a Melbourne band epitomising the instrumental surf bands of the 60s.

Almanac Footy: Two Merretts and a Rohan of Cobden

Cobden Primary School punched above its weight with three future AFL footballers attending the school during the time Col Ritchie was teaching there.