Almanac Music: ‘The Weight” (Live at the Royal Albert Hall) – The Band

‘Music from the Big Pink’ was the first album released by The Band and includes their timeless classic ‘The Weight. Have a listen to a live version of this classic song.

Almanac Review: Adelaide Writers’ Week 2021 – Powerful Word Fest

The Adelaide Writers’ Week is a festival of words, powerful words, and this year was no exception as Col Ritchie reviews some of his highlights.

Almanac Music: Rhiannon Giddens – a music superstar

Rhiannon Giddens is a multi-talented leading light on the world music scene and it’s not difficult to see why.

Almanac Music: ‘How does your Garden Grow’ – Mountain Grey

Some great sounds from the Otways featuring the Mountain Grey Band and a track from their new CD, ‘Riverstone Suite’.

Almanac Music: The Byrds – ‘Mr Tambourine Man’

The Byrds are one of the greatest bands of all time and a favourite of Col Ritchie.

Almanac Music: Lost Ragas – ‘I Broke a Heart’

The Lost Ragas are a favourite band of Col Ritchie and he shares a couple of their songs for your enjoyment.

Almanac Christmas: Merry Christmas fellow Almanackers!

Merry Christmas fellow Almanackers!

Almanac Music: The New Moon Jelly Roll Freedom Rockers

‘The New Moon Jelly Roll Freedom Rockers’ Vol. 1 is a great blues based album finally released twelve years after it was recorded.

Almanac Music: Gerry Humphrys -The Loved One

Gerry Humphrys and his band The Loved Ones created some of Australia’s greatest pop songs during their short career in the 60s. A documentary of Humphrys’ career was made and is well worth a look.

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?