The Almanac Podcast – Episode 15

Matty Q, Jake Norton and John Harms are joined on the Almanac Couch by the inimitable star of stage, screen and literature, Taxi Mary and Margo Gaffney herself; Jane Clifton.

Matty Q and Jane Clifton waxing lyrical on the Almanac Couch.

Matty Q and Jane Clifton waxing lyrical on the Almanac Couch.

We talk with Jane about her days as a self-described Army brat in Gibraltar and the former West Germany before arriving in Perth and falling in love with West Perth in the WAFL.

Jane talks frankly about her days treading the boards at La Mama and Melbourne’s music scene of the 70s, supporting Frank Zappa on his Australian tour, co-hosting Countdown on the ABC and how a non-descript “fifty-worder” would ultimately her into a star on the streets of Old Blighty and here in Australia to this very day.

J.T.H and Wandering Jake Norton listen as Jane Clifton holds court.

J.T.H and Wandering Jake Norton listen as Jane Clifton holds court.

Like a bit of Jazz? Got a hankerin’ for some seafood? Why not scratch that itch by checking out Jane’s Jazz trio at Claypots in Barkly Street St Kilda, every Monday night.

Lunching for Australia, this is your Almanac podcast.

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  1. Great podcast. Really engaging conversations. Mention of Frank Zappa has inspired me to listen to Joe’s Garage, a truly perverse, funny Orwellian tale, spread over three wonderful albums.

    Excellent stuff!

  2. Mark 'Swish' Schwerdt says

    Am I the only person in the world that hadn’t heard about the Leigh Matthews / Nick Cave stoush?

    The only goss that filtered over to Adelaide back then involved stories about coke bottles or coffee tables.

    I saw Jane with Stiletto in the Adelaide Uni cloisters on a Friday lunchtime (78 or 79), think the violin festooned Sidewinder came over a couple of weeks later.

    More like this please (and the Warwick Green one too)

  3. Great stuff. As with Swish I enjoyed the deeper, longer form of the last few weeks. But I am hanging out for the intellectual bile and one-liners of the People’s Elbow when he returns. I want to hear his take on Chris, Mitch and Mick.
    Jane was brilliant on Podcast 15 but “Whispering” Steve Baker needs a bit of work. Noises Off? I guess you had to be there.
    Seriously guys its brilliant and a lot of work to put together. Thanks and much appreciated. The weekly glitch tells me its a genuine Malarkey Production. Like Hitchcock appearing in all his movies.

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