Mildura Weekly : Friday February 14 2014 Vol 8 No 15
www.milduraweekly.com.au 20 Mildura Weekly – 14/02/14 IN THE RIVERLAND THIS WEEK By BEV STORY WHEN retired Loxton school principal Paul Rowe decided it was time to get back into the music scene, he picked up the phone and called a few of his mates. The result is Krome Plat- ed Yabbies, formed just over a year ago, with members spread from the Riverland to Adelaide and beyond. Paul plays drums, while the band boasts three regular guitar/vocals – Robin St John- Sweeting (from Wasleys, near Gawler), Mick Turner (Clay- ton, near Goolwaa), Tom Stehlik (Mylor, Adelaide Hills) and bass player/vocals Lance Gum (Loveday, River- land) in their regular line-up. Two wives of band mem- bers, Lyn Gum and Merylyn Rowe, sing with the Krome Plated Yabbies at some shows. Paul said the band’s name pays tribute to a song record- ed in the 1960s – as well the fact that three of the men and the two women all live in the Riverland. “Krome Plated Yabbies – it was a song in the 1960s from a band called The Wild Cherries,” Paul said. “It in- cluded Lobby Loyde – he was a brilliant guitarist – abso- lutely amazing... probably one of the fastest guitarists I have ever seen. “I guess we were looking for a name, and we were asso- ciated with the River Murray, and it just seemed appropri- ate.” Their song list is full of rock and roll, with plenty of variety, and strongly influ- enced by 1960s and 1970s rock covers – from Creedence Clearwater Revival, The Roll- ing Stones and The Beatles, with some ‘Swamp blues’ thrown in. They played sev- eral sessions at the 2013 Riv- erstock at Moorook. “I actually decided it was time to get back to playing music on a regular basis, so I contacted each person and we went from there,” Paul said. “I played in various bands – mostly with Robin in the Barossa Valley and the north- ern suburbs of Adelaide.” The band members have a wealth of musical experience between them – including in- ternational touring with vari- ous other bands and also as teachers. Mick Turner has toured Australia a couple of times with Greg Baker’s Blues Band. When Paul was still teach- ing at Loxton in 2002, he ar- Yabbies all set for musical pub crawl ranged for Mick to visit the school. “Mick started the Loxton Primary School Rock ‘n’ Roll Band,” he said. “From there, he had other work, so Lance took over at school. And he’s still there. He told me he’s got 63 kids wanting to audition. “Lance has a rich back- ground with his Stageright Solutions. “He has actually toured the world – Singapore, Hong Kong. He was Russell Morris’ sound man for about six years. Mostly, he does his sound work, and any spare time he spends at schools.” Paul went to school at Urrbrae Agricultural School with Tom – whose day job is a lecturer in English at Ad- elaide University. Tom Steh- lik is a drummer who at one stage he played for Red Gum with John Schuman. “I am probably the least experienced out of the group,” Paul said. “Robin has done a massive amount of shows, as solo, duo and in bands. He has still got the same guitar from when I started playing with him in 1974.” The guitar is a 1964 Gib- son ES330 TD – the same type that John Lennon played. The line-up of Krome Plated Yabbies varies occa- sionally, with other musi- cal mates filling holes when necessary. “We all live in dif- ferent parts of the State, and on occasions someone can’t make it,” Paul said. “It varies how much we play – some- times gigs can be a month apart. But we currently have a few things in the pipeline.” Krome Plated Yabbies can be booked for pubs and other entertainment venues, for private shows or organisa- tions by contacting Paul on (08) 8584 4993. Primary award Barmera Primary School’s Environmental Expo won the Berri Barmera Council ‘Building a Better Commu- nity Award’ on Australia Day 2014. The award was intro- duced in 2011 to recog- nise projects, activities and groups that provide outstanding contribution to the Berri-Barmera com- munity. The expo was consid- ered worthy of recogni- tion due the efforts of the school students and fac- ulty (and partners), over a number of years, to raise the profile of the environ- ment within its students and the broader commu- nity. • MEET THE CREW: That’s guitarist and vocalist Tom Stehlik, LEFT, guitar player Mick Turner, BELOW RIGHT, Robin St John-Sweeting, CENTRE, and bass player Lance Gum.
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