Send Off for Graeme Thomas

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Send Off for Graeme Thomas

Melbourne’s Rhythm and Blues stalwarts The Breadmakers announce Send-off Show for Rockabilly Rebel and Recording Genius Graeme Thomas RIP. Special guest Dave Hogan (Paramount Trio)
It was with great sadness that The Breadmakers learnt of the passing late last year of their old pal Graeme Thomas. Graeme, and the Preston Records studio and label he created were hugely influential to just about any roots, rockabilly or rock n roll musician in Melbourne in the 1980’s and 90’s – and it was no different for the young Breadmakers. The band had heard some of the amazing recordings that Graeme had done in his home-built studio that sounded exactly like they had come out of the 1950’s or 60’s. They approached him to see if he would record them too. Unsure if they were made of the right stuff, Graeme made them audition for him, but amazingly they passed, and it was the beginning of a great friendship between the band and Graeme.

Graeme was a musical perfectionist, and he taught the band so much about getting the sounds they liked in the studio. He could make his studio sound like Sun Studios in Memphis, or just about any other vintage studio by moving microphones, changing amplifiers and rearranging a few baffles. One time Graeme offered to truck in enough soil to completely cover the studio floor so that he could get the sound of the Fortune Records Studio from Detroit Michigan, which famously had a dirt floor when it was recording in the 1950’s and 60’s.

Graeme was a true eccentric and loved experimenting with his primitive recording equipment. At the conclusion of one track the Breadmakers recorded with him, there’s a strange reverbing sound. Graeme explained to the band that it was a recording he’d made of an olive being dropped into his martini glass played backwards on a loop! Another time he wanted a song to sound more “live”, so he added a bit of crowd noise from the Beatles 1964 Festival Hall concert as backing!

The Breadmakers will miss their old friend and mentor (although he did nearly incinerate the whole band in his backyard once when his 1950’s BBQ exploded!) and so they have organised a special send off show. It’s not a benefit show, it’s just an afternoon of free music to give folks the chance to come and “raise a glass for Graeme”.
The Breadmakers, ended up recording three albums with Graeme and their special guest on the day Dave Hogan also recorded 3 albums at Preston Studios (2 with the Paramount Trio and 1 with his Blues Hangover). Dave will be joining the Breadies to do a special bracket of songs off the first Paramount Trio album.
The Breadmakers plus special guest Dave Hogan backed by the Internationally Famous Breadmaker Trio.
Sunday 29 January 2023, 4-6pm The Gem 289 Wellington Street Collingwood,
FREE ENTRY with $13 Margaritas, $10 Bloody Marys and Sonny’s Fried Chicken and Burgers available all arvo.