Entertainment

Maurie Nicholson's back with Mad Hat McGrinny

No Caption
No Caption

FORMER Vagabonds frontman Maurie Nicholson is back after a 10-year absence from live music with new band Mad Hat McGrinny.

The Agnes Water blues rockers are establishing a reputation for an energetic stage performance and an up-tempo brand of bluesy rock.

This weekend the band will venture to the Bundaberg region for two performances at the Avondale Homestead Tavern and the Baffle Creek Tavern.

Nicholson performed with Sydney band the Vagabonds between 1986 and 1998, supporting well-known bands such as The Angels, The Radiators, The Head-Hunters, Phil Emmanuel and the Party Boys.

His influences range from the Blues of American artists such as Muddy Waters and Howling Wolf to the rock of Robert Plant and Paul Rodgers.

Nicholson said it was good to dust off the cobwebs and return to his passion.

"It's really reignited within me," he said.

"I just wanted to get back out there and do it all again.

"Playing live is what it's all about - playing your music."

Nicholson said the new band's first performances around Gladstone suggested there was still plenty of rock in the old dog yet.

"We've been putting in a lot of work with rehearsals and I've been working hard to get my vocals going again but it hasn't been too hard," he said.

"It's like anything I suppose - once you get going you fall back into it."

The band normally performs with four of five musicians but will play with three for the Avondale and Baffle shows.

"You do get a bigger sound but we still pack a punch as a three-piece," he said.

"We're hoping people come out and support live music and live businesses."

Nicholson plans to release an EP of new material later this year.

His son Jackson, 22, has been filling in for the band on drums.




Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

THE EXPERT: Stop judging working mothers

SUPER MUMS: Being a working mums comes down to perfecting time management.

"WORKING for money is all right; so is working because you want to.”

OPINION: How to prepare your child for day care

Your kids will love childcare, but it may take some adjusting.

GETTING your child ready for day care is vital.

MUMS' TOP 5: 'Musts' to have on your childcare checklist

SOME FALL SHORT: Organisations that train childcare workers will be subjected to extra audits.

SENDING your child off to day care can be daunting and confusing.

Health and nutrition with kids - how do you balance it?

HOW important is health and nutrition in your household?

Smack or no smack - where do you stand?

THE debate is reignited - is smacking acceptable?

Technology and kids: Do you ever cut their wi-fi?

Check out our new video series featuring mums having a chat

Arson suspected after blaze lights up The Hummock

Fire crews work to put out a fire on The Hummock

Fire crews work to put out fire on The Hummock

Defence suggests teen made up rape allegation

ON TRIAL: A 44-year-old Bundaberg man has pleaded not guilty in Bundaberg District Court to charges he raped a girl when she was 14.

Teen says man bought her alcohol

Man coward punches security guard at Macca’s

HANDS OFF: FNQ Security’s Lloyd Finnis is furious one his staff was assaulted.

Macca's security guard punched in carpark

Latest deals and offers

Three bedroom, 1100sqm block: Is this Qld's cheapest home?

BARGAIN BUY: Is this North Bundaberg property the cheapest home in Queensland?

Becoming a real estate mogul is all about risk and reward

PROPERTY BOOM: Coast prices set to skyrocket

Like other areas in south-east Queensland, the Sunshine Coast is at the start of the upturn on the property clock.

Values predicted to rise 25-33%