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Blast from the past…

I’ve just found this page devoted to ‘Paper Lace’ (1974) a band I helped book gigs, through my many social club contacts in Zambia during the early 70’s, on a website lead guitarist  Kenny Ramage, set up. The band, Paper Lace, is also how I met Paudie in 1973 and eventually married my gorgeous man 28 years later.

Paper Lace

Kitwe, Zambia
1972 – 1975

Paper Lace – Live on Zambian TV – Kitwe ZBC Studios 1974

From the eyes and ears of Paudie Coughlan:
This band was in existence when I moved to Kitwe in December 1973. The up-front musicians were Kenny Ramage on lead guitar and Adrian Lawlor as lead vocals. Sue Forde managed and organised the group. Kenny was actually in his last year of boarding school at this time, and was talented way beyond his age. We used stand-in lead guitarists while Kenny was away.He joined full time in mid 1974. Most of the sessions were in Kitwe at places like the BCEL Club, Polo Club, and Flying Club. Unfortunately Mindolo Dam was going through a ban on sessions at the time of these photos due to fights. Sue also managed to get us a formal function at the Kitwe Club, which led to other formal club functions.

Kenny RamageKenny Ramage doing a lead guitar solo during a session at the BCEL Club in Kitwe. Robin Kinnear is in the background. Out of shot are Dave Robbins (drums), Robbie Centonze (bass), Adrian Lawlor (lead vocals) and Paudie Coughlan (keyboards/rhythm guitar). This was the beginning of a transition period just before Dave Robbins leaving, and Robbie going onto drums, and Robin onto bass. The BCEL Club became a very popular session venue during this period due to the ban at Mindolo Dam.
Dave, Robin and PaudieThis, and the next two shots, were taken at a private function at the Masonic Hall in Kitwe (alongside the Buff Club, furtherest away from the Parklands shops). The function was either Billy Charlton’s 21st birthday party, or a wedding (around that time could have been Pierre and Cherrie Fabel? Gavin and Jill Knowles?). Out of shot are Adrian Lawlor and Gavin Cochran (a stand-in lead guitarist). The fingers on the left belong to Robbie Centonze on bass. These three shots were taken by Sue Forde.
DaveMusic affects musicians in different ways (as it does the people who listen to them playing it). Here Dave Robbins is off on a musically induced fantasy about………? The music must have been slow and dreamy here because drummers don’t usually play with their eyes closed, for obvious reasons (like missing a drum or two).

Gavin and Adrian

Out of shot is Robbie Centonze. Gavin Cochran was from Ndola, ex Lusaka. He later played in a number of Ndola bands, including several started by Mike and Geoff Paynter. In addition to being a lead vocalist, Adrian was also a fairly accomplished drummer and rhythm guitarist. Obscured in the photo are Robin and Dave.

Kenny - Checking that things are OKKenny Ramage undergoing what we musicians called “Pre-Gig Maintenance”. The procedure being carried out is “Body, Mind and Soul Lubrication”. Kenny is using the very popular and highly respected “Mosi Lager Ingestion Method”. Note the semi-braced position and the determined look on his face. The procedure is repeated several times before, and even during, the gig. This method was controversial because the recommended dosage could easily be exceeded. The symptoms from exceeding the recommended dosage included lack of coordination, slurred speech, inability to stand up properly, and a general loosening of social inhibitions resulting in anything from over-amorous, to ridiculous, to aggressive behaviour. HOWEVER, musicians are a tough and hardy breed (especially NR / Zam ones). Even when suffering from severe overdose symptoms from this treatment, they managed to play complicated chords and solos on guitars and keyboards, play complicated drum beats, stand up straight, remember the words of songs and pronounce them properly, sing in tune, check out the chicks, and in general carry out proper and enjoyable entertainment of their audiences. True professionals.

At Sue Forde’s farewell dinner before she left for Australia. Note the true musicians’ attitude being demonstrated by Kenny, in that he is wearing a head-band at a dinner at the then snooty Kitwe Club. Karen Kearns, then going out with Adrian, was sister of Geoff Kearns, drummer in that very successful ex-Kitwe band “The Gentle People”. I believe that Karen is in RSA, and John Costopoulos tells me that Geoff is now in Australia after leaving Durban. Keith Parry married Kitwe girl Carol Hope, and as far as I know they went “down south”. The look on Sue Bartlett’s face shows that she was clearly not used to the behaviour of musicians in posh surroundings. Sue B. was from Kalalushi.
Paper Lace eventually broke up in late 1975 after both Kenny and then Adrian left Zambia to go to RSA, where they later played in bands together in Jo’burg. Robbie Centonze (drums), Robin Kinnear (bass), and myself (keyboards/rhythm guitar) then joined up with Pete Cotterill (lead guitar) to form “Crystal Blu”. This band was Ndola based, and played a lot at Tudor Inn, and the usual Kitwe venues. Mike Thomas frequently guested with “Crystal Blu” on lead vocals (and tambourine!). Mike, Robbie, Robin, and myself went on to play for various separate Copperbelt bands into the 1980’s.

(Although some sections have not been copied here, Paudie Coughlan originally wrote the [full] article for the Great North Road website which is now archived.)


#PaudieCoughlan #PaperLaceZambia  #ZambianBands #ZambianMusicians  #BlastFromPast


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“The scars of war have settled on each of us in different ways…”


#LestWeForget  #ScarsOfWar  #ANZACDay  #ThankYou #WeWillRemember

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10 years on…

It’s been 10 years since the last event… 

NATIONAL POETRY WEEK at Poets Corner @ Pages Cafe ~ 30th August 2008


#PoetsCorner@PagesCafe  #PagesCafe  #PoetsCorner  #Poetry  #FMFPoetry  #PoeticEvents

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Peter Jeffrey OAM

A few weeks ago, my man and I attended a play in Kalamunda.  His cousin Ultan was on stage doing a mighty job for only his second role in community theatre.  During interval, I bumped into Peter Jeffrey, OAM who I haven’t seen since my Poets Corner @ Pages Cafe days – and he looks the same.  He, like his good friend and my mentor Glen Phillips just don’t age!  I found this excellent article about Peter and wanted to share it.

via An Astonishing 61 Years of Poesis: Allan Padgett launches ‘True to Poetry in my Fashion’ by Peter Jeffery

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‘Epitaph for Gregory O’Donoghue’ by Frances Macaulay Forde is Write Out Loud’s Poem of the Week

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The new Write Out Loud Poem of the Week is ‘Epitaph for Gregory O’Donoghue’ by Frances Macaulay Forde, a tribute to the Irish poet who died in 2005. In the poem Frances recalls workshops with O’Donoghue at the Munster Literature Centre in Cork, and how such sessions naturally included liquid lunches, “Guinness frothed and creamy with subtext”, at the nearby, aptly named Forde’s Pub. She lives in Australia, her background is in “poetry, children’s literature, film and theatre” – and she describes Write Out Loud as her “go-to daily fix”, with many of her current favourite poets on this website.




#WriteOutLoud  #FMFPoetry  #EpitaphForGregO’donoghue  #MunsterLitCentre  #Poems

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An Epitath…

Today’s posting on Write Out Loud:

Epitaph for Gregory O’Donoghue

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#GregO’Donoghue  #MunsterLitCentre  #MLC  #CorkCity  #Poetry  #FordePub  #FMFPoetry  #FrancesMacaulayForde


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“Write Out Loud” is a site I read every day which inspires, often surprises and delights me with words written by others from all over the world.  (I think I’ve mentioned it before.)

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The site encourages and supports writers of all levels to share their work.  I felt comfortable enough to share my poem about losing a loved one called  ‘Never’, written all those years ago, from my old notebook   and bought to Australia all the way from Africa.

I was 18 when I decided to gather all my scribbled little scraps of writing into one place – then promptly hid it away in a drawer.

Years later, my dear mum read it and made some pencil marks in the columns, noting those she thought could go into a manuscript to be sent to a publisher.  I can’t tell you how much that encouraged me at the time.

Even more years later, I gave a selection to my niece for a High School project and she loved them too – although I suspect that’s because she loves her Aunty.  🙂

Not long after, I decided to (finally) do a degree in Creative Writing for my 50th birthday.


#1968Notebook  #Poetry  #TeenageAngst  #TeenPoetry  #PoetryNotebook  #FMFPoetry  #FrancesMacaulayForde

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