AllansMusic + billy hyde Stores to Remain Open

The exciting news for Australian musicians today, is that AllansMusic and Billy Hyde stores will remain open.

Con Gallin, managing director of Australian Musical Imports and Gallin’s Musician’s Pro Shop, has bought the bulk of AllansMusic / Billy Hyde assets after months of negotiating with receivers Ferrier Hodgson.

Con Gallin announced that they had purchased Australian Music Group and related businesses, Allan’s Music / Billy Hyde, Musiclink and Intermusic. Gallin also confirmed that flagship stores Southport (Qld), Sydney, Alexandria, Parramatta, Adelaide, Blackburn and Bourke Street, Melbourne will remain fully operational.

After being placed into receivership Allans Billy Hyde, Australia’s largest independent music retailer, continued trading until its stores were closed last weekend, with its 513 employees sacked. Mr Gallin said most workers at the seven flagship stores would return when those stores reopened. Another 80 employees had already been made redundant in recent months.

AMI/Gallin’s Musician’s Pro Shop opened their first store in Chapel Street, Prahran in 1989, and in the ensuing 23 years have successfully opened stores in Sydney, Brisbane and Gold Coast. The addition of the Allans Billy Hyde stores brings the total music stores operated by Mr. Gallin to thirteen.

The current liquidation sale taking place in the Allans Billy Hyde stores will continue with AMI/Gallin’s adding additional stock from their warehouse and suppliers to give consumers additional discounted items right in time for Christmas.

Listen to an interview with Con Gallin from Australian Musical Imports

Ukelele workshops achieve results


A ukelele workshop in Cootamundra

A ukelele workshop in Cootamundra


Cootamundra recently had the pleasure of having Janet Seidel and the boys perform at our Arts Centre… a wonderful night was had by all who attended.

During the day preceding the show Chuck Morgan lead a Ukulele workshop with some of our local, budding, music enthusiast. It was a huge success, so I thought I would share some of the comments made by the students.


Reunion Blues Signs Gabriel The Gun as Artist Endorser

“I bought my first Reunion Blues gig bag twenty five years ago when ‘No Doubt’ ruled the Hollywood Club Scene … I was hell bent to look cool walking up to a gig. The classic and luxurious RB gig bag did the job and then some! Built to last and tough as a coffin nail, just like me! I still rock that bag, it still works fine and is sexy as ever … Reunion Blues is the best damn gig bag on the market … PERIOD!”

Reunion Blues, manufacturer of top quality bags and cases for musical instruments, has announced the addition of Gabriel to their growing list of Reunion Blues artists. Gabriel The Gun co-founded Orange County’s own ‘No Doubt’, and played in the group until 1992. He is a Cuban-American Trumpeter, Latin Percussionist, Producer and Arranger from LA and was instrumental in the development of the third wave Ska movement and the Orange County Sound. He has played and or worked with: No Doubt, The Skeletones, Bad Manners, The Red Hot Chili Peppers, Fishbone, Steel Pulse, The Roots Radics, Eddie Palmieri, Tito Puente (Sr & Jr), Lalo Rodriguez, Richie Ray, Sean “Puff Daddy” Combs, Mario Winans, Jeff Buckley, Bennie Maupin, Bob Mintzer, Peter White and many other artists. He is a published writer with UMG, Interscope and Ras Records. His songs have been recorded and preformed by No Doubt and Sublime.

His current projects are: BackBeat Brawlers, a Ska, Reggae and Soul super group, and Triple “B” Horns, which is the three piece horn section from the BackBeat Brawlers. In conjunction with Conn-Selmer, they are working with the LAUSD, to help build and renew excitement behind Music Programs within the school system.

Founded in 1976, Reunion Blues has become known as the music industry’s premier gig bag and case company with over 70 models available for fretted, brass, woodwind, strings and percussion instruments. The products are available in Performance fabric, in Classic full-grain leather, and in a new leading-edge RB Continental series that is enjoying huge success in the industry. There’s even a selection of multiple instrument bags like double guitar and triple trumpet.

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Tina Broad – foundation member of ‘Chooks on a Hot Tin Roof’

From ABC Radio National Life Matters programme, comes a charming interview with Tina Broad, an inspiring lady with a love of music and of life.

Tina Broad

Tina Broad is one member of the all female ukulele group Chooks on a Hot Tin Roof

Meet the listener: Tina Broad’s musical life

For listener Tina Broad, music is her life both in work and leisure. After doing ‘the Yoko Ono thing’ for years while her musician husband was on the road Tina has now stepped up to the microphone and is having a love affair with the ukulele.

She is part of the all female ukulele group Chooks on a Hot Tin Roof and heads up The Glorious MUD Singers, an eighty strong choir from the Milton Ulladulla region. Her day job is with the Music Council of Australia’s Play for Life Program.

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