The Nambour Variety Show Regulars

 

Annie Gaffney (Aunty Doreen)

Aunty Doreen’s been measuring kids up for their school uniforms at Nambour State High for more years than she cares to remember.  Together with Uncle Howie, they’ve provided an up- to-the minute, sophisticated type of school embroidery service that hasn’t been seen on the Coast since the Victorian era.  Aunty’s always bustling, busy and keen to keep up- to-date with the latest technology, so she’s reluctantly put away her Singer treddlie, and talked Uncle Howie and Cousin Kassie into getting involved with the Nambour Variety Show podcast.  After years of watching nerdy Nambour High school kids like Kevin Rudd and Wayne Swan go on to fame and fortune, Aunty’s hoping that some of that gold dust will finally come her way.  While she’s constantly annoyed about comparisons of her voice to that bossy woman on the ABC radio- Annie Gaffney, and while she wouldn’t mind being able to give pollies a piece of her mind, Aunty Doreen’s decided instead to settle for global domination in the podcast domain.  Nambour’s in her blood, and if you’re ever strolling by in the back blocks of Namba, be sure to pop in for a natter and a cuppa. Her apron’s always crisply ironed, and she’ll be humming a  sugary tune as she practices her lines for the Nambour Variety Show.

Rainee Skinner

But I must explain to you how all this mistaken idea of denouncing pleasure and praising pain was born and I will give you a complete account of the system, and expound the actual teachings of the great explorer of the truth, the master-builder of human happiness. No one rejects, dislikes, or avoids pleasure itself, because it is pleasure, but because those who do not know how to pursue pleasure rationally encounter consequences that are extremely painful. Nor again is there anyone who loves or pursues or desires to obtain pain of itself, because it is pain, but because occasionally circumstances occur in which toil and pain can procure him some great pleasure. To take a trivial example, which of us ever undertakes laborious physical exercise, except to obtain some advantage from it? But who has any right to find fault with a man who chooses to enjoy a pleasure that has no annoying consequences, or one who avoids a pain that produces no resultant pleasure? On the other hand, we denounce with righteous indignation and dislike men who are so beguiled and demoralized by the charms of pleasure of the moment, so blinded by desire, that they cannot foresee

Glenda Sullivan

But I must explain to you how all this mistaken idea of denouncing pleasure and praising pain was born and I will give you a complete account of the system, and expound the actual teachings of the great explorer of the truth, the master-builder of human happiness. No one rejects, dislikes, or avoids pleasure itself, because it is pleasure, but because those who do not know how to pursue pleasure rationally encounter consequences that are extremely painful. Nor again is there anyone who loves or pursues or desires to obtain pain of itself, because it is pain, but because occasionally circumstances occur in which toil and pain can procure him some great pleasure. To take a trivial example, which of us ever undertakes laborious physical exercise, except to obtain some advantage from it? But who has any right to find fault with a man who chooses to enjoy a pleasure that has no annoying consequences, or one who avoids a pain that produces no resultant pleasure? On the other hand, we denounce with righteous indignation and dislike men who are so beguiled and demoralized by the charms of pleasure of the moment, so blinded by desire, that they cannot foresee

Kassy Abriola (Cousin Kassy)

Kassy Abriola, better known as Kabri Art is a locally based artist here on the Sunshine Coast.

Previously a purely visual artist Kassy has a strong love of community and in her spare time volunteers at animals shelters, community events and cultural hubs like the Old Ambulance Station. It was there that she met us and got involved with the Nambour Variety Show, finding herself out and about, microphone in hand on the streets of Nambour, collecting passionate stories from the locals and street people.

Kassy’s art is reflection of herself, she creates fun, bright, colourful pieces to light up any room. Her portfolio has a wide range of mediums that has allowed conversion to many different platforms for any customer to enjoy. Kassy’s spirit has captured many creative hubs to collaborate with people alike. She is passionate about children and openly engages in multiple developments to further their lives in happiness. … click here to check out Kassy’s art.

Mike Lean

Mike has been peripherally involved with radio since primary school days, when he built his own crystal set!

Later, in High School, he worked with ABC personnel recording the Newcastle High Schools Choir, and even later still, managed a daily shortwave radio sched for the Anglican Mission in Papua New Guinea, and was involved in education broadcasting. A former teacher, Mike returned from PNG after a 15 year stay, and eventually became Head of Audio Visual Production for the Queensland University of Technology.

Along with his mate Russ Healy, Mike pioneered “talkback” television for in-service teacher training in Queensland, directing and transmitting many hours of programme via Aussat.

He has also had a long association with theatre, both onstage and backstage. Mike
is also a historian, a stamp collector, a writer and a mediator.He has an abiding interest in communication and local social history.

Bruce Hamilton

Bruce has more than 45 years’ experience in Community Theatre in Western Australia and locally, as an actor, director and backstage worker and is currently a theatre sound designer for various theatre groups on the Sunshine Coast. His most recent sound designs for Noosa Arts Theatre include Side By Side By Sondheim, Mary Poppins, The 39 Steps and Under Milk Wood. He has also been Stage Manager/Production Manager for the Noosa LongWeekend Festival, production consultant for the Noosa International Film Festival, and has been a radio presenter on Noosa Community Radio, and an MC/presenter for various Choral groups and orchestras locally. He has also recorded many concerts for these groups and individuals as well.

He is looking forward to bringing all his skills to work on this exciting project, and to working with old and new friends.

Hamish Sewell

Hamish Sewell is an award winning radio producer with a background in writing and oral history. He’s worked as an oral historian on the Australian Generation Project, The Forgotten Australians and Talking Fish – collecting interviews down the Murray Darling river system. Over the last sixteen years he’s written and produced numerous radio features which have aired both on Radio National and overseas. Hamish is now the founder of the geo-locative audio app, Soundtrails, which affords users a rich immersive audio experience on site. He has produced Soundtrails across the New England, North West region of NSW from the Myall Creek massacre site, the Moree Aboriginal cemetery to the Catholic precinct in Armidale. He has supported other radio journalist to produce Soundtrails and is passionate about the potential for experiencing a ‘place’ by way of incorporating local voices, quality sound production and solid research into the architecture of geolocative mobile apps. He is currently based at the creative incubator in the Old Ambulance Station, in Nambour, Queensland, where among other things, he’s working with a bunch of creatives on the weird and wonderful Nambour Variety Show – podcast.

Samyo Dalgarno (Uncle Howie)

Firstly I have to say I am not exactly sure how I got here, well actually I am. I remember the conversation with Hamish, “Hey I hear you can do funny voices, do one for me now” … I calmly put down my tea cup, mainly because I had just spat half of it over everyone, and having been put on the spot, I stammered and stuttered until eventually, I channelled my inner Nambourian bogan and managed a quick Indian Microsoft helpdesk call, before finishing with my best Jamaican Hipster … Hamish’s response, “Yes you could work on them” … but somehow I was in.

These days I find myself hanging out with the nuevo artsy hip crowd of Nambour, rubbing shoulders with the almost rich and nearly famous socialites and celebrities of the “actor” community, volunteer set, and having a bucketful of fun in the process.

As Uncle Howie (a former sewing machine repair entrepreneur)  you will find me on a mission for Aunty Doreen. Cousin Kassy and I can be found out on the friendly, sticky streets of Nambour, interviewing the inhabitants, extracting those little bits of gold that lurk behind everyone’s story.

To Howie, the Nambour Variety Show is a mission, a mission to shine a bright spotlight on the hidden beauty and the “realness” of the people, in this oft derided poor cousin. Nambour, a thriving rural centre who always punched above its weight, a forgotten jewel turned ugly duckling waiting patiently to be transformed into a trendy hip swan, and me I am just playing my part.