Interview: Paul Greene and The Other Colours

Paul Greene and the Other Colours
Photo by John Snelson Courtesy of Get Shot Magazine

In mid-January Timber and Steel contributing editor Bill Quinn (Overheard Productions) managed to sit down with Paul Greene at the Illawarra Folk Festival to discuss his upcoming tour with his band The Other Colours. Tragically a few days later Greene’s drummer and respected member of the Australian music Matt Sykes (above left) was involved in a fatal boating accident at Currarong, NSW.

Given the events at the time we held off from publishing the interview. Paul Greene has since made the decision to continue the planned tour with himself, bassist Neil Beaver and an occasional stand-in drummer and has been playing shows throughout February – the final run of dates taking place this weekend.

So we figured that it was still worth posting the audio of Bill’s interview with Paul Greene as well as the remaining dates, which you can check out below. Our thoughts are with Matt Sykes’ family and friends.

Thursday 28th February – The Beach Hotel, Byron Bay
Friday 1st March – The Queen St Mall Stage, Brisbane (7pm)
Saturday 2nd March – The Royal Mail Hotel, Goodna (12.30pm)
Saturday 2nd March – Joe’s Waterhole, Eumundi (8pm)
Sunday 3rd March – Hoey Moey, Coffs Harbour (4pm)

4 Comments

  1. February 28, 2013 at 15:15

    I did this interview on the Friday or Saturday, lunch-time-ish. On the Sunday or maybe Saturday, I raced past Matty as he shot me a toothy smile but I had to keep going, even though I badly wanted to stop and trade notes.

    Late the following Thursday, as Rory McLeod had finished his encore in Canberra, I checked my Facebook feed and found out Matty was tragically dead, victim of a boat striking him as he (fully flag and floated) was spear-fishing off Currarong.

    I was mortified.

    The next day at 3.30pm, after I’d alerted them hell early that morning, ABC 666AM Canberra pulled together a 30 minute tribute, and Jo Laverty, you know exactly what a high regard I hold ABC 666 and you and Ross Solly in for what you do for independent music in my Once Was Home Town.

    At 4pm on Friday 25 January, I took off from the south west of Canberra, not knowing or even guessing I would not return for three and a half weeks.

    Nothing can and will ever be the same. In March and April I will launch the Overheard [Productions] scholarships for young musicians in Matty Sykes’s honour.

    And this Sunday, I shall break this civic leash and head out into the big, wonderful world. Ne’er to stop, ne’er to slow down, only to pause a while.

    It’s going to be a hell of a ride. Read about it hear (musically) on Timber and Steel.

  2. February 28, 2013 at 15:20

    # here. Lol!

  3. March 1, 2013 at 14:20

    […] “In mid-January Timber and Steel contributing editor Bill Quinn (Overheard Productions) managed to sit down with Paul Greene at the Illawarra Folk Festival to discuss his upcoming tour with his band The Other Colours. Tragically a few days later Greene’s drummer and respected member of the Australian music Matt Sykes was involved in a fatal boating accident at Currarong, NSW” – we finally publish the audio of Paul Greene’s interview with Bill Quinn. Interview here […]

  4. Ann Hazel Smith said,

    August 18, 2016 at 16:32

    I know them when they lived in Tamworth England and they were such a lovely family . They lived at the top of our road (hoylake)


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