In Tasmania Like Flynn

31 Jan

What rock star moved to Tasmania because he’s a big fan of Errol’s?

— Tim


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  1. PW

    January 31, 2017 at 4:19 pm

    Elvis Costello, I think. (In the first photo he looks a bit like Bobby Darrin.)

    • PW

      January 31, 2017 at 4:24 pm

      I mean Darin. Bit slow today. Apologies This side of the pond, it’s very soggy and grey.

      • Gentleman Tim

        February 1, 2017 at 5:16 am

        I know your aim is true, PW, but a bit off bass this time. Instead of the six-string, English Elvis, think the four-string, non-British Brian. And instead of of (Bobby) Darin or (Dutch) Darrin), think (John) Cusack.

        But, here’s mo fo ya, PJ: there is this Elvis connection to our mystery fan of Flynn!


        • Tina

          February 1, 2017 at 7:02 am

          Hi Tim, it is Brian Ritchie but if he moved to Hobart,Tasmania because he is an Errol fan that has for me a big question mark Where do you find this information?
          He maybe moved because he organized in 2009 the Mona Foma or MoFo Music Festival in Hobart and every year since.

          • Tina

            February 1, 2017 at 7:44 am

            The WOW House of Brian Ritchie in Hobart

            • Tina

              February 1, 2017 at 5:01 pm

              What do you think of his house – nice airy spread!

          • Tina

            February 1, 2017 at 8:30 am

            Here is a picture of the “E” bass guitar of Brian Richie.


            Was unable to post the picture on the page, just would not let me do it, although I had it in the right size of 300 p for posting picture.

          • Gentleman Tim

            February 1, 2017 at 11:43 am

            Congratulations, Tina! You Win Again! The Quiz Queen is back!

            Bruce Ritchie’s “fascination” with the Flynnman and interest in Tasmania began in his youth. He became a self-described “very big Errol Flynn fan” from reading My Wicked Wicked Ways, and bios on The Baron, at the old Milwaukee Public library. He “resolved” himself to visit Tasmania at a young age.

            Later, when with his group, the Violent Femmes, he altered the band’s touring schedule to include Tasmania, which he ended up loving and ultimately moved to. This was all due to his being a Flynn fan. MoFo followed.

            The rest, as they don’t say, is no mystery.

            Brian Ritchie’s insticts alive


            • Tina

              February 1, 2017 at 4:46 pm

              Thanks Tim and also for the article of the Milwaukee Public Library. Very interesting to read and I would assume, which one should actually not do, that the “E” on his bass guitar maybe stand for “Errol”? Maybe he will join the blog? Would be great!

              • Gentleman Tim

                February 1, 2017 at 5:53 pm

                The ‘E’ is for Earthwood, Tina – a large acoustic bass from the early Seventies largely based on the Mexican guitarron, familiar to those who have seen the street and restaurant bands South of the Border. They weren’t made long, and few play them now, no one better than Brian Ritchie.

                You raise an interesting possibility though. Maybe, to some extent, the ‘E’ being reminiscent of Errol, did help sell the bass to Ritchie. He likely recognizes and enjoys the connection. All he needs now is a question mark and a crowing rooster.

                You get to see and hear him playing that ‘E’ bass in this video:

        • PW

          February 1, 2017 at 9:45 am

          Very much off bass, I’m afraid. As Dr Johnson once said,’Ignorance, Sir, sheer ignorance.!

          • Gentleman Tim

            February 1, 2017 at 12:26 pm

            Perhaps Sammy was just horsing around, PW. He had a pretty good track record until then. … Irregardless (as Doc Johnson would never say), sheer ignorance often leads to blissfully wonderful things. Where would we be without it? Orson makes the point well, at five minutes in, in his almost-always brilliant Orsonwellesian way.

            The Virtue of Ignorance

            Here’s Dr. J looking up a synonym for “a horse’s knee”. Oh, well, we should let bygones be bygones, the pastern is the pastern.


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