Pans on Fire

Press Clippings over the Years

Over the past few years, Triangle Community Steelbands have featured in many press releases, especially in connection with the 1st Australian Steelband Festival held in Marysville in April 2013. Here are a selection of press clippings:

19 September 2012, Herald & Weekly Times

18 February 2013, Herald Sun

2 March 2013, North-by-Northeast

6 March 2013, The Standard

27 March 2013, The Standard

3 April 2013, The Standard

10 April 2013, The Standard

16 April 2013, Mountain Views News

17 April 2013, The Standard

4 May 2013, North-by-Northeast

Monday 10 March 2014, Moomba Parade, Melbourne


Pans on Fire played in front of their biggest audience of an estimated 50,000, plus half a million on live TV, when they played in the 60th Annual Moomba Parade in Melbourne on the Labour Day holiday on 10th March 2014.

On the back of "Dicko's Truck" a team of dedicated workers designed and built a float that rivalled the professional floats built in the Moomba Float Factory. To the Caribbean sounds of Netty Netty, Sugar Bum, Raga Poom Poom, Jump in the Line and Sly Mongoose, Pans on Fire played without a break in the hot sun on the 50 minute trip down St Kilda Road, accompanied by nearly 100 Caribbean dancers from CaribVic (the Caribbean Association of Victoria).

Their joint display had the crowds bopping along, with a plethora of cameras and video recorders saving the event for posterity in many homes around Victoria. 

Sunday 26 January 2014, Tidal Rhythms at the Bowl, Sidney Myer Music Bowl, Melbourne

Tidal Rhythms

Pans on Fire had the privilege of playing with the Melbourne Ska Orchestra  at the Sidney Myer Music Bowl for the Tidal Rhythms at the Bowl Concert organised by Multicultural Arts Victoria on Australia Day.

Before a crowd of 5000 people, Pans on Fire were welcomed to the stage by the arrival of the Roulettes precision flying team, and then played a 30-minute set to start the show. They returned to the stage later to join the Melbourne Ska Orchestra, led by Nicky Bomba, with whom they played Coconut Woman and Paradiso. The two bass players snuck back on stage later to join MSO in a rendition of Perfidia.

The concert demonstrated how far Pans on Fire have come since forming in late-2009 after the bushfires early that year. For a group of people with virtually no prior musical experience, this journey has shown what hard work, enthusiasm and resilience can produce.

Videos of some of the songs they played during their set are shown below.

April 12, 2013, 1st Australian Steelband Festival

Pans on Fire received the Emerging Talent Award at the 1st Australian Steelband Festival held in Marysville in April 2013. Their performance of their three songs (Sly Mongoose, Brazil and Bohemian Rhapsody) was captured by Barry Thomas of Video Vision.

September 27, 2012, YouTube

The Apollo Bay Music Festival released their video collection from the 2012 Festival on YouTube today. Included was a clip from Pans on Fire playing in the Big Tent. Check it out below.

Tuesday 24 April, Geelong Advertiser

After playing at the Apollo Bay Music Festival, we shared a write-up in the Geelong Advertiser with Barry Morgan and his World of Organs. We even scored a nice comment from "Tony of Fairfield".

Sunday 18 December, ABC Radio, Australia All Over

Pans on Fire hit the national airwaves when Macca (Australia All Over, ABC Radio) read out a letter from Rita about our upcoming CD "Recovery", and then played some of Julian's favourite track "African Marketplace". Listen to what he had to say about the band below.

Tuesday 14 December, Taggerty, Rehearsal Room

Practice was cut short on Tuesday night when a box of "Recovery" CDs arrived from Implant Media. It was all excitement as the first box was opened by Rita, and then a bit of quiet time as we listened to some of the tracks. Is that really us?


Sunday 6 - Monday 7 November, Taggerty, Joe Talia Recording Studio

In November, after lots of rehearsals on some new songs, the band went to Joe Talia's new recording studio in nearby Buxton to lay down the rest of the CD songs. This time, things were a lot easier for Joe than they were when he set up our rehearsal room as a temporary studio back in January. After two days, and a bit more for voice-overs for percussion, guitar and vocals, we had all the material we needed for the CD.

Monday 4 - Tuesday 5 July, Kensington, Newmarket Recording Studio

Early July was the start of the CD production adventure when the band made to journey to Melbourne to record a few songs at Newmarket Studios in Kensington. Once again, patience was the order of the day, as Julian McKenzie sets up the mikes for the recording. Two days, and a great dinner on the first night, later, we had four songs in the bag.

August 2011, Great Stories - Pans on Fire

One of our great supporters, film-maker Barry Thomas, put together a program on Pans on Fire for his series "Great Stories" on Channel 31.

February 2011, Qantas Competition

In early 2011, Qantas ran a competition for non-conventional instruments playing their theme "I still call Australia home". Given that we were always looking for sources of financial support for the band, Rita Seethaler submitted an entry, which was placed in the Top 10 by viewer votes. Unfortunately, she didn't win, but we had fun making the video (apologies for the poor production quality - the playing was much better than the filming!)

February 2011, NSF Consulting Video

Towards the end of the Regional Arts Victoria grant, NSF Consulting were asked to evaluate the success of the grants program. They did interviews with the various grant recipients. Here they interview Rita Seethaler, where she talks about the social recovery aspects of the Pans on Fire grant.

7 February 2011, Emergence Concert

On the second anniversary of the Black Saturday fires, Pans on Fire played at the BMW Edge Theatre at Federation Square in Melbourne as part of the Emergence 2011 commemorations. Without a doubt this was the highlight of our short life to then. We still pinch ourselves at our ability to perform on the day, when 12 months earlier we didn't even know what a steel pan was. Wonders never cease!

3 February 2011, Recovery Video

The result of all the work by Barry Thomas, Joe Talia and the Pans on Fire players was the video "Recovery". We put it up on YouTube and so far it's had over a 1000 hits in 9 months. 

Tuesday 25 January 2011, Marysville, Final Video Session

The band learned a little more patience while they waited for the cameras to be set up for the recording of the final scene in the Recovery video. Barry Thomas sets up the high camera on top of his 4WD, while our "sound speakers" are set up in the silver car with all doors and hatchback open.

Tuesday 18 January 2011, Taggerty, Recovery Recording Session

The band learned the meaning of patience as we set up the rehearsal room at Taggerty Primary as a makeshift recording studio, to record the Recovery soundtrack for the upcoming video. Joe Talia made the most of the surroundings and miked up as many instruments separately as he could manage. Over the next week, Barry Thomas went from houseblock to houseblock for each of the band members, getting them to play along with the sound track while he recorded video snippets for the final production.

Friday 29 January 2010, Marysville Pan Band

In late January 2010, the nephew of Tony Richardson (Matthew Wells) came to Taggerty from Sydney for the Australia Day holiday. As a musician himself in a Big Band, he was impressed by the commitment of the players in the steel pan band. When he returned to Sydney, he made a video of what he had seen and heard with the band, and so put the band's first video up on YouTube. For the fledgling band, this was an eyeopener; that our little band could have an existence outside of the Triangle District.

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