Larrikins swing into action
By JANE GARDNER
YOU couldn't miss friendly larrikins Col Amos and Rosco Whiting jubilantly leading hundreds of musicians down Molesworth Street in an explosion of New Orleans-style jazz yesterday.
The Brisbane-based Jazz Convention veterans, decked out in white wigs and dressing gowns, led trombones, trumpets, banjos, clarinets and all manner of unusual instruments past an ecstatic audience.
On closer inspection, their 'trombones' appeared to be nothing but spraypainted plastic and flimsy metal.
"I actually play the clarinet, badly, and Rosco plays the piano," Col laughed.
"We play up more than we play, and we're committed to supporting the Lismore economy by drinking."
Parade marshall Eric Gibbons, of Newcastle, said despite complaints about lack of air-conditioning from certain southerners who came to take part, the 60th Annual Jazz Convention was definitely a hit.
"The whole town has been behind it and we've found Lismore to be a very friendly, very happy place indeed."
The parade featured an eclectic mix of musicians and jazz fans, decked out in flapper-style sequins, amusing hats and a spectrum of colourful umbrel- las.