Posted 1 month ago

Featured Guitar: 1964 Gibson ES335 Red (Serial Number 70664)

1964 Gibson ES335 Red (Serial Number 70664)

I’ll start off by saying that this is one of the best sounding guitars ever. A big rap I know, but it’s true.

I’d previously owned several Gibson 335s, all of which were good guitars but this one really shines above them. At one time I almost traded it in on an original dot neck 335 (a very desirable guitar) but this one sounded so much better and I’m very glad I still have it.

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This is a monthly feature by Martin Cilia on his website. You can see previous featured guitars here: http://www.martincilia.com.
Posted 1 month ago

This year so far

I’ve been enjoying traveling around Australia playing guitar with legendary Australian band Mental As Anything. The last few weeks we’ve been in Queensland and Southern NSW. In June we have gigs around New South Wales and in July we’re back in WA and then SA. Check out my site for gig details.

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This is us at Cronulla on Australia Day (January 26th).

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In March this year my Spanish friends Los Coronas visited for an Australian tour. They played two gigs at the Basement in Sydney and I joined them on stage for Big Swell.

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I supported them with my band and David and Fernando got up for a jam.

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On Sunday (June 1st) I’ll be playing at the Sydney Rock N Roll Alternative Market - http://rocknrollmarket.com.au/ - again. We had a great time last year. We’re playing at 1.25pm.

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On Friday 27th June I am hosting an Instro Surf night at the Petersham Bowling Club in Sydney. The White Pointers and the Mighty Surftones will also be playing. I hope you can come along, it’s going to be a lot of fun.

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Posted 6 months ago

Mrs Moto video featuring Paul Johnson

When I brought my band to California from Australia last year I had plans to record a film clip of Mrs Moto, from my 2013 album “Going to Kaleponi”, hopefully with Paul Johnson. I ran it past him and he agreed.

We decided to film at Huntington Beach. It was the perfect day for it. We got some great footage along and under the pier and also live as part of my set. Afterwards Paul surprised me by asking if we’d like him to edit the clip. We jumped at the chance to have him do it.

Paul went above and beyond - sourcing live audio of us playing the song onstage (thanks Chrome Oxide) and some extra footage from the Purple Orchid (thanks Unsteady Freddie (would you hire a cameraman called “unsteady”?))

We love the clip. I hope you do too.

Posted 8 months ago

Manly Market Place


We recently played at the Manly Market Place in the Sydney beachside suburb of Manly. 

The theme for the night was “retro surf”. There was a surf movie screened before our set. It was a great spring evening an thanks to everyone for coming along.

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Posted 8 months ago

The Bridge Hotel, Sydney

Back in Sydney on a great spring evening for our gig at the Bridge Hotel, Roselle,Sydney.


It may appear to be a peaceful evening although the police were right outside with their RBT.

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There are 4 acts on tonight and I’m playing with three of them.

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Sound check - The room looks much better when people fill the room.

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Nicole Warner singing a short set of songs written by Dave and myself.

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Playing my instro set with Janette & Lloyd.

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Bright lights!!

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Leopard skin is the flavor tonight.

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Playing a great sounding white 60s Gibson SG.

Posted 10 months ago

The Evelyn, Fitzroy

Sunday we played an afternoon gig at the Evelyn Hotel in Fitzroy. The day started off with the fabulous Ben Rogers Instrumental Asylum

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Next the Black Molls (Fred Negro and Dave Moll) took the stage with their witty tunes, unusual props and stage banter.

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Then we did our set.

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A fun time was had by all.

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[Myself with Fred Negro & Dave Moll]

Posted 10 months ago

The Caravan Club, Melbourne

The day after Basement Discs we played at the Caravan Club in Oakleigh. 

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This is a fabulous old RSL club in the heart of Oakleigh that hosts some of the world’s best musicians. They treated us extremely well. 

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My band played the support. 

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Then Lloyd & I went on and played with Dave’s band.

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It was another fantastic crowd with many knowing all the words to the songs.

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Come and see us tonight in Sydney at the Bridge Hotel, in Rozelle. 

Posted 10 months ago

Basement Discs

On Friday we played an instore lunchtime gig at legendary Melbourne record shop Basement Discs

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They have live music every Friday lunchtime.

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They’re a great supporter of live music in Melbourne.

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The lunchtime crowd. 

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Signing CDs.

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Thanks Basement Discs. We had a great time. 

Next gig: Sat 7th Sept - Bridge Hotel, Rozelle - with Dave Warner

Posted 10 months ago

Charles Hotel, Perth

After I got back from the US I flew to Perth, for a gig with Dave Warner at the Charles Hotel. We played here last year to a packed crowd and were looking forward to another sold out gig.

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I played a set before Dave hit the stage with Hadyn Pickersgill on bass and Lloyd Gyi on drums.

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Martin on acoustic guitar, Dave and Teisco.

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The place was packed with a very enthusiastic crowd. A great night was had by all. 

We’re looking forward to the next gig in Sydney on Saturday 7th at the Bridge Hotel, in Rozelle. 

Posted 10 months ago

Flying home

On Saturday the 17th we dropped off the tour van at the airport. We’re going to miss our loyal companion. 

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I’d like to thank so many people that made this tour such a special event, including Jeff Big Tiki Dude, Tiki Tena, Big Wave Dave, Paul Johnson, Lorenzo Surfer Joe, Unsteady Freddie, Linda & John Miller, Jonpaul, Marie, Marty, Ivan, Brian and many others.

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[Big Wave Dave & Big Tiki Dude]

Thanks to all who helped us out by loaning us their gear. 

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Special thanks go to Jeff & Julia Weber for hosting us in San Francisco and making us feel so welcome. 

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And also to Billy Blastoff for the digs and rehearsal space at his place in Simi Valley and giving us so much tremendous support. We can’t thank him enough.  

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The surf music community in California was so welcoming of us. See you all again soon, I hope.