Photos from BMC archives
1. Bushwhackers at the Lawson celebration, 1954 or 1955. Alan Scott (whistle), Chris Kempster, (guitar) John Meredith (accordion), Jack Barrie (bush Bass), Harry Kay (mouth organ), Cecil Grivas (lagerphone), Alex Hood (bones)
2. Bushwhackers at the First Australian Folk Lore Festival, Sat 3rd Sept 1955. Chris Kempster (guitar), John Meredith (accordion), Alex Hood (bones), Harry Kay Jr. (mouth organ) Alan Scott (tin whistle), Jack Barrie (Bush Bass), Cecil Grivas (lagerphone). Brian Loughlin's bald head is behind Chris, & his slippered sprained foot is between Chris & John. (John Meredith, Stringybark & Greenhuse, 6(1), undated)
3. Dame Mary Gilmore's 90th birthday, 16th August, 1955. Bushwhackers in their unwashed Reedy River gear, the aroma reminding Dame Mary of sheep sheds!left to right - hand holding a microphone, Brian Loughlin, Harry Kay, Dame Mary, Chris Kempster, Alan Scott, John Meredith, Cecil Grivas, Alex Hood.
4. After leaving the Bushwhackers Cecil formed The Galahs with his brothers. Roland & Milton. Cecil is in the middle (photo courtesy of Cecil's daughter Xanthe Grivas)
Western Advocate - Age is no barrier for Cecil (2000) ... He moved to Bathurst in 1974 ... He is still a keen actor, regularly taking part in choral performances in Bathurst with the Allegri Singers and at present is growing a beard for their Federation performance ...
Conversations & emails from Cecil, August 2018
Cecil was 2nd editor of Challenge which was associated with EYL. Harry Steam was 1st editor, & it was the only other paper apart from Tribune which published information about BMC in the very early days. Cecil did a crash course in journalism & wrote articles in Tribune.
Cecil's singing history -
2. Singing with Chris Kempster, Harry Kay& Brian Loughlin,
see illustrations The New Theatre cast arriving at Glen Davis, 1952 and Performing The Candy Store underground at Glen Davis, 1952
https://www.greenleft.org.au/content/illustrious-life-sydneys-new-theatre ... Another highlight in the New Theatre's history was a 1952 performance of The Candy Store, the story of a strike in a US department store. This was an underground performance — literally. The Glen Davis shale miners began the first sit-in strike in a NSW colliery, and the Miners Federation invited New Theatre to perform the play down the mine.
Smuggled in, at the junction of five shafts, an improvised stage with hessian curtain was set up. Small and inadequate lights rested on a table. Then, as the players stepped on stage in the murky half light, the miners switched on their hard hat lights and bathed the stage in a dusty glow.
"That's a hard one to beat", says a jubilant (Marie) Armstrong, one of the players that day ...