Old New Zealand

...Dizzy Limits and Timberjack...

Dizzy Limits

l-r Kelvin Diedrichs, Steve McDonald, Frits Stigter, Stu Johnstone

Kelvin Diedrichs later John Donoghue (guitar, vocals) Frits Stigter (bass, vocals) Stu Johnstone (keyboards, vocals) Steve McDonald (drums, vocals)

Dizzy Limits were a Wellington band that formed in 1966 and became one of the early signings of Ode Records. Their second single, a cover of The Beatles' "Golden Slumbers/Carry That Weight" made it to #9 on the pop charts.

In 1970 The band scored a gig playing on the Northern Star headed for England and to return on the Southern Cross. As guitarist Kelvin Diedrichs was unwilling to take the trip John Donoghue was recruited to take his place. On returning to New Zealand, the band changed their name to Timberjack releasing a cover of British group Black Widow's "Come to the Sabbat", which made it to #7 in the charts. Unfortunately the band folded soon after.

John Donoghue went on to have a successful solo career and was a founding member of The Warratahs.


Dizzy Limit:

1969 Alone/Mare Tranquillity - Ode ODE 4
1969 Golden Slumbers - Carry That Weight" backed with "Be My Friend, Be My Lover - Ode ODE 5 #9
1970 Wrote A Song For Everyone/Good Golly Miss Molly - Ode ODE 7


1971 Come To The Sabbat/Epilogue #7 - Ode ODE 18

More Video Links

Come To The Sabbat - original Video (NZ On Screen)

Audio Links

General Links

Steve McDonald Fan Club
NZ History.net - Come To The Sabbat
Dizzy Limits - Bruce Sergent's Dizzy Limits page
Black Widow - Black Widow band site