Thursday, 31 December 2015

BMC @ 2016 Illawarra Folk Festival














The annual Illawarra Folk Festival is four exciting summer days of folk, world, roots, bluegrass, gypsy and Celtic music, as well as poetry, comedy and dance.
BMC has 4 gigs at the Festival - 
 
Concert Party -

 
Australian Traditions Concert -  Friday - 4.45 to 5.30pm, The Odeon



 

MC Dale Dengate with Concert Party at 2015 Australian Traditions Concert
Songs & Tunes workshop
- Sunday 3.45 to 4.45pm, Grandstand Bar

 
  
Tunes workshop, Illawarra, 2015

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Saplings workshops
for young musicians 8-16 years.

Saturday - 10-11am - The Odeon

Sunday - 9-10am - The Odeon




Saplings workshop, Illawarra 2015


Tickets 



Festival information - everything you need to know!
Program


Travel in comfort on the Music Train on Saturday & Sunday, click on the link for details of connecting buses & trains from your station/address.




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Light Another Fire - Review by Dale Dengate of Jason & Chloe Roweth's latest CD










Once again Jason & Chloe have produced another excellent CD, which is available through their website, or from them at Festivals & concerts.

Chloe & Jason at John Dengate memorial concert, BMC
(Photo Sharyn Mattern)


Introduction from their website, where you will also find lyrics of all the tracks.
The spirit of Henry Lawson and John Dengate form the backbone of this album - no other two writers have given us sharper tools. In particular, we'd like to dedicate this album to our mate, the late John Dengate, whose words make up a third of the record. The album is part of our ongoing effort to catch and carry forward what has been passed to us. We have attempted to make John's words our own, and also sink his work into the wider tradition. The Lawson / Dengate and Paterson / Dengate medleys came instinctively and quickly - one in performance, and one in a dream - and they are distillations of our intention for the wider album. 

The words of Lawson and Dengate capture an Australia that’s now seldom explored on radio or television, and largely ignored by the major newspapers as it flies counter to the mysterious world of our elected "representatives". While this has no doubt been the case for generations, it seems to us that this other republic of Australia fades from the public consciousness by the year. Yet it is there still - in our home, village, and wherever our wide Australian travels take us. It is in the open hearts and hands of our mates.
This album is part celebration of this hidden republic, and part call to action on its behalf. It is our personal statement against what seems to us a catastrophic failure of leadership in this country, offered up in the never ending struggle for social justice. The songs show that particularly Australian combination of humour, anger and a sense of bush justice that is not perfect, but ideal in our hearts. Importantly, the next biggest contributor to the record is the great Anon. These are the songs of the front bar, the kitchen, the football teams, the shearers' huts, the rail and road, the campfires of the bolters and bushrangers, the trenches... It is corrugated iron music - music with the hair still on it! This is campfire sedition.
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Review by Dale Dengate



By dedicating this CD to Henry Lawson and John Dengate, Chloe and Jason Roweth acknowledge the Australian traditions that have influenced their selection of works for this CD.
This dedication would have moved John beyond words; indeed, the songs brought both laughter and tears to my eyes as I listened. Jason and Chloe seemed to have selected many of my favourite songs and tunes which evoke so many memories. Over twenty other Australian song writers are also represented on this CD.
Jason’s voice has gained strength and character over the years and Chloe’s always inspiring voice is even richer, so both bring a delightful interpretation to many songs.
I think it is important that they have made the songs their own so that in those written by John Dengate they have not tried to sound like John in his performances. Actually his presentation and words sometimes changed as the times and situations in a living culture changed. In some cases they have brought new life to John’s words and listening to their music is delightful.
They both play a number of traditional instruments and at times are joined by Bill Browne on percussion and Baz Cooper on accordion and piano. One could write more about the music but suffice to say you could enjoy the CD on this level too.
The CD starts with Lawson’s Freedom on the Wallaby, a stirring and provocative song. This rebel chorus was sung with gusto at Bush Music Club meetings in the 1960s but John and I last sang it together at Gay Scott’s funeral early in 2013. Jason has added John’s last written verse of defiance: we go on disobeying to Lawson’s words for a very strong start to the CD.
The next introductory tune for John Hospodaryk’s words about the stark life in the Female Factory was the Croppy Boy often used for the Convict Maid.  It recalls memories of times when most folk singers had it in her repertoire but Chloe’s singing surpasses the best renditions with very different words from the moralistic sentiments. There is also a delightful version of Sally Sloane’s traditional singing of Lovely Molly as well as Molly Darling which is a sweet sentimental sing-a-long song from 1871.
When I first heard The Man who Struck O’Hara I thought of the ‘bogan slogan’ PM we had recently booted and thought: good to hear that ‘he won’t be back’! Times change as I’ve already commented, and a number of people find Chad Morgan hasn’t stood the test of time, but I have always laughed at the wry humour in his comments about characters and life’s situations in country songs. This has similarities to The Shit Flung on the Floor – by Invitation Only which refers to a Binalong incident in 1913, which involved the class issues of the day.
There is an amazing amount of history in the selection of songs which one doesn’t get from the standard history of Australia books, Indeed, one could write pages on that aspect of the CD alone.
I think songs about public transport and train trips will be even more relevant as the city of Sydney copes with an overhaul of city transport systems. The only way to cope is to maintain a sense of humour, but definitely do not ‘lie down on the tracks.'
This selection gives an unique insight into quality of Australian songs and the variety of tunes. The cover with its campfire dark exterior and wattle-golden interior gives a symbolic meaning to the contents, and the initial stiffness loosens with use.
This double album CD deserves strong promotion and is ideal for Christmas gifts, especially for those who ask where have the Australian traditional and protest songs gone!  
Light Another Fire is available for purchase / download online from the Roweth’s website www.rowethmusic.com.au

Cost is $40 plus postage.

R. Dale Dengate


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Interview with Jack (Hoop-iron) Lee & Joe Cashmere by Russel Ward, Sydney Morning Herald, 1953







Jacky (Hoop-iron) Lee was the first source of old songs brought to John Meredith's attention.

Extract from John Meredith's obituary, published by Mark Gregory here http://folkstream.com/reviews/revival/merobit.html


In 1952, Hilda Lane, daughter of the firebrand William Lane, assisted an old man, blind and tapping his way, down the steps of North Sydney railway station. The old man was Jack Lee, "Hoopiron" to his friends. Hilda discovered that Hoopiron knew some old bush songs, songs of a sort supposedly lost to living memory. She invited two fellow members of Sydney's People's Choir over to her flat to meet him. One of these Choir members was John Meredith. Thus began Meredith's journey of discovery of Australian folk song, a journey which was to last nearly fifty years and yield for Australia a priceless heritage few imagined, and many denied, existed. 


Interview with the Jack Lee & others in National Library Oral History collection -
Colin Lee, Charlie Griffiths, Jack Lee, Gus Tange and the Bushwhackers interviewed by John Meredith for John Meredith folklore field recordings, 1953-1961 [sound recording]

  • Colin Lee plays the accordion: Bless 'em all
  • Charlie Griffiths recites: Myall King (Off the grass)
  • Jack Lee sings: The maid and the magpie
  • Broken down squatter
  • Jack Lee and his sister sing: The old rustic bridge by the mill
  • Colin Lee sings: Paper cooking
  • I'll hang that picture
  • Charlie Griffiths recites: The tragedy
  • Colin Lee plays the accordion: The broken down squatter
  • The Bushwhackers perform: Click go the shears
  • Where's your licence
  • Nine miles from Gundagai
  • Gus Tange sings: Yarrawonga
  • Wodonga, home town of mine
  • Bunch of Golden Wattle
  • Old sun-downer
  • Old Australian homestead.

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Thanks to Warren Fahey for supplying a copy of the original clipping & the NLA for digitising the newspaper as part of their TROVE collection.http://trove.nla.gov.au/ndp/del/article/27523996










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Final thanks to Mark Gregory for posting the article here 
http://folkstream.com/reviews/russelward.html

Saturday 12th September 1953.

"HERALD" SATURDAY MAGAZINE

Songs From The Old Man Plain

By RUSSEL WARD

The author of this article, Russel Ward, is at present working on
a scholarship at the Australian National University, tracing the
relationship between Australian folk-ballads and our social history.

"None of that 'Mr. Lee' stuff, sonny," the old man said as we shook hands. "I was never 'Mr. Lee.' Hoop-iron Jacky, they call me."

Jack Lee is 77 and has been blind for many years. He lives with his sister in one of Sydney's western suburbs. Although there is little to distinguish his home from the other houses in the street, Hoop-Iron Jacky really belongs to another time and place.

He was born on the Old Man Plain in 1876, at Booligal, on the lower Lachlan. As a young man he worked on stations scattered all over the Riverina and beyond. His conversation brings to life the vanished era of, bul- lockies, shearers, stockmen and sundowners—the Australia immortalised by Joseph Furphy in "Such Is Life."

"You had lo make your own fun then," he says. "No picture shows or wireless - or concerts either, unless, you made them for yourselves."

He remembers many of the old bush ballads collected and published by Banjo Paterson in 1905 - and others that Paterson missed.

"But I've forgotten a lot more," he laments. "I remember one time I was working at Nimidgee, out from Mount Hope, I sang four songs every night for a fortnight, and never sang the same one twice.
"Everyone used to sing. One chap would sing the verses and the whole mob would come in on the coalbox (chorus). One night we kept going till 2 o'clock in the morning, and anyone who went to his bunk would be pulled out again when his turn came around.

"I remember a bloke called Bill Tully was shearing there. He made up a song that was very popular. It was called 'The Backblock Shearer'." And the old Riverina man sang it to the tune of "The Wearing o' the Green":
I'm only a back-block shearer, as easily can be seen,
I've shorn in most of the famous sheds on the plains of the Riverine:
I've shorn in most of the famous sheds, I've saw big tallies done,
But somehow or other, I can't tell why, I never became a gun.

Chorus:
Hurrah, my boys, my shears are set, I feel both fit and well:
To-morrow you'll 'find me at my pen when the gaffer rings the bell,
With Hayden's patent thumb-guards fixed, and both my blades pulled back,
To-morrow I go, with a sardine blow, for the century or the sack! 


I asked him to stop at this point for a translation. He was tolerant of my ignorance and explained that "gaffer" was one of many nicknames for the boss of the shed. A "blow" was a single stroke of the shears, and "sardine blow" was a cramped, nibbling style of shearing. "The bloke was a mug, you see." Then he continued:

I've opened up the wind-pipe straight, I've opened behind the ear;
I've practised all the possible styles in which a man can shear.
I've studied all the cuts and drives of the famous men I've met,
But I've never succeeded in plastering up them three little figures yet.

As the boss walked down this morning, I saw him stare at me,
For I'd mastered Moran's great shoulder-cut, as he could plainly see.
But I've another surprise for him that will give his nerves a shock;
To-morrow I'll show him I'll have mastered Pierce's rangtang block. 


The singer broke off to explain that, of course, "block" should be "blow," but Bill Tully had made it "block" for the sake of the rhyme. Then he finished the song with another stanza, and all that he could remember of the last one:

And if I succeed as I expect to do, next year. I intend to shear
At the Wagga Demonstration, that's held there every year:
And there I'll lower the colours, the colours of Mitchell and Co.;
Instead of Deeming, you will hear of Widgeegoweera Joe.

'Twas in the old shed at Coorong where first I flashed a blade,
But now the years have vanished along with the cheques that I've made . . . 


Mitchell, it seems, was a famous big-gun shearer, and Deeming a notorious murderer who cemented the bodies of his wife and four children into the floor of his house in England. He murdered another wife in Melbourne, and had reached the stage of buying the cement for the third in Sydney, when he was arrested and hanged in May, 1892.

I asked Jack Lee if he knew any Kelly songs. They were once very popular, he said, but he could, recall only fragments. "We used to call them 'treason songs,' " he explained. "You weren't allowed to sing them in a public place. Or convict songs. One chap I knew was fined, but I wasn't. When the police told me to stop, I stopped. . . . I don't remember them much now.

"But I recommend you to see my old mate, Joe Cashmere - Mr. Joseph Cashmere, of Sylvania. He may remember some songs that I've forgotten."

AND he did. Mr. Cashmere, who used to write for the "Albury Banner," and later for such papers as the "Bulletin" and the "Worker," is another Booligal boy. He is 81.

He began by recounting a true story to illustrate how much singing and versifying used to be an accepted part of daily life on the western plains.

Paddy the Flat and Scotty the Wrinkler were humping their blueys across the Old Man Plain near Hay (he said). It was mid-summer. Both were well-known characters in the Riverina and along the Darling, at the turn of the century, Scotty being a remittance man much reduced by drink.
The mailman came along in his buggy, and they asked him for a ride to the nearest pub; but there was room for only one passenger. They were thinking of tossing for it, when it was suggested that each man should produce some extempore verses. The mailman was to be judge and give a ride to the winner.

Scotty declaimed:
On the hill there stands a mill,
If it's not gone, it'll be there still. 


Paddy won with: 
Please, Mr. Mailman, don't be unkind
Pick up poor Paddy and leave Scotty behind! 


Joe Cashmere confirmed his mate's story of "treason songs." He also declared that an indigenous bush dance was once banned by the police. "We used to call it The Bullock Drivers' Schottische'," he said. "I often saw it stopped in woolshed or township dances. They used to say it was vulgar." He chuckled. "I don't know what they'd have said about some of these modern dances."

Once at Booligal he saw a policeman stop a man who was singing a convict-song. "There were only three places on the Old Man Plain, they used to say, Hay, Hell and Booligal; but Booligal was the worst." He recalled only a few lines:

Blow ye winds, high ho,
A-roving I shall go:
I'll stay no more on English shore
To hear your music play.
I'm off by the morning train
to cross the Old Man Plain,
I'm taking a trip in Government ship
Ten thousand miles away! 


This song has been recorded elsewhere in variant versions, but another convict ballad, of which Mr. Cashmere could remember only eight lines, is less well- known:

It was early one morning before the break of day,
There came a cruel turn-key and unto us did say:
"Rise up you seven convicts, I warn you one and a'
It is to-day you sail away from Caledonia."

Farewell unto my sweetheart, she said to me good-bye,
She said to me "Good-bye, my man," as in the cell I lie,
"No more we'll roam together, down the old Bromula,
The rolling seas divide us from Caledonia." 


Scores of such cautionary convict-ballads were sung and peddled as broadsides in the cities of Britain during the first half of the 19th century, but it is particularly interesting to find this one surviving among outback bush workers 50 or 60 years later.

Taken with the reports of these two survivors from a past age it suggests, perhaps, that the influence of the convict tradition on our national ethos was more persistent than is usually supposed.

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2015 Heritage Ball - Regency to Ragtime, Saturday 16th May, 2015    (March 2015)
http://bushmusicclub.blogspot.com.au/2015/03/2015-heritage-ball-regency-to-ragtime.html


2015 Saplings Master Class, Sunday 16th August    (July 2015)
http://bushmusicclub.blogspot.com.au/2015/07/2015-saplings-master-class-sunday-16th.html


 

2nd Annual Songwriting Workshop with Phyl Lobl, Sat 1st & Sat 8th August, 2015    (July 2015)
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2nd John Dengate Memorial Get Together, Sunday 23rd August   (July 2015)
http://bushmusicclub.blogspot.com.au/2015/07/2nd-john-dengate-memorial-get-together.html


 
34th Colonial Subscription Ball, Maitland Town Hall, August 2014 (January 2015)
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35th Colonial Subscription Ball, 7 for 7.30pm Saturday 29th August 2015, Therry Centre, East Maitland  (July 2015)
http://bushmusicclub.blogspot.com.au/2015/07/35th-subscription-ball-7-for-730pm.html


60th Anniversary Dance Competition    (April 2013) 
http://bushmusicclub.blogspot.com.au/2013/04/60th-anniversary-dance-competition.html


60th Anniversary Heritage Ball - the Masked Ball, & picnic at Australiana Pioneer Village (January 2015)
http://bushmusicclub.blogspot.com.au/2015/01/60th-anniversary-heritage-ball-masked.html



60th Anniversary Member's Dinner, Ermington Community Centre, March 2014  (Dec 2014) http://bushmusicclub.blogspot.com.au/2014/12/60th-anniversary-members-dinner.html

60th Anniversary Song, Tune & Verse Writing Competition      (July 2013)
http://bushmusicclub.blogspot.com.au/2013/07/bush-music-clubs-60th-anniversary-song.html



Alex Hood @ BMC  (Dec 2014)
http://bushmusicclub.blogspot.com.au/2014/12/alex-hood-bmc.html



Alex Hood's reminiscences of the Bushwhackers, at the National Folk Festival 2012
Talks from BMC's 2012 National Folk Festival Themed Workshop on BMC's First 10 years.   (April 2013)
http://bushmusicclub.blogspot.com.au/2013/04/alex-hoods-reminiscences-of.html




The Ann & Frank Maher Collection  (January 2015)
http://bushmusicclub.blogspot.com.au/2015/01/the-ann-frank-maher-collection.html

 

The Art of John Dengate   (August 2015)

http://bushmusicclub.blogspot.com.au/2015/08/the-art-of-john-dengate.html




The Art of John Dengate - Part 2. (January 2016)
http://bushmusicclub.blogspot.com.au/2016/01/the-art-of-john-dengate-part-2.html




Australian Song & Tune Session, Katoomba, Sunday 27th September 2015, 3-6.pm (August 2015)  
 

http://bushmusicclub.blogspot.com.au/2015/08/australian-traditional-song-tune.html


The Ballad of the Heathcote Bushwhackers, 2013   (Dec 2014)
http://bushmusicclub.blogspot.com.au/2014/12/the-ballad-of-heathcote-bushwhackers.html 


Bill Scott's talk about his parents Alan & Gay Scott
Talks from BMC's 2012 National Folk Festival Themed Workshop on BMC's First 10 years.    (June 2012) 
http://bushmusicclub.blogspot.com.au/2012/06/from-bmcs-2012-national-folk-festival.html



BMC & members' gigs @ The 2015 National Folk Festival & a few more interesting events.
(March 2015)
http://bushmusicclub.blogspot.com.au/2015/03/bmc-members-gigs-2015-national-folk.html

 

BMC @ 2015 Bundanoon DanceFest    (June 2015)
http://bushmusicclub.blogspot.com.au/2015/06/bmc-2015-bundanoon-dancefest.html




BMC at Bush Traditions, Goulburn 2014 - Ball & dance fashions   (December 2014) http://bushmusicclub.blogspot.com.au/2014/12/bmc-bush-traditions-goulburn-2014-ball.html

 

BMC at Illawarra Folk Festival 15-19 January 2015 - where we will be performing  (January 2015)http://bushmusicclub.blogspot.com.au/2015/01/bmc-illawarra-folk-festival-15-19.html

 

BMC @ 2016 Illawarra Folk Festival   (Dec 2015) http://bushmusicclub.blogspot.com.au/2015/12/bmc-2016-illawarra-folk-festival.html

 

BMC at Kangaroo Valley folk Festival 2014 (October 2014) http://bushmusicclub.blogspot.com.au/2014/10/bmc-at-kangaroo-valley-folk-festival.html

 

BMC @ Kangaroo Valley Folk Festival, 16th - 18th October, 2015
http://bushmusicclub.blogspot.com.au/2015/10/bmc-kanagaroo-valley-folk-festival-16th.html

 
 

BMC @ The National Folk Festival, Easter 2014    (April 2014) http://bushmusicclub.blogspot.com.au/2014/04/bmc-national-folk-festival-easter-2014.html


BMC at Turning Wave Festival of Irish & Australian Music, October 2014   (October 2014)
http://bushmusicclub.blogspot.com.au/2014/10/bmc-turning-wave-festival-of-irish.html


 

BMC @ Turning Wave Festival - 18-20th September, 2015 (Sept 2015) http://bushmusicclub.blogspot.com.au/2015/09/bmc-turning-wave-festival-18-20th.html


The BMC Family (November 2014)
 http://bushmusicclub.blogspot.com.au/2014/11/the-bmc-family.html



Bob Bolton photos taken at BMC events, 1970s   (August 2015)
http://bushmusicclub.blogspot.com.au/2015/08/bob-bolton-photos-taken-at-bmc-1970s.html

 

Bush Music Club mentioned in Australian Woman's Weekly in October 1956     (Dec 2015) http://bushmusicclub.blogspot.com.au/2015/12/bush-music-club-mentioned-in-australian.html


BUSH MUSIC CLUB NEWSLETTER Vol.1, no.1, October 1955    (November 2012) http://bushmusicclub.blogspot.com.au/2012/11/bush-music-club-newsletter-vol1-no1.html

 

The Bushwhackers, by Alan Scott.       (October 2012)
 http://bushmusicclub.blogspot.com.au/2012/10/the-bushwhackers-by-alan-scott.html


 
The Bushwhackers - Australian Bush Songs, Wattle Recordings, 1957  (May 2015)
http://bushmusicclub.blogspot.com.au/2015/05/australian-bush-songs-wattle-recordings.html


 

The Bushwhackers (Some recollections - Chris Kempster, February 2002)  (November 2012)   
http://bushmusicclub.blogspot.com.au/2012/11/the-bushwhackers-some-recollections.html

 

Citations of the term "Bush Music"      (February 2013)
http://bushmusicclub.blogspot.com.au/2013/02/citations-of-term-bush-music.html


 
Concert Party & other members @ 2015 National Folk Festival  (April 2015)
http://bushmusicclub.blogspot.com.au/2015/04/concert-party-other-members-2015.html


Concert Party @ Illawara Folk Festival 2015   (April 2015)

http://bushmusicclub.blogspot.com.au/2015/04/concert-party-illawara-folk-festival.html



Concert Party at Molong & Yeoval, September 2014  (December 2014)

http://bushmusicclub.blogspot.com.au/2014/12/concert-party-at-molong-yeoval.html 


 

Concert Party's Christmas party 2015    (Jan 2016)
http://bushmusicclub.blogspot.com.au/2016/01/concert-partys-christmas-party-2015.html


 
Duke's Place, Australian Songs in concert & session, 2015.      (Dec 2015)
http://bushmusicclub.blogspot.com.au/2015/12/dukes-place-australian-songs-in-concert_24.html


Duke's Place - Australian Songs in Concert & Session, 2014  (Dec14)
http://bushmusicclub.blogspot.com.au/2014/12/dukes-place-australian-songs-in-concert.html


 

Duke's Place - Australian Songs in concert & Session - BMC's new folk club (December 2014)
http://bushmusicclub.blogspot.com.au/2014/12/dukes-place-australian-songs-in-concert.html


 

Duke's Place - Australian songs in concert & session with Chris Maltby, Friday 10th July, 7.30 to 11.30   (June 2015)
http://bushmusicclub.blogspot.com.au/2015/06/dukes-place-australian-songs-in-concert.html


 

Duke's Place - Australian Songs in concert & session with Christine Wheeler, Friday 11th December, 2015   (Dec 2015)
http://bushmusicclub.blogspot.com.au/2015/12/dukes-place-australian-songs-in-concert.html

 

Duke's Place - Australian songs in concert & session with Christine Wheeler & Leigh Birkett, 7.30-11.30pm, Friday 11th December 2015   (October 2015) http://bushmusicclub.blogspot.com.au/2015/10/dukes-place-australian-songs-in-concert.html

Duke's Place - Australian songs in concert & session with Evan Mathieson, Friday 18th March, 2016    (Jan 2016)
http://bushmusicclub.blogspot.com.au/2016/01/dukes-place-australian-songs-in-concert_10.html

 

Duke's Place - Australian songs in concert & session with Garry Tooth, Friday 10th April, 2015    (March 2015)
http://bushmusicclub.blogspot.com.au/2015/03/dukes-place-australian-songs-in-concert.html




Duke's Place - Australian songs in concert & session with Jason & Chloe Roweth - Gallipoli, Friday 9th October, 2015   (Sept 2015)
http://bushmusicclub.blogspot.com.au/2015/09/australian-songs-in-concert-session_8.html

Duke's Place - Australian Songs in Concert & Session with John Warner, Friday 11th September, 2015, 7.30 to 11.30pm  (Sept 2015)
http://bushmusicclub.blogspot.com.au/2015/09/australian-songs-in-concert-session.html



Duke's Place - Australian songs in concert & session with Margaret Bradford, Friday 12th June 2015, 7.30 to 11.30pm    (May 2015)
http://bushmusicclub.blogspot.com.au/2015/05/dukes-place-australian-songs-in-concert.html 


 

Duke's Place - Australian songs in concert & session with Margaret & Bob Fagan (July 2015)
http://bushmusicclub.blogspot.com.au/2015/07/dukes-place-australian-songs-in-concert.html 



Duke's Place - Australian songs in concert & Session with Miguel Heatwole, Friday 12th February 2016     (Jan 2016)
http://bushmusicclub.blogspot.com.au/2016/01/dukes-place-australian-songs-in-concert.html


 

Duke's Place - Australian songs in concert & session with Mike Martin & Lindsay Martin, 7.30-11.30pm, Friday 13th November 2015  (September 2015) http://bushmusicclub.blogspot.com.au/2015/09/australian-songs-in-concert-session_15.html


Duke's Place - The Ballad of the Heathcote Bushwhackers, Friday 8th May 2015, 7.30 to 11.30 (April 2015)
http://bushmusicclub.blogspot.com.au/2015/04/dukes-place-ballad-of-heathcote.html


 

Dukes program for 2015   (April 2015)
http://bushmusicclub.blogspot.com.au/2015/04/dukes-program-for-2015.html


Early Bush Music Club Days by Frank Maher
Talks from BMC's 2012 National Folk Festival Themed Workshop on BMC's First 10 years.    (June 2012) 
http://bushmusicclub.blogspot.com.au/2012/06/early-bush-music-clubdays-by-frank.html


 
Extracts from Singabout - the early songwriters - Duke Tritton (1886-1965)    (Dec 2015)
http://bushmusicclub.blogspot.com.au/2015/12/extracts-from-singabout-early_25.html


Extracts from Singabout - the early songwriters - John Dengate (1938-2013)    (Dec 2015)
http://bushmusicclub.blogspot.com.au/2015/12/extracts-from-singabout-early_26.html



Extracts from Singabout - the early songwriters - John Meredith (1920-2001)    (Dec 2015) http://bushmusicclub.blogspot.com.au/2015/12/extracts-from-singabout-early_29.html

 

Extracts from Singabout - the early songwriters - Stan Wakefield (1906 - 1962)    (Dec 2015) http://bushmusicclub.blogspot.com.au/2015/12/extracts-from-singabout-early_80.html

 

Family Bush Dance @ 2015 National Folk Festival   (April 2015) http://bushmusicclub.blogspot.com.au/2015/04/family-bush-dance-2015-national-folk.html


Family Bush Dance. Instructions for Simple Bush Dances Suitable for Children & Family Groups  (April 2013)
http://bushmusicclub.blogspot.com.au/2013/04/family-bush-dance-instructions-for.html



Festivals in the Good Old Days before ARC built the Big Hall on the old Parade Ground (February 2015)
http://bushmusicclub.blogspot.com.au/2015/02/festivals-in-good-old-days-before-arc.html



A few comments on John Meredith by Chris Woodland
Talks from BMC's 2012 National Folk Festival Themed Workshop on BMC's First 10 years.    (June 2012)
 http://bushmusicclub.blogspot.com.au/2012/06/talks-from-bmcs-2012-national-folk_02.html



The First Few Years by Jamie Carlin.
Talks from BMC's 2012 National Folk Festival Themed Workshop on BMC's First 10 years.     (June 2012)
 http://bushmusicclub.blogspot.com.au/2012/06/talks-from-bmcs-2012-national-folk_03.html




Found in the Hut - a miscellany of photos removed from the noticeboard in 2007 (February 2015)
http://bushmusicclub.blogspot.com.au/2015/02/found-in-hut-miscellaney-of-photos.html



Found on TROVE - first and early versions of traditional songs and poems we love   (July 2014)
http://bushmusicclub.blogspot.com.au/2014/07/found-on-trove-first-and-early-versions.html

 

Found on TROVE - Part 2   (Sept 2015)
http://bushmusicclub.blogspot.com.au/2015/09/found-on-trove-part-2.html




From the archives - extracts from Mulga Wire no.12, April 1979     (April 2013) http://bushmusicclub.blogspot.com.au/2013/04/from-archives-extracts-from-mulga-wire.html


Great Aussie Tune Swap  (October 2014)
http://bushmusicclub.blogspot.com.au/2014/10/great-aussie-tune-swap.html




Great Aussie Tune Swap 2015 - BMC & No Such Thing (July 2015)
http://bushmusicclub.blogspot.com.au/2015/07/great-aussietune-swap-2015-bmc-no-such.html

 

The Great Pesto Showdown - memories of John Meredith   (April 2015)
http://bushmusicclub.blogspot.com.au/2015/04/the-great-pesto-showdown-memories-of.html

Harold Percy Croydon (Duke) Tritton, 1886 - 1965   (Nov 2015)
http://bushmusicclub.blogspot.com.au/2015/11/harold-percy-croydon-duke-tritton-1886.html

History of the Bush Music Club from our website     (April 2012)
http://bushmusicclub.blogspot.com.au/2012/04/history-of-bush-music-club-from-our.html


The History of the Woronora Bush Band, 1979 - 1986   (March 2015)

http://bushmusicclub.blogspot.com.au/2015/03/the-history-of-woronora-bush-band-1979.html


In The Beginning … The formation and early history of the Bush Music Club, by John Meredith     (October 2012)
http://bushmusicclub.blogspot.com.au/2012/10/in-beginning-formation-and-early.html



Interview with Jack (Hoop-iron) Lee & Joe Cashmere by Russel Ward, Sydney Morning Herald, 1953   (Dec 2015)
http://bushmusicclub.blogspot.com.au/2015/12/interview-with-jack-hoop-iron-lee-joe.html


Jig Dolls, Mr & Mrs White of Blacktown, article by David Johnson      (September 2013) http://bushmusicclub.blogspot.com.au/2012/11/jig-dolls-mr-mrs-white-of-blacktown.html



John Dengate Memorial Concert November 2013  (January 2015)

http://bushmusicclub.blogspot.com.au/2015/01/john-dengate-memorial-concert-nov-2013.html



John Dengate Memorial Service - MC David Iverach, eulogies from Dale & Sean Dengate & Chris Woodland     (September 2013)
 http://bushmusicclub.blogspot.com.au/2013/09/vale-john-dengate-reminiscences-of-dale.html



John Meredith, The Bush Music Club & The Australian Folk Song Revival (1950’s)   (April 2013)  

http://bushmusicclub.blogspot.com.au/2013/04/john-meredith-bush-music-club.html

The Lagerphone    (January 2015)

http://bushmusicclub.blogspot.com.au/2015/01/the-lagerphone.html



Launch of John Dengate's third book - May 2012 by Chris Woodland   (October 2013) http://bushmusicclub.blogspot.com.au/2013/10/launch-of-john-dengates-third-book-may.html


 

Launch of Keith McKenry's Biography of John Meredith, founder of the Bush Music Club (August 2014) 
http://bushmusicclub.blogspot.com.au/2014/08/launch-of-keith-mckenrys-biography-of.html
 


Let’s Hear It For Merro! by Alan Scott, Mulga Wire No. 14 August 1979     (November 2012) http://bushmusicclub.blogspot.com.au/2012/11/lets-hear-it-for-merro-by-alan-scott.html



Light Another Fire - Review by Dale Dengate of Jason & Chloe Roweth's latest CD    (Dec 2015)
http://bushmusicclub.blogspot.com.au/2015/12/light-another-fire-review-by-dale.html



Lola's Keg Night, the story of Lola Wright, founder of the second bush band (July 2014)
http://bushmusicclub.blogspot.com.au/2014/07/lolas-keg-night-story-of-lola-wright.html



Memories of early days at the Bush Music Club by R. Dale Dengate Talks from BMC's 2012 National Folk Festival Themed Workshop on BMC's First 10 years.      (June 2012)
http://bushmusicclub.blogspot.com.au/2012/06/talks-from-bmcs-2012-national-folk_04.html



Memories of Life Member Gay Scott (23rd Feb1930 to 9th June 2013)       (August 2013) http://bushmusicclub.blogspot.com.au/2013/08/memories-of-life-member-gay-scott-23rd.html



Memories of Reedy River & The Bush Music Club by Silvia Salisbury
Talks from BMC's 2012 National Folk Festival Themed Workshop on BMC's First 10 years.     (June 2012)
 http://bushmusicclub.blogspot.com.au/2012/06/talks-from-bmcs-2012-national-folk.html



National Library Oral History holdings on John Dengate (1938-2013)    (August 2013) http://bushmusicclub.blogspot.com.au/2013/08/national-libray-oral-history-holdings.html


Pete Seeger and The Bush Music Club, 1963     (December 2012)
http://bushmusicclub.blogspot.com.au/2012/12/pete-seeger-and-bush-music-club-1963.html


 

Photos from Patricia Early's collection     (Jan 2016)
http://bushmusicclub.blogspot.com.au/2016/01/photos-from-patricia-earlys-collection.html


 

Photos from 2nd John Dengate Memorial Get Together, August 2015  (August 2015) http://bushmusicclub.blogspot.com.au/2015/08/photos-from-2nd-john-dengate-memorial.html


Photos from Yvonne O'Grady's album   (July 2015)
http://bushmusicclub.blogspot.com.au/2015/07/photos-from-yvonne-ogradys-album.html



Posters in the Hut (October 2014) 

http://bushmusicclub.blogspot.com.au/2014/10/posters-in-hut.html


 

Posters in the Hut, Part 2 - More History on our walls    (Dec 2015) http://bushmusicclub.blogspot.com.au/2015/02/posters-in-hut-part-2-more-history-on.html


 

Program of the first Sydney production of Reedy River      (September 2012)
http://bushmusicclub.blogspot.com.au/2012/09/program-of-first-sydney-production-of.html


Report on 35th Colonial Subscription Ball, Maitland August 2015  (October 2015)

http://bushmusicclub.blogspot.com.au/2015/10/report-on-35th-colonial-subscription.html



Report on Concert Party @ Illawarra Folk Festival 2016     (Jan 2016)
http://bushmusicclub.blogspot.com.au/2016/01/report-on-concert-party-illawarra-folk.html


 

Report on Australian Song & Tune Session, Katoomba, September 2015  (November 2015)
http://bushmusicclub.blogspot.com.au/2015/11/report-on-australian-song-tune-session.html

 
Report on BMC@ Turning Wave, 2015  (October 2105)
http://bushmusicclub.blogspot.com.au/2015/10/report-on-bmc-turning-wave-2015.html


Report on Concert Party @ Kangaroo Valley Folk Festival 2015   (October 2015)
http://bushmusicclub.blogspot.com.au/2015/10/report-on-bmc-kangaroo-valley-folk.html


Report on our 60th Anniversary Party      (November 2014)
http://bushmusicclub.blogspot.com.au/2014/11/report-on-our-60th-anniversary-party.html 



Report on Saplings @ Illawarra Folk Festival 2016     (Jan 2016)
http://bushmusicclub.blogspot.com.au/2016/01/report-on-saplings-illawarra-folk.html



Report on Saplings Master Class – held Sunday 10th August 2014  (August 2014)
http://bushmusicclub.blogspot.com.au/2014/08/report-on-saplings-master-class-held.html



Report on Saplings Master Class held Sunday 6th August 2015   (August 15)
http://bushmusicclub.blogspot.com.au/2015/08/report-on-saplings-master-class-held.html




Report on Saplings session March 2015   (Aug15)
http://bushmusicclub.blogspot.com.au/2015/08/report-on-saplings-session-march-2015.html


Report on Saplings workshops @ Kangaroo Valley Folk Festival, 2015   (October 2015)
http://bushmusicclub.blogspot.com.au/2015/10/report-on-saplings-workshops-kangaroo.html
 


Report on Tails from the Past    (May 2015)
http://bushmusicclub.blogspot.com.au/2015/05/report-on-tails-from-past.html


 

Reports on launches of Keith McKenry's biography of John Meredith (Dec 2014)
lhttp://bushmusicclub.blogspot.com.au/2014/12/reports-on-launches-of-keith-mckenrys.html
   


Review of Sydney production of Reedy River, Friday 26th February 1954  (Sept 2015)
http://bushmusicclub.blogspot.com.au/2015/09/review-of-sydney-production-of-reedy.html
 


Saplings Session, November 2014 (January 2015)
http://bushmusicclub.blogspot.com.au/2015/01/saplings-session-november-2015.html


 

Saplings @ 2015 Illawarra Folk Festival was a magnificent success!   (Jan 2015)
http://bushmusicclub.blogspot.com.au/2015/01/saplings-2015-illawarra-folk-festival.html


 

Saplings @ 2015 National Folk Festival - another success!   (April 2015) http://bushmusicclub.blogspot.com.au/2015/04/saplings-2015-national-folk-festival.html



Saplings workshop for young Bush Musicians 8-16 years, Marrickville Saturday 10th August 2014   (July 2014) 
 http://bushmusicclub.blogspot.com.au/2014/07/saplings-workshop-for-young-bush.html

 

Saplings session of traditional music for young musicians 8-16 years old, Sunday 15th March 2015    (March 2015) 
http://bushmusicclub.blogspot.com.au/2015/03/saplings-session-of-traditional-music.html  


A selection of items from the Dengate Archives  (August 2015)
http://bushmusicclub.blogspot.com.au/2015/08/a-selection-of-items-from-dengate.html




Selections from Singabout Reprints - Charley Mopps (January 2014)
http://bushmusicclub.blogspot.com.au/2014/01/selections-from-singabout-selected.html



Singabout Vol. 1, no. 1 - February 1956      (April 2013)
http://bushmusicclub.blogspot.com.au/2013/04/singabout-vol-1-no-1-february-1956.html



Singabout - Journal of Australian Folksong, Volume 1, 1956   (April 2015)
http://bushmusicclub.blogspot.com.au/2015/04/singabout-journal-of-australian.html

 

Singabout - Journal of Australian Folksong, Volume 2, 1957/58  (April 2015)
http://bushmusicclub.blogspot.com.au/2015/04/singabout-journal-of-australian_29.html



Singabout - Journal of Australian Folksong, Volume 3   (June 2015)
http://bushmusicclub.blogspot.com.au/2015/06/singabout-journal-of-australian_15.html


Singabout - Journal of Australian Folksong, Volume 4    (June 2015)
http://bushmusicclub.blogspot.com.au/2015/06/singabout-journal-of-australian_16.html


Singabout - Journal of Australian Folksong, Volume 5     (June 2015)
http://bushmusicclub.blogspot.com.au/2015/06/singabiout-journal-of-australian.html


Singabout - Journal of Australian Folksong, Volume 6    (June 2015)
http://bushmusicclub.blogspot.com.au/2015/06/singabout-journal-of-australian.html


Song, Verse & Tune Diamond Jubilee Competition winners   (May 2014)

http://bushmusicclub.blogspot.com.au/2014/05/song-verse-tune-diamond-jubilee.html


 

Songwriting workshop with Phyl Lobl (October 2014)
http://bushmusicclub.blogspot.com.au/2014/10/songwriting-workshop-with-phyl-lobl.html
 



Tails from the past - 100 years of the site that became the Addison Road Centre, Sat 2nd May, 10-3pm  (April 2015)
http://bushmusicclub.blogspot.com.au/2015/04/tails-from-past-100-years-of-site-that.html

 

Tributes to John Dengate      (September 2013)
 http://bushmusicclub.blogspot.com.au/2013/09/tributes-to-john-denagte.html




Wake for John Meredith AM, (1920-2001) 24th March 2001  (July 2015) http://bushmusicclub.blogspot.com.au/2015/07/wake-for-john-meredith-am-1920-2001.html 


Website - Reason in revolt - Source Documents in Australian Radicalism     (July 2013)  http://bushmusicclub.blogspot.com.au/2013/07/website-reason-in-revolt-source.html



Who we are      (April 2012)
 http://bushmusicclub.blogspot.com.au/2012/04/who-we-are.html




The Working Bee at Tritton Hall Saturday 31st January    (February 2015)
http://bushmusicclub.blogspot.com.au/2015/02/the-working-bee-at-tritton-hall-sat.html



The Working Bee at Tritton Hall Australia Day weekend, 2015    (January 2015)
http://bushmusicclub.blogspot.com.au/2015/01/the-working-bee-at-tritton-hall-on.html



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