Thursday, 17 August 2017

Concert Party will be celebrating its 60th birthday this year





In 1957 the Bushwhackers split up, with some members leaving the club, and others forming part of the newly established Concert Party which would be the performing arm of the Club.

Over the decades it also became the training ground for other Bush Bands and here's a partial list. Thanks to Ralph Pride, Dave Johnson, Eric Eisler and Don Richmond for band names.

Want to add a band to the list?  


Abercrombie Bush Band
Backblocks 
Bellbird
Baranagroo (the latest band, formed this month)
CurrawongDiamontina Pinchgut Colonial Band
Reedy River Bushmen
Rouseabouts
Ryebuck
Selectors
Southern Cross, Mark 2
Sydney Coves Bush Band
Vinegar Hill Bush Band

Members of the first Concert Party were Bushwhackers John Meredith and Alan Scott, with Peter Francis, Lorna Lovell, Jamie Carlin and Gay Terrie (later Scott.) 




BMC Newsletter 3(1)  June 1957 (BMC Archives)




Singabout Vol 3(1), Summer 1958.


Singabout Vol 3(1), Summer 1958, page 16




Singabout Vol 3(1), Summer 1958, page 20


In 1969 Concert Party was re-organised and renamed The Bushwhackers with members Jamie Carlin, Brian Loughlin, Jack Barrie, John Meredith, Alan Scott and Peter Francis.


Singabout Vol 3(3), Winter/Spring 1959, page 19
The revived Bushwhackers were still a part of Concert Party in 1961, but the name lapsed sometime later.









Extracts from Editorial, Singabout 4(3), September 1961. page 2 & 17.




Singabout 5(4),December 1965  page 12  (BMC Archives)





Singabout 6(2), 1967, page 3 (final issue of Singabout, with hand drawn box around the item!)  (BMC Archives)
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40 years later



Mulga Wire 123, October 1997, page 5. (BMC Archives)






Mulga Wire, no. 123, Dec 1997, pages 14 & 15 (BMC Archives)






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