Saturday, 2 December 2017

Report on Bush Traditions Back to Binalong, 17-19th November, 2017

















A note on the history of Binalong.



Harry & Vera's graves


Val Turton's grave



Harry's house, 1935, from the Mechanics Institute Hall

Harry's granddaughter, Lilian with her 2 daughters & their families


Harry's music @ Lilian's party






Harry's descendants & friends waltzing to one of his tunes

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Session on the music & songs of Harry Cotter


 
Linda & Alan Swift

There once was a fellow from Binalong.

Melodeon and fiddle he played upon.
Schottische or a jig, a waltz or a reel.
Harry Cotter would play and they’d dance along.
                                  Linda Swift


Ray Milligan Tony Stuart & Dave Johnson


Bob Toohey on bush bass, & unidentified accordionist







George Bolliger & Bob Toohey







Tony Romeo, Stuart & Sally Leslie



31 musicians participated in the Tunes of Harry Cotter workshop

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Sing around the songs of Banjo Paterson


Dave Johnson



Don Brian singing from 1905 edition of Paterson's Old Bush Songs.


Dave Johnson, Helen & Tony Romeo



Ralph Pride



Ralph's concertina & tablet





Ralph Pride, Don Brian, Gavin & Moir Holmes


Grave of Banjo Paterson's father

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The weekend started with a poet's breakfast at the Black Swan Cafe, built as an inn in the 1840s




Helen Romeo & Robyn Sykes


Gavin Holmes


Keith

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And not forgetting the concertinas ...





Kathie McMahon, Dave de Hugard, Steve Wilson, Carole Helman, & Jackie Luke


Jackie Luke with hammered dulcimer, Greg Wilson, Pete McMahon




Pete (fiddle) & Sue (musical saw) McMahon & Kathie McMahon (no relation) on accordion


Greg Wilson's concertina workshop








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and the informal sessions

Steve Wilson, George Bolliger & Richard, with Arthur Heckendorf's back


Kathie McMahon, Denis McKay, Ray Mulligan, Dave de Hugard



Dave de Hugard


session at the front desk



Gavin, Linda, Alan & Moir at breakfast


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or the bush dances on Friday & Saturday nights

Harry's granddaughter Lilian dancing with Dave Johnson









Friday's band





Saturday's band











(photos Sandra Nixon)

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