Wednesday, 11 July 2018

Duke's Place Australian Songs in Concert & Session with Russell Churcher, Friday 14th September, 7.30 for 8pm


Bush Music Club  
Tritton Hall, Hut 44
Addison Road Centre
142 Addison Road, Marrickville
 





Russell’s first festival performance was as a lead soloist in Peter Bellamy’s folk opera The Transports at the 1988 National Folk Festival. Since then he has performed at countless country halls and pubs from Port Macquarie to Mungindi.

Russell has supported touring performers such as Foster and Allen, Jimmy Little and John Williamson and has performed in front of the Prince of Wales, The Duke Of York and many other well-known hotels.

For a number of years he was resident entertainer, penny-farthing cyclist and shingle-splitter at Timbertown theme park Wauchope.

In recent times he has performed with Dave de Santi in the duo 'Rusty and The Saint' at the Illawarra Folk Festival, Folk by the Sea Kiama and the Peak Festival Perisher.


usually 2nd Fridays February to December, 7.30 for 8pm start - concert is followed by a session $10, bring a contribution for supper  


enquiries Sandra 9358 4886 

www.bushmusic.org.au
http://bushmusicclub.blogspot.com.au/



Map of Addison Road Centre     http://www.arcco.org.au/contact/


Duke's place, named after our honoured early member Harold 'Duke' Tritton (1886-1965), is the place to go once a month for a great night of Australian songs in concert and session. Duke was a powerful singer who supplied BMC with many songs he had learnt in his younger days while working as a shearer and at other bush jobs. He was also a songwriter and poet giving us songs that have entered the tradition such as Sandy Hollow Line and Shearing in the Bar.







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Duke's Place Australian Songs in Concert & Session with Matthew Black & The Bottlers, Friday 10th August, 7.30 for 8pm

Bush Music Club  
Tritton Hall, Hut 44
Addison Road Centre
142 Addison Road, Marrickville 



$10, BYO, bring a contribution for supper 


The Bottlers are a hard playing, nine piece, all acoustic folk punk band hailing from Sydney, Australia. Drawing life breath from not only the traditionally folk fuelled rural reaches of the nation but also it’s cityscapes and suburban streets with a solid tip of the hat to the folk, punk and folk punk pioneers that have traipsed and trekked the trails well before them.



The Bottlers believe folk based music should progressively speak of the times it exists in whilst hearkening back to it’s past, to the true heart of folk music, people. Because you truly can’t get where you’re going till you know where you’ve been.

Folk music should speak of the times it’s written in while hearkening back to the past, reckon The Bottlers. It’s something of yourself that others can dance to. It’s a conversation. It’s a lot of other things, too, but maybe most importantly – and by definition – it’s people. All kinds.

“We’ve played to punk crowds, metal crowds, folk festival crowds – which can be an older generation of people,” explains Matthew Black, the band’s founder and vocalist.

“Some people it shocks the socks and sandals off, but at the same time some people really embrace it.”

The band’s broad influences, authentic western Sydney twang and infectious larrikinism mean they’re equally at home at a scuzzy punk show or a rustic country pub. You might or might not detect influences like the Dropkick Murphys, Redgum or Billy Bragg, but buggered if you don’t get drawn in by the yarns, the energy and the playful mix of personalities all crammed up there on stage.

The Bottlers got going in earnest about three years ago when Ned McPhie and Black teamed up. The two started trying to cobble into songs what Black had committed to a collection of notebooks.

“You write about what you know and if a bit of western suburbs confliction gets the ink scraping across the paper, then that helps the job along,” says Black of what started to come together, and became the track “Blacktown” on the band’s demo release.

“We then started collecting the menagerie of members we have now. We didn’t mean to make it that large a group, but that’s how it panned out.”

And collect they certainly did. The folk-punk outfit is now nine members strong, with vocals, fiddle, drums, guitars, tin whistle, bass, accordion, mandolin, and banjo in the mix. Shows have even been known to feature a lagerphone.


Duke Tritton, by Hottie Lahm, 1959.

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Duke's Place - Australian songs in concert & session

usually 2nd Fridays, 7.30 for 8pm start
- concert is followed by a session



enquiries Sandra 9358 4886 

www.bushmusic.org.au
http://bushmusicclub.blogspot.com.au/



Map of Addison Road Centre     http://www.arcco.org.au/contact/



Duke's place, named after our honoured early member Harold 'Duke' Tritton (1886-1965), is the place to go once a month for a great night of Australian songs in concert and session. Duke was a powerful singer who supplied BMC with many songs he had learnt in his younger days while working as a shearer and at other bush jobs. He was also a songwriter and poet giving us songs that have entered the tradition such as Sandy Hollow Line and Shearing in the Bar.

Sunday, 1 July 2018

Moondyne Joe and other Sandgroper Ballads (1969) by L.G. Montgomery

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In April 1969 Western Australian member Mr L. G. Montgomery renewed his membership and enclosed copies of 2 songsheets he had published - Moondyne Joe and other Sandgroper ballads, and The Wildflower Songsheet of Australian Ballads. 




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In the Bush Music Club newsletter the Songsheets were credited to LG Montgomery, the "Sandgroper"


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The Victorian Folk Music Club published two songs from the Moondyne Joe Songsheet in the December 1969 issue of their journal Australian Tradition, crediting them to the Perth Bush Music Club. Thanks to the Victorian Folk Music Club for permission to reproduce these pages

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The folder came in 2 colours, and both contained an extra song.

8.  Moondyne Joe came with black or green covers, and contained words & music for
Moondyne Joe, Canning Stock Route, Down in The  Gold Mine and  Coast of New Holland. The folders included a single songsheet - The Ballad of Ned Kelly (green cover) and The Canning Stockroute (black cover)





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Tuesday, 26 June 2018

John Dengate Political Songwriting Competition, Gulgong Folk Festival, 2017

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The winner was Derek Dowding with his excellent parody Mr Minister to the tune of Mr Piano Man by Billy Joel

Thanks to the Di Clifford of the Gulgong Folk Festival committee for obtaining permission from Derek for us to publish it.





 




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Winners of Illawarra Folk Festival's John and Dale Dengate Parody mug, 2014 to date

John & Dale Dengate Parody Competition, Illawarra Folk Festival, 2014 to 2017


Dale & John Dengate Parody Mug, Illawarra Folk Festival 2018



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Thursday, 21 June 2018

Duke Tritton - Tritton family documents published with permission.

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Thanks to Don Tritton (son of Duke's youngest son Don) and Chris McLean (son of Duke's daughter, Linda McLean) for providing these copies, and to Dr Diane Bull (daughter of Linda) and Literary Executor of her Grandfather and her Mother for permission to publish their writings.

In 1959 The Bulletin published Duke's autobiography, Time Means Tucker, and in 1982 APCOL published Linda McLean's biography Pumpkin Pie and Faded Sandshoes. Both books are available in Libraries across Australia.




Time Means Tucker has been reprinted several times and is also available in the second-hand market, but Linda's biography has never been reprinted and is a very rare book and not currently available on the Australian second-hand market.

Pumpkin Pie and Faded Sandshoes starts with the story of the Tritton family in the 20s and 30s.
Linda was 19 with a toddler and baby in 1937 when her husband got his first full time job, as a labourer on a large project. Her father was also employed on this project, and leaving her toddler with her mother, the 3 of them (& baby) set out to  Sandy Hollow, the subject of one of Duke's most powerful songs.



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1. Review of Four Capitals Folk Song concerts


2.Review of Four Capitals Folk Singers


3. Review of Time Means Tucker, Country Life, Jan 29, 1965


4.  Letter from Russel Ward, Uni of New England


5. Information on Australian Folk Arts Centre activities


6.  Information on Folk Arts Australia, the magazine of Australian Folk Arts Centre


7. Letter dated Friday 14th February 1964 from Australian Broadcasting Commission inviting Duke to appear on Town and Country program in a segment on gold panning, for a fee of £6.



8. Letter from Golden Press, Shakespeare Head Press
dated 17th July 1963, regarding delayed publication of Time Means Tucker.


9. Letter from Paul Hamlyn publishers to Linda McLean regarding reprint of Bill Scott's Book of Australian Folklore which includes an extract from Time Means Tucker.  (blurry photo)


10. Biographical note
with word play by Duke.

from Diane Bull

I was very close to my grandparents as they lived with us for the last twenty or so years of their lives. I typed all my grandfather's manuscripts and much of my mother's work. This piece of writing with encryptions at the bottom shows my grandfather's habit of using any piece of paper several times. The paper was a practice copy of his writings; he would do several copies prior to giving them initially to my Aunty May and in his later writings to me to type up.
The writings at the bottom were for his daily penchant for doing the anagram puzzles from the newspaper.
I would often do these puzzles with him and this has left me with a lifelong addiction to cryptic puzzles.


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Sunday, 17 June 2018

Report on Bundanoon DanceFest, 2018


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5.  Alan McCulloch - Scottish country dancing, Saturday


6.  Don Richmond - Ladies in chains

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11. Madeline & harp

12.  Ralph Pride

13. Colin Townes

14.  Morris dance at Saturday night dance

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17. Cathy & Beck Richmond - If the shoe fits ...

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29.  Anish & Bob

30. Ray removing the dust, Saturday afternoon

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36. Sunday night, before the Ball 


 37.  Colin, June, Mike, Ros

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50.  Antique suffrage brooch, replaced ribbon

51.  Russian dance teacher Nina Kharakoz leading


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54 & 55. Presentation to Keith Wood for TSDAV Dance Composers' Competition 2018.
Beatrice Klippel Memorial Trophy for General Social Dance was awarded to Keith for his Green Apple Quickstep, and the VFMC Perpetual Trophy for dances for more Experienced Dancers for Eureka

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56.  Niamh teaching tap dancing at the Ball on Sunday night


57.  June Staunton teaching Charleston

58.  And when they dance, their dresses spin round ... (lyrics, Roy Abbott)


          (Photos  1-58,  Sandra Nixon)



59. Attendees who had been to every DanceFest - most are BMC members. 
       
(Photo Keith Wood)
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