Thursday, 25 May 2017

How to make (1958) & play (2017) the bones





Bones have been part of bush bands since the early days of the Australian bush music revival, when they were used in the first bush band, The Bushwhackers (1952-1957) who founded the bush Music Club in 1954.



Bones are still in use among BMC members & other bush musicians across Australia.


Dale Dengate at 2017 National Folklore Conference
(Sandra Nixon photo)


Dale Dengate playing bones, NFF2012 
(Sandra Nixon photo)
 


Helen Romeo teaching young musicians how to play bones at August 2014 Saplings workshop 
(Sandra Nixon photo)



Bones & spoons, Bush Traditions Gathering, 2011
(Sandra Nixon photo)


Frank Maher at Bush Traditions 2014 
(Sandra Nixon photo) 

Frank has been a member of BMC since 1955, & was taught to play the bones by a Jan Jones.


Concert Party 1964 - Jan Jones & Frank Maher on bones. Singabout, 5(2), p.13, 1964 (BMC Archives)

Concert Party at Orange, 1960. Jan's broken arm meant that  Frank was invited to join Concert Party at the Banjo Paterson Festival although Gay Scott is playing the bones in this picture.  L to R - Jamie Carlin, Jan, Frank, Gay, Alan Scott, Jack Barrie.    (BMC Archives)




But first an article from our early days - when bullock ribs were available from your local butcher's shop. This article was written for a club based in Sydney with members all around the country.   

Singabout 2(3), Dec 1957, page 10 
(BMC Archives)







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Sketch by Bob Bolton
((BMC archives)
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One evening at the 2017 National Folk Festival Wally Bolliger gave bones & lagerphone lessons to a younger musician.    (Sandra Nixon photos)



































 


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Report on BMC & Members gigs @ NFF17





click on link for 
Report on Bob Bolton's Lifetime Achievement Award, NFF17


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Saplings workshops & concert





Maggie & Vanessa (Sandra Nixon photo)
Saplings tutors - Left to right, Dave Johnson, Tony Romeo, George Bolliger (Sandra Nixon photo)

Workshop
(Sandra Nixon photo)


Workshop (Sandra Nixon photo)


Workshop
(Sandra Nixon photo) 


Saplings workshop 
(Doug Vincent photo)


Saplings concert 
(Doug Vincent photo)

 


Saplings tutors 
(Doug Vincent photo)

Audience
(Sandra Nixon photo) 


 Saplings concert 
(Sandra Nixon photo)


Saplings concert (Sandra Nixon photo)

Saplings Concert  
(Sandra Nixon photo)


Saplings concert 
(Sandra Nixon photo)



Saplings & tutors   (Sandra Nixon photo)

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Songs from the Australian Tradition

 

 (Sandra Nixon photo)


Chris Woodland (standing) 
(Sandra Nixon photo)

Frank Maher, Bob & Pat Bolton
(Sandra Nixon photo)

Ann Maher, Bill Montgomery, Helen Romeo 
(Sandra Nixon photo)

Tony Romeo, Emily, Chris Poleson
(Sandra Nixon photo)

Chris Woodland, John Harpley (Sandra Nixon photo)

Chris Woodland, Ann Maher, Frank Maher  
(Sandra Nixon photo)    Annie & Peter Thornton (Rocky River Bush Band, SA)  (Sandra Nixon photo)


Reciter  
(Sandra Nixon photo)
 

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Wednesday night session in the Bolliger/Richmond camp


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Wally Bolliger  (Sandra Nixon photos)

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Colonial Ball




Grand March - Colin Fong, Trecialee Murphy & Keith Woods (Sandra Nixon photo) 


Grand March   (Sandra Nixon photo)

Grand March - Miriam Burkitt (blue dress) & Mike Young (lemon waistcoat) (Sandra Nixon photo)

Dancers - Niamh Kyriacou in bustle dress  (Sandra Nixon photo)  



Colin Fong & Kim Bell. 
(Deanne Wise photo) 

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Early members reunion


Ann Maher, Jenny O'Loughlin daughter of founder members Pam & Brian O'Loughlin, Frank Maher, Bob Bolton in the background 
(Sandra Nixon photo) 



Helen Romeo, Ann Maher, Jenny O'Loughlin 
(Sandra Nixon photo)



Ann Maher (1960), Jenny O'Loughlin (born in the very early days), Chris Woodland (early 60s), Sandra Nixon (ring in, 1995), Frank Maher (1956)
(supplied by Chris Woodland) 


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