Friday, 24 October 2014

BMC at Kangaroo Valley Folk Festival, 2014

This was our first appearance in the beautiful Kangaroo Valley & we hope it won't be our last!






 
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The massed band of the Bush Music Club and No Such Thing played for the Opening dance




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BMC & No Such Thing met for a Tune Swap

No Such Thing? An Australian Scottish musician once said there was no such thing as traditional Australian music





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Of course, the members of both bands were well represented in the late night sessions 


BMC's Ralph & Moira with their backs to the camera


No Such Thing's Collette looking after Richard's double bass while not missing a note




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We presented our Saplings workshop twice for enthusiastic junior musicians.

Some of our Saplings were very new to bush music.







Others had a bit more experience



 
and some had a a lot more experience




The sessions ended with a dance 


and Dave ended up surrounded by a happy crowd!
 



  

And everyone had a great time trying different instruments & creating music.

Thanks to the tutors Chris Poleson (banjo & uke), Dave Johnson (fiddle), Helen Romeo (concertina, percussion), Jason Roweth (guitar) & Tony Romeo (lagerphone, percussion), & to the members who added their expertise - Chloe Roweth (mandolin), Margaret Bolliger (fiddle), Samantha O'Brien (flute), Wally Bolliger (piano accordion), & our second-generation members Claire Doherty & Jenny Bolliger (fiddles), Megan Roweth (all instruments) & Emily Poleson (uke)
 

Dave, Sam, Helen, Tony



Tony, Chloe & Jason 



Chris & Emily


Jenny, Margaret & Wally



Chloe & Joanna, Jason & Megan

Unfortunately Kerry Doherty, co-founder with Helen of Saplings was a bit busy & couldn't spend much time at the Saplings sessions!


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We also presented a workshop on Winning Dances, led by Don Richmond & his daughter, Cathy Richmond


centre - Don & Cathy



Dave Johnson, Ralph Pride, Doug Richardson, Moira Cowling, Anish

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Our Works of John Dengate presentation included examples of John's artwork


Chris Woodland, Dave Johnson, Megan,Joanna & Chloe & Jason Roweth, Ralph Pride


Margaret Bradford, Jason Roweth, Ralph Pride




  
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Other contributions by members -  Naomi & Claire Doherty looked after Craft activities








Jason & Megan were among members who contributed to the Poets Breakfasts





BMC members were well represented at the Singing Session


Bob Murray, Helen Romeo


Frank Maher


Helen Romeo, Emily & Chris Poleson, Doug Richardson, Ann Maher

Emily on Youtube

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Photos - Sandra Nixon


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