Wednesday, 28 February 2018

Duke's Place, Australian songs in Concert & session with Jennifer Lees, Friday 9th March 2018

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Jennifer is recognised as a talented singer, poet and musical arranger.  In this performance Jennifer will showcase her musical and vocal ability across a range of genres. Jennifer will sing some her favourite songs from 1970s to current day from a repertoire of well known folk songs, folk rock, blues, original songs and poetry while accompanying herself on electric piano. 

+ a surprise guest!

Tom Hanson - unaccompanied singer

Duke's Place - Australian songs in concert & session
usually 2nd Fridays, 7.30 for 8pm start - evening ends 11.30
$10, bring a contribution for supper 

Bush Music Club  
Tritton Hall, Hut 44
Addison Road Centre
142 Addison Rod
enquiries Sandra 9358 4886

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.

Duke Tritton drawing by Hottie Lahm

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2018 Heritage Ball, Ermington Community Centre, Saturday 19th May, 6.30 for 7pm

Parramatta Town Hall is being renovated, so is not available for hire this year.

Please note the Ball will finish at 11pm as the Hall needs to be vacated by midnight.

Dress-up Recovery Picnic at Australian Pioneer Village at Wilberforce on Sunday 20th May, cost $10 per person.

Download pdf flyer & order form

Photos from 2017 Heritage Ball -

source - Wayne Richmond's photos of 2017 Heritage Ball

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Sunday, 18 February 2018

Death of Dr Harry Gardner (1927-2018), Victorian Folk Music Club

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Memorial Celebration for Harry will be held at 11am Saturday 24th February at the East Ringwood Hall (Knaith Road, behind childcare centre), East Ringwood.
Harry was a Life member & had been President of Victorian Folk Music Club (est. 1959 as Melbourne Bush Music Club) and will be sorely missed by friends & fellow musicians.

He was co-author with Peter Ellis of the book Music Makes Me Smile that includes the music from the Nariel Valley in Victoria and in particular the music of Con Klippel. Harry transcribed all the music notation and also contributed some of the text.

Harry also wrote some of his own songs and was part of, or started a few groups through the VFMC, including the Fireside Fiddlers who in more recent years met at his place to play music by ear.

He was part of the Billabong Band, a club band that played at various events and accompanied the Colonial Dance Balls. The Billabong Band was
established in 1955 and is Australia's oldest Bush Band.

He loved playing music with the people and so had a number of groups practise at his house in recent years and also busked regularly at the East Ringwood Shops.

He attended many festivals including the National Folk Festival each year and enjoyed attending the Bush Traditions Gatherings from the first in 2006 until his health kept him away in recent years.

This year he celebrated his 91st birthday and his music friends and family gathered at his house to celebrate.

Goodbye, friend.

In October Harry was in Sydney for medical treatment & he & his son Henry attended the Beecroft dance - see photos below

Vale Dr Harry Gardner (1927 - 2018)


1.  2006 Harry with his grandson

2.  2006 - Dave Johnson, Kathy McMahon, Glenys from far north Qld, Harry

3.  2006 - Julie, Harry & Don Brian 

4.   2007  

5.  2007   Session in the courtyard

6.   2007

7.  2007

8.  2007 - Harry & Helen Romeo

9.  2008

10.  2009

11.  2009

In 2009 Harry presented Waltzing Matilda using his late wife's marionettes





17.  lesson for 7-year old Claire

18.  2010  Garry Tooth & Harry

19.  2011

20. 2011 - Harry with his son Henry

21. 2011 - Henry

22.  2012  Harry with the Harry Gardner Backing Band at the Sunday night concert

23.   2012

24.  2012

25.   2013

26.  2013 - Helen, Harry & Glenys

27.   2013 - Harry with his son Henry & grandson
(Photos - Sandra Nixon)


Harry & Henry at October 2017 Beecroft Bush Dance, photos 28-33



(Photos  28 & 29 - Sharyn Mattern)


Barangaroo (Chris Poleson, Allen Davis, Marianna Mitchell, Ralph Pride) with caller John Short & Harry

Barangaroo (Chris Poleson, Allen Davis, Marianna Mitchell, Ralph Pride) with caller John Short & Henry

33. Henry & Harry

(Photos 30 to 33,  Mike Young)

34. Celebration of Harry's Life (BryceD photo)





39 & 40 - Australian Tradition- Newsletter of the Victorian Folk Music Club Inc, April 2018


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Sunday, 11 February 2018

Colin Fong Collection - Heritage Week Ball, 1984

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Heritage week was 9-14 April in 1984, which can almost be read on the banner.

Thanks to Colin for sharing these photos.










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