Monday, 30 April 2018

Bunders celebrates 10 years young!

by Colin Fong
2018 marks the 10th anniversary of the first Bundanoon DanceFest held over the June long weekend. Since its inception in 2009 dancers and dance callers and musicians have travelled from NSW, ACT, Queensland, Victoria, South Australia and Tasmania for the experience and it is now recognised overseas as a dance destination.
The story of Bunders goes back to 2008 when a group of dancers and musicians attended a weeklong dance tour on Norfolk Island primarily organised by Barbara and Lance Court with Dave Johnson programming the dance and the music. After this experience the question "What will we do next?" was answered with the first Bundanoon DanceFest, then known as the Bundanoon Weekend of Bush Dancing and now referred to affectionately as "Bunders". 

Merka Viigisalu and Adrian Giacobetti (centre couple)    (Photo Dave Johnson Collection)

The Bundanoon DanceFest is run by Bush Traditions Inc with Dave Johnson, a Life Member of the Bush Music Club, organizing the programme and cajoling the musicians and dance callers, while Ray Mulligan manages the venues and finances. Well over one hundred dancers converge on Bundanoon and the event contributes greatly to the local economy by way of accommodation and hospitality. Over the years there have been many styles of dances taught with Australian colonial, bush and contemporary being the focus. The programme has regularly included Ballroom, Scottish, Irish, English, Morris, Contra and European (Estonian, German, Swedish, Norwegian) plus excursions into Tango, Blues, Rapper Sword and such. The different styles of dancing has meant many dancers have had to leave the comfort zone of their favourite dance style because in the evening the different styles are demonstrated and danced.

(Photo Dave Johnson Collection)
 Live music at all the workshops plus the evening dances is a big attraction for both dancers and musicians. A lead musician liaises with the workshop caller and organises the required music. This is made available via the Bush Traditions website for musicians to download and practice before the weekend. Musicians incidentally volunteer their skills for the double joy of playing with capable leaders and for experienced dancers.

Mainly fiddles        (Photo Sandra Nixon)

The dance programme has three streams of 90 minute workshops, with four time slots on Saturday and Sunday and two on Monday morning. There is a welcome dance on the Friday night, a Saturday night dance then a bush ball on Sunday night. For the past few years, due to crowding on Sunday evening, another dance has been held in the school hall. The weekend finishes with a dance on Monday afternoon 

Over the years, the main venues have been the Soldiers Memorial Hall, the Bundanoon School hall and the Bundanoon Club, with other venues such as the Uniting Church hall and the local motel occasionally needed. Accommodation in the town and nearby villages is booked solidly, and some frost hardy souls even camp at the local Pony Club. Bundanoon in June means that the nights are significantly cooler than the days. 

To avoid unnecessary waste reuseable ceramic cups are provided and bottomless cups of tea and coffee are available. Since the dance festival commenced, the town of Bundanoon has become the first in Australia to cease selling bottled water and people have the opportunity to have free filtered water at taps located on the footpaths. 

(Photo Dave Johnson Collection)  
After the evening dances many people gather in the hotel lounge where musicians jam along together with the occasional singalong. 

Bundanoon DanceFest welcomes dance callers, musicians and dancers.

he Bush Traditions website has all information & contacts

Bundanoon on the June long weekend, are you going to join the dance locomotion?

Dancing the hornpipe with Colin Towns - featuring Roland Clarke on fiddle! 
(Photo Sandra Nixon)

Acknowledgements: To Dave Johnson and Sandra Nixon for corrections and additions to the text and photos.

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Saturday, 28 April 2018

Concert Party gigs - 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018

Addison Road Centre, June 2013
1.  (Sandra Nixon) 

Galston, Sept 2013

(BMC Archives)


Addison Road Centre, April 2014


  Allen Davis

Bob Bellini

Gail Copely

Ralph Pride  

(photos supplied by ARC)

Railway Heritage Centre - Dec 2015










(Sandra Nixon photos)

Dance @ Retirement Village, February 2016




(Mike Young photos)

Seniors Week, Winston Hills Mall, 2016

(Photo by Maureen)

(Photo by George)

21. (Photo by George)


Visit to Ross M. Fear's Australian Spectrum radio show, July 2017




 Later in the month, Matthew Black & The Bottlers were featured on Australian Spectrum



War on Waste, The Bower Addison Road Centre, August 2017



(Sharyn Mattern photos)


Auction @ The Bower, November 2017

29. Selfie with Sharyn Mattern & Dot Roberts taken by Costa Georgiadis


Visit to Australian Pioneer Village, Wilberforce, November 2017


(Sharyn Mattern photos)


Open Day at Pioneer Museum, Kangaroo Valley, April 2018.



Visit to Ross M. Fear's Australian Spectrum radio show, April 2018



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John Dengate Memorial Concert at The Loaded Dog, 13th September 2013

Click on pictures for full-screen image

(Photos 1 - 24 © Bob Bolton)

1.  Dale Dengate

2.  Dale Dengate & Jason Roweth

3.  Dale Dengate & Jason Roweth

4.  Dale Dengate & Jason Roweth

5.  Jane Scott

6.  Cal

7.  Sean & Roisin

8.  Magaret & Bob Fagan
9.  Margaret & Bob Fagan

10.  Colleen Burke

11.  Jason Roweth

12.  Jason Roweth

13.  Patrick Harte

14. Gail Copely

15.  Peter Mace

16. Max's band - Jason Roweth, Leyne Elbourne,  Max Elbourne & Lachie Dengate

17. Jason Roweth & Max Elbourne

18.  Leyne Elbourne, Jason Roweth & Max Elbourne

19.  Lachie Dengate

20.  Leyne Elbourne, Jason Roweth, Max Elbourne

21. Leyne Elbourne, Jason Roweth, Max Elbourne

22.  Cameron Pritchard

23. Paul Mortimer

24.  Nick Lock
(Photos 25 - 47 
© Sandra Nixon)









33.  Dale Dengate, Leyne Elbourne, Max Elbourne

34.  Jason Roweth & Max Elbourne

35.  Dorothy & Kyrill Taylor

36.  Gerry Myerson

37.  Jane Scott

Max Elbourne, Johnny Clough, Jason Roweth

39.  Leyne Elbourne


41.   Max Elbourne

42.  Dale Dengate,
Jason Roweth & Max Elbourne

43.  Jason Roweth & Max Elbourne


44.  Patrick Harte

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