Sunday, 18 August 2019

Ken Fairey collection

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Thanks to Nerida for donating these photos. Early membership lists show Ken was a member from 1967 to at least 1976.

Thanks to Chris Woodland for identifying these photos & the two photos from Singabout 6(2), 1967. Chris left Sydney in January 1968. 

Thanks also to Ralph & Rose Pride, Frank Maher & Dale Dengate for further names.


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The lady down the right hand with hand to face, near the open door, is
Welsh and her name is Alwena Brooks, always called 'Wenna' (a Marrickville Girl). It is most likely the girl next to her is another Marrickville Girl, Caroline Purser from Ireland. (Chris)
John Robertson in shorts. John was in Tasmania when Ralph & Rose Pride & Bob Bolton were there. (Ralph & Rose)


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Wenna dancing in middle with back to camera. Eric Bolton playing banjo,right foreground.


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Wenna centre. Caroline on left border.


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Wenna with arm bent in foreground. Eric with banjo right hand corner.

5.  Wenna mid ground dancing. Caroline with face just visible between two ladies on the left.

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As for photo number 5 with Caroline more obvious.

7. L-R - Herb Gimbert, Wilma Bolton, Ken Greenhalagh, John Dengate, Harry Glendenning, Eric Bolton.

Wilma is using Frank Maher's lagerphone as she did not have one of her own. (Frank)


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Caroline in centre behind Wenna's arm.

 
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Caroline on left. Half of Wenna showing under clock.


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Caroline on left between man in light pants and young girl. Wenna looking straight at camera.



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Wenna forefront, partially obscuring Caroline behind her.



That's all I can manage I am afraid. There are a couple of women's faces that
look familiar (probably Marrickville girls that didn't stay that long). (Chris Woodland, 22/07/2019) 


Photos by Ken Fairey, Bush Music Club Archives

2 photos from Singabout 6(2) 1967, p.11, showing a dance in the same venue.



Definitely Jamie half way along the wall on left.  Frank Maher at front of left line of dancers, perhaps Anne across from him. Chris Woodland second along on right row of dancers, with (very possibly) Brenda O’Connor next to Chris. Looks very much like piano accordionist Harry Glendinning to left of Ken Greenhalagh on flute at rear. Eric Bolton with banjo at rear who is next to John Dengate.

L to R Herb Gimbert, Alex Bowker (a truly lovely gentle man), Ken Greeenhalagh, John Dengate. (Chris)
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Saturday, 17 August 2019

VALE - Gail Copley - Funeral & wake Thursday 22nd August 2019

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FUNERAL
Thursday, 22nd August at 2pm,

West Chapel, Rookwood Cemetery, Hawthorne Av, Rookwood

http://www.rookwoodcemetery.com.au/about-us/directions


Wake from 4pm until 10pm

Bush Music Club, Tritton Hall, Hut 44
Addison Road Community Centre 142 Addison Road, Marrickville
Park in the carpark and follow the path on the right side of the big hall - the Hut is across the grass, decorated with dancers & musicians
Map here https://addiroad.org.au/visit-us/  
The 428 bus stops right outside the Centre.

Bring your instruments, songs & poems for a musical, poetical & every other kind of send off for Gail.


Gail was a singer, songwriter, poet & reciter and a member of Concert Party.
Poem for Gail written Dec 2018 by ComradeSirBigRuss
 

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Friday, 16 August 2019

Bush Music Club participation in 2019 AMEB Online Orchestra

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Australian Music Examination Board



Join the 2019 AMEB Online Orchestra and perform I am Australian in Australia's largest virtual orchestra.

Bush Music Club participation in 2018 AMEB Online Orchestra



Photos © Sandra Nixon



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Sunday, 11 August 2019

Fran Shaw's songsheets - Part 5, Talks on bush music

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 In 1995 Chrissie Shaw, daughter of early members Rod & Fran Shaw gave us items from her parents' collections, including 2 manilla folders of song sheets, many of them undated. Dated song sheets range from 1956 to 1961.These are the final items from Fran's collection.



Singabout 2(3), Dec 1957
Extract from email from Chrissie Shaw Dec, 2018


My Mother Frances Mary Shaw (nee Cottingham) was not a teacher in any official capacity. She was born on October 23 1911. She came from a theatrical and musical family. Her father would not let her go to University even though her godfather had offered to pay the fees, so she went to secretarial school. I know that she worked in a radio station, might have been 2SM or 2GB. She was an amateur actor, at the Genesians Theatre Company in Sydney. She also sang, and studied singing with Paul Williams (along with my Dad Rod). She met my father when she was modelling for artists in a studio in George Street. They married in Windsor in 1939.

She then became a homemaker, but continued to sing and play guitar and/or lute. She was involved in The New Theatre, directed a play I believe. Through the first Sydney production of Reedy River, Fran met John Meredith and other members of the band that played in that production (Harry Kay, Chris Kempster, Alec Hood (later Alex), Brian Loughlin, Jack Barry, Alan Scott etc) and joined the Bush Music Club, I believe around 1954 or so. She and I (as a child) went to the monthly meetings in the rooms under the approach to Sydney Harbour Bridge and she joined the concert party. We attended the bush dances that were put on at the Trocadero and other venues.

Mum was a very keen scholar and performer of folk music, from different lands but mainly the Australian music, and she gave workshops, yes, at the National Fitness camps among other venues

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Fran Shaw's songsheets - Part 1, Bush Music Club Song Sheets dated 1956 & 1957, & undated

Anniversaries - Bush Music Club's 2nd Anniversary, 1956 - Fran Shaw's Song Sheets, part 2
Fran Shaw's Songsheets, Part 3. Miscellaneous sets & papers

Fran Shaw's songsheets - Part 4. Camp Songs, Dept of Education, Phys Education Branch

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