Friday, 22 February 2019

Duke's Place Australian Songs in Concert & Session with Dan Kelly, Friday 10th May, 2019, 7.30 for 8pm

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Daniel Kelly is a singer/songwriter from Yass who writes and plays ballads from the Irish, Scottish and English traditions along with original material in the folk ballad style. Daniel’s fourth album was a set of original ballads written about the Yass Valley region, a few of the songs focus on the strong connection Yass has to Ireland.




Dan will be singing songs from his latest CD - Zombie Sheep of the Murrumbidgee
Album Background: I’ve lived in Yass since 2006, and recently started looking into the history of the town and the region. I found enough interesting stories going back to the founding of the town in 1837 (though the region was first visited by Hamilton Hume in 1821) to put together an album of folk ballads.







Bush Music Club  
Tritton Hall, Hut 44
Addison Road Centre
142 Addison Road, Marrickville


Map here  https://addiroad.org.au/about-us/contact-us/ - Hut 44 is to the left of the Gumbramorra Green.  from the Editorial in Singabout 1(1) Summer 1956 -  aims of the Bush Music Club - to popularise Australian folk song and to encourage the composition of a new kind of song - one that is traditional in style but contemporary in theme.


Duke's Place, 2nd Fridays February to December, 7.30 for 8pm start - concert is followed by a session.
$10, BYOG and a contribution for supper  

enquiries & bookings Sandra 9358 4886 
www.bushmusic.org.au         http://bushmusicclub.blogspot.com.au/



 

Drawing of Duke Tritton by Hottie Lahm, 1959.

 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.

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Duke's place with Two voices in the Crowd by ‘Sweet Songs & Soft Guitar’, the music of Judy Small and Eric Bogle, with Kathy and Matthew Clarke, Friday 12th April, 7.30 for 8pm

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https://www.facebook.com/Sweet-Songs-Soft-Guitar-1610309122532745/


 

Bush Music Club  
Tritton Hall, Hut 44
Addison Road Centre
142 Addison Road, Marrickville

from the Editorial in Singabout 1(1) 1956 -  aims of the Bush Music Club - to popularise Australian folk song and to encourage the composition of a new kind of song - one that is traditional in style but contemporary in theme.


Duke's Place, 2nd Fridays February to December, 7.30 for 8pm start - concert is followed by a session.
$10, BYOG and a contribution for supper  

enquiries Sandra 9358 4886 
www.bushmusic.org.au         http://bushmusicclub.blogspot.com.au/
Map here
https://addiroad.org.au/about-us/contact-us/ - Hut 44 is to the left of the Gumbramorra Green. 




Drawing of Duke Tritton by Hottie Lahm, 1959.

 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.
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Wednesday, 20 February 2019

Goulburn Railway Sesquicentenary Ball aka 2019 Heritage Ball, 7.30 to 11.30 Saturday 25th May.

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BMC Heritage Ball Press Release
Earlybird Bookings Extended
Earlybird Bookings for the Heritage Ball 2019 have been extended till 7th May to give members a little more time to organise their ticket purchase and to round up friends to join them in groups and tables. Although it is named the Goulburn Railway Sesquicentenary Ball please be assured that this is definitely the Bush Music Club's Heritage Ball which has been held annually since the early 1980s. Your support is important.
The online ticket booking link is https://www.trybooking.com/469110
The Honourable Margaret Beazley AO QC, Governor of New South Wales has accepted the invitation to be our guest of honour.
The Heritage Ensemble has its final rehearsal next weekend and are looking forward to playing for the Ball in a different setting. The hall decoration will feature railway pictures pertinent to the 150th anniversary of the arrival of rail in Goulburn.
A follow-up picnic on the Sunday is being planned. Details to follow.
Dave Johnson






Book tickets here


   Early bird tickets are available until 7th MAY


Adults - $50
Concession card holders, Bush Music Club & Monaro Folk Society members - $45

Group of 8 people - $360
For larger groups please contact Dave directly


Secondary or tertiary students - $40

Primary aged children - $20


The Heritage Ball this year is an exciting collaboration with folk in Goulburn who are celebrating the 150th anniversary of the arrival of the railway. The Goulburn Loco Roundhouse Preservation Society is organising a weekend of railway focussed events with the NSW Governor arriving by steam train and unveiling plaques and planting trees. At first I offered to run a dance and then realised that with the Heritage Ball usually held at this time it was going to be a crowded May. Discussion with BMC President, Sharyn Mattern and Ball Coordinator, Wendy Richmond led to the idea of having an out of town Heritage Ball and the Goulburn Railway Sesquicentenary Ball was initiated.


2000 Gold Medal Heritage Ball, Cumberland Hospital, Parramatta (Bob Bolton photo)


Goulburn allows us to draw on dancers from Canberra and the local Social Dance group are keen to come too. As well, we can draw on musicians from ACT and around Goulburn as well as our usual Sydney suspects. There will be opportunity to display ball costumes during the day, though purists would distinuish between day wear and evening wear. A word of warning though, a
ccommodation in Goulburn will be difficult to get closer to the date so be advised and get in early.

The Council has been approached to allow use of the rotunda in Belmore Park for concert items such as the Concert Party might provide utilising that splendid collection of Railway Songs that Brian Dunnett and Ralph Pride assembled. Any other groups, duos or soloists would be welcome to contribute to this historically themed weekend.


C
oncert in the park, Bush Traditions Gathering - 2010 (Sandra Nixon photo)

Goulburn even has an active SteamPunk group and a branch of the Creative Anachronists so hopefully some of them will join in the fun and attend the Ball. Workshops to familiarise dancers with the programme will be available in Sydney as usual, and also in Canberra and Goulburn. The programme incidentally revives some of the dances that some will recall were danced at the 2005 Heritage Ball which celebrated the 150th anniversary of the start of the railway in Sydney. The annual dance competition had the challenge of creating a new dance to music of the period, namely The Sydney Railway Waltz, The Railway Gallope and The Railway Polka. If my memory serves me well John Short took out the honours with his Railway Waltz.


So there it is: Goulburn Railway Sesquicentenary Ball on the 25th of May in the St Saviours Church Hall in Burke St Goulburn. The Heritage Ensemble and I look forward to seeing you there.

enquiries - Dave Johnson

BMC Life Member

Heritage Ball Musical Director for 30 Years


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TSDAV presents Cue & Do - A Dance for Dancers at 2019 National Folk Festival

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email from Norm Ellis




Hello dance clubs, callers and  dancers,


As some of you may already know, I (through TSDAV) have been tasked by the National Folk Festival, to run "A Dance for Dancers" - in lieu of a 'Dancers Dance', at this year's National Festival.

Under the Act Name "Cue & Do", the intention is to run an intensive 2 hour dance, briefed and called with a minimum of fuss, but mostly NOT walked through, structured for competent dancers, and to maximise dancing enjoyment.


I am attaching a copy of the proposed dance program.
Full dance instructions (& video links if available) will be posted on the TSDAV website - under "NFF 2019: A Dance for Dancers"  http://www.tsdav.asn.au/

Many of the dances you will be able to do on a 'follow-the-call' basis, even if you may not know them by name!


However, some others will present more of a challenge (without walk-thoughs) so I recommend that you familiarise yourselves with them BEFORE the event.


To this end, the next 3 TSDAV Dance Workshops (ie 11th Hour Sessions) will be devoted largely to the dances on program. These will be held at Surrey Hills. This of course won't help interstate dancers, unless you can co-opt your local dance club to practice them!


You will notice several features / idiosyncrasies of the 'A Dance for Dancers' program


* there are no couples dances (these being adequately catered for in the Tea Dance & Heritage Ball)

* there are 3 occasions where alternative dances can be done to the same music (eg Postie's & Double Postie's) you are invited to "jack-up" your own sets for the more advanced alternative!


* there is one Scottish medley where the one dance is danced first in Strathspey time, and then in Reel time without a break between. This one has a modified "Rights & Lefts" that it will help to be familiar with!


* there is one dance which contains a "partial sheepskin hey" which you need to be familiar with!


Remember, the aim is to dance, not have a workshop!


Please help spread the word, and I hope to see many of you at the National.
 


Cheers, Norm
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NFF 2019 ~ A Dance for Dancers ~ provisional list of dances, in program order -


3C circle The Book Exchange - a scatter mixer
4C Square Dip & Dive Quadrille
3C longways Viking Sheepskin “partial Sheepskin Hey”
4C longways Postie’s Jig / Daryl’s Double Postie’s for 5 dancers Domino 5
DM (Playford) Devil’s Maggot (music ‘Up Jumped the Devil’ - a la contra)
4C longways W Bonnie Cuckoo
Big circle Yellow Cab Jig aka Yellow Cat’s Jig
3C longways S+R The Silver Grey 3x 32b S + 3x32b R - danced consecutively
5C longways The Percolator
4C Square Sweets of May
3C circle W Turning by Threes
4/6C longways Trip to Bavaria / Double Bavarian
Big circle* Festival Interceltique 40b (*or 9 C circles)
4C longways Grevillea Grove / The Bakers Wife (8C circle) “a Strip the Willow dance”
DM Star Trek
5C ring The CHOGM Pentrille
1½ SP Genevieve’s Jig 3 facing 3, progressive
4C longways Mairi’s Wedding
Big circle W Swedish Progressive Waltz

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Melbourne Practice



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Saturday, 16 February 2019

Festival of Folklife in the 1981 Festival of Sydney

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The Festival of Sydney celebrated the 80th anniversary of the Commonwealth of Australia with a birthday party like no other. The day-time celebrations in Hyde Park included brass bands, folk groups and a range of free outdoor entertainment.
The Australiana theme continued with a new venture for the Festival; Australian Cinema: The New Generation. Across a week, this presentation of the latest independent films from Australia’s newest generation of filmmakers saw cinema take a stronger position in the Festival line-up, alongside the usual strands of theatre, dance and music.


MUSIC, included the Festival of Folklife as well as classical & other styles.
Other events which were part of the Festival - THEATRE,  CABARET,  CIRCUS, ART, CELEBRATIONS,  FILM,  MAGIC, POETRY, and SPORT, 






(BMC Archives)

The Festival Of Folklife: Back To The Bush
Dave de Hugard, the Colonial Dancers, Alec Richards, Joe Weatherby, Walter McLaughlan, Higgins Municipal Band, Alex Hood


The Festival Of Folklife: Beat Your Breasts
The Ovarian Sisters, Mary Jane Carpenter, Maree Cunnington


The Festival Of Folklife: Bush Dance
Rum Culls Bush Band, Higgins Municipal Band, Sendeka Music


The Festival Of Folklife: Family Concert
Mike and Michelle Jackson, Marcus Turner, Bernard Bolan, Rum Culls Bush Band, Sedenka


The Festival Of Folklife
Gove Scrivenar, Chris Duffy's Bluegrass Conspiracy, Robin Williamson


The Festival Of Folklife: Grand Colonial Bush Dance
Rum Culls Bush Band, Higgins Municipal Band, Sedenka, compered by Frank Canty and Mike Jackson


The Festival Of Folklife: Rebels All!
Denis Kevans, John Dengate, Phyl Lobl


The Festival Of Folklife: Shamrock And Thistle
Robin Williamson, Cathie O'Sullivan, the Celtic Dancers, Pipe and Drum, Raglan Road, Joe Heaney


The Festival Of Folklife: So You Want Blood!
Jeannie Lewis, Nathan Waks and others


The Festival Of Folklife: Troubadours And Minstrels
Early Music Duo, Laberinto, Roy Harris (UK)



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Friday, 15 February 2019

Traditional Australian Bush instruments. Text of a lecture delivered by Alan Scott at a W.E.A. Folk Lore week end, 15th July, 1962

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Program for concert from the Maher Collection (courtesy Ann & Frank Maher) 


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5 scans from Singabout 4(4), 1962, pages 2, 8-11.











Review of Folk Song Weekend by Singabout Editor Gay Terry,
Singabout 5(1), 1963, pages 10 - 11.










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Sunday, 3 February 2019

John Dengate Political Songwriting Competition, Gulgong Folk Festival, 2018/19

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Photos © Bruce Downes


One again Derek Dowding was the winner with Donald (to the tune of Patrick Gilmour's When Johnny comes marching home again)




Derek Dowding A songwriter with a difference, Derek presents a selection of his original songs ranging from satirical pieces crammed with cutting social commentary and offbeat humour as well as lilting tunes accompanying thoughtful, illustrative poetry. Side-stepping subject matter typically seen in the work of contemporary songwriters, Derek excels as a quirky wordsmith possessing an acute wit and an eye for the overtly absurd and unjust. The winner of last years John Dengate Political Satire Songwriting Competition, Derek impressed a lot of people and should be a massive hit this festival (2018 program)




Di announcing the winner

Derek receiving the goblet from
Cllr Sam Paine, Deputy Mayor of Mid-Western Regional Council.
Photos of the Festival from Mudgee Guardian
Gulgong Folk Festival
Gulgong Folk Festival on Facebook


Steel City Sue

Ross Kurtz

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