The Gathering 2018

The next Gathering sees a change of venue from Goulburn to Yass. The workshops and sessions will be centred around the Hartigan Centre in Meehan Street.

There are quite a few accommodation options and camping is also possible.

The programme is posted now, but be mindful there may be slight changes before the weekend. A printed final programme will be provided at the event.

Bundanoon DanceFest 2018

The 10th Bundanoon DanceFest was held from 8th until the 11th June. As one patron put it "A huge thank you for all your amazing efforts towards another wonderful Bundanoon DanceFest. Great music, dancing and comradeship."
The photo shows that group of stalwarts that have been to every one of the ten years. (Keith Wood was absent, taking the photo).

National Folk Festival 2018

Bush Traditions presented:

  • Tune Sessions in the Bar (with yet another folio of great tunes);
  • The Bush Orchestra;
  • A Bush Traditions concert.
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2017 Back to the Bush @ Binalong

The last few years has seen initiatives to take collected music back to the communities it came from. The Goulburn session have been focused on music from the area collected from Stan Treacy, Frank Collins and Pearly Watling in particular for several years now. In 2016, a group of musicians from the Bush Music Club took a programme of music from the Mudgee /Gulgong area to play for a dance at the Gulgong Folk Festival. Here they met up with the local band Stringybark who have been performing in the area since before John Meredith recorded them in the 1960s. Later that year Sofala was host to a Bush Music Club weekend to celebrate the music of Joe Yates.

In November 2017 Bush Traditions hosted a weekend of music at Binalong to celebrate the music of accordionist/ fiddler Harry Cotter and his wife Vera and daughter Val Turton. Also of interest in the area was the connection with Banjo Paterson who lived nearby and Johnny Gilbert who died nearby.

Activities were focussed on the beautiful old Mechanics Institute Hall and the Binalong Hotel, with support from two local restaurants offering venues for poetry and music. The Campground near the sports oval provided camping facilities and despite the rain, campers were in good spirits.

The music of the Cotter family was organised into a folio of tunes was prepared by Tony Stuart and Dave Johnson and can be downloaded here.






Click the image above for the 2018 Australian Heritage Dance calendar, which is generated by Brian Samuels.

Heather Clarke hasjoined the organising team at Bush Traditions. Her knowledge of early Australian dance is remarkable and can be explored at her web site.


Trove Treasures
Researcher Mark Gregory has unearthed some treasures from the NLA's TROVE.

nfsaReal Folk Videos
Some classic bush music now on YouTube

danceMusic from previous events available for free download here.

danceMusic from the NFF Settler Sessions
is available for purchase here.

concAnglo Concertina Tutor
A set of bush tunes arranged with fingering and all for Anglo Concertina players.
Click here to see it

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