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Events 2022

Bush Traditions Autumn Gathering

Dancing in Fetters Tour

Bundanoon DanceFest

Bush Traditions Spring Gathering


Bush Traditions Autumn Gathering 2022

4 - 6 March 2022  at The Goulburn Club, 2/19 Market Street Goulburn

Music sessions, workshops, spoken word, singing and more

The main activities will be on Saturday the 5th March with a welcome session on Friday night and possible gentle wind down Sunday.

This is not a camping weekend. Goulburn can be hot in March and there is no nearby camping, though the town has two camp-grounds / caravan parks on the edge of town. The north one is recommended. The Alpine Heritage Motel has basic air-conditioned accommodation and is a short walk from the Goulburn Club.

For those who do not know it, the Goulburn Club has a bit of history. It was built in the 1870’s for the sheep cockies; so that they had a place to stay and entertain their mates when they came to town for the sheep and wool sales. These days it has become a live music venue with a great deal of old-world charm and it is totally managed by volunteers.

The Goulburn Club is not air-conditioned and relies on old fashioned covid safe cooling principles of open windows, doors and breezeways. There are balconies, a large well ventilated room and an outside grassed area.

COST: $20 ($15 concession)  One ticket for the whole or part of the event. Tickets will be available online nearer the date.

We have kept the costs down to a minimum and so will need your help to volunteer for the occasional task.

Should you wish to contribute- run a session, organise a concert, MC a poetry session, lead a forum??  Please fill in the online form

Details of a program will be worked out using volunteered contributions over the next few months. 


Dancing in Fetters Tour

early April at Ross in Tasmania

The tour has kicked off in Brisbane and was well received with Heather providing an introductory lecture with music and dance damonstrations included. Nex year it moves to the Tasmanian Wool Centre in Ross, Tasmania. Ross is a small town about 120 km north of Hobart with a history that includes being home to a Female Factrory in the early settlement days.

Local musicians John Tomlin, Trish Williams and Steve and Marjorie Gadd are right behind the idea of a launch with a mini festival at Ross in early April. Details will be added as the planning firms so you could consider a jaunt to the Apple Isle to join in.


Bundanoon DanceFest 2022

10-13 June 2022  at Bundanoon

Just what the Bundanoon DanceFest will look like in 2022 is under discussion with the committee and with our many great callers and musicians who have made the weekend possible and so enjoyable.

The halls are booked as a starting point!

Looking forward to taking the IST out of SOCIAL DISTANCING in 2022


Bush Traditions Spring Gathering 2022

30 Sept-3 Oct 2022  at Gunning.

The 2022 Bush Traditions Spring Gathering is moving to a new home at Gunning, NSW. Gunning is just off the Hume Highway between Goulburn and Yass and it offers the full range of facilities needed for our usual Gathering. There's camping facilities near the town which offers suitable venues, food and drink outlets and has a small country town ambience. Committe member Don Brian and his wife Sue have a house there and provide a connection with the locals.

Applications to run workshops/ sessions etc will be online nearer the date.


Bundanoon DanceFest 2021

CANCELLED

After surveying dance callers and then dancers about a one day event we made the hard decision to cancel plans for the 2021 DanceFest. Ironically the NSW Government announced the easing of restrictions on dance events the day after our decision was made.

Having seen the change in regulation with the Byron Bay Festival and the havoc it created, we could be judged wise to have decided to wait.

In twelve months time the vaccine situation should be a lot more promising.

Looking forward to taking the IST out of SOCIAL DISTANCING in 2022


Bush Traditions Gathering 2021 Singabout Zoom Concert

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Thanks to Emma Sputnik we have a list of all the contributions. And thanks for the enthusiasm from the fifty or so participants.

Dave Johnson (Host)- I’ll Be Glad when Glad Sets Us Free
Carole Garland - I Dream of Tully Where the Sun Goes Down (Bill Scott)
Don Brian - South Australia (oldest edition)
Emma Sputnik - God-Forgotten (poem
Bruce Watson - Song for Shirley Andrews (To the tune of Mudgee Waltz)
Margaret Walters - Nets Below the Gangway
Tony and Jude Stuart - Joe Yates Jig Set
Brian Gutkin – Goorianawa (Duke Tritton)
Alan Swift - Four Little Johnny Cakes
Linda Swift - Concertinas Congregate
Colin Webb - A poem about growing up on a dairy farm at Burrawang
Richard Officer - A Mountain Station (AB Paterson / Officer)
Lesley Ferrier -Bush Paranoia (by Lesley)
Helen and Tony Romeo - The Old Gum Tree + Phonograph Jack (Jim Graham/ Romeos)
Ron McLaughlin - Bushman’s Song (Travelling Down the Castlereagh) by AB Paterson
Karen Fong - Henry Lawson, Henry Lawson poem by Jack Drake
Christine (?)- Dance Limerick
Dave Johnson – On the Wallaby (Henry Lawson/ Dave de Hugard)
Emma Sputnik - Gum Tree Canoe
Brian Jonathon - That Old Beer Garden (own song)
Ray Mulligan -Joe Cashmere Varsovienna on Button Accordion
Tony Stuart - Joe Yates Mazurkas -Laplo (French origin) and two others
Don Brian - Pump Shanty about Captain Bligh
Linda Swift – Tribute Poem about railwayman Keith Brown
Richard Officer - South Bound Ship (Tune of Belgarth Waltz by Brian O Hadra)
Colin Webb - The Miner a poem written by a member of his wife’s family from a handwritten notebook
Allan Swift - Wee Dark Engine Room (Harry Robertson)
Peter Percival - The Belgarth Waltz on guitar
Helen and Tony Romeo - Armistice Day a poem by a Great Aunt of Helens’ + On the Track, (Jim Graham /Helen and Tony)
Bruce Watson – The Old Bush Dance (Tune of Veleta Waltz) with audience participation including dancing with a dummy and a broom!!


Feedback
* Thanks for a wonderful evening Dave.
We loved seeing folks again and hearing first class music. 
Memories, Memories, Memories of times gone by when we listened and danced to wonderful music.
Barbara and Lance
* Thanks Dave for organising the Singabout Zoom ... you had a great crowd.
Helen and Tony
* Thanks for organising/MCing the Zoom last night. Not as good as the real thing but the best thing on offer at the moment.
Alan Swift


For future reference:
Zoom is designed for voice transmission but there are changes to the settings that make it work much better for musical performance. Instructions for adjusting the audio settings are given here.


Bundanoon DanceFest 2021

CANCELLED

After surveying dance callers and then dancers about a one day event we made the hard decision to cancel plans for the 2021 DanceFest. Ironically the NSW Government announced the easing of restrictions on dance events the day after our decision was made.

Having seen the change in regulation with the Byron Bay Festival and the havoc it created, we could be judged wise to have decided to wait.

In twelve months time the vaccine situation should be a lot more promising.

Looking forward to taking the IST out of SOCIAL DISTANCING in 2022


Dancing in Fetters Tour

In August 2018 Heather Clark had a succesful exhibition at the Redcliffe Museum featuring her doctoral research on convict dance 1788-1840. It was then decided to apply for Australian government funding to tour the exhibition to other states and to Norfolk Island. The Bush Traditions committee provided a letter of support and a commitment to contribute to funding musicians to enable the live component of the display. The funding has been granted so watch out for when the exhibition comes to a venue near you. We'll be seeking musicians, dancers and singers to be a part of the events.


Touring Dancing in Fetters: the culture of convict dance to 6 venues across Queensland, Tasmania, Norfolk Island, New South Wales and Western Australia with strong links to Australia’s convict heritage has been awarded a grant of $129,465 to enable its successful touring.


Bush Traditions Gathering 2021

CANCELLED

The 2021 Bush Traditions Gathering is now cancelled due to the obvious persistence of COVID-19. With the acceleration of the vaccine roll-out we can hopefully see events again in the new year.


Bundanoon DanceFest 2021

CANCELLED

After surveying dance callers and then dancers about a one day event we made the hard decision to cancel plans for the 2021 DanceFest. Ironically the NSW Government announced the easing of restrictions on dance events the day after our decision was made.

Having seen the change in regulation with the Byron Bay Festival and the havoc it created, we could be judged wise to have decided to wait.

In twelve months time the vaccine situation should be a lot more promising.

Looking forward to taking the IST out of SOCIAL DISTANCING in 2022


National Folk Festival 2021

CANCELLED

The National Folk Festival for Easter 2021 was cancelled due to the uncertainties around the CoVid 19 virus.

BUT....

an event was run at Queanbeyan with the title of Good Folk. Described as "a two-day concert series" that "will also provide a two day sessions venue". The programme of sessions was reported to have been successful with good attendances at the oz collected music session.

(Anyone got a photo??)


 

Settlers Session in Canberra

A New Music Folio organised by Moir Holmes with versions suitable for laptops and for printing.


Bush Traditions
Committee

Check here to see who is behind the events you enjoy.

The 2021 Australian Heritage Dance calendar, which is generated by Brian Samuels is here.


realfolk
Online version of John Merediths collection of portraits and the text of his book.


Bill Arnett (1947-2021)

Bill
Bill Arnett was a founding member of Bush Traditions in 2006. His encouragement and support were pivotal to its establishment and continuing operation. His contribution since then has set a tone of openness, inclusion and conviviality. He passed away in Moryua hospital on 2 February 2021.



nfsaReal Folk Videos
Some classic bush music now on YouTube

concAnglo Concertina Tutor
A set of bush tunes arranged with fingering and all for Anglo Concertina players.


PopUp Weekends
Occasionally a camping weekend is organised for a mini-gathering, usually somewhere with a historical connection to our music. Information is sent out via the BT mailing list.


Website
This website is maintained and developed by David Johnson.
Suggestions and contributions for inclusion welcome.