Events 2022

Winter Sessions Weekend

Queen's Birthday 10-13 June in Bundanoon

Although the Bundanoon DanceFest has been cancelled, some regular musicians however have requested a music weekend in its place.

Essentially we are planning a music sessions weekend with time slots allocated to some focussed sessions eg Tunes of Eileen McCoy, Sea Shanties, etc and other informal sessions.

The programme will allow for a day trip to Bundanoon or for a longer stay depending on your own interest. The Bundanoon Club and the Bundanoon Church Hall will be the main centres of activity with variations dependent on the weather.

Volunteers to run a focussed session are needed to make up an interesting programme. So if you have an idea please let the organisers know.

If you are a frost hardy little vegetable there is space at Penrose for camping. Dave has even put up a modest ablutions block with composting loo and hot showers. Caravans and campervans are welcome.

Ticket prices are minimal to cover venue hire. Note that tickets are only for sale online via the Bush Traditions website.

Dancing in Fetters Tour

April at Ross in Tasmania

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

Heather will be there with a host of local dignitaries and media to launch the exhibition on Friday 8th April with an introductory talk and some demonstration dancing.

Local musicians John Tomlin andTrish Williams with Nanette Drielsma & Dave Elliston have organised a Saturday mini festival there on 9th April. The programme includes lots of music, historical tours of the Tasmanian Wool Centre and the Ross Female Factory, a family bush dance and then a session in the Man-O-Ross.

October at the Hawkesbury Regional Museum

Opening date is Saturday October 29, 2022. So we are looking for musicians and dancers to provide the backdrop to this event. Please email if you are interested

May 2023 on Norfolk Island

The exhibition is going there in May next year and we'd like to create a week of folk activities associated with convict culture. Workshops each morning (dance,music, song, maybe theatre), free time in the afternoon to explore the island, then an event in the evening (dance, concert, sessions, an act from the play).

It is a wonderful opportunity to see Norfolk Island and to be guided by Don and Sue Brian who have lived there and researched its history. Additionally there will be times when music, dance and song are called for so participation will be guaranteed.

If you would like to register interest in joining the tour please email the organisers so you can be kept informed of group tour bookings savings and the programme.

Bundanoon DanceFest 2022

After consultation with callers from near and far, the Bush Traditions committee has decided that the 2022 Bundanoon DanceFest will NOT be proceeding. The general consensus (and it wasn't quite unanimous) was that until the social dancing scene regains some of its lost momentum the dancefest would not be viable.

The venues have been rebooked for 2023 so in the meantime, we trust that local dance groups will build up in numbers and fitness.

Looking forward to taking the IST out of SOCIAL DISTANCING in 2023

Bush Traditions Autumn Gathering 2022

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


The Goulburn Gathering was a ringing success. 35 on Friday, about 80 all up, in the Goulburn Club- a great venue, once a gentlemans club. The music was good & consistent, even through massive rain storms on Saturday. We had some good old fashioned "singabouts". I loved Don's shanty workshop on the Cape Du Couedic lighthouse on Kangaroo Island.
Gavin Holmes

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.

Bush Traditions Gathering 2021 Singabout Zoom Concert


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!!

* 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.


Settlers Session in Canberra

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

Bush Traditions

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

The 2022 Australian Heritage Dance calendar, which is generated by Brian Samuels is here.

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

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.

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Suggestions and contributions for inclusion welcome.