Sunday 3 March 2024

Maitland Steamfest, 2011

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Maitland Steamfest offers a great family day out, and a historical look at the role of steam in the development of the Hunter area. There’s also a race between a train and plane, and a boutique beer train, so if you’re looking for something different to do with the family this weekend be assured that steam engine enthusiasts aren’t the only people enjoying Maitland’s annual celebration of all things railway.

When the last Newcastle coal-operated steam haulage freight service was closed down in 1983, local railway enthusiasts organised the first Hunter Valley Steamfest in 1986 and 26 years later the festival has grown into a popular annual event attracting crowds from well beyond the local area.

Focused around the Maitland Railway Station precinct, the festival features both moving and static engine displays, model train exhibitions, a Powerhouse museum display, activities for the kids and a carnival-like atmosphere with a variety of food and market stalls, street performers and music by live local jazz combos and brass bands. 
  

BMC members Brian Dunnett, Frank Maher & Bob Bolton, the 
Get Folked trio & John Hospodaryk presented 2 concerts, and also had a session with Newcastle musicians 

(photos © Sandra Nixon)

1. Session 
2. John Hospadaeyk, 2 members of Get Folked, Kay 
3. Kay, Brian Dunnett, Sharyn Mattern
4. Newcastle folkies, John
5. Get Folked, Bob Bolton, Brian Dunnett
6. Bob Bolton 
7. Brian Dunnett 
8. Get Folked trio, Bob Bolton 
9. Get Folked (duo),  Frank Maher, Bob Bolton 
10. audience 














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Monday 19 February 2024

Chris & Virginia Woodland Collection - Miscellaneous photos

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((photos © Chris or Virginia Woodland)

1. John Dengate & Denis Kevans at Hard Tack Festival, Canberra March 1981
2. . John Dengate at Hard Tack Festival, Canberra March 1981

3. Denis Kevans at Woodland's house, March 1981

4. Denis Kevans at Woodland's house, March 1981

5. John Dengate in New Zealand, 2010 

6. Merro didn’t believe in celebrating his birthday, so we just said that the date was as good as any time of the year for us to get together every year. The snap was taken by Virginia in Merro’s Rose Cottage in Thirlmere, late 80s or early 90s. It shows Merro impeccably attired, Dale on the bones, me on the mouth organ and John on guitar and vocalising. (Chris, email 6/11/23)


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Monday 12 February 2024

Compilations & Chronologies - Duke Tritton

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Books about Duke & his family - the first 3 books are available in the used book market 

Time Means Tucker by H.P. (Duke ) Tritton.  The Bulletin, 1959
Duke of the Outback by H.P. (Duke) Tritton.  Angus & Robertson, 1965
Duke of the Outback by John Meredith.  Legacy Books, 1985

Pumpkin Pie and Sandshoes by Linda McLean, 1981 - Duke's daughter's story of her early life. This book is vary rare, it's held by 24 Libraries across Australia, and we do not have a copy in our library.  



1. 2 new (old) songs by Duke Tritton as published in Mulga Wire, no. 260, Summer 2023 with a review of Time Means Tucker
https://blog.bushmusic.org.au/2024/01/2-new-old-songs-by-duke-tritton-as.htm


2. From the Archives - Send Round the Hat, Duke Tritton by his mates. Collected & edited by John Meredith - Part 2
https://blog.bushmusic.org.au/2023/05/from-archives-send-round-hat-duke_18.html

3. From the Archives - Send Round the Hat, Duke Tritton by his mates. Collected & edited by John Meredith - Part 1
https://blog.bushmusic.org.au/2023/05/from-archives-send-round-hat-duke.html

4. Newspaper & magazine clippings - Part 2
https://blog.bushmusic.org.au/2021/05/newspaper-magazine-clippings-part-2.html

5. Singabout, Journal of Australian Folksong, Volume 6(2)
https://blog.bushmusic.org.au/2015/04/singabout-journal-of-australian_29.htm

6. Singabout, Journal of Australian Folksong, Volume 6(1)
https://blog.bushmusic.org.au/2015/06/singabout-journal-of-australian.html

7. Singabout, Journal of Australian Folksong, Volume 5(3)
https://blog.bushmusic.org.au/2020/08/singabout-journal-of-australian_30.html

8. Singabout, Journal of Australian Folksong, Volume 5(2)
https://blog.bushmusic.org.au/2020/08/singabout-journal-of-australian_9.html

9. Singabout, Journal of Australian Folksong, Volume 3(4)
https://blog.bushmusic.org.au/2020/08/singabout-journal-of-australian_97.html

10. Singabout, Journal of Australian Folksong, Volume 3(3)
https://blog.bushmusic.org.au/2020/08/singabout-journal-of-australian_23.html

11. Folksongs of Australia and the men and women who sang them - Celebrating the centenary of John Meredith's birth, Part 2.
https://blog.bushmusic.org.au/2020/09/folk-songs-of-australia-and-men-and.html

12. Folksongs of Australia and the men and women who sang them - Celebrating the centenary of John Meredith's birth, Part 1
https://blog.bushmusic.org.au/2020/08/folk-songs-of-australia-and-men-and.html

13. Singabout, Journal of Australian Folksong, Volume 2(3)
https://blog.bushmusic.org.au/2020/08/singabout-journal-of-australian_18.html

14. Singabout, Journal of Australian Folksong, Volume 2(1)
https://blog.bushmusic.org.au/2020/08/singabout-journal-of-australian_24.html

15. Singabout, Journal of Australian Folksong, Volume 1(3)
https://blog.bushmusic.org.au/2020/08/singabout-journal-of-australian_33.html

16. From the Archives - 2 handwritten songs by Duke Tritton - The Fossickers Return & The Irishman's Song.
https://blog.bushmusic.org.au/2020/06/from-archives-2-handwritten-songs-by.html

16. From the Archives - Bush Music Club Newsletter 1968 to 1969
https://blog.bushmusic.org.au/2020/05/from-archives-bush-music-club_31.html

17. From the Archives - Extract from Mulga Wire no. 18
https://blog.bushmusic.org.au/2020/05/from-archives-extracts-from-mulga-wire.html

18. Life Members - Information on our 25 Life Members part 1.
https://blog.bushmusic.org.au/2019/12/life-members-information-on-our-25-life.html

19. Chris Woodland's Presentation on Duke Tritton, NFF2005 on the 40th Anniversary of his death
https://blog.bushmusic.org.au/2019/01/chris-woodlands-presentation-on-duke.html

20. Report on BMC @ Bush Traditions Gathering October 2018
http://bushmusicclub.blogspot.com/2018/10/report-on-bmc-bush-traditions-gathering.html

21. Lost Poem by Duke Tritton sent to Wild Colonial Days Society
https://blog.bushmusic.org.au/2018/09/lost-poem-by-duke-tritton-sent-to-wild.html

22. Duke Tritton - Tritton family documents published with permission.
http://bushmusicclub.blogspot.com/2018/06/duke-tritton-tritton-family-documents.html

23. Visit to Tritton Hall by Duke Tritton's daughter and one of his grandsons, May 2018
http://bushmusicclub.blogspot.com/2018/05/visit-to-tritton-hall-by-duke-trittons.html

24. Newspaper & magazine clippings (part 1)
http://bushmusicclub.blogspot.com/2018/01/newspaper-magazine-clippings.html

25. Archival photographs: The P-series of photos from the early days
http://bushmusicclub.blogspot.com/2017/08/archival-photographs-p-series-of-photos.html

26. Extracts from Singabout - the early songwriters - Duke Tritton (1886-1965)
http://bushmusicclub.blogspot.com/2015/12/extracts-from-singabout-early_25.html

27. Harold Percy Croydon (Duke) Tritton, 1886 - 1965
http://bushmusicclub.blogspot.com/2015/11/harold-percy-croydon-duke-tritton-1886.html

28. Pete Seeger and The Bush Music Club, 1963
https://blog.bushmusic.org.au/2012/12/pete-seeger-and-bush-music-club-1963.html


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Saturday 10 February 2024

Festival Reports - Illawarra Folk Festival, 2024

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(Photos © Sandra Nixon)

Festival Reports - Saplings @ Illawarra Folk Festival, 2024

Festival reports -  Dale & John Dengate Parody Cup, Illawarra Folk Festival 2024

Festival Reports - BMC @ Illawarra Folk Festival, 2024

Festival Reports -  Illawarra Folk Festival 2024, Sharyn Mattern collection  


1. ComradeSirBigRuss launches his book 

2. Sam & Helen at the Kiama Shanty Club workshop

3. Kiama Shanty Club 

4. Tim Scanlon & Mana Okuba's foot percussion gets everyone from
preschoolers to seniors moving!
  

5. Tim & Mana's audience 

6.  They travel to all these festival on public transport! 

7.  Black Joak's swan gets around 

8.  Black Joak 

9.  Joakers in action

10. Dave de Santi's Good Tunes 

11. Dave de Santi's Good Tunes 

12. Ken Field's Hoot pick-up band & audience 

13. Decadent fruit drinks, delicious food & great South American music 

14. Steampunk Vagabonds 

15. The Big Fiddle 

16.  Yet another pirate t-shirt 
17. An accordion t-shirt 

18.  Last year's volunteer t-shirt as the 2024 shirt had
not yet been received


19. Kiama Shanty Club backed Ted Egan on Broome 



20. Kiama Shanty Club backed Ted Egan on Broome 

21. Ted Egan, 91 & still going strong! 

22. Colin Charlton, entrant in 2024 John Dengate Parody competition, with 
Cathy Rytmeister, winner of inaugural Parody competition, 2014

23. Listening to Combined Union Singers 

24. Artistic Director Dave De Santi at work

25.  Poetry Session

26.  Poetry session  

27. A crowded music workshop in the Session Tent 

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