Thursday, 12 May 2022

From the Archives - Bob Bolton talking with John Kell of Greenacre, 19/9/1990.

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Transcription of interview with John Kell, mainly about the old-time dances in Barralier in the 20's. The only biographical information mentioned is that he grew up on the Wombeyn Caves Road where his family had lived from the 1840s, his parents met before WW1, he was working in the 1920s & came to Sydney in 1945. He was also a member of the Muzzle-Loaders Club in later years.  Colonial Muzzle Loaders at 1994 Bush Music Festival see picture no. 3 

email from Bob 2/6/14  ...  cassette of John Kell - especially his reminiscences of his family "band" of the 1920s down round the Barallier region south of Sydney and west of Mittagong 

Today Barralier is one of many towns/localities in postcode 2580, in the Goulburn Mulwaree LGA. 



Tuesday, 10 May 2022

Bob Bolton Collection - Photos of Alan Scott

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 Photos © Bob Bolton 

Alan, Keith McKenry, John Dengate 
Illawarra Folk Festival, Jamberoo 1991

Alan with Keith McKenry, 
Illawarra Folk Festival, Jamberoo 1991

Alan, Keith McKenry, Illawarra Folk Festival, 1991

Alan performing, Illawarra Folk Festival 1991

Alan & Keith, John Dengate performing
Illawarra Folk Festival, 1991

Bush Music Festival, probably 1986

unknown event 

Alan & Rob Willis, Illawarra Folk Festival, 1993

Bush Music Festival, 1994

Illawarra Folk Festival, 1994

Illawarra Folk Festival, 1994

Illawarra Folk Festival 1995


Tuesday, 12 April 2022

Bush Music Club aims over the years, 1954 to today

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The Club was formed in 1954 as part of the post-war search for traditional Australian music in reaction to the increasing Americanisation of our culture. 

In the beginning they collected songs, tunes, dances & recitations, then disseminated them through workshops, concerts, songsheets, recordings & publications. 

The club's emphasis changed over the years & the aims moved with the changes but it was always working to promote Australian folk/bush culture.  

1.  Extract from Minutes January 5th, 1955  - The Aim of the
Bush Music Club is to collect and perform Bush Songs & music. 

2.  Extract from Singabout 1(1), p.19, ... 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. 

3.  Aims on a membership form in use between May 1957 & December 1958 according to the address on the form.  

4.  Extract from handout in use between Jan 1968 & March 1969 according to the address given.

5.  Mulga Wire, no.2, p.2, August 1977

6.  1980 leaflet 

7.  1987 Mulga Wire subscription leaflet

8.  1990 leaflet 

No later statements have been found in Mulga Wire or on the Club website.


Saturday, 9 April 2022

From the Archives - Pyrography gift to Concert Party

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On 28th January 1983 Concert Party entertained children in Royal North Shore Hospital & were given a plaque. 

 (photos Sandra Nixon) 



Sunday, 3 April 2022

From the Archives - Jamie's Carlin's eulogy for John Dengate, 2013

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Jamie's memories of John, read out & enlarged upon at the Bush Music Club's Memorial Concert, Sunday 24th November, 2013, videoed by Ray Gurney. Link to videos of all contributions here 

Sharyn Mattern photo