The Bush Music Club was founded in 1954 to collect, publish and popularise Australia’s traditional songs, dances, music, yarns, recitations and folklore and to encourage the composition of a new kind of song - one that was traditional in style but contemporary in theme.
Report on Saplings Master Class – held Sunday 10th August 2014
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Claire busking at the Markets to advertise Saplings
– we had a fabulous day! So far all the feedback we have had from
the parents and the children themselves has been very positive.
had 12 children playing an assortment of instruments. We could not
have had better tutors - Dave Johnson and Jason Roweth are perfect
educators of the young and so passionate about bush music that it had
to rub off.
Jason & Dave
Naomi Doherty kept the young ones (Blue Gums) under
control with the help of Chris Poleson and kept the fun activities
coming so that they did not have time to get bored.
Thomas, Emily, Megan with Naomi
We were very
lucky to have Samantha O’Brien assisting Jason, as they had two
flute players and a sax player and thanks to Dave Johnson for
transposing the music into Eb for sax and also Bb for our clarinet
player at the last minute. Unfortunately, the rhythm (guitar and
uke) players who wanted to come could not at the last minute but that
did not affect the creative Jason.
is Dave’s highlight of the day -
were many wonderful moments through the day but for me the informal
sitting on the step with Declan and playing Bill Gilbert's Geese in
the Bog was just magic. I played the tune about six times and each
time through he had a bit more of it. A short break while I
showed how I cross-rowed it and he had it. He just wowed me. And
later I heard him just going over it quietly to himself, so I knew we
had to share it with the class. It showed me that there is a real
need for the master class aspect as well as the beginner and
Declan & Dave
Romeo spent some time with the Blue Gums playing lagerphone and
percussion and then spent time with the whole group who were very
interested in these instruments.
Lagerphones & spoons
He also led them all in a couple of
informal dances which were enjoyed by everyone.
Claire Doherty spent
15mins with the Blue Gums helping them to get their fingers around a
fiddle – this was an aim for the future - to have Saplings teach
new Saplings and it happened at our first Master Class!
Pride surprised the group when he turned up as a “swaggie” from
the bush looking for John Meredith as he had some more tunes to give
him….. the kids just sat there gob-smacked while Dave and Jason
collected the tunes from Ralph (who was very funny).
highlight of the day was the last hour when each group, the
Ironbarks, the Banksias and the Blue Gums, did a little presentation
of what they had learnt and then everyone played together. A perfect
glad we had plenty of food – they could eat!!
Cake made & decorated by Claire
child took home a goody bag with information on festivals, 2 Mulga
Wires, one of Ralph’s song books, the blue Bush Music CD, a pair of spoons,
stickers and a chocolate. We also included a feedback form and hope
to get these returned in the near future.
would like to do this again next year and are also thinking of a
regular Sunday afternoon (perhaps every three months) session for the
Saplings and other young people to attend with just a couple of
adults to lead the session. The plan would be a Sunday in Tritton
Hall - perhaps 1 – 4pm - to play through the music they received at
the Master Class and then at the next Master Class they get a new
music book for the year.
tutors - Kerry, Chris (banjo), Jason (guitar), Sam (flute), Tony, Naomi, Dave, Helen