Friday 31 July 2015

2nd John Dengate Memorial Get Together, Sunday 23rd August 2015

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The second John Dengate Memorial Get Together is taking place Sunday 23rd August at the Gaelic Club, 2:30-5:30pm
Join us upstairs at the Gaelic Club once again to reminisce, sing some songs and share stories of John.

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The Gaelic Club (Upstairs) 
Level 1, 64 Devonshire St
Surry Hills

So that we can make sure everyone gets a go, if you would like to speak or perform in memoriam of John, please email: Leyne

check out the John Dengate Collection 

Photos from 2014 Memorial Get Together 




Duke's Place - Australian Songs in Concert & Session with Margaret & Bob Fagan, Friday 14th August, 7.30-11.30pm

Duke's Place - Australian songs in concert & session with Margaret & Bob Fagan, once better known as that famous bush band, the Tempe Tipsters. Their strong blend of politically-edged traditional and contemporary songs combined with lyrical ballads and great choruses is guaranteed to lift your spirits. Their repertoire is firmly rooted in the folk tradition, with Margaret’s pure voice and Bob’s superb guitar playing combining to ensure their popularity both here and abroad.

And at Duke's Place they are delighted to be singing some songs that were first performed at BMC Singabouts in the 1950s -  not by them, they hasten to add!

Tritton Hall, Hut 44 Addison Road Centre, 142 Addison Rd, Marrickville

Door opens 7.30 for 8pm start.

Concert & supper 8-10, Singing Session 10.00-11.30pm

BYO Australian songs

Cost - $10

Bring something to drink & a plate for supper

Enquiries - Sandra 9358 4886

Sunday 26 July 2015

Yvonne O'Grady collection - photos from Yvonne's album

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Thanks to Yvonne for searching out old photos & scanning them. As always, identification of people in the photos is welcome.

Keith McKenry, Alan Scott, Brisbane 1992

Jacko Kevans, Gulgong 1993

Dale Dengate, no date

Dengates in bed, no date

Alan Scott, Keith McKenry & Danny Spooner, NFF Malaney, 1989

John Dengate, Brisbane 1993
Keith McKenry & Alan Scott, Brisbane 1993
Len Neary, Chris Kempster & Alison Jones, in Yvonne's backyard, Kiama, 60th birthday party for Bob McInnis

BMC at Parramatta Park, mid 80s

Session at the Hut, mid 80s. Bob Bolton on left.


Saturday 25 July 2015

Chris and Virginia Woodland Collection - Wake for John Meredith, AM (1920 - 2001) - 24th March 2001

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Photographs taken by Chris & Virginia Woodland at the wake held on 24th March 2001 for John Meredith, AM, founding member and Life Member of the Bush Music Club.
Photos © Chris & Virginia Woodland

Wake photos from the Bob Bolton Collection are are here

On 16 February we lost probably the most important collector of Australian folk lore, and an important member of our Club. This article John Meredith, The Bush Music Club & The Australian Folk Song Revival (1950’s)  covers some of John's contributions to the collecting and preservation of our national culture. We hope it will help underline John's importance to this Club and all who care about our heritage. Mulga Wire, no. 144, April 2001.

Obit by Keith McKenry which appeared in the Sydney Morning Herald. 

Obit by Chris published in Stockmans Hall of Fame, June 2001 (Chris & Virginia Woodland Collection)

1.  Merro's canvas Director's chair
Sepia photos from the Chris & Virginia Woodland collection 

2.   Alex Hood
3.   Alison Jones & Chris Kempster
4.   Bill Scott
5.   Bill, Gay & Ashley Scott

6.   Chris Kempster

7.   Chris Woodland
- Keith McKenry behind him. Edgar Waters in middle at front of audience, in light coloured clothing, Jenny McKenry and Bob Campbell to right of Edgar.
8.   Chris Woodland reading his memories (see text below) 
9.   back - Eva Gaddes, Richard Evans,
front - Chris Woodland, Suzie Bunyan & her husband 'H"  
10.   Dr Edgar Waters

11.  Frank Maher & Jack Barrie

12.   Gay Scott

13.   Harry Kay

14.   unidentified, Chris Kempster, Ken Greenhalgh, Bob Campbell, Sharon Frost, Alex Hood
15.   Jamie Carlin
16.   Keith McKenry
17.   Kevin Bradley, Reg Murray, Harry Kay, Rob Willis, Olya Willis
19.   Merros's niece Suzie Bunyan
20.   The Bushwhackers - Chris Kempster, Harry Kay, Alex Hood, Jack Barrie
21.   Rob Willis leads the session - Alison Jones, Harry Kay, Bob Campbell, Sharon Frost, Rob, Scot Carlin, Jacqui Bradley, Kevin Bradley
22.   The Bushwhackers - Chris Kempster, Alex Hood, Jack Barrie, Harry Kay
 23.   Virginia Woodland, Shelley Grant

24.   Unknown, Chris Kempster, Ken Greenhaulgh, Bob Bolton, Alison Jones, Bob Campbell, Alex Hood & Sharon Frost

Vale Merro (John Meredith 17.1.1920 - 16.2.2001) Read at Merro's wake held Saturday 24th March 2001 held at Gay Scott's 'Bent Acres', Amy Street Balmoral Village. He had died Albury Hospital 16th February. Chris Woodland, 10 March 2001


Tuesday 21 July 2015

Great AussieTune Swap 2015 - BMC & No Such Thing

& once again a Good Time was had by all!

Thanks to the folks of No Such Thing who booked the hall & supplied lunch. We supplied morning & afternoon tea. 

Thanks to Ralph for going through NST's tune books then compiling a selection of our tunes that they don't play & creating a tune book.

Thanks also to NST for going through our tunes books & compiling a selection of NST tunes that we don't play & creating a tune book.

Once again Ray Mulligan from Settlers (ACT) & Bush Traditions joined us with a few tunes from his repertoire.

Dave Johnson & Ray Milligan

And thanks to all who attended.  Kiama locals Phyl Lobl and Alex & Annette Hood joined us during the day.
Rick Hull's first effort at instrument making

Gail Copley, Rick Hull, Moira Cowie, Richard (NST), Dave Moir, Simon Ferrugia, Michaela Simoni

Kath O'Grady, Ray Mulligan, Ralph Pride, Dave Johnson

Collette (NST), NST autoharpist, Allen Davis, Max Gregory, Bill Montgomery, Yvonne O'Grady

front - Tony Romeo, Ralph Pride, Dave Johnson

Yvonne O'Grady, Kath O'Grady, Tony Romeo
Rick Hull, Dave Moir, Simon Ferrugia, Michaela Simoni, Ray Mulligan
9 members - Allen Davis, Max Gregory, Bill Montgomery (NST & BMC), Yvonne O'Grady (NST & BMC), Helen Romeo (NST & BMC), Sharyn Mattern, Kath O'Grady (NST & BMC), Tony Romeo (NST & BMC), Ralph Pride
Allen Davis, Max Gregory, Bill Montgomery, Yvonne Davis, Helen Romeo

Moira Cowie
NST members

Moira Cowie, Richard (NST), Rick Hull, Dave Moir

We ended the day with a banquet (so much food!) & session at the local Chinese restaurant.