Tuesday 31 October 2017

Duke's place - Australian Songs in Concert & Session, Pete & Sue McMahon, Friday 10th November, 7.30 for 8pm

After a childhood surfing and fishing on Sydney’s northern beaches Pete preferred the freedom of the life of a musical troubadour to stifling alternatives. He spent 12 years living in Balmain and working in the hectic musical scene in the pubs there.

Pete toured the UK on his talents, working solo in the pubs in the English Midlands. He recalls his first performance in England was at a cocktail party for the touring Australian Cricket Team.

Full time minstrel, guitarist, entertainer and singer of songs, reciter and collector of obscure bush verse, Pete has performed at more than 100 pubs and clubs in Australia, England, Scotland and China. 

He has performed with innumerable bands, notably Southern Cross, Snake Gully, Conway Bros and The Drifters, and is currently a member of Rosella, Bad Wallaby, McMahon Bros, Heartdust and Postcard.

You name it – Pete has done it! From performing in prison concerts in WA and NSW, extensive recording, film soundtracks, radio shows, song therapy, builder of over 200 musical instruments and touring with The Drifters.

We can expect an evening of variety, some traditional Australian music, some popular and contemporary songs, yarns and poetry.

Pete & Sue at the 60th Anniversary Concert in 2014

Sue has a strong interest in all forms of music extending from classical to rock to colonial ditties. Sue is a multi-talented singer and musician playing the anglo-concertina, keyboard, harmonica, musical saw and largerphone. The haunting sound of the saw has to be experienced to be believed.

Being the first female President of the Bush Music Club, Sue ran dozens of bush dances across Sydney and coordinated colonial balls and music festivals.

Sue was a founding member of the Currawong Bush Band which was renowned for concerts, dances and balls in Sydney, Canberra and the Central coast.
Bush Music Club
Tritton Hall
Hut 44 Addison Road Centre
142 Addison Rd, Marrickville

Map of Addison Road Centre     http://www.arcco.org.au/contact/

Door opens 7.30 for 8pm start. Session 10.00-11.30pm
BYO songs
Cost - $10

Bring something to drink & a plate for supper

Enquiries - Sandra 9358 4886

(photos - Sandra Nixon)


Saturday 14 October 2017

Bones - Part 3 - Singabout Article in Mulga Wire no. 101, February 1994

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Part 1        Part 2

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Noel May Collection - 40th Anniversary Bush Musicfest, Australiana Pioneer Village, Wilberforce 1994

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Thanks to Barbara May for allowing us to scan these photos of the 40th Anniversary Bush Musicfest.

Photos © Carlene Dever 



unknown, Helen & Tony Romeo

Poets Breakfast - unknown, Jim Haynes, Blue the Shearer, Denis Kevans & Sonia Bennett,

caption with incorrect names,
(Carlene Dever photographs)


Thursday 12 October 2017

Fiddle Workshop with George Washingmachine, February 2007

2 photos in an old album, an ad in February 2007 Mulga Wire

(unknown photographer, BMC Archives)

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