Tuesday 30 January 2018

Bob Bolton Collection - Concert at Turner Hall, Ultimo 1975

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Photos 1 - 13 were previously erroneously included in a set 1980 Opera House concert.

The Turner Hall concert was held on 20th October, 1975 as part of the First Bush Music Festival.   From the Archives - 1975, first Bush Music Festival   (updated 1st May, 2020)

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Photo 1.
Seamus Gill & Bill Morgan (Bob Bolton Copyright)

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Photo 2.  unknown performer  
(Bob Bolton Copyright)

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Photo 3.   unknown performer 
(Bob Bolton Copyright)

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hoto 4.  Silvia & Tom Salisbury    
(Bob Bolton Copyright)

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Photo 5.  Reedy River Bushmen - Mary Williams, Jamie Carlin, unidentified guitarist
(Bob Bolton Copyright)

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Photo 6.  Sally Sloane 
(Bob Bolton Copyright)

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Photo 7. Abercrombie Bush Band   
(Bob Bolton Copyright)

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Photo 8.
fiddler Bill Morgan & singer Seamus Gill (Bob Bolton Copyright)

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Photo 9. Abercrombie Bush Band - left to right:  Len Neary, Chris Moore, Andy Saunders, John Ramshaw, Richard Evans.
(Bob Bolton Copyright)

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Photo 10.  Abercrombie Bush Band -
left to right:  Len Neary,
Chris Moore, Andy Saunders, John Ramshaw, Richard Evans. (Bob Bolton Copyright)
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Photo 11. Warren Fahey  
(Bob Bolton Copyright)

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Photo 12. Warren Fahey   
(Bob Bolton Copyright)

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Photo 13.  Warren Fahey   
(Bob Bolton Copyright) thanks to Dave Johnson, Helen Romeo, Warren Fahey, Margaret Walters, Ralph Pride for i
dentification of participants. 

Duke's Place - Australian songs in Concert & Session with Miguel Heatwole & Chris Maltby, Friday 9th February 2018, 7.30 for 8pm.

 Miguel Heatwole & Chris Maltby

A versatile vocal musician, Miguel’s wide-ranging multilingual repertoire is influenced by folk and world music, political satire, Irish Gaelic, environmental causes, trade unionism and the responsible enjoyment of alcohol. His own song writing is similarly wide-ranging and voices the vital concerns of the peace activist, the family cat, or anyone in the welcome grip of passionate attraction. His often elegant and intricate melodies are delivered in a lyric baritone that is powerful, subtle and expressive.

Miguel is an experienced, choral director and composer, and a leader of singing sessions. Over many years his contagious enthusiasm for promoting community singing, whether live or recorded, has brought many people together to share and learn new skills and insights.

At the turn of the century Miguel’s love of traditional folk singing led him to celebrate its honoured traditions, its people, and its egalitarian ideals with a song called The People Have Songs. Naturally it has a fine chorus! Continuing the inclusiveness, he made it the title track of a two-volume anthology of Sydney’s trad singers. Its forty-two songs reflect much of the feel of being at a really good session (without noise drifting in from the bar!). The album encompasses traditional, non-traditional and unpublished original songs: a range that reflects the diversity of the people involved and stands as a testament to the openness and breadth of the folksong tradition at its best. The song has enjoyed an enduring popularity in the many sessions Miguel has led or participated in over the years.

Miguel at John Dengate's wake 

Chris Maltby - from Margaret Walters -
He went to concerts, festivals and sessions for years, quietly enjoying the music, never putting himself forward unless it was to help arrange or pack up the chairs. And then, one day, there's a gap in proceedings and out he comes with a traditional song you haven't heard for yonks, and he knows it thoroughly, needs no prompting. Jaws drop and you think "What a good voice!, and has he known songs like that all the time? Why didn't he tell us!" That's Chris Maltby for you.

Of course, in no time, he was courted by the Ecopella Choir (he was Green!) and the Roaring Forties (he had a beard!) and both groups continue to be amazed at the number of songs he already knows and the speed with which he can learn new and quite difficult material.
Chris is also a long-term member of the Bush Music Club & famous Tempe Tipsters (Bob & Margaret Fagan & friends) provided the music for his wedding 

Chris at John Dengate's memorial concert.

Duke's Place - Australian songs in concert & session
usually 2nd Fridays, 7.30 for 8pm start - evening ends 11.30
$10, bring a contribution for supper 

Bush Music Club  
Tritton Hall, Hut 44
Addison Road Centre
142 Addison Rod
enquiries Sandra 9358 4886


(Sandra Nixon photos)

Duke's place, named after our honoured early member Harold 'Duke' Tritton (1886-1965), is the place to go once a month for a great night of Australian songs in concert and session. Duke was a powerful singer who supplied BMC with many songs he had learnt in his younger days while working as a shearer and at other bush jobs. He was also a songwriter and poet giving us songs that have entered the tradition such as Sandy Hollow Line and Shearing in the Bar.

Duke Tritton drawing by Hottie Lahm


Bob Bolton Collection - Jacko Kevans

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all photos copyright Bob Bolton

Obit by Chris Sullivan, Sydney Morning Herald, June 7th, 2005.
Wild colonial boy who loved a song and dance, Jacko Kevans, Musician and teacher, 1942-2005.

How Denis Kevan’s Brother Was Dubbed Jacko.
It was at the Shamrock in the Bush gathering at Galong’s St Clement’s monastery where I learnt how Jacko Kevans earned the title he always seemed to be known by.
It was August 2005 and the usual large group was there including, as usual, John Dengate, who over the years had earned the title the Bard of Galong. As usual we would be enjoying the interesting papers that would be delivered by professional and other historians, as well as the usual song, music, poetry, short excursions and dancing organised for the several days of this wonderful annual function organised by Canberra and District Historical Society. For 21 years it ran from the Thursday until the Sunday of the week and was sorely missed when it was to be no more. John Dengate, our national folk treasure, produced many songs or poems to suit the themes and personalities represented in the various presentations. 

There was another person there I was very pleased to meet and this chap had gone to St Christopher’s Primary School at Manuka in Canberra many years ago, along with the bloke known by the folk movement as Jacko Kevans. This chap was a man I had greatly admired from a distance. His name was Pat Power, Bishop Pat Power that is. Though I follow no faith, Pat had always shown respect and given support to the working class of Australia and had shown many progressive views regarding the possible direction his church could take.
Pat and I discussed the Kevans boys and he eventually asked me if I knew how Jacko got his name. I replied that I assumed he was a John or Jack and it had been Australianised to just Jacko. He told me that Jacko was called Tony (so then I naturally then thought he must have been christened Anthony). This old schoolmate of Jacko’s went on the say that he could imitate the call of the Kookaburra so authentically that the nuns used to take him from classroom to classroom and have Jacko demonstrate his mastery of that particular iconic Australian bird call.
From that day on Tony became Jacko and no-one I have questioned on the matter knew how Jacko earned his nickname.       Chris Woodland 2/6/2020.

Thanks to Warren Fahey for identification of Tom Rummery in 19 & 20.

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Seamus Gill, Chris Kempster, Declan Affley, Tom Rummery, Jacko

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Bob Bolton Collection - Ryebuck @ Balmain Town Hall dance Australia Day 23rd January, 1982

Australia Day Dance, Balmain Town Hall.

Thanks to George Bolliger for the band line up - Sally Stevens (later Leslie - caller), George B (Piano acc.), Stuart Leslie (melodeon), Alex Bishop (flute), Dave Roland (guitar), Walter B. (bones/ lagerphone),  Clive Heard (lagerphone), unknown (bush bass)

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