Monday, 30 December 2019

From the Archives - Bush Music Camp at Penrose, 8-9 November 1997

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Photos © 


2.  standing - Tony Stuart, Bob Bolton, Pat Bolton. seated - Rose Pride, Dave Johnson, James Johnson, unknown woman & man.


4.  Tony Stuart (back to camera), seated Dave Johnson, Bob Bolton behind, Ann Pidcock (standing right), Amanda (seated) & John Daley (standing)

5. Pat Bolton, Bob Bolton, seated Don Richmond, John Daley
6. back to camera - Pat Bolton, standing Bob Bolton, seated - John Daley, Dave Johnson, Sue McMahon, Kathy Chapman, Amanda Daley, Jack Chapman.



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Thursday, 19 December 2019

From the Archives - Pinchgut Colonial Bush Band

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see also Bob Bolton Collection - Pinchgut @ Vicary's Woolshed, c.1982

1.  Original lineup c1974,  David Johnson, Ralph Pride, Chris Moore, Richard Evans.

2. Band, c.1981



5.  At the Illawarra Folk Festival in 2019  our MC Claire was a former member of Pinchgut & sent us a scan of their cassette.

In Dec 2019 a copy of this VERY RARE cassette was offered by a US dealer on eBay for $AUD39.79 including postage.

6.  The Glebe, April 28, 1982  Mike Canning, Chris Moore, Ralph Pride ,Bill Vernon

7. 1980 Colonial Subscription Ball

8 Heritage Week Concert, 1982?

9. undated photo  (supplied by Ralph Pride)

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Wednesday, 18 December 2019

Silvia & Tom Salisbury Collection - Program from Reedy River, 1953/54

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Thanks to Silvia & Tom for supplying a copy of the program of the first production of Reedy River.

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Sunday, 15 December 2019

From the Archives - extracts from Mulga Wire - Handmade : Songs, Instruments etc, Mulga Wire no.54, April 1986.

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Tuesday, 10 December 2019

Life Members - information on our 25 Life Members - part 1. Sally Sloane, Duke Tritton, Clem Millward, Val Hennessy, John Meredith

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Foundation Member John Meredith, unveils new Life Members' Board before launching his new book Duke of the Outback at the Bush Music Festival Oct 1983

Duke Tritton  (1886 - 1965)
Duke was one of the early sources of traditional songs, and was a songwriter and poet.

He joined not long after the foundation of BMC, around the same time Frank Maher joined (source Frank Maher)
Duke Tritton - Australian Dictionary of Biography

Alan Scott recording Duke (John Meredith photo, Singabout 2(1), 1957, BMC Archives)

Drawing by Bulletin artist
Hottie Lahm for the first edition of Time Means Tucker.

Hardtmuth (Hotpoint or Hottie) Lahm

Sally Sloane (1894-1982) - one of the early sources

Who is Sally Sloane? by Valda Low, 2003
The Music of Sally Sloane  Blog by Ian Hayden with links to on-line recordings at the National Library of Australia 
Mulga Wire, no. 34, December 1982 (BMC Archives)

May 1969 Newsletter (BMC Archives)

Singabout 3(1), p.16  (BMC Archives)

Sally & Fred Sloane at 2nd Colonial Subscription Ball, 25th August, 1979, Ralph & Rose Pride were sitting next to Sally & Fred. Sally had her fiddle with her as Ralph was going to  fix it. (Source Ralph Pride) (Bob Bolton photo)

81-year old Sally at 1975 Bush Music Festival, Turner Hall, Ultimo  (Bob Bolton photo - BMC Archives)
Sally The Sloane Songbook, by Gay Scott, BMC 2004.

Photograph & Introduction by John Meredith


Clem Millward (1929 -) is a well known artist. He was one of the Sydney left-wing artists who were involved with the Bush Music Club in our early days. He illustrated Songs from Lawson and received Life Membership for this work.

Illustration from Songs of Lawson  (BMC Archives)

Val Hennessy - information supplied by Jamie Carlin
Val and Derm (Dermot) Hennessy were members of the South Granville branch of the Communist Party of Australia. They were friends and neighbours of Jamie's father who was not a party member.
Derm was a printer at The Telegraph where Brian Loughlin was Father of the Chapel (union).
Val was a barmaid at Granville, maybe at the
Royal Hotel. She had access to a duplicating machine and printed up songsheets and was made a life member for those services.

According to her Membership card, Val was Assistant Secretary at some date/s between those covered       vol 2(1) April 1957, Vol 3(3) Winter 1959.

Membership cards, 1950s to 60s (BMC Archives)

John Meredith
Mulga Wire, no.90, April 1992, p.4

John Stanley Raymond Meredith (17 January 1920 – 18 February 2001) was an Australian pioneer folklorist from Holbrook, NSW whose work influenced the Australian folk music revival of the 1950s. He was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia  in 1986 for service to Australian folklore and music, and became a Member of the Order of Australia in 1992 for service to the Arts, particularly in the collection and preservation of Australian folklore.
The Meredith Collection is housed at the National Library of Australia and contains nearly 8,000 catalogued items including photos and material collected from over 700 performers. Wikipedia 

Instigator of Australia's first Bush Band, the Heathcote Bushwhackers (1952-1953) later The Bushwhackers (1953-1957) and a foundation member of the Bush Music Club. A few comments on John Meredith by Chris Woodland, 2012

Pam Loughlin & Merro on left, with friends
searching for aboriginal rock carvings, Kuringai Chase, 1950s. Photo taken by Pam's nephew Ron Nixon & published with permission.

 (1964 - BMC Archives, unknown source)

John Meredith's bookplate  (Chris Woodland Collection)

The republican possum which lived in Merro's ceiling (Chris Woodland Collection)

Poem by John Meredith, c.1981  (Chris Woodland collection)
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Wednesday, 4 December 2019

BMC @ Illawarra Folk Festival, 16-19 January @ Bulli showground

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from the Festival organisers, Sunday 5th January

I have been getting a number of enquiries from artists about the status of the festival and the fires in NSW so I thought it might be best to send a general message to you all.
The festival is definitely on - we are still spending many hours finalising arrangements, after many hundreds of (volunteer) hours to get it to this point.
The festival is situated in Bulli, a suburb of Wollongong, about 100km south of Sydney. As of 9.30am (Sydney time), the fires are over 60km away from Bulli.
You are welcome to view the RFS website:
   Please also check this website to keep up to date on the roads into Wollongong.

All the best

David De Santi tel: 0409 57 1788

Artistic Director, 35th Illawarra Folk Festival - 16 to 19 January 2020  
Perisher Peak Festival - 5 to 8 June 2020 
FOLK by the SEA - 25-27 September 2020
Sapling sessions - A daily session for the young (about 8-16years). Bring your own instrument or learn percussion. Expert tutors from the Bush Music Club. Music available - all levels catered for.

Maggie assisting new Saplings

Friday 17 Jan  -  Tivoli on Track - 10.45 - 11.45

Saturday 18 Jan  -  Piazza Marquee - 10.00 - 11.00

Sunday 19 Jan  -  The Shed - 9.00 - 10.00


Concert Party members enjoy performing and sharing their songs and tunes and dances. Audience participation is welcomed and encouraged.

Thursday 9.15 to 10.15pm     Tunes session, Show Pavilion

Friday noon to 1pm     Singing session, Tivoli on Track

Saturday 10.30 to 11.15am     Bush Songs, The Conservatory (formerly Miners Camp)

Sunday - 11.15am to 12.15pm     Tunes session, Grandstand Bar

Sunday - 4.15 to 5.15pm     Family Bush Dance, Tivoli on Track

Photos from 2019 Illawarra Folk Festival, © Sandra Nixon 
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