Thursday 31 October 2019

List of Dances & Dance Workshops

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Sydney Metropolitan Area

Royal Scottish Country Dance Society.
Sydney is Australia's largest and oldest city and visitors will find that both the Sydney Branch and the many Scottish country dance clubs host classes on most weeknights throughout the dancing year (February - December). The Sydney Branch coordinates a number of social events and dance workshops throughout the year, which you will find detailed in our Coming Events section

Third Sundays, 2.15 to 5.15pm

Afternoon Contra Dance with caller Keith Wood.

Hi Everyone

The schedule for 2020 is as follows:

Sun 16 Feb
Contra – NEFFA
Sun 15 Mar
Keith’s dances
Sun 19 Apr
Contra – Bob Dalsemer
Sun 17 May
English Country
Sun 21 Jun
Contra – Rerun
Sun 19 Jul
Contra – Waves
Sun 9 Aug
Keith’s dances
Sun 20 Sep
Contra – John Coffman
Sun 11 Oct
English Country
Sun 15 Nov
Contra – Rerun

Main Hall, Pennant Hills Community Centre, Yarrara Rd. 
enquiries - Keith 0420 913 934.


Mondays 7.30-9.30pm, $7.
Bush Music Club's Pennant Hills Dance Workshop
Pennant Hills Community Centre, Yarrara Rd,
Enquiries  Wilma 9489 5594


Mondays, 8-9.30pm
INA Set dancing classes
Gaelic Club, upstairs, 64 Devonshire St, Surry Hills.
Enquiries Liz Carter  <>or on 0404 062 742
check the website for INA Irish Ceili dates
Gaelic Club classes

1st Tuesdays,  Feb-Dec, 7.30 to 9.30pm

Bush Music Club's Playford Dance Group
Tritton Hall, Hut 44, Addison Road Centre,
142 Addison Road, Marrickville
plenty of parking in the Centre
Enquiries - Julie  & Alex - 9524 0247.

3rd Tuesdays, 7-9pm

Mostly Modern English Country Dancing at the Hut
Dances called & taught by David Potter, with live music by Short Dented Potts & friends.
Guest callers & musicians welcome (lead sheets provided)dates - May 21, June 18, July 16, August 20, September 17, October 15, November 19.
venue - Hut 44, Addison Road Community Centre, 142 Addison Rd, Marrickville
contact David Potter - 0413 21-789


Tuesdays, 6.30-8.30pm

Scots on The Rocks
Fort Street Public School, Observatory Hill, The Rocks, $5 per class
Scots on The Rocks is a not for profit organisation dedicated to promoting Scottish Country Dancing in Sydney.
Want to know more?? Robert Davidson, Secretary Scottish Country Dancers, Inc.
PO Box 68 Millers Point, NSW, 2000.
Ceilidh Queries and bookings: Mobile: 0435 154 433 Email us at


Tuesday evenings

Irish dancing with Trish McGrath & Alarna Stephenson


Wednesdays during school terms, 7-9pm

Blue Mountains Heritage Dance Group

Wentworth Falls School of Arts
217 Great Western Highway Wentworth Falls
Information Caroline <>  or 0439 314 948


Wednesday, 7.30-10,

Sutherland Shire Bush Dance Group
Please join us every Wednesday from Feb to mid-December for bush dancing, a yarn & a cuppa.

Gymea Anglican Church hall, 131 Gymea Bay Rd, Gymea (short walk from Gymea Railway station)

All dances taught, walked through and called. Beginners, singles, partners & groups welcome. $6

Enquiries Mike 9520 2859 or Leila 9546 1576
new website -

Thursdays - 6.30 to 10.30

Irish dancing
Classes for Step, Ceili and Set dancing
Uniting Church Hall, 289A Kingsgrove Road (cnr Moreton Avenue) Kingsgrove.
6.30pm to 7.45pm - Step dancing for all ages
8pm  to 10.30pm - Set and Ceili dancing for all ages
contact  Margaret Winnett <> 


Third Saturdays, 2.30 to 4.30pm.

Sydney English Country Dance.
St Peter's Presbyterian Church Hall, 181 Blues Point Rd, North Sydney. A few minutes walk from North Sydney station. Turn left out of station, & left at next corner. Walk down the hill following Blues Point Rd. It is a vintage building in dark brick.   $10
enquiries Christine,
See for updates and items of interest.

Saturdays 9.00 am – 2.00 pm

The Dwyer-Whelan Academy of Irish Dance

Gaelic Club, upstairs, 64 Devonshire St, Surry Hills.]
enquiries 9587 6512


Regional NSW

First Saturdays, 7.30pm Bush Dance, with the Kameruka Bush Orchestra.
All welcome. Fires, BYO. Kameruka Hall, KAMERUKA (near Bega) $20 the family.
Mike   0427 259 994   <>


Central Coast

2nd Saturdays, 7.30-11.00 p.m. 

Monthly Dance.
East Gosford Progress Hall, Cnr Henry Parry Drive & Wells St., cost $20
Enquiries – Robyn:  4344 6484   or Mike:  0428 223 033

Dance Workshops, Fridays 7.20-10.30pm
Kariong Hall, cnr Woy Woy Rd & Dandaloo St, Kariong. $8. Robyn 4344 6484

Central Coast Bush Dance & Music Association, Inc. Phone:  4344 6484 for Online tickets, Programme & instructions

Wagga Wagga

First Saturday each month Feb to Dec

Downside Bush Dance with the Tin Shed Rattlers

Downside Hall, Downside-Shepherds Siding Road, off Coolamon Road
$4 adults, gold coin donation for kids
enquiries - 0427 042 686
The Downside Bush Dance has been running continuously, on the first Saturday of each month since 1971, yet it maintains that 70s (and beyond) feel to it.


Saturdays - fortnightly,  8-12pm

Marshall Mount Old Time Dance,
Marshall Mount Hall, Marshall Mount Road,  Dapto
enquiries - Ern Brown 4256 1487 or 0425 235 552
Admission $10 for adults and $2 for children, this includes freshly made sandwiches, home made cakes and bottomless cups of tea & coffee



3rd Saturday of each month,  2.00pm to 3.30pm
HUNTER FOLK DANCERS - English Country Dance (Jane Austen Style) classes are usually  held on the 3rd Saturday of each month,  2.00pm to 3.30pm at the All Saints Anglican Hall, Cromwell Street, NEW LAMBTON. All age groups welcome, come along and make new friends, the Hall is AIRCONDITIONED, the cost only $5.00.
For further details contact Margaret kenning – 4952 1327 – Mobile 0413 229 740 or email <>

3rd Sunday of month, 3.00pm to 5.00pm

Workshops held on 3rd Sunday of month February to November at the Anglican Hall, 18 Morehead Street, Lambton 3.00pm to 5.00pm, the cost is $7.00.
Brush up on the dances you know or learn some new ones and be ready for our 4 Bush Dances which will be held at Teralba during the year
For further details contact Margaret Kenning -  4952 1327 – Mobile 0413 229 740 or email <>

every Thursday for Juniors, 8 years to teens, 4.15pm

every Monday for Adults, 7.30pm Strath Hunter Dancers - Junior & Adult classes

Thursdays - All Saints Parish House, corner Oxford and Cromwell Sts. New Lambton

Enquiries -  Elma 4943 3436
Mondays - at Uniting Church, Metcalfe Street Wallsend
Enquiries - Elma 4943 3436

Every Monday 7.30-9.30pm

Hunter Welsh Folk Dancers [Welsh, Manx & Cornish Folk Dancing]
All Saints Anglican Hall, corner Oxford and Cromwell Sts. New Lambton
Beginners Welcome. Enquiries - Margaret 4952 1327 <>

every Tuesday, (February – December, except the Tuesday after Easter), 7.15 pm

Newcastle Irish Set Dancers 

“The Place” Community Centre at Charlestown Square, corner Frederick and Ferris Streets, Charlestown. Please phone first before attending for parking information and directions. Beginners very welcome.
Enquiries - Julia Smith or Arthur Kingsland 4955 5701

Newcastle Irish Set Dancers / Newcastle and Hunter Valley Folk Club

every Saturday, 3.30-5.30pm

Medieval Miscellany [Medieval Dancing]

All Saints Parish House, corner Oxford and Cromwell Sts. New Lambton
Cost $10pp, Tea & Coffee included.

Enquiries -  Dianne 4936 6220               


3rd Sunday of each month, 2-4pm
Hunter Folk Dancers [Colonial and Bush Dancing]

All Saints Anglican Hall, corner Oxford and Cromwell Sts New Lambton
Beginners welcome. 
Enquiries - Margaret Kenning 4952 1327

Wednesdays 6.30-8.30pm

Greek Dancing
Hippocrates Hall, 30 Crebert St, Mayfield.
Contact Irini Kassas 0411 795 766, <>

Fridays, 7.30pm

Scottish Dancing

Adamstown, contact Ros McKie 4926 1840 or Allyn Douglas 4023 1356. - details here


Canberra - Monaro Folk Society
Mondays, 8-10pm, Feb-Nov

Bush Dance Workshops
All Saints Church Hall, 9 Cowper St, Ainslie
Bush Dance Workshops provide an opportunity for dancers to learn and practice bush dancing, while enjoying a lively evening of fun and varied dances. You don’t need any dance experience. It is also a chance for musicians to join in (no entry charge for musicians) and learn traditional bush dance music, and for callers to practice their calling.  Live music by the Bush Capital Band.   contact: Mark 0421 814 718
Cost:  $8 ($6 MFS Members) Full-time students are offered half price entry to all bush dancing events, just show your student card.


Saturdays, 7:00pm-10:30pm
Second Saturday Bush Dance 
The program for these is based on easy and medium dances learned in workshops. Once again, dances are walked through with a caller, music by the Bush Capital Band.
MFS members $10   Non-members $12  Groups and Concession holders $11   Full-time students half price and under 18s free. Please also bring a plate of supper to share during the dance.

2nd & 4th Tuesdays, 7:30 – 9:30pm
English County Dance Workshops
Dances from English Country, Playford (1650), Pride and Prejudice (1800), or Pat Shaw (contemporary).
Are you interested in exploring some different dances? And want to polish up your dance technique? Then please come along.
North Canberra Baptist Church Hall, 17 Condamine Street, Turner. – Location map
Cost is $7 for MFS members, $9 for non-members. Dances are taught by Colin Towns. Enquiries: Colin 0417 020 615


1st & 3rd Tuesdays of the month
Canberra Contra Club
All welcome.
North Canberra Baptist church, 17 Condamine St, Turner ACT  $8/$6
Rob (02) 6251 1287
Calendar -


Balls -

Canberra - Earthly Delights Historic Dance Academy
Earthly Delights is a banner under which - through classes, workshops, events, commissions, performances and publications - an enormous range of related passions are exercised.The twin driving forces behind Earthly Delights are John and Aylwen Gardiner-Garden, who met dancing in 1989 and have shared a passion for social dance (and each other) ever since. They have 4 children and a pretty home, studio and garden in a leafy lakeside suburb of Canberra, the small but beautiful capital of Australia.
 Enjoy a world of music, dance and costume, of art, culture and history, of fun, food and friendship at Earthly Delights classes, workshops balls and festivals. For more information contact us by phone (02 62811098 or 0409 817623) or email

For most classes and workshops it is necessary to book in advance. For the 3rd Saturday of the month balls it is possible to pay $25 cash at the door, but discounts are available for pre purchase (either online or in class).

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Wednesday 30 October 2019

List of Bush Poetry sessions

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Jason Roweth @ Duke's Place 2017 (Sandra Nixon photo)

Sunday, 9am
Pioneer Country,
Tweed Heads (07) 5524 6668
1st Sunday, 2pm
Milton-Ulladulla Bush Poets
John Davis 4455 2013 or Chris Woodland  4457 1614
2nd Sunday
Poetry in the Pub, Katoomba
2nd Monday 7pm
Parakeet Cafe, Katoomba 4782 6623

3rd Mondays 7.30pm
The Figgy Sessions at the Figtree Pub (Illawarra)
Blackboard, all poets, yarnspinners, singers, musos welcome
1300 887 034,
3rd and 5th Mondays of the month, 7.30
Poetry at the Pub 

Wickham Park Hotel, cr. Maitland Rd & Albert St, Wickham. All meetings include an open reading bracket. Gold coin donation requested.

2nd last Monday
Sundowners Mid Coast 6554 9788
Tweed Heads (07) 5590 9395
1st Tuesday
Singleton Bush Poets & Writers 6571 2669

1st Tuesday
Tuggarah 4332 5318
2nd Tuesday, 6-8pm
Hunter Bush Poets
Seven Seas Hotel Cowper St Carrington enjoy an evening of Poetry and Folk Music. Floor spots available. 
Further information Ron Brown 0427 261313. 
1st Wednesday, 7.30pm
Laggan Pub Poets

4th Wednesday, 7.30
Live Poets at Don Bank, 6 Napier St, North Sydney

$10 entry includes supper and drinks.

More info/bookings: 9896 6956 Mobile: 0422 263 373 or <

Last Wednesday 7pm
Gosford Bush Poets
Gosford Hotel, cr. Mann & Erina Sts, Gosford
enquiries - Vic  9639 4911
2nd Thursdays
Tamworth Poetry Reading Group
6765 9478

3rd Thursday, 6.30

Poets at the Petersham Bowlo
Open mic soiree downstairs in the Green Room -
performance, anecdote, acoustic music, poetry, comedy, short stories

77 Brighton St Petersham

4th Thursday

Queanbeyan Poets 6286 1891
Last Friday
Kangaroo Valley 4465 1621
Hastings Macleay Bush Poets
Kempsey 6562 6861
Port Macquarie 6581 3552
2nd Saturdays, 2-4pm
Poetry Anyone?  Enjoy reciting a poem or sharing one with others? Perhaps writing your own poems? Performing some ‘bush’ poetry? If so, you are most welcome to come along. A contribution to go with afternoon tea would be appreciated. Cost $5
Bush Music Club, Tritton Hall, Hut 44, Addison Road Centre,
142 Addison Road, Marrickville
plenty of parking in the Centre
Contact: Karen 9716 9660  ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

List compiled from various sources, but a lot more info is available here -
Australian Bush Poets Association

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List of Songs & Tunes sessions.

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Australian Guitar Making School  ...For those who aren't aware of it there are guitar & instrument making classes available in Newcastle & Lake Macquarie.

Details are as follows:

Newcastle classes instructor: Matt Semmens. Ph 0425 387 270
6 different class times at the Mayfield school:
Tues, Wed, Thurs 6-10pm or...Tues, Wed, Fri 9.30am-1.30pm

Lake Mac. classes instructor: Strato Anagnostis Ph 0425 202 154.
4 different classes at the Toronto school:
 Mon, Tues, Thurs 6-10pm or    Fri 9.30am-1.30pm
Sundays, 6.30 to 9.30pm

Slow Session Traditional Irish music for beginners/intermediate players (melody instruments only).
Bush Music Club, Tritton Hall, Hut 44, Addison Road Centre,
142 Addison Road, Marrickville
Cost $10 (concession $5), includes tea and bikkies.
Enquiries:  Colum <>

Sundays, 6pm till late, Free entry.
Irish Trad tunes and songs session @ The Doss House
  77 George St, The Rocks Great venue. 170 yo convict built sandstone building in oldest part of Australia. Best session venue ever. And it’s a whisky bar with 150 varieties to choose from, hosted by Celtic Tones

1st Sundays, 2pm

All welcome to our informal friendly music afternoon - sing, recite, play, whatever.
Tea & coffee available, bring nibblies

Margaret & Alan 12 Naranga Ave, Engadine, 15 min walk from Engadine Station (40 mins from Sydney)
enquiries - email Margaret  or phone 0403 936 785 beforehand in case we have to change plans.~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Celtic & Contemporary Music Session.
A welcoming & fun bunch of people, about enjoying songs & music with a largely Celtic folk theme (with a few contemporary songs). Vocal cords & other acoustic instruments welcome. Listeners also welcome. No charge. Share song folders available.
Roches Family Hotel, GRAFTON:  
enquiries - Mazza 6647 3274
Sundays, 6-10pm
Hero of Waterloo Hotel, The Rocks, Sydney
enquiries - Brendan, 9818 4864
1st Sundays, 4-7pm
Tennis Club Session
Tennis Club Morisset

1st & 3rd Sundays, 2-5pm
Sydney Scottish Fiddlers,
all ages welcome
New Church, Shirley Rd, Roseville
enquiries - Trish - (02) 9416 2402
 2nd Sundays, 2-6pm
Traditional Irish/Folk session
O’Murrays Irish Bar Bakehouse Lane, Morisset.
For further information contact: Gabriele on 0418146555 or Sharyn 0418146554
3rd Sundays, 3-6pm.
Irish Music Session
For a feast of fantastic tunes and songs.
Town Hall Hotel, corner Turton Road and Station Street Waratah
Enquiries: Shayne or Roz  phone 4967 3167, text 0407 643 844.

Troubalukers - Meeting most Mondays from 10am to midday at the Everglades Country Club – Dunban Rd, Woy Woy, we share songs, play together and pass on a few bits and pieces to help improve our playing.
Contact - Sue Gates 4344 2904 or 0409 157 145
Mondays, Feb to Dec, 5.30 to 7.00, $7
Slow tunes session (bush music)

Bush Music Club, Tritton Hall, Hut 44, Addison Road Centre,
142 Addison Road, Marrickville
plenty of parking in the Centre
Enquiries - Kerry
0409 600 949
Mondays Feb to Dec, 7.30-10pm, $7
Songs & Tunes session (bush music)
Bush Music club, Tritton Hall, Hut 44, Addison Road Centre,
142 Addison Road, Marrickville
plenty of parking in the Centre
Enquiries - Eric  0404 680 048

Mondays, 9-11pm
Redfern Shanty Club @ The Dock,
Every Monday night, from 21:00, a few beers, a whiskey and some good old songs from the sea (and we throw in a few Irish favourites).


 3rd Mondays 7.30pm
The Figgy Sessions at the Figtree Pub (Illawarra)
Blackboard, all poets, yarnspinners, singers, musos welcome
1300 887 034,
2nd Tuesdays, from 9pm
Marrickville Shanty Club  @ Gasoline Pony,
Acoustic music at the restaurant of Mittagong Hotel.
Contact for further info.
2nd & 4th Tuesdays, 7.30 to 10.30
Irish Music Tunes Session
Shamrock Inn, Asquith Magpies Rugby League Club,
Alexandra Rd, Waitara
enquiries - Pam 9489 5786


Wednesdays, 7 to 10pm
Gypsy (and other acoustic) music night

The venue is the Rio Bar in Summer Hill, a small groovy bar right near the rail station and five minutes’ walk from Lewisham West Light Rail Station, featuring Cameron Jones (guitar), Marcus Holden (violin) and Loretta Palmeiro (clarinet). Every week we’ll feature a special guest. Come along and join us. Tell your friends, colleagues and anyone from outa town. We want to make this the place to hang out for good music midweek.
Marcus Holden  0407 404 443

1st Wednesday of each month, 7 - 10pm
Newcastle Acoustic Folk Lounge
Circle session. Any kind of acoustic music and any level of proficiency welcome. downstairs at the Grand Hotel, 32 Church Street, Newcastle.
Enquiries - Tracy 0402 761520 or Cath 4967 3146.
3rd Wednesdays, 
7.30 - 9.30pm.

Southern Sydney Folk Club Dungeon Sessions. Come along & meet other music enthusiasts in the folk tradition. You will have a chance to play your own original or traditional songs in front of enthusiastic & supportive people, & to join in, & play & sing along with new & well known folk songs. Chord sheets on website.

The Shopfront Arts Co-op, 88 Carlton Pde, Carlton. Gold coin donation. Mark 0409 701 249

4th Wednesdays, 8pm
Monthly Traditional Music Session.

Wongawilli Community Hall.
1300 887 034,
7.30 - late
Jam night

Jolly Frog Hotel, cr. Bridge & Macquarie Sts, Windsor
enquiries - Mark 0419 466 004
Wednesdays, 7-10
Irish Music Session,
Clarendon Hotel, Katoomba
enquiries - Tinker 4782 2623

Thursdays, Jamberoo Pub. 7pm
Claire’s Jam session and open mic
If you want to have a go contact Claire ph 0414 860 080
Thursdays, 7.30pm
Irish tune session, jigs, reels, hornpipes etc. The aim is to learn new tunes in a supportive, non-critical environment. Musicians of any standard are welcome. We’ll be starting off slow. Sheet music supplied initially, but will be emailed in future.
In the coach house at the rear of the Presbyterian Manse, Nowra. There’s a kitchen so we’ll break for a cuppa. Cost $2 to cover hire of room.
Just turn up or phone Stuart 0412 288 923
Thursdays, 8pm
Traditional Irish session
The Gaelic Club  0413 941 459
1st Thursdays
Blackheath Folk Club
Ivanhoe Hotel, cr. Great Western Hwy & Govetts Leap Rd
enquiries - Peter (02) 4787 7246
3rd Thursdays
Session, mainly Tunes with occasional song
Various salubrious locations, Hunter region
Ph: Annie A, 4961 0115, for more information and venue,
or send your email address and get put on THE LIST.
4th Thursdays
Sutherland Folk Club session night
Tradies Club, Gymea
enquiries - Jenny 9576 2301
4th Thursdays , 7pm
Kent's Open Mike session
Shenanigan's at the Imperial, Maitland
Fridays, 6-9pm
Gaelic Club Session Sydney’s finest session is back at the Gaelic! Join us Fridays for some tunes and a few pints at Sydney’s home of Irish culture.
Bar open from 3pm, free entry, all welcome.

Find us through the green doors and up the stairs at 1/64 Devonshire Street Surry Hills.
First Fridays, 7-11pm
Bush Music Club's Addison Road Singing session
Bush Music Club, Tritton Hall, Hut 44, Addison Road Centre,
142 Addison Road, Marrickville
Cost - gold coin or note! BYO, plus a contribution to supper if wanted.
Enquiries: Glenys
0419 862 005
First Friday (Feb-Dec), 7.30pm
GOULBURN: Bush Traditions Sessions. Music & words available; & refreshments. Songs & poems, tunes, esp. Australian collected tunes from the local area.A booklet of local dance tunes has been compiled to use at the sessions. You can get one at the session or from David's Online Shop.
Goulburn Club, 19 Market St, Goulburn - $5 per session, or annual Club membership of $40. Dinner available - best to pre-order by ringing the Club after 2pm on the day, 4821 2043. Licensed bar.
Enq, Dave Johnson 4884 4214

4th Fridays (Feb-Nov)

Springwood Neighbourhood Centre Acoustic Club
Macquarie Rd, enquiries - Theresa 4751 8157
4th Fridays, 7.30 - 11pm

Bluegrass and Old Time music s
All stringed instruments & singers welcome. No floorspots - just bring some songs we can all join in on.
Kai'mea Room, predominately but not exclusively,

Gymea Tradies Club,
cr. Kingsway & 
Excellent parking, bar and bistro facilities, 10 minutes walk from Gymea station.  
enquiries - Ian 0438 830 374.


2nd Fridays
Irish Session Clovelly
Two Ones Bar, 211 Clovelly Rd Clovelly
The Celtic Tones. Best Irish songs and music

Saturdays, 4-6pm
Seisiuin Bhana.
An "in between" Irish Music session - not to fast, not too slow! Come join us for some tunes and laughs. Pace is as moderate as possible to help encourage any players who are "in-between" beginner and advanced.
Gaelic club, 1st Floor, 4 Devonshire St, Surry Hills  9212 1587


2nd Saturdays, 4-6pm Sydney Scottish Session. Monthly Scottish tunes session.They will generally be on the second Saturday of the month.
Gaelic Club, Level 1, 64 Devonshire St, Surry Hills.


 1st and 3rd Sundays of each month between 2pm-4.30 pm.  
The Troubadour Sessions -
First Sunday:  CWA Hall The Boulevard Woy Woy (Opposite Fisherman’s Wharf);

Third Sunday (from August 2018) :  Eco-Garden, Kariong Community Centre, Kariong.

enq. Hugh 0402 529 474

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