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Way back in 2011 I posted on Mudcat Cafe Long-lived folk clubs? 60yrs? Australia's oldest folk club, the Bush Music Club is counting down to it's 60th birthday.
extract from Bush Music Club Inc - History The
club was founded in 1954 by a mob of mostly bush types that found the
jobs had all moved to the city. They missed the friendly, informal
social life they remembered from the country towns where they grew up.
formed a band, which they called the Heathcote Bushwhackers, sang some
of the old songs, and played such simple instruments as the squeezebox
(button accordion) and whistle. As a group they became involved with the
New Theatre, supplying the musical side of Dick Diamond's new
Australian musical play Reedy River.
inclined theatricals joined the band (now just called the Bushwhackers)
and membership rose to seven. The band now played accordion, guitar,
banjo, mouth organ, tin whistle and those distinctive home-made
instruments; bush bass, bones and particularly the lagerphone - which
the Bushwhackers first introduced to the public.
more and more people wanted to join the band they decided to form a
social, teaching club, founded at a meeting on 14th October 1954, and
called the Bush Music Club in honour of the survival in bush areas of
that style of self reliant entertainment and sociability that seemed so
scarce in the "big smoke".
We were wondering about other clubs around the world of a similar age - maybe we can celebrate together!
Alas, no club was the same age.
San Francisco Folk Music Club (US) - founded 1948
Bush Music Club (Aus) - founded 1954
Topic in Bradford (UK) - founded 1956
Edinburgh University Folk Society (UK) - April 1958
Vancouver Folk Song Society (Can) - July 1959
The Folksong Society of Greater Boston (US) - 1959
Victorian Folk Music Club (Aus) - 1959
Swindon Folk Club (UK) - Jan 1960
Dunfermline Folk Club (UK) - 1961
Stockton Folk Club (UK) - 1962
Aberdeen Folk Club (UK) - 1962
Birtley Folk Club (UK) - 1962 & closed December 2014
Herga (UK) - 1963
The Fo'c's'le (formerly Balladeer) Southampton (UK) - 1963
The Pick'n & Sing'n Gather'n (US) - 1960s
Grimsby Folk Club (UK) - 1964
Cutty Wren Folk Club, Redcar (UK) - 1965
Folk at the Royal Oak, Lewes (UK) - 1965
Black Diamond Folk Club, Birmingham (UK) - 1964
Southport's Bothy Folksong Club (UK) - 1965
Orpington Folk Club (UK) - 1965
Whitby (UK) - similar age to Orpington
Folklore Society Of Greater Washington (US) - 1965
Croydon Folk Club (UK) - 1967
BACCApipes Folk Club - 1967
Frodsham Folk Club (Cheshire UK) - Jan 1968
Christchurch Folk Club (formerly Bank Peninsula Folk Club) (NZ) - est. Nov 1968
Central Australian Folk Society in Alice Springs (Aus) - est. 1968
Durham City Folk Club (UK) - 1969
Fleetwood (UK) - 1969 (40 slightly interrupted years)
Top End Folk Club (Aus) - est 1971
Calgary Folk Club (Can) - 1972
Islington Folk Club (UK) - 1972
Woods Hole Folk Music Society (US) - 1973 final concert May 2019, Society is still in existence
Dorking Folk Club (UK) - 1976
Llantrisant Folk Club (UK) - 1980
Somers Traditional Folk Club (UK) - 1981
The Bush Music Club was founded in 1954 to collect, publish and popularise Australia’s traditional songs, dances, music, yarns, recitations and folklore and to encourage the composition of a new kind of song - one that was traditional in style but contemporary in theme.
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Wednesday, 22 April 2020
Bush Music Club, Australia's oldest folk club & apparently the second oldest folk club in the English-speaking world
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