Friday 29 May 2020

From the Archives - Bush Music Club Newsletter - 1950s

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The first Newsletter was published in October 1955, & the last newsletter/calendar was apparently issued in January 1977, & the January 1978 Calendar was also issued with Mulga Wire.

Our holding are not complete, missing issues will be added as found

Foolscap pages have been scanned as 2 images.

1(1) October 1955

1. BMC is one year old this month.  In that time we have helped set up several singing groups and folk music ensembles; we have published a dozen "Bushwhacker Broadsides", and our affiliated groups have performed at many functions.  To celebrate our birthday we have decided to bring out two new publications.  "SINGABOUT" will be our new club magazine.  It will appear quarterly, beginning January.  In between issues of "SINGABOUT", our "BUSH MUSIC CLUB NEWSLETTER" will keep you informed of all our activities. 
Bushwhacker Broadsides. New Singing groups - "Bushwhacker" type groups are flourishing in Brisbane, Melbourne and Newcastle,  Lithgow Wombats, (Sydney) Rouseabouts.  Songs from the Kelly County sold out

2.  Songs from the Kelly County (cont) Friday night workshops. Singabout it's on the way! "Singabout" Findatune Competition for It's lovely down the pit, lad by Mick Lawson

3.  Lyrics to It's lovely down the pit, lad by Mick Lawson
1(2) December 1955

1. Seasons greetings. The first Singabout Night (review.)  Singabout night no. 2, Sat 11th February. New Club nights ... New Address ... Holiday recess

2.  Bus picnic - mystery beach. At last! Fair dinkum Australian recordings Wattle. First Annual Conference & General Meeting, 12th February

3.  Singers and Instrumentalists wanted for choirs and folk groups - The Rouseabouts, The Sydney People's Choir, The West Sydney Singers.
3(1), June 1957

1.  An event of national importance? (report on Conference 9th February), Songs from Lawson, Singabout Nights - 9th June, 5th October, 7th December. Singabout 2(1) is now available

2.  Be in it! Concert Party is ready for engagements. Waratah festival.  Workshop night July 12th. Membership is over 100.
1959 January


2. AGM 20th January. Singabout expected to be released that night. Singabout Night 10th January. Raffle with prizes, 1. Violin,  2. Banjo, 3. Lagerphone, 4. Bones.  Folk Music from many lands, 14th February

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