Bush Music Club Inc.

Australian folk music and dance

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Bush Music Club Inc
The Bush Music Club Inc.
Est 1954

The Bush Music Club, based in Sydney, is the oldest folk club in Australia and, arguably, one of the oldest folk clubs in the world. It has been actively promoting Australian folk traditions for over 60 years and will continue to do so well into the future.

Regular Monthly and Weekly Activities

Beecroft Bush Dance - 1st Saturday of the month
(Feb - Dec) 7.30 - 11.30pm with music from Sydney's best bush bands
Beecroft Community Centre, Beecroft Rd Beecroft
Dance Workshop - Monday nights
(Feb - Dec except public holidays) 7.30 - 9.30pm
Pennant Hills Community Centre, Yarrara Road Pennant Hills
Music Workshop - Monday nights
(Feb - Dec except public holidays) 7.30 - 10.00pm
"Tritton Hall" (Hut 44), 142 Addison Road Marrickville
"Duke's Place" - 2nd Friday of the Month
(Feb - Dec) 7.30 - 10.00pm
Australian Songs - Featuring Guest Performers with a Session to finish
Bring a plate and songs - only $10
"Tritton Hall" (Hut 44), 142 Addison Road Marrickville

Membership

New members are always welcome and encouraged to participate in the activities of the Club. Membership forms are available from Club functions or can be downloaded here.

Members receive a copy of the Club's bi-monthly newsletter Mulga Wire, concession rates at Club functions, as well as the satisfaction of supporting an organisation dedicated to the continuous Australian tradition by preservation and publication of our heritage.

A Bit of History

It was over sixty years ago that John Meredith and a small group of musicians formed the Bush Music Club, as a social and teaching club, so that they could pass on their tunes and songs and to encourage the formation of other bush bands.

The Bush Music Club has always had a strength of purpose and a sense of pride in pursuing its principal objectives - to collect, publish and popularise Australia's traditional songs, dances, music, yarns, recitations and folklore.

Australian bush songs and tunes have been consistently performed and taught by individuals and groups associated with the Club, from the Bushwhacker Bands of the fifties to the present exponents. The Club's Concert Party, Urban Scrub, regularly perform at festivals and public performances where "old" and "new" share their skills and enjoyment of our folklore. The Club's popular Heritage Ensemble has been capably providing dance music for the Heritage Ball for over 30 years.