Bush Music Club Inc. - Australian folk music and dance

Bush Music Club Inc.

Australian folk music and dance

new to site

Site updated 20 Aug 2015

Erratum: The printed August Mulga Wire and Calendar has the incorrect band listed for October Beecroft dance. The correct band is Snake Gully as listed on this website and in the Electronic version of the magazine and calendar.


Previous updates:

Items of Note:

  • The songwriting workshops will not be held in the BMC Hut because Phyl Lobl is unable to get there at present. Other arrangements have been made for those who booked.
  • We are now on Meetup.
  • Ermington Dance starts 7pm
  • Beecroft Dance now starts 7:30pm
  • MyOpera has closed, we are working towards moving our Photo Gallery to the main BMC site.
  • We also have our very own Blog
  • and videos on YouTube
  • Wayne Richmond has pictures of the 2013 and earlier Heritage Balls at humph.org/heritage/

Bush Music Club Inc
The Bush Music Club Inc. 1954 - 2014
Celebrating our Diamond Jubilee

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


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 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.