Bush Music Club Inc.

Australian folk music and dance

Bush dancers
Beecroft Bush Dance
Sat 3rd July
Southern Cross
Bush dancers
Playford
Tue 6th July
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Saplings Master Class
Sat 10th July
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Site updated 1 Jun 2021

Please Note: as COVID-19 restrictions have now eased, most Bush Music Club have resumed or are resuming with distancing and hand hygiene measures in place. If you plan on attending one of these activities, please notify the organiser so that they know how many people are planning to attend. If numbers exceed the capacity of the venue, alternative arrangements may need to be implemented or numbers may have to be limited. Please also note that we are required by NSW Health to keep a record of names and phone numbers of all people attending our events to facilitate contact tracing in the unlikely event it is required. We will be taking note of updates from NSW Health and will adjust activities to conform with those guidelines.

Updated:
Removed the Poetry sessions - discontinued because of low attendance
Previous updates:
Mulga Wire - added past issue
Around the Scene (Diary)
Pennant Hills Dance Workshop Programme
Club Contacts
Regular Bushdances - starting again in June
Regular Bushdances - changed band in March
Duke's Place
Saplings
Heritage and Subscription Balls
New menu structure and format
Updated Covid information and added AGM

Items of Note:

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 or fill in our online membership form.

Members receive a copy of the Club's quarterly 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.

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
Slow Music Workshop - Monday afternoons
(Feb - Dec except public holidays) 5.30 - 7.00pm
"Tritton Hall" (Hut 44), 142 Addison Road Marrickville
Sydney Slow Session - Sunday nights
(Feb - Dec) 6.30pm
Irish traditional music at a pace that suits beginners and intermediate players.
$10 (concession $5) includes tea and bikkies.
"Tritton Hall" (Hut 44), 142 Addison Road Marrickville
Playford Dancing at the Hut - 1st Tuesday of the Month
(Feb - Dec) 7.30 - 9.30pm
English Country Dancing, usually with live music. $7
"Tritton Hall" (Hut 44), 142 Addison Road Marrickville
The Addison Road Sessions (singing session) - 1st Friday of the Month
(Feb - Dec) 7pm
$5 or gold coin donation
"Tritton Hall" (Hut 44), 142 Addison Road Marrickville

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 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.