Bundanoon DanceFest 2018

This year is the 10th Bundanoon DanceFest and it is on from 8th until the 11th June. Programme format is largely the same as previous years, with concurrent daytime workshops in three venues and a follow-up evening (or afternoon) dance. The Bundanoon Club is available for our use again this year, along with the usual School Hall and Soldiers Memorial Hall.

The programme is available for viewing here.

Callers and their workshops are described here.

What's it all about? Check out the history page.

National Folk Festival 2018

Dates were 30th March to 2nd April at the Exhibition Park in Canberra.

Bush Traditions presented:

  • Tune Sessions in the Bar (with yet another folio of great tunes);
  • The Bush Orchestra;
  • A Bush Traditions concert.
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2017 Back to the Bush @ Binalong

The last few years has seen initiatives to take collected music back to the communities it came from. The Goulburn session have been focused on music from the area collected from Stan Treacy, Frank Collins and Pearly Watling in particular for several years now. In 2016, a group of musicians from the Bush Music Club took a programme of music from the Mudgee /Gulgong area to play for a dance at the Gulgong Folk Festival. Here they met up with the local band Stringybark who have been performing in the area since before John Meredith recorded them in the 1960s. Later that year Sofala was host to a Bush Music Club weekend to celebrate the music of Joe Yates.

In November 2017 Bush Traditions hosted a weekend of music at Binalong to celebrate the music of accordionist/ fiddler Harry Cotter and his wife Vera and daughter Val Turton. Also of interest in the area was the connection with Banjo Paterson who lived nearby and Johnny Gilbert who died nearby.

Activities were focussed on the beautiful old Mechanics Institute Hall and the Binalong Hotel, with support from two local restaurants offering venues for poetry and music. The Campground near the sports oval provided camping facilities and despite the rain, campers were in good spirits.

The music of the Cotter family was organised into a folio of tunes was prepared by Tony Stuart and Dave Johnson and can be downloaded here.



Click the image above for the 2018 Australian Heritage Dance calendar, which is generated by Brian Samuels.

Heather Clarke hasjoined the organising team at Bush Traditions. Her knowledge of early Australian dance is remarkable and can be explored at her web site.


Trove Treasures
Researcher Mark Gregory has unearthed some treasures from the NLA's TROVE.

He will be at the Gathering 2017 to show this and more.

nfsaReal Folk Videos
Some classic bush music now on YouTube

danceMusic from previous events available for free download here.

danceMusic from the 2016 NFF Settler Sessions
is available for purchase here.

concAnglo Concertina Tutor
A set of bush tunes arranged with fingering and all for Anglo Concertina players.
Click here to see it

This website is maintained and developed by David Johnson.
Suggestions for inclusion welcome