The Gathering 2018
The next Gathering sees a change of venue from Goulburn to Yass. The workshops and sessions will be centred around the Hartigan Centre in Meehan Street. The Hartigan Centre is named after the priest Patrick Hartigan who published poems under the name of John O'Brien. (Around the Boree Log, Said Hanrahan, Come Sing Australian Songs To Me, and others).
There are quite a few accommodation options and camping is also possible. More about these to be posted later.
The programme will have four streams: Song, Dance Music and Verse.
Bundanoon DanceFest 2018
The 10th Bundanoon DanceFest was held from 8th until the 11th June. As one patron put it "A huge thank you for all your amazing efforts towards another wonderful Bundanoon DanceFest. Great music, dancing and comradeship."
National Folk Festival 2018
Dates were 30th March to 2nd April at the Exhibition Park in Canberra.
Bush Traditions presented:
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.
Music from previous events available for free download here.
Music from the NFF Settler Sessions
Anglo Concertina Tutor