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 dance. The Bundanoon Club should available for our use again this year, as the new directors have managed to keep it operating with a team of volunteers who recognise the importance of the Club to the community.
Volunteer callers can put up a workshop proposal online here. Alternatively ring Dave Johnson on 02 4884 4214 or
From time to time lead musicians are needed for workshops. If you'd like to put yourself (or someone else) forward again the contact is Dave.
National Folk Festival 2018
Dates are 30th March to 2nd April at the Exhibition Park in Canberra.
Bush Traditions will be presenting:
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.
He will be at the Gathering 2017 to show this and more.
Music from previous events available for free download here.
Music from the 2016 NFF Settler Sessions
Anglo Concertina Tutor