The Gathering 2019

The annual Bush Traditions Gathering is happening on the Labor Day Long Weekend October 4th to 7th. The program is up and online tickets are now available.

The Gathering is a convergence of folk exploring and celebrating diverse aspects of our Australian identity, held at the Hartigan Centre in Yass. It is a participatory event with players, performers and dancers coming together to enjoy a program of music, song, craft, dance, and poetry in a friendly cooperative atmosphere. Contributors are not paid and ticket costs are to cover the expenses of running the weekend. This is a very reasonable $30 ($25 concession) for the three days.

The programme includes:

  • The Music of Bill Case with Rob Willis and John Harpley
  • Songs of Australia Dave Johnson launching his expanded collection of Australian Songs
  • Who was Thomas Edward Bulch with Alan Swift
  • Yarn Space with Alan Swift
  • Poetry Whenever
  • Slow Sessions with Kerry Doherty (each morning)
  • Sessions (various times and places throughout the weekend)
  • Music of John Spencer, with Carole Helman
  • Verse of John O’Brien in Song by Marion Haigh
  • A Musical Ovation for Kath McMahon with Monty 
  • Joe Yates Tunes with Tony Stuart
  • The play reading The Castle of Andalusia with Dave Johnson
  • And with crafts being featured this year we have:

    • Cabbage Tree Hats with Sue Brian;
    • Using Eucalyptus Leaves to Dye Scarves with Sue Hays
    • Yarnin’ Workshop with Linda Swift.

    Plus there is a stream of dance workshops on Saturday and Sunday.


    Click the image above for the 2019 Australian Heritage Dance calendar, which is generated by Brian Samuels.

    Online version of John Merediths collection of portraits and the text of his book.

    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.

    nfsaReal Folk Videos
    Some classic bush music now on YouTube

    concAnglo Concertina Tutor
    A set of bush tunes arranged with fingering and all for Anglo Concertina players.

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