Dancing in Fetters Tour

In August 2018 Heather Clark had a succesful exhibition at the Redcliffe Museum featuring her doctoral research on convict dance 1788-1840. It was then decided to apply for Australian government funding to tour the exhibition to other states and to Norfolk Island. The Bush Traditions committee provided a letter of support and a commitment to contribute to funding musicians to enable the live component of the display. The funding has been granted so watch out for when the exhibition comes to a venue near you. We'll be seeking musicians, dancers and singers to be a part of the events.

The press release says:
Touring Dancing in Fetters: the culture of convict dance to 6 venues across Queensland, Tasmania, Norfolk Island, New South Wales and Western Australia with strong links to Australia’s convict heritage. $129,465

Bush Traditions Gathering 2021


The 2021 Bush Traditions Gathering is now cancelled due to the obvious persistence of COVID-19. With the acceleration of the vaccine roll-out we can hopefully see events again in the new year..

Bundanoon DanceFest 2021


After surveying dance callers and then dancers about a one day event we made the hard decision to cancel plans for the 2021 DanceFest. Ironically the NSW Government announced the easing of restrictions on dance events the day after our decision was made.

Having seen the change in regulation with the Byron Bay Festival and the havoc it created, we could be judged wise to have decided to wait.

In twelve months time the vaccine situation should be a lot more promising.

Looking forward to taking the IST out of SOCIAL DISTANCING in 2022

National Folk Festival 2021


The National Folk Festival for Easter 2021 was cancelled due to the uncertainties around the CoVid 19 virus.


an event was run at Queanbeyan with the title of Good Folk. Described as "a two-day concert series" that "will also provide a two day sessions venue". The programme of sessions was reported to have been successful with good attendances at the oz collected music session.

(Anyone got a photo??)


Bush Traditions

Check here to see who is behind the events you enjoy.

The 2021 Australian Heritage Dance calendar, which is generated by Brian Samuels is here.

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

Bill Arnett (1947-2021)

Bill Arnett was a founding member of Bush Traditions in 2006. His encouragement and support were pivotal to its establishment and continuing operation. His contribution since then has set a tone of openness, inclusion and conviviality. He passed away in Moryua hospital on 2 February 2021.

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.

PopUp Weekends
Occasionally a camping weekend is organised for a mini-gathering, usually somewhere with a historical connection to our music. Information is sent out via the BT mailing list.

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