70 years of Australia’s Oldest folk Club – The Bush Music Club

26 May 2024 @ 9:00am - 11:00 pm

This year we turn 70 and the celebrations have begun!

Long-lived folk clubs
San Francisco Folk Music Club (US) – founded 1948
Bush Music Club (Aus) – 1954
Topic in Bradford (UK) – 1956
Bridge Folk Club Newcastle (UK) – 1958
Edinburgh University Folk Society (UK) – April 1958
Vancouver Folk Song Society (Can) – July 1959
The Folksong Society of Greater Boston (US) – 1959
Victorian Folk Music Club (Aus) – est. 1959 as Bush Music Club of Victoria, name changed 1963

The first celebration will be the club’s Goulburn reunion…

• On Sunday 26 May, there will be a reunion for members and friends outside Sydney at  The Goulburn Club. The day will involve:

  1. Welcome and cuppa between 9:15 and 9:45
  2. Talk about various aspects of the Bush Music Club’s history between 10 and 11 (Sharyn Mattern, Chris Woodland, Ralph Pride, Dave Johnson, George Bolliger and Helen Romeo)
  3. Music and Song session with selections from Singabouts throughout the years
  4. Hearty stew and catch-up between 12:30 and 1:30
  5. Then over to our members and friends: an opportunity to share a favourite tune, yarn, song, or poem. You may like to just listen or tell us what the Bush Music Club has meant to you over the years.

There is no registration charge but the stew for lunch will be $12 (payable at the Bar).

To register for the day and to help with catering, please email Karen on bmcmail1954@gmail.com and indicate whether you would like a meat or vegetarian stew.

The activities on the day will be upstairs in the Club. Unfortunately, there is no lift access but the Goulburn Club has been raising money for the last few years for a lift.

Why not make a weekend of it? The Goulburn Club at 19 Market St, overlooking Belmore Park, often has a music session on Friday nights. Goulburn offers lots of activities for the Saturday, including taking their self-guided Heritage Tour throughout the city, walking on the new trail along the banks of the Wollondilly River or meeting friends and relaxing at the many cafes and eateries. The Visitor Information Centre in Goulburn is situated at 202 Sloane St, near the Railway Station.  Goulburn Accomodation

Later in the year we will have…

• On Sunday 27 October, there will be a lunch and special afternoon dance for members and friends at Petersham Town Hall in Sydney. The day will involve:

o Welcome at 11am with opportunities to enjoy a slide show through the years or play music with others.
o Delicious buffet-style lunch between 12:30 and 1:30pm
o Afternoon dance with a variety of callers and musicians

We would love to see you – enquiries


Bush Music Club


The Goulburn Club

Phone: +61248212043
19, Market Street, Goulburn, New South Wales, 2580, Australia

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