Traditional Graffiti & Dave Johnson @ The Loaded Dog

Sydney Inner & East
23 March 2024 @ 7:00pm - 10:30 pm
$20/18 cash at the door

60 minutes each from Dave & the Trads

Dave Johnson presents a swag of rollicking bush songs and tunes. Singing with guitar and taking up the concertina and fiddle for the dance tunes, he presents a wide range of material from the Australian tradition.

A life member of the Bush Music Club, Dave acknowledges the debt we owe the collectors who have shared the fruits of their labours and he actively encourages younger performers to explore their traditions, to develop and extend the older repertoire and to sing with an unaffected natural voice.

In the context of bands, Dave’s associations read like a Who’s Who of Sydney bush music – The Rouseabouts, Reedy River Bushmen, Pinchgut, Southern Cross Bush Band and Paddys River Band.

Since the 1984 publication of Bush Dance, Dave has compiled many folios of songs and collected music for balls, events and sessions, all with a distinctive Australian Bush Music flavour.

Since moving back to the Southern Highlands thirty years ago Dave has led Paddys River Band – playing for dances, parties, schools, weddings, markets, and more.


Traditional Graffiti (aka ‘The Trads’) rose from the ashes of the popular Wheeze & Suck Band. The regular Graffiti members are:

  • Ian “The Pump” Macintosh – guitars, melodeon, vocals.
  • John “Johnny Red Tips” Milce – percussion, jokes.
  • Brad ‘Stix’ Newhouse – percussion, vocals.
  • Nigel “Muddy” Walters – mandolin, guitar, vocals.
  • Clive ‘Dodger’ McFarland – guitar, brass band, vocals.

Nigel and Ian are both solo performers in their own right. Ian is also a prolific songwriter, being awarded the Australian Songwriters Award in 2006 for ‘Rag and Bone’. Nigel is also a member of the duo Cap in Hand. Ian is a member of Sydney blues trio The RBJ’s, and UK contemporary music trio, TRI. Brad plays drums in various bands around Sydney, and has played drums with the Trad’s members regularly over ten years.

John and Ian have a long history of involvement in traditional dance both here in Australia and in the UK, and Traditional Graffiti include threads and themes of the tradition in their repertoire.

Seasonal Calendar – For the last year Traditional Graffiti has been presenting something different in the way of performance experience. Graffiti’s ‘Seasonal Calendar’ divides the year into two distinct concepts. For Autumn and Winter months, March to August 2023, they offered the theme of Frost and Fire – songs and tunes full of ritual and seasonal fare which they performed at clubs from Newcastle down to Hornsby, and including a boisterous appearance at the Loaded Dog. For the period September to February they offer Awake! Awake!, with material that is themed around the traditional celebrations of Spring and Summer; Rebirth and Romance.

Graffiti offers a great range of songs and tunes, both original and traditional, in predominately English style and origin, and all focus on fun and audience involvement


Disability access.  Back Hall, Annandale Community Centre, 79 Johnston St, Annandale

doors open 7 for 7.30 start,  light supper available, BYO.   $20/18 –  CASH AT DOOR (ATM in pub)

Enquiries & bookings – <> or text 0492 977 202


2024 Program

SAT 24TH FEBRUARY  –  Tom Lewis (Ire) & Penny Davies & Roger Ilott

SAT 23RD MARCH – Traditional Graffiti + Dave Johnson

SAT 20TH APRIL (3rd Sat)  –  Linn Phipps (UK) + support Karisma

SAT 25TH MAY  –  STUC + Maurie Mulheron

SAT 22ND JUNE – Nerida Cuddy + support Jasmine Beth

SAT 27TH JULY –  We Mavericks + support Cathy Rytmeister

SAT 24TH AUGUST – The Other Noonans + Nerds & Music

SAT 21ST SEPTEMBER (3rd Sat)  –  Ten Quid Poms  +  Ami Williamson

SAT 26TH OCTOBER – Dingos Breakfast + Rheinberger & Wilson



Sandra Nixon


Annandale Community Centre

79, Johnston Street, Annandale, New South Wales, 2038, Australia

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