Kerry Scarlett

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CBS Annual Report 2016-17

Canberra Blues Society Annual Report 2016-17

This has been another successful year with the primary focus on providing and promoting quality blues music for our members and other patrons.

Membership of the CBS continued to grow, culminating in another record membership of 347. This is again a remarkable achievement and reflects that the CBS is heading in the right direction.

Our monthly jams continued to be well patronised throughout the year and were consistently in the mid to high 100s with a record audience of 249 for the November jam hosted by the Marji Curran Band. The CBS continued the theme of promoting youth in blues for its August jam. As for the previous three years the 2016 jam was hosted by students from Narrabundah College, The Bundah Blues Band who were superbly tutored by John Black. For the first time the CBS introduced a closing youth act with Bailey Judd’s Room 15 Band from Goulburn.

For various reasons the CBS suspended its workshop program this financial year. However, Geoff Achison conducted a guitar workshop in the Keller on 23 September 2016 which was well patronised with very favourable feedback by participants.

The CBS ran the Knuckles outlet at the Harmonie German Club’s Oktoberfest for the third successive year raising $1 500 for the Society.

The CBS donated a cash prize of $200 for the best blues act at the National Busking Championships held in Cooma on 5 November 2016 which was won by Canberra band Don Carlo. A special thank you is extended to Steve Hartnett for volunteering to be a judge for this event.

The CBS’s Christmas jam again supported local charity Marymead by providing a giving tree. Patrons generously donated children’s presents which were greatly appreciated and acknowledged with a certificate from Marymead.

The CBS continued the theme of showcasing an interstate band to host our first jam of the 2017 calendar year in February with the stellar blues band, Chase the Sun to a very appreciative crowd. The remainder of the year saw the CBS jams being hosted with our own high calibre member bands.

On 6 August 2016 the CBS celebrated International Blues Music Day for the third year with a mini Blues Festival at the Harmonie German Club. A good mix of quality local and regional artists headlined by Continental Blues Party was well received by an audience of over 400.

For the third successive year the Goulburn Club invited the CBS to host the open mic jam at the Australian Blues Music Festival in February 2017. Canberra blues bands, The Johnny Reynolds Band & The Blue Tone Specials hosted the open mic jams on Friday and Saturday nights respectively. As for previous years this was again one of the highlights of the Festival.

The CBS again participated in the Canberra Connect and Participate Expo at the Bus Depot Markets 25 March 2017 with an information stall and the Monica Moore Blues Band performing on stage. Community interest was very encouraging with many signing up for CBS information.

The CBS volunteers program continued for the second year. Our volunteers have helped with a multitude of tasks during the year at CBS jams and other events.

Our partnership with Artsound FM has continued; media coverage has been broadened with monthly advertising in BMA magazine and special events in the City News, and more activity on social media. 12 issues of Blues News were produced. On behalf of the CBS I extend a special thank you to K2 for her professionalism in producing this high quality publication.

The CBS has continued to extensively promote blues music events throughout Canberra and the region with both a comprehensive website “What’s On” calendar and an email gig guide.

During the year the CBS purchased a camera for photography at events, mics, speakers and PA for use as required. The CBS plans to purchase drums and a keyboard in 2017-18.

The co-hosted events with Lone Wolf Productions and the Harmonie German Club continued successfully during 2016-17.

In winding up this committee report I take the opportunity to thank all the jammers who have performed during the year, our PA operators, Bucky and Jeffro and Bryan Williams for providing quality sound at our jams and other events, our major sponsor – the Harmonie German Club for use of the its facilities and grant under the community support program, our other sponsors Artsound FM, Better Music, Rockstar Music, Mojo Guitars, Rhythms Magazine, Beyond Q Bookshop and Johnno’s Tyres.

I thank the outgoing committee K1, K2 and Ross for their support and contribution during 2016-17. The good work they put in enables for the successful operation of the CBS. Last but not least I extend a big thank you to our volunteers.

Presidential Musing – November 2017

This November we come to an end of an era, with our MC and PA operator David (Bucky) Buckmaster moving on. David’s skills as a sound man and his witty, cheeky approach to the MC role will be sorely missed by all. We wish David all the best in any future promotional activities and the Blues Society will continue to provide as much assistance as possible in publicising any blues related events that he is involved with.

Also, a big thank you to Bucky’s sidekick Jeffro Martin for making sure our host bands and jammers have the best possible sound.

The November Jam will be hosted by Canberra’s longest serving blues band, the Drivers, who are fast approaching 30 years together and if not for the untimely death of bassist Ben Connelly earlier this year, with the same line-up the whole time. The Drivers will be presenting a mix of original and classic blues guaranteed to get you stomping. The all new Drivers line-up features Steve Hartnett on vocals, harmonica and guitar, Michael Hardy on guitar and vocals, Doc Rennie on drums and yours truly on bass and vocals.

The Canberra Blues Society will again be hosting the jams at next year’s Australian Blues Music Festival in Goulburn, to be held on the weekend of February 8-11. The last two years jams from all reports were fantastic. Our jammers got to play with some of the festivals top performers including Dreamboogie, Blue Eyes Cry, Lazy Eye & Ray Beadle who as usual blew everyone away with his virtuosity and taste.

We are looking for volunteers again to help us run these jams so please consider giving up an hour or two of your time if you’re heading up to the festival.

Pencil in Sunday 17 December for our annual Christmas Party Jam too. Hosted by The Groove Kings, with lots of treats, CBS member lucky door prize, Xmas hamper raffle and giving tree for local charity Marymead.

Have you decided on your favourite blues album to write about yet? Send us a short article telling us about your favourite album, why you like it and how it moves or inspires you and we’ll publish your efforts in the Blues newsletter. All published articles will entitle the author to select a CD of their choice from the Blues Society’s collection. (see details on page 9)

We’d also like to extend a big thanks to Steve Hartnett for making the trip to Cooma to judge the Blues Section of the Australian National Busking Championships. A special ‘Blues Buskers Bar’ was set up in the Cooma Hotel & the blues contingent was bigger this year and featured contestants from all over (Victoria, Sydney, NSW South Coast and of course Canberra). The winner was “Black Souls” a duo (Juliet & Bart – both CBS members) from Canberra who look to have a promising career in front of them and no doubt we’ll be hearing a lot more from them in the near future.

Wishing you all a great and blues-filled November.

El Presidente (AKA) Deano

PS Calling all bands interested in hosting a jam next year – email musicians@canberrabluessociety.com

Presidential Musing – October 2017

Greetings fellow bluesers. October is shaping up as a great month for the blues in Canberra with performances from several touring acts including Eric Steckel from the USA. Eric has performed at festivals around the world and is widely considered one of the most exciting blues guitarists to emerge in recent years. Steckel is playing at the Harmonie German club on Sunday 8 October at 3:00pm. This is one gig not to miss!

American singer songwriter Bonnie Kaye’s playing and singing have drawn comparisons with namesake and sister in blues, Bonnie Raitt. Bonnie and her bluesy, soulful five piece band are performing at the National Press Club for the 1st time on Friday 20 October.

Also in town this month is Melbourne singer, songwriter and guitarist Matt Katsis who will be performing material from his soon to be released EP, “As the River Runs” at the Front Gallery and Cafe in Lyneham on Friday 6 October.

To round off the month, CBS presents Transvaal Diamond Syndicate, one of Australia’s finest foot-stompin’, hard hittin’ Blues Rock outfits from Qld, performing at the Harmonie German Club on Saturday 28 October at 8pm.

The Cooma busking championships are being held on Saturday 4 November.  The Canberra Blues Society has donated the $200 prize for the best Blues artist or band and will arrange for the winner to perform in Canberra. We are working with the festival to raise the profile of the blues in the Championships to try and ensure a growing blues contingent of entries this and in future years.

The $64,000 question for October is “What’s your favourite blues album?” Send us a short article telling us about your favourite album, why you like it and how it moves or inspires you and we’ll publish your efforts in the Blues newsletter.

All published articles will entitle the author to select a CD of their choice from the Blues Society’s collection. (see page 11)

Finally, don’t forget that Oktoberfest is on over the weekend of 27-29 October at the Queanbeyan Showground. Oktoberfest is an important fundraising event for the Blues Society and we are still looking volunteers to help out. If you can spare any time over the weekend please get in touch with us.

Until next month, yours in the blues.

Deano

Presidential Musing – January 2017

Well there’s another year, done & dusted and didn’t we take it out with a bang? A very big thank you to all those who came along to our special Christmas Party Jam hosted by the wonderful Leo Joseph’s Key Grip. Though we were down in jammers, it was still a fabulous day enjoyed by the 211 people who attended.

How are the odds on this? Our members’ lucky door prize was won by K2, who also won 2nd & 1st prize in the raffle! K2 graciously donated the raffle prizes back for a redraw and the winners walked away with big grins on their faces and a couple of awesome prizes. Thanks to K2 for organising the raffle prizes.

We are also very grateful to those who donated cash & presents to Marymead’s Giving Tree. And thanks to K1 for delivering them to the very appreciative staff at Marymead.

I trust you all had a fabulous Christmas with family and/or friends and celebrated NYE in style.

Although January is a relatively quiet month for music here in Canberra, 2017 is lining up to be another big one; both at the Harmonie German Club and other venues around town.

Saying that, there is the BIG annual event next Saturday 14thJanuary – Bucky’s Budweiser Big Birthday Bash. This year Bucky has combined it with ALOHA! Blues & Roots Charity Gig. Only $5 entry with all proceeds going to Eden/Monaro Cancer Support Group.

See details on page 4. Bucky is a tremendous supporter to Canberra Blues Society, so I hope to see a lot of our members there showing the love.

Not long to go till Thredbo Blues Festival, starting on 20th January. Safe travels to all those going. If you’d like to do a review for our Blues News or send in some pictures, it would be very much appreciated.

The Australian Blues Music Festival is on from 9th-12th February, and once again CBS will be running the Blues Jams at the Goulburn Club on Friday & Saturday nights. Our host bands are The Blue Tone Specials (Friday) and The Johnny Reynolds Band (Saturday).

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED – If you are going up to the blues festival and can spare and hour or two on either night to help out, please send an email to K1 at secretary@canberrabluessociety.com.au

Lone Wolf Promotions will be presenting a special ticketed event at The Harmonie German Club on Friday 17th February with a great band, All The Kings Men (Ray Beadle, Darren Jack, Rosscoe Clark and Grant Cummerford). Keep an eye out on our website’s ‘What’s On’ page for ticketing info etc.

I am really looking forward to our February Jam hosted by the awesome Chase The Sun. It’s been way too long since we’ve seen them play in Canberra and we’re pretty stoked that they want to play for us.

A note to jammers – There is a special arrangement for this jam. Chase The Sun will do an opening 30 minute set, followed by the normal 15 minute sets of jammers. Then Chase The Sun will come back on at 5.30pm for a full hour set to close the evening.

Please make sure you get your names in early on the day.

We still have a few spots to fill for hosting a blues jam next year. To express your interest, please email Ross Buchanan at  musicians@canberrabluessociety.com.au. Remember, you must be financial to be considered.

Have a very safe and happy New Year and don’t forget to pencil in 19th February for our first jam of 2017.

Your President

John Spencer

Presidential Musing – September 2016

Yee-ha!  Spring has finally arrived but as we know there’ll still be some cold nights, so keep rugged up when you venture out to the many great gigs around town in September.

Lone Wolf Promotions & CBS have some great gigs lined up at The Harmonie German Club this month too. Check out our gig guide, which was recently emailed out & keep an eye on our website & Facebook pages for any updates. Our Annual General Meeting was held on Sunday 28th August with the existing committee being returned for another year including myself at the helm. I hope you will be happy as we are with the direction the Society is headed.

I would like to thank the members and to the committee who have worked tirelessly to make the CBS a progressive vibrant Society we can all be proud of.

Our 2nd International Blues Music Day was a huge success, coupled with The Bondi Cigars on the Friday night; we had over 700 people through the doors. Big thanks to all involved, from the volunteers, to our sponsors & exhibitors & finally the amazing line-up of artists for making this a truly memorable weekend. And a special thanks to Doug Park, our major raffle prize winner who donated his prize back to the CBS. Will definitely be put to good use by the Society.

Our Annual Youth Jam hosted by Bundah Blues Band with special guest Bailey Judd & Room 15 saw a great turnout of jammers & punters. These kids did a terrific job of hosting our jam. It’s great to see the young ones keeping the blues going & fantastic to see Dan Fernandes up on the stage again.

This month we have a special event with Owen Campbell’s album launch on Saturday 10th. Owen has recently returned from touring the US with Devon Allman (from the Allman Brothers) & Andy McKee. He’s been receiving rave reviews over there for his new album & I’m stoked to see Owen getting the recognition he so deserves. See page 5 for Phil Birch-marston’s CD review.

Geoff Achison’s Blues Guitar Workshop on 24th September is shaping up to be a good one. If you’ve already put your name down, get your money in as we can’t hold your spot without payment. I’m looking forward to seeing Geoff perform the night before with classically trained violinist Adrian Keating. The2nd set will see them being backed by Canberra’s Old Diggers……Oops! I mean Souldiggers! J

Good luck to Key Grip who are heading off to perform at two festivals – the Semaphore Music Festival in Adelaide on 2nd October followed by Docklands Blues Festival in Melbourne on 16th October. Safe travels guys & remember we want lots of pics.

Don’t forget to book your accommodation for the Sydney Blues & Roots Festival on 27-30th October in Windsor.  Fantastic festival with a fantastic line-up.

Exciting news is that on Friday 4th November we have Chris Cain (USA) booked to play for the very first time in Canberra. Keep an eye out for all the details.

Over the next twelve months our wish list includes a bus trip down to Candelo Blues Jam, more workshops, a regular CBS radio program, youth program and progress on a 2nd tier monthly jam. But these ideas are just dreams unless we can get enough people to step up & volunteer to help turn them from dreams into reality. So if you’re keen for any of these things to happen, please drop us a line at contact@canberrabluessociety.com.au and we’ll start the ball rolling.

Hope to see you at one of our events real soon. Come up & have a chat with me.

Your President

John Spencer

CBS Annual Report 2015-16

Canberra Blues Society Annual Report – 2015-16

On behalf of the committee I present the Canberra Blues Society (CBS) annual report for 2015/16.

This has been another big year with the primary focus on providing quality blues music for our members and other patrons.

Membership of the CBS continued to grow, culminating with a record membership of 284. This is a remarkable achievement and reflects that the CBS is heading in the right direction.

Our monthly jams continued to be well patronised throughout the year and were consistently in the mid to high 100s.

The 2015 August youth jam was hosted by students from Narrabundah College who were superbly tutored by John Black.

Our annual Xmas jam in support of local charity Marymead was hosted by The Dorothy-Jane Band. Presents were greatly appreciated by Marymead.

We continued the theme of having an interstate band opening our first jam of the 2016 calendar year with Wards Xpress as our host band in February to a very appreciative crowd.

The remainder of the year saw the CBS jams being hosted with our own high calibre member bands.

The CBS workshop program continued with guitar workshops hosted by Dave Blanken and Leo Joseph in September 2015 and another hosted by Richard Steele in March 2016. Both workshops were well patronised and favourable feedback was received from participants.

2015/16 saw the CBS participate in the International Blues Music Day on 1 August with a mini Blues Festival for the first time. A good mix of quality local and regional artists headlined by the Darren Jack Band was well received by an audience of 400.

For the second year the Goulburn Club invited the CBS to host the open mic jam at the Australian Blues Festival in February. The two host bands were The Chris Harland Blues Band & The Guitar Cases Band. By all accounts this was one of the highlights of the Festival and the indications are that the CBS will be invited to continue running the open mic jam next February.

The CBS again participated in the Canberra Connect and Participate Expo at the Bus Depot Markets with an information stall and The Johnny Reynolds Band performing on stage. Community interest was very encouraging with many signing up for CBS information.

This year saw the introduction of the CBS volunteers program. Volunteers have helped with a multitude of tasks during the year at CBS jams, events and workshops.

Our partnership with Artsound FM has continued; media coverage has been broadened with a six month advertising package being won with 2XX FM and enhanced advertising of CBS events through more media outlets and social media. 12 issues of Blues News were produced. Thank you to K2 for her professionalism in producing this high quality publication.

The co-hosted events with Lone Wolf Productions continued successfully during the year.

I would like to thank the outgoing committee for their support and contribution during 2015/16. The good work they put in enables for the successful operation of the Canberra Blues Society. I would also like to thank all the jammers who have performed during the year, our PA operators, Andrew Rickard, Ralph Martin, Bucky and Jeffro for providing high quality sound at our jams and other events, our sponsors – the Harmonie German Club, Artsound FM, Better Music, Johnno’s Tyres, Beyond Q Bookshop, Mojo Guitars, Groove Warehouse, Julian Gilchrist Vinyl Records and Queen Juanita Music.  And last but not least a big thank you to our volunteers.

Finally I welcome the new committee for 2016-17.

John Spencer

President

Presidential Musing – August 2016

Hi there bluesters. It’s snow season; the weather’s getting colder but you won’t need your winter woollies on when you come out for some very HOT blues this month. Starting with Bondi Cigars (these guys don’t need any other introduction) this Friday night 5th August, followed up the very next day with our International Blues Music Day mini festival. Celebrations start at 1pm with a fantastic hot rod display by Canberra Hot Rod Association. You must check out these lovingly cared for machines before heading into the auditorium at 2pm when The Mighty Bluzicians kick off the music with a bang. Richard Steele will be first up on The Keller stage at 2.15pm. Sad to see Richard will be departing our shores to take up residence in Tasmania so make sure you catch him before he leaves.

We’ve got a stellar line-up of high profile interstate artists performing this year including Robert Susz Continental Blues Party, Montgomery Brothers (who blew everyone away at Echuca last weekend), Pearlnoire Blues Show (damn these ladies put on a good show), The Jacky Howellers, Moondog (recently returned from performing in the Chicago Blues Festival) and Matt Southon. Along with all our local artists, we’re sure there’s something to please everyone this Saturday.

A big thank you to our sponsors who have helped make this day possible. The Harmonie German Club, Artsound FM, Better Music, Rockstar Music, Mojo Guitar Teachers, 2XX FM, Groove Warehouse, Johnno’s Tyres & Beyond Q Bookshop. Please support our sponsors who support us.

The CBS continues to grow with new memberships and renewals,  and jam attendances at a record high. This has allowed us to purchase our own PA system, which will be put to good use for the benefit of our members.

What a fantastic jam in July with an even bigger crowd than June. Ali Penney & The Money Makers were superb as always and it was great to see Doug Curry back jamming. An extra special surprise to see the wonderful Gaye Reid take to our stage again.

This month’s jam is our annual Youth Blues Jam where we showcase a group of talented young musicians from Narrabundah College. Thanks to John Black for continuing to pull this together each year. Very much appreciated. Please come along and support these young players – we want a full house of our seasoned jammers and punters on Sunday 21st August.

Don’t forget to get your Corey Harris tickets for his show on Tuesday 23rd August. Corey is a major American Delta style bluesman who is a long term recording artist for Alligator records. You’ll kick yourself if you miss this one. Great support act too. (Page 8)

This month is also our AGM where we elect a new committee, so if you are thinking of becoming more involved with the organising and direction of this dynamic and progressive Blues Society, maybe joining the committee is for you. However, be aware this will require a strong commitment from you and involves your time and hands on work. If you’d prefer to join our volunteers’ roster, please email us to add your name to our list of dedicated volunteers.

Look out for the write-up on Echuca Blues Festival in next month’s issue. It was a corker of a festival! Keep on bluesin’ and hope to see you at one of our events real soon.

Finally, a note to our local Blues musicians. Sydney Blues & Roots artist applications close on 31st August so get your applications in now  http://sydneybluesandrootsfestival.com/artist-application/

Presidential Musing – June 2016

The presidential musing

Brrrrrr … It’s June and winter has just hammered us. So think about Blues music played live indoors in the warm surrounds of the Harmonie German Club, come in from the cold and join us for CBS blues events & Bucky’s Friday Night Live gigs.

A big thank you to the Black Hat Band for hosting the May Jam, which saw a huge turnout of punters and jammers. Due to the large number of jammers, we were unable to accommodate all who wanted to play.

Our apologies to those who missed out on a spot on the day. The number of people wanting to Jam does vary from Jam to Jam. Back in March we were struggling to fill 5 lines on the board, but in May we could have filled at least 10 lines. Also, since the demise of Bucky’s Pro Blues and Roots Jam there are more bands that want to play at our Jam as bands. Please remember, this IS a jam & if your band wants to play, you must be willing to have other jammers join you if there is a shortage of other jam slots. There are only four active members on the Committee at present and on Jam days we all have to wear multiple hats and this can result in some things ‘slipping through the net’. We will be keeping a closer eye on this in the future.

We greatly appreciate the small group of volunteers that also help on the day but we always need more, so do consider maybe giving some of your time to improve the smooth running of the Jam. I know everyone on our hard working Committee appreciates your support and encouragement, especially on those rare occasions when we are snowed under.

This month’s Jam on Sunday 19th June will be hosted by Northside City Slickers, a band formed a few years ago by CBS member Kevin Abbey, who sadly passed away earlier this year. The remaining band members along with some other friends will be performing in honour of Kevin.

Last month we had some great acts play at Friday Night Live with Blue Eyes Cry (Melb), Doggn It Blues (Syd) and finally, a monumental performance from Mike Beale and the Andrew Baxter Blues Band (QLD). Coming up in June/July, Friday Night Live has some great shows to look forward to, so get your diaries out and pencil in those dates to remember.

In conjunction with Lone Wolf Promotions we’ll bring you another Keller Sessions on Sunday 26th June with the one and only Lloyd Spiegel who should be amazing once again. CBS member tickets are only $15, which is a great discount on general admission & you can go in the draw to win a Cole Clark Lloyd Spiegel signature guitar!

In July we kick off Friday nights on the 1st with Ross Ward & Ward’s Xpress. Ross hosted our Feb jam this year to rave reviews, so it’s good to have him return. And Canberra Blues Society has teamed up with Go Set Promotions to bring you a very special blues show on Saturday 23rd with Marlene Cummins presenting the Koori Women Blues with a knockout band of musicians supported by Don Hopkins who was 2nd place winner at the 2012 International Blues Challenge in Memphis. Friday August 5th is a special ticketed event with the Bondi Cigars, followed by International Blues Day on Saturday 6th August – a day of celebration headlining with Continental Robert Susz Blues Party plus another eleven acts on two stages, hot rod display, record and book sale and Blues Art & Photography. If you buy tickets to both Fri and Sat events, you receive a $5 discount.

Later in August, the awesome Corey Harris (US) will be here on Wednesday 24th. Corey is a true bluesman who has played with many of the greats including Taj Mahal & Keb Mo. His contribution to acoustic blues saw him featured in the 2003 PBS television mini-series, The Blues, in an episode directed by Martin Scorsese.

So in closing, we have a couple of jam packed months to look forward to and we’re looking volunteers to help us at our International Blues Music Day & our jams. So get on board and contact us at the CBS.

Your President

John Spencer

Presidential Musing-May 2016

The presidential musing

It’s the merry month of May and the weather is finally starting to cool down. Time to get out those winter woollies & warm up with some great Blues action.

Firstly, congratulations to Chris Harland for scoring a support gig with Eric Burdon & the Animals at the Canberra Theatre on 13th May. I’m sure there’ll be a few CBS members in the audience cheering him on.

Our April Blues Jam was well supported by the punters. Ken Nosworthy’s band, Whisky Straits were wonderful hosts and we had a very welcome surprise guest from the UK, Lisa Fury who along with her partner Chris Hilliard on drums, teamed up with a couple of local lads, Adrian & Adam to do a brilliant 4 song performance. She reminds me of another UK singer, Kyla Brox.

Last month was a feast of good music in the region with the likes of Jim Hocking at Jerrabomberra Hotel, Phil Emmanuel (very loud even by my standards) and Lazy Eye at HG Club. Fiona Boyes & Chris Wilson put on a great show down in Braidwood and Kidgeeridge Music Festival in Milton had a full capacity crowd. Look for a write up in next month’s Blues News.

May’s Friday Night Live gigs at the HG Club kicks off with the wonderful Blue Eyes Cry (Melbourne) this Friday 6th, followed by the welcome return of Doggn It Blues (Sydney) on 20th and finishes with Mike Beale & Andrew Baxter (Qld) on 27th. It’s been way too long since we’ve seen these two fine musicians do their thing. June’s calendar is lining up to be a big one with the mighty Stormcellar set to raise the roof on 10th and the wonderful Lloyd Spiegel returning to the Keller on Sunday 26th.

This month’s jam will be hosted by The Black Hat Band, one of our favourites, after a long sojourn and a line-up tweak; this will be a fun day. We hope to see more jammers coming along this time too. There’ll be another record sale on with some more rare & unusual items to browse through during the jam breaks.

Speaking of fun days, we’re working very hard behind the scenes to make this year’s International Blues Music Day on 6th August another memorable one. And what better way than to start on Friday 5th with the Bondi Cigars! If you would like to volunteer on International Blues Music Day, drop K1 a line at secretary@canberrabluessociety.com.au. We are going to have a special prize draw for one lucky volunteer.

There is a special event at the Harmonie German Club on Saturday 28th May to raise funds for drought affected farmers. Tara Louise & Bryan Williams will be performing a set on our behalf, so get along & show your support.

For those members travelling up to the Blues on Broadbeach Festival later in the month; have a fabulous time & please post your pics on our FB page. A write up for our Blues News would be appreciated too.

That’s all from me for this month, but do remember, if you have any ideas or suggestions, come talk to me or one of the committee. We are all very approachable people.

Your President

John Spencer

Presidential Musing – February 2016

Hi Bluesters.

I hope you’re all well and have awoken from your holiday slumber. Welcome to the New Year of Blues from the CBS.

Lonewolf Promotions kick off their Friday night live again with 8Ball Aitken on 5th February. 8Ball is very well known by the Blues and Country Music groups in Australia & has also garnered a good fan base overseas in his other home (USA). I’m sure this will be a BIG night so get there early if you want a seat.The following weekend is the Australian Blues Music Festival in Goulburn with another great line-up. The CBS will once again be running the Jam at The Goulburn Club on Friday & Saturday nights. If last year is any indication, this year will be bigger and even more fun. So we are seeking volunteers to help between 9pm & 1.30am Friday and/or Saturday night for 1 or 2 hrs. If you’d like to volunteer, please let us know via email contact@canberrabluessociety.com.au.

For those of you who can’t make it to the Festival, don’t miss the special FREE event at The Harmonie German Club on Monday 15th February featuring The Vibrolators & Miss Peta Lee from WA.

Our first jam of the year, Sunday 21st February, will be hosted by Sydney band Wards Xpress fronted by Ross Ward, one of our Blues Journey Men who was also a founding member of CBS.

We’re sad to see the impending departure of Richard Steele for greener pastures down in Tassie, but we’re pleased to say he’ll be running our first guitar workshop of the year next month. Stay tuned for more details. Richard will also be bringing along some excess equipment & some great artwork for sale at our February Jam so bring your cheque book or extra cash. Have a look at our classifieds section for more information.

Friday 26th February sees the return of the great award winning storyteller/songwriter, Sugarcane Collins (Cairns) who’ll be entertaining us with some new tales & performing songs from his latest album ‘Going Back To Clarksdale’.

To round out an amazing first month of the blues, the internationally renowned Country/Blues artist, Charlie Parr (USA) will be making his first appearance in the Auditorium at The Harmonie German Club on Saturday 27th February.

And another first – CBS is teaming up with Canberra Jazz Club on Saturday afternoon 19th March to present the multi-talented Jules Boult (Melbourne) & The Capital Redeemers for one show only. Jules is a ‘must-see’ musician for any lover of blues/jazz music and we’d love to see a full house.

I would like to say a very warm and heartfelt welcome to The CBC (Candelo Blues Club) run by well respected Bass player Paul Leeder and congratulate them on their successful first jam on 10th January. Their next jam is on 14th February, so if you’re down that way make sure you drop in – I’m certain you’ll be made very welcome.

Congratulation to Dreamboogie (Melbourne) & Matt Roberts Trio (Sydney) for making it through to the semi-finals at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis.

Finally, our friends at MBAS (Melbourne Blues Appreciation Society) are making a move from The Royal Standard Hotel to Flemington/Kensington Bowls Club – their first night there will be 15th March. We wish them the best of luck in their new home.

As usual, any thoughts, ideas or if you just want to ‘chew the fat’, come and talk to me.

Your President

John Spencer

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