The Presidential Musing – August 2017

It’s August and there’s a new dawn about to rise for the CBS. At the end of the month we will be saying goodbye to K2 as she will not be standing again for the Management Committee.

This will be a huge loss to the Society after over 7 years of selfless commitment and thousands of hours work to propel the CBS to where it is today.

Now considered to be the largest and most successful, dynamic Blues Society in Australia is no mean feat, and we wish her well and might big thankyous from us all at the CBS.

The Annual General Meeting and election of Office Bearers and committee will be on Wednesday 30 August at the Harmonie German Club.

The CBS has recently started to purchase some back line equipment to help our present jams and future ideas with a drum kit. Also we are looking at a keyboard soon. One of the ways the CBS raises funds for these purchases is to run the Knuckles restaurant outlet for the HGC’s Oktoberfest and this year the venue has moved to the showgrounds in Queanbeyan. So as usual we be asking for volunteers to help in this endeavours as well. There will be also been a couple of spots for assistance in stage managing and MCs.

That’s enough to digest for now!

The Presidential Musing – July 2017

It’s July so come into the club for a warm environment and lots of very cool blues. This month we have mega acts appearing.

Firstly, if you haven’t renewed your CBS membership you need to do so now to continue receiving our monthly Blues News and all your membership benefits.

International Blues Music Day is fast approaching and we have a big day organised again, 12 acts, 2 stages with great interstate acts on the bill with the likes of Owen Campbell Band (headliners), Shane Pacey Trio, PJ O’Brien Band, Genevieve Chadwick, Kevin Bennett and Jeremy Edwards as a duo and Jarrod Shaw from Melbourne, with a local contingent of our top artists.

Once again our friends from Canberra Hot Rod Association will bring out their much loved beasts to display in the car park at 1pm. Music kicks off at 2pm with 11:30pm finish. As usual these events are a large undertaking and we’re still short on volunteers. So please think about volunteering some of your time to help us make this event one to remember. Contact K1 – 0414 292 150 or K2 – 0419 607 710 with your availability.

Last month’s jam was hosted by Blues on Tap the house band from Candelo Blues Club what an awesome blues band and well worth the trip to Candelo to see them, every 2nd Sunday of the month. Also a big thank you to all the jammers. It was a great day. Next jam’s host band is KillWater a great rocking blues band from the local area; well worth the effort to come and see.

If you missed Melbourne’s Jesse Valach presents Blues Mountain on Fri 7 July, you should be able to catch him in the not too distant future. He was so well received; he’s been given an open invitation to return whenever he wants. Geoff Achison and Justin Yap Band (both major award winners at the Australian Blues Awards) are touring as a double bill show, coming to the HGC on Sunday 23 July 3pm (check page 5 for all the details).

Friday Night continues the month with another couple of great line-ups: an up and coming blues/rock artist, Christina Crofts will be playing with her band this Fri 14 July – a must see! And the impressive Ali Penney & The Money Makers (Matt Ross, Mike Rix & Rosscoe Clark) will be on Fri 21 July.

The Presidential Musing – June 2017

Well Bluesters!

The half year is here already and there’s more great Blues action still to come for the next 6 months., however I’ll back track for the moment.

May started with the Moondog Trio and they were pretty awesome according to the reports I heard.

Tim Hulsman returned for the 3rd visit in 6 months with his band (which I prefer). Craig Kelly on Bass & Winston Galea on drums. They slayed it with two amazing sets with Tm going off on the slide lap steel guitar.

May Jam’s host band, The Mighty Bluzicians have had a line-up change. No Aria Stone!!  But with replacement James Hoogstad were as great as ever. Thanks very much. Also thank-you’s go to the punters & jammers for putting up with the short notice room change.

Was a real treat to have Marisa Quigley & hubby Darren Christie join the jammers for a set too.

On a personal note I was humbled and honoured at the same time to be re-elected to The Harmonie German Club Committee for the 3rd consecutive time.

This month saw PJ O’Brien Band kick off Friday Night Live with a brilliant performance (they’re back for our International Blues Music day on 5 August. Also this month on 16 June we’ll be having our first ever dinner/show event with the wonderful Dreamboogie (Melb). Bookings are essential for dinner/show tickets. You can get your tickets online through the Harmonie German Club’s website. You can still of course just come for the show. Depending on the success of this, we hope to bring you more dinner/show events in the future.

The CBS jam this month’s host band is from the Candelo Blues Club, their house band, Blues on Tap. Should be a great day for both blues groups.

Once again we will be holding International Blues Music day on Saturday 6 August with an exceptional line-up with this year headliner being The Owen Campbell Band on the main stage & Genevieve Chadwick on the Keller stage. Yet again these events are a massive undertaking and we need help to achieve a great day. So if you would like to assist us and volunteer some of your time I would be very much appreciative and contact K1 or K2.

Just a reminder, CBS membership need to renewed by the end of this month.

The Presidential Musing – May 2017

OMG Bluesters!

It’s May already. Where is the year going? I trust you all had a good Easter break.

Our apologies for the lateness of this issue. Our committee members have been away for various reasons this past month.

While it was a little light on with live music at the Harmonie German Club in April due to the Easter long weekend; the Bluesfest Sideshow of Bonnie Raitt at the Canberra Theatre was one of the best shows I’ve ever seen.

Bonnie was so chilled and having fun, as she took us through the decades of her career from Little Feat to present days. Her band of incredibly talented musicians were faultless. What a performance!

The next Sideshow held in town at The Royal Theatre was the eternally young and full of energy Carlos Santana with a nine piece band. Another romp through the decades of a brilliant musical output with some thirty seven albums under his own banner. What an intense full on energetic 2 ½ hours they delivered; and good on you music fans of Canberra. Both these shows were packed with appreciative fans.

Back to the club, to end out the month with a very rare appearance of Psycho Zydeco with their brand of Blues, Swamp and of course, Zydeco. A special thanks to Josie and Carlos for helping in the arrangements of this event. I did not know there were that many people that get Zydeco. A great night of toe tapping a full on dancing was had by all.

Thanks to the host at the last Jam. The Dorothy-Jane Band, a super band, played to a fantastic crowd. DJ Gosper, Ali Penny, Chris Harland, Paul Leeder and Gavin Kelly kicked ass big time and how good was Chris playing outside his comfort zone? Brilliant guitarist!!

This year has been jam packed with great bands appearing so far, and it doesn’t stop there. The great line-ups just keep coming, including The Tim Hulsman Trio (Melb), Dreamboogie (Melb), Jesse Valach’s Blues Mountain (Melb), The Steve Edmonds Band (NSW), PJ O’Brien Band, Christina Crofts Band, Geoff Achison & Justin Yap Band (Melb) double-header show and Darren Jack Band to name a few leading up to our International Blues Music Day festival on Saturday 5 August.

K2’s been busy this past month, flying the flag for Canberra Blues Society up at Byron Bay Bluesfest and more recently down in Victoria with K1 for the legendary Blues Train and MBAS Blues Jam. See the write up for Bluesfest on page 9.

You can check out all our jam photos and Bluesfest photos on our Facebook page.

Volunteers! We need you to contact us if you’re available to help at International Blues Music Day. This event is too big for just the committee to run. Please email contact@canberrabluessociety.com.au and you will be in the running to win a fantastic prize pack and other goodies.

We are looking for a Blues Newsletter Editor to take over the reins. If you are interested please contact K2 on 0419 607 710.

Lisa and I have been away at the reboot of the Narara Music Festival after a 33 year layoff. More on that in next month’s issue.

In closing – keep supporting the live music events at the HGC and CBS with Lone Wolf will keep it coming.

The Presidential Musing – April 2017

Hi bluesters.

The year rolls on at an amazing rate and the stellar line up for this year keeps coming; but a bit of a flash back to the last month’s artists with two international acts, some top notch interstate and local bands as well. The month kicked off at the Harmonie German Club with Harper and Midwest Kind. Peter Harper’s an expatriate Australian, now well and truly entrenched in the US Blues community.

Kudos to Bucky on securing Harper for the 2nd year running to open his Aus tour at the HGC.  And what a show it was! Harper is a consummate performer and very approachable as well. Big thanks to Gavin Kelly, Dave Blanken and Chris Tominich for the loan of their gear for the show. The following Friday, Stormcellar played another amazing show; the best I’ve ever seen from them.

Lloyd Spiegel’s event was another consummate performance, with his signature banter, storytelling and those beautifully crafted songs; a brilliant show from the man who thinks the CBS is pretty special too.

The Bridge Between hosted last month’s blues jam for the first time and what a class performance they put on. Was a great day with another surprise guest; the wonderful vocalist, Kerrie Sweeney popped in from the ‘Gong to see how we do things. As usual our local jammers were superb and great to see a few new faces on stage; welcome Max Diversi, John H and Adrian Reed.

Our 2nd major international event in March was Eugene ‘Hideaway’ Bridges, an absolutely monumental show and man does he write some very poignant love songs.

To put on shows of this calibre there are of course costs involved; and although we endeavour to keep ticket prices reasonable, including negotiating discounts for CBS members, attendances have fallen short of expectations. Unless we have sufficient numbers coming along to support these events, we will not be able to continue recommending international artists to The Harmonie German Club.

That being said, April is going to be another big month for the blues fraternity in Canberra, with the world renowned Bonnie Raitt performing this Sat 8 April at the Canberra Theatre (tickets selling fast) and Carlos Santana set to appear at The National Convention Centre on 15 April. WARNING – don’t buy tickets from resellers – only purchase through the venue’s website or call the venue direct.

Our month at the HGC will start off with The Replacements, as Andrew Baxter and Mike Beale from ‘not so sunny’ Qld had to cancel. Drew Wimhurst, Leo Joseph & Mitch Preston from the Groove Kings along with Illya Szwec (Sydney) & Matt Nightingale have come together to bring us a brand new (temporary) band. With a line-up like this it’s definitely going to be a fun filled night this Friday 7 April.

And after much consultation, we will finally have the fantastic Psycho Zydeco doing a ticketed show for us on 29 April, with a $5 discount for CBS members. This is a must see show, so please spread the word. We want that room packed.

Thanks to all the volunteers who helped man our stall at the Connect and Participate Expo, and also to the Monica Moore Band, who I heard gave a wonderful performance showcasing the Blues to the appreciative audience. This month’s Blues Jam will be hosted by The Dorothy-Jane Band.  Just checkout the line-up DJ’s put together. WOW! It’s going to be a HUGE day! If you’re a musician, bring your instrument; see Ross or myself to put your name down on the board for a jam. If you’re a Blues lover, bring a friend and sit back & enjoy some of the best music in Canberra.

NOTE – Our April Jam is on Sun 23rd due to Easter falling on 3rd Sunday this month.

Have you pencilled in 5th August for our International Blues Music Day festival? I really hope so as the line-up is locked in. We’re still busy working on the poster, but you can check out the full list of artists on our website.

If you would like to volunteer to help on the day or with preparations beforehand, please drop us line at contact@canberrabluessociety.com.au and you could go in the running to win a fantastic prize.

There’s a lot to see and do this month, so hopefully I’ll see you at a show or two around town.

Happy Easter & safe travels.

Your President

John Spencer

The Presidential Musing – March 2017

Thankfully the heatwave we endured during February has passed as we head into March at our ‘home of the blues’ The Harmonie German Club. With the support and co-operation of our major sponsor, the HGC and also the terrific relationship we have with Bucky (Lone Wolf Promotions) this year is lining up to be our biggest and best yet.

Despite the record high temperatures, the Blues Jams held at the Goulburn Club over the weekend of the Australian Blues Music Festival were a roaring success yet again. Both our Canberra Bands were very well received by the punters. Thank you to The Blue Tone Specials and The Johnny Reynolds Band for your wonderful performances. Also many thanks to the CBS volunteers and especially K1 & K2 for their tireless work for the Society over the weekend. These jams are a great place to showcase the talent we have in Canberra & see some of the best musicians in the country getting together after their shows to have fun with their mates or make new friends in the Aus blues music world. See page 7 for all the goss on the festival.

Congratulations to Geoff Achison who scooped the 2017 Chain Awards. Geoff returns to perform at the HG club later this year. So keep an eye out for the announcement.

No sooner had we recovered from the huge weekend, we were treated to an outstanding performance by All The King’s Men. And what a performance it was; with two of Australia’s greatest guitarists, Ray Beadle and Darren Jack ably backed by the hot rhythm section of Rosscoe Clark & Grant Cummerford. The second set saw the 3 piece horn section join the boys on stage for a mind blowing set.

Our first jam of the year, hosted by the absolutely amazing Chase The Sun, lived up to everything we hoped it would. With a good roll up of jammers, we had just begun the 2nd set when we received a surprise visit from 2017 Chain Award winners the Justin Yapp Band who’d just finished performing at the Multicultural Festival. Thank you to the jammers who graciously allowed us to re-arrange the whiteboard to accommodate Justin’s Band for a ripper of a set. I must say every single set that day was of the highest standard & the room was really buzzing.

After the jamming ended, Chase The Sun came back on to round off the day with a high powered set of close to 1½ hours. This band would undoubtedly have to be one of the best Blues/Rock Power trios in Aus. Bucky’s already locked them in for a ticketed CD launch event later in the year. Definitely a MUST SEE.

Was fabulous to see the ever charming (and Bucky’s favourite) KNiKi & Mike Beale back at Friday Night Live. Must be well over 2 years since we’ve seen this duo at the club. An extra treat for us was the rhythm section of that debonair drummer, Mitch Preston and young Alec Coulsen on bass and we had the pleasure of watching Mitch do a very rare solo drum performance.

With such a fantastic month of live music, it begs the question – How are we going to keep up with this high standard for the rest of the year? Well, try this on for size – Harper & Midwest Kind (US), Stormcellar, Great Dane (ex backing band for both Jeff St.John & Dutch Tilders), Lloyd Spiegel – The Keller Sessions, Kate Lush Band from Sydney and we team up with Bucky & The HGC to present Eugene ‘Hideaway’ Bridges with his band. So if you’re looking for some great Blues music from some more heavyweights in the World of Blues, March is shaping up as another beauty.
CBS will be at the Connect and Participate Expo spruiking the benefits of CBS and the Monica Moore band will be singing the Blues on the main stage around 3pm.

This month’s Blues Jam will be hosted by The Bridge Between, a very popular and hard working local band so come along and join in the fun. If you’re a musician, bring your instrument and put your name down on the board for a jam. NOTE – Our April Jam is on Sun 23rd due to Easter.
Also, pencil in 5th August for our International Blues Music Day festival. The line-up is awesome. Tell you more next month, but we can say the weekend kicks off on Friday 4th August with the Darren Jack Band – Friday Night Live.

And finally, best wishes to the Chris Harland Blues Band as they head off to perform at Kiama Jazz & Blues Festival this weekend.

That’s all for now. See you at a gig soon.

Your President
John Spencer

The Presidential Musing – February 2017

Now where did January go? Feels like the months are already peeling off the calendar. I trust you’re all back into the swing of things now that the festive season is over and looking forward to the resumption of our monthly jams. I know I certainly am. And what an awesome start to our jams with the powerhouse trio Chase The Sun hosting. I hope you’ve all got 19th Feb in your diaries.

Remember – there is a special arrangement for this jam. Chase The Sun will do an opening 30 minute set at 2pm, followed by the normal 15 minute sets of jammers till 5.15pm. Then Chase The Sun will come back on at approximately 5.30pm for a full hour set to close the evening.

Bucky’s Budweiser Big Birthday Bash & ALOHA! Blues & Roots Charity gig was the biggest and best ever this year, with a record attendance & superb performances by the artists. And what a fantastic surprise to see Jimmy Barnes’ son-in-law & guitarist, Ben Rodgers up on stage with Bucky’s band, The Rodeo Clowns! I know Bucky was ecstatic about the huge turnout and he had a grin from ear to ear for most of the day. But the biggest smile came when Tara Louise did a ‘Marilyn Munro’ rendition of Happy Birthday to him. I’ve heard there’s a nice little video on Lone Wolf Promotions YouTube channel which you should check out.

Happy Birthday wishes to all the Capricorns and Aquarians who celebrated their January birthdays on the day and a special mention to Chris Harland who celebrated his 40th – one of those ‘marker’ birthdays. It was also a record fundraising effort for The Eden Monaro Cancer Support Group who were very grateful for the generosity shown by the audience.  I’d like to say a big thank you to all the artists and CBS members who supported this event and contributed to making this a very memorable day.

Friday Night Live starts again this Friday 3rd Feb with The Crossbones, a full throttle Rockabilly/Psychobilly act that’s guaranteed to get everyone shaking it on the dance floor. The following Fri 10th Feb, for the first time, Nth Queensland’s favourite modern bluegrass act, The Hillbilly Goats will be putting on a spectacular show of Hillbilly Roots & Old Time Blues.

The following Friday night, 17th Feb is the much anticipated All The King’s Men show, which I spoke about in January’s Blues News. This is a joint promotion with Lone Wolf Promotions and one you definitely must see – CBS members discounted ticket price is $25.

To round off the month, 24th Feb sees the return of KNiKi (WA) & Mike Beale (Qld).It’s been awhile since we’ve seen KNiKi so will be good to see her performing with Mike again.

Another couple of notable shows here in Canberra during Feb are The James Southwell Band CD launch feat Charlie Wooton on 3rd at The Basement in Belconnen. Also on the bill are Harry Brus Band and Marji Curran Band. On Sat 4th, the fabulous Backsliders are performing at Tuggeranong Arts Centre Theatre.

In other news, I heard that Thredbo Blues Festival lived up to expectations once again (see write-up on page 6). Good to see it’s still going strong. Speaking of festivals, it’s only a week till the Australian Blues Music Festival in Goulburn. We’re just doing the final arrangements for our Blues jams at the Goulburn Club hosted by two of our fabulous Canberra bands, The Blue Tone Specials on Friday night & The Johnny Reynolds Band on Saturday night. These jams have turned into a great event for the festival and the musos love it too. You never know who will turn up after their shows to have a jam, but one thing I can assure you, they’ll be damn good. Great to see some of our other Canberra artists in the line-up at the festival – The Groove Kings, The Mighty Bluzicians, Key Grip and Dorothy-Jane Gosper Duo with Richard Steele. Richard is making the trip from Tasmania to play with DJ at the Festival and while he’s here is going to be doing some one on one guitar lessons. (See page 12 for details)  

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

That’s all for now. See you at a gig soon.

Your President

John Spencer

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

The Presidential Musing – December 2016

December has arrived, oh BLEEP BLEEP! The countdown to Christmas is on, so if you haven’t done all your Christmas shopping yet, why not pop into one of our valued sponsors stores and have a look for something for your family, friends or better still spoil yourself? Better Music in Phillip, Groove Warehouse in Hume, Rockstar Music in Queanbeyan and Songland Records in Cooleman Court Weston all have some fabulous bargains for Christmas.By all accounts Chris Cain was as good, or even better than what I said he’d be. Canberra fell in love with him and he fell in love with us. The Rick Price show down in The Keller was a real eye opener. This guy can sing, and the support artist, Ivor SK is someone to keep an eye on. He was brilliant.

The CBS membership continues to grow and our last jam hosted by Marji Curran Band saw another record attendance. Thanks Marji, was great to see you back performing again. Once again our jammers showed us just how much talent there is in Canberra. And thank you to Dave Blanken & Gaye Reid for organising a tribute set to Glen Terry; was very touching.

The annual Blues Piano Night with our keyboard royalty last Friday was absolutely brilliant. Can’t wait till next November when they do it all again.

Shane Pacey Trio kick of Friday Night Live this month with their new album ‘Helios’. See my CD review on page 7. This should be a big night so I recommend you get there early if you want a good seat. I must mention Jonno Zilber will be back in town on Saturday 3rd December playing at Smiths Alternative in the city. It’s a very rare occurrence to see this young man perform these days, so I encourage you to get online & book a ticket. You won’t be disappointed. Our Christmas Party Jam is also shaping up to be a big one with our host band Key Grip ready to wrap up our blues jam year. Don’t forget our giving tree for Marymead; a gift under the tree would be a very nice way to bring a smile to a young person’s face. Julian will be back with his vintage vinyl and CD sales too.

While there is no blues jam next month, pencil Saturday 14th January in your diaries. It’s a double header with Bucky’s Budweiser Birthday Bash and Hawaiian Shirt Fundraiser for the Eden-Monaro Cancer Support Group being organised right now. We’ll have the line-up for you in January Blues News. Also Thredbo Blues Festival is on the following weekend. Well worth the trip.

We have some very exciting news for our first jam in February 2017. We have managed to secure Chase The Sun as our host band. Please note, they will be doing a 30 minute opening set at 2pm, and then following the jam, will be back on at 5.30pm for a full hour. We’re aiming to smash our attendance record on this one. There’s still a lot of great music happening this year too, so check out our gig guide to see what’s happening around town and if you’re looking for live music to celebrate New Year’s Eve, FINN will be playing at the Chisholm Tavern on 31st December.

If you haven’t put in your submission to host a jam next year please do so as soon as possible or you could miss out on a spot. Email musicians@canberrabluessociety.com.au to express your interest. Remember, you must be financial to be considered.

In closing, I would like to thank all our members for your support this year to help make CBS one of Australia’s leading Blues Societies.

Have a very safe and happy festive season and hope to see you at our Christmas Jam celebration on 18th December.

Your President

John Spencer

The Presidential Musing – November 2016

Welcome to November with the promise of warmer weather and a number of great festivals around the country over the next few months. Plenty to choose from if you’d like to do a bit of travelling.

I would like to say a very big thank you to all the volunteers who gave their time to help out at the Pork Knuckles outlet at Oktoberfest over the weekend. You guys did an awesome job.

Friday Night Live continued its high standard of acts in October, including 8 Ball Aitken with his band revving up the crowd. Even Bucky got into it doing the ‘Crocodile’ dance & taking video of the dancing crowd on 8 Ball’s phone at the end of the show. Chasin The Train was absolutely superb. Kevin Bennett is one of the best vocalists in Australia & Kirk Lorange’s slide guitar work was world class.

Genevieve Chadwick and the Stones Throw played to a very enthusiastic audience down in The Keller and hopefully next time they come back we’ll be able to have them play in Bucky’s Ballroom.

Our October Blues Jam was well attended with The Johnny Reynolds Band doing a fantastic opening set. The surprises kept happening this month with visits from Jock Logus (Candelo), John (FJ) Mifsud (Sydney) and Paulo Leeder (Candelo).Cassidy Richen Buxton’s stepson Callum Richen came along to play sax and the wonderful Dan Fernandes returned to the stage to blow us all away with his powerful vocals. Thank you to all the other musicians who joined in and the punters who filled the room to make it another very successful jam

The wall between the Pool Competition players and music stage is finally completed and will alleviate the sound bleed between the two groups. So it’s a win for all and a big thanks to the Harmonie German Club for doing this work to keep us all happy.

Unfortunately we have been unable to hire a bus for a trip down to Candelo Blues Jam so if you’re still interested in going, please let us know if you are able to car pool. Carlos & Jose Smitz are looking for a lift.

Now, have you got your tickets to internationally renowned US bluesman, Chris Cain this Friday 4 November? Chris blew them away at the Sydney Blues & Roots Festival in Windsor last weekend. (watch out for my write-up in next month’s Blues News). We want to pack that room to the MAX and show Chris how much us Canberrans love our BLUES!

And don’t forget Fiona Boyes has her new album launch ‘Professin’ The Blues’ on Saturday 5 November in the Keller.

It’s been a long time since we’ve seen Marji on stage due to personal health issues, so I’m really looking forward to seeing The Marji Curran Band hosting our jam this month. We’ve got a few surprise guests coming along to jam too but you’ll have to come along to find out who they are!

The end of the month will see the return of the ever popular annual Blues Piano Night with Leo Joseph, Ali Penney, John Black & Wayne Kelly.

It’s time for submissions to CBS if you’d like to host a jam next year. Email musicians@canberrabluessociety.com.au to express your interest. Remember, you must be financial to be considered.

In conclusion, check out our gig guide and get out and about and enjoy the top quality music available around town this month.

Your President

John Spencer

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