Presidential Musing April 2020

Hello Blues fans.
Well. I might’ve spoken too soon in the previous Presidential Musings! The virus swooped in from out of nowhere and now we’re all dressed up and nowhere to go!
Dunno about you, but I’m already getting cabin fever and its only early days yet. And in the whole scheme of things, I’m very lucky. Unfortunately, due to the virus, all the entertainment industry is on hold including our monthly Blues Jams, Jam Workshops and our ticketed events. It’s very tough on the musicians themselves, a lot of whom will now be in the very long Centrelink lines. Our best wishes go out to all affected people. I hope this virus has a vaccine and a cure very soon to save peoples’ lives and get some level of normality back!
The March jam was a corker! The SunBears hosted the jam which was viewed by a quite respectable number of punters, given the virus scare was just starting. CC Hall and the guys rocked as usual and everyone tapped along to song after great song. Following the host band were some very fine jams. Of note, for the initial jam set was Johnny Huckle who played us a song he had only penned that morning – The Corona Virus Blues! Very on topic. Check out our YouTube channel for this song.
I’d like to take this moment to thank the people who volunteered to help us pack up at the end of the day. Unfortunately, I don’t have their names but with their help we were able to be packed up in about ½ an hour. It really, really helped! Thanks again. We’d welcome others helping out when they can – either with setting up before the jam or packing up afterwards.
While the live music scene has disappeared for the moment, various artists are live streaming their performances over the Interweb. Frank Sultana, Geoff Achison & Owen Campbell have done some great ones that I know of. Please keep an eye out for others. There may be a chance to make a donation on some sites and make a difference!
Lachy Doley Group has rescheduled their tour and we have booked them to play at the Harmonie German Club on Friday 9 April 2021. Now that’s something to look forward to.
Until next time, good luck and stay safe and remember, social distancing and isolation mightn’t be fun but they are lifesaving – your own and others?

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