Presidential Musing – December 2018

Hello blues lovers. Not long now ‘til Santa slithers down the chimney; devours the treats left for him and leaves behind packages of socks and handkerchiefs. And we get to eat ham sandwiches for a month.

Well, wasn’t the November jam a hoot! The Blue Tone Specials, Matt Fitzgerald on guitar and vox, Steve Hartnett on harp and vox, Doug Curry on bass and myself on drums had a great time! We hope you enjoyed yourselves as much as we did. The jammers then got up and it was a very entertaining and fun afternoon.

And a plug for the CBS jam workshop. A good mate of mine, Brian Turton, has been attending the workshop for the last few months and decided to play at the November jam. The workshops are obviously working well as the set went off with Brian sharing lead duties with Rick Bamford. I’m looking forward to seeing more people come through from the workshops to the Sunday jams.

CBS ran a fundraiser recently for Milena Barrett Band (the winners of the Sydney Blues Challenge). The raffle raised $400 for the band to help with their expenses at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis. Milena & the band were stoked. Thank you to all those who bought raffle tickets on the night.

A reminder that there will be a giving tree at the December Xmas Party Jam to help Marymead. You can leave a gift or money to help the kids out during Christmas! Julian Gilchrist will also be having his vintage vinyl records, CD sale. He’ll be set up just outside the Keller Bar, so spare some time during the jam to check it out & maybe grab a bargain for Christmas.

We have a couple of extra special events coming up in December.

  • CBS Xmas Party Blues Jam hosted by The SunBears at the HGC on Sunday 16th December. There’ll be treats on the tables, member lucky door prize & a great Xmas hamper raffle Also, as mentioned above, there will be a Giving Tree where you can make a donation of either a gift or money to help the kids at Marymead. 2-5:30pm, $3 CBS / $5 other, kids under 12 free entry
  • The CBS Christmas party is on Friday 21st December at the HGC and will be hosted by Lazy Eye (SA). 7 – 10:30pm.

Bucky’s Big Budweiser Birthday Bash is on Saturday 12th January at The Austrian Club from 2pm with a great line-up including Shane Pacey. All proceeds on the day donated to Rise Above Capital Region Cancer Relief.

The Australian Blues Music Festival 2019 has locked in all their artists (check their website) and CBS will once again be running the blues jams on Friday & Saturday nights in conjunction with The Goulburn Club. If you’re travelling up to the festival & can spare an hour or so to lend us a hand, please email contact@canberrabluessociety.com.au.

STOP PRESS We’ve just locked in UK British Blues Award winner and 4 time European Blues Awards nominee Bex Marshall and her band for Friday 8 March 2019 at the Harmonie German Club. Pencil the date in your diaries. More details in next month’s Blues News.

On behalf of the committee I’d like to thank all our members for your support over the past year and wish you & your families a fabulous Christmas and New Year.

That’s it for another month. If you’re travelling over the break, play safe! See you at the jam.


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