Presidential Musings

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

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