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SUNDAY | 28 APRIL 2019

Join us on the 4th Sunday of April for our popular Jam Sessions featuring our host band  The Minglewood Blues Band and then a host of local and interstate musicians jamming on stage for your afternoon entertainment.

1:00pm – 4:30pm
Members: $3  |  non-members $5 | Kids under 12 free



CBS April Blues Jam will be hosted by The Minglewood Blues Band – formed a few years ago by four like-minded fanatical Blues musicians to play the blues for the fun and love of it. The Band has already played quite a few shows & blues festivals so far, which were very well received, and are very excited about their future. The latest member to join the band is Bernard (Berno) Morris on the pots & pans who is settling in very well.

Rick Bamford – has been there and done that over the years. His love of performing has been with him his whole career.
For most of his early life he toured Australia in several well known outfits.

After 25 years of touring shows, Rick settled in this area. His passion for the Blues has never wavered as he continues to woo the crowds with his rasping vocals, lead & slide guitar and his passion for entertaining.

Dean Edgecombe (Deano) – Has been wooing audiences all over Australia for longer than he cares to think about. His driving bass lines & his undying passion for the blues has seen him punch out the back line for many renowned bands.

Deano came to Canberra many years ago after cutting his teeth in the Sydney blues scene & has proven to be a consummate performer ever since arriving. The way Deano lays down a solid bass line & handles all the different feels is second to none.

Bernard Morris (Berno) – started his compulsion for drums with a dilapidated $150 kit as a 17 year old. Despite failing equipment he tried a range of (mainly Led Zeppelin) tunes with a high school guitar mate in each other’s lounge rooms until his moves to Sydney, Lismore and Melbourne with share housing halted any further noise making.

Moving to Canberra he found himself in a local rock ‘n’ roll band made up primarily of teachers, called ‘Chorque’ which later became ‘Chubby and the Deadlocks’. They played a mix of rock ‘n’ roll, blues and contemporary covers and over ten or so years at parties and events around Canberra.

The Chubbies ultimately faded towards the coast as members retired. In recent times Berno picked up with a local three piece with an emphasis on the blues. Through the Blues Society Keller Room jams, he met Deano and Rick and found himself amongst some major Blues legends, so the pressure is really on for him to dive deeply and properly into the blues. He’d better get another kit at least…
James Hoogstad (Hoogie) – cut his musical teeth in an Adelaide blues outfit ‘Too Many Cats’ where he also learned how to drink too much, smoke cigarettes and play tenor sax all at the same time.
Rock ‘n’ roll bands followed. Horn section work in bigger bands such as ‘Capacity Max’ helped foster his love of listening to the trombone. Hoogie still hopes to one day meet a trumpet player who’s main goal in life is not to play higher, louder and faster than everyone else.

The mid ‘noughties’ saw a return to more soulful music in bands ‘Naked Soul’ and ‘Judi Pearce and the Arrangement’. ‘Minglewood Blues Band’ completes the full circle back to blues music, which is a mighty fine place to be.

The host band will be followed by some of the finest musicians in the region jamming together for a great afternoon of live music.
Bring your family, bring your friends and bring your dancing shoes.


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Attended and played at the Blues jam today. It’s 42 years since I last played in Canberra and what a great experience I had. What impressed me the most was the friendliness and acceptance of the other musos there. I got to play with the exceptional Dan Fernandes for the first time which was a real pleasure plus other great players. Can’t wait to come down again for another jam. Thanks to everyone involved.

Phil O’Connor

We had a blast! See you all again soon.

The Black Hat Band

Last night @ the Narrabundah Harmonie German Club monthly Canberra Blues Society! No practice at all together with these guys before getting up on stage, it was a spontaneous set. I was blessed to be performing with such brilliant players.

Layal Mia Stage

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