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Anniversaries this week

  • 13/4 - Sam Bush (1952)
  • 13/4 - Jody Rainwater (1919) - AKA Charles Edward ‘Chuck’ Johnson, long time bass player with Flatt & Scruggs. Died 24/Dec/2011 aged 92
  • 14/4 - Loretta Lynn (1935)
  • 14/4 - Stuart Duncan (1964)
  • 14/4 - Jack Stoneman (died this day in 1992)
  • 15/4 - Lamar Grier (1938)
  • 15/4 - Rose Maddox (died this day in 1998)
  • 15/4 - April Stevens (1974)
  • 15/4 - Bessie Smith (1894)
  • 15/4 - Roy Clark (1933)
  • 15/4 - Lee Kernaghan (1964) - Australian country singer
  • 16/4 - Chris West
  • 16/4 - Dusty Springfield (1939) - born: Mary Isabel Catherine Bernadette O'Brien
  • 16/4 - Delia Bell (1904)
  • 17/4 - Daffy Duck
  • 17/4 - Uwe Kruger (1961)
  • 17/4 - Cindy Baucom
  • 18/4 - Earl Scruggs married Louise Certain (1948)
  • 18/4 - Terry Eldredge
  • 18/4 - John Rossbach (1954)
  • 19/4 - Earl Bolick (died this day in 1998)
  • 19/4 - Ashby Frank (1983)
  • 19/4 - Dorene Bankester (1958)


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THIRROUL  PICK : Saturday the 19th April- YES EASTER SATURDAY!!!!!!!

Hi everyone, we are on again this Saturday, doors open from 7pm. 

Hope you can make it along for another fine night of picking. Bring acoustic instruments.

All levels from beginner to advanced. Great friendly atmosphere!

regards : MArk Ballesi

WHERE : Thirroul Railway Institute Hall, Railway Parade Thirroul 

               ( At the southern end of platform one , Thirroul railway Station)               

WHEN: Saturday 15th of March , from 7.30pm

Cost: $5 ($3 concession) To cover hall rent.

For more information contact MARK BALLESI on 02 42675786, 

 mobile 0413373596    or 

SAFETY IN NUMBERS ( no April Meet!) SUNDAY 18 th MAY

FROM 2 PM .  Note: NO APRIL 2014 SESSION   USUALLY   THIRD SUNDAY EACH MONTH  -    TOWN & COUNTRY HOTEL    2 Unwins Bridge Rd    St PETERS  ph  9519 1965  

  SUN. MAY 18th !!!!!Special chance for beginners and others to join in the big  onstage  Jam Session with the "Safety In Numbers" Group  ALL WELCOME -BRING INSTRUMENT AND/OR VOICE!

   Then FROM 4:30 til 5:30      SPECIAL GUESTS IN MAY- CATGUT-    Great young  new  old timey band fiddle, banjo guitar  . ( No cover charge for either event.



  NEXT  GET-TOGETHER  :  SAT  MAY  3rd:   SPECIAL GUEST BAND - "My-T-Fine"  PLUS Great line up of Bluegrass and Old Timey Musicians.

   Starts 6:30 with "Safety in Numbers" ( The SINNERS!) all welcome Bluegrass & Trad Country  sing and pick session. Open mic Concert from 7:45 pm. SIN people get chance to perform on stage to open evening. Also time between 8PM AND 8:30  for solo's , duets etc from among the Safety in numbers group to gain stage experience . ( Must be bluegrass or old time/trad country.) From 8:30, mostly established bands etc . Bluegrass & Trad Country styled groups etc have first preference.

Annandale Neighbourhood Centre 79 Johnston St ANNANDALE :  BTCMSA members $6 donation; Non Members $8.  All welcome. Supper available.

: MAY: Sat 3rd : June :Sat 7th. ( 1st Sat Each Month for rest of year incl Dec)  More info


VARYING SUNDAY  EACH MONTH Held in the Blackwood Uniting Church  MARTIN ST BLACKWOOD ( 80 km west of Melbourne). 

  TYPICAL  Program 

1:30pm Shapenote singing session ( No prior experience; bring your vocal chords!

2:30pm Bluegrass session (all players welcome)

4:30pm Feature Performers

 -          GET LATEST ON WHAT & WHEN go to  :   


Held in Harrietville Victoria from 2nd to 3rd of May. Head quarters : Mountain View Retreat.

ARTISTS SO FAR: Coolgrass, Bluegrass Parkway, Pipi Pickers, Old South, Cripple Creek, Hillwilliams, Fat Chance, Fauxgrass, Nine Mile Creek, Strzelecki Stringbusters, Mysterious Mose, Appalachian Heaven, Kissin’ Cousins, Ally Harper, Lonesome Still.

Full details on website :


Thanks to everyone to gave their support and made the tour such a success. Hope we get the chance to hear Pete again sometime!


Yarra Junction,Victoria  Feb 21-23 

  Special thanks to Ken McMaster, the volunteers ( especially those who helped with the cleanup after the weekend)  and all who attended to make this another successful and wonderful Convention.  See you next year.

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Full BTCMSA info on BTCMSA section.  GO to Application Form section for printable copy.Thanks

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