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Anniversaries this week

  • 19/10 - Don Parmley (1933)
  • 19/10 - Ebo Walker (1941) - Ebo Walker was a good old man
  • 19/10 - John Lithgow (1945) - You're GORGEOUS!!!
  • 19/10 - Patrick Simmons (1945) - Guitarist, folk, bluegrass, and rock guitarist with the Doobie Bros
  • 19/10 - Dave Guard (1934) - Folk Singer, Banjoist, Guitarist, original Kingston Trio member Died Mar 22, 1991 aged 56
  • 19/10 - Grant Turner (died this day in 1991) - Announcer, Commentator, Radio Disc Jock, Grand Ole Opry announcer for half-a-century
  • 19/10 - Vic Jordan (1938)
  • 20/10 - Bill Knowlton (1938)
  • 20/10 - Grandpa Jones (1913) - Country Singer/Guitarist, Comedian, Banjoist, Yodeler, Cowbells; Real Name :Louis M. Jones; Hee Haw & Grand Ole Opry regular. Died Feb 19, 1998 aged 84
  • 21/10 - Glen Duncan
  • 21/10 - Brian Wetzel (1962)
  • 22/10 - Clay Jones (1967)
  • 22/10 - Rounder Records releases their first record (1970)
  • 22/10 - Johnson Mountain Boys make first recordings (1978)
  • 23/10 - Eric Gibson (1970)
  • 23/10 - Merle Watson (died this day in 1985)
  • 23/10 - Mother Maybelle Carter (died this day in 1978) - Bluegrass Hall of Famer - Singer, Songwriter, Guitarist, of The Carter Family; Mother of June, Helen, & Anita. Died 23 October 1978 aged 69. Born May 10, 1909
  • 23/10 - Dwight Yoakam (1956)
  • 24/10 - Larry Stephenson (1956)
  • 24/10 - Lachlan Dear (1987) - Smiling bass player with Australia's Grasshopper, and Hardrive
  • 24/10 - Bob Amos (1957)
  • 24/10 - Kirk McGee (died this day in 1983)
  • 25/10 - Mom & Pop Lewis Married (1925)
  • 25/10 - Sammy Passamano (1980) - CEO of Rural Rhythm Records
  • 25/10 - Minnie Pearl (1912) - Grand Ole Opry regular, Hee Haw regular; Real Name:Sarah Ophelia Colley Cannon. Died Mar 4, 1996 aged 83) HOW-DEEEEE!
  • 25/10 - Mollie O'Brien

Quotable Quotes:

The difference between me and the newer artists is that I have the history with the architects, the masters that started the music. I know where the music came from
(Ricky Skaggs)

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  NEXT  GET-TOGETHER  : SATRUDAY EVENING JUBE 7thPLUS 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


Where Bluegrass Harmony began!

All welcome A NEW VENUE with wonderful acoustics. The group is all about singing for the joy of singing. A unique form which is based on the 1600-1700 West Country English ( and Scots Irish) folk song tunes that were nurtured and preserved as a living tradition in the South Eastern States of the US.  Shape Note refers to a unique system of standard modern notation, but uses uniques note heads to covey the pitch of each note using the old English four note solfa system ( Fa-Sol-La-Fa Sol-La -Mi-Fa.  No "choir" type voice required. Males and females can sing whereever they want- just an octave up or down. Uses natural pitches of the human voice and the key of the tune is determined by the mix of voices present.  Sacred Harp singing groups sing for the sheer joy it is not done with an aim to performing.

Coordinator Eimear Cradock saya " We are an open group who pride ourselves on creating an atmosphere that is inclusive and participatory. You require no musical or singing experience to join just the desire to sing. "

 meeting times are the second sunday of every month, at Dickson Street Space, Dickson Street, off King Street, Newtown, - Normally 3-6pm.

We welcome everybody of all ages, ability levels, political and religious backgrounds..our common ground is that we sing together. For more information on sacred harp visit .


THIRROUL  PICK : Saturday 21st June  ( 3rd Saturday each month )

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 JUNE 21st , from 7.30pm

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

For more information contact MARK BALLESI on 02 42675786, 

 mobile 0413373596    or 


FROM 2 PM .     USUALLY   THIRD SUNDAY EACH MONTH  -    TOWN & COUNTRY HOTEL    2 Unwins Bridge Rd    St PETERS  ph  9519 1965  

  SUN. 22nd June!!!!!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 ( No cover charge for either event.)



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

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

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