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Presidential Musing - December 2023

7 Dec 2023 11:42 PM | Kerry Sattler (Administrator)

Last month Bek Jensen (featuring Lachy Doley) and supported by The Barren Spinsters went off like a bomb .

Blues Piano Night featuring Carolyn “Pinecone” Packer, John Black, Ali Penney and Leo Joseph on the 17th November also drew a crowd.

Last month’s Jam was hosted by the reformed Bluetone Specials in their new 5 piece lineup (Matt Fitzgerald, John Van Buuren, Steve Hartnett, Doug Curry, Dave McCrae). We had a ball. Unfortunately, numbers were down a little probably due to the surfeit of blues related and other events around town at the moment.

Our Xmas Party Jam is coming up this Sunday 10th December at 2pm and will be hosted by the fabulous Continental Robert Susz & his Blues Party. In Robert’s own words It will be a BoOgALoOin', in The Alley, BLUES Kinda Feelin!! Our Marymead Giving Tree is ready to receive unwrapped presents or Xmas food items for those less fortunate; or you can donate directly (donation slips will be on the tables). K2 has put together some great raffle prizes and the Harmonie German Club has kindly donated a dinner for two (to the value of $100) at Knuckles Restaurant and a $50 bar tab card for our Xmas Hamper 1st prize. Also, there’ll be a CBS members LUCKY DOOR PRIZE (must be present to claim this prize.)

Great news from the Cooma Busking Championships. The Blues Kids (Bryn & Charlie Child) won their section, Manchild & The Blues Kids won the Best Band Award, and Typical Drew was given a Special Judges Award. Congratulations guys!

On a more serious note, Rick Bamford, stalwart of the Jam Workshops for so many years, has decided to finish up and concentrate on his gigs down the south coast.  He will be missed by all of us especially the workshoppers. His last workshop will be this Wednesday 6th December.

Thank you Rick for all you’ve put into that programme and all the best for the future with your performances and (I’m told) your recording plans.

So don’t forget, even though there are no jams in January, Bucky’s Big Birthday Bash Charity Gig is on the 13th January (full lineup just announced – see page 4 for details) and Walter Trout (USA) with guest support James Southwell is on the 30th January.

On behalf of myself and the CBS Committee I’d like to wish all our members a safe and Happy Festive Season.


“Gonna move up to the country paint my mailbox blue” (Taj Mahal)


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Steve Hartnett


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