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18 Jun 2024 10:24 PM | Steve Hartnett (Administrator)

You may have noticed the first reminders for membership renewal have gone out via e-mail. We have had a good early response so far. If anyone has any questions or concerns about their membership renewal please contact our membership officer, Anne Bailey, at

The June Jam Workshop had a good attendance despite the very wet weather. Always good to see lots of participants and new faces. Some of the regular participants are putting together a showcase set for the next Pro Jam.

The Pro Jam this month featured The JW House Band. This band was put together specially for this jam, and I humbly submit the performance was memorable. Unfortunately, numbers were down for this jam, so the house band filled in frequently with the jammers. Lots of regular attendees for this event were in Queensland at the Broadbeach Festival and there were many other events on around Canberra as well.

Mitch Grainger’s solo show in the Keller on 1st June was well attended and many who’d seen him up at Broadbeach attended. Mitch entertained and amazed with his fulsome guitar, rack mounted harp, great vocals and skillful audience engagement.

I will miss the next Jam which will be hosted by Monica Moore &The LCB on the 16th June. This distresses me muchly. I will also miss Frank Sultana &Tomcat Playground on the 21st June because of other commitments. Having seen all these acts before I can recommend both events to all.

Chase the Sun will play in July, and to top off the year, in a fabulous coup for the society, the incredible Charlie Musselwhite and his band in September. Tickets to this event are still selling well. Please don’t leave it till the last minute to purchase your tickets or you may miss out.

International Blues Music Day is on August 3 this year and preparations are gearing up. We need volunteers for the day and will be giving discounted tickets to those who volunteer for 3 hours or more on the day. If you are interested please complete the form attached and send email to so I can prepare a roster as early as possible. Including all your contact details and clearly indicating any limitations on your time would be very helpful to me.

Our IBMD poster is attached with the Blues News. Would be greatly appreciated if you could share with family and friends, print a copy and put up at your workplace & invite your work colleagues. (see page 14 for the program).

Don’t forget to check out the CBS events page and the gig guide on the website for more details and lots more local gigs in our vibrant local scene.


“Then one day, he got lost. Jumped on a alligator, thought it was a horse.” Lightnin’ Hopkins


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