We are finishing the year in style. Two very seasoned bands; Big Town Players and Desert Road. Big Town Players are led by the sensational harp of Howie Smallman and behind him Bob Greaves, Phil Riseborough and Phil Bradley. Theirs is a big fat, raucous, electric bar room sound. To follow a band with a great local following on the country music scene but equally at ease with the blues. Club members will have watched Donna’s great bass playing and listened to her unforgettable vocals. This is going to be a hot way to end the year.
It is a big month with Bridgetown Blues Festival and our November Jam is the following Sunday, helping you fill your tank with blues. This is a very special day as we pay tribute to one of our most beloved club members and fellow musicians Gary Denford (or Gazza to most). It will be a celebration of his music with friends and family, so please come and enjoy this special day with us all. We will be running the club raffle and there will be 10% discount on food and drinks for club members.
Greetings fellow blues club members, and friends.
As you may know, I have been elected to the position of chairman for the coming year. I am very pleased to take on this role, and I will do everything I can to keep the club running well.
I would like to thank the outgoing chairman, Dave Corcoran, for all of the hard work he has put into what can only be described as a difficult year. I would also like to thank Cici Corcoran for her efforts on the committee. Also, a big thanks to the committee of the past year, who work tirelessly behind the scenes, to ensure the smooth running of everything. These people are all dedicated volunteers, and are amazing.
I welcome the returning committee members, and the new committee members, and I look forward to a productive and enjoyable year.
For the past couple of weeks the committee have been busy getting the administrative things done, and preparing for the challenges ahead. We will do our best to keep everyone informed of what is happening, and what lies ahead.
A reminder to all members that membership renewals fall due on the 1st of December each year, so I encourage you to check that you are financial members. Membership costs just $25 per year, and there are benefits from this membership. Firstly, and most importantly, as a financial member, you get to decide who runs the club for the coming year. Another benefit is supporting the club, to support local musicians. There have been some amazing performances at out jam days, and at our monthly event, Blues Central. I intend to encourage the committee to arrange other club events, that will be provided for members. Stay tuned!
This brings me to another thank you, to our sponsors, Froth Bunbrewery, who provide the venue and sound system, and engineer for our events. On top of this Froth offer paid members a 10% discount on purchases at there brewery. This applies all of the time, not just at club events, so get on down and support Froth.
Again, thank you to all of the hard working members for accepting the challenge, and getting the results.
Finally, all members, please feel free to contact me, or any of the committee, with any questions, or suggestions. We would love feedback, and your ideas. Don’t forget to enjoy yourselves.
Chairman, South West Blues Club Inc.
We are well represented at Bridgetown Blues Festival this year with three club bands playing on the Blues Club Stage in the main street from 1.30pm through to 4.00pm on Saturday afternoon. Each band will be playing a 40 minute set and they are bound to pull the crowds. There is no entry fee for this event so get there early to grab a spot. See you at Bridgee.
This is a call out to South West Blues Club Bands interested in representing the South West Blues Club at the 2023 Bridgetown Blues Festival on Saturday November 11th. South West Blues Club bands will play between 1.30pm and 4pm on the Main Street Stage. We will be selecting three bands to each play a 45 minute slot. This is not a ticketed event so no tickets or accommodation will be provided to players but the club will be paying a small stipend to help cover costs. A PA and sound technician is provided but you will need to bring your own instruments, amps and peddles. All band members must be current ‘paid up’ South West Blues Club members. If you are interested in playing please register your interest by email to firstname.lastname@example.org Please provide your band name, band member names and a Band Contact with phone number and a set list, (your band will be expected to play a blues set). Registrations close at 6pm Thursday 26th of October.
On Saturday the 14th of October 2023, a fun, exciting, and new community event comes to Capel and South West Blues Club have been asked to provide a day of live music.
The event has been developed as a four-way partnership between the Ironstone Adventure Riding Club, the Shire of Capel, the Indian Harley Club, and the Bike Shed Times.
Starting at 10 a.m., the Capel River Classic Show and Shine Day offers a day of different attractions for the whole family.
Key attractions are as follows:
A Vintage Motorcycle Show and Shine
The ‘Rustic Off-Road Rally’ for pre-1975 classic and historic bikes on local gravel and unsealed roads
The ‘Capel River Classic’ with entertainment, food, refreshments, and other activities that bike enthusiasts and the general public can enjoy. Including Country Markets, Food trucks, Live Music, a Bar, and entertainment for the kids.
The event will include a stunning showcase of meticulously restored vintage bikes that pay homage to the craftsmanship and beauty of yesteryears.
From rare classics to iconic legends, every motorcycle on display will be a testament to the rich history of motorcycling.
Come along, have a great day and support your club bands.
Blues Central in association with Froth Craft Bunbrewery has almost completed a year of showcasing the very best Blues Bands in Western Australia. South West Blues Club has been inspired by the standard of musicianship and the passion shown by bands for this monthly event. We have had great public support as we attempt to bring quality blues acts to Bunbury. At each session we have encouraged the South West Blues Club’s musicians and bands to support these acts and the results have been spectacular. Our bands have risen to the occasion and delivered class shows alongside the invitation bands. We are calling for interest from bands wishing to perform at Blues Central up until June of next year. Invitation bands will play for 2 x 45 minute sets and South West Blues Club Bands play a one hour set. Email your interest to: email@example.com with details of your band and links to performances.
This is the Jam you do not want to miss. This month’s raffle is worth over $700 and includes a meat pack, a Yahava KoffeeWorks coffee hamper, a Froth bottle of wine and two tickets to Bridgetown Blues Festival. On top of all that is four hours of great music and a chance to chinwag with your mates. A reminder to members that we have the AGM ahead of the Jam. Don’t forget to bring your membership guitar pick to get 10% off drinks and food. See ya Sunday.
A change of plan folks. Big Town Players are now booked for December and instead on Sunday we have the fabulous Louis Rebeiro and the Blues Machine. For those who missed these teenage wonders in March, now is your chance to see these guys on stage. To follow we have everyone’s favourites, Jimmy and the Survivors. See you on Sunday.
The South West Blues Club 2023 AGM will be held 11am-12pm on Sunday 15 October 2023 at Froth Brewery 12 Victoria Street Bunbury (i.e. immediately prior to the October jam day).
The AGM is an important time for us to come together as a club, reflect on the year that has been and elect our committee and office bearers for the following year. Please come along to help celebrate what we’ve achieved in 2022/23 and decide upon the structure of our committee for 2023/24.
Notice of Special Resolution
Please note that a special resolution has been received, which will be considered at the AGM.