Jam Day, Parade Hotel – 20 Nov 2022

This is the run up to summer and we are hoping to be outside in the sunshine. Make sure you get along for an afternoon of fun and music with friends. Whether you wish to play or just sit and listen, a cool drink in hand at the edge of Koombana Bay is the perfect way to spend a Sunday afternoon. See ya there.

Blues at Bridgetown – 12 Nov 2022

We have a good contingency of club musicians and bands representing the club at this years Blues at Bridgetown Festival. Two club bands are playing on the community stage in the main street so get along and give them a bit of support. As far as we know the markets are back so the Festival will be back to full strength and it will be a great weekend. Two other club bands Stumptown and Stage Left are playing at Freemasons and we have Old School Blues and eNjoy busking on Saturday and Sunday. See you there.

View from the Chair

Hi South West Blues Club members,

We had another great jam day on the 16th October at The Parade Hotel. The first notes were played at 2.00pm and the music went through to 6.00pm. There are some great photos of the day on the club Facebook page. The jam day seems to have two aspects to me. The early part when a lot of people are keen to get on “the stage” and there is a lot of activity around the “board”, and then the second half when the vibe gets a bit more laid back with musicians being a bit “cooler”. As I said last time the jam is only possible because of the dedicated club members that arrive at The Parade early, between 11am and 11.30am and then get the gear out and set it up. Key people are Vice Chairman Gary Green and Treasurer Ron Kinson who have the technical know-how about setting up the P.A., and then there are the people like myself who provide the manual labour involved in carrying everything in. The big challenge will come from next month onwards when we play outside and get to set the pergola up, which is like trying to pass an initiative test to qualify as an officer in the armed forces.

We had a good response to the call for more hands to help in “setting up” and “putting away” and this made the whole task easier and more enjoyable. Thanks for that and keep it up. Helping in this way is a good way to ensure you get on the “board”.

November is a time of year to renew membership. To get on the board to play at jam sessions you need to be a member (unless it is your first time playing) so please ensure you have renewed your membership.

A number of club members are playing at The Bridgetown Blues Festival this year so if you get there please support them if you can. At this time I do not have details of where and when members are playing but Saturday seems to be the day when they are involved.

While we are on the topic of support please get along to the SWBC Blues Central at Froth Tavern held the second Sunday of the month and support South West Blues Club bands on stage. It is a great chance to hear an afternoon of blues in a wonderful new venue.

Blues Central, Froth Brewery – 13 Nov 2022

Where there’s smoke there’s fire. Join us for an afternoon of smokin’ hot blues with Bunbury’s own Smokin’ Joe. This five piece South West Blues Club band is running hot with a string of local gigs under their belt and now for the first time playing at Froth for November’s Blues Central. The sessions just get better. See you at Blues Central: Froth Tavern the second Sunday of the month.

Jam Day, Parade Hotel – 16 Oct 2022

What a great turnout for our September Jam. We have only just packed the gear away and we are already getting excited about our next jam. More new members, more new faces and more new talent to hear. What ever the weather we stay warm and dry in the Parade’s River Room. Put a ring around this date and we will see you there.

Blues Central – Froth Brewery, 9 Oct 2022

Our second Blues Central afternoon is Sunday the 9th of October at Froth Craft Brewery in the heart of Bunbury. This time it is an afternoon of Jump Blues with Stumptown. Get on down to Bunbury’s newest venue. Grab family and friends and make an afternoon of it. Keeping the blues alive.

Murder Mystery night Postponed

The committee has made a decision to put a hold on the Murder Mystery Night and look to run it later in the year, with September being the tentative month. A new wave of Covid has hit the South West and health authorities are predicting worse to come. In the interests of the health and well being of club members, we are postponing the night. The night has been well subscribed and anyone who has purchased tickets can either hold onto them or you can get a refund. If you wish to know more about the event, or have any concerns please call Laura: 0458 858 077 or email laurathomson1@bigpond.com. Keep an eye on this Facebook page for the new date and we apologise for any inconvenience. Stay safe.

Jam day and AGM postponed

The committee has made a decision to postpone the next Jam Session and the AGM that was to have been held in August. In light of the worsening Covid situation, the health and well being of members and the wider public are paramount. We had a large turnout for the July jam with reports that there are growing numbers of our membership now with covid. Few people were wearing masks, and it is almost impossible to socially distance in a crowded room. We will wait for the current covid and flu wave to subside and hope to resume our activities in September. It is regrettable to have to curtail these two events and we apologise for any inconvenience. Your health is important and we ask everyone to stay safe.

Murder Mystery Night – Parade Hotel 30 Jul 2022

Join us for a ‘Blue Murder’ night never to be forgotten.
A famous Blues Artist will be murdered on the night …will it be you ?
Get your 1920’s gear on for a fun filled night of laughter, mayhem and Murder. Finger Food will be served throughout the night.
Members Free / Non Members $15
Please reserve your spot as a participant, maximum 60 so be quick !
Otherwise you can come along as a spectator for a great night of entertainment and camaraderie. Rsvp to Laura Asap please. Details below.