We were fortunate to be visited on 10th November 2022 by Smith Allen Peterson i.e. Beverly, Kellie and Pete, touring Australia from U.S.A, at our practice session. They play fiddle guitar and banjo and demonstrated their old-timey style to us. This was really good to reinforce the roots of our band with the emphasis on ‘keep it simple’ and rhythmic unison.
Oh my goodness, Saint James Hall at New Town in Hobart was absolutely brimming with energy on Saturday evening April 30 2022. The band had a ball (so to speak) playing for everybody as David Wanless and Sarah Lewis ushered them through a series of slow and fast and simple and more intricate dances. There was a lot of rollicking noise and bounce and we hoped we could still be heard, but if not, it obviously didn’t matter! The Broom dance was pretty gripping (no pun intended) for us to watch from our spot on the stage, and it was delightful when people had the steps down pat then started adding their own flavour. Words about the reason for the Ball, fundraising for the protection of our beautiful south coast wilderness, were heartfelt and illuminating. What a night!
We had a wonderful day playing at the Bream Creek Show in southern Tasmania on Saturday March 19th 2022.
There were some VERY VERY BIG Pumpkins, a race between a human, a horse and a motorbike (after some very entertaining heats), some foot-powered lathe furniture-making, sheep dog demonstrations, woodchopping, gumboot tossing, potato throwing, vintage cars, crafts, arts, machinery, grand parade, kids on bikes, alpacas, the completely fabulous Southside Steppers band, friendly commentary, food, sun, happy crowds, and that’s just the slice we could see from where we were standing!
Sun protected as we were, we all came home with tanned chins (and occasional knees).
Far more strings than you could count, and as many tunes as we could get through! The Hobart Old Time String Band joined a group of Folk Federation dancers, doing folk dances from various traditions – North American contra, Australian, Swedish, Irish and English.
The concert was mostly for a group of visiting music lovers exploring Tasmania by bus, but they welcomed others to join in a night of fun music, singing, dancing and a light supper at New Town, Tasmania.
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