Submitted by Peter Bruton
The Maryborough Country Music Club [that’s Maryborough in Victoria] has a three day camp-out for its members over the Queens Birthday long weekend in June each year. The country music camp-out it held at an historic disused school, located some 7Km out of Maryborough. We were lucky enough to be invited as quests.
The club has a growing love and appreciation of bluegrass music. And we certainly did our best to help the cause along, playing a lot of the bluegrass standards from Old Joe Clarke to Worried Man Blues.
A scratch band was formed, and cautiously called Adelaide Lead Bluegrass Train-wreck. The band members included club president Keith Bartlett on bass, Morrie Widmark guitar, Betty Widmark mandolin, Busker Tom Stevens fiddle, Peter Bruton banjo, Elaine Bruton Ukulele, Kaitlynn Bruton-Peters banjo and Gary on mandolin. The mix of Bluegrass and Country music went over well. The spectacle of the boot-scooters boot-scooting to the tune of Cripple Creek was a sight to behold, probably a world first.
The long weekend of music also included a camp oven damper cook off, done in a large pit of red hot coals. Hot damper and cool Bluegrass what a mix.
Bluegrass and Country music fans of Central Victoria would do well to support the Maryborough Country Music Club. They are a very laid-back and friendly group of people, and I thank them for a most enjoyable weekend.