Kiama Jamberoo Community Music Association

Sunday 19th May at 2pm in the historic chapel at Jamberoo Uniting (built 1879), award winning musicians Bush Gothic bring history to life with songs of the criminal women and desperate men from an era of  transportation, adventure and gold.

The band is touring from Melbourne and is made up of lead fiddle -singer Jenny M.Thomas, double bassist Dan Witton and drummer Chris Lewis. Their tours of the UK and Ireland attracted 5 star reviews, sold out concerts in London and invitations to perform at Festival No. 6 and Shambala. Previous concerts in Australian Gaols, concert halls and gold fields have been described as “mesmerising….utterly riveting” and “outstanding”.

This is the band’s only performance on the South Coast and a wonderful opportunity to see them in an intimate and historic setting.

Tickets are available at   and you can go to the band’s website for some fascinating reading about Bush Gothic.   $20 Concession (including youth with adult)  $30 Adult

Also Coming up Musically

Saturday 25th May Rotary’s annual Berry Celtic Festival  This year’s festivities focus on the Celtic nation of Ireland. Beginning at 9:30am with street parade of pipe bands, representatives of all the Celtic clans, Medieval knights on horseback and Scottish terrier dogs. Entertainment continues at the Showground (entry $10) including Gaelic singing & fiddle workshops, stalls. For those who still have energy to burn, the day rounds out with the Berry Celtic Ball. Info at

Saturday 1st – 10th June Seechange Festival at Jervis Bay featuring creative and performing arts, culture and cuisine, the festival is an exciting celebration of Jervis Bay’s creativity. Musical events include 2nd June Music Day Out with local and regional musicians drawing on roots, latin, blues, Spanish, Middle Eastern and everything in between. On 5th June pianist Gary Smith and Annie Van Tilburg playing violin and cello perform an evening of music from classic to contemporary composers – there will be wine & nibbles too. 6th June moves under the stars for a drumming workshop at Paperbark Camp – warming up with hearty soup and mulled wine, the drummers will spend 75 minutes creating a communal sound amongst the towering gumtrees.

Kiama Jamberoo Community Music Association Fortnightly Music Activities

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Rehearsals take place at Jamberoo Chapel Soundspace at Uniting Church hall, 11 Wyalla Road, Jamberoo for the following groups;

KJ String Orchestra  Rehearses Thursdays fortnightly 6:30 – 8pm with the next rehearsal  on Thursday 16th May. Conductor Dal Oldham has introduced a fresh and exciting new set of music to work on. Derived from great composers of the Austro-Hungarian tradition, the program includes Viennese Waltz, Bohemian Dance and more. Fritz Kreisler, Johann Strauss, Franz Liszt and Antonin Dvorak are amongst the featured composers. String players are welcome to join – no auditions but if you are unsure then feel free to email us to discuss (the music requires a minimum of about Grade 5 ability but we welcome more experienced players too) The next performance date is Thursday 31st October 2019 6:30pm.

Wood & Wind – Combined Chamber Group (Strings/Wind)  This group rehearses Thursdays fortnightly at 6:30pm with the next rehearsal on Thursday 23rd May. This term we have started working on a Renaissance program and have plans for a Winter social on Sunday 25th August 2019.The group features an eclectic combination of strings, flutes, guitars and more. New players of all levels of ability welcomed. 

Folk Music Session for playing folk tunes or songs from Australia, England, Scotland, Ireland, America or from anywhere that you find a tune or a song appealing to play or sing. Wayne Millar leads both this Folk and the Bluegrass group. Next rehearsal is Wednesday 15th May 6:30-8:30pm.  We also run a monthly Saturday Jamberoo Folk Session from 11 – 2:30pm featuring guest artists / local folk musicians in a jam session style workshop that is both social and a chance to mine musical jewels of the folk tradition. Next Jamberoo Saturday Session is Saturday 18th May.

Bluegrass and Old Time Session accommodates musicians that are looking for a bluegrass session where the tunes are played at a slow pace- open to all levels including beginners. For the more experienced there is a chance to play at a faster pace after the tunes have been played slowly. Next rehearsal is Wednesday 22nd May 6:30-8:30pm. If you want to find out more you can email Wayne at  

Chapel Consort has recommenced and rehearses fortnightly on Friday evenings at Griff Music Studio in Shoalhaven Heads. Next date is Friday 17th May at 6pm. The group is modelled on a traditional English college/church choir but with the difference that the singers are also instrumentalists. All are good music and sight-readers who are interested in classical, sacred and early music. The group welcomes visiting artists and new members – so far guests have included pianist/composer Sally Greenaway, Horn player / conductor from England Chris Griffiths , travelling artist and choral singer Barbara Curry.  Please contact Heather directly on 4448 7590 / 0413 365 798 or for information.

Notices & Opportunities

Artist Applications now open for Illawarra Folk Festival From 16 – 19 January 2020 the annual festival features four exciting summer days filled with folk, world, roots, bluegrass, gypsy and Celtic music as well as workshops, poetry, comedy and dance. Performer applications close 30th May 2019 so head to  This will be the 35th annual Illawarra Folk Festival and a highlight is the violin as the featured instrument. Volunteer applications open in August and stallholders in October.

Creative Kids Vouchers are currently available at These $100 vouchers can be used towards music lessons from a registered provider and are a terrific way to give children an introduction to learning a musical instrument. Christine from Epics Music is a local registered provider. In addition to her work with piano, composition and music therapy, she runs Music 101 classes for parents of budding musicians and has associates who can teach a range of other instruments. More info at Epics Music website 

Jamberoo weekly Singing Circle has started up and gets together Mondays 6:30pm – 7:30pm at Jamberoo Chapel Soundspace, 11 Wyalla Rd. This independent group is run by Kate Armstrong,  singer songwriter who is also experienced in teaching yoga and vocal toning. Kate uses posture work and vocal warmups with a view to incorporating rhythm, harmony and group singing to enhance wellbeing and relaxation. Sessions will be $15 but first session is free. For more information Kate can be contacted at 0424 625 132 and Facebook Voice In Tuition

Bathurst String Orchestra Workshop September 27 – September 29, 2019 An opportunity to indulge intensively in the wondrous world of string playing within a friendly and social atmosphere. Adult & older teenagers of all standards are invited to experience string orchestra & small group rehearsals, tutorials, yoga for musicians and a range of other musically interesting things. For a brochure email

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