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34th Subscription Ball at Maitland - Celebrating 60 years of the Bush Music CLub
6.30 for 7pm Grand March, Saturday 23rd August 2014, Maitland Town Hall, High St Maitland

By Sandra Nixon
Posted Thursday, May 1, 2014

Wonderful dance music provided by The Coalbrook Band, featuring Helen, Greg, Jennifer & Catherine Strutt and Chris Duncan

The music is a special feature for the Ball with the Coalbrook Band handling the large diversity in dance styles with great accomplishment. Again this year we will enjoy the musical talents of the entire Strutt family (Helen & Greg, Jennifer & Catherine) plus the great fiddle expertise of Chris Duncan. A little touch of Irish and Scottish, Colonial expertise to burn, some Welsh influences, 17th English - and who knows what other surprises may be in store for us? There will undoubtedly be a Hambo snuck in before one of the breaks!

pdf Ball Flyer & Booking Form can be downloaded from the Maitland Ball site

Dance Instructions

Dance instructions will be made available in PDF format once the programme has been devised and the specific versions of each dance have been determined.

Keith Wood has animations of numerous dances on his Dance Kaleidoscope Web site ( (Note: you may have to use a browser such as Google Chrome instead of Internet Explorer).

Dancers should be cautious when using viewing any of the ball dances on YouTube etc. or using instructions found on the internet as different versions exist, particularly for the Playford dances and the multi-figure quadrilles.


[1] Recommended in previous years
[2] Short taxi trip to Maitland Town Hall

  • If using the new Hunter Expressway a detailed map near Maitland may be needed. You can take either:
    • take the Buchanan Interchange (first exit), left onto John Renshaw Drive, then right onto Buchanan Rd almost immediately at the next roundabout. Near Maitland turn left onto New England Highway, or
    • take the Kurri Kurri Interchange (second exit), turning right onto Main Road through Heddon Greta and Gillieston Heights (!) to Maitland, cross the New England Highway and the railway and turn right to the Town Hall.
  • Airport One Shuttle Service - pickups by arrangement.
  • Hunter Valley Buses – Timetables and Maps. Route 145 Newcastle Airport to Green Hills (& E Maitland).
  • Newcastle Airport - direct flights from Sydney, Canberra, Melbourne, Brisbane and connections to Adelaide, Perth, Hobart, Darwin, etc.

Visitors Guide: Any dancers interested in a practice session in Canberra should contact Daryl Powell on 6295 8280

There will also be practice nights at the Pennant Hills Dance workshop

The Final Word

We can't reiterate strongly enough ...

Everyone benefits by your attendance at the practices. We can all then relax
and not have to teach the dances while they are in progress

34th Subscription Ball at Maitland - Celebrating 60 years of the Bush Music CLub