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About Central Coast Bush Dance & Music Club
Woy Woy, Gosford area

By Leila Desborough
Posted Sunday, December 4, 2005

Our group is committed to preserving the traditions of Folk Music and Dance for generations to come. We encourage participation by everyone and provide a place for beginning and advanced dancers and musicians to become involved. We see education as the best way to preserve past traditions and trace the evolution of dance and music through history to the present time.

The Troubadour meets at the CWA Hall in Woy Woy across from the Wharf. We meet once a month (usually the 2nd Sunday each month at 1pm) where we are entertained by local performers as well as guest artists. Come along and be entertained or bring your instruments and contribute to a floor spot. Members and general public are welcome. The Troubadour also performs from time to time at local restaurants on the Peninsula where you can come along for a meal while listening to the talents of the club's members and guests.

As well as performance nights, membership of the club also opens opportunities to attend session nights and get togethers where members can exchange ideas, play music and build their confidence for performance or simply enjoy an atmosphere of song and music in an informal environment. Members are encouraged to participate in organization as well as joining in. The Troubadour members and their friends entertain at Nursing homes, fetes and other performance opportunities as they arise from time to time. A fun way to meet new friends with a similar interest in music and gain experience by sharing.

Big changes coming in May!

On May 8th we will have our Bob Dylan Tribute Concert at the Peninsula Theatre in Woy Woy which will need to be booked in advance. The next month we will start our new schedule of performances on Sunday afternoons at 1pm. This is a lovely way to spend your day with the beautiful wharf and waters of Woy Woy right across the street. Be sure to mark it on your calendar.

For more information about the Club, contact Frank Russell by email or phone (02) 4342 9099.

The Central Coast Bush Dance is held once a month on the 2nd Saturday of each month at the East Gosford Progress Hall, Corner of Henry Parry Drive and Wells Street East Gosford commencing at 8pm. All dances are called and no experience is needed. For information on our coming dances please contact:

Robyn Graylin by email or phone (02) 4344 6484 or (02) 4344 6484 or
Julie on (02) 4321 0767

Some history of our festival

The Umina Beach Festival started as a one day event at Patonga in 2001 with a group of performers volunteering their time to support the Downes Syndrome Association by providing a weekend of music for a special cause. A gold coin donation for entry to the concert and bush dance raised enough money to pay for the hire of the sound system with the hall and camping being donated by support from Gosford Council and local businesses.

With encouragement from performers to continue this festival it was run again in 2002 and a small fee was charged for the weekend. After paying for the hire of the hall and sound equipment, the profits from the festival were shared between the performers. The dancers saw a need for dance workshops and performers, eager to attend again in 2003 asked for more workshops, more sessions and more concerts, hence the move to Umina where we have a larger selection of venues to accommodate these requests. A grant from Gosford City Council and sponsorship from Club Umina and Umina Primary School gave us venues for the presenters and performers with additional funds for payments to performers and presenters.

It is hoped the 2005 Festival (October 21-23) will be bigger and better than last year's with sponsorship from Club Umina, Umina Primary School , Cole Clark guitars, Peninsula Music, local businesses and hopefully Gosford council grants.

For more information call Frank & Marilyn Russell on (02) 4341 4060 or visit our new updated website (with more to come).