Wattle ‘n’ Gum Bush Band

Under the guidance of convenor John Patrick a group of enthusiasts got together in February 1983 and formed a Bush Band which they called Wattle N Gum & their first bush dance was held at the Rasmussen School Fete on 15th May 1983.

The founding members were:
John Patrick; Bill Laing; Sue Laing; Margaret Patrick; Rita Bisley; Jim Darley; Margaret Darley; Karen Darley; Alan Dodd; Joy Williams; Lindsay Williams; Heather Winsor; Leigh Winsor; Lara Winsor; Denise Young; Alex Simon; Maureen Gillard; Ben Gillard; Carolyn Bell; Dawn Rolfe; Peter Patrick; David Patrick; Ray Lefeuvre; Jessica Copeman.

Wattle N Gum claim they are the world’s biggest Bush Band with up to 30 performers on stage and are also the longest-lived Bush Band as the band is still performing to this day. 146 musicians have been through the band playing a total of 25 different musical instrument including (for example) 36 fiddlers. The youngest band member – 7 years (fiddler), and the oldest – 77 years (great grandmother, lagerphonist)

Instruments played by Members:
Fiddle, Guitar, Banjo, Clawhammer Banjo, Mandolin, Cello, Bush Base Piano Accordion, Piano Keyboard, Concertina, Harmonica, Flute, Clarinet, Recorder, Tin Whistle, Kazoo, Didgeridoo, Bodhran, Lagerphone, Tamborine, Clicking Sticks, Egg Spoons, Washboard, and voice.

Past Performances                      Membership List

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