Monthly Archives: January 2011

Sax Summit – Jazz, Rock & Swing at Rose’s Restaurant Friday 11 February

Dinner & Show

When: Friday 11 February 7.30

Where: Rose’s Lebanese Restaurant, cystitis 69 Massie Street, ampoule Cooma NSW

Cost for Full Lebanese Banquet & Show:

  • Adults $55
  • Children (under 12) $30

Bookings Essential– Phone 02 6452 4512

Who are the Sax Summit?

The Sax Summit- 4 saxes and percussion. The Sax Summit is a side project of some of Sydney’s finest young musicians. Members hold Masters degrees from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music and have performed for some of Australia’s best musical organisations including The Sydney Symphony Orchestra, ABC classics, Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra. The show is fun and interactive, and the program ranges from jazz and big band to funk and latin grooves and pop to rock!

Bombala CMA 18th Annual Talent Quest – Saturday 26 February

It’s that time of year again – Bombala Talent Quest time!

The good people of the Bombala and District Country Music Association Inc. are once again presenting the Annual Talent Quest. This is their 18th year now and they’re getting pretty good at this. It’s an extremely well run event and needless to say a huge event for the Association and Bombala.

There’s heaps of different Sections including:

  1. Veterans (50 and over)
  2. Open Australian (must be an Australian composition)
  3. Sub-Junior (12 years and under)
  4. Open Instrumental
  5. Junior Vocal (13-17 years)
  6. Senior Gospel
  7. Open Junior Gospel ( To 17 years)
  8. Senior Vocal
  9. Open Singer/Songwriter
  10. Open Duo or Group
  11. Open Country Rock

There’s cash prizes and trophies to be won.

  • When: Saturday 26th February 2011, pills starting at 9.00 am
  • Where: Bombala R.S.L Club Auditorium
  • Why: Why Not!

For more information and to download entry forms click here.


Contact: M. Giles (02) 6458 2021 & Irene (02) 6458 3431

Flamenco Guitar Workshop – Sunday 13 February

Presented by Canberra Classical Guitar Society

The Rhythm Method Tour – Rhythm Workshop

When: Sunday, viagra order
13 Feb, website

Where: Vercoe Room, Wesley Uniting Church, National Circuit, Forrest, ACT.

Cost: Free to Guitar Society members.  Non-members $25.  (Non-members only please book by calling 0403 640 669).

This workshop will be presented as part of the 13 February meeting of Canberra Classical Guitar Society.  The workshop will be held from 4-6pm, following ensemble rehearsal that will start at 2:30pm.

Guitar Society members can attend the workshop for free.  Non-members can attend for $25 – book by or phoning 0403 640 669.

Additional information about the workshop and Rhythm Method can be found at

Buskers Needed for Australia Day – Raise Money For Flood Relief

Help support your fellow Australians and celebrate Australia Day

Where: Centennial Park. Cooma – Buskers can set up anywhere around the park.

When: Any time after 8 am on Australia Day, medical Wednesday 26 January until 3 pm. There’ll be a break from 12 noon to 2 pm from the official speeches.

Bring a bucket or a hat to raise money for the Queensland Premier’s Disaster Relief Appeal to help people who have lost so much in the Queensland floods.

If you’re interested please contact me on (02) 6452 6067

For more information contact Suzanne Hill on (02) 6452 6414

Matt Charlesworth Now Teaching Guitar, Vocals & Bass in Cooma

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All the way from the Mornington Peninsula in Victoria, singer-songwriter Matt Charlesworth has moved to Cooma.

Matt began playing guitar at 14 years of age. The sudden interest in playing guitar became a great passion for all things musical. This led Matt to pursue music to the tertiary level. In 2008 Matt completed his music degree at Box Hill Institute.

In 2009 Matt went on to record his debut album, “For the Journey”, released on iTunes in 2010 (Also available at Cooma School of Music and Monaro Books). In the same year Matt took up the position of Music Coordinator at Somerville Secondary College. He initiated a music program that grew to 50 students within one year.

At the beginning of 2010 Matt and his wife Sarah packed up everything to go out on the road. They spent 9 months on the road travelling around Victoria and NSW, Matt sharing his music at every opportunity.

In October they moved to Cooma so Matt could take up the position of Chaplain at Monaro High School and Cooma Public School. Matt has also initiated a music program at Numerella Public School. Now settled into Cooma Matt is looking forward to the opportunity to become involved with the music scene in the Cooma area.

Matt has been teaching music almost as long as he has been playing. His lessons are undertaken with the same degree of passion as his on stage performing.

Matt Charlesworth's debut CD "For The Journey"

Matt Charlesworth's debut CD "For The Journey"

Matt Charlesworth

Lessons will be in Guitar, Bass and Vocals

Initially Matt will only be teaching one night a week so positions are limited

Contact: Allan

Cooma School of Music

Shop 2, Parkview Arcade, 123 Sharp Street,
Cooma, NSW 2630
Phone: 02 6452 6067
Fax: 02 6452 4938

37th Numeralla Folk Festival January 21 to 24

Numeralla Folk Festival 2011

21st to 24th January

21st to 24th January

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Highlights of this homespun festival are the Bush Dances on Saturday and Sunday nights and Sunday afternoon’s Blackboard Concert, where seasoned professionals and budding artists can chalk their name up to play a couple of songs, recite a poem, spin a yarn or entertain the crowd in any creative way.

Amble about the Country Markets on Sunday morning to pick up a bargain, hear some Numeralla bluegrass music or have a cuppa.

Other features include dance & bluegrass

workshops – no prior skill required!

Food and Drink

There are no shops in the village but you can eat heartily, from breakfast to supper, at the hall. The kitchen is open from nineish in the morning until stumps, serving snacks, hot & cold beverages, delicious home-cooked meals and goodies. The

bar-b-que serves lunch and dinner. Drinks are available at the bar. All are very reasonably priced.

Should you need to stock up on tucker there are shops in Cooma including three supermarkets. Camping gear, music & instrument supplies are well catered for at our sponsor shops in Cooma.

How to get there

The village of Numeralla is situated at the junction of the Numeralla and Badja Rivers, 22km east of the town of Cooma in south eastern New South Wales.

The main route to the village is via Cooma from the Monaro Highway. If you are approaching from Canberra, turn left just after M & T Motors about 4km north of Cooma, then left at the first crossroads (just after an old railway crossing). Once on this road, go straight ahead for 20 km and you’ll be in the village.

There are other routes by which to approach the village. All involve stretches of unsealed but sound road. Petrol is available in Cooma and Braidwood. Please drive carefully – watch out for wildlife on the road, particularly at dawn and dusk.


Enjoy the picturesque campsites in the village. The main site is at the junction of the two rivers. Turn north, just east of the bridge over the Numeralla River. At this site you can enjoy playing or listening to music almost 24 hours every day around the campfires. There are flushing toilets but no showering facilities (the river is available for refreshing dips). You can park your car next to your tent; for safety reasons, we ask that cars not be driven into the campsite after dark.

There is a designated “quiet” campsite on the western side of the bridge, in the grounds of the tennis courts. It is just a short stroll from the hall.

Fire restrictions for each day will apply to all campsites as required by the Rural Fire Service..

If camping is not your style, there are a number of comfortable motels in Cooma offering inexpensive accommodation.


In 2011 Australia Day is on Wednesday 26th January. There will not be any official activities at the festival on that day or Tuesday but the campground will still be available and plenty of good music there is assured.

Numeralla Fingerplunkers having fun at the Folk Festival 2009



6.00pm Welcome at the Supper Room

8.00pm Old Time Dance ~ Hall


10.00am Poets’ Breakfast ~ Tennis Club

11.00am Dance Workshop ~ Hall

1.00pm Blackboard Concert ~ Hall

2.00pm Kid’s Dance Workshop ~ Tennis Club

8.00pm Bush Dance ~ Hall

Lots of great musical items for sale at the Sunday Markets


9.30am Ecumenical Service ~

St John’s Church

(opposite the Hall)

10.00am Country Market in and around

the Hall

1.30pm Bluegrass Dynamics ~ Hall

2.00pm Kid’s Activities – Tennis Club

3,30pm Waltz & Polka Dance Workshop ~ Tennis Club

8.00pm Bush Dance ~ Hall

Numeralla Fingerplunkers perform at the Folk Festival


10.00am Poet’s Breakfast ~ Tennis Club

10.00am Kid’s Activities ~ Hall

1.00pm Acoustic Farewell ~ Hall

N.B. there may be slight changes to the program during the weekend – after all, it is Numeralla.


There are no tickets. Entry to the festival, the activities and the camping ground are all absolutely free. You don’t have to book, just turn up.

The festival has been running for over three decades, providing a very social and entertaining weekend for folkies and other visitors whilst raising a modest amount of income for Numeralla volunteer groups such as the local bush fire brigade.

The kitchen, bar-b-que, bar and T-shirt sales cover the costs of running the festival and allow for a small donation to be given to community groups in the village. Please support these sales so that we can continue the wonderful tradition of the Numeralla Folk Festival. As far as we know it is the only free festival still running in Australia.


Each year an artist sketches a scene depicting pioneering life or a festival snapshot. Many regular festival goers boast an art gallery in their chest of drawers! At half the price of most festival shirts they are a must-have.

More Information

(the website is usually updated in October)

or phone Fran 7am – 9pm on 02 6453 3282

Go to their website: Click here:

Classical Guitar Showcase – In Review

Pierre Herrero with John Couch

On Sunday 9 January, more about Pierre Herrero showcased a dazzling array of wonderful classical guitars for the benefit of members of the Canberra Classical Guitar Society, doctor guitar students and teachers as well as the general public at the Wesley Centre in Canberra. It was a last minute decision by Pierre to stop by on his way to the Sydney Guitar Summer School, emergency so we didn’t get a chance to really promote this event.

But Pierre has promised to come again this year and he says he’ll give more notice so we can get the word out.  I thought I’d write this posting to give those who missed out an idea of what Pierre’s been up to and what sort of instruments he has currently available for sale.

The Guitars:

There’s a lot more choice in the Student/Intermediate Classical Guitars (from $599 to $2,000 -including 1/2 size Requinto & 3/4 Cadet models). After an extensive buying trip to Spain this year, Pierre has broadened this range considerably. The wonderful Alhambra range has now been supplemented by brands such as:

  • Azahar
  • Camps
  • Prudencio Saez

Awesome range of Spanish made guitars

Getting into the professional range:  Pierre has imported many guitars by leading Spanish makers such as:

  • Juan Hernadez Professor $2650
  • Angel Benito Aguado – Marizapalos $4600
  • Juan Hernadez Concierto $4116
  • Alhambra Professional $4500
  • Angel Benito Aguado – Marieta $4600
  • Luthier India $6600
  • luthier Rio $7600
  • Jose Maria Villaplana – India $8400
  • Juan Hernadez Luthier (This a guitar that features the high-tech aerospace material, “Nomex,” originally developed by German classical guitar builders Gernot Wagner and Matthias Dammann. Nomex is a strong but super-lightweight, flexible fiber. David Russell plays a “Nomex” guitar on his latest CD “Sonidos Latinos”) $8800
  • Jose Maria Villaplana – Rio $9300
  • Angel Benito Aguado – Espanoleta $11750
  • Jaime Julia Villaplana – Excellence $11500
  • Teodoro Perez Maetro Especial Extra $13500
  • Villaplana mod Aniversario Ltd Edition $13500
  • Angel Benito Aguado – Gran Concierto $17500

Australian made guitars

Pierre also brought along some Australian made guitars. This was a wonderful opportunity for people to compare the guitars of some of Australia’s emerging luthiers. These Australian guitars included:

  • Dan Kellaway 2005 $4900
  • Allan Bull $5990
  • Kim Lissarague 2010(Cedar) $6900
  • Kim Lissarague 2010(Spruce) $6900
  • Lance Litchfield
  • John Price

Pierre will be in Sydney for the Summer School until 16th January and then he’s going back to Melbourne. He will be coming back through Canberra. So, if you want to see any of these guitars on the way back he’ll be happy to make an appointment.

He can be contacted on: 0410 708 338.

His email is:


I hope we all get to hear and see guitars of this quality again soon. Thank you Pierre.

For our own part at Cooma School of Music, we try to stock on a regular basis the more popular guitars in the Alhambra student range. I feel at these prices, these Alhambra guitars represent outstanding value for their quality of sound, playability and workmanship. The Alhambra guitars in the student range are priced from $600 to about $1800.

So keep a lookout and we’ll try and give people a couple of weeks notice before the next big Classical Guitar Showcase.

Alhambra Crossover Guitar

Relaxing with the guitars

A much enhanced student range