Monthly Archives: October 2014

The Settlers – Songs of the Snowy Mountains. $34.95

Leslie Spencer transcribed the CD to print music!


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Cooma Monaro Express article Thursday 23 October

Cooma Monaro Express article Thursday 23 October 2014 (click for larger view)

Over 100 Buskers from Near and Far

Jack Biilmann to perform at ANBC

Jack Biilmann to perform at ANBC

On Saturday 1st November Cooma will be a hosting a festival of street music, illness the Australian National Busking Championshipsâ„¢ with over 100 buskers competing for over $8, disinfection 000 in cash prizes made up of over 22 individual awards. There are prizes for all ages, ailment solos, groups, amateurs and professionals

The buskers are drawn from over 30 different post codes; from Ainsile in the ACT to Zetland in Sydney. These wonderful musicians will be performing in many different musical stlyes including: Alternative, Acoustic, Blues, Bluegrass, Classical, Country, Dub, Folk, Funk, Hip Hop, Gospel, Jazz, Old Time, Pop, R&B, Rock, Rock & Roll, Roots, Reggae, and more. They will be singing, blowing, plucking, hitting, bowing,strumming and dancing their hearts out to entertain their audiences. All this fun and entertainment is provided free of change. They would, of course, love to be acknowledged by receiving some donations in their instrument cases or hats but that totally up to their audience.


Michael John Horneman will be a busker

Michael John Horneman will be a busker

In this year’s Championships there will be lots of familiar faces as well, as many new performers among the buskers. Michael John Horneman will be competing for the first time. He is a rising talent in country music. His new single “What We’ve Found” is getting a huge amount of airplay in Australia as well as the USA. Michael performs extensively throughout Canberra and the South East NSW.

Another first timer is Jack Biilmann. Jack is another musician with an impressive reputation. He has an extensive listing on the Triple J Unearthed website. He describes his music as roots, reggae, dub and blues. Jack comes from Canberra but he is no stranger to Cooma, performing regularly at the Alpine Hotel.

Connor Ross from Cobargo

Connor Ross from Cobargo

Connor Ross describes his music as alternative folk. Just 18, Connor has just won the first heat in the Telstra’s “Road to Discovery” competition which was held at the great Southern Blues Festival in Narooma. Connor’s was one of the first entries in the Australian National Busking Championships, he’s very keen and he’s is coming up all the way from Cobargo.

There’s such a diverse range of music at this year’s Championships. There will also be performances by the Cooma Harmony Chorus, Cooma Public School Choir, St Patrick’s Parish School Choir, Stypa Ensemble, Cooma District Band, Canberra Guitar Ensemble and the Cooma Guitar Ensemble. And the entries are still pouring in! Entries close on Saturday 25th October.

The Two Vaults - Busker Open Mic Night - 31 November

The Two Vaults – Busker Open Mic Night – 31 November

This year, we are also organising a “Big Busker Bash” on the Friday night, 31 October before the Championships. There are three venues: “Night of Champions” at the Alpine Hotel featuring past ANBC winners, Guyy Lillyman, Vendulka and Roger McCulloch, “The Button Collective” at the Cooma Hotel, and “Buskers Open Mic” at the Two Vaults Cafe and Restaurant. It’s Halloween…so dress scary.

For more information checkout the Australian National Busking Championships on Facebook.


The Big Busker Bash! – Friday Night 31 October 2014

The Big Busker Bash – Three Music Events For Friday 31st October


posterAs part of a huge weekend of music and fun, cialis 40mg the organisers of the Australian National Busking Championshipsâ„¢ have planned three major music events for Friday 31st October, more about the night before the Championships. They are: Night of Champions at the Alpine Hotel, asthma Buskers at the Cooma Hotel, and Buskers Open Mic at Two Vaults.

 Night of Champions

The Alpine Hotel Cooma, 170 Sharp Street, will be presenting “Night of Champions”, featuring winners of last year’s Australian National Busking Championshipsâ„¢. The Alpine Hotel will rock to the sounds of Guyy Lilleyman, Vendulka and Roger McCulloch. The Alpine is the major sponsor of last year’s, and this year’s Australian National Busking Championshipsâ„¢.

Guyy Lilleyman was last year’s Open Champion and has just returned from an extensive tour of South Africa, with violinist Amelia Gibson. Guyy and Amelia, or “Guyy and the Fox”, their stage name, played to packed audiences in South Africa in venues throughout the country, including huge audiences at the annual White Mountain Acoustic Festival in Central Drakensberg.

Vendulka, (aka Vendulka Wichta) is of course, Cooma’s very own X Factor girl. Vendulka has won the secondary section Australian National Busking Championshipsâ„¢ two years running. Also taking out the People’s Choice award! Still just in year 11, Vendulka’s music career is taking off. She is in constant demand as a headline performer at music festivals all around Australia and her EP “Reckless” went to Number One on iTunes.

Roger McCulloch won the Judges Award at last year’s Championships. Roger is a local music legend. He is the front man for the popular local band, the Barstars, and is a prolific song writer,  singer and guitarist.

The Button Collective  - Live at Cooma Hotel - 31 OctoberBuskers at the Cooma Hotel

After the months of last year’s renovations, this year the Cooma Hotel has gotten right behind the Australian National Busking Championshipsâ„¢. The Cooma Hotel, on the corner of Massie and Vale Streets, looks fantastic after its“Grand Designs” adventure! They will be featuring the talents of Brodie Buttons and the Button Collective on that Friday night. Brodie Buttons (aka Brodie Nossiter) will be competing at this year’s Championships with his folk band, The Button Collective. Brodie is a born and bred Cooma boy. After studying music at the Southern Cross University, Lismore, Brodie and his band have forged quite a name for themselves in the music scene. They play regularly in folk music pubs around Sydney such as “The Rock’s Brewing Company” and “Goodgod in Liverpool Street” as well as travelling around and performing at many music festivals such as the National Folk Festival Canberra, Ballina Coastal Country Music Festival and Kiama Folk by The Sea.

Buskers Open Mic at the Two Vaults Café and Restaurant.

two vaultsThe Two Vaults Café and Restaurant, 161 Sharp Street, is a relatively new arrival on the Cooma music scene. They have been offering an open mic night every Thursday for the past couple of months. They call it Thursday Night Music Club and it’s been tremendously fun and successful, with lots of keen local musicians trying out their skills on an appreciative audience. Part of its success is the regularity of these nights – it’s always on a Thursday from 7.30 to 9.30pm. The owners weren’t keen to move the  open mic to the “Busking Friday,” so they decided to just have an extra music night that week on the Friday and call it “Buskers Open Mic.” This venue will be a wonderful chance for buskers to meet, greet and jam together before the big day.

Australian Guitar Duo – Cooma Concert

Sunday 30 November at 3pm

australian guitar duo 2014 tour largeSt Paul’s Anglican Parish Halll, price 136 Commissioner Street Cooma
Tickets – Available at Cooma School of Music
  • Adults $20
  • Concessions $15
  • Students $10
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“The Australian Guitar Duo has got it all: perfect synchronization, beautiful phrasing and tone,
and charismatic good looks.” – Classical Guitar Magazine

This November the Australian Guitar Duo, described by the Canberra Times as an “excellent
guitar duo,” will perform a national tour across 5 states and the ACT.


Recognised as one of the most dynamic and exciting classical guitar ensembles, the Australian

Guitar Duo has given performances throughout the world, including at the New York Guitar Duo

Festival in New York City, Barcelona Guitar Festival in Spain, Festival de Musique Classique in

France, Strings-139 Festival in China, Music by the Sea in Canada, as well as every state and

territory in mainland Australia.

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Australian Guitar Duo Media Release Tour Nov 2014