The Heritage Ensemble

 

Background

The Heritage Ensemble was initiated in 1983 to perform for the inaugural Heritage Ball held in the Sydney Town Hall in 1983. This event was held by the Bush Music Club, in conjunction with the National Trust and the Royal Historical Society of NSW, with sponsorship provided by Caltex Australia. Musicians from a number of Sydney based bush bands were invited to perform with David Johnson as the Musical Director.

Since then the band has gathered to rehearse and perform annually. It has served as a musical forum for established musicians to perform together and maintain friendships and for newer musicians to be introduced to the joys of playing with experienced players for a major dance function. At the last ball there were about 25 musicians who contributed to the evening.

It is a long list of players who have contributed their talents over the years to the ensemble. Some have arranged sets of tunes, composed harmonies, written out music, researched suitable dances and tunes, liaised with committees, or organised PA. All have played in the spirit of musical cooperation. The list is as complete as memory has allowed.

The task of keeping up to 25 musicians in some semblance of order has been cheerfully undertaken by David Johnson. As MD he has coordinated the music arrangements and conducted the rehearsals and performances. For this and other services he was awarded a Life Membership of the Bush Music Club.

The National Folk Festival 2004 saw the Ensemble presenting a programme of dances from the annual Bush Music Club Dance Competition on the Saturday night as a celebration of the 50th anniversary of the BMC's founding in 1954

 

Performers

List of Performers 1983-1992

 List of Performers 1993-2002  List of Performers 2003-2005

1983-1992 

Name   Instrument

1983

1984

1985

1986

1987

1988

1989

1990

1991

1992

     

Sydney Town Hall

Sydney Town Hall

Sydney Town Hall

Sydney Town Hall

Sydney Town Hall

Sydney Town Hall

Round House UNSW

Sydney Town Hall

Peter- sham Town Hall

Chats- wood Town Hall

BISHOP Alex Flute            

   
BOLLIGER George P Accordion              

BOLTON Bob B Accordion            

CAMBRIDGE Beth Concertina        

   
CARLIN Scott Concertina        

         
CLAPP Polly Concertina          

       
COLLIS Craig Fiddle        

   
DENT Leo Piano    

       
DEPLEDGE Richard Concertina        

       
DEVESON Mary Concertina            

     
DOLISLAGER Christiaan P Accordion            

EISLER Eric Fiddle

             

 
EVANS Richard Concertina          

   
FARRUGIA Simon Whistle            

FOGGIN Bob Fiddle/Banjolin

   

FORBES-SMITH Kingsley Concertina          

FORBES-SMITH Rosemary Bass Concertina              

 
GALLAGHER Paul Flute            

     
HARBOUR Roy Fiddle

           
HAYWOOD Margot Concertina            

   
JOHNSON David MD/Fiddle

LOCKWOOD Steve Fiddle/Banjo        

 

McDONALD Wilga Fiddle                  

McMAHON Pete Fiddle            

McMAHON Sue Anglo Concertina              

McRAE Mary Flute          

       
PRIDE Ralph Fiddle/Banjolin  

   

RICHMOND Wayne Piano/Conc/Acc'n        

 

ROMEO Helen Concertina

ROMEO Tony Drums            

RYAN Meg Flute            

     
SHORT Kim Drums          

       
SPARKS   Drums  

   

         
STUBBINGTON Jill Concertina/Piano              

WILSON Greg Concertina    

 

 

1993-2002 

Name Instrument 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 2000 2001 2002
Chats- wood Town Hall Chats- wood Town Hall Rock- dale Town Hall Roselea Cty Centre Bunda- noon Hall Bunda- noon Hall Cumber- land Hospital Hall Cumber- land Hospital Hall Parra- matta Town Hall
BIDENKO Louise Cello
BIRTLES Felicity Sax/Whistle
BOLLIGER George P Accordion
BOLTON Bob B Accordion
BOYD Alison Accn/ Whistle
BRIAN Don Whistle
BRIAN Jenny Flute
BRIAN Phillip Flute
CAMBRIDGE Beth Concertina
DANGERFIELD Jim Anglo Concertina
DE VANEY Clare Fiddle
DOLISLAGER Christiaan P Accordion
DUNN Maria Fiddle
DUNNETT Brian Mandolin
EISLER Eric Fiddle
EVANS Richard Concertina
FARRUGIA Simon Whistle
FOGGIN Bob Fiddle/Banjolin
FORBES-SMITH Kingsley Concertina
FORBES-SMITH Rosemary Bass Concertina
GILLARD Amanda Flute
HUMPHRIES Elizabeth Cello
JOHNSON David MD/Fiddle
JOHNSON James P Accn/Sax/Rec
JONES Vivienne Viola
KAY Peter Mouth Organ
LOCKWOOD Steve Fiddle/Banjo
LUKE Jackie Piano/H Dulcimer
McDONALD Rod Anglo Concertina
McDONALD Wilga Fiddle
McMAHON Pete Fiddle
McMAHON Sue Anglo Concertina
O'BRIEN Samantha Flute
POLESON Mark Drums
POLESON Chris Tenor Banjo
POTTER Kathy Flute
PRIDE Ralph Fiddle/Banjolin
√x
RANDALL Jessica Fiddle
RICHMOND Wayne Piano/Conc/Acc'n
ROMEO Helen Concertina
ROMEO Tony Drums
STOTT Miranda Fiddle
STUART Tony Fiddle
STUBBINGTON Jill Concertina/Piano
STUDER Andrew Flute
STUDER Rebecca Cello
SULLIVAN Cathy Fiddle
x√
TEOH Clara Clarinet
WILSON Greg Concertina
√x
WOOD Lindsay Cello

2003-2005 

Name Instrument 2003 2004 2004 2005
Parra- matta Town Hall Nat'nl Folk Fest Roselea Cty Centre Parra- matta Town Hall
BOLLIGER George P Accordion
BOLTON Bob B Accordion
BOYD Alison Accn/ Whistle
BRIAN Don Whistle
BRIAN Jenny Flute
CAUVIN Mark String Bass
CONROY Jacinta Fiddle
DINGLE Tully Trombone
DUNNETT Brian Mandolin
EISLER Eric Fiddle
ELLIOT Anneli Fiddle
EVANS Richard Concertina
FARRUGIA Simon Whistle
FOGGIN Bob Fiddle/Banjolin
JOHNSON David MD/Fiddle
JOHNSON James P Accn/Sax/Rec
KAY Peter Mouth Organ
LOCKWOOD Steve Fiddle/Banjo
LOCKWOOD Tim Fiddle
MACKENZIE Malcolm Fiddle
McDONALD Rod Anglo Concertina
McDONALD Wilga Fiddle
O'BRIEN Samantha Flute
POLESON Mark Drums
POLESON Chris Tenor Banjo
POTTER Kathy Flute
PRIDE Ralph Fiddle/Banjolin
RANDALL Jessica Fiddle
RICHMOND Wayne Piano/Conc/Acc'n
ROMEO Helen Concertina
STUART Tony Fiddle
STUBBINGTON Jill Concertina/Piano
THRUSSELL Jemma Cello
 

Gallery

2005 2004 2002 2001

Heritage Ball  2005
Heritage Ball  2004
National Folk Festival  2004
Heritage Ball  2002
Heritage Ball  2001
 

Contact

For information and bookings contact by email.

2006 Heritage Ball List of Dances with Page numbers and notes as pdf file.