Congratulations to Moreton Bay Council for embracing the Anywhere Festival concept. Placing the North Pine Bush Poets’Banjo’s Bootscelebration of the spoken word in BurpengaryLibrary was an enjoyable demonstration that libraries are ‘no longer shush places.’
Bush poetry is a much-loved genre of Australian writing, best enjoyed at a gathering where poets and entertainers recite (and occasionally sing) works old and new. Banjo Paterson is among the most popular and well known of the bush poets—with works including ‘The Man from Snowy River’ and the words of ‘Waltzing Matilda.’ So it is not surprising that those who celebrate Banjo Patterson’s work, and who seek to emulate his literary style, have created a show that walks in Banjo’s Boots.
Established in 1996, the North Pine Bush Poets are lovers of the spoken (and occasionally sung) word. It was great to see that the Anywhere Festivaltraditions were honoured in the 2021 festival placing of Banjo’s Boots in two Moreton Bay libraries. As repositories of memory and story, libraries provide a great community space. Welcoming the audience at the Burpengary Library 12th May premiere performance, Sarah Dashwood (Branch Leader) confessed to being a fan of ‘not shush’ libraries, so we knew we were in the right place.
The five performers presented a program of new and classic works of solos and duets (as well as an opening collective recitation of Clancy of the Overflow). Mick Martin was a professional compere of the program, demonstrating a range of ‘dad jokes,’ skilful harmonica playing, and an ability to slip easily into a performance of a number of pieces (I particularly enjoyed The Day I Shot the Telly and Gates on the Track). Dot Schwenke was compelling in performing two pieces, holding the full attention of the audience in both the first and second halves of the show (A Few Kind Wordswas delivered with excellent comic timing). Doc Bland brought musical flair into the program, where Moreton Bay was an apt highlight.
Newer members of the team, Keith Osborne and Mike Gilmour, demonstrated that they were a match for the more established performers. Osborne’s The Nar Nar Goon Pub was a poem in the best traditions of bush poetry (building up to a great punch line), and the audience greatly enjoyed the opportunity to play the role of chorus in his Different Day. Gilmour was a true entertainer, dressing the part for his performance of Banjo Patterson’s Mulga Bill’s Bicycle, while we all grimaced with him at the end of Lipstick Capers.
Banjo’s Boots is a very pleasant way to spend 90 minutes. I really must pay more attention to the programming of events at my local library. And if you are ever wanting to try out Bush Poetry, look up the North Pine Bush Poets, as they have an active program of events across the year.
The reviewer attended the Wednesday 12th May 2021 premiere performance at Burpengary Library.
New Life Memberships awarded!
Long-time members (and top bush poets), Noel Stallard (OAM) and John Best (Long John), were awarded life membership of North Pine Bush Poets at the 2020 AGM in December. The awards recognise the invaluable contribution both poets have made to the club and to Australian bush poetry in general over many years. Congratulations, Noel and John, and thank you!
The 2020 AGM held in December saw the election of a new committee member, Kay Gorring, who replaces John (the Joker) Pampling. A warm welcome to Kay, and many thanks to John for your contribution to the committee over the last few years.
Ian McDonald decided 3 years of being president was enough but is still a committee member. Doc Bland was elected President, while Mick Martin was elected Vice-President, and Mal Beveridge and Mike Gilmour continue in their roles as Secretary and Treasurer respectively.
Congratulations to our North Pine poets at the Logan championships!
The Logan competition was held over the weekend of 11-13 September. The Friday evening was full of songs and poetry. A special guest was young Amy Ryan who won the “Welcome back to Tamworth’ song writing award 2020 .
The One Minute poem was won by Andrew Ryan.
Saturday competition results:
Overall Grand Champion and winner of the Logan’s Legacy award: Andrew Pulsford. Andrew won the Modern and placed second in the Classical and the Original.
The Logan’s Legend award Highest points in the Logan group went to Janine Keating who won the Classical and placed second in the Modern. Janine also received the Perpetual Trophy given every year to the top Logan Legend.
Bob Kettle won the Original and placed third in the Modern.
Paddy OBrien placed third in the Modern and Original
Mike Gilmore from North Pine got a third in the Novice and the Classical.
Don Macqueen won the Logan’s Luck. (This award goes to the highest point scorer in the Logan group who has not won an Open.
The Novice was won by Ruth Savage
Favourite ‘Logan Lag’ was won by Paddy O’Brien.
Written was won by Brenda Joy.
Great work by relative newcomers, Mike and Andrew, as well as vintage poet, Paddy, and of course young Amy Ryan who we all hope to hear much from at future gigs.