Jambusters Concert 2012
First let me explain what Jambusters is all about.
The Strzelecki Stringbusters decided it would be a good community project to start a beginners group to help people who either wanted to start playing or had just started playing. The focus is on old-time songs played at a sedate pace. The routine is to meet on the second Wednesday of each month at the Yinnar Pub to join in with fellow learner musicians and learn a song.
The Stringbusters run a show at the pub on the last Wednesday of each month, with the last show for the year held in November.
The big-picture is to feature the Jambusters as the first act on the last show of the year to play nearly all of the songs that were learnt over the year. This is very good, practical experience for the members of Jambusters
This is the second year Jambusters have been run.
The contribution made by the Strzelecki Stringbusters, and especially John Werner to the Jambusters project cannot be underestimated. Anybody of any skill level can participate and there's NO charge. How good is that?
The classic Old-Time/Bluegrass instruments are catered for, like:
Every now and then a non-standard instrument appears, and the good thing is, they are not turned away. I have played Dobro and Cello there, through a small amplifier. Sure I got a few funny looks from the 'Policeman' type people, but there weren't any issues. There's a Dulcimer player who regularly attends.
The room the Jambusters rehearse in is the small room at the rear of the pub. A circle is formed, with John Werner, playing Double Bass, in the middle leading the session.
People with like instruments congregate together forming arcs/sections in the circle.
The usual structure is to play/sing the song, one verse, one chorus and then feature a section to solo. This goes on until all of the sections have had a chance to solo.
The Jambusters is a most important institution for learning musicians in the Latrobe Valley. Hats off the the Strzelecki Stringbusters for starting and maintaining it.
John went to great pains to tell the Jambusters that their allotted spot was from 7:00 to 7:30. I understand that we all have commitments, but a start time is a start time. By 7:00 there would have been perhaps a third of the Jambusters in attendance. The rest arrived some time later and I would guess we started at 7:30 and finished at 8:00. This cuts into the time of the other performers, not a good thing.
There was a full house and the Jambusters went over well. As usual finding the words was the hard part. No music stands with chord charts and we all had to stand instead of sitting down.
I have moved sections from playing Double Bass lines on the Cello to playing a Mandolin. I had worked out two of the songs prior to the concert and worked out the rest on the fly. Good fun.