From the 4th to the 6th of November 2022, we were invited by Camden Community band to join them for the Bands in the Bush trip to Gulgong, NSW. Gulgong is a 19th century goldrush town in the Central Tablelands of New South Wales, and about 30 km north of Mudgee. The town has a rich history and lots of character, and attractions include the Gulgong Pioneer Museum, the Henry Lawson Centre, and the Prince of Wales Opera House.
Most of our troupe made their way to Gulgong on the Friday, and a social barbecue was arranged that evening at the Gulgong Tourist Park. Our music director Rae manned the barbecue, and extras were brought by those that attended. It was a great start to the weekend!
On Saturday morning we woke to the sounds of the country and made our way to the main street where we played a couple of sets to anyone who was wandering past, warming up nicely for this evening’s performance in the Opera House.
The afternoon was free for players to relax or to investigate the town’s attractions.
Our performance in the Opera House started around 6:30pm. Leichhardt performed a 45 minute set, followed by Camden, and this was followed by both bands combining (somehow we found space) for a tribute to Judith Durham followed by everyone’s favourite, the Radetsky March.
The audience was enthusiastic in their appreciation and a great time was had by both players and audience.
Thanks again to Camden Community Band for having us along. It was a great weekend!