They’re the beloved bush band who have been getting Aussie toes a-tappin’ for half a century.
And the legendary Bushwackers are celebrating their Golden Jubilee year with a run of shows that will include a stop-over at the Stag and Hunter on Sunday 17 October!
Forming at Melbourne’s La Trobe University in 1971, the Bushwackers feature the Lagerphone of frontman Dobe Newton, Roger Corbett on guitars and the addition of fiddle, bass and drums rounding out the sound.
The music is all-Australian with all the stories, humour and sense of history that has helped to forge our national identity.
In 1979, The Bushwackers created The Bushwackers Australian Songbook which sold copies all over Australia and the world and has become regarded as a must-have for anybody playing Aussie folk.
That volume remains the highest-selling book of music in Australian publishing history and is used and treasured today in libraries, schools and collections all around the country.
The Bushwackers also recorded the iconic The Bushwackers Dance Album with a book and instructional cassette that launched the national craze for bush dancing in the 1980s.
The bush dances in the late ’70s and early to mid-’80s saw the band’s Bush Dance Spectaculars attract 2000 to 3000 people to major venues throughout Australia.
The Dance Album became, and remains, a primary school staple across the nation, with scarcely a school kid alive who hasn’t learnt a bit of bush dancing to the music of The Bushwackers.
In a case of coming full-circle, this year The Bushwackers, who have three Golden Guitars to their name, were recognised for their contribution to Oz country, by being added to the prestigious Tamworth Country Music Festival Roll of Renown.
Catch The Bushwhackers at the Stag and Hunter on Sunday 17 October. Head here for tickets.
Also on Newcastle Live
Get a Wiggle on… The Soul Movers are headed to The Wicko!
Seth Sentry is bringing his Super Cool Treehouse to Newcastle!
Ride Along is back with beer, BBQ, bikes, and a dash of pub history!
Dashville Nights concert series dates announced for 2021/2022