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Oh how I love the  evening of the second Tuesday in the month 
– its Music Night –
 
Well, its music night at the folk club every Tuesday night
but we only manage to get there on the 2nd one of the month
 
What I call music night is actually the Guest Artist Night
When as well as the spot acts where anyone can get up
and show us what they can do
we have very special invited guests who also show us what they can do 
 
We were so lucky last night as on the bill was
Graeme Fletcher and his wonderful Auto Harp
 
The autoharp is a musical stringed instrument having a series of chord bars attached to dampers which, when depressed, mute all the strings other than those that form the desired chord. Despite its name, the autoharp is not a harp at all, but a chorded zither.
 
Graeme has been dubbed “Australia’s finest contemporary autoharp player” and has conducted autoharp workshops at the National FF, various Fiddlers’ Conventions and bluegrass and old time festivals. He has recorded with a number of eminent folk and country artists. His mission is to “make the autoharp recognised if not popular!”
 
 
Then a fun group called Fat Chance and the Bluegrass Playboys
a fun group whe played a whole range of lively toe tapping music
 
Only three of them there for us but such fun
Mm, I know I keep on saying fun
but thats what they were
 
 
Anyway top billing was Bill Jackson and the Acoustic Orchestra
 
Another folk festival favourite here and overseas
I hope they enjoyed our venue 
very small to say the least
so very different to the big gigs they are used to
 
A fine way to end the evening as they sang many of the songs
on their album Steel and Bone
 
Albury born and Gippsland reared singer/songwriter Bill Jackson has had a big year. His current release ‘Steel & Bone’ was awarded Folk Alliance Australia ‘Radio Presenters Album of the Year’ in 2008 and he was invited to tour the US alt country hotspots later that same year with his Acoustic Orchestra (Peter Fidler / Ruth Hazleton).
 
Maybe you’d like to listen to one of their songs
This is the first one they sang
at their first gig in USA
a couple of years ago
 
I like all sorts of music 
this is just one of the styles I enjoy
Very different to Dad’s music
and very different to others I enjoy
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