For more than thirty years, folk musicians in Lithgow, NSW, have met for a monthly jam session at their local pub.
The melody of the traditional Scottish song ‘Wild Mountain Thyme’ resonates through the bar, followed by banjo-picking bluegrass music delivering audiences to the American south. After a few rounds, it’s as if the crowd boards a boat leaving ye olde England when they belt out the chorus of ‘Botany Bay’.
Once a month on a Sunday afternoon, visitors to the Court House Hotel in Lithgow journey to bygone eras and faraway locations – all through the power of music.
It’s thanks to the magical sound of the Lithgow Folk Club, whose members have been meeting for a jam session every month over the last thirty years.
They travel from near and far, bringing their voices and a variety of instruments. Some carry in common instruments like guitars, banjos and violins whilst others bring spoons, flutes, accordions, mandolins, bodhrans (Irish drums) and even bagpipes.
The musicians stagger in throughout the afternoon and many stay into the late evening, performing right up until the pub has to kick them out.
You can imagine there must be some very hoarse throats and sore heads the next morning.
Featuring images by members of the Lithgow Photography Group.
Production and additional images by Luke Wong - ABC Open Central West NSW
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