Candelo Blues Club, Candelo NSW 2550, Australia Candelo Blues Club, Candelo NSW 2550, Australia
Candelo Blues Club, Candelo NSW 2550, Australia           
NEXT JAM: Sunday 8th September 2019, at 1:00pm [This Month - updated 21st August 2019]

Friends (sponsors) of the CBC...

  • Candelo Hotel
  • Cooma Monaro Legal Services
  • Neil & Suzanne Charnock
  • Magpie Music, Bega NSW, Australia Club Sapphire, Merimbula NSW, Australia Hungry's, Merimbula NSW, Australia
    Cellarbrations, Merimbula NSW, Australia Subway, Merimbula NSW, Australia
  • Keynote Cafe & Wine Lounge
  • SapphireFM, Pambula NSW, Australia Merimbula Gardens Motel, Merimbula NSW, Australia Phillip Howe Consulting

    Many of our supporters have told us how much they value the musical entertainment provided by the regular monthly Club jams and marvel at how it can be provided free of charge. Well, we’d like to keep it that way but the reality is that your financial support is really needed to help recoup our setup costs and keep the jam running.

    The donations box is there on jam day along with occasional raffles to help bolster our resources but we’d also like to acknowledge an additional level of our dedicated supporters by listing them as Friends of the CBC (sponsors, by another name). And with the addition of ticketed, concert-style shows we have embarked on an ambitious project to bring you the best in blues music from across the country. Our Friends of the CBC also help to stage these events and their contribution is vital to the sustainability of the series.

    We hope that, over time, the generosity of these Friends will enable us to acquire needed equipment and further develop the quality and breadth of Club activities.

    Business houses, corporate entities and individuals are all invited to apply. If you'd like to join the ranks of valued Friends of the CBC, talk to Paulo.

    COMING up...

    Here's a taste of things coming up, both at the CBC and further afield...


  • Friday 23rd August: Jesse Valach, Charlie Bedford & the Illegal Bootleg Band + Frank Sultana in concert

  • Sunday 8th September: Monthly jam @ Candelo Hotel - hosted by Minglewood Blues Band (ACT)

  • Sunday 13th October: Monthly jam @ Candelo Hotel - hosted by Blues On Tap (CBC house band)

  • 25th-27th October: Red, White, Amber & Blues Festival - Canberra, ACT

  • Sunday 10th November: Monthly jam @ Candelo Hotel - hosted by the Chris Harland Blues Band (ACT)

  • Friday 22nd November: Christina Crofts, Rory Phillips & the Illegal Bootleg Band in concert

  • Sunday 8th December: Monthly jam @ Candelo Hotel - hosted by the Illegal Bootleg Band


  • Sunday 12th January: Monthly jam @ Candelo Hotel - 4th Anniversary - hosted by Blues On Tap (CBC house band)

  • Sunday 9th February: Monthly jam @ Candelo Hotel - hosted by 8 Ball Aitken (QLD/USA)

  • 6th-8th March: Candelo Blues Festival - boutique blues fest with a focus on women and youth in blues

  • Sunday 12th April: Monthly jam @ Candelo Hotel - hosted by The Sunbears (ACT)

  • Sunday 10th May: Monthly jam @ Candelo Hotel - hosted by the Johnny Reynolds Band (ACT)

  • Sunday 14th June: Monthly jam @ Candelo Hotel - hosted by Blues On Tap (CBC house band)
  • [Friday 23/08/2019]

    In association with Club Sapphire, Merimbula, we are proud to present:

    Jesse Valach, Charlie Bedford & the Illegal Bootleg Band
    plus Frank Sultana Blues Machine
    in concert...

    Candelo Blues Showcase - Aug 2019

    Online ticket sales now open: CLICK HERE!

    YES, we are bringing these guys back! Their first show was so well received that we just had to ask them to come back. You loved them last time and you'll love them this time too!


    Jesse Valach

    Jesse VALACH is a superb singer/songwriter and talented blues/soul guitarist from Melbourne. He has numerous awards, albums and festival credits to his name and will spellbind any audience.

    One of the genuine rising blues stars in the Australian Blues scene
    - Patrick Elliget-Pearl Magazine (The Peninsula Blues Report)

    It won’t be long before Mr Valach … follows in the likes of Geoff Achison and Claude Hay to emerge onto the international blues stage
    - Duncan Beattie-Blues Matters magazine (UK)

    Jesse has performed alongside some of Australia's biggest names in blues music, including Russell Morris, Geoff Achison, Jeff Lang, Lloyd Spiegel, Jimi Hocking, Ray Beadle and on numerous occasions he has been the dynamic guitarist behind renowned harmonica player Mr Chris Wilson. His recently released 2nd album, ‘Separation Street’, is enjoying extensive radio airplay hitting the #2 spot and receiving a nomination for Best Blues Album of 2015 at The Age Victorian Music Awards and carries the honour of being Melbourne Blues Performer of the year 2017 where he represented the Melbourne Blues Appreciation Society at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis, Tennessee in January 2017.


    Charlie Bedford

    Charlie BEDFORD is an 18-year-old guitarist & vocalist from Melbourne. Charlie performed at the “International Blues Challenge – Youth Showcase" in Memphis 2017 and 2018 representing the Melbourne Blues Appreciation Society! And is returning in 2019! He has played with and been mentored by some of the biggest names in Australian blues music, such as Geoff Achison, Sweet Felicia, Jimi Hocking, Andrea Marr, Russell Morris & Lloyd Spiegel to name a few. Charlie is a fresh act on the festival scene, representing the next generation - keeping the blues alive! He'll get your feet tapping & leave a smile on your face!


    These two first-class artists will be joined by the Illegal Bootleg Band rhythm section featuring Gary Dahan on drums, Jackson Fisher on keys and Paul (Paulo) Leeder on bass.


    This is a ticketed show at Club Sapphire, Merimbula,
    upstairs in the Sapphire Room
    on Friday 23rd August 2019


    Online ticket sales now open: CLICK HERE!

    Every ticket purchased entitles the holder to a 15% discount on any one main meal
    purchased in either the Pacific Bistro or the Rockpool Cafe on the night of the show.

    Doors open 7:00pm
    Showtime: 8:00pm

    Opening the show will be the very talented Frank SULTANA. He’s a one-man Blues Machine...

    Frank Sultana Blues Machine

    [Sunday 8/09/2019]

    The Minglewood Blues Band from Canberra will be hosting the jam on Sunday 8th September 2019.

    Minglewood Blues Band

    Around 18 months ago four likeminded fanatical Blues musicians decided to form a blues band that had a common purpose. To play the blues for the fun and love of it. We also want to concentrate on festivals and Blues venues more so that pub/club gigs. We have also started to work on an album that we hope to start recording next month. This will comprise of mainly original tunes and perhaps a couple of covers by our favorite influences. We have played many shows & a few blues festivals so far that were very well received and are very excited about the future. Our latest member is Bernard (Berno) Morris on the pots & pans. He is settling in very well and we are sure that he will be a great asset to the band.

    Rick (Uncle Rick) Bamford (Slide guitar, Dobro, Lap steel, Guitar & Vocals) has been there and done that over the years. His love of performing has been with him all his career. For most of his early life he toured Australia in several well-known outfits. After 25 years of touring shows, playing on several cruise ships, doing festivals and generally having a ball, Rick settled in this area. His passion for the Blues has never wavered as he continues to woo the crowds with his rasping vocals, and his passion for entertaining.

    James (Hoogie) Hoogstad (Sax & Harmonica) started playing blues harp in high school. He cut his musical teeth in Adelaide blues outfit “Too Many Cats” where he also learned how to drink too much, smoke cigarettes and play tenor sax all at the same time. Rock and roll bands followed. Horn section work in bigger bands such as “Capacity Max” helperd foster his love of listening to the trombone. Hoogstad still hopes to one day meet a trumpet player who’s main goal in life is not to player higher, louder and faster than everyone else. Short on cash, he did a stint with army bands including RMC in Canberra. Having decided that military bands make about as much sense as an augmented 7 flat 9 sharp 11 chord, he left the forces and started playing augmented 7 flat 9 sharp 11 chords in local corporate bands “Night and Day” and “Crisp”. Those bands included the usual mix of schmaltz, disco, rock and pop tunes that are the staple of your local wedding band. “If I’ve been paid for it, I’ve played it” said Hoogstad. He credits Richie Benaud’s beige and tofu coloured suits as his main musical influences throughout this period. The mid noughties saw a return to more soulful music in bands “Naked Soul” and “Judi Pearce and the Arrangement”. “Minglewood blues band” completes the full circle back to blues music, which is a mighty fine place to be.

    Bernard (Berno) Morris started his compulsion for drums with a dilapidated $150 kit as a 17-year-old. In Melbourne he bought his first proper kit, but that had to be stacked in the spare room of the shared Brunswick terrace – not to be tolerated by the other six residents. He found himself in a local rock ‘n’ roll band called ‘Chorque’. With changing membership this became ‘Chubby and the Deadlocks’ and over ten or so years the band played parties and events around Canberra. A mix of mainstream rock ‘n’ roll, blues and contemporary covers kept the repertoire going. The band compiled a CD of originals which some brave souls still play occasionally. In the meantime, Berno picked up with a Bungendore family-based folk band called ‘The Bond Traps’ and proceeded to play at every corner and venue in the town, as well as the Major’s Creek and National folk festivals. Through the Blues Society Keller Room jams last year, he met Deano and Rick who asked him to join Minglewood.

    Dean (Deano) Edgecombe (Bass guitar/Vocals) has been wooing audiences all over Australia for longer than he cares to think about.His driving bass lines & his undying passion for the blues has seen him punch out the back line for many renowned bands. Deano came to Canberra many years ago after cutting his teeth in the Sydney blues scene & has proven to be a consummate performer ever since arriving. The way Deano lays down a solid bass line & handles all the different feels is second to none.

    [Friday 25/10 - Sunday 27/10/2019]

    Red, White, Amber & Blues Festival
    25-27 October 2019

    Our friends at the Canberra Blues Society asked us to mention this upcoming festival for your interest...

    Red, White, Amber & Festival


    August 5, 2019

    The strongest ever line-up of Aussie Blues artists ever set to storm Canberra this October.

    Between October 25 - 27 a huge new festival will make its debut in Canberra. Red, White, Amber & Blues Festival boasts the strongest line-up of the who's who of Australia's greatest blues artists. The George Harcourt Inn in Gold Creek will play host to Canberra’s biggest new music event.

    Headliners Russell Morris, Kevin Borich Express, and Chain will be joined by almost 2 dozen more exciting bands and solo artists. Featured artists include Phil Manning, Lloyd Spiegel, Bondi Cigars, Geoff Achison joining fan favourites 19 Twenty and James Southwell.

    Of course it’s not a proper festival with just music. A selection of local wineries will be serving their finest hearty red wines, their zestiest white wines and their tastiest amber brews. The George kitchen will be cooking up a storm to keep revellers well fed throughout the weekend. Festival organiser Josh Leehmuis of Leehmuis Hospitality couldn’t be more excited to bring such an exciting new music experience to Canberra. Having run the hugely successful Untapped Festival he knows what it takes to put on a great show. Mr Leehmuis promises Red, White, Amber & Blues will be an even bigger event with broader appeal.

    “Red, White, Amber & Blues is the culmination of years of experience putting on music festivals that all Canberran’s can enjoy. Bring your Mum, bring your Nan, bring the kids, it’s going to be a really awesome weekend!”

    With a huge line-up of acts from all over Australia the festival has wide national appeal. Organizers are expecting well over a thousand people to visit Canberra for the weekend, significantly contributing to the local economy.

    Held at The George Harcourt Inn in Canberra’s Gold Creek the festival will take place over 3 huge days from October 25 - 27. Festival goers can purchase a single day pass or save money with a 3 day pass. Red, White, Amber & Blues is an all-ages event.

    Tickets are on sale now from

    Free entry for kids under 15.

    [Friday 22/11/2019]

    In association with Club Sapphire, Merimbula, we are proud to present:

    Christina Crofts, Rory Phillips & the Illegal Bootleg Band
    in concert...


    Christina Crofts

    Christina CROFTS may be diminutive of stature but she's a tour-de-force of the powerful, heartfelt blues. With an extensive playing history, Christina continues to work relentlessly on her music, gaining critical acclaim for her recent recording, 'Like We Used To', which remained in the top 25 on the ABARAC charts for 6 months and of which the first track, ‘Breakaway’, debuted at number 1 on the AMRAP AirIt regional charts.

    Christina is highly regarded for her live performances and guitar prowess. Her music is an impressive blend of blues/rock tinged with southern tex/mex and country flavours. Here's what Michael Smith (freelance journalist for Rhythms magazine) had to say about her latest EP...

    Like We Used To EP
    (by Michael Smith)

    “You say, you won’t let me get away, yeah, I say you can’t stop me.” (Breakaway)

    With a supercharged power kick-in-the-head of slide guitar, the new EP, Like We Used To, from Sydney blues-rock singer, songwriter and guitarist Christina Crofts immediately asserts her place back in the spotlight with the defiant Breakaway, a tune based on a riff originally recorded some 25 years ago by her late husband, guitar-slinger extraordinaire, Steve Crofts.

    Having made her stand, Christina then allows her more playful side to step out with the title track, a sassy celebration of the joyous abandon of just getting out there and livin’, lovin’ and rockin’ out, and to hell with society’s crap.

    “Late in the evenin’ when the sun goes down/We’ll take a little trip down to Sleepy Town/We’ll turn it up loud, have the windows down/Wakin’ everybody up in this town,” (Like We Used To)

    And so it goes, four songs about strong women sticking up for themselves after taking it for way too long, taking back their love, their power, their lives. If the blues began as music that told tales of “the girls that done him wrong”, Christina is here to take it all back for the many more girls who have been done wrong by and won’t take it anymore! But doin’ it with tongue firmly in her cheek and with that mischievous sense of fun that has always marked her music out, winning her critical acclaim and adoring audiences around the nation.


    Rory Phillips

    Rory PHILLIPS is an aspiring young guitarist/singer/songwriter who is a member of the Bidgee Blues Club, a two-time graduate of the CMAA Junior Academy of Country Music, a graduate of Rock Academy Melbourne and a music lover to his core. He released his debut EP, Cars and Guitars, in January 2017, aged ten.

    July 2019


    PLAYING the blues is not for the feint-hearted, so to see a 12-year-old doing it with such skill and confidence will turn your head. That’s exactly what happened when young Rory Phillips came to the attention of the Candelo Blues Club and he is thrilled to have their support behind him.

    Described as a gifted musician, Rory is most comfortable with a guitar in his hands, but he’s not afraid to take centre-stage behind the microphone either. He first picked up a guitar aged five, after becoming hooked on the music of Joe Walsh (Eagles) at the tender age of three. Since then, Rory has achieved more than most and has his sights set high for the future. Musically, he has dipped his toes in the waters of Americana, folk and rock, but it is the blues which has stolen his heart. “It’s hard to explain, but playing the blues just moves me. I’ve grown up listening to the guitar riffs of Stevie Ray Vaughan, Jimi Hendrix, Buddy Guy and so many more, and it’s all I’ve ever really wanted to do. If I can make a career from my music, I’ll be ecstatic!”

    Aside from his dynamic playing, it is his confidence and stage presence which sets him apart from his peers. Bill Chambers (dad of Kasey) has described Rory as “always displaying a professional enthusiasm way beyond his years, and definitely has a way with an audience” and is just one of a long list of industry heavyweights to have invited Rory to share the stage with them, a list which includes blues guitar legend Lloyd Spiegel and Bondi Cigars front man, Shane Pacey. Rory is looking forward to working alongside the Candelo Blues Club in the future as part of their Youth in Blues program.

    For more on Rory Phillips, head to


    Ms Crofts and young Rory will be joined by the Illegal Bootleg Band rhythm section featuring Chris Harland on guitar, Gary Dahan on drums, Jackson Fisher on keys, Paul (Paulo) Leeder on bass and Ms Jodi-lee Jessop on backing vocals.


    This is a ticketed show at Club Sapphire, Merimbula,
    upstairs in the Sapphire Room
    on Friday 22nd November 2019


    Online ticket sales to be announced

    Every ticket purchased entitles the holder to a 15% discount on any one main meal
    purchased in either the Pacific Bistro or the Rockpool Cafe on the night of the show.

    Doors open 7:00pm
    Showtime: 8:00pm

    [Sunday 9/02/2020]

    The fabulous 8 Ball Aitken will be back on our patch around jam time again so we've got him hosting the jam on Sunday 9th February 2020.

    8 Ball Aitken

    8 Ball Aitken’s funky, foot stomping energy and infectious blend of swampy-blues, has brought the party vibe to festivals in more than a dozen countries worldwide for a decade. Nashville-based for the last six years, 8 Ball Aitken, is back with a new album Swamp Blues. The album debuted #2 in the Australian Blues Music Charts and single ‘High Water’ went to #1 on the AMRAP AIRIT Radio charts.

    Recorded at Yellow Dog Studios in Wimberley, Texas’ Hill Country, 8 Ball laid down his guitar tracks through analogue tape machine for the warm guitar tones. JJ Johnson from Tedeschi Trucks Band played drums on the album, and legendary Austin musician Glenn Fukunaga played bass. Dallas, Texas songwriter Guthrie Kennard provided backing vocals on many of the tracks.

    "Swamp Blues is my salute to the rhythms and grooves of the Deep South and is my most stripped back studio recording to date. Much of my USA touring is traversing between Texas, Tennessee, and Florida, travelling through Louisiana, home to the gritty, sub-genre sound I love the most and birth place of one of my musical heroes, Tony Joe White", says 8 Ball.

    "Of the 12 tracks, two were co-written with friend and 100% certified Texas Bluesman, Guthrie Kennard, and it was such a thrill to be creative partners on High Water and Mama’s Cookin", 8 Ball adds.

    Swamp Blues is out now on CD, iTunes, vinyl record, and cassette.


    I first saw him when he was young, hairy and straight outa Brisbane. Now he’s all growed up and going global. Unstoppable! ~ Ross Wilson (Daddy Cool, Eagle Rock), Melbourne, Australia

    This is outstanding. The way it should be done. You have a new fan. ~ Ray Wylie Hubbard (Snake Farm), Texas, USA

    8 Ball is not an act any band wants to follow! ....even a 5 piece band will have to do some quick and serious note pounding to get 8-ball's vibe off the stage, it just hangs in the air long after he is gone.....he's a freakin solo red headed infector. ~ Mitch Lind, owner/promoter of the Riverhawk and Stringbreak Music Festivals, Florida, USA

    8 Ball's authenticity engages the entire room. His crowds grow exponentially each trip as the stories and tee shirts from his show spread across the town. It feels like you're seeing some huge act before it's been discovered… ~ Joseph Drew, Moore’s Store, Ben Wheeler, Texas, USA

    8 Ball has created his own unique sound paired with an enthusiastic performance, two things that aren't very common these days. He puts on a great show! He always brings in a great crowd and keeps them entertained all night long! We are forever a fan! ~ Old Texas Brewing Co. Burleson, Texas, USA

    8 Ball Aitken blends old world sounds and values with a fresh perspective that has been brought up by a true troubadour from down under. ~ Charley Jordan, KHLB 1025 Radio, Texas, USA

    Check out these 8 Ball Aitken songs:

  • High Water
  • Six Stringer
  • Lindy Loo
  • [Friday 6/03 - Sunday 8/03/2020]

    Candelo Blues Festival
    6-8 March 2020

    Candelo Blues Festival

    This month...

    [UPDATE 21/08/2019]

    The August newsletter is now live. Click on the Archive link...

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    [UPDATE 12/08/2019]

    The August jam brought the jammers and punters out aplenty, despite the disappointment of Blues On Tap having to withdraw due to Manny injuring his hand (and then Lucy suffering a burst blood vessel in her eye!). But we were fortunate to be able to lure the fabulous Wayne Jury to Candelo to host the jam. Happily for us, Wayne was in our orbit doing a show at Nethercote the night before and was able to rejig his schedule to accommodate us. Everyone loved this bluesman from Geelong and we will try hard to get him back to the CBC again before too long.

    It was great to welcome back some of the jammers we don't see too often, as well as the regulars, and the standard was high. And it was good to see the pros getting together with the amateurs and everybody helping everybody else. You don't have to be a star to jam at the CBC - you just have to be keen, upbeat and willing to embrace the blues.

    If you didn't get to the August jam, here is who and what you missed...

    AUGUST jammers:

    Opening set - HOST ACT: WAYNE JURY

  • Wayne Jury - guitar & vocals
  • Gary Dahan - drums
  • Paul ('Paulo') Leeder - bass

    Set 2

  • Kevin Riley - vocals & harp
  • Chris ('Foxy') Fox - drums
  • Mark Hobbs - bass
  • Dennis Pitt - guitar

    Set 3

  • Peter Lewis - guitar & vocals
  • Garry Carson Jones - guitar

    Set 4

  • Garry Carson Jones - guitar & vocals
  • Frut Heffernan - drums
  • Paul ('Paulo') Leeder - bass
  • Garry Williams - guitar
  • Drew Forbes - harp


  • Wayne Jury - guitar & vocals
  • Gary Dahan - drums
  • Paul ('Paulo') Leeder - bass
  • Jodi-lee Jessop - guest vocals
  • Sam Seidel - lap steel

    Set 6

  • Allan Watts - guitar & vocals
  • Frut Heffernan - drums
  • Paul ('Paulo') Leeder - bass
  • Wayne Jury - guitar
  • Drew Forbes - harp
  • Sam Seidel - lap steel

    Set 7

  • Noel Whittem - guitar & vocals
  • Chris ('Foxy') Fox - drums
  • Damian Picone - bass
  • Mark Hobbs - guitar
  • Kevin Riley - harp

  • If we've missed anyone or misspelt or otherwise gotten your name wrong, please let us know so we can fix it.

    And a note to prospective jammers:

  • Please watch the jam board so you know when your set is due.
  • Be tuned up and ready to walk on and start playing promptly.
  • Don't go overtime - 3 songs or twenty minutes maximum.
  • Clear the stage promptly at the end of your set.
  • Your co-operation is greatly appreciated.

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    [UPDATE 8/08/2019]


    Due to unforeseen circus dancers, Blues On Tap has had to withdraw from hosting this week's jam. Fortunately for us, Geelong bluesman, Wayne Jury, is in our orbit this weekend and has graciously extended his stay to host the jam on Sunday.

    The jam begins at 1:00pm with our host act and concludes at 4:30pm.

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    [UPDATE 7/07/2019]

    The Rotary Club of Merimbula is calling for young buskers to avail themselves of opportunities at the monthly Merimbula Seaside Markets to present their music to market-goers on the 3rd Sunday of each month.

    The Rotary Club wants to "...introduce more live music and encourage young musicians to busk and enliven our environment." And "...give buskers the opportunity to show their skills, practice handling an audience, be out of their normal practice zone, and hopefully allow them to earn pocket-money through public contribution. There are obviously strong themes of enjoyment, endeavour and reward running through this that strengthen our community."

    This is mainly aimed at younger musicians (though all ages and skill levels would also be welcome). Enquiries should be directed to or just present on the day to the Rotary stall at the main entrance and ask for Andy. They can accommodate a maximum of four buskers per market.

    Here is a brochure about the Merimbula Seaside Markets.

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    [UPDATE 11/03/2019]

    You'll be pleased to know that our ticketed shows at Club Sapphire now have added value. Every ticket purchased entitles the holder to a 15% discount off any one main meal in either the Pacific Bistro or the Rockpool Cafe on the night of the show.

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    Remember to keep the Canberra Blues Society in mind when next you visit Canberra as they have a very healthy monthly jam, as well as occasional other events...

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    The Candelo Blues Club's NEXT JAM will be on Sunday 8th September 2019 at 1:00pm in the Candelo Hotel.
    *** NOTE CHANGE OF STARTING TIME! Now 1:00pm ***

    There'll be plenty of room for jammers on the jam board (if you get in early!) and plenty of room for punters to sit back and enjoy the blues vibe. Tell everyone you know and come out to Candelo for a fabulous afternoon of blues music.

    This is a FREE event for competent jammers of all ages - there's no charge to enter the jam or to attend the event. See you there! :)

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    The Candelo Hotel does great food but it's a good idea to book ahead for lunch. Look out for JAM DAY LUNCH SPECIALS for all Candelo Blues Club patrons. The dining room is open from 11:30am on jam days with last lunch orders preferred by 2:00pm.

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    Photos from the jams can be found on our Facebook page. If you'd like to procure a copy of any of them sans watermark, please contact our photographer, Sally Foster.

    WHERE is it?...

    The Candelo Blues Club jam happens at the -

  • Candelo Hotel

    Candelo Hotel, Candelo NSW 2550, Australia

  • 11 Sharp Street, Candelo NSW 2550

  • phone: (02) 6493 2214

  • email:

  • jam info: contact Paulo

    The Candelo Hotel is a fabulous little country pub with a great, music-friendly atmosphere. Keith, Chris and Paul are your hosts and they're always ready to meet and greet newcomers and regulars alike. The dining room is open from 11:30am on jam days with last lunch orders preferred by 2:00pm.

    If you're travelling from afar and are looking for nearby accommodation try...

  • Big Rock Candy Mountain, 38-42 Power Street, Candelo. Your host: Carol Holden; t: 02 6493 2325; m: 0439 658 483; e:

  • Bumblebrook Farm Motel, 25 Kemps Lane, Candelo. Your hosts: Wendy and Alan Cross; t: 02 6493 2238; m: 0411 041 622

  • The airbnb website

  • There's also FREE CAMPING in the park in the middle of Candelo village.

  • WHEN is it?...

    The Candelo Blues Club jam is a monthly event which happens on the -

  • 2nd SUNDAY of each month (unless notified otherwise)

  • at 1:00pm - NOTE NEW STARTING TIME!

  • in 2019/2020...

  • 14 July
  • 11 August
  • 08 September
  • 13 October
  • 10 November
  • 08 December
  • 12 January - 4th anniversary!
  • 9 February
  • 8 March
  • 12 April
  • 10 May
  • 14 June

  • WHAT is it?...

    The Candelo Blues Club jam is a monthly event for all musicians who would like to play some BLUES MUSIC. It is open to musicians of all ages, standards, instruments and music tastes. BUT, the stipulation is that ONLY BLUES MUSIC be performed. This is a BLUES MUSIC jam and other music genres will not be accepted on the day. However, blues music is pretty broad when you get down to it - slow blues, jump blues, jazz blues, swing blues, electric blues, acoustic blues, Chicago blues, funk blues...

    The house band will usually host the jam, presenting a feature opening and, time permitting, closing set. From time to time we will present an alternative feature act/artist from the wider blues community to host the jam.

    Non-participating music lovers are welcome too. Come along, enjoy the music and the vibe, and support the players (be they beginners or seasoned pros).

    Here's an interview with Paulo about the Candelo Blues Club launch. Jase Holley is the interviewer.

    The Candelo Blues Club was launched on Sunday 10th January 2016.

    The jam is currently FREE of entry charge but DONATIONS are gratefully accepted. There is a donations tin on the bar at every jam.

    Visit, Like and Share us on our Facebook page.

    N.B. This is NOT an 'open mic' event. If you are looking for somewhere to strut your poetry, comedy, rock/jazz/pop/folk/grunge/metal/etc music then best to move along; there's nothing for you here. We're here for NOTHIN' BUT THE BLUES!

    The Canberra Blues Society has a discussion of what constitutes the blues here: What is the Blues?

    WHY is it?...

    The Candelo Blues Club jam was created by Paul (Paulo) Leeder to provide a forum specifically for blues music in the Far South Coast region of NSW, Australia. It aims to give expression to blues music through regular jam sessions featuring musicians of all standards, both local and out-of-town, who wish to play the blues.

    There are musicians out there who may not play the blues as their usual thing but wish to dabble a little when the opportunity presents itself. The Candelo Blues Club jam aims to provide that opportunity.

    There are also the newcomers to playing in front of a live audience - be they young or old - who would benefit from the opportunity to play with some more-advanced musicians. If you can get from the count-in to the end of the tune competently, step right up!

    Blues music has a broad and diverse following spanning all age groups and, apart from occasional nearby festivals and visits to the region by touring blues acts, there is little else to enjoy on a regular basis. Paulo wants to change that! A lofty ideal perhaps...but with your support it can work.

    Founding members:

  • Don Ryan
  • Heather Leeder
  • Jase Holley
  • Jock Logus
  • John Fraser
  • Keith Cummings
  • Paul (Paulo) Leeder
  • Sally Foster

  • HOW does it work?...

    The Candelo Blues Club jam works like this -

    The host band/act will open the session with a full set of blues designed to set the tone for the day. Then the jammers will take over - playing the blues (and nothin' but the blues!). Members of the host band/act will provide instrumental support to jammers as needed. If there's time at the end of the day's session, the host band/act will close with a short set.

    If you have a band that would like to participate, that's fine too. Just book a jam slot for the band, perhaps with some added guests.

    Your jam slot...

  • You will have 20 minutes to perform up to three songs

  • Please tune up your instrument(s) prior to your set

  • Time wasted unnecessarily on stage will be deducted from your slot

    We provide...

  • PA

  • Bass rig (Fender Rumble 500)

  • Drum kit (Sonor Smart Force Xtend)

  • Session sign-up board

  • Help and support

    You BYO...

  • Instrument(s)

  • Drumsticks

  • Snare and cymbals (optional)

  • Guitar/other amps, etc.

  • Good attitude and a smile!

    Then (on the day or beforehand) you...

  • Contact Paulo to register your interest

  • Have your name and instrument added to the session sign-up board

  • Watch the jam board so you know when your set is due

  • Be tuned up and ready to walk on

  • Promptly start and end your set on time

  • Don't go overtime - 3 songs or twenty minutes maximum

  • Clear the stage promptly at the end of your set

  • Treat all supplied equipment with respect

  • Treat the venue, staff and patrons with respect

  • Adhere to all rules and directives for smooth running of the event

  • Be positive in your support of your fellow jammers

  • Have fun!


  • Observe the "NO Roadhouse Blues rule" - it's not a blues song! Nor is Whiter Shade of Pale.

  • Just because a song has "blues" in the title does not make it a blues song; e.g. Still Got The Blues For You.

  • Observe the "NO Mustang Sally rule" - please!

  • This is a BLUES MUSIC jam - please stick to the script!

  • A valuable resource for further research is:

  • Meet the house band...

    The Candelo Blues Club house band is Blues on Tap and presents in various line-ups. Up until early 2019, like this...


    Don Ryan
    John (JD) Drews
    Lucy Fisher
    John Fraser
    Paul (Paulo) Leeder
    Blues on Tap

    Lucy Fisher
  • Lucy Fisher - singer

  • Lucy Fisher began her singing career at a very young age, and at the age of 16 began performing jazz and top 40 songs in a few local Sydney venues. In her early 20’s she had a residency at a local jazz gig and also covered her ground well as a rock vocalist with Sydney bands. She has recorded 2 solo albums and has an award for her contribution to world music in 2004 for her song writing with HMA.

    Lucy, for the past 30 years, has been a vocal teacher and coach, and is highly regarded for her effective teaching style, and restorative vocal health techniques. She has performed to audiences from 25 people to 25,000, covering venues such as The Hordern Pavilion, the Sydney Entertainment Centre, and the Acer Arena at Olympic Park in NSW. She has also performed in the USA, UK, Europe and Asia.

    Lucy has also worked on TV commercials and stage productions, has been a vocal producer on many albums, and vocal director for 3 world tours. Lucy currently ‘rocks the house’ as the lead vocalist with the Sydney band The Justice Bureau.

    Paulo Leeder
  • Paul (Paulo) Leeder - bass player

  • Paul (Paulo) Leeder has been playing bass for many a year, in various styles. But his first love is the blues and he plays with passion.

    "Playing the blues is my first love. Blues is pretty broad when you get down to it - slow blues, jump blues, jazz blues, swing blues, electric blues, acoustic blues, Chicago blues... I'm not allergic to other genres; I just really love the blues in all its forms." - Paulo

    In the early days he worked with Melbourne bands Atlas and Thin Ice, amongst others, and did short tours with Angry Anderson, Jeff St John and Wendy Saddington. Later years saw Paulo in the Bega Valley with Haid, Hannagan & Leeder. In the 1990's he worked and recorded with The Sleepwalkers and Pace.

    Paulo currently works and records with the Chris Harland Blues Band and the Dorothy-Jane Band as well as freelancing with other touring acts (e.g. Ali Penney, Blue Eyes Cry, Pearlnoire Blues Show).

  • and occasional guest players.

  • Meet the CBC team...

    Let's not forget the rest of the Candelo Blues Club team:

    Jess & Paul Cummings
  • Jess & Paul - hotel managers

  • Jess & Paul Cummings are the ever helpful managers of the Candelo Hotel and supporters and sponsors of the CBC. Together with their wonderful staff they keep things moving in the dining room and the bar on Jam Day.

    Heather Leeder
  • Heather Leeder - assistant

  • Heather Leeder ably assists Paulo and the rest of the team in a myriad of ways. Ever-smiling and unflappable in a crisis, she meets-and-greets, liaises with hotel management, herds grandchildren, reminds Paulo what he's forgotten to do, collects email addresses, and much more...

    Sally Foster
  • Sally Foster - photographer

  • Sally Foster wasn't expecting to become the official CBC photographer but circumstances conspired to see her in that very role. Besides home-schooling her three children, Sally finds time to take creative photos at the jam and to edit them for publication on the CBC Facebook page. We're delighted to have her on the team.

    If you'd like to obtain copies of any of Sally's photographs sans watermark, please contact her at the next jam, or by email (, or contact Paulo with your request.

    Paulo Leeder
  • Paul (Paulo) Leeder - boss

  • Paul (Paulo) Leeder is the instigator, organiser, facilitator, delegator, alligator, equipment lugger, jam manager, webmaster, occasional MC, house band leader, bass player, buck stopper, newsletter editor, general dogsbody, fixer-upper, etc...

    Paulo is a Director of Candelo Blues Club Pty Ltd.

    Gary Dahan
  • Gary Dahan - events driver

  • Gary Dahan is the CBC's "events driver" and also has a long pedigree as a pro drummer. He likes to get things done and doesn't waste time once an idea germinates. Gary is another fine asset to the Club.

    Gary is a Director of Candelo Blues Club Pty Ltd.

    Adam Twyford
  • Adam Twyford - audio engineer

  • Adam Twyford is passionate about audio production, providing sound for a number of groups, many that he has performed in. He is a fine drummer using a colossal range of percussion instruments. He has played in numerous local line-ups in the Bega Valley, from duos to five-piece bands. From set-up to pack-up, Adam is heavily involved in every aspect of performing. He is professional and dedicated, and brings a wealth of experience to the team.

    Simon Smith
  • Simon Smith - audio engineer

  • Simon Smith has been around audio production for many years and, like Adam Twyford, is also a fine drummer. He is a professional who brings a wealth of experience to the team.

    John McVeity
  • John McVeity - audio engineer

  • John McVeity is a first-class audio engineer and is also a talented bass player. He is another professional who brings a wealth of experience to the team.


    We have a limited range of merchandise for sale to interested Club supporters. At present we can offer both adults' and children's T-shirts in various sizes. They are of excellent quality, black (adults') or white (children's) in colour, printed on both back and front with the red Candelo Blues Club name.

    Candelo Blues Club T-shirt BACK Candelo Blues Club T-shirt FRONT                  Candelo Blues Club kid's T-shirt BACK Candelo Blues Club kid's T-shirt FRONT

    Adult sizes are: S, M, L, XL and 2XL.

    Price: $25.00.

    Child sizes are: XS (2-4), S (4-6), M (6-8), L (10-12) and XL (14-16).

    Price: $20.00

    We also have adult-sized polo shirts which are embroidered on front only with the red Candelo Blues Club name.

    Candelo Blues Club polo shirt FRONT

    Adult sizes are: S, M, L, XL and 2XL.

    Price: $35.00.

    If we don't have your size in stock we'll be happy to order it for you.

    Enquire at the next jam, or contact us by email or phone to place your order.

    Wear your Club T-shirt with pride and tell the world you're part of something special!

    Fancy a coffee mug or two? These are large size and printed with the Candelo Blues Club name over a New Orleans (Bourbon Street) street scene.

    Candelo Blues Club coffee mug Candelo Blues Club coffee mug

    Candelo Blues Club coffee mug   CBC Coffee Mug. Price: $15.00.

    How about a stubby holder? These are printed with the Candelo Blues Club name over a New Orleans (Bourbon Street) street scene.

    Candelo Blues Club stubby holder Candelo Blues Club stubby holder

    Candelo Blues Club stubby holder   CBC Stubby Holder. Price: $10.00.


    For further information about the Candelo Blues Club please contact...

    General Information:  



    Festival: / 0438 353 133 / 0428 353 133 / 0438 353 144 / 0429 291 910

    ...or Visit, Like and Share us on our Facebook page.

    For invoicing...
    Business Name:  
     Candelo Blues Club Pty Ltd
     92 632 505 241

    For general admin...
     PO Box 4104, Candelo NSW 2550, Australia

    Our bank...
    Account Name:  
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     Candelo Blues Club Pty Ltd
     Bendigo Bank

    Some links...

    If you'd like to see your link here, contact Paulo.

  • Blues Association of South East Queensland Blues Association of South East Queensland - BASEQ commits to provide opportunities for all interested people to participate in, enjoy and appreciate Blues Music in South East Queensland in a safe, inclusionary and positive environment of mutual respect and trust.

  • Canberra Blues Society - Promoting the blues throughout the capital region, Australia

  • Candelo Arts Society - Established in 1986, CAS promotes art of all facets in the Bega Valley region of NSW

  • Hume Blues Club @ The Shake Shack, 19 Harding St, Coburg, Vic - Live blues music venue in the Victorian Northern Suburbs. Hume Blues Club @ The Shake Shack hosts weekly blues jam nights and monthly showcases & blues events. A hangout for blues and roots music enthusiasts and budding blues artists who are encouraged to come along to perform and network with like-minded blues musicians.

  • Maldon Blues Club, Vic - Promoting blues music and artists in the Central Goldfields area (Maldon, Castlemaine and Bendigo). Our aim is to attract people to our historic town and to become a premium musical attraction in the area.

  • Melbourne Blues Appreciation Society is a not-for-profit blues club that aims to bring together blues enthusiasts, blues artists and budding musicians and support and promote Australian blues artists locally and overseas.

  • Sydney Blues Society - Blues is alive in Sydney, Australia

  • is your online blues loving community. If you love the blues, this is the place for you.

  • Mailing lists...

    If you'd like to have your email address added to one or more mailing lists, please contact Paulo or fill in the form below indicating which list(s) you wish to join:

    The Candelo Blues Club regular mailing list
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