Candelo Blues Club, Candelo NSW 2550, Australia Candelo Blues Club, Candelo NSW 2550, Australia
Candelo Blues Club, Candelo NSW 2550, Australia           
until further notice

NEXT JAM: Sunday ?th ? 2020, at 1:00pm
[This Month - updated 23rd March 2020]

Friends (sponsors) of the CBC...

  • Candelo Hotel
  • Cooma Monaro Legal Services
  • Neil & Suzanne Charnock
    SapphireFM, Pambula NSW, Australia
        Bega Valley
    Club Sapphire, Merimbula NSW, Australia Hungry's, Merimbula NSW, Australia
    Merimbula Gardens Motel, Merimbula NSW, Australia Phillip Howe Consulting Subway, Merimbula NSW, Australia

    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...


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

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

  • CANCELLED - Sunday 14th June: Monthly jam @ Candelo Hotel - hosted by ... (TBC)

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


  • Sunday 14th February: Monthly jam @ Candelo Hotel - hosted by Gwyn Ashton (UK)

  • This month...

    [UPDATE 23/03/2020]

    It is with regret that we announce that the Candelo Blues Club is going into FORCED HIBERNATION for the foreseeable future. At least until the COVID-19 pandemic has run its course. We wish everyone well. Stay safe and enjoy some home time with the hi-fi and the blues.

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    [UPDATE 20/03/2020]

    May you live in interesting times. ~ Ancient Chinese Curse

    You've probably already figured this out but the APRIL JAM has been CANCELLED due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In fact, the CBC is going into forced hibernation until the danger passes. When that will be, nobody knows!

    Stay safe and healthy everyone!

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    [UPDATE 20/03/2020]

    The house band of the past few years has gone through some changes. More recently it was called Blues On Tap. But with the recent departure of Lucy Fisher and Rick Millband that lineup has now been disbanded.

    Lucy has been the ever-popular lead singer of the band and has garnered much support at the CBC. We thank Lucy for her contribution over the past few years and wish her well.

    Rick is the new kid on the block having only recently moved down to the Valley from Canberra. He brought a pro attitude and a wicked sense of humour to the band. Thanks and best wishes to him too.

    The next incarnation of the house band may well be in a different format. Watch this space...

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    [UPDATE 3/03/2020]

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

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    [UPDATE 3/03/2020]

    What a fun day we had at the February jam! 8 Ball Aitken was in fine form and the jammers were keen to strut their stuff. We saw more new faces visiting us for the first time too and it’s always a pleasure to welcome them.

    Drummer Darren (surname unknown) showed us he knows his way around the kit, and singer-guitarist, Vera Grassecher, wowed everybody with her fabulous vocals. We hope they’ll find their way back to the jam again soon!

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

    FEBRUARY jammers:

    Opening set - HOST ACT: 8 BALL AITKEN

    Set 2

  • Mark Hobbs - vocals & guitar
  • Chris ('Foxy') Fox - drums
  • Damian Picone - bass
  • Drew Forbes - harp

    Set 3

  • Kev Riley - harp & vocals
  • Gary ('Maddog') Morley - drums
  • Paul ('Paulo') Leeder - bass
  • Mark Hobbs - guitar
  • Drew Forbes - harp

    Set 4

  • Kev Riley - harp & vocals
  • Chris ('Foxy') Fox - drums
  • Paul ('Paulo') Leeder - bass
  • Mark Hobbs - guitar

    Set 5

  • Vera Grassecher - vocals & guuitar
  • Darren ? - drums
  • Damian Picone - bass
  • Mark Hobbs - guitar
  • Kev Riley - harp


    Set 7

  • Vera Grassecher - vocals & guitar
  • Darren ? - drums
  • Paul ('Paulo') Leeder - bass
  • Mark Hobbs - guitar
  • Drew Forbes - 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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    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 ?th ? 2020 at 1:00pm in the Candelo Hotel.

    *** NOTE NEW 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 2020...

  • 12 January - 4th anniversary! - CANCELLED (due to bushfires)
  • 9 February
  • 8 March
  • 12 April - CANCELLED (due to COVID-19 pandemic)
  • 10 May
  • 14 June
  • 12 July
  • 09 August
  • 13 September
  • 11 October
  • 08 November
  • 13 December

  • 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:

  • House band...

    The Candelo Blues Club house band comprises a varying collection of (mostly) pro blues players and guests jamming it out to set the tone for the day's jam event. It's a floating population of players, depending on availability.

    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 four 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 the CEO 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.

    The 2020 Calendar is out now and at a reduced price (down from $25.00).

    Candelo Blues Club stubby holder   2020 Calendar. Price: $20.00.


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

    General Information:  


    Photography: / 0438 353 133 / 0428 353 133 / 0438 353 144

    ...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:  
    A/c No:  

     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
    Paulo's occasional mailing list

    Your Name:
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