Candelo Blues Club, Candelo NSW 2550, Australia Candelo Blues Club, Candelo NSW 2550, Australia
Candelo Blues Club, Candelo NSW 2550, Australia           
due to extended lockdowns, social distancing restrictions and mask mandates

COVER CHARGE: $5 (16+)
NOTE: ALL punters AND jammers MUST BOOK with the venue!
[This Month - updated 31st August 2021]

Friends (& sponsors) of the CBC...

The BLUES TRAIN - Bellarine Peninsula, Victoria...
The Blues Train - Bellarine Peninsula, Victoria, Australia
RETOUCHING, 3D ILLUSTRATION AND MOTION GRAPHICS by Chris Erickson, Merimbula NSW, Australia Top Pub, Pambula NSW 2549, Australia
Davis Wheeler Music, Fyshwick, ACT, Australia Phillip Howe Consulting Longstocking Brewery, Pambula 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 for such a tiny cover charge. Well, we'd like to keep it that way but the reality is that your financial support is really needed to help keep the jam running and further our aims and objectives.

The donations box is there on jam day along with the raffle 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. And our Youth in Blues program is giving interested young folk a leg up into the world of blues music. 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.


We Need You

COMING up...

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


  • CANCELLED - Sunday 11th July: Monthly jam @ The TOP PUB, Pambula - hosted by the Rod Mitchell Band (house band)

  • CANCELLED - Sunday 8th August: Monthly jam @ The TOP PUB, Pambula - hosted by Minglewood Blues Band (ACT)

  • CANCELLED - Sunday 12th September: Monthly jam @ The TOP PUB, Pambula - hosted by The Sunbears (ACT)

  • Sunday 10th October: Monthly jam @ The TOP PUB, Pambula - hosted by the Rod Mitchell Band (house band)

  • Sunday 14th November: Monthly jam @ The TOP PUB, Pambula - hosted by Jeff and Deej Band (ACT)

  • This month...

    [UPDATE 31/08/2021]


    The government continues to lock us down and restrict our movements so, again, we are forced to cancel the monthly jam. There will be NO JAM in September. Sorry to disappoint everyone. Maybe in October...

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    [UPDATE 22/07/2021]


    Sorry folks but the Premier has forced our hand again and the August jam is no longer viable. We sincerely hope to be back in September!

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    [UPDATE 7/07/2021]


    Sorry folks but the Premier has forced our hand again and the July jam is no longer viable. We sincerely hope to be back in August!

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    [UPDATE 17/06/2021]

    That's another great jam day done and dusted. Feature act, the Chris Harland Blues Band, was smokin' and there were some great jam sets. The afternoon was full but there's always room for more jammers, time permitting.

    We ask all jammers to get ready quickly and to make use of the house backline equipment wherever possible. We provide guitar amps, bass rig, drum kit and mics. Moving extra equipment on and off stage soaks up valuable jam time. Your understanding and co-operation is appreciated.

    The introduction of the $5 door donation went off smoothly and we are grateful for everyone's enthusiasm for this fund-raising initiative. Thank you!

    Next month we will have the Rod Mitchell Band hosting. Don't forget to book early as the jam has been booking out very quickly. Top Pub, Pambula, 02 6495 6012. Hope to see you there!

    CBC Poster - 11 July 2021

    Sunday 11th July 2021


    The TOP PUB
    (Commercial Hotel)
    18 Quondola St
    Pambula NSW 2549

    BOOKINGS: 02 6495 6012

    Don't forget to BOOK EARLY! Room capacity is strictly limited.

    Punters AND jammers MUST BOOK with the venue!

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    [UPDATE 15/05/2021]

    May jam done and dusted. Stretch Limousine carved it up after coming out of hibernation. Jammers doing their thing. Country hospitality at the Top Pub. Good vibes. Good folks. See you all in June. Don't forget to book ahead!

    Remember, $5 door donation to help support Club activities starts with the June jam. The Youth in Blues program is launched and there's more we want to do for the blues on the Far South Coast. Keeping the blues alive - Nothin' But The Blues!

    June jam hosted by the Chris Harland Blues Band.

    CBC Poster - 13 June 2021

    Sunday 13th June 2021


    The TOP PUB
    (Commercial Hotel)
    18 Quondola St
    Pambula NSW 2549

    BOOKINGS: 02 6495 6012

    Don't forget to BOOK EARLY! Room capacity is strictly limited.

    Punters AND jammers MUST BOOK with the venue!

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    [UPDATE 29/04/2021]

    Hello Blues Lovers!

    The May jam is rapidly approaching and the blues year is hotting up (as the weather gets cooler). The Stretch Limousine lads are revving their collective engine and getting ready to host the jam as feature act on May 9th. The CBC crew is primed and ready to launch, and the pub is waiting for us, so all is prepared. All we need is you (and your mums - it will be Mothers' Day after all!). If you haven't already booked, your chances of getting onto the reserve seating list are slim at this point. But do call the venue - you never know when seating restrictions will be eased!


    We now have our Youth in Blues program up and running with four young musos enrolled. Singing lessons have commenced, as have band coaching lessons. Our own Lucy Fisher is tackling the singing whilst CBC stalwart Manny Aigner is coaching the band. These sessions come at a cost (generously discounted by Lucy and Manny) and the CBC is sponsoring the lion's share of the balance.

    We are dipping into our very shallow bucket of funds to do this. But we believe so strongly in our young folk and the opportunity this gives them that we really wanted to get it launched. Now we need your help to keep it rolling and to expand the program as it develops...


    We are in our 6th year now and all this time we've been running on a shoe-string budget. Somehow we have managed to keep our heads above water and that has been largely due to some very generous sponsors who have supported us over the years, and also to the selfless contribution of time, equipment and expertise donated by our crew and house musos.

    The popularity of the monthly jam continues to grow so we figure we must be doing something right! We very much appreciate seeing so many smiling faces and enthusiastic jammers every month. That tells us we must be serving up an event that is worthwhile, truly entertaining and of value!

    Now to the rub! The monthly raffle helps raise a few dollars; the donations box, very little. We now feel compelled to levy a small entry fee or 'door donation', if you will. There is so much more we can do, with your help. The donation box will be at the entry and we are asking for just $5 per head for adults (kids under 16 free). This will apply to both punters and jammers alike. We will begin the new door donation with the June jam. Thank you in anticipation of your continued support.


    If you would like to become a sponsor of the CBC in some way, whether for a special purpose (such as the Youth in Blues program) or generally to assist us in furthering live blues music in our region, please give me a shout. One-time monetary donations or recurring contributions, or volunteering in particular areas of expertise, would all be very welcome.

    As always, your feedback is encouraged.


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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 10th October 2021 at Top Pub, Pambula, NSW 2549. Starting time: 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 the CBC for a fabulous afternoon of blues music. BOOKINGS ARE ESSENTIAL!

    This event is for competent jammers of all ages. There is a modest cover charge/donation at the door on jam day, but there is no additional fee to participate in the jam. See you there! :)

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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, Jim McKenna.

    WHERE is it?...

    The Candelo Blues Club jam has now moved to The TOP PUB, Pambula...

    Top Pub, Pambula NSW 2549, Australia

    Call Us: 02 6495 6012

    WHEN is it?...

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

  • 2nd SUNDAY of each month (unless notified otherwise)
         NOTE: Variations of date and venue during Government restrictions on public gatherings may apply!

  • at 1:00pm

  • in 2021...

    17 January5th birthday! Top Pub, Pambula
    14 FebruaryTop Pub, Pambula BOOKED OUT
    14 MarchTop Pub, Pambula BOOKED OUT
    11 AprilTop Pub, Pambula BOOKED OUT
    09 MayTop Pub, Pambula BOOKED OUT
    13 JuneTop Pub, Pambula BOOKED OUT
    11 JulyTop Pub, Pambula CANCELLED (due to Government restrictions)
    08 AugustTop Pub, Pambula CANCELLED (due to Government restrictions)
    12 SeptemberTop Pub, Pambula CANCELLED (due to Government restrictions)
    10 OctoberTop Pub, Pambula
    14 NovemberTop Pub, Pambula
    12 DecemberTop Pub, Pambula

  • 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 frequently 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 a 2016 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.

    A $5 entry fee/donation per adult (aged 16+) will be gratefully accepted at the door on jam day. There is also a donations box at every jam should you wish to make a further monetary contribution.

    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 & production

  • Bass rig (Fender Rumble 500)

  • Drum kit (Sonor Smart Force Xtend)

  • Guitar amp 1 (Fender Blues Junior IV)

  • Guitar amp 2 (Vox AC15C1)

  • Session sign-up board

  • Help and support

    You BYO...

  • Instrument(s)

  • Drumsticks

  • Snare and cymbals (optional)

  • 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:

  • Youth in Blues...

    Calling all young musos (pre-teen to 20'ish) who want to play the blues. We want to hear from you!

    Do you want an opportunity to develop your skills further? The monthly blues jam at the Candelo Blues Club is family-friendly and a great environment in which to get immersed in the blues.

    We want to help you discover, learn, dabble and, if it is your thing, help you develop your blues savvy. You will need to have a serious interest in the blues and demonstrate your willingness to help and support the CBC in its activities.

    Look here to learn how the jam works and contact Paulo (0438 353 133) if you'd like to know more. We want to help you!


    P.S. Know someone you think might be interested? Feel free to pass this information along. You might just help give a young blues initiate a leg up!


    Youth in Blues

    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. Currently, the Rod Mitchell Band provides the nucleus of the house band.

    Meet the CBC team...

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

    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.

    As of early 2020, Sally is stepping back from this role and will provide backup photography services when needed.

    Jim McKenna
  • Jim McKenna - photographer

  • Jim McKenna is a member of the Australian Photographic Society, Contemporary group, and the Canberra Photographic Society. "I photograph many different subjects with the view to create photographic art."

    Jim has helped out in the past with photographic duties at the CBC, and takes up the role in Sally's stead, in mid-2020. He is a capable and enthusiastic photographer, and we welcome him to the team.

    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, CEO, etc...

    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.


    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: $30.00.

    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: $40.00.

    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 2021 Calendar is almost sold out. Get yours now!

    Candelo Blues Club 2021 calendar   2021 Calendar. Price: $30.00.


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

    General Information:  



    Media: / 0438 353 133 / 0428 353 133 / 0417 773 036 / 0427 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 list...

    If you'd like to have your email address added to our mailing list, please contact Paulo with your details:

  • Full name
  • Email address
  • Town/City
  • State
  • Postcode
  • Phone number (optional)

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