Candelo Blues Club, Candelo NSW 2550, Australia Candelo Blues Club, Candelo NSW 2550, Australia
Candelo Blues Club, Candelo NSW 2550, Australia           
NEXT JAM: Sunday 9th February 2020, at 1:00pm
[This Month - updated 7th January 2020]

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
    Subway, Merimbula NSW, Australia
    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...



  • CANCELLED - Sunday 12th January: Monthly jam @ Candelo Hotel - 4th Birthday - hosted by Frank Sultana

  • Fri 7th - Sun 9th February: Australian Blues Music Festival, Goulburn NSW

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

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

  • Sunday 8th March: Monthly jam @ Candelo Hotel - hosted by (TBA)

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

  • 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)

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


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

  • [Sunday 12/01/2020]


    One of our favourite blues artists, Frank Sultana, will be hosting the jam on Sunday 12th January 2020. It's our 4th Birthday and Frank will be helping us celebrate!

    Frank Sultana

    Frank Sultana has been writing, recording and performing his original brand of blues since his 2011 debut album, ‘Blues from the Lost Motel’. Since then, he has steadily worked his way onto the East Coast blues scene, treading a well-worn path between Melbourne and Brisbane.

    He is a storyteller in the traditional sense, inspired by the greats like Ray Charles, Bob Dylan, and Mississippi greats Skip James and Son House to name but a few. Frank's songs are in one breath sad, dark, joyous and hopeful, awash with vintage guitar tones, he has a truly unique and raw soulful voice that bleeds with the experiences of the characters he sings about.

    Frank has shared the bill with many great artists, including international acts (Gary Clarke Jnr, Tony Joe White, Canned Heat, the New Power Generation) and local artists (Ian Moss, Diesel, Kingswood, Dallas Frasca, Mojo Juju) amongst many, many others.

    If you like your music raw and real, dark and uplifting, then you may have just found your new favourite artist.

    " one can take away Frank's uncanny ability to make you feel that desire to stop and listen to what he is saying."
    ~ J. Whitaker 272 Records A&R Representative - Los Angeles, CA

    [Friday 7/02 - Sunday 9/02/2020]

    Australian Blues Music Festival
    7-9 February 2020
    Goulburn NSW

    Australian Blues Music Festival

    [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

  • This month...

    [UPDATE 7/01/2020]


    It is with regret that we have taken the decision to CANCEL the January jam. We have consulted widely within the Blues community, including our major sponsors, and tried to take all factors into account. Those who responded to our survey were divided almost equally between the YES, I will attend the jam (depending on prevailing weather and fire conditions) and the NO, I won't be attending groups.

    We considered whether it would be a spirit-lifting event for attendees or whether we should perhaps consider the raw feelings of those worse affected by the fires and not hold a music celebration at this time.

    Those who said they wouldn't attend cited reasons such as:

    I won’t be attending CBC this month due to the on going threat from the Wirri Birri Fire.

    I think in respect to those who have been affected, and there are many, you should make the call to cancel the jam.

    Thanks for the info but [we] won't be on any roads far from home this weekend.

    Highly unlikely. Depends on the weather for that weekend.

    And some of those who indicated they would attend said:

    I intend to be there.

    I’ll be happy to turn up if it’s determined safe for this month’s Blues Jam to go ahead.

    Weather and fire conditions permitting- Yes , I'll be there!

    Our estimate of numbers who might attend, assuming favourable weather and fire conditions, is rather low. This, together with the above-mentioned reasons cited by survey respondents, leads us to conclude that a jam this month would not be viable.

    We were all looking forward to having Frank Sultana down from Kiama to host the jam and he is just as disappointed as we are. We are negotiating with Frank to find an alternate date to bring him to Candelo. This jam was also to be a celebration of our Fourth Birthday. That will have to be held over for the February jam.

    We wish everybody in fire zones around our region safety and good fortune. Here's to happier times ahead!

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    [UPDATE 21/12/2019]

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

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    [UPDATE 10/12/2019]

    Our final jam for 2019 is done and dusted and we had a bumper crop of jammers to see the year out. We welcomed visitors from near and far who came to join the jam. They came from Daylesford (Victoria), Canberra, Dalmeny, Creewah, Bermagui, Tathra, Mt Darragh, Merimbula, Bega...and Candelo!

    The jam board was full to capacity and the music presented by the jammers was of a high standard. The punters were happy and a great day was had by all. This completes our fourth year and everyone involved has done a great job.

    Next year kicks off with a fabulous line-up of host acts, beginning with our FOURTH BIRTHDAY jam (on 12th January) hosted by Frank Sultana. Many of you already know Frank and you know it's going to be a cracker!

    As we head into the holiday season we wish you all the very best and look forward to seeing you in January. Have fun, stay fire safe, be extra careful on the road and help keep the blues alive!

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

    OCTOBER jammers:

    Opening set - HOST ACT: BLUES ON TAP

  • Lucy Fisher - vocals
  • Rick Millband - drums
  • Paul ('Paulo') Leeder - bass
  • Manny Aigner - guitar

    Set 2

  • Kev Riley - harp & vocals
  • Chris ('Foxy') Fox - drums
  • Ian ('Blind Lemon Meringue') Fisher - bass
  • Mark Hobbs - guitar

    Set 3

  • Chris Harland - guitar & vocals
  • Rick Millband - drums
  • Paul ('Paulo') Leeder - bass
  • Nick Imochev - harp
  • John ('JD') Drews - keys

    Set 4

  • Lucy Fisher - vocals
  • Rick Millband - drums
  • Ian ('Blind Lemon Meringue') Fisher - bass
  • Don Ryan - guitar
  • Drew Forbes - harp
  • John ('JD') Drews - keys

    Set 5

  • Rick Bamford - guitar & vocals
  • Gary ('Maddog') Morley - drums
  • Ian ('Blind Lemon Meringue') Fisher - bass
  • Don Ryan - guitar
  • Nick Imochev - harp
  • John ('JD') Drews - keys


  • Lucy Fisher - vocals
  • Rick Millband - drums
  • Paul ('Paulo') Leeder - bass
  • Manny Aigner - guitar
  • Chris Harland - guitar
  • John ('JD') Drews - keys

    Set 7

  • David Smythe - guitar & vocals
  • Gary ('Maddog') Morley - drums
  • Paul ('Paulo') Leeder - bass
  • Artem Grigoriev - guitar
  • Kenny Lee - harp

    Set 8

  • Leanne Suffern - piano & vocals
  • Frut Heffernan - drums
  • Ian ('Blind Lemon Meringue') Fisher - bass
  • Artem Grigoriev - guitar

  • 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 15/11/2019]

    The year is drawing to a conclusion rapidly - for most of us, we suspect! - and our final jam for 2019 in December will mark the completion of our 4th year. Where has the time gone? The Club has taken on a life of its own and we've been able to present many fine blues acts from around Australia, including some homegrown Bega Valley blues artists as well.

    Jammers keep coming from near and far, punters likewise. The Club has a good name and a great reputation around the blues fraternity across Australia and overseas.

    House band, Blues On Tap, will see out the year hosting the December jam and January will be 4th Birthday month with the fabulous Frank Sultana hosting. You know it's gonna be fun when Frank's on the job!

    Then it's onwards into Year 5 with a whole bunch of host artists, together with the house band, to help keep the blues alive in the Bega Valley. We hope you'll join us!

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

    NOVEMBER jammers:


  • Chris Harland - guitar & vocals
  • Mitch Preston - drums
  • Paul ('Paulo') Leeder - bass
  • Pete Kirkup - keys
  • Chris Tominich - harp

    Set 2

  • Rick Bamford - guitar & vocals
  • Gary ('Maddog') Morley - drums
  • Paul ('Paulo') Leeder - bass
  • Chris Tominich - harp

    Set 3

  • Lucy Fisher - vocals
  • Frut Heffernan - drums
  • Ian ('Blind Lemon Meringue') Fisher - bass
  • Don Ryan - guitar

    Set 4

  • Kev Riley - harp & vocals
  • Chris ('Foxy') Fox - drums
  • Ian ('Blind Lemon Meringue') Fisher - bass
  • Peter Broderick - guitar
  • John Whelan - guitar

    Set 5

  • Mark Hobbs - guitar & vocals
  • Chris ('Foxy') Fox - drums
  • Damian Picone - bass
  • Kev Riley - harp
  • Pete Kirkup - keys


  • Chris Harland - guitar & vocals
  • Paul ('Paulo') Leeder - bass
  • Pete Kirkup - keys
  • Gary ('Maddog') Morley - drums
  • Chris Tominich - harp

    Set 7

  • Rick Bamford - guitar & vocals
  • Frut Heffernan - drums
  • Kingi Wineti - bass
  • Chris Tominich - 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 1/10/2019]

    It is with sincere regret that we annouce our decision to CANCEL the Candelo Blues Festival 2020. The decision hasn’t been taken lightly and is primarily due to a lack of guaranteed funding support. Without that guarantee we are unable to proceed.

    This is extremely disappointing and frustrating for us, to say the least. We had high hopes for this boutique festival in Candelo where we intended to present a series of high-calibre blues artists and also give due emphasis to both Women in Blues and Youth in Blues.

    We understand the disappointment this decision will bring but unfortunately there's nothing we can do about it at this time. What the future holds remains to be seen...

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    [UPDATE 30/09/2019]

    Due to unforeseen circumstances the Candelo Blues Showcase featuring Christina Crofts and Rory Phillips scheduled for Friday 22nd November has been CANCELLED. Those people holding tickets for that show will be compensated accordingly. We sincerely apologise for this unfortunate turn of events.

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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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    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 12th January 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 2019/2020...

  • 14 July
  • 11 August
  • 08 September
  • 13 October
  • 10 November
  • 08 December
  • 12 January - 4th anniversary! - CANCELLED
  • 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.

    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.


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  • 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

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