Candelo Blues Club, Candelo NSW 2550, Australia Candelo Blues Club, Candelo NSW 2550, Australia
Candelo Blues Club, Candelo NSW 2550, Australia           
NEXT JAM: Sunday ? December 2020, at 1:00pm
[This Month - updated 1st December 2020]

Friends (& sponsors) of the CBC...

The BLUES TRAIN - Bellarine Peninsula, Victoria...
The Blues Train - Bellarine Peninsula, Victoria, Australia
  • Candelo Hotel
  • Cooma Monaro Legal Services
  • Neil & Suzanne Charnock
    SapphireFM, Pambula NSW, Australia
        Bega Valley
    Club Sapphire, Merimbula NSW, Australia Davis Wheeler Music, Fyshwick, ACT, Australia
    Merimbula Gardens Motel, Merimbula NSW, Australia Phillip Howe Consulting Longstocking Brewery, Pambula NSW, Australia
    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...


  • TBC - Sunday 27th December: Monthly jam @ (venue TBA) - hosted by ... (TBC)


  • TBC - Sunday 17th January: Monthly jam @ (venue TBA) - hosted by ... (TBC)

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

  • This month...

    [UPDATE 1/12/2020]

    The November 'Out of Hibernation' jam at Longstocking Brewery was huge. A capacity crowd, an overflowing jam board and smiles all round. If you weren't there, here is who and what you missed...

    NOVEMBER jammers:


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

    Set 2

  • Cherie Glanville - vocals
  • Graham Brown - drums
  • Manny Aigner - guitar

    Set 3

  • Rod ('Howlin' Mitch') Mitchell - guitar & vocals
  • Gary ('Maddog') Morley - drums
  • Paul ('Paulo') Leeder - bass
  • Chris Tominich - Harp

    Set 4

  • Kev Riley - vocals
  • Gary ('Maddog') Morley - drums
  • Peter Broderick - bass
  • Manny Aigner - guitar
  • Kenny Lee - harp

    Set 5

  • Kev Riley - vocals & harp
  • Gary ('Maddog') Morley - drums
  • Peter Broderick - bass
  • Rick Bamford - guitar
  • John Drews - Hammond

    Set 6

  • Dawson Graham - guitar & vocals
  • Kenny Lee - harp

    Set 7

  • Rick Bamford - guitar & vocals
  • Adam Twyford - drums
  • Paul ('Paulo') Leeder - bass
  • Chris Tominich - Harp

    Set 8

  • Mitch Preston - drums
  • Paul ('Paulo') Leeder - bass
  • Chris Harland - guitar
  • John Drews - Hammond

    Set 9

  • Jock Logus - vocals
  • Yarnie Logus - bass
  • Dawson Graham - guitar
  • Drew Forbes - harp

    Set 10

  • Jake Pouliot - guitar/bass & vocals
  • Tom Pouliot - guitar/bass
  • Craig ? - drums


  • Chris Harland - guitar & vocals
  • Mitch Preston - drums
  • Paul ('Paulo') Leeder - bass
  • Peter Kirkup - keys
  • 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 14/09/2020]


    After much consideration and watching of current events we think we've found a way to come out of hibernation. It's been a long time coming (and may be short-lived) but we think we can do it! You have been asking for it and we know you need it! We all need it!!

    The bad news is that Paul and Jess at the Candelo Hotel are unable to host us in the foreseeable COVID-19 future. We understand their plight and wish them well in these times of struggling for survival. Please support them in any way you can.

    The good news is that we have found an alternative venue to try out. It will be on a trial basis, both for us and for the venue. If it works and everyone is happy, we will be able to schedule some more jams. If not, we will have to rethink...

    Sunday 22nd November 2020


    Longstocking Brewery
    3546 Princes Hwy
    Pambula NSW 2549

    0407 691 640

    Please note that bookings are essential! No booking, no entry. A COVID MARSHALL will be on duty to ensure everyone's cooperation and adherence to the rules of engagement. Our hosts, Peter and Joey, are doing everything in their power to make Longstocking Brewery a safe and happy place for the CBC.

    We're looking forward to seeing all of our regulars and plenty of new faces too.

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    [UPDATE 2/09/2020]


    Here we are in September 2020 and there's still no let-up to the COVID-19 restrictions. Our Government Masters (hang on a minute, aren't they supposed to be working for us?) have put the stoppers on daily life in so many ways. Live music has been subjected to a massive shutdown and our ability to socialise in a live music-enhanced environment has been curtailed. Small venues have been hardest hit; our own venue, the Candelo Hotel, is highly unlikely to be able to present live music in any form before next year.

    Some artists (e.g. bands) have been able to stage online, "unsociably" distanced, politically correct performances for those willing to participate in cyberspace and accept a "virtual reality" facsimile of the real thing. But what about music jam clubs and societies such as the CBC? A jam is ALL about people (musicians and punters) being physically together to make and embrace live music in the moment, off-the-cuff, unrehearsed and authentic. You just can't do that in cyberspace.

    What are we to do about this deplorable situation? Perhaps we need to petition our political masters and ask them to reconsider how many of our freedoms they intend to deny us. One is reminded of the world pictured in George Orwell's novel, 1984.

    Bring back live music!

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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 ? December 2020 at TBA. 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 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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    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 COVID-19 jam venue is To Be Advised...

    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 during COVID-19 restrictions now apply!

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

  • in 2020-2021...

  • 12 July - CANCELLED (due to COVID-19 restrictions)
  • 09 August - CANCELLED (due to COVID-19 restrictions)
  • 13 September - CANCELLED (due to COVID-19 restrictions)
  • 11 October - CANCELLED (due to COVID-19 restrictions)
  • 22 November
  • ? December - TBC
  • 17 January - TBC. 5th anniversary!
  • 14 February - TBC
  • 14 March
  • 11 April
  • 09 May
  • 13 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 & 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:

  • 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.

    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.

    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: $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 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 / 0417 773 036

    ...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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