About the Paverty Bush Band

About the Paverty Bush Band bobbux Mon, 29/05/2017 - 22:59

The Pavs: Graham Chalker, Mary Firkins, John Taylor, Simone Dawson, Bryan Rae, Bob Buckley, Rick Kenyon
The Pavs and extras (left to right):  Graham Chalker, Mary Firkins, John Taylor, Simone Dawson, Bryan Rae, Bob Buckley, Rick Kenyon.

The Paverty Bush Band, sometime just called Paverty or the Pavs is a bush band based in Canberra.

Paverty is a renowned performer of bush music (songs, ballads, tunes, etc.) and bush dances.

The Paverty Bush Band followed on (in 2017) from the band called Franklyn B Paverty that started in 1970. You can find more detail in Wikipedia.

The current members of The Paverty Bush Band (in no particular order) are:

  • Graham Chalker - vocals/percussion/mandolin/dance calls
  • Sarah Davies - fiddle and vocals
  • Simone Dawson - vocals/flute and whistles
  • Bob Buckley - bass, fiddle, guitar, flute & whistle, dance calls/vocals
  • Richard Kenyon - guitar and vocals

The Pavs often include Bryan Rae (vocals/guitar/harmonica), Peter Logue (vocals/accordion/keyboards), Dave O'Neill (fiddle/mandolin/vocals and calling a Strip the Willow) and others.

You can follow Paverty Bush Band on Facebook (don't forget to "like") and Twitter

For inquiries and bookings click here

About bush dancing

About bush dancing bobbux Mon, 29/05/2017 - 23:20

The Paverty Bush Band is Canberra's, and probably one of Australia's, longest running and premier bush dance bands

Bush dances entertain people of all ages. They are bring together community and  family groups in an activity that they can do together.

Bush dancing is Australia's version of country dance or contra-dance. It draws mostly on the anglo-celtic traditions but as it has developed it has become more eclectic and diverse and draws on influences from other sources including Cape Breton, Cajun, old-time string band, bluegrass, blues and even ragtime and jazz.  Modern dances, such as the Macarena and Nutbush City Limits can also be done to bush music songs.

Paverty at the Woolshed

People of all ages enjoy bush dancing ... and it works especially well for a group of people of varied ages and experience levels. It's a format that has evolved over centuries and serves the purpose of bringing together communities.

If you've not been to a bush dance, click here to see Youtube clips of people learning a dance then doing it. Look closely - they are smiling! 

ANU Mountaineering Club 50th Anniversary at Sutton 2017   (photo: Gareth Quirke)
bush dancers at the woolshed
New year's eve bush dance at the Yarralumla Woolshed (2008)

A bush dance is a terrific event for sports clubs for either the opening or the end of the season, social clubs, corporate functions, charity fundraisers, cross-cultural experiences, significant birthdays, family reunions, street parties or for no reason than getting your friends and community together for a great time.

O'Connor Cooperative School
Outdoor bush dance O'Connor Cooperative School
Chicken Dance Hokey Pokey
For the kiddies, Paverty do the Chicken Dance and the Hokey Cokey    
(photo James Storr)

Comprehensive photo album of a typical bush dance event: ANU Mountaineering Club

For inquiries and bookings, click here

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About bush music

About bush music bobbux Mon, 29/05/2017 - 23:31

paverty members on stage
Paverty Bush Band perform at the inaugural Majura Valley Bush Festival, 2017

The term "bush music" generally refers to the music of the Europeans who colonised Australia. It is mostly in the English language with the music being of the anglo-celtic tradition and sharing the same roots as other folk music forms such as old-time string band music and bluegrass.

old pamphlet cover - says "old bush songs edited by A B Paterson"Some of the most recognizable songs from the traditional bush music lexicon are:

  • Click go the Shears
  • Waltzing Matilda
  • The Wild Colonial Boy
  • The Black Velvet Band
  • The Drover's Dream

Examples of more recently written songs, and where bush music crosses over into folk and folk rock include:

  • And the Band Played Waltzing Matilda
  • Diamantina Drover
  • I Was Only 19

Here are some links to video of Franklyn B Paverty singing bush songs and ballads mostly at National Folk Festivals in recent years ...

See also:

paverty members with Alex Hood
Franklyn B Paverty and Alex Hood: in concert at the 2015 National Folk Festival


Paverty members on stage
Franklyn B Paverty sings it out at a 2015 National Folk Festival concert

About the band: origin and history of the Paverty Bush Band

About the band: origin and history of the Paverty Bush Band bobbux Mon, 29/05/2017 - 23:59

Paverty started in 1970 as Franklyn B Paverty and the Platte Valley Crooners.

Ben Hope's article, Folk from the bush, from the Queanbeyan Age 2012 tells some of the story.

Over the years a large number of exceptional musicians have graced the stage as part of Paverty, with alumni referring to themselves as "Old Pavertonians".  This has been described as a "select bunch" and current band members are prohibited from membership!

From the early 2000s, the musicians in ''Franklyn B Paverty'' included Graham Chalker, Dave Chalker, Bryan Rae, Bob Buckley, Peter Hobson, Peter Logue, Simone Dawson, Mary Firkins, Donal Baylor, Dave O'Neill, Mal Bennett, and John Taylor. Others who have been associated with the band include Tom Breen, Ros Haskew, Fiona Mahoney, Frank and Bernie Nizynski and Chris Smith. 

black and white image of early paverty memberscolour image of early paverty memberspaverty members from 1970s

Mary Firkins, Simone Dawson, Peter Logue, Dave O'Neill Cobargo FF 2015
Peter Logue aka "the Black Wiggle"
Longtime Paverty stalwart Pete Hobson
Graham and Bryan
Two originals - the legendary Graham Chalker and Bryan Rae
Graham and Bob
Graham and Bob at the Bus Depot Markets
Paverty at St Albans Folk Festival (Mary, Logie, Sim, Bob, Graham and Bryan)
Bob John and Graham
Sim, John, Mary, Graham and Bob, Fellows Garden, ANU


Paverty Bush Band ANU Mountaineering
Montage from the Mountaineering Club 50th Anniversary
Shearer's Ball
Paverty at the Shearer's Ball 2018

The band, now known as Paverty Bush Band, Paverty or just the Pavs, is still going strong, comprising founder member Graham Chalker and sometime Bryan Rae with Bob Buckley, Sarah Davies, Simone Dawson and Rick Kenyon.  The band is versatile, equally at home with bush dances for dancers of all ages and experience levels, from school halls, to conference centres, church halls, woolsheds, beer garden gigs, house parties and folk clubs.

For bookings and inquiries click here. Follow Paverty on Facebook (don't forget to "like") and Twitter

Meet the band

Meet the band Anonymous Sun, 29/04/2018 - 14:00

Bio...s coming.


Paverty Bush Band Graham Chalker
Founding member of Paverty, lagerhone, snare/percussion mandolin, dance calls and vocals, Graham Chalker
Paverty Bush Band Bob Buckley
Longtime bass, whistle & flute, guitar, fiddle playing, dance calling and vocals
Bob Buckley 
Paverty Bush Band Simone Dawson
Flute, whistles, foot-tamborines, vocals and lyrics,
Simone Dawson


As yet we do not have photos of Rick Kenyon, Bryan Rae and Sarah Davies for this website.