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The Bushwackers - 50th Anniversary Show

The Bushwackers - 50th Anniversary Show

4:00pm, Sun 16 May, 2021

Event Details


Door Time: 4pm


The Bushwackers

Set 1: 5.00pm – 6.00pm

Set 2: 6.30pm – 7.30pm 

The Bushwackers 50th Anniversary Tour 

“The Australian Band”  Rolling Stone Magazine.

The Bushwackers are Australia’s best-known, most-loved Australiana band, celebrating almost 50 years of performance.  

The Bushwackers play Australian music, much of it based on the traditional folk and working songs from the early 20th century, infused with their own brand of contemporary subject matter and instrumentation.

With a laconic, distinctive Australian sound, Dobe Newton and Roger Corbett voice 50 years of songs, tunes and dance calls.  As much as the music has changed, the spirit of the songs and stories that inspired the first Bushwackers have not.

With their politics and social conscience proudly worn on their sleeve, the band combines original material with a traditional repertoire.  Songs such as ‘Beneath The Southern Cross’ and ‘When Britannia Ruled The Waves’, sit easily alongside a musical setting of Lawson’s epic poem ‘Faces in The Street’ and ‘The Ballad of 1891’ celebrating the great shearers’ strike.

More recently is the irreverent and controversial ‘Marijuana Australiana Rehashed’, a great crowd favourite together with ‘Leave in The Ground’ highlighting the fight against the mining companies in Australia.

Often an enthusiasm not shared by a number of members of the constabulary who regularly take the band to task with issues such as becoming a republic, equality, cultural diversity and more recently, climate change and legislation of medical marijuana.

The Bushwackers continue to take their unique Australiana brand of music through the country and around the world, bringing spirit and energy to festivals, clubs, pubs, schools and events.

The Bush dances in the late 70’s and early to mid 80’s saw the band’s Bush Dance Spectaculars attract 2000 – 3000 people to major venues throughout Australia.  The Dance Album and the accompanying instructional Dance Book became, and remain, a primary school staple across the nation, with scarcely a school kid alive who hasn’t learnt a bit of bush dancing to the music of The Bushwackers.

Now celebrating their 50th year, The Bushwackers are led by the mighty lagerphone of Dobe Newton and the musical direction of Roger Corbett.  Both are joined onstage with a great team of musicians wielding fiddles, accordions, mandolins, guitars, bass, and drums.  Their shows are filled with an enthusiastic diversity of fans who dance, sing and enjoy this unique Australian music.


Due to current Covid restrictions shows will be seated and limited per sitting. 

Please note: Tables cannot be joined together on the evening. Please ensure everyone you wish to seat at your table is included in your booking to avoid being seated separately. Ideally if you can arrive together at the same time, that will help with seating you all together.

Please adhere to social distancing at all times and follow direction from venue staff.

Customers are required to check-in via the Service Victoria App as they enter the venue.

The venue will be taking a number of precautionary measures to ensure patron safety, including:
- Hand sanitiser dispensers
- Signage and social distancing markers throughout the venue
- Regular sanitising of the venue and full clean between sittings

Photo ID is essential, acceptable ID is a current and valid Australian Photo Drivers Licence, State Approved ‘Proof of Age’ card or Passport. 


The kitchen will be serving The Ballroom Menu for this show, and will be open from 4pm.

You can view the delicious offerings available by clicking here.

The Brunswick Ballroom is Accessible.
The Brunswick Ballroom has made significant improvements to accessibility by installing an 
Acorn Chairlift. (Model: New Acorn Indoor 180 Curved Stairlift.)

To find out more about the venue, FAQs can be viewed by clicking here.