The Bluegrass & Traditional Country Music Society of Australia (BTCMSA).......

  • An informal, not-for-profit group of people interested in and playing, learning and sharing bluegrass, old-time & acoustic traditional country music.
  • Founded in 1975 by a group of enthusiastic bluegrass & old-time musicians.
  • The first national association in Australia committed specifically to bluegrass, old-time and acoustic traditional country music.
  • Has remained true to the original focus, becoming the cornerstone for the growth and preservation of bluegrass & old-time music in Australia.
  • Activities are carried out on a volunteer basis by the founders, an informal coordinating group and other interested people who want to give time and energy to nurture the music.
  • A cooperative information-sharing network.
  • A focal point to support and inform the wider community about bluegrass & old-time music events, happenings and news.

As a subscriber member, you have the satisfaction of being part of this cooperative network, whilst gaining the extra benefits available to members:

  • BTCMSA News & Updates directly to you by email;
  • Facebook page to keep up-to-date on relevant events;
  • DISCOUNTS at nominated events and businesses;
  • help in locating teachers and learning materials.


There is an affiliated monthly get-together in Sydney with concerts, workshops and jamming for people at all levels of ability. First timers and beginners are especially welcomed! The Blackwood Academy offers BTCMSA members a discount at its events in Victoria.


The BTCMSA also supports and sponsors other relevant and appropriate special events.


(Required legal note: your liability is limited to the amount of your annual subscription)

BECOME A SUBSCRIBER MEMBER for only $17 per year ($18 for families).

Go to Join/Renew to find out how to join the BTCMSA - or renew your existing subscription!

Please us know about your bluegrass and old-time music events

so that we can share the information!


SYDNEY BLUEGRASS & OLD-TIME MUSIC GET-TOGETHER - First Saturday each month (March-Dec) in the Annandale Neighbourhood Centre, 79 Johnston St, Annandale (NSW). Safety In Numbers: 6.30pm. Open mic concert: 7.45pm. Jamming all night! All are welcome. Entry donation is $6 members, $8 others (under 18 free). The assistance of Leichhardt Council is gratefully acknowledged. Check out the Facebook page.


BLACKWOOD ACADEMY OF BLUEGRASS & OLD-TIME MUSIC -  - occasional sessions and workshops in Blackwood, Victoria  For information, check out the Facebook page.



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PO Box 396

Berowra Heights

NSW 2082


Phone: 042 336 3270      


Contact Nick Dear

Mobile: 0421 593 998


SUN 2 FEB 2020

12 midday till dusk

Banjo Patterson Park, Punt Rd, Gladesville, NSW.

Bluegrass & old-time music social jam session. All welcome to join or or sit and listen. BYO instrument, chair and refreshments. Shelter & electric BBQs available. Rain or shine. Ends at dusk, or when there is no one left playing. Free.


The monthly Sydney Bluegrass & Old-Time Music Get-together in the Annandale Community Centre will resume on Saturday 7 March, 2020.

Get-together dates for 2020

(Note: our venue is wheelchair accessible)

More info on Facebook.



The  Blackwood Academy of Bluegrass & Old-Time Music offers a discount to members of the BTCMSA. Check out their Facebook page for information about upcoming events.

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