Zealand's musical heritage is alive and well and thriving in the hands
of Bush Telegraph. Led by the legendary Phil Garland, the group are delighting
audiences everywhere with their rollicking, toe-tapping arrangements of
Kiwi and Australian music, song and dance.
members combine well, bringing a wealth of talent, experience and superb
musicianship to this unique and exciting band, which is eminently suitable
entertainment for all manner of occasions. Their irresistible style of
music stimulates the senses - setting bodies and feet in motion from the
opening bars, so that their singing, teaching and dance-calling performance
becomes a most enjoyable and truly memorable experience.
have been widely praised and complimented for their efforts in reviving
and preserving the social atmosphere and music of the early 'Barn' or
'Woolshed' dances, which were so popular with our early settlers and pioneers.
No prior knowledge is required, as all dances are taught and called on
the occasion by Phil Garland, an accomplished Dance Caller with some 30
years experience throughout New Zealand and Australia.
to providing the musical backings for Phil's last two recordings, Bush
Telegraph have successfully appeared at:
- Gore Moonshiner's
Wine and Food Festival
- Ferrymead Historic Park
- Hokitika Wildfoods Festival
- Bards, Ballads & Bulldust Festival.
in constant demand for all manner of social occasions throughout the South
- Phil Garland
- Guitars, Banjo, Vocals & Dance Calling
Mitchell - Piano Accordion
- John Allan
- Mandolin, Banjo, Flute, Harmonica, Whistles
- Sue Allan
- Piano Accordion
- Claire Weyland - Fiddle
Telegraph gave us a wonderful evening of vernacular balladry, rousing
jigs, reels and dance medleys - just the sort of thing to set a ceilidh
sort of music moves at such an exhilarating pace that it leaves you
exhausted. I have no idea how the old-timers were able to dance the
night away to such energetic jigs and reels......'
Garland and his Bush Band from Christchurch proved to be the life
and soul of the party on Saturday night, when they managed to turn
the evening into something resembling a shearing shed hop.... The
band was not allowed to leave until they had rung out a few hearty
Barn Dance was a great success. People came from far and wide to the
gathering at Unwin hut. The toe-tapping music had everyone on their
feet and participating with great enthusiasm in the dances.'
crowning success of the festival was the Barn dance on Saturday night.
The Whakapuaka Hall was filled to overflowing as we danced the night
away to the exciting music provided by Phil Garland and his Bush Band.'
Garland and Bush Telegraph...leaders of the 'colonial barn dancing
revival' are helping to keep alive a wholly traditional style of entertainment
that offers welcome relief in this modern electronic age.'
Garland and Bush Telegraph are all accomplished musicians with such
a high standard of group playing that must make them this country's
best Bush Band without a doubt. They are always great to listen and
dance to, whatever the occasion.'