Blackberry Jam Bush Band
Location: Melbourne
Country: Australia

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Blackberry Jam is renowned for it’s fun, entertaining bush dances and entertainment for all occasions. Entertainment can include their Emily the Emu character, didgeridoo, whip cracking and saw playing and many rollicking Australiana tunes and songs.

Blackberry Jam is perfect for ... Schools Clubs Universities Conferences Kinder/Preschools Australiana events for overseas guests 21st birthdays Weddings 30th, 40th, 50th, 60th birthdays/anniversaries….. …..any excuse for a fun, joyful night of dance, laughter and entertainment! Blackberry Jam has performed for dances to the delight of many, many thousands of groups and organisations over the past 15 years.

They excel in making each event individual and perfectly customised for each client. Weddings are individually planned with the wedding couple, well before the event, to ensure the occasion is exactly as the couple imagined it would be! Whether you’re 2 or 102, have never danced before or are highly skilled dancers, Blackberry Jam will be perfect for your bush dance or entertainment event.

Their past performances include dances for

  • preschools;
  • schools;
  • 18th and 21st birthdays;
  • Melbourne, Deakin and RMIT Universities;
  • Corporate conferences;
  • Melbourne Colonial Dancers Balls;
  • Victorian Folk Music Club Balls;
  • Weddings;
  • sports clubs;
  • community clubs including Rotary, Lions, CFA, Scouts, Senior Cits, Bowls;
  • Churches;
  • Folk Festivals including Port Fairy and Victor Harbour;
  • Exhibitions including Royal Melbourne Show, Women’s Weekly Craft Show, Caravan and Camping;
  • Yarra River Cruises;
  • St Patricks Day Events.

Who are we?

Ray Simpson is an expert in traditional Australian music, dance and legend. His birthplace, Nariel Creek - in the heart of Snowy Mountain territory - still has the longest running folk Festival in Australia, held every New Year. Ray’s grandfathers both played in old time dance bands, and one of them rode with the Man From Snowy River—Jack Riley. He is an Australian award winning concertina player, a multi instrumentalist and an outstanding entertainer, dancer and musician. His instruments include concertina, accordion, didgeridoo, carpenter's saw, bones, spoons, lagerphone and many more!. He can call dances, sing and demonstrate dances in fine style. His other skills include whip cracking (like his grandfathers before him) and riding the band’s colourful character, Emily the Emu!

Jennie Simpson is a highly skilled musician, dancer, singer and teacher with expertise in theatrical animation and dance. She has a natural flair for putting together audience appropriate entertainment and is a seasoned performer with a joyful and friendly rapport with all audiences. She is both a qualified teacher and actor. Jennie’s instruments include keyboard (piano), guitar, flute, whistle, percussion (including bodhran) and she sings, calls and demonstrates dances and can MC any occasion with style and ease.

Chris Lazzaro is song writer, performer, Primary Teacher with a love for all forms of music and song. He is a highly talented multi instrumentalist, and includes amongst his instruments the mandolin, banjo, guitar, spoons, bones and many other unusual percussive instruments. His family heritage of both Italian and Irish background, bring to the band a unique story in itself as well as a wonderful flavour of cultures!

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