Saplings are involved in a number of events over a year. Young folk of all ages and musical abilities are welcome to come to the events and join in. Support  from parents, grand-parents and older siblings is welcomed. Sometimes we are able to provide music experiences in parallel for the 'Old Growth Forest'. The tutors will encourage and extend the musical experiences with playing session pitched at beginner, advanced and in-between levels. And of course all tutors have current Working With Children Checks.


To help with your planning here is a calendar showing the dates of upcoming events.


Saplings meet at as many folk festivals as we can- Kangaroo Valley FF, Sydney FF, the Bush Traditions Gathering and, of course, the National Folk Festival. This usually involves daily workshops where song and tunes are learnt and practised and sometimes includes a concert to showcase achievements. A free take-home booklet of songs and tunes is provided at the workshops.

Click the festival icon to open the website for information and purchase of tickets.

Master Classes

Occasionally Saplings meet at the Marrickville headquarters of the Bush Music Club for a day-long master class where songs and tunes are learnt intensively with breaks for important things like pizza. They are held at Tritton Hall, Hut 43, Addison Road Community Centre, 142 Addison Road Marrickville. The Hall is named after Duke Tritton, an early member of the BMC and a source of many songs, particularly about his experiences as an itinerant shearer. 

Check the calendar to find information on upcoming Master Classes.


Saplings Camps are great fun with lots of music and songs as well as activities like archery, swimming, hiking, volleyball as well as bush style cooking.