About the band: origin and history of the Paverty Bush Band

Paverty started in 1970 as Franklyn B Paverty and the Platte Valley Crooners.

Ben Hope's article, Folk from the bush, from the Queanbeyan Age 2012 tells some of the story.

Over the years a large number of exceptional musicians have graced the stage as part of Paverty, with alumni referring to themselves as "Old Pavertonians".  This has been described as a "select bunch" and current band members are prohibited from membership!

From the early 2000s, the musicians in ''Franklyn B Paverty'' included Mal Bennett, Bob Buckley, Dave Chalker, Graham Chalker, Peter Hobson, Peter Logue, Simone Dawson, Mary Firkins, Donal Baylor, John Taylor, Dave O'Neill and Bryan Rae. Others who have been associated with the band include Tom Breen, Ros Haskew, Fiona Mahoney, Frank and Bernie Nizynski and Chris Smith. 

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A founding member of the band
A founding member of the band, Ronald "Bones" McTavish. Sacked for not being lively enough.
Mary Firkins, Simone Dawson, Peter Logue, Dave O'Neill Cobargo FF 2015
Peter Logue aka "the Black Wiggle"
Longtime Paverty stalwart Pete Hobson
Graham and Bryan
Two originals - the legendary Graham Chalker and Bryan Rae
Graham and Bob
Graham and Bob at the Bus Depot Markets
Simone John Donal
Simone, Donal Baylor and John
Paverty at St Albans Folk Festival (Mary, Logie, Sim, Bob, Graham and Bryan)
Bob John and Graham
Sim, John, Mary, Graham and Bob, Fellows Garden, ANU


Paverty Bush Band ANU Mountaineering
Montage from the Mountaineering Club 50th Anniversary
Shearer's Ball
Paverty at the Shearer's Ball 2018

The band, now known as Paverty Bush Band, Paverty or just the Pavs, is still going strong, comprising founder member Graham Chalker, Bob Buckley, Sarah Davies, Bill Pitt, Simone Dawson, John Taylor and Rick Kenyon.  The band is versatile, equally at home with bush dances for dancers of all ages and experience levels, from school halls, to church halls to woolsheds, to beer garden gigs, house parties and folk clubs.

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