The new committee for the CAPITAL COUNTRY MUSIC ASSOCIATION has recently taken the step of re-introducing "Jam" nights for our members and others that are interested in performing Country Music.

One of the primary aims of the CCMA is to encourage and nurture emerging artists and Jam nights are a great way to do just that.

In the past, the "Jam" nights were very popular and well attended. This led to the introduction of WORKSHOPS presented by experienced and professional performers to help guide the amateur performers and provide them with some very valuable tips along the way.

Although they were discontinued some years ago, the CCMA is pleased to announce that we have re-introduced these workshops.

There will be 12 workshops per year (immediately before each jam session on the first Thursday of each month) that encompass most of the things emerging talent will need to know including, but not limited to, singing, guitar playing, stag craft and so on to help prepare new talent for a career in music if they choose to follow such a path or to enhance the experience for the performer that simply enjoys playing and singing for fun.

A special songwriting workshop will be held in January 2012 during the Tamworth Country Music Festival... a more in-depth workshop no Jam session on this night.

These 12 Workshops culminate in an event for the keenest and most promising talent in a mock-up presentation night where the artists will be able to present what they have learned throughout the year in a special night during Tamworth's "Hats Off To Country Music" Festival held in July each year.

Then in August, the program will start again from the beginning.

The workshops that are planned will be as follows...

August - Vocal Coaching
September - Guitar Playing
October - Presentation
November - Stagecraft
December - Entertainment Values
January - SPECIAL SONGWRITING (no "Jam" this night)
February - Rhythm Section: Drums and Bass
March - Charts
April - Vocals #2
May - Vocals group/duo/harmonies
June - Guitar #2
July - Mock presentation Showcase

For more information regarding the CAPITAL COUNTRY MUSIC ASSOCIATION WORKSHOPS, please contact us via email, or write to The Secretary, PO Box 209 Tamworth 2340.

Pictured below: Alwyn Aurisch conducts the September Workshop on Guitar Playing.

The Capital Country Music Association is a community based group of folk who not only love country music but enjoy the nurturing and promotion of particularly young talent by supporting them with performance workshops and monthly showcases with many special opportunities to perform at shows promoting country music and supporting the community. The CCMA is a non-profit organisation.


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