Coolum Men’s Shed seeks to enrich men’s lives,
so why not have a music group?
What is the Coolum Men’s Shed Music Group about?
The Coolum Men’s Shed Music Group is all about Members getting together to share their love of music. There is no set “band”, and no set genre of music. Participants vary in skill from relative newcomers to professional level performers. We often share and learn to play music together. We have discussions on music theory and how best to use musical equipment.
When and where does the Music Group meet?
We gather together on Friday mornings from about 9am to 12pm in the Community Centre building which is on the Coolum Men’s Shed site at 26 Research St, Coolum Industrial Estate.
The Community Centre building is air-conditioned and has a large central room well suited to purpose.
Members are encouraged to meet outside of the Friday time if they choose. This can be either in the Community Centre building or elsewhere.
What does it cost?
You need to join the Coolum Men’s Shed to participate. Currently membership is $60 per year and you must be adult and male. If you are interested, why not come along and have a look before deciding?
What sort of Music is played?
We encourage all types of music and any type of instrument. Singers are welcome too. Currently we have participants with interest in Rock and Roll, World music, Blues, Reggae, and Classical. Do you have a musical interest to share?
Are beginners welcome?
Beginners are indeed welcome. Most members of the group do have some playing experience, and the Music Group is seen as a nursery for fostering music generally.
Outright beginners will benefit most by supplementing their own learning sessions with exposure to the Music Group sessions. It is not practical at this stage for the group to take responsibility for teaching beginners.
Is there a Coolum Men’s Shed Band?
We don’t have a set band with defined roles; however we do have a list of six songs which we have agreed to practice regularly for performances. These songs include:
Folsom Prison Blues. A classic Johnny Cash number.
Walk, Don’t Run. Instrumental showcasing playing skills.
Coolum Men’s Shed Song. A chant written by Rocco E Baldwin singing the praises of the Shed.
All Us Coolum Men Need a Shed. A version of John Williamson’s “The Shed” modified by Rosco E Baldwin and used with permission.
Before You Accuse Me. An excuse for everyone to have a jam and show their skills at improvising.
Sloop John B. Another classic from the past.
Roscoe Baldwin Music Co-Coordinator. Doug Harbrow