Newport Bush Orchestra

The Newport Bush Orchestra has been running since early 2006. Under the leadership of local musicians Greg O'Leary and Neil Jolly, the Orchestra has developed an impressive reportoire of Australian traditonal tunes.

New members are always welcome.

The Orchestra performs regularly at the Newport Fiddle and Folk Club and has performed all over Victoria at festivals and special events.

How the orchestra works

The Newport Bush Orchestra runs on a number of principles that make it different from a ‘classical’ orchestra:

Conductor - Neil Jolly

Neil has many years experience as a musician, teacher and dance caller. Before taking on the conductor role, Neil played with the Bush Orchestra on many occasions. He is also half of the folk duo Folkus.


The Bush Orchestra was launched in early 2006 under the leadership of Greg O'Leary. Greg's vision for a community orchestra playing traditional Australia dance tunes was realised with great success with Greg at the helm for 9 years, and he continues to advise and inspire the Bush Orchestra.

When and where

Monday evenings 7:30 - 9:30pm. Terms usually the same as school terms, see calendar below for exact dates.

Venue: Outlets Neighbourhood House, 43 Mason St - Online map.


Michael Stewart
Phone: 1300 799 136

Rehearsal video



Resources for Bush Orchestra members

NBO payments

NBO members - pay your Term 3 2017 fee ($88 - 10 week term) now via Paymate Opens in new tab


Bush Orchestra Tunes (Audio)

Folk to Classical Project

Rehearsal recordings


Original Audio (Bush Orchestra only, without Silas' arrangements)

Silas' arrangements - waltzes

Notes for chord players

There are some shortcuts if you find the chords are too hard:

Still too hard? No worries, just work out something that sounds good with the recording and play that :)

For melody players, it's exactly the same ... enjoy practising along to the computer orchestra!