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Rusty’s Acoustic Musos Jam

Local music identity Rusty Springfield ran his successful jam sessions at the Royal Hotel Waratah from November 2005 to March 2006. After taking a break for health reasons, Rusty has reinstated the open jam sessions at the Mayfield Hotel as of August of this year.

“Since I’ve started the Mayfield jam there been at least one new act each session as well as the regulars” Rusty said, “I’m always looking for new talent whenever I’m out and about”. For instance only a month ago when Rusty was walking through Newcastle Mall he came across local artists Ben Pritchard and Nigel Wooley who were busking only about 100 metres from one another. Nigel was the winner of the 2003 Christian Rock Eisteddfod Songwriting Competition with his song ‘Fool’. Ben Pritchard is a singer/guitarist/songwriter who has only been performing for about two years.

Rusty SpringfieldEveryone is welcome at the jam nights as they are not just for musos. “The performers need an audience” Rusty explains, “… at one stage at my jam night at the Royal Inn Hotel Waratah we were averaging about one hundred people turning up over a period of over a month and a half”.

With the help of City Music Shop Rusty has given away $400.00 in free studio time. Musos can enter the draw for the free studio time whether they actually perform on the night or not. “I’ve also have put my own money into the free studio times” Rusty explains, “I want to give something back to the music scene”. Local businesses have also provided gift vouchers to give away on jam nights.

Rusty’s jam is held at the Mayfield Hotel 503 Maitland Rd Mayfield is held every second Wednesday at the Mayfield Hotel 503 Maitland Rd Mayfield. The jam starts at 7.00 pm – 11.00 pm and is an all ages event as long as people under the age of 18 are accompanied by an adult and leave the hotel by 9PM.

Interested musos can read more about the Jam sessions at The site contains information about the sessions as well as photos, video clips and original songs performed by the musos who come along to the sessions.

The next jam session is on Wednesday the 29th of November.

On Wednesday the 13th of December Rusty will be using his jam night as a Christmas fund raiser for the Samaritans. Entry fee will be either be a gold coin donation or non perishable food items. Then night will be called Jamming For Christmas.

  • Venue – The Mayfield Hotel, 503 Maitland Rd. Mayfield
  • Date – 13th of December
  • Time – 7.00 pm
  • Entry Fee – Gold coin donation or non perishable food items
  • Artists – Local musos

Anyone who would like to be part of the night can contact Rusty on 04 0204 3141 or email to

Posted on November 21st, 2006 in Events

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