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Authentic country bush band still going strong after 40 years

40th Birthday celebration!

The band had planned to celebrate their 40th birthday in November 2021 but due to the current event restrictions at that time is now planned for Nov 2022.

November 26th 2022 Save the date!

Location: Bloomfield Hall, Orange

November Shorn Bush Band’s first ever performance took place at Canowindra in 1981.

The name, November Shorn, stems from their first performance being in November of that year and the Irish boy’s name Shaun, as much of their music originated from Ireland. The word shorn also came into play as many of their songs were about sheep. However, as people became accustomed to the latter spelling when referring to the band, it was decided it would be used instead.

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The original seven members, within a few months, had become five and it was this group that began to lay the solid foundations for the November Shorn reputation as a good fun dance band throughout the Central West of NSW.

By the mid 1980’s, five had become four as word continued to spread. By 1990 the band had become a trio when Ross Gilbert joined the two remaining original members, Paul Kelly and Geoff Tonkin. It was this line-up that recorded the CD Live at Nashdale in 2003 to celebrate the band’s 21 st  year.

All band members have only ever been part time musicians but the bicentenary year 1988 was definitely their busiest with 72 gigs.


The band continues to be in high demand, and has played over 600 gigs in country halls, school halls, shearing sheds, haysheds, packing sheds, backs of trucks, verandahs, gardens, marquees, clubs, pubs etc. from Sydney to Bourke and Armidale to Gundagai.

Celebrations include weddings, birthday parties town centenaries, school centenaries, bicentenary celebrations, Year of the Outback, Year of Federation, Haley’s Comet and Year 2000 plus many more.
In 2005 Anne Hulak joined the group to complete the current line-up which is:
Paul Kelly on Vocals, Mandolin, Tenor Banjo, Guitar, Bodhran and Spoons.
Geoff Tonkin on Vocals, Accordions, Harmonica, Didgeridoo, and Dance Calling.
Ross Gilbert on Vocals, Guitar, Harmonicas, Slide Guitar, Mandolin and Beat Box.
Anne Hulak on Vocals, Flute, Whistles, Accordion and Lagerphone.


For bookings, please call Geoff on (02) 63668174 or 0427 677 226.


Paul Kelly can also be contacted for bookings. 

Phone; 0263625277 or Email:

Some history…

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November 2011

Eric Bogle Concert Nov. 2019

Gooloogong Log Cabin Hall May 2014 and back stage evidence as to the number of times November Shorn has played at Gooloogong.

November Shorn memorabilia