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NOTES FROM THE EDITOR
BAYSIDE BUSH DANCE | Chips & Tuesdays
Kilcoy open-mic | Brisbane Folk News Mail List
CONTRA DANCE - what is it?

THE FOLK CHOIR, Thursdays
FOLK ALLIANCE AUSTRALIA SMALL GRANTS SCHEME

MICHAEL FIX: NEW ALBUM
HAT FITZ & CARA: ALBUM
INNES: NEW RELEASE 'Bits'
EMILY WURRAMARA NEW RELEASE
Asa Broomhall album: 'The Heat and The Rain'
Tulalah (Melbourne)
MONIQUE CLARE: DEBUT EP from FAA winner youth artist award - NEW!

VISIT THE CALENDAR PAGE

--- JULY ---


GOODWILLS HOUSE CONCERT: Chuck and Chrissy Euston - JUNE 25
MUSIC BY THE SEA: - July 1
EARLY BIRD TICKETS for Maleny Music Festival
EARLY BIRD TICKETS for Woodford Folk Festival
GOODTUNES: Day change to Mondays fortnightly
MAGDA'S: see the CALENDAR page for events in July.
NEW PUB SESSION OPPORTUNITY
NEW Irish Traditional Music Session **
JAMES MADDISON CARPENTER COLLECTION soon to be online
SOUND BUILDERS EXPO - July 15/16

See FESTIVALS Page
Bangalow BBQ & Bluegrass Festival |
2018 NFF TIX - INFO & POSTER|
*new!*
- DEADLINE is on the twelfth of the PREVIOUS month to the event -
eg:- for an August edition please send material in by July 12th and so on.

EDITORIAL

The Kim Downs profile appears in this edition. Scroll down to view most content on this page.
Visit the CALENDAR and FESTIVALS pages.
See the TUNES pages.
See the FESTIVALS page for details of upcoming festivals and gatherings.
CD reviews in 2017

Check out the offerings of the various clubs, Tunes and the Woodfordia environmental announcements.

Happy Reading!      Michael Bourne

For the Folk Rag

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WOODFORD TICKETS

Ticket sales have now commenced online for our Woodford Folk Festival. We encourage you, to pre-purchase tickets and pick up the early bird ticket savings and be certain you don't miss out. There is a cap on numbers this year. here

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MALENY MUSIC FESTIVAL

Ticket sales have now commenced online for our Maleny Folk Festival. We encourage you, to pre-purchase tickets and pick up the early bird ticket savings and be certain you don't miss out. here

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- JULY -


GOOD TUNES SESSION WEST END

7.30-9.30pm, * NOW * Mondays fortnightly.
At The Burrow, 52 Russell St, West End. (David Di Santi 0409 571 788)

WHAT:
- BYO acoustic instrument to play wide range of traditional style folk tunes from around the world.
- We'll play through jigs, reels, polkas and waltzes and more from all over the place including
Ireland, Scotland, Italy, Spain, France, Quebec, Australia, England, USA, and Scandinavia.
You can see a sample of the tunes at: www.goodtunes.com.au
- All levels of musicians are welcome to join in … - The aim is to have fun and get everyone playing.

HOW:
- I'll have copies of the Good Tunes Book (with 157 tunes) to use.
- The tunes are written as single line melody and with guitar chords.
- You can also just use your ear if you wish.

FOOD AND DRINK:
There's plenty of great food available at The Burrow - pizzas, burgers, salads and drinks available include a huge range of bottled craft beers, ciders, and alcoholic ginger beers See: www.theburrowwestend.com.au

THE PLAN:
The plan is to have the session fortnightly. Join the Facebook page HERE to keep up to date with coming dates.

So would love to see you there for a few good toons and fun.
Bring your friends if they just want to listen and enjoy the atmosphere, food and drink.

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SOUND BUILDERS EXPO AT MAGDA COMMUNITY ARTZ

Saturday 15 & Sunday 16 July 2017

Magda Community Artz Inc

80 Boundary Road, Bardon

An exhibition of handcrafted musical instruments.

Curated by Doug Eaton and Dale Jacobsen (Sound Builders)

in conjunction with Magda Community Artz Inc

Some of Australia's finest luthiers will be on hand to show their instruments, answer questions, and talk (as they love to do) about what motivates them to pursue this old and respected craft. They welcome your interest, particularly if you would like to pick up an instrument, admire its artistry, and play it.

Entry to the exhibition is free.

(Saturday 10am – 6pm, Sunday 10am – 3pm)

On Saturday evening, there will be a concert featuring some of the instruments on display, performed by quality musicians.

7:30 to 10pm
Entry to the concert is $20 ($15 concession).

Bookings: www.trybooking.com

Visit - website: www.soundbuilders.org and
Facebook: Sound builders expo

Further info:

Hope this will become an annual event. See the POSTER.

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SHANTY SINGERS, FOLKIES, MUMMERS BOYS

The James Maddison Carpenter Collection of traditional folk songs and drama (1928 – 1935) is going on line from August this year. In a nutshell Carpenter was a post grad at Harvard (shades of Frances James Child of Child ballad fame) who took a recording device to England and Scotland collecting folk songs and mummers plays among other things. The original recordings have been digitized and will be made available soon.

More information is available ONLINE HERE!

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NEW PUB SESSION OPPORTUNITY IN IPSWICH

My partner and I manage the Coronation Hotel 61 Tiger Street, West Ipswich QLD, and we are wondering if a person or a group might be interested in holding a regular social folk music session at our pub. Please call Kenneth Weaver at 0435920440.
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IRISH TRADITIONAL MUSIC SESSION WITH TWIST

Brendan Williams and Peter McMeel are co-convening a new Irish Traditional Music session (ITM) with a twist! It will run every Thursday evening in Toowong. As Brendan is still successfully running the Celtic Corner Bistro Session and has for ten unbroken years, I expect this one to be successful too.

The twist is there's a slow quiet session for parlour instruments at 5:30 PM. So ukuleles, classical guitars and mandolins etc will take the lead for the first hour. All other instruments are invited to join after the first hour. The breakdown between tunes and songs will be around 50:50 throughout the evening which may finish around 8 PM.

READ a briefing for ukulele players here, as this is now a popular instrument.

Brendan and I have a pedigree in teaching and playing ukes. We will attract a following of ukulele enthusiasts but would expect a healthy complement of other conventional instrumental players as well. We are expert in those more conventional ITM session forms.

There is discounted pizza and alcohol as well as great coffee at the club on Thursday evenings too.

While we are very open to other repertoire the Irish Traditional Music (ITM) will predominate at first.

Began on May the 25th. People can email me at for more info, or hit me up on Facebook. Full Size POSTER

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MUSIC BY THE SEA CONCERT SERIES

Presents: CHRIS ABRAHAMS (from The Necks) - solo piano

Saturday 1st July, 7:30pm

Sandgate Town Hall, Seymour Street, Sandgate.
Tickets: Adult $30 - Concession $25.

Tickets online - HERE
Detailed programme information + Tix available online at www.musicbythesea.com.au

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GOODWILLS HOUSE CONCERT: CHUCK & CHRISSY EUSTON

At Maleny

Brisbane musical duo Chuck and Chrissy Euston will bring their own brand of blues and jazz to the Goodwills' lounge room on Sunday June 25, 2017.

Known as members of the folk band Stockade, as a duo Mister Chuck and Missy Chrissy play everything from roots and blues to jazz, with hints of gospel and country swing. The duo's new album Bluesy End of Town follows their fourth album, "Jazzy Side of the Street".
www.chuckandchrissy.com.au

"So the harmonica, accordion, stomp, slide and acoustic guitars are all getting a work out," Chrissy said.

Chrissy, known for her howling blues harmonica playing, held a popular workshop last year at Neurum Creek Festival, where the duo also performed.

Resident band The Goodwills will present an opening set of old and new originals and other people's songs.

Starts at 2pm. Tickets are $15/$12 and afternoon tea will be available. Bookings are essential - or call 0438-525-119 for directions and BOOKINGS.

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DEBUT EP! from FAA WINNER YOUTH ARTIST AWARD

Local Brisbane cellist and songwriter Monique Clare wins Folk Alliance Australia’s Youth Artist Award

It’s time! After all these years of songwriting in a duo or a band, I’m releasing a collection of solo songs, crystallised into their purest form: just cello and voice. Believe me, I want to go all out… add a choir, a huge cello orchestra, banjo, marimba, nyckelharpa, you name it. But there’s beauty in simplicity, and I’m really proud of having crafted these songs using an instrument that technically can’t bow more than two notes at a time. This is a really special release for me, and I hope you’ll join me in making it happen!

Monique is partnering with Pledgemusic to make the pre-ordering experience more customisable, intimate and exciting. Pledgers will be the first to see the two live studio videos that will be released in the coming months. You’ll have access to the digital download before anyone else, as soon as it’s available, and I’ll keep you updated throughout the production process. Brisbane-based Pledgers will be able to access tickets to a private, more intimate EP launch in August. Plus some other neat/wacky options, from cello lessons to a mountain-top sunrise concert.
So let's make this happen! Be a part of this project by pre-ordering a copy for yourself and spreading the word around.

Pledgemusic - PRE-ORDER

Monique Bartkowiak only launched her solo career two months ago, but has already gained national recognition for this unique project. Performing under the name "Monique Clare", she writes songs and accompanies herself on cello. Last week she travelled to the National Folk Festival in Canberra as one of 10 finalists in the Folk Alliance Australia’s Youth Artist Awards. She is now joining a line-up of previous winners who have gone on to tour internationally, including the The Mae Trio, Oh Pep! and Brisbane’s own George Jackson.

About the award:
The award is decided at the FAA’s showcase event at the National Folk Festival. 10 acts from all over Australia, aged between 14-25, are chosen as finalists. Previous winners have included The Mae Trio, George Jackson, Oh Pep! and Kaurna Cronin who have all gone on to tour internationally. The award includes 12 months of mentorship from the FAA, and opportunities to perform at national festivals.

FAA website - National Folk Festival website

About the artist:
Bio:
Monique Clare is a cello-wielding songstress, hailing from the foothills of Mount Coot-tha. Between ongoing explorations into Scandinavian and American traditional folk, a classical cello degree and a Beyonce obsession, her beautifully quirky songs are a melting pot of eclectic influences. Gripping vocal lines are woven between earthy cello tones, born out of old traditions but injected with fresh, unconventional ideas. This year sees her embarking on a solo project as the FAA's Young Folk Artist of 2017, after years of playing in various folk bands including The Mulberry Collective and Rhiannon & Monique.

Press kit

Career and education highlights

  • Received grants in 2016 from the Australia Council for the Arts and Queensland Government to attend folk music camps in the USA for three months.
  • Has performed in various folk outfits (The Mulberry Collective, Rhiannon & Monique (member); Maja, The Viola Cloning Project, The String Contingent and Hanneke Cassel (guest)) locally and at folk festivals across Australia, such as Woodford, The National Folk Festival and Port Fairy Folk Festival.
  • Bachelor of Music from the Queensland Conservatorium. Graduated with a Griffith Award for Academic Excellence. Won the 2015 Vada Jefferies award for best performance of solo Bach.
  • Performed and taught music at the Afghanistan National Institute of Music, as part of the String Contingent in May 2016
  • Has played in the Australian Youth Orchestra at the Sydney Opera House, Hamer Hall and QPAC
  • Will soon be travelling in America again, to play a show at legendary Boston venue Club Passim, return to Miles of Music camp, attend Sierra Fiddle Camp on a grant from the Williamson Foundation for Music and to attend the Shasta Music Summit. She will also be recording a short debut EP with Patrick Laird, sound engineer and cellist from The Break of Reality.
  • Was a cello tutor in 2016 at Australia’s two major fiddle camps: Stringmania and Sunshine Fiddle Camp. Will be returning as a tutor for both camps this year.

Other Coverage

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MICHAEL FIX: NEW ALBUM

Bending Air is available HERE (Secure purchase with PayPal or Credit card via a link there.)
If you prefer to download - its not yet available on itunes, amazon etc - but it is on CD Baby. It is being released and distributed in Europe by my friends at Acoustic Music Records
Facebook: Website

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FOLK ALLIANCE AUSTRALIA SMALL GRANTS SCHEME

Folk Alliance Australia is pleased to announce a new initiative:

READ ABOUT IT HERE.

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THE FOLK CHOIR

Do you love folk singing? Join The Folk Choir in 2017 for an uplifting and satisfying year of singing in harmony.

The Folk Choir began in 2013, and we're currently singing traditional and contemporary folk songs like Twa Corbies, Unison in Harmony, Lowlands, Hey Rain, Hillcrest Mine, and shanties and rounds.

The Folk Choir, Thursdays 7.15 - 8.45pm
at Red Hill Community Sports Club, Fulcher Rd (next to Broncos), $15
.
Visit the Folk Choir website.

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CLUB ACOUSTIC MALENY RSL

First Thursday of each month, $5 admission
for a blackboard evening plus a featured band each month.
Contact Jacinta Foale or 'Sparky' Paltridge for more details
Club Acoustic Maleny RSL

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WOODFORD TICKETS

Ticket sales have now commenced online for our Woodford Folk Festival. We encourage you, to pre-purchase tickets and pick up the early bird ticket savings and be certain you don't miss out. There is a cap on numbers this year. here

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Innes: 'Bits'

Order From Airit Here
Download Media Release & High Res Images Here
Download Broadcast Quality MP3 or WAV Files Here

Hailing from Aberdeen, Scotland but now a Queensland native, folk electronica artist Innes is all set to independently release two new tracks: Green Morning and The Donald Train - Part 1 from his forthcoming solo album Bits.

From folk roots to metal and bluegrass to electronica, Innes musical past tells a vast story of genre and one that exudes assortment. Growing up in a traditional Scottish family, with his sister (a fiddler) and his brother (a bagpiper), Innes' obsession for thrash metal was always unorthodox.
While studying medicine at university Innes was exposed to the exploding 90's UK electronica scene and spent his nights at underground techno clubs in admiration; I took to the strange new music like a duck to water - exciting, other worldly sounds that seemed to be turning dials and knobs inside my head and pulsing repetitive beats that entranced me, dancing on the spot, for hours – Innes.
After graduating from his medicine degree Innes moved to Australia, became a citizen and started dabbling in bluegrass whilst simultaneously rekindling his passion for electronica.

Inspired by Nick Drake, and named by Innes' 10 year old son, Green Morning is the opening instrumental single to the upcoming 10 track album Bits featuring fiddle by Gareth Mewes and bit crushing, a type of digital distortion which makes the music sound like its breaking into bits. The second single The Donald Train - Part 1 comes post the shock results of the recent US Presidential Election, the first of a trilogy to be released with 'Bits'.

A practicing GP in his other life, Innes has also released accompanying clips for both tracks which he independently shot and edited in a back room behind his surgery on the same computer he used to construct the album and make the artwork.

Bits is set for release Feb 2017, head to www.innescampbell.com to download both new singles and keep up to date on upcoming shows and everything Innes.

'The Donald Train - Part 1' Clip Here
Watch 'Green Morning' Clip Here

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ASA BROOMHALL NEW ALBUM

Release March 1st. The Heat and The Rain

Asa's 5th independent album; 'The Heat and The Rain' will be available both digitally and in good ol' Compact Disc form from March 1, 2017 with shows starting March 18th. In the meantime have a listen to the tracks at asabroomhall.com check out the gig dates and we'll see you out there...

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THE NEXT TARA FOLK FESTIVAL

With the management of the Wieambilla South Country Club, the 9th 10th and 11th of JUNE.

The club is located halfway between Chinchilla and Tara on the Western Downs of Qld. It is about a 4 hr drive west from Brisbane. The club is on google maps.

This will be our third festival, and the venue is great: A small bush club with bar, and all amenities, showers, meals, toilets, plenty of camping space for tents and caravans. There are no headline acts, unless someone jumps out of the woodwork, but there are a core of great Folkies and several travel from afar to be with us for the weekend.
The hospitality is second to none, it's free too! The meals are reasonably priced, and good quality, and there's a bar. A great beer garden, with fire pit, and a large shed adjacent with power for our Saturday night Blackboard Concert.
Of course, jamming is encouraged and could happen anywhere.

The address of the Wieambilla South Country Club is 21 Billabong Ln Tara 4421 Qld. It's a 20 minute drive to Tara on bitumen road if you need supplies. Tim Galli's mob ph. is 0428130768 or for queries do

We anticipate some early arrivals on Friday, and it's a great warm up for Saturday.
It would be great to see some old faces and hopefully a few new ones.
Check out FACEBOOK

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emily wEMILY WURRAMARA NEW SINGLE

Hey Love

As a proud Wannadilyakwa woman, a deep love for her country alongside a desire for change, is the reasoning behind Emily Wurramara choosing the week leading into Australia Day to release her most personal song to date 'Hey Love'.

'Hey Love' was recorded at home by her good friend Guy Webster, in her own words: Music is heard and felt. Hey Love is a song based on a true story about my mother and an incident that happened to her when she was in her first year of boarding school. Covering themes from racism and bullying to empowerment, I chose to release Hey Love leading up to Australia Day to highlight the fact that racism and ignorance is still around. And because to heal we must speak the truth and raise awareness. Not in a harsh way, but to know this is what happened, that we’re bouncing back from that, and we’re still going to fight.

Listen to 'Hey Love' song: SOUNDCLOUD.

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Hatfitz and Cara - After the Rain

Our 4th Album "After The Rain" is finally complete and we're bursting at the seams to get out on the road to share with you fine folk, we are only the pioneers of this music and hope that you will indeed be the wonderful crowd that you are and have been in the passed to share the word and indeed come to the shows. 

Starting from the 18th of January in Australia all the way through till March when we will be preparing to head over seas for our end of April, to end of May album launch.

Also we are delighted to share with you the new youtube video: https://youtu.be/1XlDxjbwtsw

Whilst we are on the road we'll be collecting clips of video footage for the up and coming shows where we have the pleasure of many choirs who have kindly volunteered their time to join us on stage.
We did an experiment where we asked through social media if there were any singing groups out there that would be keen in accompanying us on the road at certain venues around Australia and singing our songs with us in 3 - 4 part harmonies.
The response was overwhelming and we now have had a number of choirs and singing groups coming together who have never sang with each other before to join in harmony, sometimes making up to 50 voices.

Doing it Again Out Now
Please feel free to catch up on the reviews of the new album here:
http://bit.ly/eastsidefm
http://bit.ly/acousticmag​
http://bit.ly/countrymusicpeople​

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BAYSIDE BUSH DANCE WYNNUM

3rd Saturdays, 8pm - 11pm

at the Waterloo Bay Leisure Centre , Tingal Road, Wynnum.

All dances will be called/taught on the night, music will be provided initially by a core group of Mary Brettell, Derrick Chetwyn and Terry Jacob. (in alphabetical order).
Admission: $15.00 / $10.00 conc. accompanied children under 15 free. The canteen will be open for tea and cakes, or a 'toastie' if you miss dinner, for a very reasonable donation to the venue. No alcohol will be sold but consumption is not verboten as long as behaviour is sensible and you take care of your rubbish. The focus will be on FUN and friendship.
The forward dates are 19th November and 17th December.
Further information if necessary Phone: 07-3396-5846. See Here.

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BILL SCOTT DOCUMENTARY - HEY RAIN by ABC TV

This documentary has been placed on YouTube where it is available for all to enjoy.

For over half a century, Bill Scott travelled this country with his eyes and ears open, collecting folk material and writing stories, songs and poems and in 1992, Bill was awarded the OAM for his services to Australia folklore. He was a 'folkie' for over 50 years, who wrote and edited over thirty books of poems, short stories, biography, fiction and fact for adults and children.

He is story teller. He is Bill Scott. And this is his song.

YouTube: Bill Scott Documentary Thanks to Mavis and Harry Scott.

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Nostalgia out of the 1970's:

Jolly Rumbylowe was a Brisbane based group of five musicians, namely,
Don Nichols, Marty Gallagher, Alan Forshaw, Liz Thompson, and June Nichols.
Visit: jolly-rumbylowe-untitled-album

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CONTRA DANCE, WHAT IS IT?

For any who may be wondering, Contra dance originated as English Country Dance.

In the 1700's it got exported to France by the name of Contre Danse, then in turn this was exported to the US becoming known as Contra. By and large the dances are danced in long lines of couples. The stepping is a walk but the moves flow into each other to become almost hypnotic after a while.

Even if you're not a dancer, it's very easy to get into, and the music is great! It's a full scratch band of folkie type musos and the dance moves are all walked through first.     - Paul B-R

2pm - 4.30pm. Uniting Church Hall, cnr Kingsley Pde & Kadumba St, Yeronga. Live music, $4 to cover costs. All Welcome, Musos very welcome too. Please invite anyone you know who may be interested (Dances will be called). Enquiries: or call Paul: 07-3395-8956

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MEREDITH JAM CAMP

Held in Meredith, VIC. Some Brisbane and surrounds people attend this event each year.

For those who are not already aware of this event, the camp is a structured bluegrass jam camp catering for beginner and intermediate players with a full programs of workshops and jam sessions. The camp is held in Meredith, VIC on a beautiful property. Full camp details can be found at www.meredithjamcamp.com

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VISIT REDCHAIR FOR EVENTS

Sunshine Coast Guitar Orchestra; Flamenco events;
and some of your favourite artists in many genres.

www.redchair.com.au

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THE CEILIDH CLAN

A Brisbane based collective of musicians dedicated to supplying traditional Scottish music and dance,
for events (weddings, festivals, parties, celebrations, Scottish events etc) that require an authentic Scottish touch.

Website: The Ceilidh Clan and

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1st & 3rd Sundays 1pm - 4pm

Finbar's Lounge Bar

12 Bicentenary Lane, Maleny Free Entry

Musicians and Audience Welcome

Tunes played include BBS, NFF Session Experience, Maleny Tunes Class &
other common tunes at a moderate pace. Playing by ear encouraged.

More Info: Kate Fraser 07 5499 9172

Maleny Tunes Class - Wednesdays

Maleny Presbyterian Hall, Cedar Street, Maleny

Mainly Irish Tunes taught slowly by ear, slower and more advanced learning catered for.

www.malenytunesclass.blogspot.com.au

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www.saraband.com.au
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GRILL'D WEST END OPEN MIC TUESDAYS

OR

CHIPS & TUESDAYS…

Hi Brisbane friends! I host an open mic night every Tuesday in West End
If you have 15 - 30 mins of material that you would like to share in a very supportive setting let me know! This is a family friendly restaurant so kids welcome.

Venue: Grill'd West End, 88 Boundary Street, West End 4101. 07-3255-3057

The owners of Grill'd, Dave and Colin, are committed to supporting live original music, which is fantastic… covers welcome too. So if you would love an audience to play to and don't mind a burger as a thank you, give me a hoy.

Tell your friends… and come along and support this worthwhile event, sing your songs, even some covers.


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