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Visit the CALENDAR and
There are two new interviews on Vale Radio UK, of Caroline Hammond and also The Penmans (NZ)
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
Tunes and the
Woodfordia environmental announcements.
Happy Reading! Michael Bourne
For the Folk Rag
SOUND BUILDERS EXPO AT MAGDA COMMUNITY ARTZ
An event for your diary: Sound Builders Expo at Magda Community Artz, 15/16 July 2017 - an
exhibition of handcrafted musical instruments by some of Australia’s finest luthiers, curated by
Doug Eaton and Dale Jacobsen. Exhibition is free. Saturday night unplugged concert $20
($15 conc). All details at
HERE - soundbuilders.org and
Enquiries: Doug and Dale
See the POSTER.
FOLK BY THE SEA ARTIST APPLICATIONS
Closing 30 March 2017
FOLK by the SEA (22-24 September 2017) is an intimate folk festival style event
featuring the sounds of folk, world, roots, Celtic, bluegrass and gypsy music over 3 days in the
picturesque seaside town of Kiama, famous for its blowhole.
are now open for interested artists.
Please read through this page before submitting an expression of interest to performer.
The form is at the end of the page.
This is a small and intimate folk festival (6 venues, 50 acts, 120 concerts) -
nothing like the intensity of the Illawarra Folk Festival, if you have ever experienced it!
Fees are low to modest and cover expenses essentially so please do not go past this point if
you have expectation of a large fee.
The festival is presented by volunteers the Illawarra Folk Club, a non-profit
incorporated association. Many of these volunteers are performers themselves and are providing their
effort to promote, share and enjoy folk music.
MICHAEL FIX: NEW ALBUM
Bending Air is available
(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
FOLK ALLIANCE AUSTRALIA SMALL GRANTS SCHEME
Folk Alliance Australia is pleased to announce a new initiative:
READ ABOUT IT HERE.
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.
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
LITTLE WISE: Silver Birch Album
'A stunning, raw take on rootsy folk and alternative country. The evocative songbird
is on the rise.' – Happy
Little Wise - Under Water
For details visit the Little Wise Website:
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
- MARCH -
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...
MUSIC BY THE SEA CONCERT SERIES
Presents: Manu Delago Trio
March 4th, 7:30pm
In between performing with Björk, The Cinematic Orchestra and
the prodigious Hang player and percussionist Manu Delago
will be touring Australia in 2017 'Handmade Tour' with his 3 piece multi-instrumentalist band..
Sandgate Town Hall, Seymour Street, Sandgate.
Tickets: Adult $25 - Concession $20.
Detailed programme information + Tix available online at
Featuring - International Women's Day Concert
at cnr Vulture & Sussex Sts, West End, Brisbane.
(in the old Uniting Church)
March 4, at 7pm - 9pm
$30/25 at door - ($25/20 ONLINE before the show).
** BOOKINGS **.
(Online sales close 5.00pm on day of show)
ALL AGES (with an adult supervisor), alcohol-free. Family tickets available.
Sue Ray, The Verandah Chix and MORE!
This is an alcohol-free event and supper is provided for a gold coin donation.
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
EMILY WURRAMARA NEW SINGLE
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.
'Hey Love' song: SOUNDCLOUD.
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:
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.
Please feel free to catch up on the reviews of the new album here:
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.
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.
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
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
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
BRISBANE FOLK NEWS
A handy, spam free way to stay in touch, looked after by Shez Wright.
Simply email your address and/or event content to Shez
More Information: Folk Brisbane News email list.
VISIT REDCHAIR FOR EVENTS
Sunshine Coast Guitar Orchestra; Flamenco events;
and some of your favourite artists in many genres.
THE CEILIDH CLAN
A Brisbane based collective of musicians
dedicated to supplying traditional Scottish music and dance,
(weddings, festivals, parties, celebrations, Scottish events etc) that require
an authentic Scottish touch.
Website: The Ceilidh Clan
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.
GRILL'D WEST END OPEN MIC TUESDAYS
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.