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For information on any of these performers or information about the BUg, visit www.brisbaneunpluggedgigs.org and if registered with Facebook, please 'Like' our page the BUg - Brisbane Unplugged Folk/Acoustic Music Night. Each Tuesday the BUg begins with three blackboard spots at 7:30. Join in and be mixed by Brisbane's best acoustic sound-man, Mark Smith.
Mar 24 - Dog Watch: Dog Watch is a family affair:
brother and sister singer-songwriters Luan and Andrea Baldwin, Luan's son Lachlan Baldwin,
and assorted other Baldwins as the mood takes them. As might be expected with such a nautical name, Dog Watch
mostly sing about the sea. Both Luan and Andrea are keen seafarers, and dedicated wordsmiths who honour
the traditions of story-telling. Their songs canvass genres from folk to blues to (almost) country,
encompassing ballads and anthems, shanties and love songs. Between them the band members play far too
many instruments, but make gallant efforts to play them one at a time...
Mar 31 - Hailey Calvert: We welcome Hailey
back to the BUg stage with her rich voice and fluid guitar style she has gained a solid following
throughout Australia, London, Ireland and the U.S.
APRIL at the BUg
April 7 - Mark Cryle & Carmel Newman: Since his
work in seminal Australian band Spot the Dog, Mark Cryle (guitar, mandolin, vocals) has been acclaimed
by music journalists as one of Australia's leading songwriters. Mark's work is held in such respect
by his peers that he has recently been honoured by his musical community with a "tribute" CD on
which other artists perform versions of his songs. I've Got a Heart adds to Mark's canon of
homegrown music - distinctly Australian, beautifully crafted and always insightful.
Carmel Newman has played classical violin since she was three, performing with the Queensland
Youth Orchestra. She was also guest soloist with the Queensland Theatre Orchestra at the tender
age of ten years old. She went on to being a featured member of prominent Brisbane Celtic band
Killkenny throughout the late 1980s and 1990s. A consummate live performer, Carmel's sublime fiddle
playing complements this act superbly. From racy reels to poignant airs, Carmel's fiddle work will
have you entranced. She also sings like an angel. Music for the head, the heart and for the feet,
this duo will dazzle you with their rich musicality and keep any crowd engaged, entertained, singing
along and baying for more.
April 14 - Mama Juju & the Jam Tarts: Julie
"Mama Juju" Minto, Cath "Jazzhands" McCourt and Vicky "Velour" Macdonald love to jam and have an
absolute hoot playing music together. Acoustic blues/ jazz/ folk/ pop with sweet harmonies, guitar,
tenor ukulele, U-bass, flute and harmonica. The philosophy behind The Jam Tarts is good music and
good fun! "If we like it we play it -- audiences seem to like it as well!"
April 21 - Clara Durbidge:
A song catcher, a story teller and a melody weaver. Clara lives by the sea on an island. She collects
songs like driftwood and shells. Some songs come to her like whispers on the wind and others like a
raging ocean full of force. Some songs heal and others ignite passion, some songs are her stories,
others are not. She believes songs will save the world, break your heart and raise the dead from their
sleep, they are a powerful thing. There is a realness present in her songs, an honesty in her voice.
Her sound is sometimes island folky, sometimes rootsy bluesy.. sometimes something else.
April 28 - Sebastian Flynn & Martin Reese: both
originally from the UK have performed together in a variety of traditional music line ups in Australia
for over 15 years. Together with their close rhythmic sense, they have a similar approach to improvising
and arranging as well as a wish to personalise their approach to traditional music. In addition to a broad
repertoire of Celtic and European traditional music they have both written and recorded a number of
original tunes with various musical line-ups.
They released the CD Procession in 2013 -- comprising entirely original music drawing on
the rhythmic and melodic influences of Celtic and European traditional music.
They are currently both members of the 10-piece eclectic Brisbane-based World music group, the Ensemble
Diaspora, most notably performing at the G20 cultural events in Brisbane during 2014 and various
With roots in Brisbane, then spending over 25 years working and travelling throughout
the country, Chuck and Chrissy share a great passion for Australia and its amazing landscape and history.
Their lyrics often reflect its beauty, and our need to preserve its treasures. Also woven into their
songs are stories of our pioneers, of family living and departed, as well as topical and local issues.
They share humorous takes on the Aussie way of life, personal anecdotes and philosophies, as well as tales
of growing up and growing old. Their performances are vibrant, emotive and carry an unmistaken positive
and uplifting undercurrent. `Music is like love...it only works when you give it away' STOCKADE have
recorded 3 CDs to date. Their CDs Common Man, There Be Time and Lock
Stockade & Barrel will be on sale at gigs.
STARTING TIME: 7.30pm
A small door charge of $8/$5 conc. Donations for costs welcome. Intimate surroundings, with open grounds outside; meals, licensed, tea/coffee.
FORMAT FOR the BUg:
A blackboard segment from 7.30-8.15 pm, of three blackboard acts, of 10 minutes each, (up to 3 songs or one long song). Simply arrive with your instrument and put your name on the Blackboard. First in best dressed. BUg audiences are very encouraging toward new acts.
The first booked act at about: 8.15pm to 9.00pm. A short break of 15 minutes
follows, time to mingle and perhaps step outside for a breath of air.
Info: Dick Halligan web www.brisbaneunpluggedgigs.org
NEW TIMES FOR 2015: Folk Redlands concerts will be changing event times in 2015. Free concerts will be held every third Sunday of the month 1-4pm. Concerts will begin with blackboard performers – Come on down…we want to hear you!
April 19th Danny Widdicombe: Danny Widdicombe has been called a "cosmic cowboy", a title given to songwriters who step over the dividing line between musical genres. A steadfast feature of the music scene, Danny has released 3 solo albums to date whilst battling leukaemia since the age of 19. Danny was awarded the Grant McLennan Memorial Fellowship in 2010, enabling him to travel to Berlin to write and tour Europe. In 2011, he was shortlisted for the APRA Professional Development awards and is a two time ARIA Award nominee with the band Wilson Pickers. Website: dannywiddicombe.com
Ann Leung - Publicity
Folk Redlands meets 3rd Sundays, Blackboard session from 2pm.
Join the Folk Redlands community at our website and sign up for email updates:
ACOUSTIC HARVEST returns to BAY FM Radio every other THURSDAY Night 8-10pm. Hosted by Colin Nightingale & Jan Nary. COLIN NIGHTINGALE will be interviewing musicians on air. If you are interested contact Colin If any musicians would like airplay send your CD to Colin.
Details under Acoustic Harvest at the Folk Redlands website
Every night at Red Hill Folk is packed with talent from our many fine regular & guest performers. If you plan to perform, please arrive early!
For more information, ring Anne 07-3366-2248.
~ FOLK BLUES & BEYOND ~
at the UPFRONT CLUB, Maple Street, MALENY
April's Guest Artist will be the inimitable Noel Gardner. Noel is the only solo performer to have performed at every one of the Maleny/Woodford Folk Festivals -- and his music is as fresh and relevant now as it was in 1989, when he teamed up with Mark Gillett to record the iconic 'Watching the Obi Flow' Noel's capacity to sing of both beauty and injustice is a refreshing reminder to keep thinking about what kind of world we want to live in -- and what kind of world we want our kids to inherit from us. He is widely respected for his stylish guitar playing and emotive lyrics, some of which are inscribed on a painting of Mt Coolum that hangs in the foyer of The Nambour Civic Centre. Noel practices what he preaches. He has been a long time environmental activist on the Sunshine Coast, and in 1994 was awarded Life Membership of the Sunshine Coast Environment Council for his contribution to the environment through his music. Now that's an award to be proud of. Noel has released several CDs over the years, and they are polished, elegant representations of his work: delicate production, warm voices, sensitive instrumentation - A joy to listen to.
Folk Blues & Beyond is held at the UpFront
Club 31 Maple Street, Maleny.
It is recommended you book an inside table by calling the UpFront club on 07-5494-2592
Please if you’d like to do a floor spot or require information.
We welcome all musicians poets, jugglers and jesters to perform a short set
GLASSHOUSE MOUNTAINS MUSICIANS' CLUB
This Club was formed in response to a need for local musicians to publicly perform, meet their peers and develop their skills as musicians in a friendly non-competitive environment.
The Musos is pleased to announce some changes to our sessions to welcome in a late new year. From February we will be starting a new session at Wild Rocket @ Misty's in Montville, (142 Main St, Montville) on the first and third Thursday from 6.30 to 9.30pm. We will still be at Eudlo on the first Sunday afternoon but will now be at our Glasshouse Coffee Gardens on the third Sunday afternoon only. We're hoping the days will be easy to remember: the first & third Thursday and Sunday!
We've been keen to start a mid week evening session as we know that suits a lot of people, so it was a matter of finding a venue, and we have found a fantastic one. It is an a la carte restaurant that serves wonderful food, has a good bar and an outdoor undercover space that will sit 100 www.wildrocketfood.com.au
Peter and Belinda at Wild Rocket are keen to encourage regulars to our sessions and will provide very reasonably priced meals on the Thursday including a range of delicious gourmet burgers. We're sure it is going to prove very popular, especially with Musos from the Nambour, Palmwoods, Landsborough and Maleny areas, all of whom are only a short drive away.
Our themes are a fun item and inspire people to try something new so we are continuing with those.
What about this for the coming months: 2015
February: With Valentine'e Day a feature of the month we thought that songs of intimacy was a suitable theme. There is certainly enough love songs out there -- surely at least one in every singer's repertoire!
March: Eric Clapton was born in March and is 70 this year. It has got to be an Eric Clapton month! He has written many great songs and played with so many fantastic musicians over the years, it would be hard not to find something that fitted with Eric.
April: What about covers but with an original quality? Most of us enjoy messing with someone else's song, making it one of our own. Others amongst us just can't sing it anything like the original anyway so it sounds like one of ours! Of course you don't have to go as far as the infamous Stairway to Heaven sessions, (though I reckon my swing version of that one wasn't too bad).
May: Bob Dylan is a May baby and everyone loves to air a song or two of Bob's. He is 74 this year so not a special one for him, but his influence remains enormous, so a Bob Dylan month is always a popular idea.
And, as is always the case, our themes are only there for those for those who want to latch onto them - we welcome anything at the Musos! (When was the last time you heard a good CJ Dennis poem live? I enjoyed immensely Martin Pearson performing an extract from the Sentimental Bloke at Woodford this year. Poets welcome at the Musos!)
Please note that if you're coming from further afield and would like to negotiate a longer set, just get in touch with me and I'll happily look at it and promote your appearance. And as always if you want to book a time to play, just send me an email.
We provide good quality sound for the artists, and encourage all styles of music, but folk, blues and country are very popular amongst our group. We also generally have a Musos House band of some form for artists who'd like backing.
We meet on the First Sundays blackboard sessions at the Eudlo Hall, 19 Rosebed st, Eudlo. 1-4pm
On First and Third Thursdays at Wild Rocket @ Misty's in Montville, (142 Main St, Montville) from 6.30 to 9.30pm.
On 3rd Sundaysat the Coffee and Tea Merchants, 1094 Steve Irwin Way, Glasshouse Mtns from 1 - 4pm
Contact Michael: or
to go on our emailing list for a weekly review of the
last week's session. Join our group:
See website: www.glasshousemusos.com.au
SOUNDS ORIGINAL - Music Club Capalaba
Meets 4th Sunday of each month. FREE entry. See Calendar.
Sounds Original is an exciting music organisation designed to encourage songwriters to share their creative sounds, express themselves and learn the art of performing in front of an appreciative audience. All genres of music and performers of all ages are welcome to showcase their talent.
Musicians interested in performing at Sounds Original concerts are asked to register before the event: ph: Aislinn 0428-191-986 or visit www.myspace.com/soundsoriginal
Be in the audience to hear original music performed by our very own local artists.
Venue: Redlands IndigiScapes Centre, 17 Runnymede Rd. Capalaba
FICKLE FOLK CLUB
All acoustic, All genres, All singers, All musicians, All music lovers, All ages, All welcome
Find our Fickle Folk group on Facebook, Website ?
, Phone Pam 07-4663-2184 for details.
Listen in Thursday morning from 9am to 1pm for Fickle Folk Radio on 4DDD Check the website. www.westregionradio.com
where local musicians, poets and story tellers are encouraged to submit their recordings for airplay.
ST JAMES INFOLKERY
St James Infolkery is usually held on the Second Wednesday of the month in St James Church Rectory Hall in Toowoomba. Gold coin entry, bring a plate. 7-10pm (doors open 6pm).
Each month numbers have increased, and each month has
been different mostly because of who shows up. The format remains the same:
If you fancy coming from further afield than the Darling Downs, there are plenty of people who have spare beds. Bring your voices, instruments, a plate, and for a gold coin, you too can get down to St James Infolkery.
Many thanks to Ryk Rostron and Alan Mackey for running a grassroots venue that recharges the folkie batteries.
St James Church Rectory Hall, 145 Mort Street, Toowoomba. (cnr Russell Street)
The good old blackboard (6 spots of 20 minutes), with acoustic, unplugged, warm and fuzzy ambience PLUS ... a friendly jam before and after the "blackboard", so make sure you come on down and join the fun. 7-10pm (doors open 6pm).
or ph: Ryk 0418 611 446 or Alan 0422 467 108
WARWICK FOLK CLUB
Warwick is a pleasant 2 hour drive from Brisbane and if anyone would like to bring instruments and voices and overnight on a Wednesday, O'Mahony's have bags of accommodation at very reasonable rates.
EVERY WEDNESDAY EVENING FROM 7:30pm
Venue: O'Mahony's Heritage Hotel, 35 Grafton St, Warwick. Small charge to cover costs.
More info Bob Townshend 07 4685 2072 or 0413 332 536
TOOWOOMBA FOLK CLUB
Last Saturday Acoustic Folk Afternoon Founded as the
Quart Pot Folk Club (Inc) 19 March 1974
Info Pat 0423-345-507 or
Blackboard format. Last Saturday each month - 3-6pm excluding December.
- at the SETTLERS INN cnr James & Ruthven Streets, Toowoomba.
Enjoy a Meal from 6pm at the Settlers 07-4632-3634
Toowoomba Folk Club - music of the people by the people for the people
COOWONGA FOLK CLUB
We haunt the Cawarral and Rockhampton area. If any members of your group are in the area when we have an event they are welcome to drop in.
Our website - www.coowongafolkclub.com Here you will find info on upcoming events.