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NOTES FROM THE EDITOR
BAYSIDE BUSH DANCE | Chips & Tuesdays
Kilcoy open-mic 2nd Wednesdays
CONTRA DANCE - what is it?

THE FOLK CHOIR, Thursdays
FOLK ALLIANCE AUSTRALIA SMALL GRANTS SCHEME

MICHAEL FIX: NEW ALBUM
NEW Irish Traditional Music Session **
SADIE & JAY RELEASE THE 'ROGUE FOLK' UK tour
LIZZIE FLYNN'S LATEST ALBUM
ANOTHER BITE OF THE APPLE: Red Hill Folk

VISIT THE CALENDAR PAGE

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GOODTUNES: Mondays fortnightly check!
MAGDA'S EVENTS
TICKETS for National Folk Festival
JAMES MADDISON CARPENTER COLLECTION online
GOODWILLS HOUSE CONCERT: - APRIL 22

See FESTIVALS Page
2018 NFF DATE POSTER|
- DEADLINE is on the twelfth of the PREVIOUS month to the event -
eg:- for an October edition please send material in by September 12th and so on.

EDITORIAL

The latest profile appears in this edition. Scroll down to view most content on this page.
Visit the CALENDAR and FESTIVALS pages.

MORETON CELTIC FIDDLE CLUB, at Mango Hill Community Hall and
NORFOLK CELTIC MUSIC CLUB, at Ormeau Community Centre with Melinda Cole:
See Sessions and Workshops - Fridays.

Download the Neurum Creek Festival trad Songbook HERE!

The festival and music gathering season is with us with coming up
in March and April with gatherings at Kilcoy next plus the National Festival in Canberra on the easter weekend. See FESTIVALS page or Facebook events.

Note the article presented by Meg Philp from July 2017 named ANOTHER BITE OF THE APPLE: Red Hill Folk

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

Happy Reading!      Michael Bourne
Apologies for the minimal edition and errors, I'm recently out of hospital after coronary surgery.

For the Folk Rag

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GOODWILLS HOUSE CONCERT: CLOUDSTREET RETURN FOR MALENY HOUSE CONCERT

At Maleny.

Internationally renowned folk group Cloudstreet return to Maleny on Sunday April 22 for their sixth appearance as guests of The Goodwills (Bob & Laurel Wilson). (2018 marks over twenty years of Goodwills’ hosted house concerts, at first in Brisbane and for the past fifteen years, in Maleny.)

Cloudstreet perform New Australian folk music, a combination of Anglo-Celtic and Australian traditional songs and tunes, coupled with trad-styled original songs. Their music is arranged for an array of instruments including guitar, concertina, flute, whistle and fiddle and now includes the fiddle playing brilliance and vocals of Emma Nixon.

Original members John Thompson and Nicole Murray have toured in the UK several times and have now completed two UK tours as a trio with Emma. John has also recently teamed up again with comedian Martin Pearson as Never the Twain. Nicole and Emma have also performed at The Goodwills’ house concert as The Wish List.

Cloudstreet’s latest CD, Clouded House, the eighth album since John and Nicole began performing together in 1999, was launched in late 2015.

Hosts Bob & Laurel Wilson (The Goodwills), in company with fiddler/singer Helen Rowe, will perform an opening set of originals and covers.

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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LIZZIE FLYNN'S LATEST ALBUM

The wait is nearly over for Lizzie Flynn's latest album - You and The Open Sky and Maleny Music Festival goers had the first chance to get it!
An 8 week period where Lizzie traveled the east coast of Australia showcasing the album with a swag of artists including Liam Gerner, Kavisha Mazzella, The Royal High Jinx, Terry Serio, Redfern Shanty Club, Zumpa and more.

It's been an an amazing musical journey with 10 musicians, a string ensemble and 5 recording studios. With a combination of lyrical honesty and charming melodies, Lizzie has written a suite of 9 songs that blend a little satirical storytelling with a lot of joyful emotion.

Lizzie's show will weave audiences through songs of melodic folk-pop, to toe-tapping country and tender ballads of lessons learnt and love lost.

More information at: www.lizzieflynn.com and FACEBOOK www.reverbnation.com.

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GOOD TUNES SESSION WEST END

7.30-9.30pm, 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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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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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 IrishtTrad Ukulele 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.

People can for more info, or hit me up on Facebook. Full Size POSTER

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SADIE & JAY RELEASED THE 'ROGUE FOLK' WITHIN!

The duo's collaborative work of original songs hint of origins in the Anglo-Celtic tradition travelling through modern Australian folk and roots. The album features a host of prominent guest musicians and is produced by acclaimed guitar virtuoso, Michael Fix.
The songs are rich in musical depth and meaning, the distinctive vocals and crafted lyrics are focal to the tales of history and endeavour, love & light-hearted comedy. Jay's finger picked guitar and bouzouki along with Sadie's double bass are the foundation to the songs, the accompaniments creating evocative and dramatic soundscapes.
Sadie and Jay have been collaborating and performing in and beyond the Brisbane folk and festival scene for the past four years. They released their first independent original album ‘CURIOUS’ in 2015. Several of the songs have been award winners, two were shortlisted for the 2015 Australian Songwriters Awards and another two came first in the open category of APRA/AMCOS competitions in 2015 and 2017.
Their first UK Tour in 2016 was a great success. Sadie & Jay have become 'antipodean correspondents’ for the York based ‘Folk & Blues Show,’ regularly interviewing SE Qld artists for the popular radio program. They return to the UK for their second tour and to promote Rogue Folk in April 2018.

FACEBOOK PAGE - For details visit their Website: www.sadieandjaymusic.com

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LITTLE WISE: 100 Degrees - New Single

Little Wise is celebrating the release of her New Single 100 Degrees!
New Single Out Now! Plus.. Nashville baby! This tune's a bit different from my earlier recorded material and definitely amps up the roots-rock vibes! You might recognise the song as a crowd favourite from the live set over the years and I'm happy to finally bring you a version to listen to in the comfort of your own home / car / work/ earphones while traveling!

Also.. in exciting news I was invited to play at Sounds Australia's showcase during Americanafest in Nashville, TN! I played at the famous Bluebird Cafe alongside some really great Australian songwriters.

100 Degrees - Little Wise
For details visit her Website: www.littlewise.com.au
where you'll find download links from Bandcamp, iTunes / Apple Music, Spotify, SoundCloud.

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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

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 2018 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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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.
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. NEW VENUE in 2018: Anglican Church Hall, cnr Killarney & Cork Streets, 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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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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