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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
RADIO VALE UK: Goodwills interview
FOLK ALLIANCE AUSTRALIA SMALL GRANTS SCHEME

MICHAEL FIX: NEW ALBUM
HAT FITZ & CARA: ALBUM
INNES: NEW RELEASE 'Bits'
LITTLE WISE (Sophie Klein) Silver Birch Album
EMILY WURRAMARA NEW RELEASE
Asa Broomhall album: 'The Heat and The Rain'
Tulalah (Melbourne)

VISIT THE CALENDAR PAGE

SHOW AUDITIONS AT MAGDA 27th March, 6pm – 9pm + if needed, Saturday 1st April.

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WOODFORDIA TOURS THE EAST POINTERS (CAN)
GOODTUNES
MUSIC BY THE SEA: ALEXANDRE DA COSTA 'violin extreme' - April 1
GOODWILLS HOUSE CONCERT: KELLY CORK & BRAD BUTCHER - APRIL 23
THE WEST END SESSIONS: KRISTINA OLSEN (USA) + GONE MOLLY - MAY 5
SOUND BUILDERS EXPO - July

See FESTIVALS Page
Spring Gully Autumn Dayz Camp |
2017 NFF TIX & Info|
- DEADLINE is on the twelfth of the PREVIOUS month -

EDITORIAL

The Toni Pollard profile appears in this edition. Scroll down to view most content.
Visit the CALENDAR and FESTIVALS pages.

There is a new interview on Vale Radio UK, of The Goodwills Here

A NEW TUNE this month from David Jacobs 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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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 Facebook: soundbuildersexpo Enquiries: Doug and Dale See the POSTER.
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GOOD TUNES SESSION WEST END

7.30-9.30pm, Thursdays 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.

Upcoming Sessions:
     30 March
     13 April
     27 April
     11 May
     25 May

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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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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RADIO VALE FAB FOLK AND BLUES

Exclusive special reports and interviews from our Antipodean Correspondents,
Sadie and Jay.

The interview begins at 1hr 17mins in - simply jump to there. 'The Goodwills' - LISTEN 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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WOODFORDIA TOURS THE EAST POINTERS

Video Clip: East Pointers on Youtube

For details visit this Website: East Pointers Australia Tour

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LITTLE WISE: Silver Birch Album

'A stunning, raw take on rootsy folk and alternative country. The evocative songbird is on the rise.' – Happy

Official Clip: Little Wise - Under Water

For details visit the Little Wise Website: www.littlewise.com.au

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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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AUTUMN DAZE CAMPING WEEKEND

Coast Acoustic members and their guests are invited to a weekend of music, fun and frivolity at Spring Gully

WHEN: Friday and Saturday 31 March, 1st April, DEPARTING: 2nd April

What’s included: 2 nights camping beside beautiful Canungra Creek, use of camp kitchen and bathroom facilities, fire pits, braziers and wood as well as our extensive program as follows:

Friday evening: Complimentary hot meal (vegetarian options available) followed by a jam around the campfire into the night.

Saturday morning: Workshops , swimming or just chill

Lunchtime: Sausage Sizzle (gold coin donation)

Afternoon: The Coast Acoustics’ 2nd "Wooden Guitar" Battle of the Bands. Get together with your mate or two or three to compete for our highly coveted "Wooden Guitar Award", valued at the vast sum of $5.00 (Yes, you read it correctly)

Evening: Jam 'til you Drop

Coffee Van: Chrisc & Martin will have their wonderful coffee available for a nominal cost.

Sunday: Pack up and reluctantly bid farewell

Cost: Members $50pp / Non Members $65 (includes one year’s membership)

Accommodation options: Own caravan, tent, campervan or onsite Safari Tent (solid floor with beds framed tent, but be quick)

Campsite limited to 80 people so Book Now

NEWSFLASH!!!! Only 30 Spots left

For further information Leonie Milton 0408 112 613 OR Leonie Schwarzel 0428 177 450, Or book with Leonie M:

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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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MUSIC BY THE SEA CONCERT SERIES

Presents: ALEXANDRE DA COSTA - Violin Xtreme

APRIL 1st, 7:30pm

Hailed as a "Rock Star of the violin", Canadian JUNO award-winner Alexandre Da Costa performs and records with the world's best orchestras and once you hear him, you'll understand why. Winner of many national and international first prizes, including the International Violin Competition Pablo Sarasate, Alexandre Da Costa has performed the major halls of Vienna (Musikverein), Berlin (Philharmonie), New York (Carnegie Hall), Beijing (Poly-Theater) and beyond. Join Alexandre Da Costa in a world where extreme virtuosity and musical fireworks meet sensitivity and the irresistible lure of the violin.

Sandgate Town Hall, Seymour Street, Sandgate.
Tickets: Adult $40 - Concession $35.
Detailed programme information + Tix available online at www.musicbythesea.com.au

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SHOW AUDITIONS AT MAGDA COMMUNITY ARTZ

The Magdalenes need ten women singers who can hold a harmony and act. The production is a theatre adaptation of Phyl Lobl’s Dames and Daredevils for Democracy, a theatrical and musical telling of the stories of ten women who featured prominently in the struggle to win Australian women the right to vote – and the right to stand for election. There is a video of the original show on VIDEO but keep in mind that the Magda show is an adaptation so there are some differences.

Auditions are on Monday 27th March, 6pm – 9pm and if needed, Saturday 1st April 2pm – 6pm.
Please bring a song and a short performance piece; if you don’t have a performance piece we can give you part of the play to read.
We won’t have an accompanist but if you need to accompany yourself on guitar/ Sousaphone/ glockenspiel / whatever for the audition that’ll be fine. There will be a band to supply music for the show.

Rehearsals will be Monday nights and Sundays, starting early May; we’ll do our best to work around commitments folk may already have.

Show times are Saturday 24th June (evening) and Sunday 25th June (matinee).

If you’d like to audition please give Jan Nary a call on 0429 898 328 and we’ll slot in a time that suits you.

Any music queries please contact the Music Director, Ann Bermingham, on 07 3371 6507 or TEXT to: 0401 683 830.

There are also smaller featured roles for non-singers who can act a little and are happy to frock up as suffragists and take their place in the audience.

Auditions, rehearsals and performances will be held at Magda Community Artz,
80 Boundary Rd., Bardon. Website Phone:  0400 497 422 

Cheers, Jan Nary (Director) on behalf of The Magdalenes

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THE WEST END SESSIONS

Featuring - Kristina Olsen (USA) + Gone Molly

at cnr Vulture & Sussex Sts, West End, Brisbane. (in the old Uniting Church)

Friday MAY 5, 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.

Website
This is an alcohol-free event and supper is provided for a gold coin donation.

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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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GOODWILLS HOUSE CONCERT: KELLY CORK & BRAD BUTCHER

At Maleny

Popular Maleny alt-country songwriter Kelly Cork makes his second appearance at a Goodwills house concert
on Sunday April 23, 2017.
He will be performing with Brisbane songwriter Brad Butcher in an unplugged, songwriters-in-the-round format.

Kelly last appeared at Bob & Laurel Wilson’s place in 2015, when he was completing his acclaimed debut solo CD, One Of These Days. Kelly recently completed his second album Dead End Street at Rob McKay’s studio in Hervey Bay, ably assisted by musician friends including Kevin Bennett.

In recent months Brad Butcher has performed at the Tamworth Country Music Festival, travelled to America on a songwriting expedition and last month performed at the Man from Snowy River Festival in Corryong, Victoria. Brad will be heading to Sydney to record his third album in April.

Starts at 3pm. 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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2017 NATIONAL FOLK FESTIVAL 13-17 APRIL

See Full Article Here plus LINKS.

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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

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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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