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Happy Reading! Michael Bourne
For the Folk Rag
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
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
GOOD TUNES SESSION WEST END
7.30-9.30pm, * NOW * Mondays fortnightly.
FOOD AND DRINK:
So would love to see you there for a few good toons and fun.
SHANTY SINGERS, FOLKIES, MUMMERS BOYSThe 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!
NEW PUB SESSION OPPORTUNITY IN IPSWICHMy 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.
IRISH TRADITIONAL MUSIC SESSION WITH TWISTBrendan 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
MUSIC BY THE SEA CONCERT SERIES
Presents: ANDREA LAM (world class solo piano recital)Pronounced a "real talent" by the Wall Street Journal, New York-based pianist Andrea Lam enjoys consistent acclaim as a soloist, recitalist, and chamber musician for her "great style and thrilling virtuosity" (Sydney Morning Herald). A semifinalist in the 2009 Van Cliburn Competition, Andrea is winner of the 2010 Astral Artists Auditions, Silver Medallist in the 2009 San Antonio Piano Competition, the ABC's 'Young Performer of the Year' Award (Keyboard section), the Salon de Virtuosi Career Grant, and the Yale Woolsey Hall Competition. Andrea Lam has given over 70 performances with orchestras in Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Hong Kong and the United States, including with San Francisco Ballet Orchestra, Wichita Symphony, and Columbus Symphony Orchestra.
Andrea will perform at Music By The Sea on Saturday 5th August, at 7:30pm.
Sandgate Town Hall, Seymour Street, Sandgate.
Tickets online plus Detailed programme information www.musicbythesea.com.au and a limited number of tickets available at the door.
GOODWILLS HOUSE CONCERT: KIERAN HALPIN
At Maleny In the Goodwills' lounge room on Sunday Sunday August 6, 2017.
The concert on August 6 starts with a short set of original songs from 'house band' The Goodwills (with fiddler/singer Helen Rowe).
Irish songwriter Kieran Halpin may not know all the answers, but he knows how to construct memorable songs. Only the best songwriters have their songs covered by major artists and Kieran Halpin’s name keeps cropping up on albums by the likes of Ilse De Lange, Vin Garbutt, Dolores Keane, The Battlefield Band, John Wright and Niamh Parsons.
You may have heard people sing his tunes at folk clubs, pubs and festivals all over the world. Songs like All the Answers, Angel in Paradise, Nothing to Show for it All and Mirror Town are among those covered multiple times.
Kieran’s house concert in Maleny on Sunday August 6 will be his second appearance at our place, having performed here in 2011. Some may even remember his under-stated three-song set at the late-lamented UpFront Club Monday night chalkboard session a few years earlier.
On stage, Kieran Halpin is powerful and passionate, intimate and intense. As one critic said, he has a "wonderful stage presence and surprising humour”.
Resident band The Goodwills will present an opening set of old and new originals and other people's songs.
Starts at 2pm. All tickets for this one are $15 and afternoon tea will be available.
BOOKINGS are essential as seating is limited - or call (07) 5435-2333 for directions and BOOKINGS.
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.
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:
About the artist:
Career and education highlights
MICHAEL FIX: NEW ALBUM
Bending Air is available
(Secure purchase with PayPal or Credit card via a link there.)
FOLK ALLIANCE AUSTRALIA SMALL GRANTS SCHEME
Folk Alliance Australia is pleased to announce a new initiative:
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
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
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
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.
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.
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...
THE NEXT TARA FOLK FESTIVALWith 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 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.
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.
Listen to '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:
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).
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,
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
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
Sunshine Coast Guitar Orchestra; Flamenco events;
and some of your favourite artists in many genres.
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
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.
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.