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MORETON CELTIC FIDDLE CLUB, at Mango Hill Community Hall and
The festival and music gathering season is with us with coming up
Note the article presented by Meg Philp from July 2017 named
ANOTHER BITE OF THE APPLE: Red Hill Folk
Happy Reading! Michael Bourne
For the Folk Rag
18th ANNUAL SUMMERSONG MUSIC CAMP
Registration is now open
We’re very excited to retreat to our new inland/rainforest venue, not too far from Murwillumbah,
Northern New South Wales. Our isolation in the bosom of Mount Warning will insure another
intensive musical experience for folks at all levels of ability. Summersong is about loving
music, making music, delving into one’s own potential and creativity in a group of sharing,
caring, collaborative souls of all ages! It’s not at all about skill level; it’s more about
being in an environment where you can stretch and fly with a supportive safety net at the ready!
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
Festival of Small Halls Summer Tour 2017. We are delighted to once more partner with Mullum Music Festival and our own Woodford Folk Festival to tour Vance Gilbert (USA) and Liz Stringer (AUS) to twenty small halls across regional Queensland and northern New South Wales. INFORMATION & BOOKINGS
Ticket sales have now commenced online for the OzManouche Festival. here
THE EAST POINTERS
What We Leave Behind - New album out now.
JUNO-Award winning Canadian trio The East Pointers released their second album, What We Leave Behind on Friday 29 September, and have announced a battery of Australian dates that have them in every capital city and territory across the country.
Dazzling musicianship and wild live shows have connected The East Pointers
with audiences across the globe, making original roots music the hippest thing going.
Fiddler/singer Tim Chaisson, banjoist Koady Chaisson and guitarist Jake Charron write
about real life, sketching out its joys and sorrows in vivid strokes. That palpable
authenticity makes their instrumental tunes practically cartwheel and infuses their
lyric-driven songs with poignancy. Listening to The East Pointers' brilliant second
album What We Leave Behind - produced by superstar East Coast-bred songwriter/producer
Gordie Sampson - is akin to meeting up with an old friend - and then going out for
AUSTRALIAN 2017 TOUR DATES:
Miss EmiSunshine the 13-year-old East Tennessee prodigy has
captured the USA attention as a phenomenon with her indescribable, exceptional and
inexplicable talents. The young teen has already cemented her place as a career
artist. She has appeared on some of the most prestigious stages including the
“Today” show, The Grand Ole Opry (on more than a dozen occasions), at the
Ryman Auditorium, Stagecoach Festival and Merlefest. EmiSunshine has amassed
over 14 million views on YouTube, a half-million FaceBook followers and nearly
25,000 Instagram fans. Emi has received early applause from Billboard and Rolling Stone.
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 will have the first chance to get it!
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.
Tue 7 Nov - THE BUg - Brisbane Unplugged Gigs (with Zumpa), New Farm, QLD
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.
DANCE KALEIDOSCOPE CELEBRATES JANE AUSTEN’S LIFE
Invitations to dancing and supper.
Newmarket Hall at Newmarket Bowls Club, 212 Ashgrove Ave Ashgrove.
Adults $20, Concession $15, Child $10
$25 at the door on the night
For more information contact or phone mob 0403202298
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!
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 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.
Began on May the 25th. People can email me at for more info, or hit me up on Facebook. Full Size POSTER
SADIE & JAY RELEASE 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.
Guest artists include Suzanne Hibbs (percussion), Rebecca Wright (cello), Carmel Newman (fiddle), Matthew Moline (harmonica), Ian Dixon (squeeze box), Donald MacKay (bodhran), Uthal Plantener (washboard) and Michael Fix (guitars and magic!) The instruments read like a good pub session yet the 'Rogue' players wander into imaginative territories on this project. The poignant ‘Rogue Folk’ album artwork is an exquisite portrait by Brisbane artist Chris Hall.
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.
LITTLE WISE: 100 Degrees - New SingleLittle 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.
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:
RADIO VALE FAB FOLK AND BLUES
Exclusive special reports and interviews from our Antipodean
The next interview to go to air will feature Noel Gardner!
The Anne Infante interview begins at 1hr 1min in - simply jump to there. LISTEN 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
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... See him at the Calendar Oct 7 At the Bulimba Festival.
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
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.