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A new addition to this page is Meg Philp's
Storytelling in the Oral Tradition article.
MORETON CELTIC FIDDLE CLUB, at Mango Hill Community Hall and
Download the Neurum Creek Festival trad Songbook
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Happy Reading! Michael Bourne
For the Folk Rag
COMMUNITY FOLK DANCES IN SAMFORDOver the next few months we’re hosting a series of themed dances.
Our aim is to create a dance community with live music on the north side of Brisbane.
Dancers and musos welcome. Music on request. In a world where we can lack connection and common
purpose, dancing together can enrich our lives, build community, & speak to the needs of the present.
It’s more than just exercise – it’s what brings us together.
DARE TO BE DIFFERENT
Instead of joining the gym crowd, why not try Scottish Country Dancing. It’s FUN. You can laugh at yourself when you make a mistake. It’s CHALLENGING. You have to remember sequences, move in time to the music and co-ordinate your foot movements. In other words, you have to think on your feet. It’s good food for the brain. Your general FITNESS will improve. Age is no barrier. If you can walk, you can dance.
What you DON’T need is:
This is a low cost activity – under $10 a class. It’s definitely cheaper than buying cigarettes – and better for you healthwise. A course of 6 weeks will cost you $50.
For frugal Scots, that’s good value for trying out a new activity.
The first of the classes will be held at the Uniting Church Hall, Glory Street, Ashgrove West, starting on Thursday, 7 March at 6.30pm.
For further details, contact Heather Clarke 07-3289-4708 or Desley Butters-Whitehouse 0405-339-760.
Funding for these courses has been made possible through the Queensland
Branch of the Royal Scottish Country Dance Society
GONE MOLLY launches a new EP!
As many of you will know, 2018 was a big year for Gone Molly. With your generous help, we released our eponymous debut album, and were chuffed to be awarded with three Australian Celtic Music Awards. We welcomed the the ubertalented Lachlan Baldwin into the band, and played a special concert at Brisbane City Hall. (And ... Rebecca became a mum to a beautiful baby boy!)
We also couldn't wait to get back into the studio, though this time we approached it a little differently, recording the songs live. We invited special guest percussionist extraordinaire, Suzanne Hibbs to join us for some fun, and the result is a five-track EP - ‘Culloden’.
We have been celebrating its release in March at the following events:
1st-3rd March - Cobargo Folk Festival, NSW
Tues 26th March - The Bug, New Farm, Brisbane
Sat 30th March - Official EP Launch House Concert, Milton, Brisbane.
What awonderful evening it was! (ed)
Gone Molly will also be back at the Australian Celtic Festival and Australian Celtic Music Awards from 3rd-5th May.
We hope to celebrate somewhere with you!
For those who can't make it to the launch gigs, we'll let you know when the new EP is ready for purchase online, both as a CD and digitally.
You can also of course still buy our beautiful debut album by following this link: Bandcamp.com
Thanks again for all your support!
WATLING & BATES
A single release In The Dead Of Night – a tale from the mists of time.
Back in the 1850s, during the gold rush days of the Northern Rivers, an old man went missing on his way to Unumgar Station. He was the last of a series of travellers who disappeared on the mail route between Casino and Unumgar, a remote frontier cut through the wilderness of the Big Scrub. The mystery was compounded at the decade’s end, when the saddlebags and bones of those who went missing were discovered in caves near what is now known as Grevillia.
Songwriter Geoffrey Bates was not aware of this story one hundred and sixty years later, when ‘In The Dead Of Night’ revealed itself to him in his Unumgar home. The main character was an old man, terrified of malevolent shadow figures that no one else could see, nor would they believe. The song remained a stubborn mystery, with the writer throwing balls of paper in the bin and cursing the old man and his eyes for weeks. Resolution was reached upon the discovery of an 1860’s news article from the National Library of Australia. The article told of the discovery of the ‘Grevillia Bones’, reported by James Glennie, the original owner of Unumgar Station.
The Unumgar station homestead no longer stands, having been destroyed by time and termites. Its last vestiges are a small private graveyard and the old Unumgar Station dairy, which now shelters Watling & Bates’ modern-day automobiles.
The single ‘In The Dead Of Night’, taken from the Watling & Bates ‘Small Town Tales’ album, released to radio and digitally distributed by The A&R Department since 4th March.
Watling & Bates can be contacted through their website by or through their phone message bank on 02 6636 4342.
BRISBANE FOLK HISTORY PROJECT YOUTUBE CHANNEL
It's official: the Brisbane Folk History Project YouTube channel is LIVE!
All-singing, all-dancing, all-sessioning!
TO CELEBRATE AND LAUNCH THE YOUTUBE CHANNEL WE ARE HAVING A PARTY!
You're invited and so are all your mates.
Drinks at bowls club prices, free parking, easy public transport, lots of friendly faces. Definitely the place to be (especially if you need a hair of the dog after the National).
Where: Red Hill Community Sports Club, Fulcher Road Red Hill
When: Sunday 30th JUNE from 4:30pm to 7:00pm (doors open 4pm)
Cost: $20 full/$15 concession
Bring: loved ones, instruments, gold coins for finger food and hot bevvies
The YouTube channel currently hosts more than 70 videos including FolkRag Old and New Concerts, festival concerts, sessions, dances and other mayhem.
If you'd like a sneak peak, go to YouTube and search "Brisbane Folk History Project"
We look forward to seeing you on the night.
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LISA RICHARDS APPEARING AT THE JUNK BAR - in JULY
Sunday July 21st at 3.30 pm.
Lisa Richards is a Singer Songwriter originally from FNQ and after 22 years
in the USA in Austin and New York. In 2014 She brought her music home to Australia to our delight!
GOOD TUNES SESSION WEST END
7.30-9.30pm, Mondays fortnightly.
FOOD AND DRINK:
EARLY 2019: COMING GOOD TUNES SESSIONS:
7:30pm, Monday 25 February, The Burrow, West End, QLD
7:30pm, Monday 29 April, The Burrow, West End, QLD FREE
4pm, 5pm Saturday 5 May, The Planting Festival, Woodfordia $86 for Day Ticket, Facebook Event
3.30pm Sunday 6 May, The Planting Festival, Woodfordia $86 for Day Ticket Facebook Event
5.30pm Sunday 6 May, Bush Dance (open to all musicians), The Planting Festival, Woodfordia $86 for Day Ticket Facebook Event
7:30pm, Monday 13 May, The Burrow, West End, QLD FREE
7:30pm, Monday 27 May, The Burrow, West End, QLD FREE
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!
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.
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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 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
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
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. NEW VENUE in 2018: Anglican Church Hall,
cnr Killarney & Cork Streets, Yeronga
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.