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“And it’s you, and only you, who is lucky enough to be seated in this spot, in this place where you can see and hear all of this, though of course every other punter rests immersed in their own private perspective and their own version of the same colourful things. For this is the festival and this itself is Cobargo, as the crowd draws you on to the next main event”Elizabeth Walton reviews the Cobargo Folk Festival. Review here

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St Patrick’s Day Weekend

St Paddys

Sunday is St Patrick’s Day and that means this weekend is going to be full of trad and folk music goodness around the country. In our regular tradition for St Patrick’s Day here’s some of the amazing Irish music happening around the country this weekend

Friday 15th March
Blue Mountains Music Festival feat. Luka Bloom, Wallis Bird, Daoirí Farrell, More – Katoomba, NSW
Festival of Small Halls feat. The Once, John Flanagan – Orroroo Memorial Hall, Orroroo, SA
Friday Folk ‘n’ Irish feat. Shauna, Tony and Brother Eamonn – Brother’s Public House, Melbourne VIC
Get Folked Punk feat. Whiskey Dram, Billy Demos, Uku-Paley – Sydney Steel Rd Marrickville, Graffiti lane, Sydney, NSW
Heart of Ireland feat. Sásta – Majestic Cinemas, Nambour, QLD
John & Maggie Carty – The Gaelic Club, Sydney, NSW
St Patricks Day Warm Up – Gilroy’s, Sydney, NSW
St Patrick’s Day Weekend feat. Hairy Lemon – P.J. Gallagher’s Enfield, Sydney, NSW
St Patrick’s Day Weekend feat. Live Irish Music and Irish Dancers – The Fiddler, Rouse Hill, NSW
St Patrick’s Day Weekend feat. Rattlin Dog – The Criterion, Sydney, NSW
The Sydney Ramblers – The Tea Gardens, Sydney NSW

Saturday 16th March
Blue Mountains Music Festival feat. Luka Bloom, Wallis Bird, Daoirí Farrell, More – Katoomba, NSW
Bluegrass All Stars, Pat McKernan – Brother’s Public House, Melbourne, VIC
Cutthroat Folk Fest feat. The Bottlers, Topnovil, The Buffalo Grass Boys, Grizzlee Train, Handsome Young Strangers, Operation Ibis, Trashed Again, SemenandGarfuckel, Medusa’s Wake, The Sweet Jelly Rolls, Paddy McHugh, Whiskey Dram, The Lurkers, Black Rats, Swamp Gully Howlers, Ess-Em, Shelley’s Murder Boys- Factory Theatre, Sydney, NSW
Dunnstown St Patrick’s Day Festival – Dunnstown, VIC
Festival of Small Halls feat. The Once, John Flanagan – Beltana Assembly Hall, Beltana, WA
Fox ‘N’ Firkin w/ Billy Puntton, Jodie Flange, The Lost Cause, Wheat Paste – Vinnies Dive, Southport, QLD
Heart of Ireland feat. Sásta – The Star Gold Coast, Broadbeach, QLD
O’Leary & The MunsterBucks – Southport Sharks, Southport, QLD
Paddy’s Day Weekend at The Irish Club of WA feat. Open Music Session, Tommy O’Brien, Craic ‘n On – Irish Club Western Australia, Perth, WA
Paddy’s Day Weekend at The Wild Rover feat. Flying Seamen, Echo Dear – The Wild Rover, Sydney, NSW
St Patrick’s Day Weekend feat. Corked – The Criterion, Sydney, NSW
St Patrick’s Day Weekend feat. David Taylor – P.J. Gallagher’s Entertainment Quarter, Sydney, NSW
St Patrick’s Day Weekend feat. Fancy Dan – The Wanderer, Sydney, NSW
St Patrick’s Day Weekend feat. Live Irish Music and Irish Dancers – The Fiddler, Rouse Hill, NSW
The Gaelic Club Session feat. Aisling Vaughan, Angus Barbary – The Gaelic Club, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 17th March – The Gaelic Club, Sydney, NSW

St Patrick’s Day Weekend feat. Shannonside – P.J. Gallagher’s Enfield, Sydney, NSW
The Go Set – The Munster Arms Hotel, Ballarat, VIC
The Last Aurochs w/ Aisling Vaughan – The Gaelic Club, Sydney, NSW
Witches Leap – Hotel Blue, Katoomba, NSW

Sunday 17th March
Blue Mountains Music Festival feat. Luka Bloom, Wallis Bird, Daoirí Farrell, More – Katoomba, NSW
Dunnstown St Patrick’s Day Festival – Dunnstown, VIC
Festival of Small Halls feat. The Once, John Flanagan – Red Cliffs Civic Centre, Red Cliffs, VIC
Flying Seamen – The Riverview Hotel, Sydney, NSW
Flying Seamen – Jimmy’s Bar and Restaurant, Sydney, NSW
Fox ‘N’ Firkin w/ Blarney Stone, The Dangerous Folk – Lefty’s Old Time Music Hall, Brisbane, QLD
Frozen Water Trade – The Gaelic Club, Sydney, NSW
Great Aunt – Fat Goat, Upwey, VIC
Happy St Patrick’s Day feat. Boondockers, Old Melbourne Road, Shaun McKeegan -The Munster Arms Hotel, Ballarat, VIC
Heart of Ireland feat. Sásta – Kedron-Wavell Services Club Inc., Brisbane, QLD
Medusa’s Wake – Norton’s Irish Pub, Sydney, NSW
Paddy’s Day Weekend at The Irish Club of WA feat. Luna, Ciaran O’Sullivan, John Battista & Friends, Maggie’s Delight – Irish Club Western Australia, Perth, WA
Paddy’s Day Weekend at The Wild Rover feat. The Sweet Jelly Rolls, The Lurkers, John Maddox Duo – The Wild Rover, Sydney, NSW
Sean Roche – The National Hotel, Fremantle, WA
St Paddy’s Day at The Kinny feat. Shawn Lidster – The Kincumber Hotel, Kincumber, NSW
St Paddy’s Day Party Get Your Leprechaun On – Cauliflower Hotel, Sydney, NSW
St Patrick’s Celebrations feat. Cameron Mather, The Sydney Ramblers, Claddagh, Bacon & Cabbage, DJ Podgee – The Tea Gardens, Sydney, NSW
St Patrick’s Day 2019 feat. The Pikemen, Paddy Fitzgerald, Ewan Baker – The Last Jar, Melbourne, VIC
St. Patrick’s Day at Bondi – Hotel Bondi, Sydney, NSW
St Patrick’s Day at Irish – Irish Murphy’s, Hobart, TAS
St Patricks Day At The Grain Store feat. John & Maggie Carty, Miggeldy Higgins, Steel City Sue, J.J.King Irish Soul, Bill Wiseman – Grain Store, Newcastle, NSW
St Patrick’s Day At The Weeds – The 3 Weeds, Sydney, NSW
St Patrick’s Day Babylon feat. The Irish Wolfhounds – Babylon, Newcastle, NSW
St Patrick’s Day feat. Eric Mewburn – Bracken Ridge Tavern, Bracken Ridge, QLD
St Patrick’s Day feat. Exiles, Fir Croi, Cassidy’s Ceili – Canberra Irish Club, Canberra, ACT
St Patrick’s Day feat. Soul Jamz, Lenny Duff, Blackwater – Penrith Gaels Cultural and Sporting Association, Kingswood, NSW
St Patrick’s Day feat. Tongue & Mike Kerin Duo, The Sharkey Finns – Maloneys Hotel, Sydney, NSW
St Patrick’s Day Get Lucky at the Glenmore – The Glenmore, Sydney, NSW
St Patrick’s Day Weekend feat. Cath & Him, Rob Henry Duo – P.J. Gallagher’s Enfield, Sydney, NSW
St Patrick’s Day Weekend feat. Fancy Dan – The Wanderer, Sydney, NSW
St Patrick’s Day Weekend feat. Live Irish Music and Irish Dancers – The Fiddler, Rouse Hill, NSW
St Patrick’s Day Weekend feat. Uncorked, Paddy’s Craic – The Criterion, Sydney, NSW
Sydney St Patrick’s Day in The Rocks feat. DJ Podgee, Strawberries and Cabbage, Blackwater, Medusa’s Wake, The Chris Harper Experience, The Bottlers – The Rocks, Sydney, NSW
The Bottlers – Frankie’s Pizza, Sydney, NSW
The Gaelic Club Session feat. Aisling Vaughan, Angus Barbary – The Gaelic Club, Sydney, NSW
The River Folk Festival St Patrick’s Day Irish Session – The River Folk Festival, Warburton, VIC
The Sunday Patty’s Day Shindig feat. Jasper Lay, Wolf Stone – Cobargo Hotel, Cobargo, NSW
Whiskey Dram – Botany View Hotel, Sydney, NSW

Gigs Next Week

19-Twenty
Friday 15th to Sunday 17th March – Blue Mountains Music Festival, Katoomba, NSW

Afenginn
Friday 15th to Sunday 17th March – Blue Mountains Music Festival, Katoomba, NSW

Aleyce Simmonds
Thursday 14th to Sunday 17th March – CMC Rocks, Ipswich, QLD

Alice Skye
Sunday 17th March – Music for the Mob, Shore Reserve, Coburg, VIC

Allan Caswell
Friday 15th to Sunday 17th March – Blue Mountains Music Festival, Katoomba, NSW

Archer
Friday 15th March – Torbay Hall, Torbay, WA
Saturday 16th March – Great Southern Playback Theatre Company, Denmark, WA

Archie Roach
Friday 22nd March – The Memo, Healesville, VIC

Backsliders
Saturday 16th March – Forth Valley Blues Festival, Forth, TAS
Sunday 17th March – Republic Bar & Cafe, Hobart, TAS

Bex Marshall
Friday 15th March – Club Sapphire, Canberra, ACT
Saturday 16th March – Quarterdeck, Narooma, NSW

Blue Mountains Music Festival
Friday 15th to Sunday 17th March – Katoomba, NSW

Bluegrass All Stars, Pat McKernan
Saturday 16th March – Brother’s Public House, Melbourne, VIC

Bluegrass @ Yulli’s feat. Stillhouse Union, Dr Coocachoo
Wednesday 20th March – Yulli’s, Sydney, NSW

Bluegrass, Old Timey and Acoustic Music Campout Weekend
Friday 22nd to Sunday 24th March – Fat Wombat Farm, Yetholme, NSW

Bob Evans w/ Caitlin Harnett
Friday 15th March – 48 Watt St, Newcastle, NSW
Saturday 16th March – Heritage Hotel, Bulli, NSW

Bonnie Kay and the Bonafides
Friday 15th March – Club Sapphire, Canberra, ACT
Saturday 16th March – Quarterdeck, Narooma, NSW

Brad Butcher
Saturday 16th March – The Loaded Dog, Tarago, NSW

Brunswick Music Festival
Sunday 3rd to Sunday 17th March – Melbourne, VIC

Busby Marou
Friday 15th March – The Triffid, Brisbane, QLD
Saturday 16th March – Kingscliff Beach Hotel, Kingscliff, NSW

Caitlin Harnett
Friday 15th March – 48 Watt St, Newcastle, NSW
Saturday 16th March – Heritage Hotel, Bulli, NSW

Carl the Bartender
Thursday 21st March – Golden Barley, Sydney, NSW

Cat and Clint
Friday 22nd to Sunday 24th March – Yackandandah Folk Festival, Yackandandah, VIC

Celtic Piping Concert
Friday 22nd March – St Andrews Anglican Church, Evandale, TAS

Charlie Collins
Friday 22nd March – The Lansdowne, Sydney, NSW

Charlie Gradon
Thursday 21st March – Kings Cross Hotel, Sydney, NSW

Charm of Finches
Friday 15th to Sunday 17th March – The River Folk Festival, Warburton, VIC

Chloe & Jason Roweth
Friday 15th to Sunday 17th March – Blue Mountains Music Festival, Katoomba, NSW

Claire Anne Taylor
Friday 15th March – Copping Hall, Hobart, TAS
Saturday 16th March – Saint John Craft Beer, Launceston, TAS
Sunday 17th March – Two Oaks, Somerset, TAS
Friday 22nd to Sunday 24th March – Yackandandah Folk Festival, Yackandandah, VIC

CMC Rocks
Thursday 14th to Sunday 17th March – Ipswich, QLD

Concert for Kate – A Benefit for Kate Stewart feat. Sally Seltmann, Peter Fenton, Smudge, Bernard Fanning, Phil Jamieson, Paul Dempsey, You Am I
Friday 15th March – Enmore Theatre, Sydney, NSW

Copperline
Friday 15th to Sunday 17th March – Blue Mountains Folk Festival, Katoomba, NSW

Corey Legge
Friday 15th March – Tumut River Brewing Co., Tumut, NSW
Saturday 16th March – The Catfish, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 21st March – The Stag & Hunter Hotel, Newcastle, NSW
Friday 22nd March – Ryan’s Hotel, Thirroul, NSW

Dana Sipos
Friday 15th to Sunday 17th March – The River Folk Festival, Warburton, VIC
Friday 22nd to Sunday 24th March – Yackandandah Folk Festival, Yackandandah, VIC

Daoirí Farrell Trio
Friday 15th to Sunday 17th March – Blue Mountains Music Festival, Katoomba, NSW

Dunnstown St Patrick’s Day Festival
Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th March – Dunnstown, VIC

DuOuD
Saturday 16th March – Corner Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

Ess-Em
Saturday 16th March – Cutthroat Folk Fest, Factory Theatre, Sydney, NSW

Festival of Small Halls feat. The Once, John Flanagan
Friday 15th March – Orroroo Memorial Hall, Orroroo, SA
Saturday 16th March – Beltana Assembly Hall, Beltana, WA
Sunday 17th March – Red Cliffs Civic Centre, Red Cliffs, VIC
Wednesday 20th March – Goroke and District Memorial Hall, Goroke, VIC
Thursday 21st March – Pomonal Community Hall, Pomonal, VIC
Friday 22nd March – Mechanics Institute Hall, Murtoa, VIC

Figgy Folk Session
Monday 18th March – Figtree Hotel, Figtree, NSW

Flying Seamen
Saturday 16th March – The Wild Rover, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 17th March – The Riverview Hotel, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 17th March – Jimmy’s Bar and Restaurant, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 21st March – The Coach and Horse Hotel, Sydney, NSW

FolkSwagon feat. Liam Gale & The Ponytails, A Star Pilot From Saturn, Lady Lyon
Wednesday 20th March – Cafe Lounge, Sydney, NSW

Forth Valley Blues Festival
Friday 15th and Saturday 16th March – Recreation Ground, Forth, TAS

Fox ‘N’ Firkin
Saturday 16th March – Vinnies Dive, Southport, QLD
Sunday 17th March – Lefty’s Old Time Music Hall, Brisbane, QLD

Fred Smith
Friday 22nd to Sunday 24th March – Yackandandah Folk Festival, Yackandandah, VIC

Friday Folk ‘n’ Irish feat. Shauna, Tony and Brother Eamonn
Friday 15th March – Brother’s Public House, Melbourne VIC

Front Country
Friday 15th to Sunday 17th March – Blue Mountains Music Festival, Katoomba, NSW
Monday 18th March – Petersham Bowling Club, Sydney, NSW

Frozen Water Trade
Sunday 17th March – The Gaelic Club, Sydney, NSW

Georgia State Line
Friday 15th March – The Gem, Melbourne, VIC

Get Folked Punk feat. Whiskey Dram, Billy Demos, Uku-Paley
Friday 15th March – Sydney Steel Rd Marrickville, Graffiti lane, Sydney, NSW

Glenmaggie Blues & Roots Festival
Saturday 16th March – Glenmaggie Mechanics Institute, Glenmaggie, VIC

Great Aunt
Sunday 17th March – Fat Goat, Upwey, VIC
Friday 22nd March – Open Studio, Melbourne, VIC

Green Mohair Suits
Thursday 21st March – Django at Camelot, Sydney, NSW

Gregory Alan Isakov
Friday 15th March – Jive, Adelaide, SA
Saturday 16th March – Factory Theatre, Sydney, NSW

Gretta Ziller
Friday 15th March – Twin Towns Clubs & Resorts, Tweed Heads, QLD
Sunday 16th March – Hamilton Hotel, Hamilton, QLD
Sunday 17th March – Tewantin Noosa RSL, Tewantin, QLD

Grizzlee Train
Saturday 16th March – Cutthroat Folk Fest, Factory Theatre, Sydney, NSW

Hat Fitz and Cara
Friday 15th March – Four5Nine, North Perth, WA
Saturday 16th March – The Nukara Music Festival, Geraldton, WA

Handsome Young Strangers
Saturday 16th March – Cutthroat Folk Fest, Factory Theatre, Sydney, NSW

Heart of Ireland feat. Sásta
Friday 15th March – Majestic Cinemas, Nambour, QLD
Saturday 16th March – The Star Gold Coast, Broadbeach, QLD
Sunday 17th March – Kedron-Wavell Services Club Inc., Brisbane, QLD

High Lonesome
Saturday 16th March – The Spare Room, Sawtell, NSW

Hollie Col
Friday 15th March – House Concert, Sawtell, NSW
Saturday 16th March – Headland Cafe, Valla Beach, NSW
Sunday 17th March – The Cambridge Hotel, Newcastle, NSW

Honey
Saturday 16th March – Figtree Food Company, Mudgee, NSW

Honky Tonkin’ feat. James Ellis and the Jealous Guys, King Arthur
Thursday 21st March – The Rook’s Return, Melbourne, VIC

Hussy Hicks
Wednesday 20th March – Soundlounge, Gold Coast, QLD

Imogen Clark
Thursday 14th to Sunday 17th March – CMC Rocks, Ipswich, QLD

Innocent Eve
Friday 15th March – House Concert, Gympie, QLD
Sunday 17th March – Bearded Dragon Hotel, Tamborine, QLD

Introducing Nashville feat. Brandy Clark, Devin Dawson, Lindsay Ell, Tenille Townes
Monday 18th March – Lismore City Hall, Lismore, NSW
Tuesday 19th March – The Old Museum, Brisbane, QLD
Thursday 21st March – The Factory Theatre, Sydney, NSW
Friday 22nd March – The Abbey, Canberra, NSW

J Mascis
Friday 15th March – Howler, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 16th March – Theatre Royal, Castlemaine, VIC

Jamie Hutchings & Darren Cross
Friday 15th March – Dusty Attic Music Lounge, Lismore, NSW
Saturday 16th March – Tapp Bar, Port Macquarie, NSW
Sunday 17th March – Flow Bar, Old Bar, NSW

Jane Aubourg
Wednesday 20th March – Rad, Wollongong, NSW

Jim Lauderdale
Thursday 14th to Sunday 17th March – CMC Rocks, Ipswich, QLD

Jo Jo Smith, Lucie Thorne, Claire Anne Taylor
Friday 15th March – Copping Hall, Hobart, TAS
Saturday 16th March – Saint John Craft Beer, Launceston, TAS
Sunday 17th March – Two Oaks, Somerset, TAS

John & Maggie Carty
Friday 15th March – The Gaelic Club, Sydney, NSW

John Flanagan
Friday 15th March – Orroroo Memorial Hall, Orroroo, SA
Saturday 16th March – Beltana Assembly Hall, Beltana, WA
Sunday 17th March – Red Cliffs Civic Centre, Red Cliffs, VIC
Wednesday 20th March – Goroke and District Memorial Hall, Goroke, VIC
Thursday 21st March – Pomonal Community Hall, Pomonal, VIC
Friday 22nd March – Mechanics Institute Hall, Murtoa, VIC

Julia Jacklin
Friday 15th March – Metro Theatre, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 16th March – Cambridge Hotel, Newcastle, NSW
Thursday 21st February – Perth Festival, Perth, WA

Kasey Chambers
Thursday 14th to Sunday 17th March – CMC Rocks, Ipswich, QLD

Katie Noonans’ Elixer and Michael Leunig
Friday 15th March – Newcastle Civic Theatre, Newcastle, NSW
Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th March – Blue Mountains Music Festival, Katoomba, NSW
Friday 22nd March – Melbourne Recital Centre, Melbourne, VIC

Kim Churchill
Friday 15th March – Forth Valley Blues Festival, Forth, TAS

Les Chauffeurs á Pieds
Friday 15th to Sunday 17th March – Blue Mountains Music Festival, Katoomba, NSW

Little Wonders
Saturday 16th March – Cooee Arthouse, Aldinga, SA
Sunday 17th March – Cooee Arthouse, Aldinga, SA

Luka Bloom
Friday 15th to Sunday 17th March – Blue Mountains Music Festival, Katoomba, NSW
Wednesday 20th March – Factory Theatre, Sydney, NSW
Friday 22nd March – Milton Theatre, Milton, NSW

Luke Combs
Tuesday 19th March – Enmore Theatre, Sydney, NSW
Wednesday 20th March – Enmore Theatre, Sydney, NSW

Mandy Connell
Friday 15th to Sunday 17th March – The River Folk Festival, Warburton, VIC
Thursday 21st March – Royal Oak Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

Mark Wilkinson
Friday 15th March – Lifeway Christian Church, Lara, VIC
Saturday 16th March – The Spotted Mallard, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 22nd March – Lizotte’s, Newcastle, NSW

Martha Marlow
Friday 15th March – Bondi Pavilion, Sydney, NSW

Matt Corby
Thursday 21st March – Great Western Hotel, Rockhampton, QLD
Friday 22nd March – Entertainment and Convention Centre, Townsville, QLD

Medusa’s Wake
Saturday 16th March – Cutthroat Folk Fest, Factory Theatre, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 17th March – Sydney St Patrick’s Day in The Rocks, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 17th March – Norton’s Irish Pub, Sydney, NSW

Mélisande (électrotrad)
Friday 15th to Sunday 17th March – Blue Mountains Music Festival, Katoomba, NSW

Merpire
Friday 15th March – Brunswick Library, Melbourne, VIC

Mick Thomas and The Roving Commission
Friday 15th March – Garden of Unearthly Delights, Adelaide, SA
Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th March – Blue Mountains Folk Festival, Katoomba, NSW
Thursday 21st March – Smiths Alternative, Canberra, ACT
Friday 22nd March – Paddington RSL, Sydney, NSW

Mojo Juju
Friday 22nd March – Spiegeltent, Hobart, TAS

Montgomery Church
Friday 15th to Saturday 17th March – The Great Alpine Pick, Beechworth, VIC
Friday 22nd to Sunday 24th March – Yackandandah Folk Festival, Yackandandah, VIC

Moulettes
Friday 15th to Sunday 17th March – Blue Mountains Music Festival, Katoomba, NSW

Mr Alford
Friday 22nd March – Macedon Railway Hotel, Macedon, VIC

Nathan Power
Friday 15th March – Blue Bean Love Restaurant, Hepburn Springs, VIC
Friday 22nd to Sunday 24th March – Yackandandah Folk Festival, Yackandandah, VIC

Neil Murray
Friday 15th March – The Courthouse Hotel, Mullumbimby, NSW
Sunday 17th March – Tintenbar Up Front, Tintebar, NSW

Neko Case
Friday 15th to Sunday 17th March – Blue Mountains Music Festival, Katoomba, NSW

Nicky Bomba
Friday 22nd to Sunday 24th March – Yackandandah Folk Festival, Yackandandah, VIC

Nigel Wearne
Friday 15th March – House Concert, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 21st March – Caravan Music Club, Bentleigh East, VIC

O’Leary & The MunsterBucks
Saturday 16th March – Southport Sharks, Southport, QLD

Old Time Jamboree feat. The Dreamlanders, Good Gosh, Black Horses
Friday 15th March – Austrian Australian Club, Canberra, ACT

Paddy’s Day Weekend at The Irish Club of WA feat. Open Music Session, Tommy O’Brien, Craic ‘n On
Saturday 16th March – Irish Club Western Australia, Perth, WA

Paddy’s Day Weekend at The Irish Club of WA feat. Luna, Ciaran O’Sullivan, John Battista & Friends, Maggie’s Delight
Sunday 17th March – Irish Club Western Australia, Perth, WA

Paddy’s Day Weekend at The Wild Rover feat. Flying Seamen, Echo Dear
Saturday 16th March – The Wild Rover, Sydney, NSW

Paddy’s Day Weekend at The Wild Rover feat. The Sweet Jelly Rolls, The Lurkers, John Maddox Duo
Sunday 17th March – The Wild Rover, Sydney, NSW

Paddy McHugh
Saturday 16th March – Cutthroat Folk Fest, Factory Theatre, Sydney, NSW

Paul Andrew Carey
Friday 15th March – Swamplands Bar, Melbourne, VIC

Perch Creek
Friday 15th to Sunday 17th March – Blue Mountains Music Festival, Katoomba, NSW

Pierce Brothers
Friday 15th March – The Barwon Club Hotel, Geelong, VIC
Saturday 16th March – Forth Valley Blues Festival, Forth, TAS
Thursday 21st March – UOW UniBar, Wollongong, NSW
Friday 22nd March – Kambri at ANU, Canberra, ACT

Polska Travels Folk Music Workshop feat. Krishna Nagaraja
Friday 15th March – Castlemaine Anglican Church, Castlemaine, VIC

Ralph McTell
Friday 15th to Sunday 17th March – Blue Mountains Folk Festival, Katoomba, NSW

Red Tail Ring
Friday 15th March – House Concert, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 15th to Sunday 17th March – The River Folk Festival, Warburton, VIC
Sunday 17th March – Blue Tongue Berries, Seymour, VIC
Wednesday 20th March – Woodfolk House Concert Series, Woodford, VIC
Thursday 21st March – Caravan Music Club, Bentleigh East, VIC
Friday 22nd to Sunday 24th March – Yackandandah Folk Festival, Yackandandah, VIC

Resonant Rogues
Friday 15th March – Tanswell’s, Beechworth, VIC
Saturday 16th March – Ballarat Trades Hall, Ballarat, VIC
Sunday 17th March – Garden Concert, Bendigo, VIC
Thursday 21st March – The Garage 117 Cafe, Phillip Island, VIC
Friday 22nd March – Westernport Yacht Club, Balnarring, VIC

Richard Perso
Saturday 16th March- The Old Canberra Inn, Canberra, ACT
Sunday 17th March – Contentious Character Vineyard, Wamboin, NSW

Robyn Hitchcock
Friday 15th March – MONA, Hobart, TAS

Rory McLeod
Friday 15th to Sunday 17th March – Blue Mountains Music Festival, Katoomba, NSW
Wednesday 20th March – House Concert, Culburra Beach, NSW
Friday 22nd March – Railway Hotel, Darwin, NT

Saoirse
Friday 22nd to Sunday 24th March – Yackandandah Folk Festival, Yackandandah, VIC

Sara Storer
Friday 15th March – Halekulani Bowling Club, Budgewoi, NSW
Saturday 16th March – Hornsby RSL Club, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 17th March – Lizottes, Newcastle, NSW
Friday 22nd March – Noojee Hotel, Noojee, VIC

Sarah Humphreys, Kristen Lee Morris, Loren Kate
Friday 15th March – Cooee Arthouse, Aldinga, SA

Scott Cook and The She’ll Be Rights
Friday 15th to Sunday 17th March – The River Folk Festival, Warburton, VIC
Thursday 21st March – House Concert, Apollo Bay, VIC
Friday 22nd March – The Main Bar, Ballarat, VIC

Sea Shanty Session
Wednesday 20th March – The Brother’s Public House, Melbourne, VIC

Sean Roche
Sunday 17th March – The National Hotel, Fremantle, WA

She Shanties
Monday 18th March – The Dock, Sydney, NSW

Shelley’s Murder Boys
Saturday 16th March – Cutthroat Folk Fest, Factory Theatre, Sydney, NSW

Skyscraper Stan
Friday 15th March – Major Tom’s, Kyneton, VIC
Saturday 16th March – The Eastern, Ballarat, VIC

Smith & Jones
Saturday 16th March – Under Western Skies Festival, Dubbo, NSW
Sunday 17th March – Django@Camelot, Sydney, NSW
Friday 22nd March – Open Studio, Melbourne, VIC

St Joan
Friday 15th March – The Newsagency, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 16th March – Rad, Wollongong, NSW

St Paddy’s Day at The Kinny feat. Shawn Lidster
Sunday 17th – The Kincumber Hotel, Kincumber, NSW

St Paddy’s Day Party – Get Your Leprechaun On
Sunday 17th March – Cauliflower Hotel, Sydney, NSW

St Patrick’s Celebrations feat. Cameron Mather, The Sydney Ramblers, Claddagh, Bacon & Cabbage, DJ Podgee
Sunday 17th March – The Tea Gardens, Sydney, NSW

St Patrick’s Day at Bondi
Sunday 17th March – Hotel Bondi, Sydney, NSW

St Patrick’s Day at Irish
Sunday 17th March – Irish Murphy’s, Hobart, TAS

St Patrick’s Day At The Grain Store feat. John & Maggie Carty, Miggeldy Higgins, Steel City Sue, J.J.King Irish Soul, Bill Wiseman
Sunday 17th March – Grain Store, Newcastle, NSW

St Patrick’s Day At The Weeds
Sunday 17th March – The 3 Weeds, Sydney, NSW

St Patrick’s Day Babylon feat. The Irish Wolfhounds
Sunday 17th March – Babylon, Newcastle, NSW

St Patrick’s Day feat. Eric Mewburn
Sunday 17th March – Bracken Ridge Tavern, Bracken Ridge, QLD

St Patrick’s Day feat. Exiles, Fir Croi, Cassidy’s Ceili
Sunday 17th March – Canberra Irish Club, Canberra, ACT

St Patrick’s Day feat. Soul Jamz, Lenny Duff, Blackwater
Sunday 17th March – Penrith Gaels Cultural and Sporting Association, Kingswood, NSW

St Patrick’s Day feat. Tongue & Mike Kerin Duo, The Sharkey Finns
Sunday 17th March – Maloneys Hotel, Sydney, NSW

St Patrick’s Day Get Lucky at the Glenmore
Sunday 17th March – The Glenmore, Sydney, NSW

St Patrick’s Day Weekend feat. Cath & Him, Rob Henry Duo
Sunday 17th March – P.J. Gallagher’s Enfield, Sydney, NSW

St Patrick’s Day Weekend feat. Corked
Saturday 16th March – The Criterion, Sydney, NSW

St Patrick’s Day Weekend feat. David Taylor
Saturday 16th March – P.J. Gallagher’s Entertainment Quarter, Sydney, NSW

St Patrick’s Day Weekend feat. Fancy Dan
Saturday 16th March – The Wanderer, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 17th March – The Wanderer, Sydney, NSW

St Patrick’s Day Weekend feat. Hairy Lemon
Friday 15th March – P.J. Gallagher’s Enfield, Sydney, NSW

St Patrick’s Day Weekend feat. Live Irish Music and Irish Dancers
Friday 15th March – The Fiddler, Rouse Hill, NSW
Saturday 16th March – The Fiddler, Rouse Hill, NSW
Sunday 17th March – The Fiddler, Rouse Hill, NSW

St Patrick’s Day Weekend feat. Rattlin’ Dog
Friday 15th March – The Criterion, Sydney, NSW

St Patrick’s Day Weekend feat. Shannonside
Saturday 16th March – P.J. Gallagher’s Enfield, Sydney, NSW

St Patrick’s Day Weekend feat. Uncorked, Paddy’s Craic
Sunday 17th – The Criterion, Sydney, NSW

Stiff Gins
Friday 15th to Sunday 17th March – Blue Mountains Music Festival, Katoomba, NSW

Stillhouse Union
Sunday 17th March – Gasoline Pony, Sydney, NSW
Wednesday 20th March – Bluegrass at Yulli’s, Sydney, NSW

SummerSalt feat. Xavier Rudd, Yothu Yindi & The Treaty Project
Saturday 16th March – Leura Park Estate, Geelong, VIC

Sydney St Patrick’s Day in The Rocks feat. DJ Podgee, Strawberries and Cabbage, Blackwater, Medusa’s Wake, The Chris Harper Experience, The Bottlers
Sunday 17th March – The Rocks, Sydney, NSW

Tally Ho & 10-to-Go’s
Friday 15th March – Carrington Place, Katoomba, NSW

Tesse and Georgia Mulligan w/ Ainsley Farrell
Thursday 21st March – Golden Age Cinema, Sydney, NSW

The Black Sorrows
Sunday 17th March – By The C at Leura Park Estate, Geelong, VIC
Sunday 17th March – John Power Memorial Concert at Memo Music Hall, St Kilda, VIC
Friday 22nd March – The Star Hotel, Gundagai, NSW

The Bottlers
Saturday 16th March – Cutthroat Folk Fest, Factory Theatre, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 17th March – Sydney St Patrick’s Day in The Rocks, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 17th March – Frankie’s Pizza, Sydney, NSW

The Buffalo Grass Boys
Saturday 16th March – Cutthroat Folk Fest, Factory Theatre, Sydney, NSW

The Courtyard Sessions feat. Tyne-James Organ, Abigail Wighton
Friday 15th March – Seymour Centre, Sydney, NSW

The Emerald Ruby
Friday 15th March – Open Studio, Melbourne, VIC
Sunday 17th March – 303, Melbourne, VIC

The Gaelic Club Session feat. Aisling Vaughan, Angus Barbary
Saturday 16th March – The Gaelic Club, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 17th March – The Gaelic Club, Sydney, NSW

The Go Set
Saturday 16th March – The Munster Arms Hotel, Ballarat, VIC
Friday 22nd to Sunday 24th March – Yackandandah Folk Festival, Yackandandah, VIC

The Great Alpine Pick
Friday 15th to Saturday 17th March – The Old Priory, Beechworth, VIC

The Grubby Urchins
Sunday 17th March – Bar 303, Melbourne, VIC
Wednesday 20th March – The Brothers Public House, Melbourne, VIC

The Hillbilly Goats
Sunday 17th March – CSi Club Southport, Gold Coast, QLD

The Last Aurochs w/ Aisling Vaughan
Saturday 16th March – The Gaelic Club, Sydney, NSW

The Lurkers
Saturday 16th March – Cutthroat Folk Fest, Factory Theatre, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 17th March – The Wild Rover, Sydney, NSW

The Maes
Friday 15th to Sunday 17th March – Blue Mountains Music Festival, Katoomba, NSW
Friday 22nd to Sunday 24th March – Yackandandah Folk Festival, Yackandandah, VIC

The New Graces
Friday 15th March – Candelo Town Hall, Candelo, NSW
Saturday 16th March – Smith’s Alternative, Canberra, ACT

The Northern Folk
Friday 15th to Sunday 17th March – Blue Mountains Music Festival, Katoomba, NSW

The Once
Friday 15th March – Orroroo Memorial Hall, Orroroo, SA
Saturday 16th March – Beltana Assembly Hall, Beltana, WA
Sunday 17th March – Red Cliffs Civic Centre, Red Cliffs, VIC
Wednesday 20th March – Goroke and District Memorial Hall, Goroke, VIC
Thursday 21st March – Pomonal Community Hall, Pomonal, VIC
Friday 22nd March – Mechanics Institute Hall, Murtoa, VIC

The Paper Kites w/ Timberwolf
Friday 15th March – Miami Marketta, Miami, QLD
Saturday 16th March – The Triffid, Brisbane, QLD

The Pigs
Friday 22nd March – Penrose Hall, Penrose, NSW

The Porch Sessions feat. The Ruiins, Greta Stanley, Banjo Jackson
Sunday 17th March – House Concert, Kingston Park, SA

The Rio Gypsy Swing Sessions
Wednesday 20th March – The Rio Bar, Sydney, NSW

The River Folk Festival
Friday 15th to Sunday 17th March – Warburton, VIC

The Royal High Jinx
Sunday 17th March – Whittlesea Community Festival, Whittlesea, VIC
Friday 22nd to Sunday 24th March – Yackandandah Folk Festival, Yackandandah, VIC

The Settlement
Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th March – Dunnstown St Patrick’s Day Festival, Dunnstown, VIC
Friday 22nd to Sunday 24th March – Yackandandah Folk Festival, Yackandandah, VIC

The Sunday Patty’s Day Shindig feat. Jasper Lay, Wolf Stone
Sunday 17th March – Cobargo Hotel, Cobargo, NSW

The Sydney Ramblers
Friday 15th March – The Tea Gardens, Sydney NSW
Sunday 17th March – The Tea Gardens, Sydney NSW

The Sweet Jelly Rolls
Saturday 16th March – Cutthroat Folk Fest, Factory Theatre, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 17th March – The Wild Rover, Sydney, NSW

The Water Runners
Saturday 16th March – Tathra Hotel, Tathra, NSW
Sunday 17th March – Tathra Hotel, Tathra, NSW

This Way North
Friday 15th March – Halls Gap Hotel, Halls Gap, VIC
Saturday 16th March – Glenmaggie Blues & Roots Festival, Glenmaggie, VIC

The Woohoo Revue
Friday 15th March – The B.East, Melbourne, VIC

Timberwolf
Friday 15th March – Miami Marketta, Miami, QLD
Saturday 16th March – The Triffid, Brisbane, QLD

Tomato/Tomato
Friday 15th to Sunday 17th March – Blue Mountains Music Festival, Katoomba, NSW
Wednesday 20th March – Soundlounge, Gold Coast, QLD
Thursday 21st March – Django at Camelot, Sydney, NSW

Tori Forsyth
Friday 22nd March – The Junkyard, Maitland, NSW

Twilight On The Trail w/ Smith & Jones
Sunday 17th March – Django@Camelot, Sydney, NSW

Ukulele Death Squad
Saturday 16th March – The Regal Theatre, Adelaide, SA
Saturday 16th March – The Regal Theatre, Adelaide, SA

Wallis Bird
Friday 15th to Sunday 17th March – Blue Mountains Music Festival, Katoomba, NSW
Wednesday 20th March – The Old Museum, Brisbane, QLD
Thursday 21st March – The Factory Floor, Sydney, NSW

Whiskey Dram
Friday 15th March – Get Folked Punk, Sydney Steel Rd Marrickville, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 16th March – Cutthroat Folk Fest, Factory Theatre, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 17th March – Botany View Hotel, Sydney, NSW

William Crighton
Friday 15th to Sunday 17th March – Blue Mountains Music Festival, Katoomba, NSW

Witches Leap
Saturday 16th March – Hotel Blue, Katoomba, NSW

Yackandandah Folk Festival
Friday 22nd to Sunday 24th March – Yackandandah, VIC

Z-Star
Friday 15th to Sunday 17th March – Blue Mountains Music Festival, Katoomba, NSW
Friday 22nd to Sunday 24th March – Yackandandah Folk Festival, Yackandandah, VIC

Friday Folk Flashback

“Jolene” – Ray LaMontagne

I Go, You Go, We All Go to Cobargo

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Cobargo Folk Festival is set in a sleepy farming town that kind of feels like it’s a million miles from care. But if you’d rather that in metric terms, it’s at least a kilometre away from Sydney for every two people that call this tiny town their home, deep down in the south, edging close to the New South Wales – Victorian border.

The festival is held in the town’s rural Showgrounds, somewhere over the hill but not that far away. In fact it’s pretty close to where the colonial settlers planted themselves down in Yuin country back in 1829, and began to clear the heavily timbered hills for their dairy farms, shipping fresh creamy butter all the way up the coast to old Sydney town, to satiate the hungry colony.

It’s still largely dairy country today. The little round hillsides form a corral around a strip of hand cut timber houses. They frame the main road as it leads through a town that gets plugged with backyard fruit in lemon season. There’s even a timber bridge over Narira creek, though the creek doesn’t always flow.

As a music venue, it’s close enough to Bermagui to go for a dip between acts, yet it’s nestled in the hinterland, away from the strong sea breeze that cuts through the noon tide air. The festival vibe stamps that ‘far away land’ kind of magic feel on the ticket as you walk through the tunnel of ferns and fronds that make a romantic bower over the entry gates.

Like so many of Australia’s favourite folk events, Cobargo holds its own in the highly contested festival scene. This is Djirringanj country, where the people of the Yuin Tribal Nation commemorate the late Auntie Eileen Morgan with a welcome that features Djaadjawan Dancers, Robbie Bundle and the Stiff Gins.

The Stiff Gins are introduced by Sean Burke of Akolele on Wallaga Lake, a coastal hamlet that rests in the shadow of Mount Gulaga. Sacred Gulaga is the mother of the Yuin tribes, which was appropriated to the white-man name of Mount Dromedary for a century or more, before its cultural re-emergence.

Emma Donovan and Nadi Simpson of The Stiff Gins got their start at Redfern Music College in 1997. Their first release got them banned from radio because of just one word, they say, retelling their yarn with giggles until they are caroused into an impromptu rendition to show how that single word can sometimes bring you down. “Gather your things and walk out the door, I don’t want to see you f’n face any more”, the song goes. “We were young”, they giggle. “Very young,” they say.

These days they sing more about meditating and and less about sex. They sing songs about their kids as life grows in and around them, like 10 billion stars being called down from the ancient skies on the same day, for the same night, for an experience they made right here, in this place. Their voices are as clear as the flowing streams they are singing about, as they make their way through old inland towns, a long, long way from home. Their vocal lines will drench you as they call you in, and everything that is beautiful in this world will drift off the mother’s voice. Their spirit caresses the heart like a salt water wind returning to its place and breathing on your soul. Their tales follow their journey back to the heritage Australia forgot in its race to obliterate the most beautiful sapphires of our indigenous cultures and lands. They take the audience across the border of contemporary life and onto a traditional road, in yarns that span the continent and their spiritual home, the home whitefellas were in such a rush to cast off, like unaccounted bails of wool falling off the back of a road train, forgotten in a ditch somewhere along the way.

The big superband-style sound of On The Stoop is a real show stopper. In their accordion infused vaudevillian style they sing of how funny life is, and that in most instances, you should just get over yourself, and get on with being ‘you’, especially when it comes to taking a laugh at religion. Where the Stiff Gins got themselves banned from radio with one foul word, On The Stoop got themselves banned from playing in churches with their tune ‘Temples and Boardrooms’, with their funky, light ska riffs and punchy bass lines.

With silver threaded side burns lining his jaw, lead singer Joe Manton sings of the subtle hand of virtue, painting portraits that slip and slide around his lament for our times, as many of the musicians do, speaking out about the injustices of exchanging blood for oil in a world that screams “just give me the cash”. The smooth lines deliver heart felt lyrics, overlaid with thick schmaltzy harmonies that ebb and flow through the tight horns, crafted by a young red head chick, and a smooth hitter smacking it out up on the Gretsch kit as Manton makes one liners about one trick ponies.

Meanwhile bunions burst from thongs, and bare feet tap the grass – or what’s left of it after the sets are made, and the show goes on, with all its razzmatazz and bobby socks, the blonde bleached dreads, and the band’s response to the call from the audience to get more intense, with a little hint of Jaco bass, the crunchy leads, and all the sexy hooks thrown in.

To the cerise haired ladies and rather large men, the spiky mohawk-hair and the long lace shifts; the rusted out HiAce with no door handles parked under the bull ride sponsor sign, the little kids sitting hatless in the sun as they tear apart their mini catalogue guitars; the old man with the pointy jaw crouched below a half grown plane tree, still lush with the groans of summer though autumn has technically begun. Of course this is Australia and the trees will do as they please, not ascribe themselves to a European stance that declares the coming of autumn on this day or that. This calendar of comeuppance is not even aligned to the physics of our planet which officially delivers the equinox on the 16th of March. Not today, the 3rd of March, when the government declares that summer is already over. Yet the politicians are wandering around in the heat anyway, hoping you might vote for them in two weeks’ time at the state elections.

To the gentlemen in the designated smoking area far away from it all, where the children run between the rows of seats, crawling over the benches amongst the people snoozing with bandannas left to lie flat like sun screens across their faces.

To the long beards and the short trousers, and the one long sock with crocks, to the coffee grinders, their eftpos machines, to the harmonium sounds escaping under the flaps of the Magpie tent. To the kids crawling over the scaffold towards the Quaama Dry River Rodeo Committee sign, playing a game with imaginary cattle in the grey timber pens. To the fallen plastic chairs while Sally’s in the Galley, and the balladeers lament. To the pop up tents above dusty Subarus, the silver range rovers of an earlier vintage, the avenue of upright love hearts made from palm fronds and pink flags fashioned for Instagram, the babes in prams two weeks old, indoctrinated into the festival flow, though they would probably have been inducted even if their delivery had been delayed, as ripe bumps are no impediment to a good folk festival experience.

To the double bass and fiddle sessions held under the dappled shade of the one tree on the hill, playing Impromptu reels as the tradition flows; to the gaberdine high wasted dresses and tattooed arms carrying beers and kombucha up the road with a side of Daz’s Bliss Beat Curry, and plates of delicious, well priced offerings from the official food stand, where you can take a bet either way, vegetarian or lamb or both. Non bleached paper towels and plastic forks, a bet each way no matter which way you take it. To the applause wandering on the breeze as the winds shake the tents at their foundations and the bunting flags flap around. If they were prayer flags we’d all be all right. It’s a welcome breeze that shakes the heat out of the sun, though the sensible ones cover up their arms with long sleeved printed anthem shirts for one cause or another, while dads sit down with babies strapped around their torsos, to eat their tucker over the top of their baby’s heads, trying to catch the crumbs with a paper napkin. It’s quiet, it’s sparse, and though there are thousands here, it doesn’t feel that way.

There are showers for when it gets too hot and the creek is a little too dry for a dip, real toilet blocks, without queues at plastic portaloos, without the traffic jams of being in a bigger town. Though the oval is fully packed with triangle tents and camper vans, amongst the fleet of de-robed ambulances and old school busses making up the carnival camping ground.

The tin whistles breeze through the blades of grass shaking the crickets onto the dirt. The dreads may be wound up or left to flow down in the dance of it all.

And it’s you, and only you, who is lucky enough to be seated in this spot, in this place where you can see and hear all of this, though of course every other punter rests immersed in their own private perspective and their own version of the same colourful things. For this is the festival and this itself is Cobargo, as the crowd draws you on to the next main event.

Til sundown today, perhaps even midnight, in these little hills not far from the sea, this is the way it flows. You see old friends you’d forgotten. You chat and listen, as the little white clouds puff up on the horizon, tracing the curving line of the farm top trees, high above the pastures and lush green grasses of the hills around the town. Hats with feathers, baskets and boobies, kids swinging off the gates, men with peaked caps and pony tails, it’s all a part of the show.

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When it comes to the experiences of Melissa Crabtree and Dayan Kai, you’d think there would be a change of heart from the jubilant festival feels. For the circumstances of their trip to Australia and travelling to the show were impossible to imagine.

Blind from birth, Dayan was refused a visa to travel to Australia unless he underwent a series of medical tests including x rays and blood tests, at his own expense. (Pre visa tests to prove what exactly???)

That was just the start. His home island of Maui didn’t house the correct machine to conduct the tests, so he had to fly, at his own expense, to another island where he could have the scans done. To make matters worse there were no connecting flights, so this had to be done in the most convoluted way imaginable, with Dayan accompanied by his partner Maya, because – did we mentioned he cannot see at all? –  so obviously he cannot travel alone. Double the cost.

The life of the musician couldn’t be harder than what these guys are going through, and yet here they are, loving and living life as legendary balladeers. Arriving back home after he got the all clear on the scans, they were evicted from their hosue, where they home schools Dayan’s three kids. They had no luck at all finding a place to go with their ducks and chooks and collection of all the instruments Dayan has mastered (piano, guitar, mandolin, woodwinds, brass, percussion, and the list goes on…) as well as all the other elements of homey island life. After much persuasion the landlord agreed to let them stay until this month long Australian tour completes – but relief was yet to find them. Still waiting on his visa’s, the team missed out on booking all the sensibly priced tickets, and had to go with expensive international connections.

From there it was a down hill stumble across delayed flights, unplanned stopovers and broken down cars that left them stranded several thousand feet from the first gig, with the call going out across the Cobargo social networks for urgent help to pick them up. Somehow they got to the show in tact and on time, and with spirits so high you could hear their sounds drifting out across the wake of the festival, as velvety voices and slick solos hung their hooks up in the sky. In fact they delivered such a polished show that the audience didn’t even notice that Dayan is blind. And in true Australian spirit, the generous good folk of Cobargo pitched in with a bucket load of fundraising during the festival to help set things right.

Their memorable catchy tunes sing the good morning songs to welcome the ones who are born, filling all the aural spaces as they take you on a drive across the Mississippi. These are definitely the songs you’d want to to have as your soundtrack on that journey. Melissa Crabtree and Dayan Kai are touring Australia for a month, gradually picking up shows around the towns they are playing, leading in to Blue Mountains Music Festival and Yackandandah before they head back home.

South coast local Corey Legge is back to singing solo after his Swamp Stompers band ended its sensational run. The pressures and realities of van life were clean shaved right off this youngster at the end of a gruelling tour with his band in recent years, which ended in Katoomba one night, where he found himself writing new material on his mate’s couch, just wanting to go home. His long dark night of the soul came in the form of an existential crisis asking the gods what’s the use of trying anymore, when you’re 24 and feel like you’re reached the end of the road, when all that is left is lying on a mate’s couch, watching a rat run underneath your bed. He came home to the Bega Valley and reinvented himself as a solo act, which is giving him the time and space to get a fresh take on the realities of life as a muso. His act was followed by American duet the Rayos who ask, are we sleep walking through our lives? The audience resounds – YES! Though you’d have to say Corey himself has not succumbed to the banalities – not yet anyway.

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Susan O’Neill (SON) is discovered standing up there on the big stage, telling her feet where to go, rolling out the loops and super imposed harmonies made possible only by complex technology, in her super short skirt with a sweet lady Jane blue chiffon overlay.

Her bass doubling achieves a sound no less perfect than a studio recording, impressive considering as she says we are all only animals after all. With advice to ignore the taxers of dreams, and to stop being afraid of our own lives, she dabbles with two mics, chasing down a melting sound that is bound to fulfil this gal’s destiny as a rising super star.

Some use loops as as a gimmick, an enhancer, but SON uses them as an instrument, an integrated part of the act, affectionally referred to as ‘The Band”. She plays along with the world’s tiniest tambourine, sharing yarns of being stuck in the snow, with a choice of harbouring in a church or a pub, leaving the audience to guess which one she chose.

And in a world where the trend is to sing with a forced hiatus at the back of the throat, and other fashionable affectations, SON falls prey to none of those passing trends, in delivers it all in a voice that is refreshingly free of affectations and fashions – it’s just a good strong honest voice that deserves international acclaim. It certainly demands a world wide ear.

After Womad and Port Fairy, she’s headed back to Ireland to seclude herself in a seaside mansion, alone, for a month to write songs. Maybe two, but the solitude of the lonely, desolate Irish beach is what she craves to complete her new material, – preferably without snow.

SON shows up later with fellow Irish compatriot Sharon Shannon, rolling out a trumpet solo, as you do when you’re a lyrically gifted singer song writer, loop mastering guitarist. Sharon’s line up sounded so powerful you’d pick for certain that they had a back line of great percussionists – although they didn’t have one at all – they were just sublimely rhythmical players.

Cobargo regular Scott Cook – the prairie home companion of a travelling balladeer – showed off his smooth showmanship and great ear for narrative, joined by Melbourne based Liz Frencham on bass, taking the audience into the long summer evenings when the wind runs through your hair, sucking on icy pops as you journey to a place where you can see forever on a clear night.

 

Malumba’s dolce sounds of classical guitar, double bass and violin offer an overtone of Villa Lobos as their rising melodies drop down in on the sounds of a Bacchanalian feast. The experience is infused with the gentle offerings of a kit drummer not afraid to hold back as he lands his open hands gently upon the snare. The band move inside and outside of a 12/8 feel, a little bit Russian Caravan, a little bit gypsy swing. Morticia and Gomez would be quite inspired by all the drama of this Andalusian intermezzo in high heat, as the musicians lilt into the hint of a dance before young Ruby takes to the stage.

Melanie Horsnell is found sitting in the front row of a darkened Gulaga hall with her daughter Gypsy, and the budding young photographer takes my camera to shoot Jordie Lane, (unsurprisingly, very well) though it was a surprise to find them there as rumour had it Melanie was still in Montreal. But it was just a quick trip to the home of the dual lingua franca for a folk alliance conference, and she was back at home in time to play her local Cobargo show.

And then, while Gypsy mastered the mysteries of shooting SLR in the dark without a flash,  there was this moment between Jordie and Clare Reynolds, in a shattering rendition of the single The Winner, (released today) – this one incandescent moment, so intimate, so dripping with shattered emotions and broken lives, clambering for reconnection in a world that throws you smashed and battered so far from the pitch you fell you had won, this moment, this raw sound and intimate gaze that felt almost inappropriate to look at, let alone photograph, as Jordie and his Roland playing sweet mama rolled out such big immense, open chested harmonies, staring so deeply into each other eyes, infused in the one mic, with this one united angelic sound, so precious it could gently melt the wings of the white doves as they ascend to heaven. How can two people can stand alone before a crowd of silent listeners with only their voices and a few strings on a jangly guitar, the music paired back so far it is barely there at all, yet hold those silent thousands spellbound, lost in the moment, which goes on and on and on until it fades away into the black recess of the night? This is the miracle of music – and a testament to the superb sound quality of the engineers who craft quality live production, and the Gulaga venue crew achieved this exceptionally well. They captured it, we caught it, but it was Jordie and Clare who created it, made it, became it. And we have only them to thank for giving us back a part of our souls. You didn’t make a mess of anything Jordie, you’re the winners.

The festival’s guitar workshops brought the young at heart together with the young in years, sharing stories of cutting their teeth on the high fretted cheap guitars the middle child gets, when the family has no money to pay for music lessons or middle-child photos. “It was uncool to be seen carrying an instrument back then anyway,” American Richard Gilewitz says. He shares the stage with Nick Charles, Corey Legge, Daniel Champagne and John Hudson. Their styles span the genres and influences from old time blues and jazz to contemporary classics. Daniel gives a nod to his old teacher Dave Crowden and major festival sponsor Magpie Music, acknowledging the difference between inspiring, and very patient, dedicated teachers – and their counterparts, who have the capacity to stop students from learning and playing all together.

They play a round of Dave Stewart’s “Lily Was Here” together, before veering off into rounds of their solo work, featuring everything from Leo Kottke inspired tunes to Lindsay Buckingham’s Looking out for Love, which sees a shift in Corey Legge’s usual picking style, and Daniel Champagne’s releases a harmonious explosion of percussive sounds that transcend the tent and escape into the skies before we hear a round of Georgia on my Mind. This is nothing short of an indulgence of guitars – 30 strings pushing the notes around in an endearing sequence of short stories played their own way – noodling around the chord substitutions and harmonious inflections of the genres, always coming back to the blues.

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Goanna’s Shane Howard met Bob Brown, pioneering Australian Green early in his career and was so swept up in the movement that he easily came to believe there is no greater job than fixing this mess the planet is in. He recounted the infuriating neo liberal putdown – anyone speaking up for the state of our world, it seems, can be silenced by the phrase “Get A Job”.

“Yeah I’ve got a job,” Shane Howard says, his indignant gaze slipping downwards under the broad brim of his feathered Akubra.

His eye raises up to meet the audience as directly as a cornered snake that’s ready to strike.

“It’s called fixing the planet – for you. And your grand kids. Taking good care of this country has to be something worth fighting for.”

It’s all a matter of the heart for this epic statesman of the Australian rock scene.

“When you die your heart is weighed against a feather”, Howard says. “If your heart is lighter than a feather then it’s time to ascend,” he says, implying that if you fail this test you’d better get back down here and sort the mess out while you can, since life is so often taken for granted. In any moment, all could be lost.

Shane Howard has dedicated his life to the environmental and the spiritual cause, like those he spent many years touring with, such as Carole King, who got her own private member’s bill through parliament to save the forests in Utah.

These are stories that travel close to the heart of the forest campaigners in the Cobargo region such as Sean Burke, who has spent most of his life battling to save the Great Southern Forests that are under constant threat from “timber mining”, including the sacred forests of mother Gulaga, which have finally been released from the grips of the loggers through the irrepressible work of Sean, Marco and their mates, and form part of the festival crew.

Music is so often the code to unlock the peoples’ heart, and often the only way to express the disillusionment people feel at the state of the world. Musicians have always carried the voice of the people through protests songs, whether Bob Marley, Bob Dylan, Woodie Guthrie, Billie Holiday or other lesser known saviours of the psyche. Closer to home it was the Fagans who hosted the festival’s protest song workshop with Dayan Kai and Melissa Crabtree, sharing their ballads of the road that help us all to touch the light.

From his biggest hit Solid Rock, to his present day works, Shane Howard’s psalms and anthems express the longing of the sacred heart of our first nations people; the ballads of the lost and downtrodden; the ones our present world system can not abide. He casts each nugget into the vault of the crooner, with a reassuring voice that the balladeers and poets of all time would be proud of, from Leonard Cohen to Oodgeroo Noonuccal, to Rumi and the other mystics. For we are all, from the intolerant to the dispossessed, we are one race, and our race to obliterate that reality is the ultimate race to the bottom of the gene pool. For in the heart of each of us, beyond the heroes and the wannabes, the winners and the outcasts, we are all in our own way searching for our personal Makarrata, our treaty, that brings reconciliation from within, reconciliation with our past and our common future, in a way that doesn’t pit brother against brother in the bitter, greedy fight for more.

“I will meet you in the red earth where two rivers meet,” Howard sings, declaring that it’s ‘time’ to draw on our government to fix the parlous situation we find ourselves in. It’s a perfect end to a star filled night like this, when the wicked fun of the kilt clad Skerryvore lads at the end of the line to chase the night home, and the curtains close on the 2019 Cobargo festival.

Shaking Off The Rust

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Ben Fowler, recently returned from the Solomon Islands (photo supplied by artist)

Elizabeth Walton chats to Benji and the Saltwater Sound System

After a song is written you sometimes need to shelve it, forget it for a while, let the dust settle on the shine of a new idea. A good holding period offers time for ideas to go through some mystical metamorphosis which an artist can’t plan or contrive. That’s when that extra dynamic clicks in, that missing factor which takes a project from being just another element of a body of work to being something really interesting. When the artist returns to the shelf to dust off their work, then it can truly come to life.

For Benny Fowler, shelving his work in the sea has meant an accumulation of rust rather than dust, and it’s not just his material but his entire presence that’s been immersed in the salt. An extended break in the Solomons has allowed his material to mature, and infused his unique mix of chilled reggae/ska/funk with even more islander influences than before.

The time has now come to shake off the rust, to scrub and polish his songs, and reveal the metal beneath the surface. The job is well timed with appearances at both The National and Cobargo festivals coming up, as well as a return to the studio with the present lineup and a crowd sourced album due for recording later this month.

To get the show going, Benji and the Salt Water Sound System have announced a small halls tour of the South Coast of New South Wales. The tour kicked off in December with a gig at Murrah Hall on the Tathra-Bermagui highway down the far south coast, and a weekend of seaside events is planned for late February.

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Murrah Hall is a classic old time Aussie bush hall. It’s a hand-hewn timber structure set in a tall dense forest, well away from houses or cranky neighbours with their noise complaints. It’s a place that feels quiet and chilled even when the band gets going. The only road in to the venue meanders from beach to beach, delving inland through lush farms and forests, darting back towards the coast now and then, drifting over a series of wooden bridges that span sandy streams and low tide islands.


The small halls revival returns music to the people at their grass roots – taking live events out of the hands of commercial promoters and placing it at the feet of the community. Along with good tunes, local homemade food is shared for a small price, and people bring their own drinks – and often chairs – to share around the campfire. Dogs, kids, locals and groupies are all part of the blend. The result is an atmosphere that can’t be bought, with a house concert feel extended to reach a wider range of fans.


As always Benji and the Salt Water Sound System have their flock of devotees who seem to follow every event across the land, people who have stayed for the journey as the band evolved out of Ben’s earlier project Southerly Change into the current lineup. The band still has the same feel and a lot of the same personnel, though the tracking of life is leaving the trace of its touch on the face of the band.

“We seem to have a really broad span of ages in our lineup,” Ben says, reflecting on the current sound. Steve “Nello” Russenello still wraps his blues harp around every solo, and missing on this particular evening brass section favourite Mick Elderfield on sax, who is at home facing the challenges of holding a bedside vigil for an ageing relative. “He’s where he needs to be, it’s a good thing,” Nello says, perhaps reflecting on the mindset of musicians younger than Elderfield, now in his 30s, who may feel the music is the more important gig. Sitting in on kit is Alex Dumbrell from Caravana Sun, and Ben’s right hand guitar man, Jonathan Dallimore, whose lead riffs arrive at a relaxed perfection at the height of each tune.


As the life of a long standing band evolves and morphs into a new project, it’s naturally going to mark out the progression of your own time. The dates for the small halls tour are carefully scheduled around the imminent birth of Ben’s first child, with his faithful partner still showing up at every gig despite being rather beautifully overdue. Everyone at this gig is welcomed as a member of the extended saltwater family.

The small halls tour was created to allow the band to dust off the cobwebs, or as they say themselves, to shake off the rust, get back into the groove and give the new tunes a good airing before the band starts recording. If the Murrah Hall event is anything to go by, Benji and the Salt Water Sound System will be lifting the roof off in Canberra at The National.

The full list of upcoming shows are below. Tickets for the small halls shows are available from southcoasttickets.au@gmail.com or https://www.southcoasttickets.com.au

Friday 23rd February – Joyce Wheatley Community Centre, Kiama, NSW
Saturday 24th February – Bega Funhouse, Bega, NSW
Sunday 25th February – Tomerong Hall, Tomerong, NSW
Friday 2nd to Sunday 4th March – Cobargo Folk Festival, Cobargo, NSW
Thursday 29th March to Monday 2nd April – National Folk Festival, Canberra, ACT

Shaking Off the Rust Poster Logo Web

Thank Folk It’s Friday – 22nd September

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This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

– We premiered the new single and video from The Acfields, “We’ll Meet Halfway”. Details here

– A huge lineup has been announced for the inaugural Australian Americana Honours Night including Old Crow Medicine Show, Valerie June, Kevin Welch, Busby Marou, Kasey Chambers, Shane Howard, Bernard Fanning, Catherine Britt, Henry Wagons, Emily Barker, Ruby Boots and Jordie Lane & The Sleepers. Details here

The Cobargo Folk Festival announced its 2018 headliners including Eric Bogle, Neil Murray, The Northern Folk, Peter Rowan Bluegrass Band, Christine Collister with Michael Fix and Alan Kelly Gang. Details here

– Playwright and performer Phil Spencer (Story Club) and indie-folk singer Julia Johnson bring their Hooting & Howling show to the Melbourne Fringe this week. Details here

– Canadian alt-country songstress Lindi Ortega announced East Coast tour dates. Details here

Bluesfest revealed their first lineup for 2018 including Lionel Richie, Robert Plant & The Sensational Space Shifters, John Butler Trio, Tash Sultana, The New Power Generation, CHIC featuring Nile Rodgers, José González, First Aid Kit, Morcheeba, Gov’t Mule, Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real, The California Honeydrops, Eric Gales, Bobby Rush, Dumpstaphunk, Joe Louis Walker and Rick Estrin & The Nightcats. Details here

– Melbourne based singer-songwriter Phia released her new single “Oxide”. Details here

– Indie-folk singer-songwriter Alex The Astronaut announced upcoming EP See You Soon and a October and November tour. Details here

– Melbourne Americana band Brooke Russell and The Mean Reds announced their second full length album The Way You Leave. Details here

– The Queenscliff Music Festival revealed its final additions to the 2017 lineup including Russell Morris, Andrea Robertson Band, Bec Goring, Didirri, Heath Robertson Band, Hey Mammoth, Izzy Losi & The Auracles, Rough River, Sagamore, Sweethearts, The Refuge, Tides of Welcome, Tom Richardson, True Spirit Revival Yoga and Yirrmal & The Miliyawutj. Details here

– Melbourne gypsy-folk band The Scrims released their new music video “Show Me Your Moves”. Details here

– South Australian live music night The Porch Sessions has just announced plans to hold its annual festival Porchland in December. Details here

– The Port Fairy Folk Festival added a bunch of new artists including Amistat, Ben Waters Band with Derek Nash, Black Sorrows, Blair Dunlop, Davidson Brothers, Frank Burkitt Band, Lily & King, Peter Rowan Bluegrass Band, Rory Ellis Trio, Ted Egan, Victoriana Gaye, Brian Nankervis, 10 String Symphony, The Grigoryan Brothers with Adam Page, Hillbilly Goats, Hussy Hicks, Josienne Clarke & Ben Waters, King Marong & Afro Mandinko, La Busca, Lost Ragas and more. Details here

Releases This Week

Fanny
Real Class ActFanny Lumsden
iTunes

Josh Ritter
GatheringJosh Ritter
iTunes

Katie Harder
BelovedKatie Harder
iTunes

Peasant Moon
Our Timing Was WrongPeasant Moon
Bandcamp

Timber and Steel Recommends – Go To This Gig

Emily Barker

Emily Barker

Alt-country singer-songwriter Emily Barker returns home to Australia with tour and festival dates kicking off this week.

Tuesday 26th September – The Workers Club, Melbourne, VIC
Wednesday 27th September – Smith’s Alternative, Canberra, ACT
Thursday 28th September – Django Bar, Sydney, NSW
Friday 29th to Saturday 30th Septmber – Rhythmicana Festival, Murwillumbah, NSW

Gigs Next Week

Áine Tyrrell
Saturday 23rd September – Club Mullum, Mullumbimby RSL, Mullumbimby, NSW

AJJ
Wednesday 27th September – Crowbar, Brisbane, QLD
Thursday 28th September – Hamilton Station Hotel, Newcastle, NSW
Friday 29th September – The Lair, Sydney, NSW

Alana Patmore
Saturday 24th September – The Blackout, Sydney, NSW

Americana Sessions feat. Great Aunt
Sunday 24th September – The Triffid, Brisbane, QLD

Angus & Julia Stone w/ Ruel
Saturday 23rd September – Palais Theatre, Melbourne, VIC
Tuesday 26th September – Enmore Theatre, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 28th September – Thebarton Theatre, Adelaide, SA
Friday 29th September – Perth Concert Hall, Perth, WA

Anna Smyrk
Friday 22nd September – Byron Bay Brewery, Byron Bay, NSW
Saturday 23rd September – Paradiso, Byron Bay, Byron Bat, NSW
Wednesday 27th September – Folkswagon, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 28th September – Gasoline Pony, Sydney, NSW
Friday 29th September to Sunday 1st October – Uranquinty Folk Festival, Uranquinty, NSW

Appalachian Heaven Stringband
Sunday 24th September – Open Studio, Melbourne, VIC

Argyle Sun Sets feat. Vanishing Shapes, Stringline Folk Band
Sunday 24th September – Upstairs at Fred’s, Camden, NSW

Ashlea Reale
Friday 22nd September – Dôme Waikiki, Waikiki, WA

Barbecue Party feat. Jason P. Walker, Sam Newton
Saturday 23rd September – George Hotel, Sydney, NSW

Ben Ely
Friday 22nd September – Grace Darling, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 23rd September – Karova Lounge, Ballarat, VIC

Bob Evans
Friday 29th September – Nightfest Floriade Festival, Commonwealth Park, Canberra, ACT

Brad Butcher
Friday 29th September – Red Lion Hotel, Rockhampton, QLD

Caloundra Music Festival
Friday 29th September to Monday 2nd October – Caloundra, QLD

Carpenter Caswell w/ The Weeping Willows
Saturday 23rd September – The Newsagency, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 24th September – Lizotte’s Newcastle, Newcastle, NSW

Carus Thompson w/ Loren
Sunday 24th September – God’s Kitchen, Mornington, VIC
Wednesday 27th September – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 29th September – The Piping Hot Chicken and Burger Grill, Ocean Grove, VIC

Clare Bowditch
Thursday 28th September – Fondata 1872, Kangaroo Ground, VIC

Corner Unplugged feat. The Vendettas, Julia Johnson
Sunday 24th September – Corner Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

Craig Woodward
Sunday 24th September – Bluebonnet Barbecue, Melbourne, VIC

Dan Sultan
Friday 22nd September – Max Watt’s, Brisbane, QLD
Thursday 28th September – Academy, Canberra, ACT
Friday 29th September – Bar On The Hill, Newcastle, NSW

Dana Hassall, Luke O’Shea, Ben Ransom
Sunday 24th September – Wenty Leagues, Wentworthville, NSW

Dashville Skyline
Friday 29th September to Sunday 1st October – Belford, NSW

Davidson Brothers
Saturday 23rd September – The Union, Melbourne, VIC
Tuesday 26th September – Ferntree Gully Bowling Club, Ferntree Gully, VIC
Friday 29th September – Deni Ute Muster, Deniliquin, NSW

Declan O’Rourke
Wednesday 27th September – The Spotted Mallard, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 28th September – Caravan Club, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 29th September to Sunday 1st October – Dashville Skyline, NSW

Deni Ute Muster
Friday 29th and Saturday 30th September – Deniliquin, NSW

Diamond Duck w/ Bonniesongs
Sunday 24th September – The Golden Barley, Sydney, NSW

Emily Barker
Tuesday 26th September – The Workers Club, Melbourne, VIC
Wednesday 27th September – Smith’s Alternative, Canberra, ACT
Thursday 28th September – Django Bar, Sydney, NSW
Friday 29th to Saturday 30th Septmber – Rhythmicana Festival, Murwillumbah, NSW

Emma Russack
Thursday 28th September – Golden Age Cinema & Bar, Sydney, NSW
Friday 29th September – Franks Wild Years, Thirroul, NSW

eüsh, Nic Cassey & Friends
Thursday 28th September – Blacksheep, Sydney, NSW

Fanny Lumsden
Friday 22nd September – School of Arts Hall, Burren Junction, NSW
Saturday 23rd September – Mullaley Hall, Mullaley, NSW
Friday 29th September – Tullamore Memorial Hall, Tullamore, NSW

Folk By The Sea
Friday 22nd to Sunday 24th September – Kiama, NSW

FolkSwagon feat. Anna Smyrk, William Alexander, Archer
Wednesday 27th September – Cafe Lounge, Sydney, NSW

Fossils Benefit Concert
Friday 29th September – Concordia College Chapel, Adelaide, SA

Garrett Kato
Saturday 23rd September – The Pelican Playhouse, Grafton, NSW

Global Rhythms Music Festival
Sunday 24th September – Bicentennial Park, Sydney, NSW

Great Aunt
Sunday 24th September – Americana Sessions, The Triffid, Brisbane, QLD
Tuesday 26th September – Ric’s Bar, Brisbane, QLD
Thursday 28th September – New Globe Theatre, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 29th September – Rick’s Garage, Palmwoods, QLD

Hannah Matysek
Friday 22nd September – Newtown Hotel, Sydney, NSW

Hooting & Howling feat. Julia Johnson
Friday 22nd September – The Butterfly Club, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 23rd September – The Butterfly Club, Melbourne, VIC
Sunday 24th September – The Butterfly Club, Melbourne, VIC
Monday 25th September – The Butterfly Club, Melbourne, VIC

Immigrant Union
Friday 29th September – Union Hotel, Sydney, NSW

James Vincent McMorrow
Saturday 23rd September – Riverstage, Brisbane, QLD
Monday 25th September – The Croxton Bandroom, Melbourne, VIC
Wednesday 27th September – The Factory Theatre, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 28th September – The Factory Theatre, Sydney, NSW

Jen Mize and Mitch Power
Friday 22nd September – Two Goats, Armidale, NSW
Saturday 23rd September – Tamworth Hotel, Tamworth, NSW
Wednesday 27th September – Janes, Wollongong, NSW
Friday 29th September to Sunday 1st September – Dashville Skyline, Belford, NSW

Jim Mongrel w/ Drizabone D, Handsome Young Strangers (duo) playing Weddos
Sunday 24th September – Moshpit, Sydney, NSW

Joe Mungovan and Greta Stanley
Friday 22nd September – Anitas Theatre, Thirroul, NSW
Saturday 23rd September – Surry Hills Festival, Sydney, NSW

Julia Johnson
Friday 22nd September – The Butterfly Club, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 23rd September – The Butterfly Club, Melbourne, VIC
Sunday 24th September – Corner Hotel, Melbourne, VIC
Sunday 24th September – The Butterfly Club, Melbourne, VIC
Monday 25th September – The Butterfly Club, Melbourne, VIC

Karl S Williams
Friday 22nd September – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 23rd September – Barwon Club, Geelong, VIC

Kasey Chambers
Thursday 28th September – Cessnock Performing Arts Centre, Cessnock, NSW
Friday 29th September – Club Maitland City, Maitland, NSW

Katie Harder
Friday 22nd September – Epilogue Lounge, Alice Springs, NT

Kelly Brouhaha
Friday 22nd September – Flow Bar, Old Bar, NSW
Saturday 23rd September – Cessnock Hotel, Cessnock, NSW
Sunday 24th September – Grace Emily Hotel, Adelaide, SA
Thursday 28th September – Solbar, Maroochydore, QLD
Friday 29th September – Caloundra RSL, Caloundra, QLD

Kim Churchill
Friday 22nd September – The Office, Townsville, QLD
Saturday 23rd September – Timberfest, MacKay, QLD
Friday 29th September – Corner Hotel, Melbourne, VIC

Lazy Colts, The Good Boys, Cody and Rob
Saturday 3rd September – Shakespeare Hotel, Sydney, NSW

Liz Stringer & Mel Parsons
Friday 22nd September – Trinity Sessions, Adelaide, SA
Saturday 23rd September – Caravan Music Club, Melbourne, VIC
Sunday 24th September – The Old Priory, Beechworth, VIC
Friday 29th September – Boo Radley’s Hall, Glenreagh, NSW

Lizzie Flynn
Friday 22nd to Saturday 23rd September – Folk By The Sea, Kiama, NSW

Louisa Wise w/ Luke Plumb, Wise Women, Lucy & Mischa Duo
Sunday 24th September – Northcote Uniting Church Hall, Melbourne, VIC

Madison Violet
Friday 22nd September – The Dungeon, Newcastle, NSW
Saturday 23rd September – Petersham Bowling Club, Petersham, NSW
Sunday 24th September – Humph Hall, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 28th September – Irish Club Hotel, Toowoomba, QLD
Friday 29th September – Stanthorpe Theatre, Stanthorpe, QLD

Mal Webb and Kylie Morrigan
Saturday 23rd September – Bar 303, Melbourne, VIC

Mark Olson
Saturday 23rd September – Northern Star Hotel, Newcastle, NSW
Sunday 24th September – The Junkyard, Maitland, NSW
Thursday 28th September – Leadbelly, Sydney, NSW
Friday 29th September to Sunday 1st October – Dashville Skyline Festival, Belford, NSW

Mark Wilkinson
Friday 22nd September – House Concert, Wyndham Vale, VIC
Saturday 23rd Septmeber – House Concert, Lara, VIC
Sunday 24th September – House Concert, Wyndham Vale, VIC
Tuesday 26th September – House Concert, Adelaide, SA
Wednesday 27th September – House Concert, Marino, SA
Friday 29th September – House Concert, Perth, WA

Melody Moko
Sunday 24th September – Flow Bar, Old Bar, NSW

Mildura Country Music Festival
Friday 29th September to Sunday 8th October – Mildura, VIC

Mint Julep Thursdays feat. Not a Lemur, Great Aunt
Thursday 28th September – New Globe Theatre, Brisbane, QLD

Monique Clare
Sunday 24th September – House Concert, Armidale, NSW
Tuesday 26th September – House Concert, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 28th September – Fireside Sessions, Warrandyte, VIC

My Nightingale
Thursday 28th September – Black Bear Lodge, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 29th September – Soundlounge, Gold Coast, QLD

Mr Alford Country
Sunday 24th September – Drunken Poet, Melbourne, VIC

Old Crow Medicine Show
Thursday 28th September – The Tivoli, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 29th September to Monday 2nd October – Caloundra Music Festival, Caloundra, QLD

Patrick James
Saturday 23rd September – Wesley Anne, Melbourne, VIC

Pay It Forward Dinner feat. Aimee Francis, Darcy Fox, Sabrina Salvatore
Thursday 28th September – The Mouldy Fig, Melbourne, VIC

Pierce Brothers
Friday 22nd September – The Cambridge Hotel, Newcastle, NSW

Raised By Eagles
Friday 29th September to Monday 2nd October – Semaphore Music Festival, Adelaide, SA

Ramblin’ Nights Dashville Skyline Special feat. The Roamin’ Jasmine, Tim Easton
Thursday 28th September – Leadbelly, Sydney, NSW

Richard Perso
Sunday 24th September – Old Canberra Inn, Canberra, ACT

Rolling Stone Live Lounge feat. Josh Pyke
Tuesday 26th September – The Lansdowne, Sydney, NSW

Rhythmicana Festival
Friday 29th to Saturday 30th Septmber – Murwillumbah, NSW

Ruby Boots
Wednesday 27th September – Brighton Up Bar, Sydney, NSW
Friday 29th September to Monday 2nd October – Semaphore Music Festival, Adelaide, SA

Rya Park w/ BATTS, Alana Wilikinson
Friday 22nd September – The Workers Club, Melbourne, VIC

Sam Newton
Saturday 23rd September – George Hotel, Sydney, NSW
Wednesday 27th September – LazyBones Lounge, Sydney, NSW

Semaphore Music Festival
Friday 29th September to Monday 2nd October – Adelaide, SA

Songs for Asylum: An Evening of Music to Support Refugee Rights feat. Jep & Dep, Maples, The Latin Ministry
Thursday 28th September – The Newsagency, Sydney, NSW

Southern Gentlemen
Sunday 24th September – Caringbah Markets, Caringbah, NSW

Surry Hills Festival
Saturday 23rd September – Ward Park, Sydney, NSW

Teeny Tiny Stevies
Thursday 28th September – Melbourne Recital Centre, Melbourne, VIC

Tex, Don & Charlie
Friday 22nd September – The Prince Of Wales Hotel, Bunbury, WA
Saturday 23rd September – Wave Rock Weekender, Hyden, WA
Sunday 24th September – Darwin Entertainment Centre, Darwin, NT

The Acfields w/ Looking for Alaska
Friday 29th September – Junk Bar, Brisbane, QLD

The Black Sorrows
Wednesday 27th September – Camelot Lounge, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 28th September – Camelot Lounge, Sydney, NSW
Friday 29th September – Dee Why RSL Club, Dee Why, NSW

The Buck Loner Revue w/ Jason Walker
Saturday 23rd September – Staves Brewery, Sydney, NSW

The Cope Street Parade
Saturday 23rd September – The Rooks Return, Melbourne, VIC

The Gadflys
Friday 22nd September – The Gasoline Pony, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 23rd September – Tilley’s, Canberra, ACT

The Loaded Dog Folk Club feat. Ecopella, Bod
Saturday 23rd September – Annandale Neighbourhood Centre, Sydney, NSW

The Maladies
Friday 22nd September – The Botany View, Sydney, NSW

The Quick & the Dead
Friday 22nd September – The Old Flour Mill Gallery, Euroa, VIC
Saturday 23rd September – Glenrowan Scout Hall, Glenrowan, VIC
Sunday 24th September – The Bended Elbow Albury, NSW
Tuesday 26th September – TBC, Canberra, ACT
Wednesday 27th September – Lazybones Lounge, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 28th September – The Valve Bar, Sydney, NSW
Friday 29th September – Lass O’Gowrie Hotel, Newcastle, NSW

The Roamin’ Jasmine
Friday 22nd September – Private Show, Reservoir, VIC
Saturday 23rd September – Billy Roy’s Blues Bar, Bendigo, VIC
Sunday 24th September – Caravan Music Club, Oakleigh, VIC
Thursday 28th September – Leadbelly, Sydney, NSW
Friday 29th September – Dashville Skyline, Lower Belford, NSW

The Scrims w/ Uncle Penny Bags, The Vibe-A-Centrics
Friday 22nd September – B.East, Melbourne, VIC

The Showhall Series feat. Didirri, Tom West
Saturday 23rd September – The Range Hall, The Range, SA

The Tall Grass
Saturday 23rd September – Longplay, Melbourne, VIC

The Teskey Brothers
Friday 22nd to Sunday 24th September – Wave Rock Weekender, Hyden, WA
Friday 29th September to Sunday 1st October – Dashville Skyline, Hunter Valley, NSW
Friday 29th September to Monday 2nd October – Caloundra Music Festival, Caloundra, QLD

The Turner Brown Band w/ Shelley’s Murder Boys
Friday 29th September – Milton Theatre, Milton, NSW

The Weeping Willows
Friday 22nd September – Smith’s Alternative, Canberra, ACT
Saturday 23rd September – The Newsagency, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 24th September – Lizotte’s, Newcastle, NSW
Wednesday 27th September – The City Sounds, Queen Street Mall, Brisbane, QLD
Wednesday 27th September – The Triffid Acoustics, Brisbane, QLD
Thursday 28th September: 5 CHURCH STREET, Bellingen (NSW)
Friday 29th September – Sider Diner Sessions, City Sider, Tamworth, NSW

Tim Easton
Thursday 28th September – Ramblin’ Nights, Leadbelly, Sydney, NSW
Friday 29th September – Flow Bar, Old Bar, NSW

Timberfest
Saturday 23rd September – MacKay, QLD

Timothy James Bowen
Sunday 24th September – The Milk Factory, Brisbane, QLD

Tori Forsyth
Thursday 28th September – The Fox Den, Gloucester, NSW

Tracy McNeil & The GoodLife
Friday 22nd September – The Junkyard, Maitland, NSW
Saturday 23rd September – Hardys Bay Club, Hardys Bay, NSW
Sunday 24th September – Shady Pines Saloon, Sydney, NSW
Friday 29th September – Westernport, San Remo, VIC

Under the Covers feat. Jen Mize, Mitch Power, Rhys Scoular
Wednesday 27th September – Jane’s, Wollongong, NSW

Uranquinty Folk Festival
Friday 29th September to Monday 2nd October – Uranquinty, NSW

Valerie June
Thursday 28th September – The Tivoli, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 29th September to Sunday 1st October – Dashville Skyline, NSW

Vanishing Shapes
Friday 22nd September – The Townie, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 23rd September – Smith’s Alternative, Canberra, ACT
Sunday 24th September – Argyle Sun Sets, Upstairs at Fred’s, Camden, NSW

Vardos
Friday 22nd September – Smith’s Alternative, Canberra, ACT

Wallaby Creek Festival
Friday 29th September to Sunday 1st October – Homerule Rainforest Lodge, QLD

Wave Rock Weekender
Friday 22nd to Sunday 24th September – Hyden, WA

Whoa Mule!
Friday 22nd to Sunday 24th September – Folk By The Sea, Kiama, NSW
Tuesday 26th September – House Concert, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 28th September – The Gasoline Pony, Sydney, NSW

Widow’s Walk w/ Georgia State Line, Nick Payne & the Wanted Few
Friday 29th September – The Newsagency, Sydney, NSW

Winterbourne
Friday 22nd September – Selina’s, Coogee Bay Hotel, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 24th September – Revolution, Como, NSW

XANI
Sunday 24th September – Some Velvet Morning, Melbourne, VIC

Z-Stay Delta
Friday 22nd September – Miami Marketta, Miami, QLD
Sunday 24th September – The Shared, Yandina, QLD
Friday 29th September to Monday 2nd October – Caloundra Music Festival, QLD

Friday Folk Flashback

“Garfield’s Blackberry Blossom/Blackberry Blossom/Red Haired Boy” – Chris Thile & Michael Daves

Cobargo Folk Festival Announces First Headliners for 2018

Eric Bogle
Image Courtesy of Eric Bogle

Wait, we’re talking about 2018 festivals already? Where has this year gone!

The Cobargo Folk Festival, held in the NSW south coast village of Cobargo, has already revealed a bunch of their headliners for next years event.

Australian folk music legends Eric Bogle (above) and Neil Murray head up the announcement along with fellow Aussies The Northern Folk. From an international point of view Cobargo has managed to snag the Peter Rowan Bluegrass Band (USA), Christine Collister (Isle of Man) with Michael Fix and the Alan Kelly Gang (Ireland). And there’s obviously a bunch more to be announced over the coming months.

The Cobargo Folk Festival takes place in Cobargo, NSW from the 2nd to 4th March. For more information including how to get your hands on tickets check out the official site here.

Quebec Folk-Trad Group Les Poules à Colin Announce Australian Tour

Les Poules a Colin
Image Courtesy of Les Poules à Colin

You may have seen Quebec folk-trad group Les Poules à Colin popping up on a few festival lineups recently, and now it looks like we’re getting a national tour.

As well as spots on the lineups appearances at Cobargo Folk Festival, Port Fairy Folk Festival, Blue Mountains Folk Festival, Yackandandah Folk Festival, National Folk Festival and Fairbridge Folk Festival, Les Poules à Colin have a bunch of headline dates that will take them around the country.

Check out the full list of dates below:

Friday 24th to Sunday 26th February – Cobargo Folk Festival, Cobargo, NSW
Thursday 2nd March – Camelot Lounge, Sydney, NSW
Friday 3rd March – Masonic Hall, Lindisfarne TAS
Saturday 4th March – Broadmarsh Hall, Broadmarsh, TAS
Sunday 5th March – Longford Town Hall, Longford, TAS
Friday 10th to Monday 13th March – Port Fairy Folk Festival, Port Fairy, VIC
Friday 17th to Sunday 19th March – Blue Mountains Folk Festival, Katoomba, NSW
Friday 24th to Sunday 26th March – Yackandandah Folk Festival, Yackandandah, VIC
Friday 31st March – Illawarra Folk Club, Wollongong, NSW
Wednesday 5th April – Upper Landsdowne Memorial Hall, Upper Landsdowne, NSW
Thursday 6th April – House Concert, Newcastle, NSW
Saturday 8th April – New Farm Bowls Club, New Farm, QLD
Sunday 9th April – Nanango Shed, Nanago QLD
Thursday 13th to Monday 17th April – National Folk Festival, Canberra, ACT
Thursday 20th April – South Coast Folk Club, Adelaide, SA
Friday 21st to Monday 24th April – Fairbridge Folk Festival, Fairbridge, WA

Thank Folk It’s Friday – 26th February

TFIF

This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

– Melbourne indie-folk darlings TinPan Orange announced details of their new album, released a new video “Rich Man” and announced national tour dates. Details here

The Gum Ball have announced their final artists for 2016 including William Crighton, Devon Sproule, Davidson Brothers, Grace Turner, Galleri and many more. Details here

If You See Her, Say Hello comes to the Adelaide Fringe Festival this weekend featuring the music of Ali E, Al Parkinson, Amarina Waters, Amy Parkinson, Brooke Russell, Cookie Baker, Elizabeth Barker, Emilee South, Gretta Ray, Jac Tonks (Amarillo), Jemma Nicole, Kate McMahon, Kelsey James, Layla Fibbins (The Sideshow Brides), Loni Rae, PHIA and more. Details here

– Brisbane’s Sahara Beck released her new single “Here It Comes”. Details here

– Sydney folk-fusion trio Devil on the Rooftop have announced a show with The Crooked Fiddle Band. Details here

The Brisbane Folk Club has announced its March lineup including The Timbers, Anna & Jordan and Luke Morris. Details here

– Melbourne based singer-songwriter Liam Gerner has announced a national tour. Details here

William Fitzsimmons announced details of his new EP Charleroi: Pittsburgh, Volume 2. Details here

– Sydney alt-country band Mark Lucas and The Dead Setters have a new album and an upcoming east coast tour. Details here

– Violinist Jane Aubourg released her new single “The Girl with the Ash Brown Hair”. Details here

– UK based nu-folk five-piece Treetop Flyers released their new video “31 Years”. Details here

– NZ songstress Aldous Harding has announced a couple of Australian shows. Details here

Blog

“This year’s Cobargo Festival presents a great opportunity to take a world tour of the different styles of Celtic music and dance” – Peter Logue outlines the Celtic music program at the Cobargo Folk Festival. Blog here

Reviews

Gigs

“This is a band that has reached its stride and now has a career pace that they could maintain for the veritable marathon ahead. While their new stuff is developing a new sound and direction, their old stuff is just as open to new interpretation and appreciation. Their rendition of “Rabbit Song” was beautiful, with a slowed bridge the seems to hang in its own air only to roll and tumble down from the stage, out across the audience. The quality of this performance brought a whole new grace and beauty to a well known favourite”KT Bell reviews Boy & Bear. Details here

Releases This Week

Elsewhere
ElsewhereGretta Ray
iTunes

The Continental Drift
The Continental DriftMark Lucas and The Dead Setters
iTunes

Timber and Steel Presents

The Timbers

William Fitzsimmons

Thursday 3rd March – Brisbane Folk Club, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 4th March – Sol Bar, Maroochydore, QLD

Timber and Steel Recommends – Go To This Gig

If You See Her, Say Hello feat. Ali E, Al Parkinson, Amarina Waters, Amy Parkinson, Brooke Russell, Cookie Baker, Elizabeth Barker, Emilee South, Gretta Ray, Jac Tonks (Amarillo), Jemma Nicole, Kate McMahon, Kelsey James, Layla Fibbins (The Sideshow Brides), Loni Rae, PHIA

If you see her

If You See Her, Say Hello comes to the Adelaide Fringe Festival showcasing some of Australia’s top artists for one night only

Saturday 27th February – The Garden of Unearthly Delights, Adelaide, SA

Gigs Next Week

Amistat, Ben Whiting, Oliver’s Army
Thursday 3rd March – House Concert, Newcastle, NSW

Beth Patterson
Friday 26th to Sunday 28th February – Cobargo Folk Festival, Cobargo, NSW

Burnt Creek Deviation
Friday 4th March – The Petersham Bowling Club, Sydney, NSW

Brisbane Folk Club feat. The Timbers, Anna & Jordan, Luke Morris
Tuesday 2nd March – The Foundry, Brisbane, QLD

Calexico
Wednesday 2nd March – Hamer Hall, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 4th March – Town Hall, Meeniyan, VIC

Catherine Traicos
Saturday 28th February – The Newsagency, Sydney, NSW

Cobargo Folk Festival
Friday 26th to Sunday 28th February – Cobargo, NSW

Colin Hay
Friday 4th March – Melbourne Zoo Twilights, Melbourne, VIC

Courtyard Sessions feat. Fanny Lumsden
Friday 4th March – Seymour Centre, Sydney, NSW

Davey Craddock
Friday 26th February – Major Toms, Kyneton, VIC
Saturday 27th February – Junkyard, Maitland, NSW
Sunday 28th February – Django Bar, Sydney, NSW

Dawn Landes
Friday 4th March – Jet Black Cat Music, Brisbane, QLD

Elwood Myre
Friday 26th February – Petersham Bowling Club, Sydney, NSW
Friday 4th March – Nannup Music Festival, Nannup, WA
Friday 4th March – The Odd Fellow, Perth, WA

Exile: Songs & Tales of Irish Australia
Monday 29th February – QPAC Concert Hall, Brisbane, QLD

Frances Folk Gathering
Friday 26th to Sunday 28th February – Frances, SA

Get Folked! English Bitter Launch feat. The Crooked Fiddle Band, The Baudelaires, Handsome Young Strangers, BDSM
Sunday 28th February – Frankie’s Pizza, Sydney, NSW

Hussy Hicks
Thursday 3rd March – Settlers Tavern, Margaret River, WA
Friday 4th to Sunday 6th March – Nannup Festival, WA

If You See Her, Say Hello feat. Ali E, Al Parkinson, Amarina Waters, Amy Parkinson, Brooke Russell, Cookie Baker, Elizabeth Barker, Emilee South, Gretta Ray, Jac Tonks (Amarillo), Jemma Nicole, Kate McMahon, Kelsey James, Layla Fibbins (The Sideshow Brides), Loni Rae, PHIA
Saturday 27th February – The Garden of Unearthly Delights, Adelaide, SA

James Thomson
Friday 26th February – The Grand Junction Hotel, Maitland, NSW
Saturday 27th February – Cambridge Hotel, Newcastle, NSW
Thursday 3rd March – The Retreat, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 4th March – Baha, Rye, VIC

Kasey Chambers
Saturday 27th February – Melbourne Zoo Twilights, Melbourne, VIC

Kate Miller-Heidke
Wednesday 2nd March – The Spiegeltent, Adelaide, SA
Friday 4th March – J-Shed, Bathers Beach, Fremantle, WA

Lady Sunday feat. The Lyn Taylor Band, Megan Cooper, Georgia Mulligan
Sunday 28th February – The Union Hotel, Sydney, NSW

Liam Gerner
Thursday 3rd March – Four5Nine, Perth, WA
Friday 4th to Sunday 6th March – Nannup Music Festival, Nannup, WA

Lime and Steel
Saturday 27th February – Humph Hall, Allambie Heights, NSW
Sunday 28th February – The Rhythm Hut, Gosford, NSW

Little Features feat. Gentle Leader, The Campervan Dancers, Gostwyck, Ed Wells
Saturday 27th February – Hibernian House, Sydney, NSW

Nannup Music Festival
Friday 4th to Sunday 6th March – Nannup, WA

Not Good With Horses
Sunday 28th February – Gasoline Pony, Sydney, NSW

Passenger
Saturday 27th February – The Riverstage, Brisbane, QLD
Tuesday 1st March – The Palais Theatre, Melbourne, VIC
Friday 4th March – Thebarton Theatre, Adelaide, SA

Patrick James
Friday 26th February – Howler, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 27th February – Anita’s Theatre, Wollongong NSW
Friday 4th March – The Basement, Sydney, NSW

Pocket Fox
Saturday 27th February – Wesley Anne, Melbourne, VIC

Sam Joole Band w/ Ainsley Farrell
Thursday 3rd March – Spring Street Social, Sydney, NSW

Sam Newton
Saturday 27th February – Treehouse on Belongil, Byron Bay, NSW
Sunday 28th February – The Rails, Byron Bay, NSW

Sian Evans
Saturday 27th February – Club Greenslopes, Brisbane, QLD

Sufjan Stevens
Friday 26th February – Hamer Hall, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday 27th February – Hamer Hall, Melbourne, VIC
Sunday 28th February – Hamer Hall, Melbourne, VIC
Wednesday 2nd March – Red Hill Auditorium, Perth, WA
Friday 4th March – QPAC Concert Hall, Brisbane, QLD

The Beards
Friday 26th February – Waratah Hotel, Hobart, TAS
Saturday 27th February – Red Hot Music, Devonport, TAS

The East Pointers
Friday 26th to Sunday 28th February – Cobargo Folk Festival, NSW
Thursday 3rd March – Bulli Heritage Hotel, Bulli, NSW
Friday 4th to Sunday 6th March – Nannup Music Festival, WA

The Little Stevies
Friday 26th to Sunday 28th February – Cobargo Folk Festival, Cobargo, NSW
Wednesday 2nd March – The Spotted Mallard, Melbourne, VIC
Thursday 3rd March – Adelonia Theatre, Adelong, NSW
Friday 4th March – Tallangatta Memorial Hall, Tallangatta, VIC

The Plough
Sunday 28th February – The Coach and Horses, Sydney, NSW

The Rambling Boys
Friday 26th to Sunday 28th February – Cobargo Folk Festival, NSW
Thursday 3rd March – Milton Theatre, Milton, NSW
Friday 4th March – City Diggers, Wollongong, NSW

The Timbers
Wednesday 2nd March – Brisbane Folk Club, Brisbane, QLD
Thursday 3rd March – Sol Bar, Maroochydore, QLD

The Weeping Willows
Friday 4th March – Basement Discs, Melbourne VIC

Tim Easton
Friday 26th February – Major Tom’s, Kyneton, VIC
Saturday 27th February – The Junkyard, Maitland, NSW
Sunday 28th February – Django Bar, Sydney, NSW
Tuesday 1st March – Jane’s, Wollongong, NSW
Wednesday 2nd March – The Midnight Special, Sydney, NSW

Vin Garbutt
Friday 26th February – Cobargo Folk Festival, Cobargo, NSW

Willowy
Friday 26th February – Hibernian House, Sydney, NSW

Friday Folk Flashback

“Raggle Taggle Gypsy” – Planxty

Another version of the “Gypsy Davy” tradition, this time performed by the amazing Planxty.

World Tour of Celtic Music at Cobargo Folk Festival

The East Pointers
Image Courtesy of The East Pointers

By Peter Logue

Most people, young and old, could name singers and bands they associate with what’s broadly known as Celtic music.
For the younger folk, it might be the Pogues (even though they’ve been around for decades) or hard pumping bands like Dropkick Murphys who made their name in Boston.

For older folk, it might be The Corrs, the Dubliners, The Clancy Brothers, The Chieftains or even balladeer Daniel O’Donnell, who is still enormously popular on the Australian seniors’ concert and club circuit.

But dig a bit deeper and you’ll find there are many genres under the Celtic music banner in such places as Asturias and Galicia in Spain, parts of Portugal, Brittany in France, and Newfoundland, Prince Edward Island and Cape Breton in Canada.

The music of Ireland, Scotland, Wales, the Isle of Man, Cornwall, Brittany and Asturias provide the base from which much of the Celtic music styles emerged, though each of those has been shaped by other forms of local traditional music.

American bluegrass, old-timey and country music and Australian bush music owe their roots to the various Celtic musical styles brought from Ireland and Britain.

In modern times a whole range of Celtic fusion music – bands like the Afro-Celtic Sound System, Shooglenifty and Gaelic Storm (from the movie Titanic) have emerged.

Then there are the many Celtic dance forms and their offshoots, from Riverdance and Lord of the Dance, to the ever popular Scottish county dancing and, of course, our own bush dancing.

This year’s Cobargo Festival presents a great opportunity to take a world tour of the different styles of Celtic music and dance mentioned above.

From Canada’s Prince Edward Island come the dynamic East Pointers whose toe-tapping tunes make you want to do your own Riverdance impersonations in the aisle.

Ireland provides The Rambling Boys, four top class traditional musicians who have paid their dues over the years and who bring humour and pathos to their traditional tunes and songs.

Candelo multi-instrumentalist Kate Burke is a founder member of Trouble in the Kitchen, an Aussie quartet who are more traditional in style than many Irish bands.

Also from Australia, Senor Cabrales play the tunes of Asturias, Galicia, Brittany, Ireland and Scotland on a range of instruments, including the Asturian pipes.

American Beth Patterson brings Celtic rhythms to her songs and tunes, played on the eight string bouzouki – taken from the Greeks and refined into a popular Irish instrument.

Finally Australian Nicola Hayes and Helene Brunet from France demonstrate the Celtic influence in Brittany as well as belting out some traditional Irish tunes.

Hang around the festival session bar and you’re sure to hear fabulous tunes and songs from all over the Celtic musical diaspora.

The Cobargo Folk Festival will be held this weekend from the 26th to 28th February in Cobargo, NSW. For more information and tickets check out the official site here.

Thank Folk It’s Friday – 15th January

TFIF

This Week in Folk

All the News From The Week That Was

– Sydney singer-songwriter Lissa released her first new music in ages, the single “Run”. Details here

– New Sydney chamber-folk project OM Collective released their cover of Taylor Swift’s “I Knew You Were Trouble”. Details here

Catherine Traicos released her new video “Stolen Wings”. Details here

– Central Coast based band Elwood Myre have announced a full band tour. Details here

– The Cobargo Folk Festival announced its 2016 lineup including The Rambling Boys, The East Pointers, Beth Patterson,Nicola Hayes & Hélène Brunet, Kirsty Bromley, Alistair Brown, Vin Garbutt, Truckstop Honeymoon, Trouble in the Kitchen, Fred Smith & Liz Frenchman, The Backsliders, Daniel Champagne, Danny Spooner, Old Empire Band and many, many more. Details here

– Newcastle duo The Wayward Henrys released their new single “Early Grave”. Details here

– The final artists have been added to the WOMADelaide lineup including De La Soul, Asha Bhosle, Ainslie Wills, Ajak Kwai, Alpine, Apy Choir, Eska, Marcellus Pittman, Sarah Blasko, 숨[su:m] and Tek Tek Ensemble. Details here

– The Top Half Folk Festival have announced their 2016 headliners including Kate Burke and Ruth Hazleton, Bill Jackson and Sonsy. Details here

Reviews

Gigs

“Upon arrival, the utter beauty of the organisation struck us plain and simple – from excellent signage on the roads leading to the venue, through to the process of getting in to the festival, it was all sweet and no fuss. We had wondered how a 3 day festival, that is usually a build up to the penultimate celebration on New Years Eve, would fare when the night in question was in fact the first night of the 3 day affair. It seems that for Byron Bay, the crowd for New Years was good, but instead the numbers grew significantly for the 1st and 2nd January days”KT Bell gives us an overview of this year’s Falls Festival in Byron Bay. Review here

“Over in Lola’s Bar, on New Years Eve, we stumbled upon a likely scene of rag-tag musicians and a tent full of eager punters. It was 2pm but the Button Collective soon had the dance floor packed with joyful revelry. Appearing as a 6-piece line up each day of the Byron stint, the sheer energy and cheer emanating from the stage was infectious”KT Bell chronicles her highlights of this year’s Falls Festival in Byron Bay. Review here

“I feel like I have waited my entire adult life to see a collaboration like Paul Kelly presents The Merri Soul Sessions. On the first day of the new year, I lined myself up in the perfect spot to soak up their entire Valley Stage show. From the get go, it was clear this is a slick set of friends who can bounce off each other and share the stage equally. A cool, soulful beat introduced the ladies and gents to the stage, Vika and Linda Bull, Clairy Browne, Kira Puru and Dan Sultan! The Bull sisters took the reigns with their contributions What You Want and Smells Like Rain that held the crowd captivated. I’ve never seen Dan Sultan as a backup singer but he took to the role well and provided his beautiful timbre to the depths of the harmonies”KT Bell reviews the unmissable acts at this year’s Falls Festival in Byron Bay. Review here

“I think my favourite find for the whole of Festival has to be Oh Wonder, a London-based duo who were performing in Australia for the first time thanks to the Falls Festival. You’ve got to love a band who brings their own stage backdrop, a 2-metre-tall set of light up initials for their band name… which read ‘OW’, It’s probably an appropriate sentiment for the level of hangovers, hair of the dog’s and sunburns that were evident post NYE celebrations”KT Bell recounts the artists she discovered at this year’s Falls Festival in Byron Bay. Review here

“A very special moment was when Out of Abingdon joined Honey on stage for a set including the beautiful rendition of “Blue” by Vince Jones sung by Elizabeth Walton and a haunting stirring version of “Amazing Grace” with Tina from Out of Abingdon’s arced bass. An audience member Craig from Mudgee remarked it was the most moving part of the whole event” – we review Mudgee Music Festival’s Mudsling event. Review here

Timber and Steel Recommends – Go To This Gig

Deep Down South feat. Lachlan Bryan, Les Thomas, Mr Alford Country, Jemma Nicole, Andrew Swift, Brooke Russell, Tom Dockray, Gretta Ziller

Deep Down South

The best of the Melbourne alt-country scene meander their way up the east coast before arriving in Tamworth for the Tamworth Country Music Festival

Friday 15th January – Hotel Nicholas, Beechworth, VIC
Saturday 16th January – Encore, Wollongong, NSW
Tuesday 19th January – The Family Hotel, Tamworth, NSW
Wednesday 20th January – The Tudor, Tamworth, NSW
Thursday 21st January – Dag Sheep Station, Tamworth, NSW

Gigs Next Week

Allison Forbes
Friday 15th January – Tudor Hotel, Tamworth, NSW
Friday 15th January – Imperial Hotel, Tamworth, NSW
Saturday 16th January – Tudor Hotel, Tamworth, NSW
Sunday 17th January – Albert Hotel, Tamworth, NSW
Sunday 17th January – Toyota Star Maker Final, Town Hall, Tamworth, NSW
Monday 18th January – The Pub, Tamworth, NSW
Monday 18th January – The Albert Hotel, Tamworth, NSW
Tuesday 19th January – Longyard Hotel, Tamworth, NSW
Thursday 21st January – Tudor Hotel, Tamworth, NSW
Thursday 21st January – Southgate Hotel, Tamworth, NSW
Friday 22nd January – Tudor Hotel, Tamworth, NSW
Friday 22nd January – The Pub, Tamworth, NSW

Andrew Swift
Sunday 17th January – Tudor Hotel, Tamworth, NSW
Monday 18th January – Tudor Hotel, Tamworth, NSW
Tuesday 19th January – Post Office Hotel, Tamworth, NSW
Tuesday 19th January – Family Hotel, Tamworth, NSW
Wednesday 20th January – Albert Hotel, Tamworth, NSW
Wednesday 20th January – Tudor Hotel, Tamworth, NSW
Thursday 21st January – Dag Sheep Station, Tamworth, NSW
Thursday 21st January – Tudor Hotel, Tamworth, NSW
Friday 22nd January – Hogs Breath Stage, Tamworth, NSW

Beth Patterson
Tuesday 12th to Sunday 17th January – Ilawarra Folk Festival, Bulli, NSW
Friday 22nd to Sunday 24th January – Newstead Live Folk Festival, Newstead, VIC

Bluegrass @ Balls Head
Wednesday 20th January – Balls Head Reserve, Sydney, NSW

Boy & Bear
Friday 22nd January – Odeon Theatre, Hobart, TAS

Cake & Cordial Sessions ft. Paddy McHugh, Megan Cooper, Gretta Ziller, Andy Golledge, Brad Butcher
Friday 22nd January – St Paul’s Anglican Church, Tamworth, NSW

Dana Hassall
Friday 15th January – Tudor Hotel, Tamworth, NSW
Saturday 16th January – Tudor Hotel, Tamworth, NSW
Sunday 17th January – Tudor Hotel, Tamworth, NSW
Sunday 17th January – Country Turns Pink, Blazes @ Wests, Tamworth, NSW
Monday 18th January – City Plaza, Tamworth, NSW
Monday 18th January – Songhouse Sessions, Tamworth Services Club, Tamworth, NSW
Wednesday 20th January – This One’s For The Girls, South Tamworth Bowls Club, Tamworth, NSW
Thursday 21st January – Writer’s in the Round, Tamworth Services Club, Tamworth, NSW
Thursday 21st January – Late Night Alt, Tudor Hotel, Tamworth, NSW
Friday 22nd January – City Plaza, Tamworth, NSW
Friday 22nd January – FanZone, Tamworth, NSW
Friday 22nd January – The Songwriters Round, Capitol Theatre, Tamworth, NSW

Deep Down South feat. Lachlan Bryan, Les Thomas, Mr Alford Country, Jemma Nicole, Andrew Swift, Brooke Russell, Tom Dockray, Gretta Ziller
Friday 15th January – Hotel Nicholas, Beechworth, VIC
Saturday 16th January – Encore, Wollongong, NSW
Tuesday 19th January – The Family Hotel, Tamworth, NSW
Wednesday 20th January – The Tudor, Tamworth, NSW
Thursday 21st January – Dag Sheep Station, Tamworth, NSW

Dirty Three
Friday 15th January – State Theatre, Sydney, NSW

Eagle & The Wolf
Wednesday 20th January – House Concert, Tamworth, NSW
Thursday 21st January – The Pub, Tamworth, NSW
Thursday 21st January – The Pub, Tamworth, NSW
Friday 22nd January – The Longyard, Tamworth, NSW

Elwood Myre
Sunday 17th January – Union Hotel, Sydney, NSW

Fanny Lumsden
Monday 18th January – Frog and Toad, Tamworth, NSW
Monday 18th January – Fanzone Stage, Peel St, Tamworth, NSW
Tuesday 19th January – The Family Hotel, Tamworth, NSW
Tuesday 19th January – Frog and Toad, Tamworth, NSW
Wednesday 20th January – Late Night Alt at the Tudor Hotel, Tamworth, NSW
Thursday 21st January – Blazes Showroom at Wests, Tamworth, NSW
Friday 22nd January – Capitol Theatre, The Songwriters Round, Tamworth, NSW
Friday 22nd January – Longyard Deck, Tamworth, NSW

FolkSwagon feat. Mystery Guest Headliner, Elliot Maginot, The Campervan Dancers
Wednesday 20th January – Cafe Lounge, Sydney, NSW

Illawarra Folk Festival
Thursday 14th to Sunday 17th January – Bulli, NSW

Imogen Clark
Sunday 17th January – Tudor Front Bar, Tamworth, NSW
Monday 18th January – Songhouse Sessions @ Tamworth Services Club, Tamworth, NSW
Thursday 21st January – Capitol Theatre, Tamworth, NSW
Thursday 21st January – Americana in the Park, Tamworth, NSW
Thursday 21st January – The Pub, Tamworth, NSW
Friday 22nd January – Tudor Upstairs, Tamworth, NSW

Irish Mythen
Thursday 14th to Sunday 17th January – The Illawarra Folk Festival, Bulli, NSW
Wednesday 20th January – The Brass Monkey, Cronulla, NSW
Thursday 21st January – Lizotte’s, Newcastle, NSW
Friday 22nd January – The Django Bar, Marrickville, NSW

Joanna Newsom
Thursday 21st January – Sydney Opera House, Sydney, NSW

John Butler Trio
Friday 22nd January – Belvoir Amphitheatre, Upper Swan, WA

Julia Jacklin
Monday 18th January – Brighton Up Bar, Sydney, NSW
Tuesday 19th January – Old Bar, Melbourne, VIC

Kev Carmody
Sunday 17th January – The Famous Spiegeltent, Sydney, NSW

Lachlan Bryan & The Wildes
Friday 22nd January – The Tamworth, Tamworth, NSW

Late Night Library: Library Folk feat. Alex Guthrie, Taryn La Fauci
Wednesday 20th January – Hyde Park North, Sydney, NSW

Liam Gale & the Ponytails w/ Direwolf
Thursday 21st January – The Union Hotel, Sydney, NSW

Matthew E White
Friday 15th January – Magic Mirrors Spiegeltent, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 16th January – Lennox Theatre, Parramatta, NSW

Megan Cooper
Saturday 16th January – Tudor Hotel, Tamworth, NSW
Tuesday 19th January – TSA Awards Show, Longyard Hotel, Tamworth, NSW
Wednesday 20th January – Richo’s Roundup, Dag Sheep Station, Tamworth, NSW
Friday 22nd January – Cake & Cordial Sessions, St Paul’s Anglican Church Hall, Tamworth, NSW

Melody Feder
Sunday 17th January – South Tamworth Bowling Club, Tamworth, NSW
Sunday 17th January – Cafe Retro, Tamworth, NSW
Sunday 17th January – Country Turns Pink, Blazes @ Wests, Tamworth, NSW
Wednesday 20th January – Pig & Tinder, Tamworth, NSW

Newstead Live! Music Festival
Friday 22nd to Monday 25th January – Castlemaine, VIC

Numeralla Folk Festival
Friday 22nd to Monday 25th January – Numeralla, NSW

One Up, Two Down
Tuesday 19th to Saturday 23rd January – Andrew Clemont’s Supper Club, Tamworth, NSW

Out of Abingdon
Thursday 14th to Sunday 17th January – Illawarra Folk Festival, Bulli, NSW

Peasant Moon, Ben Horder, Matt Ward
Friday 15th January – The Gasoline Pony, Sydney, NSW

Ryley Walker
Friday 22nd January – The Famous Spiegeltent, Sydney, NSW

Sir Richard Bishop and Daniel Bachman
Sunday 17th January – St Stephen’s Uniting Church, Sydney, NSW

Songhouse Sessions feat. Luke O’Shea, Felicity Urquhart, Darren Coggan, Michael Bryers, Katie Brianna
Tuesday 17th January – Tamworth Services Club, Tamworth, NSW

Tamar Valley Folk Festival
Friday 15th to Sunday 17th January – Georgetown, TAS

Tamworth Country Music Festival
Saturday 15th to Sunday 24th January – Tamworth, NSW

The Beards
Wednesday 20th January – West Tamworth Leagues, Tamworth Country Music Festival, NSW

The Button Collective
Friday 15th to Sunday 17th January – Illawarra Folk Festival, Bulli, NSW
Friday 22nd January – Smiths Alternative, Canberra, ACT

The East Pointers
Friday 15th to Sunday 17th January – Illawarra Folk Festival, NSW
Monday 18th January – Bagdad Community Hall, TAS
Tuesday 19th January – Sulphur Creek Hall, TAS
Wednesday 20th January – Wynard Wharf Hotel Theatre, TAS
Thursday 21st January – Longford Town Hall, TAS
Friday 22nd January – Chudleigh Community Hall, TAS

The Franklin Electric
Friday 15th January – Oxford Art Factory, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 16th January – Cambridge Hotel, Newcastle, NSW
Tuesday 19th January – Fly By Night, Fremantle, WA
Wednesday 20th January – Indi Bar, Fremantle, WA
Thursday 21st January – The Rosemount, Perth, WA
Friday 22nd January – The Fat Controller, Adelaide, SA

The Plough
Sunday 17th January – The Coach and Horses, Sydney, NSW

The Wayward Henrys
Friday 15th January – Tudor Hotel, Tamworth, NSW
Sunday 17th January – The Pub, Tamworth, NSW
Sunday 17th January – FanZone, Tamworth, NSW
Monday 18th January – Dag Sheep Station, Tamworth, NSW
Wednesday 20th January – Post Office Hotel, Tamworth, NSW
Thursday 21st January – Courthouse Hotel, Tamworth, NSW
Thursday 21st January – Cafe Retro, Tamworth, NSW
Friday 22nd January – Hogs Breath Cafe, Tamworth, NSW
Friday 22nd January – Tudor Hotel, Tamworth, NSW

Thredbo Blues Festival
Friday 15th to Sunday 17th January – Thredbo, NSW

Friday Folk Flashback

“3 Slip Jigs” – Planxty

Details of the 2016 Cobargo Folk Festival

Cobargo
Image Courtesy of Cobargo Folk Festival

By Peter Logue

As it is for many things in life, for folk festivals, timing is everything. With the festival calendar now stretching from September through to late April, it becomes difficult to keep festival artistic programs fresh and exciting.

I have attended hundreds of folk festivals, here and in Europe, over the past 45 years and – I know it’s a big call and I’ll be accused of bias because I’m on the organising committee – I’ve never seen such an outstanding small festival line-up as you’ll see late in February in Cobargo.

Cobargo, in the magnificent Bega Valley, this year boasts eight world-class international acts, most of whom will go on to headline at major festivals like Port Fairy, Blue Mountains and the National in Canberra.

This includes heavy Celtic influences from the likes of Ireland’s Rambling Boys – lead by Four Men and a Dog bodhran master Gino Lupari – Canada’s exciting East Pointers, Irish bouzouki whiz Beth Patterson from the US and Nicola Hayes and Hélène Brunet, now based in Brittany.

The English tradition is also strongly represented with the multi-talented Kirsty Bromley, troubadour Alistair Brown who’s becoming a Cobargo regular, and one of my personal favourites Vin Garbutt – still making people laugh and cry at the same time.

A late and welcome inclusion from the US is the punk/bluegrass/soul duo Truckstop Honeymoon. I’d need a whole article to describe what they do – but here’s a clip that might explain them better than any words.

When you add local talents like Trouble in the Kitchen, Fred Smith and Liz Frenchman, blues legends The Backsliders (in acoustic mode), Daniel Champagne, Danny Spooner, the outrageous Old Empire Band and many, many more – it’s quite festival for such a small, but perfectly formed, village.

We’re particularly pleased to receive a grant Arts NSW’s Country Arts Support Program for Neil Murray, formerly of the Warumpi band, to run workshops in the Dhurga language with the local Yuin Community.

Back to the issue of timing. Cobargo Festival does not have deep pockets or particularly wealthy sponsors.

Most international acts tour for a month to six weeks at the most and generally time their run to take in the major festivals in March and early April.

Cobargo does well because it has a great reputation for hospitality, great scenery not far from a hundred pristine beaches, and knowledgeable audiences – many of whom have been coming to the festival for the 21 years it has been going.

It gives acts time to settle in, shake off the jet lag and get their sets in order, plus they can cover expenses and seel a lot of CDs to the 3000 plus people who attended.

Run by volunteer from the community, Cobargo spends any profits it makes wisely. Since last year it has worked closely with co-venue partners the Showground Trust to improve facilities, adding a big new shower and toilet block and improving camping areas at the Showground.

We’re expecting a bumper crowd this year and are thankful for a grant from Destination NSW to help promote the festival outside our area. Of course, we don’t want to get too big and lose that wonderful intimate atmosphere of the small festival.

Dates are February 26th-28th: so get in early and look for tickets on www.cobargofolkfestival.com

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