Items for Folkmail - Due to a reorganisation of roles within the Folkmail team, in the future please send all items for inclusion in Folkmail to Wayne. And don't forget to also send in your suggestions for Folkmail's 'Video of the Week' (see below).
Please Note: The format for Folkmail is a weekly (Mon-Sun) listing of folk related events listed in chronological order. Some of you might find that your email client requires you to click on a 'View entire message' link to see the last day or so's events.
'Live' events are in green. 'Mediated' events are in yellow. Hybrid 'live' + 'mediated' events are in purple.
Sydney Folk Festival - 19-21 August
Purchase tickets - Early Bird allocation is being snapped up and will close once exhausted. Don't miss your opportunity to pick up our best priced Festival ticket. Buy now and get in while they last.
Volunteer - Volunteering at the Sydney Folk Festival provides a great way to be part of an exciting urban festival and meet lovely, like-minded people. If you love folk music, want to support folk artists and culture or simply want to work alongside a bunch of great people, please consider volunteering in 2022.
2022 Australian Folk Music Awards
Nominations are now open for this year's awards for artists, performers, venues, festivals and projects to showcase and highlight the talent and diversity of the Australian folk music scene. More info here.
Out & Loud & Proud - 19-23 Feb. 2023
The Out & Loud queer choir festival has been celebrating LGBTIQA+ pride through song since 2001. Every three years choirs from all around Australia and our Indo-Pacific neighbours have come together to share the joy of singing through workshops, performances and a massed choral Gala Concert. Now, to celebrate Sydney WorldPride in 2023, we've added Proud to the name & we’re inviting choirs & singers from all over the world to join us.
We’re expecting more than 500 singers from over a dozen choirs to come together and sing out to the world.
By being part of WorldPride in 2023, Out & Loud & Proud will be a unique opportunity to showcase our talents and passion for singing to a truly global audience – and we invite you to join us along the journey.
Anyone can take part, either as part of a choir or as an individual singer. There are also many opportunities to help with the organisation of the festival as a volunteer.
Films about music are always among the fastest sellers at Sydney Films Festival. From Baz Luhrmann's hotly anticipated Elvis, to the fight for women's rights through song in Afghanistan in And Still I Sing, we're bringing the music that moves you to the big screen. This year’s Sounds on Screen program is no exception. More info
Video of the Week
She is a Woman (Nerida Cuddy)
In her powerful song She is a Woman,Nerida Cuddy explores the beauty and dignity of woman, and the devasting ripple effect of violence against them. Enhanced by a large range of beautiful artworks shared by her artist friends.
Calendar of Events
Monday 13 June
Minstrels Gallery - 6pm. Folk music program is broadcast every Monday, 6-8pm Sydney time. The program can be heard locally on Highland FM 107.1, & streaming.
SongsOnLine Australia & Aussie Country OpenMic - 7.30-10pm
Pádraig Ó Cuinn hosts this program on 2RRR with interviews with people involved in local & global music. Guests are invited into a virtual 'pub' to sit on 'The High Stool', & discuss music, musical influences, & whatever they like, with their virtual 'bar-person'.
Pádraig's guest this week is Elsen Price who has been described 'as comfortable in classical, new music and world music, as he is in jazz and improvised music. A confident performer and composer with a broad imagination, he is definitely a bassist to keep an eye on.' (AustralianJazz.Net),
'His level of virtuosity has few peers in this country, but two other aspects of his work are yet more important: his starburst imagination (as both composer and improviser) and his sound. The latter’s warmth and opulence ensures that however complex, busy and labyrinthine the music may become, Price can stop your heart with a single note (executed with perfect intonation).' (Sydney Morning Herald).
Send suggestions for music, suitable guest etc. to Patrick.
Australian Spectrum Show - 9pm Alive 90.5 FM, presented by Ross M Fear every Tuesday night. Check Facebook for details of the program tonight.
NovaBossa will host. Let Russell know if you'd like to play.
NEWCASTLE: Classic Folkprogram on 2NURFM, Wednesdays, 9-10pm. Folk music - classic songs & emerging artists, from the Australian folk scene & around the world - Phil Bates & Jane Klein bring you the best of folk.
This extravaganza, spanning 10,000 years and 658 suburbs, featuring a live folk band and a Greek chorus, will be performed by a cast full of Morris dancers (from Sydney of course) and filled with songs penned by Clark Gormley.
Andsome Friends will be up first. Andsome Friends is an Australian a cappella group formed in 2009 in Sydney to record and perform Miguel Heatwole’s original compositions and arrangements.
Jane Germain - With a background that has informed her journey, Jane is a world class performing artist who has a career spanning over 30 years. With her collaborators, she has written and released original songs and albums and performed in a diverse range of venues such as China, Tasmania, Tamworth.
TheSydney Scottish Fiddlers are a group of musicians who meet once a month to learn and play Scottish tunes. Let's look forward to being entertained by endearing Scottish accents and music.
Russell Neal will host. Booked in: Neil Bennett, Storm, David Ballinger, Les Matthews, John Wright, Shawn Lawrie, Kenneth D'Aran. Let Russell know if you would also like to play.
Worldwide Folk - 2-4pm. Illawarra Folk Club has supported local community radio station VOX FM 106.9 for many years. The Club presents a folk music programme every Saturday. This week's presenter is Roger Fyfe.
Russell Neal will host. Booked in: Marifel Jacobs, Jill Riddiford, Francis Rodr, Kelly Winning. Let Russell know if you'd also like to play.
Toby Martin & friends - 7.30pm
The Republic is proud to present Toby Martin - a musician and songwriter perhaps best known for his role as lead singer with Sydney band Youth Group, who have produced five studio albums, toured the world, won an ARIA, and had a Number One single in 2006 with ‘Forever Young’.
Toby is also a historian of music, especially country music, & is currently based in Sydney where he works as a Lecturer in Contemporary Music at the Conservatorium of Music.
'The Walking Deads’ is Australia’s premier Talking Heads Tribute Show, featuring a talented eight-piece band recreating Talking Heads’ most loved songs, capturing their unique energy and quirkiness through choreography, anecdotes and of course … a very big suit!
Whirled Wide - 1pm, Fine Music 102.5 FM; & live streaming, Showcasing diverse music from cultures around the world, both traditional & modern. It features musicians from all corners of the globe including Australia.
Bush Music & Poetry - 1.30pm
Duffys Forest Residents Association and Dundundra Falls Reserve invite you to an afternoon of Bush Music with Greg Dimmock & Bush Poetry with Don Swonnell, Gary Cullen and other local identities.
The event will be held in Waratah Park, the former home of Skippy the Bush Kangaroo, to bring awareness of the restoration work at the Park and to thank all the volunteers for their commitment.