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.
Items for Folkmail - Due to a reorganisation of roles within the Folkmail team, please send all items for inclusion in Folkmail to Wayne. - Julie
'Live' events are in green. 'Mediated' events are in yellow. Hybrid 'live' + 'mediated' events are in purple.
Vale Frank O'Gallagher
Frank O’Gallagher, arrived in Sydney in 1959 having been brought up to the sound of Irish music.
After a career at Alcan and later as Chief Engineer of John Fairfax Limited he eventually turned back to the music of his youth and the Australian Folk scene.
He was a regular at folk festivals and always ready to join in any session in the pubs. Through his connections with the folk crowd his home became the regular setting for some very interesting folk music gatherings/pool parties.
He eventually turned his engineering skills towards first, the repair of concertinas, and later the design and manufacture of Celtic harps.
Frank passed peacefully listening to his beloved folk tunes as befitting a true folkie.
Those who knew Frank are invited to a celebration of his life:
Russell Vincent will host. Let Russell know if you'd like to play.
Tales from the High Stool - 9pm
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 the man from Strabane, and events Manager for the Sydney Fleadh (Irish Festival), Gerry McCullagh. The Comhaltas Sydney (Irish Festival) is on next weekend and will be hosted by the Gaelic Club in Devonshire Street, Sydney.
It promises to be an amazing weekend with something for everyone with music, song, language and dance, and workshops for all levels. For further info on the Sydney Fleadh go to their website.
Send suggestions for music, suitable guest etc. to Patrick.
Australian Spectrum Show - 9pmAlive 90.5 FM, presented by Ross M Fear every Tuesday night. Check Facebook for details of the program tonight.
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.
The Marvellous Hearts are celebrating Carlyn joining their crew on fiddle with this special unplugged concert in the fabulous acoustics of Humph Hall - a great way to hear their original music in a completely unplugged intimate environment.
The Ladybeans vocal duo will also be joining them & they are really looking forward to hearing their magical vocal harmonies without microphones in this beautiful space.
Russell Neal will host. Let Russell know if you'd like to play.
Manly Fig - 8pm
Covid has decimated live music audience numbers with many people leaving Sydney or severely restricting their socialising. Yet another Sydney venue - Street Market at Crows Nest - has closed. The Manly Fig have to decide after their next show whether to continue the Fig. If their audience size is again less than 50% of their normal then they will be forced to stop their shows temporarily or permanently after the June one.
JoshjosH - A singer-songwriter-producer who creates infectious, organic-pop songs.
Liza Ohlback & Mercy Train - Influenced by the great Southern Soul & Gospel singers, this Triple Chain award winner has a stunning voice that reaches from the depths of Etta James to the heights of Aretha Franklin and the passion of Mavis Staples.
Three legendary Australian Blues artists, Shane Pacey, Sally King & Clayton Doley, come together in perfect harmony, as the band, Pacey King and Doley! A world-class band, with 4-part harmonies and a catalogue of superb original songs!
After playing at this year's Bluesfest over Easter, they'll be showcasing their debut album, "Better Together" at this special Leichhardt Bowlo show!
Russell Neal will host. Booked in: Neil Bennett, David Ballinger, Storm, 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 Russell Hannah.
Concert for Rod - 2.30pm
This is the Illawarra Folk Club's tribute and memorial to its life member and Vice President, the late Rod Cork.
Rod and Judy Cork were towering influences in the club and as Kiama residents,were largely responsible for promoting the club in Kiama and establishing our Annual Folk by the Sea Festival.
And this memorial concert . . . .what a line-up of folk performers - Rod and Judy were very highly loved and respected in the folk community and the songs being performed are those that Rod would have loved. Some performers have demanded to sing a song or two and have said that they would throw me down a mine if I didn’t put them on (no names).
The line-up includes Enda Kenny, Nerida Cuddy, The Water Runners, Penny Hartgerink & Chris Wilson, Claire & Glenn, John Tubridy, Dave Oliphant, Tony, Helen & Graeme. Michael Waugh has sent a song and Alex Hood will say a few words.
A donation of $20 is encouraged to help fund the Community Cancer Nurses, Illawarra and to help with the travel costs of these generous performers who are giving this tribute to Rod.
James Lyon will host. Booked in: Russell Neal John Gillespie, Kelly Winning, Adrian San Juan, Jill Riddiford. Let Russell know if you'd also like to play.
Traditional Graffiti + Cathy Rytmeister - 7pm
Traditional Graffiti the exciting roots music band that has evolved out of Australia’s ever-popular gang of ex-pats, ‘The Wheeze & Suck Band’. Ian ‘The Pump’ Macintosh (Melodeon, guitar, Harmonica), John ‘Red Tips’ Milce (Percussion and japes ie: he hits things hard!) & Nigel ‘Muddy’ Waters (Mandolin, Cello Mandolin, Harmonica & Guitar) continue their unique readings of English-based traditional, ceremonial and contemporary folk material, but now embrace both the strong Australasian and North American influences that have influenced their lives over the years.
Cathy Rytmeister started playing guitar and singing at around the age of 12 and has indulged in music as a hobby ever since, fitting it in around her day job, union activism and now grandchildren. Her repertoire mainly consists of interpretations of traditional songs, but also includes original and co-written pieces & more than a few parodies & filks for special occasions – or particular targets! She will be bringing along some friends . . .
Disability access, BYO.
The Loaded Dog Annandale Community Centre (back hall) 79 Johnston St, Annandale
$20/$18 - Enquiries & bookings – email, or call Sandra 9358 4886, or text 0492 977 20
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.
Singing Up Country - 4-8pm
Put together such talented First Nations performers as Statesman of Jazz Johnny Nicol, Kevin Hunt, The Stiff Gins (Nardi Simpson and Kaleena Briggs), well-known R&B Rap singer Radical Son, Michael Birk, GiiMusic, Nadeena Dixon and Aleta Wassell and you get the amazing performers at this year’s Singing Up Country event.
Prior to the concert at 2.45pm, is Listening to Country in which Uncle Dennis Foley will share his knowledge about the area including Kierans Creek.