More and more 'live' events are happening these days alongside the mediated ones. Do let us know of events that we should be telling people about. - Julie
'Live' events are in green. 'Mediated' events are in yellow. Hybrid 'live' + 'mediated' events are in blue.
Sydney Scottish Fiddlers are a group of musicians who play Scottish melodies & dance tunes for enjoyment. Meetings are usually held on the first Sunday afternoon of the month in private houses. It's a relaxed & informal diverse group ... & yes, other instruments besides fiddles are also welcome. Check us out or contact James, 0403 809 531
Irish Music Session on the North side of Sydney. This relaxed session is held every second & fourth Tuesday of the month, from 7.30pm, in the Shamrock bar in the Magpies Club, Railway Ave, Waitara (just across from Waitara train station). Information from Ann, 0406 552 036
Rare video unearthed of Gaelic Club 1989. Showing musicians, dancers, singer Tim Connor & people at the bar. Video shot by Michael McPhee. Shay Byrne found this VHS tape & posted on his YouTube channel.
Calendar of Events
Monday 25 January
Songwriting Society of Australia Showcase - 7.30pm
Kellys On King (285 King St, Newtown)
Acts so far: Stephen Kiely, Lily Jones, Simrita Lodh, Sarah McCoy, Sue Duchesne, Duncan Hill, Tamsin Lancaster, Marilyn Oxlade, Kalena Haireka, Roxanne Kiely, Rob Pearce, Allan Crew, Jo Kerr, Kenneth D'Aran, host/sound: Roxanne Kiely, Russell Neal (host) - 1 or 2 FREE SPOTS
7.30-9.30pm AEDT. Musicians & MFS members $6, others $8. Maximum number of people in hall is 33. Kitchen is closed. Bring your own food & water, etc. Toilets will be open & there will be sanitiser wipes & hand bottles. Remember to socially distance 1.5m. Be aware of others & don’t encroach.
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'.
Streaming live on 2RRR (88.5MHz FM). Podcasts online after each show. Send suggestions for music, suitable guest etc. to Patrick.
Australian Spectrum Show- 9pm
Wolf Mail will be Ross M Fear’s studio guest on Alive 90.5 fm Australian Spectrum Show, 9pm - talking about his new show Peter & the Wolf, celebrating music of the late legendary Peter Green. Blues soul guitarist, singer, showman & song writer, has been an Australian resident for about a decade. Born in Montreal Canada, grew up in California before moving to Australia. A 25 year career, with a top 10 Billboard hit, 7 original albums & over 3000 shows worldwide. (Peter & The Wolf shows: Fri 5 Feb, Lazybones Lounge, Marrickville & Fri 19 Mar, Canberra.)
Classic Folk - 9-10pm, 2NURFM, with Phil Bates and Jane Klein.
Thursday 28 January
The Queen's Singlet - 7am. We couldn't resist this name. but there will be no bombast, no union jack, we will not sing rule brittania. the one & only thing about this which makes it a queen's singlet, the ONLY thing, is that for ONCE, FOR MERCY'S SAKE, we are doing a singlet at a time which is suitable for the blessed, beautiful inhabitants of the UK. we will do something perfectly wonderful, it may or may not fall under HM's reign. but it WILL be at 8pm, Wednesday, UK time, isn't that grand? it also means that it's at 7am australian time (9am NZ), so....we really DO love you. all things are, as usual, at website. - Stephen Taberner.
Andy Baylor, after a sell-out December gig, another joyful night of Cajun two-steps, Waltzes, Country blues & more, with his all-star band, the Cajun Combo
Andy (vocals, fiddle, guitar) Jeff Mercer (electric guitar) Garry Steel (accordion) Alex Hewitson (bass) Antero Ceschin (drums).
Has been playing his hybrid brand of very happy Cajun music around bars, backyards, concert halls & festivals for many a year. Has visited swamplands of Southern Louisiana several times, & has brought back the feel, rhythm & musical nuance which makes Cajun music so appealing. On YouTube.
Drey Rollan (guitar, vocals) Johnny G (keyboards) Scott Leishman (bass) Lozz Benson (drums, vocals)
The Drey Rollan Band takes you through the work of guitar legend, Eric Clapton, incl. his days in Cream, Blind Faith, Derek & The Dominos, & hugely successful solo career! Eric Clapton took the powerful Blues licks of BB King & Buddy Guy to help create the Blues Rock landscape, influencing everyone from Jimi Hendrix & Jeff Beck to Jimmy Page & Eddie Van Halen. Songs such as Crossroads, Sunshine of Your Love, White Room, Layla, I Shot The Sheriff, Tears in Heaven, many more.
$26. Bookings essential. Limited tickets due to Covid-19 restrictions!
MORPETH: 'Summer Days' Celtic session - 2-5pm. At the Morpeth Commercial Hotel. Gary, 0412 827 380
Worldwide Folk - 2-4pm, VOX FM with Graeme Morrison
Sunday 31 January
40 Degrees South - 11.30am
40 Degrees South have a concert & workshop at a virtual festival organised by Seattle Folklore Society. 'RainyCamp' has been running for three decades & the zoom version, planned for the last weekend in January, consists of six concerts & over 30 themed presentations & singing circles. The program is here. Note: Sydney is 19 hours ahead of Seattle (Pacific Standard Time) – so the concert for 40 Degrees South, on the program as Saturday 4.30-5pm, will be Sunday, 11.30am-noon. Their workshop 'Hard Yakka' – Australian Working Lives will take place (Sydney time) on Monday 1 February at 9.30-11am. You need to register here.
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. Presented this week by Gerry Myerson.
Cocina del Barrio 526 King St, Newtown
Acts so far: Merilyn Steele, Kenneth D'Aran, Jo Kerr, Russell Neal (host) - FREE SPOTS
Brigid’s Day Sydney - 5pm. Celebrating Irish Australian women & Ireland’s St Brigid. Music, poetry, songs, readings & history by The Prankqueans. Gaelic Club, 1/64 Devonshire St, supported by Irish Consulate General. Book free ticket to secure a place.
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