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 Folk Festival 2021
The Folk Federation is pleased to announce that Sydney Folk Festival 2021 will be held from 13-15 August. Performer applications are now open.
Sydney Folk Festival aims to showcase the diversity of folk music and folk arts in NSW and beyond with an event that is fresh, vibrant and engaging. For all the latest information, to access the Performer Application Form and to sign up to the SFF21 e-News please visit the Sydney Folk Festival website.
Cobargo Folk Festival asks: Want to see some of the best folk music from Ireland & Scotland? Check back here on Sunday & we’ll have a link for you. And don’t ask for a translation of all the Irish. Thanks to Donal O’Connor, a good friend of the Cobargo Folk Festival.
The Figgy Folk Session will return live to the Figtree Hotel at 7.30pm on Monday 15 March 2021 after a year-long period of Zoom sessions. Big News!
Keaton Music Typewriter
Trust Sandra Nixon to come across something like this!
The Keaton Music Typewriter was first patented in 1936. Much improved by the 1950s it sold for around US$225 and could print on a sheet of paper lying flat under the typing mechanism. The typewriter made it easier for publishers, educators, and other musicians to produce music copies in quantity. Composers, however, preferred to write the music out by hand.
Calendar of Events
Monday 22 February
Songwriting Society of Australia Showcase - 7.30pm
Kellys On King (285 King St, Newtown)
Acts so far: Goldilocks Zone, Stephen Kiely, Angie Thornton, Tamsin Lancaster, Kalena Haireka, Sarah McCoy, Rob Pearce, Sean Cooper, Jo Kerr, Allan Crew, Hosts: Roxanne Kiely, Russell Neal - 1 or 2 FREE SPOTS
The Rhythm Singlet - 8pm. ahhhhhhhh, I have been thinking about this. it's groove equivalent to singlet theory. what's going on? with groove, with time, with signatures, with cross rhythms, with everything? what do all the numbers mean? how do you get better at rhythm? we will explore this, in real time, luxuriously, and purely with feet, hands, and voices. oh, I have been thinking about this. all things are, as usual, at website. - Stephen Taberner.
Figgy Folk Session. Neil Rowsell invites you to a scheduled Zoom meeting for the next session - Live via Zoom, 7.30pm. The details for joining are below. Just click the link.
Topic: Figgy Folk Session. Time: Feb 22, 2021 07.30pm Canberra, Melbourne, Sydney. JoinZoom Meeting. Meeting ID:832 7435 8158 Passcode: 164018
Tuesday 23 February
NEWCASTLE: Hunter Bush Poets are Back in Action. 6-8pm at the Seven Seas Hotel, Cowper St, Carrington. Details, Ron Brown 0427 261 313.
Irish John Arthurs & Chris Turner will be Ross M Fear’s studio guests on Alive 90.5 fm Australian Spectrum Show, 9pm, featuring their new album ‘Fun For A While’. Irish John has been singing all his life from Belfast to Australia with numerous Sydney bands & regular cameo appearances with Chris Turner as well as the Jim Finn Band. John Arthurs was the lead singer of 1980s new wave band Ward 13 signed to EMI, recording 3 albums, with charting singles success, touring, radio & television appearances. Irish John’s new album recorded with mate Chris Turner features some of his favourite songs & is released through independent label Big Rock Records.
Tales from the High Stool - 9pm. Presented by Pádraig Ó Cuinn on 2RRR with interviews with people involved in local & global music. Podcasts online after each show. Send suggestions for music, suitable guest etc. to Patrick.
The Naked Singlet- 8pm. In which the singletmeister armed only with ukulele joins battle with the troops and a well chosen song, it’s zingy and very singy, shorter than the other one, much less involving of parts, and much more of tasty calls/responses and things. ask somebody who’s been! All things are, as usual, at website. - Stephen Taberner.
An audio/visual presentation with narrative - the story of the Ottoman Siege of Malta in 1565. Music composed by band members. Lyrics by Andy in Turkish, Maltese, & English. Translations provided.
Support folk artists coming back from the wilderness of a covid year!
Dr John Napier (cello, Head of School of Music UNSW) Llew Kiek (double ARIA winner on bouzouki, guitar, Turkish lute) John Robinson (strings player extraordinaire & handy percussionist too!) Andy Busuttil (percussion, vocals)
Worldwide Folk - 2-4pm, VOX FM. Presented by Russell Hannah.
Traditional Graffiti- 7pm
Don't miss the Troubadour's Grand Opening for 2021
The fabulous Traditional Graffiti band make a long-awaited return visit to the Central Coast. Formerly known & loved as the Wheeze & Suck Band, they perform exciting music in the style many find reminiscent of the great Steeleye Span. With fantastic vocal harmonies, exciting instrumentalists & a powerful foot thumping rhythm, they give life to many of the great old British folk ballads as well as other songs from the folk & contemporary repertoire. Support from some favourite local performers with some great floor spots - this will be a cracker. 7pm-10.30pm.
Limited places due to Covid regulations, click here to book NOW: $20, conc. $15, members $13.
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: Short Note, Steve Clark & Russell Neal, Kenneth D'Aran, Russell Neal (host) - FREE SPOTS
You are invited to participate in an interactive Zoom session with Keith Donnelly & Ursula Holden Gill.
Keith Donnelly - the funniest thing to happen to folk music since the banjo! Keith is a very [very!] funny, globe-trotting, Geordie tall-tale-telling-singer-songwriter-guitarist. Watch this video of him performing in Humph Hall ten years ago.
Ursula Holden Gill is an Award-Winning UK Storyteller, Singer & TV personality. She frequently travels internationally and throughout the UK, using music, movement and real-life observation to inform her own original and traditionally inspired storytelling. If you think you’ve seen storytelling before, just wait until you see what she does with a story! Watch this intro video.
"Keith & Ursula, when their solo commitments allow, enjoy collaborating at each other’s shows. To see them share a whole, ‘Double Header’ Show, is a rare, not-to-be-missed, treat."
If you'd like to make a monetary contribution ($15/$10?) towards Keith & Ursula you can do so directly by clicking here.
To participate in the event all you need to do is simply click here any time from 7.45pm on Sunday 28th February.
Alternatively, use your Zoom application to join with these details: