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.
Vale Henry 'Seaman' Dan [From Graeme Regan, on Monday 4 January.]
Steady Steady Music announces the passing of Torres Strait Islander elder and singer-songwriter Henry 'Seaman' Dan, aged 91, in Cairns. He is Australia's oldest ARIA Award recipient (2004 & 2009) and in 2020 was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia for his services to the arts.
Other major achievements include the Red Ochre Award (2005), the Jimmy Little Lifetime Achievement Award (2009), the National Indigenous Hall of Fame Award (2013) and the Grant McLennan Lifetime Achievement Award at the Queensland Music Awards (2019).
In his early working life he was a jackaroo, a deep-water pearlshell diver and a boat skipper.
His recording career began at the advanced age of 70 and he recorded 8 albums and performed across Australia.
'Seaman' Dan was a gifted singer, a consummate story-teller and always so proud to present his Torres Strait Islander musical heritage to the world.
For further information please contact Dr Karl Neuenfeldt (Co-Producer) 0417 194 050. (Dr Neuenfeldt is handling media for the family.) We have permission to use the ARIA Award photo (Amanda Fehr).
Canberra Contra Club: Rob Mahony has decided that it is wise to wait a couple of weeks before starting the Tuesday night CCC sessions again in 2021. The recent COVID outbreaks in Sydney coupled with the amount of general travel over the Christmas period has elevated the risk that there could be undiagnosed cases around in Canberra. "I would like to wait a couple of weeks for the Sydney outbreak to stabilise & hopefully for Canberra to stay COVID free & then I will have confidence again to run the Tuesday sessions."
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'. This week will include Part 1 of the interview with Grammy winner Elijah Wald (who performed at Sydney’s inaugural folk festival in 2019). He has published more than 1,000 articles, mostly about folk, roots & international music for various publications, incl. over 10 years as 'world music' writer for the Boston Globe. He has written numerous books mostly about music, eg Delta blues, Mexican drug ballads, hitchhiking, & a broad social history of American popular music (How the Beatles Destroyed Rock 'n' Roll). Featured artists are Dave Van Ronk, Belle Stewart, Pete Seeger, Woody Guthrie, Joe Ely, Jean-Bosco Mwenda, Tigres del Nortes, the Shirelles, & Joseph Spence! Also a lovely anecdote about Ireland's poet laureate Seamus Heaney. 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. Presented by Ross M Fear on Alive 90.5 fm. Listen online. Streaming worldwide.
Classic Folk - 9-10pm, 2NURFM, with Phil Bates and Jane Klein.
Friday 15 January
The Fallen Robins - 8pm
The Fallen Robins, in a live concert tonight. A refreshingly delightful trio of sisters who have gone from strength to strength since their debut in 2018. Their repertoire mix of originals & covers showcases their neo-folk/pop fusion style. Floor spots available for locals & visitors.
Beatrice Taylor Hall Willow Park, Hornsby
8-11pm (doors 7.30). $25 contribution. COVID safety measures will be in place. Bookings essential - limited places. Contact us to book your seat!
Worldwide Folk - 2-4pm, VOX FM with Russell Hannah
'Continental' Robert Susz - 8pm
'Continental' Robert Susz & Clayton Doley. 'Continental' Robert Susz (ex-Dynamic Hepnotics & Mighty Reapers) brings his five-piece Continental Blues & BoOGaloO Party for a night of Blues, Soul & Downhome Boogaloo! The band: 'Continental' Robert (harmonica, vocals), Clayton Doley (keyboards), Adam Pringle (guitar), Alex Hewetson (bass) & Antero Ceschin (drums). For this show Robert mixes his own Blues & Soul compositions (incl. 'Soul Kind Of Feeling') with show-stopping versions of tunes from the likes of Ray Charles, Muddy Waters, James Brown, Curtis Mayfield, BB King, etc.
$26. Bookings essential. Limited tickets due to Covid-19 restrictions!
Sunday 17 January
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: Josie Bakker, Steve Clark & Russell Neal, Kenneth D'Aran, Russell Neal (host)
You are invited to participate in an interactive Zoom session with Les Barker, one of the funniest men you are ever likely to meet - if you haven't met him yet, check out this video of him performing his hilarious poem 'Reg was a lonely glow worm'!
In Les's own words:
Mr Barker will pause in mid-porridge to share an hour or so’s poetry and conversation with whoever’s around at whatever time it is wherever you are. Then he’ll give his breakfast another minute in the microwave and finish it off, but you don’t have to watch that bit.
If you'd like to make a contribution towards Les (he hasn't had many festivals to attend recently!), you can do so by booking through Humanitix otherwise simply click here any time from 7.20pm on Sunday 17th on your computer, smart phone or tablet.
Alternatively, use your Zoom application to join with these details:
Meeting #: 00023750 (Password: humph)
Please don't hesitate to get in touch if you need any help with the technology or anything else.