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.
We have lost two good people this month:
On Tuesday 2 February, Bill Arnett ('Billy Folkus'), after a long illness - longtime supporter of folk & live music. Our condolences to his family. On Friday 5 February, John Thompson, of Cloudstreet. Our condolences to his wife & singing partner Nicole Murray.
The Loaded Dog at Newtown Neighbourhood Centre on Saturday 27 February - with Craig Sinclair, & The Three Audacities (Emma Norton, Dan Kenny, Margaret Walters). Only 40 tickets allowed - & tickets are still available. More info.
The Battle of the Somme Video - In the mid 1960s Phyl Lobl wrote these poignant lyrics to a pipe tune by Pipe-Major William Laurie, who fought in the Battle of The Somme & then was repatriated to England where he died. This evocative video is a wonderful collaborative project between Phyl Lobl, Dingo's Breakfast, Lindsay Martin & a host of other generous & talented souls. In the background we can hear Phyl's 1982 Sydney NFF appearance with Declan Affley, the only previous recording of the song.
Phyl's father was under-age when he enlisted, though he was 18 by the time he went to the Somme, & one of the images is a very young soldier looking at the photographer. A DVD of this video & the story of this 5-year project is available from the 'Video & Audio' button on the Dingo's Breakfast website.
Calendar of Events
Monday 8 February
Songwriting Society of Australia Showcase - 7.30pm
Kellys On King (285 King St, Newtown)
Acts: John Chesher, Gavin Fitzgerald, Jocelin Chan, Geoff Gates, Ward P, John Givins, Jo Kerr, Peter Gee, Allan Crew, Russell Neal (Host) - 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.
Tuesday 9 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.
7.30-9.30pm. 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'. His guest this week is Brian Branigan of A Lazarus Soul. Their 4th studio album 'The D they put between the R and the L' was nominated for best Irish album of 2019. Brian was nicknamed Lazarus by his mother, told he wouldn’t survive at birth. He did, but had major surgery for a form of Spina bifida - only to have cancer in his teens, saved again by good fortune & surgery. This had a huge effect on a young mind & song writing became his coping mechanism, a way of figuring out the world. His songs became those of A Lazarus Soul & he is one of Ireland’s finest lyrical commentators. He writes songs on behalf of the dregs & the disenfranchised of Irish society; for the poor, the homeless, addicts, refugees; kids & mothers who wait at home while fathers shout drinks for strangers at the pub; Dubliners whose communities were broken & flats torn down as the inner city became gentrified. A fascinating interview & some amazing music! 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.
Wednesday 10 February
The Marais Project - 1.15pm
Jennifer Eriksson (viola da gamba), Tommie Andersson (theorbo), Susie Bishop (voice, violin). Baroque songs & interludes from around Europe. A celebration of music for viola da gamba inspired by Marin Marais, French virtuoso viola da gamba performer & composer. Now includes Swedish folk music, mediaeval & renaissance repertoire.
The Classic Singlet- 8pm. The classic singlet, it’s back! Join up to 500 participants worldwide in warm ups, the learning and singing of a song, a little drink break, and then a bit of sharing: thoughts, knitted things, flags, or snippets of music from you, possibly finishing with a dance track. All things are, as usual, at website. - Stephen Taberner.
Classic Folk - 9-10pm, 2NURFM, with Phil Bates and Jane Klein.
To book, send us an email and we will confirm your reservation by return email. Alternatively phone: (02) 9905-7215. If we don't reply to your email or phone message within 72 hours then assume we didn't receive it. Tickets are $30 payable in cash only at the door. More information on the web site.
Mitch Grainger, world-renowned blues harmonica-player, guitarist, & Australian roots-music troubadour, now based in Nashville, Tennessee, has returned to catch up with family & friends, & Australian fans. His only Sydney show! Mitch started out on the local Sydney blues scene at 14 with fellow Balmain boys, Alex Lloyd & Declan Kelly, in The Beefs. He then joined the Bondi Cigars, before forming his own band, Papa Lips, in 1994, with Declan Kelly, Clayton Doley, Rowan Lane, & his sister, Kara Grainger. On Facebook.
$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. Presented by Yvonne O'Grady.
Sunday 14 February - Valentines Day
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: Steve Clark, Kenneth D'Aran, Russell Neal, James Lyon (host) - FREE SPOTS