"Well what a surprise.Never thought I would see the day. I used to work with Tim Connor up in Brisbane. He got me on the telly on 5 occasions. He was banned for life from driving & if I was free, I would drive him to gigs & do the last 10 minutes of it accompanying him on fiddle."
Singing retreat - Wallaroo
Tuscany in the Yass Valley, NSW
5 days of singing and walking amongst the vineyards of the beautiful Yass Valley with Rachel Hore, Jo Cresswell and Dave O'Neill.
This week promises to be a beautiful relaxing time in this picturesque and unknown region of NSW with a variety of award winning vineyards. Our days will be spread between singing classes in wineries and local churches, walks of 1–2 hours, a visit to a nearby historic town and delicious home cooked meals back at our Homestead every night.
This tour is a small group (max 16 singers) so please get in quick for this one.
As we have mainly queen bedrooms available this trip is mostly for couples or cosy friends. We can only offer a couple of singles and one twin. Choose from a range of accommodation options that includes a lovely Georgian style homestead, fabulous Art Deco train carriages, or winery accomodation.
Songwriting Society of Australia Showcase - 7.30pm
Kellys On King (285 King St, Newtown)
Acts: Stephen Case, Terry Mandryk, Judex Jasmin, Russell Vincent, Grant Jones, Robert Holtsbaum, Sian, Jill Riddiford, Rodney Rockhopper, Peter Granton, Jo Kerr, Allan Crew, Dave Turner, Hosts/Sound: Peter Campbell, Russell Neal - FULL
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 2 February
Battle of the BandsOnStage restarting Heat 1 7.30-10.30pm
7:30-8:15 Noizy Headz 8:30-9:15 the Peacemakers 9.30-10:15 the Meditations
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.
N.B. There will be NO Zoom remote access this week. Sorry,
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'.
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
Carolyn Packer’s Stompin’ Rhythm Aceswill be Ross M Fear’s featured studio guest on Alive 90.5 fm Australian Spectrum Show, 9pm, featuring her new album 'Sweet Substitute'. It follows her critically acclaimed album 'There’ll Be Some Changes Made'. Carolyn Packer has played keyboards & sung as jazz & blues solo performer & with legendary Foreday Riders, The Jive Bombers, Bridge City Jazz Band, Bill Dudley's New Orleanians, Greg Englert’s Swing Cats, & more, before forming Carolyn Packer’s Stompin’ Rhythm Aces, with Carolyn (piano, organ, vocals), Cameron Jones (guitar), David Ridyard (clarinet, saxophone), Greg Englert (trumpet), Ed Rapo (bass), Jim Fletcher (drums). Popular performers on the Sydney & Central Coast jazz scene.
A quartet - Brian Campeau, Richie Cuthbert, Jason Mannell, Ben Romalis - of expressive songwriters who take their 4-part harmonising seriously. A broad musical landscape from influences like Beck, Fleet Foxes, Hank Williams, Tom Waits, Portishead & Gram Parsons. 'Garage-grass' (Campeau).
+ Luke Escombe. John Shand (S.M.H.) said 'funny & brave, a showman & an artist, a brilliantly engaging lyricist, expert tunesmith, fine guitarist & exceptional singer. Seldom is such sophistication wrapped in a coating of such overt fun.' Award-winning singer-songwriter, comedian & speaker who has turned his 25 years of chronic illness into inspiration.
+ Bad Kitty & the Alley Cats. Sydney trio - intimacy, connection & joy, via their original songs or intriguing arrangements of familiar covers. Soft, subtle ballads, blues & soul; funky rhythms, country twang, bluegrass or folk, with a little bit of pop. Acoustic Americana/ jazzy folk.
The Shack Ted Blackwood Hall Cnr Jackson & Boondah Rds, Warriewood.
COVID? A full refund given to all who have bought tickets if we need to cancel. $25, Members $20. Bookings. BYO dinner/nibbles. Call Rhonda, 0413 635 856, for more info, or questions.
Celebrating 30 years of performing, recording & broadcasting their unique choral sound, Sydney’s all female choir trace 3 decades of thrilling performances around Australia & overseas. All-star line-up incl. the angelic voice of Bulgarian soloist Silvia Entcheva, formerly of famous Bulgarian choir ‘Le Mystère des Voix Bulgares’, who has performed with Martenitsa for 22 of their 30 years, plus virtuosic playing of jazz royalty Sandy Evans, Paul Cutlan & Lloyd Swanton & world music icons Llew & Mara Kiek of Mara! band. Gems from their earliest Bulgarian traditional repertoire by some of Bulgaria’s finest composers, newer works composed for them by Australian composers, & highlights from their two acclaimed original musical suites, ‘Sezoni’ & ‘Tra Parole e Silenzio' - composed by & performed with Mara! - with texts by Bulgarian/ Australian poet Stefan Kozuharov, & Italian poet Eduardo Di Giovanni. Have been performed in the poets’ home countries - Bulgaria (2005) & Italy (2015).
Digital Show bookings. (Audience members may appear on camera, please advise Box Office if you do not wish to be filmed.)
For group bookings of 8 or more: Box Office 8839 3399. 7.30pm. 2 hours & 20 minute interval.
NEWCASTLE: Fiddle Tunes Band - 7.30pm
Shayne & Roz Kerr play some of their favourite Irish & Scottish tunes on a variety of rare & unusual instruments from their collection. Donnie McGregor will accompany them on bodhran. Lots of surprises in store. Visit their web site.
7.30-10.30pm. $15, conc. $12, Members $10, under-16s free. Supper is BYO for the time being.
The Last Aurochs + Kejafi - 8pm
The Last Aurochs & Kejafi, two talented Sydney Celtic bands, for another great night of Celtic music - after a successful concert in December! The Last Aurochs, Sydney-based international group of musicians, play modern arrangements of traditional Celtic tunes from Ireland, Scotland, France, Spain & Portugal, along with their own compositions, connecting old with new. Kejafi, inspired by the music, dance & piping from the Scottish Highlands & Islands, play traditional & original Celtic tunes & songs on fiddle, viola, octave mandolin, delighting with their own take on Scottish music
$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 Roger Fyfe & prepared by Rod Cork.
Sunday 7 February
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.
The Water Runners - 2pm
Based in Gerringong & Kiama, they play a high energy blend of Australian folk, mostly original songs that combine influences from bluegrass, country, traditional folk & roots plus the work of contemporary folk artists. Since 2016, they have played festivals, radio, pubs, clubs & events from Sydney to the Snowy & beyond. Tight harmonies, strong musicianship, clever song writing & great stage banter - engaging & entertaining live shows. A great & lively start to the year. Visit their web site.