A listing of upcoming mediated (+ 'live'!) NSW folk events for you to enjoy. View in browser
Events 2-8 November

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

Colour coding:

'Live' events are in green.
'Mediated' events are in yellow.
Hybrid 'live' + 'mediated' events are in blue.

Other Business

The Great, Never To Be Repeated Bush Music Club Book Sale

The Bush Music Club has too many books & they need you to help them out by buying them. Folklore, music, poetry, dance, Australian History & more. There are hundreds of books to be sold & there will be bargains galore. Nothing over $5 & all must go. Most of these books are out of print & many are rare. This is a collection that has built up over 60 years but is now surplus to our needs. If you want a bargain & a good read the sale starts at 9am & finishes at 12 sharp on Saturday 28 November at Hut 44, Tritton Hall, Addison Road Community Centre, 142 Addison Rd, Marrickville.

Composing Music for Film & TV

Whether you are new to ‘production music’ or you want to upskill, this 'online' Zoom session is for you!

On Thursday 26 November, 7pm, Multi award winning musician, producer, composer & teacher, John Prior, will talk frankly about his techniques & experiences composing & producing music for film, television, advertising, theatre & original artists over the past 50 years. Writing songs & music scores for film & television is an art in itself & very different to writing for an artist. Take advantage of John’s many years of experience successfully writing Production music, as he shares his knowledge, wisdom & techniques with participants in this 90 minute session.
ASC Members: Free. Non-Members: $20. More info.  

BOOK NOW. (You'll get the Zoom link when you book.)

You need to book now for the Manly Fig!

A message from Robbie & Steve:

The next Manly Fig show Nov 13 already has a substantial standby queue hoping for unwanted tickets.

We are also expecting big demand for seats at the Nov 27 show as at least one of the acts - Jeff Duff - has a large fan base. Bookings open tomorrow and we suggest you book soon.

These days if you want to come to a show, book early (but bookings only open 4 weeks ahead).

Thanks as always for supporting live music & keep smiling in these 'interesting' times,

Peer Gynt + Virus - A Fugue

Tickets are now on sale for Endangered Productions world premiere of a new one-act Norwegian play plus delights from Grieg's Peer Gynt.  Only 5 performances in December.  More info from the Endangered Productions web site.   Book tickets here.

Donnie took a dump all over twitter

US singer/songwriter George Mann (a Sydney folk club favourite) has just released a new album which includes this song - very appropriate for this week!

Calendar of Events

Monday 2 November

JamsOnStage - 7pm
Kellys On King (285 King St, Newtown)


Acts:  Robert Holtsbaum, Grant Jones, Colin Jones, Russell Vincent, Leo Anthony, Tim Walmsley, Peter Granton, Allan Crew, Jo Kerr, Carolyn Woodorth, hosts: James Lyon, Russell Neal (host).

Facebook event. Email Russell Neal or go to his Facebook page for more info.

Tuesday 3 November

Songwriters/OpenMic - 7.30-10.30pm

Gladstone Hotel
572 Marrickville Rd, Dulwich Hill.


Acts so far: The Ramshackles, Musique A Deux, Paul Connolly, Les Matthews, Black Sea Blues, Tim Walmsley, Elizabeth Hylton, Dave Turner, Russell Neal (host).

Limited numbers, social distancing still applies! 

Facebook event. Email Russell Neal or go to his Facebook page for more info.

Battle of the BandsOnStage - Heat 1
7.30-10.30pm (FULL)

7.30: Green Manalishi
8.30: The Great Emu War Casualities
9.30: TBA
Host: James Lyon

Kellys On King (285 King St, Newtown)

Facebook event. Russell Neal, 0411 827 571.

CANBERRA: Contra Session - 7.30pm.  We are going to a weekly format, at least during the COVID period or unless demand drops off. North Canberra Baptiste, 17 Condamine Street, Turner ACT. 7.30pm. 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.  Remote access by zoom. Join Zoom Meeting. Meeting ID: 864 2169 0849. Password: 992207. Enq. Rob.

Singlet Theory - 8pm.  Stephen Taberner presents a trial run of a new singlet specifically designed for people who just want to know what's going on re music theory.  Email Stephen for more information and to book in.

Australian Spectrum Show - 9pm

Peter Freebairn will be Ross M Fear’s featured artist on Alive 90.5 fm Australian Spectrum Show, 9pm, featuring his self titled EP. Peter Freebairn is a singer, songwriter, guitarist He performed with his band 'The Wish' & after signing a lucrative publishing agreement with BMG, they recorded with producer Daniel Jones (Savage Garden) which resulted in national radio hits 'Love Is Alive', 'Gotta Let You Know' & 'Don’t Change'. In 2006, US comedy drama TV program 'Studio 60 On The Sunset Strip' picked up his song 'Faith Alive' that was inspired by the grief, loss & tragedy of 9/11. He also has a song recorded with the legendary Neill Finn (Crowded House/Fleetwood Mac).

Listen online. Streaming worldwide.

Wednesday 4 November

Songsalive! Australian Online Workshop - 7-10.30pm, Zoom session. Facebook event. Acts (so far): Roxanne Kiely, Stephen Kiely, Rob Pearce, Angie Thornton, Peter Granton, Allan Crew, John Chesher, Kenneth D'Aran, hosts: Shaun Walker, Russell Neal.  FREE SPOTS

Email Russell Neal or go to his Facebook for more info or to book in to play.

Classic Folk - 9-10pm, 2NURFM, with Phil Bates and Jane Klein.

Thursday 5 November

SongsOnStage Songwriters/OpenMic. 6.45-10pm.

Captain Cook Hotel
33-35 Kent St, Millers Point.


Acts: Steve Walsh, Jill Riddiford, Leo Anthony, Rodney Rockhopper, Elizabeth Hylton, Peter Granton, Jo Kerr, John Wright, John Chesher, Kenneth D'Aran, NovaBossa (host) 

Facebook event. Contact Russell for more information or to book in to play.

Friday 6 November

For Folk's Sake, Let's Have a Sing! - 7.30pm

Missing festival? Missing singing? Let’s meet up & sing! Everyone welcome (campfire optional). 6 Friday sessions finishing 20 November. 

All info & bookings hereChristina Mimmocchi.

Kay Proudlove

'I Remember Peter' Concert - 7pm


Chloe & Jason Roweth + Pat Drummond

Presented by the Illawarra Folk Club, this concert is part of the Government’s support for getting Musos back in work - ‘The Great Southern Nights’, 1000 concerts in 4 weeks in November. Illawarra Folk Club have scored two of these, "As most people know we lost Peter Butler, an esteemed committee & life member of the club earlier this month, so we have snared 3 of Peter's favourite performers.".

N.B. The second concert, on 21 November, is IFC's ‘Last Chance', with Michael Simic, & Dear Violet. No tickets yet, but you can join the Wait List. It will be IFC's last concert for the year - & is likely to also sell out.

Hornsby Ku-ring-gai Folk Club. Online at 8pm. Join us for a fun evening sharing folk songs, tunes & poetry. Click on the Zoom link or use the meeting ID: 853 1047 734.

Saturday 7 November

SongsOnLine Songwriters/OpenMic - 11am-2pm. Zoom session. Facebook event

Acts (so far): Eugene Mitchell, Neil Bennett, Musique A Deux, Maggie Huang, Les Matthews, Michael Marker, Shawn Lawrie, Kenneth D'Aran, Russell Neal (host)

Email Russell Neal or go to his Facebook page for more info or to book in to play.

Worldwide Folk - 2-4pm, VOX FM with Rod Cork.

Saturday Streaming  - 7pm

Presented by Chloe & Jason Roweth, online via their Facebook page. Donations welcome via web page.

Chasing the Moon - 8pm

Chasing The Moon return to Leichhardt Bowlo! Six-piece Sydney band plays Hot Club Jazz, as created by Django Reinhardt & Stephane Grappelli in the 1930s - with energy & passion, reminiscent of the great jazz of days gone by. There's a freshness in the way different styles are combined, hot club with blues, a touch of folk, Latin rhythms, plus lashings of swing & modern elements too. 

Kathy Bluff (violin, lead vocals)
Paul Burjan (soprano & tenor sax)
John Blenkhorn (guitar)
Garry Steel (piano accordion)
Jessica Dunn (double bass)
Mike Quigley (drums)

Leichhardt Bowling Club
88-92 Piper St, Lilyfield

Tickets $26. Ltd. number of tickets due to Covid-19 restrictions so book early!

Traditional Graffiti Band - 8pm

Traditional Graffiti Band (aka ‘The Trads’) has risen, phoenix-like out of the ashes of the Wheeze & Suck Band. Band members are: Ian 'The Pump' Macintosh (slide, acoustic & electric guitars, melodeon, vocals), John 'Johnny Red Tips' Milce (percussion), Nigel 'Muddy' Walters (cello mandolin, mandolin, mouth organ, vocals). A mix of English traditional & contemporary folk music, (incl. favourites from the Wheezers repertoire), & American roots / blues music, incl. some self-penned compositions. 

Support: Tripple Effect, acoustic folk trio (guitars, ukuleles, banjo, bodhran, recorder, vocals). Sisters Carrie & Lynden Jacobi with Len McCarthy - original songs on social & environmental issues, as well as some that speak to the heart.

Newcastle & Hunter Valley Folk Club
Uniting Church Hall
178 Glebe Road, Merewether

Tickets: $15, conc. $12, Members $10. 16 & under, free. Trybooking - but pay at the door if necessary. Trybooking also, to view the live-streamed concert at home. 

We appreciate financial support for events as we still pay performers the usual rates despite much reduced audiences. 

If parking in Cram St behind hall, follow illuminated fence line between hall block & next door house on your left, up to railing at rear of kitchen. It leads to outside toilets & rear entrance to hall. 

BYO dinner, or book a takeaway meal - by 9am Thursday 5 November, for Friday & Saturday - from HaHa’s Vietnamese cafe, currently being run out of the hall. Email; 0401 195 530. Supper is BYO for the time being.

Sunday 8 November

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.

Songwriters/OpenMic - 2-4pm. 

Cocina del Barrio
526 King St, Newtown 


Acts (so far): Steve Walsh, Jill Riddiford, Steve Clark, Allan Crew, Kenneth D'Aran, Russell Neal (host)

Facebook Event. Email Russell Neal or go to his Facebook page for more info or to book in to play.

LIVE OpenMic - 4pm. Diamond Dogs Lounge at Dapto. See Facebook or call 02 4288 4730.

Rosie McDonald & Nigel Lever Duo - 7pm

Rosie McDonald & Nigel Lever Duo team up with Crow Mountain Band for a night of Antipodean Folk & Bluegrass! Rosie & Nigel have played numerous festivals & gigs over the past 20 years, but it is the music they play together that shines with heartfelt intensity, with great lyrics & beautiful arrangements. With Rosie on guitar, Irish bouzouki, bodhran & vocals, & Nigel on mandolin, flatpick guitar, octave mandolin & vocals, they draw on the rhythmic & melodic threads through Australian, Irish, Scottish, English & American folk traditions - a joyful antidote to current hard times. 

The Crow Mountain Band, Megan Legg (mandolin), Ben Thomas (banjo, guitar), John Lee (fiddle) & Paul Abrahams (double bass), blend old-time bluegrass instrumentation with honey-dipped harmonies, for portraits of human frailty & grit, sorrow & strength, love & redemption. Their original songs are rich in the sound & story-telling of traditional old-time country music - of growing up in isolation; jumping freight trains to get where you need to be; of getting out of town & returning beaten.

Leichhardt Bowling Club
88-92 Piper St, Lilyfield

Tickets $21. Limited number of tickets due to Covid-19 restrictions so book early!

ShowsOnStage Performance Night  6-7.30pm.

Paddington RSL Club
220/232 Oxford Street, Paddington

Featuring: FMBs HOT (Heavy Organ Trio) (not an OpenMic)

Facebook event. Contact Russell for more information.

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