A listing of upcoming mediated (+ 'live'!) NSW folk events for you to enjoy. View in browser
Events 26 October - 1 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

Irish Film Festival Australia, online at home, 19 – 29 November. Tickets on sale now (since 25 October).

Singing & Walking in Kosciuzko

31 January - 7 February 2021

Rachel Hore invites you to restore and replenish yourself in a week of singing and walking in the beautiful Australian Alps. Join her for daily singing workshops (small and Covid safe) followed by stunning Alpine walks and beautiful home cooked meals in the Lodge at the end of the day. Staff on this week also include Jo Cresswell and Dave O'Neill. Jo has been visiting this region for decades and has great local knowledge.

This tour is a small group (max 20 singers) and limited to NSW and ACT residents only.

In the event of cancellation due to COVID19, your money will be fully refunded less a $50 admin fee.

More info on Rachel's web site or email Jo Cresswell.

Calendar of Events

Monday 26 October

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


Acts:  RoBella Sarne, Kit Murphy, Jack Rodgers, Kalena Haireka, Jake Martin, Tamsin Lancaster, Jamie Pajuczok, Angie Thornton, Rodney Rockhopper, Allan Crew, Jo Kerr, Kenneth D'Aran, Hosts/Sound: Roxanne Kiely, Stephen Kiely, James Lyon, Russell Neal (host).

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

Tuesday 27 October

Songs of the last convict ship - 11.05am. The Hougoumont arrived in 1868 with 62 Irish political prisoners. A radio documentary by Dr Enda Murray. With Irish songs from the voyage. On ABC Radio National.

Songwriters/OpenMic - 7.30-10.30pm

Gladstone Hotel
572 Marrickville Rd, Dulwich Hill.


Acts so far: Disco Bill, Short Note, Ray Gurney, Paul Connolly, Les Matthews, Black Sea Blues, Rodney Rockhopper, Elizabeth Hylton, 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 - FINAL
7.30-10.30pm (FULL)

7.30: Sic Parvis Magna
8.30: The Holden Caulfield Experience
9.30: FMBs HOT (Heavy Organ Trio)
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

Mike Elrington will be Ross M Fear’s featured artist on Alive 90.5 fm Australian Spectrum Show, 9pm - featuring his new album ‘Aftershock”. It has rocked to #1 on the Australian Blues & Roots Charts with radio airplay all around Australia & overseas. Mike is a blues & roots singer songwriter guitarist who has released 9 albums & toured extensively throughout Australia, UK & New Zealand. He is a popular performer at blues & roots venues & festivals, incl. iconic Byron Bay BluesFest, Bendigo, Sydney Blues & Roots Festivals & Blues on Broadbeach & more. Independent Singer Songwriter of the Year in 2016 National MusicOz Awards. On Facebook.

Listen online. Streaming worldwide.

Wednesday 28 October

World Music Singing for Mums & Bubs, 9am. Presented by Miriam Lieberman

SongsOnLine Songwriters/OpenMic - 7-10.30pm, Zoom session. Facebook event. Acts (so far): Peter Granton, Allan Crew, Kenneth D'Aran, Russell Neal (host).  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 29 October

SongsOnStage Songwriters/OpenMic. 6.45-10pm.

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


Acts so far: Elizabeth Hylton, Peter Granton, Jo Kerr, John Wright, NovaBossa, Kenneth D'Aran, John Chesher (host) 

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

Friday 30 October

World Music Singing for Mums & Bubs - 9am. Presented by Miriam Lieberman

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 October. 

All info & bookings hereChristina Mimmocchi.

Kay Proudlove

The Manly Fig - 7.30pm

Victor Martinez Parada
Luke Escombe Trio
Soul Predators

Seaforth Bowling Club
39 Kirkwood Street, Seaforth

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.

Davey Higgins & Band - 8pm

A night of original melodic Folk/Roots/Pop/Rock songs, with the occasional cover thrown in. Davey knows how to write a memorable tune. The sort of old school tune that you feel good about instantly - as though you'd heard it before - even when you hadn't. "At times it sounded like a Glaswegian Jeff Buckley jamming with Weddings Parties Anything or The Pogues, but that doesn't do it justice. Mostly it just sounded like a fine & refined troubadour's songbook being delivered with feeling & just the right amount of force by some great players."

Leichhardt Bowling Club
88-92 Piper St, Lilyfield

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

Saturday 31 October

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

Acts (so far): Eugene Mitchell, Neil Bennett, Musique A Deux, Maggie Huang, 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 Graeme Morrison.

'Live in Hope' Concert - 7-10pm

We are all hoping that we beat the virus & can live as we used to, next year. Chordeaux, The Illawarra’s busiest band getting ready to ‘swing their kilts’ as a prelude to their St Andrew’s Day concerts in November. A veritable feast of Scottish songs & tunes - the patriotism of William Wallace & Robert The Bruce, beautiful places, the highlands, rebellion, massacre. +Claire & the Melbas. Long time IFC member Claire Roberts often says she is hanging up her guitar for good but then has a 'come-back tour'. Russell Hannah accused her of being like Nellie Melba. So The Melbas were formed, with Claire (guitar, vocals), & talented local musicians John Nichols, Glen Bowker, Greg Costello. Claire chose the theme 'rivers', for this concert. +Kay Proudlove, our own Northern Suburbs diva. Engaging, emotional, witty, an indie-folk singer songwriter with a remarkably agile, honest, soul-bearing voice & a wry, dry-ice sense of humour; & stories set to melody, humorous, or heartbreaking - creating intimacy through vulnerability..

Illawarra Folk Club
Wollongong Diggers Club
82 Church Street

Doors open 6pm. You must be seated by 6.30pm for meal delivery. $38 IFC member ($20 Entry + $18 meal), $43 Non-member ($25 + $18). 

Bookings. Tickets limited, & must be booked - incl. meal choices, from a drop down during booking. For Dessert &/or Coffee (served at 8pm), order & pay at bar upstairs. Seating allocated on first come, best seat. During booking, nominate upstairs or downstairs seating. Once either option is full, you will be placed in suitable vacant seats. Family members may sit together, max 8 per table (nominate when booking). In all other cases, every 2nd seat will be vacant & every 2nd table vacant. If you have mobility concerns, please ring 1300 887 034 before booking, to discuss options; or for more information, or to book by phone.

Gleny Rae Virus & her Playboys - 7pm

Fabulous live music with the great Gleny-Rae & her good-looking & virtuosic Playboys - incl. wonderful Robbie Long on guitar & Andrew 'Wal' Wallace on double bass. Gleny Rae is an extraordinary fiddle, accordion & guitar player, one of our most accomplished singer songwriters & a huge audience favourite - with her quirky original songs & lively interpretations of country, rockabilly & western swing classics, bluegrass & gypsy jazz All with a cheeky smile, spontaneous joy, a few yarns & the odd naughty joke!. Her 2018 release Diggin‘ A Hole won best album, 2019 Australian Roots Music Awards. +Support from some of the best local performers. Come early & enjoy a meal at the club. Covid safety precautions apply.

Troubadour Folk Club
Everglades Club
Dunban Road, Woy Woy

$18, $20 Booking required due to Covid regulations. Limited places. Information & RSVP, 4342 6716

N.B. Troubadour AGM, 5pm

Kay Proudlove

Balmain Baroque - 7-8pm

Balmain Baroque celebrates its 25th anniversary in 2020.  As part of the celebrations they will be 'live' streaming a one hour concert this Saturday evening from Humph Hall

The band, based in Balmain, currently features:

  • Amanda Muir (soprano, baroque flute)
  • Lidia Bara (violin)
  • Tony Eyers (recorder)
  • Darsha Kumar (cello)
  • Donn Mendoza (harpsichord)

The program at Humph Hall will feature excerpts from the baroque operas of Handel and other instrumental pieces - just like a night out in 18th century London.

They have their own harpsichord, essentially the 6th member of the band.

Since the beginning, Balmain Baroque has had a strong community music focus. The group comprises professional players with a common passion for the baroque repertoire. They perform at baroque pitch and their wind instruments and harpsichord are based on their baroque counterparts. The 18th century saw a great outburst of high quality chamber pieces, Balmain Baroque has picked some of the best. Come and share with the band. Visit the Balmain Baroque web site where you can listen to samples of their playing.

Bookings - If you'd like to make a small contribution towards the artists please book in via Humanitix - you will be charged a small booking fee but it will all be going to help scholarships for Indigenous students. Otherwise simply go to this YouTube page on Saturday evening shortly before 7pm.

Battler's Ballads  - 7pm

Songs of struggle, of swagmen, of workers doing it hard in Australia.

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

The Shakedown Prophets - 8pm

'Day Of The Dead'. 'Dia de los Muertos' is a Mexican holiday when the spirits of the dead are honoured & celebrated in dynamic & creative ways. Sydney Grateful Dead tribute band, the Shakedown Prophets, have decided to celebrate the lives of those members of the Grateful Dead, incl. Jerry Garcia, who have spun off this mortal coil, with this show. The band, Ben Chakravorty, Mark Lucas, Ariel Abetted & friends, proudly present an evening imbued with the eclectic musical spirit of the Grateful Dead.

Leichhardt Bowling Club
88-92 Piper St, Lilyfield

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

Sunday 1 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 Anna Tranter.

Songwriters/OpenMic - 2-4pm. 

Cocina del Barrio
526 King St, Newtown 


Acts (so far): Steve Clark, Kenneth D'Aran, James Lyon (host)

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

Kay Proudlove

'Fika' Launch - 3pm + 6pm

Scandinavian-inspired world/jazz/classical album, the critically acclaimed new release by Elysian Fields (Australia’s only electric viola da gamba band), a proud participant in the Sydney Women’s International Jazz Festival. Includes the first public performance of 'Shadows' by young Australian composer Alice Chance - who, like group leader Jenny Eriksson & singer violinist Susie Bishop, is classically trained. Jenny is doubtless the only viola da gambist to perform at a major jazz festival in Australia, if not the world! Also in the band are saxophonist composer Matt Keegan (who produced the album), bass guitarist Siebe Pogson, & pianist Matt McMahon Fika (‘fee-ka’) is the Swedish practice of sitting down for coffee, conversation & pastries with friends & family.

Mary's Underground
29 Reiby Place, Circular Quay (formerly The Basement

Two performances - 3pm & 6pm. $40, $35 conc. Bookings

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

Mic Conway & Robbie Long - 7pm

In a circus of comedy, music & magic, Aria award-winning Mic Conway & multi-instrumentalist & flatpicking guitar-champion, Robbie Long, present an hilarious array of idiosyncratic songs that will make your jaw drop, toes tap & sides split. Audiences who know Mic from his days with Captain Matchbox Whoopee Band & Circus Oz, & more recently, the Junk Band, will be delighted by this new stripped-back show! Opening set by celebrated Newcastle songstress Anousha Victoire

Leichhardt Bowling Club
88-92 Piper St, Lilyfield

Tickets $26. 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: Sax Appeal (not an OpenMic)

Facebook event. Contact Russell for more information.

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