A listing of upcoming mediated (+ 'live'!) NSW folk events for you to enjoy during your isolation View in browser
Events 28 September - 4 October

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

Please Note - 'Live' events are in green.

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A message from Steve Taberner re Singlets:

hello dear humans

thank you for your adorable participations in our ridiculous adventures…..tiny threads of humanity reach across space like spidery filaments, offering precious lifelines for zingery, singery, and thingery. we hope we have been of some use to you, and you, to us. we are quietly inspired. the current singlet season will draw to a close on tuesday with the final classic singlet for this singlet incarnation.

Virtual sessions & concerts below, suggested by Margaret Walters.

Folklore Society of Greater Washington Getaway, 2-5 October (but make allowances for different time zone). Schedule.  Register - donation optional. Four pre-recorded sessions will be available until the end of October.

John Roberts gave a zoom concert recently for the Folk Song Society of Greater Boston & the video remains on his Facebook page. (Skip the first 6 minutes.) Danny Spooner enjoyed the company of John Roberts & the others participating in this zoom. Like Danny, John came from England originally & shares his magnificent repertoire of traditional songs & his encyclopedic knowledge with great warmth & charm - accompanied on concertina (John also plays the banjo). (Chris Maltby, Prue Cancian & Margaret Walters also met several of these people 3 years ago in Boston & at the Old Songs Festival.) People familiar with the song 'Row On' which John sings at the end of the concert will learn some amazing stories about its supposed origins. Donations to John may be made at the yellow 'Donate' button on the FSSGB page using your PayPal account or a credit card.

People's Music Network  For Songs of Freedom & Struggle is a 40 year+ organization of singers, songwriters, poets, spoken word artists, & activists (300+ members), who run weekly political song & poetry swaps performed by members; viewable by the public on Facebook - members' songwriting workshops, occasional thematic concerts & more. The Facebook zoom events are usually available later on the website, & the time difference often isn't too terrible - 7pm EDT is 9am AEST the following day.

The Boston Song Sessions list many virtual singing sessions around the world - & the times for the sessions are magically translated into whatever the time is where you are viewing the site. Many of the English ones are at 5am - & that doesn't work for many - but there's one in Portland, Oregon on a Sunday around midday & another in Seattle at noon on Monday which I've been visiting regularly. Here's one that starts at 9.15am AEST on a Wednesday morning run by the Golden Link Folk Singing Society, based in Rochester, NY. 7.15pm - Open to connect = 9.15am next day AEST. Sing-around begins 15 minutes later.Virtual sing-arounds actually provide some advantages over in-person sing-arounds. We've seen participation from people around the United States & a few from other countries. Sometimes travel to our in-person sing-arounds can be an impediment to attending, especially on work nights. So, due to the success of the current Zoom sing-arounds, we will continue them, perhaps once a month, even when things return to normal. Here's the quick connection information link. Meeting ID: 875 8613 7865.

Calendar of Events

Monday 28 September

SongsAlive! Australia Showcase - 7.30pm
Kellys On King (285 King St, Newtown)


Acts:  Roxanne Kiely, Stephen Kiely, Angie Thornton, Kit Murphy, Jack Rodgers, Kalena, Julia & Andrew Tonson, Jake Martin, Tamsin Lancaster, Rodney Rockhopper, Peter Gee, Allan Crew, Jo Kerr, John Wright, Kenneth D'Aran, Russell Neal (host)

ORIGINALS ONLY!  Everyone is welcome to play, you don't have to be a member of SongsAlive! Australia.

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

Tuesday 29 September

NEWCASTLE: Hunter Bush Poets - 6-8pm. An evening of Bush Poetry & Yarns - featuring Local Poets Including David Melville & Ron Brown. Bring your Poems & your friends & enjoy a great evening. Seven Seas Hotel, 149 Cowper St, Carrington. 6-8pm. Details, Ron Brown 0427 261 313

Songwriters/OpenMic - 7.30-10.30pm

Gladstone Hotel
572 Marrickville Rd, Dulwich Hill.


Acts: Music a Trois, Short Note, CJ Ball, the Pug, Black Sea Blues, Raised Right Band, Elizabeth Hylton, Paul Connolly, Ray Gurney, Les Matthews, Peter Gee, James Lyon, Russell Neal (host). Limited numbers, social distancing still applies! 

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

Massive Singlet - 8pm, TheThe classic singlet, the first singlet, the purest singlet. Our much embraced regular star guests, Jack and Naomi will be with us, we’ll tell you the song tomorrow!sheet music will also be available within 24 hours. Book on the web site.

CJ Stranger - 9pm

CJ Stranger will be Ross M Fear’s studio guest on Alive 90.5fm Australian Spectrum Show, 9pm. Featuring his new album 'Hey Stranger'. CJ Stranger music is heavily influenced by the great blues artists of the 20th century whilst sounding current & unique to a modern generation. A singer songwriter guitarist from Sydney, he has previously fronted blues group The Dubious Blues Trio, has solo albums out & also played guitar for various groups including Ginhouse Blues Band, Tony Cini's Arc Riders, Middle Kids, Muriel’s Wedding the Musical, Lyre Byrdland, Sam Newton Band, & more. A graduate of Sydney Conservatorium of Music, he can play blues, jazz, classical & rock guitar. On Facebook.

Listen worldwide. Tuesday nights 9pm to 12mn. Streaming worldwide.

Wednesday 30 September

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

SongsOnLine Songwriters/OpenMic - 7-10.30pm, Zoom session. Facebook event. Acts (so far): Jules Backman, Peter Granton, John Maddox, Jo Kerr, Kenneth D'Aran, Russell Neal (host). (ORIGINALS ONLY!  Everyone is welcome to play, you don't have to be a member of the Songwriting Society of Australia.)  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 1 October

SongsOnStage Songwriters/OpenMic. 7-10pm.

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


Acts: CJ Ball, Anita Unwin, Jill Riddiford, Rodney Rockhopper, Tim Walmsley, Elizabeth Hylton, Peter Granton, Jo Kerr, John Wright, Dave Turner, NovaBossa, Kenneth D'Aran, John Chesher (host). 

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

Friday 2 October

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

Hornsby Ku-Ring-Gai Folk Club Online - 8pm

The first Friday of the month brings the opportunity to join us online for an informal get together to listen to members play, recite poems, or just chat or liste n. No pressure to perform!  This month's gathering will include a special appearance by Canada's Dan McKinnon.

Thirty years of performing and six recordings later - from the coffeehouses, pubs, and bars of his early beginnings in Atlantic Canada, Dan, “blessed with a gorgeous baritone voice, and an exceptional command of phrasing, light and shade” (David Kidman, The Living Tradition, September/October 2006), continues to convey his “finely crafted songs” to audiences through his yearly tours in the UK and performances in and around the Canadian Maritimes.

Join in by using the this Zoom link.

Saturday 3 October

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, John Maddox, Kenneth D'Aran, Russell Neal (host).   FREE SPOTS

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.

Martin Frohlich Band - 7.30-10.30pm

Martin (lead vocals, guitar, fiddle, mandolin, whistle) played with North Coast bands Feral Folk & Big River Bush Band before moving to Newcastle & fronting contemporary folk-rock bands Blackberry Jam & State 51. Greg Frohlich (vocals) adds solid punch to contemporary folk-blues, on electric piano & synthesizer. After playing with Central Coast club bands, Greg joined brother Martin in State 51. More recently Martin & Greg have performed with local band Celtic Beat. +Support Gabrielle Newland Gabrielle plays hammered Dulcimer & loves to sing Joni Mitchell. 

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

7.30-10.30pm. $15, Conc. $12, Members $10. 16 & under, free. Trybooking - but you can pay at the door if necessary. Trybooking also, to view our live-streamed concerts. We appreciate financial support for events as we are still paying performers the usual rates despite much reduced audiences. If parking in Cram St behind hall, follow illuminated fence line between hall block & house next door 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 1 October, for Friday & Saturday - from HaHa’s Vietnamese cafe.

'The Soul of a Poet - The Songs & Poems of Henry Lawson' Part 3

7pm - Presented by Chloe & Jason Roweth, online via their Facebook page. Donations welcome via web page. This is the second of two 90 min concerts featuring Lawson's songs, poetry & stories, including lesser known material & lively background stories. Songs feature the Roweths’ original musical arrangements plus classic settings by Chris Kempster & others. Poems are recited with an evocative musical accompaniment drawing on dance music from Lawson’s (& the Roweths') home country – central-west NSW.

NEWCASTLE: Come All Ye - 7.30-10.30pm. 

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

Sunday 4 October

Whirled Wide - 1pm, Fine Music 102.5 FM

Songwriters/OpenMic - 2-4pm. 

Cocina del Barrio
526 King St, Newtown 


Acts (so far): Steve Clark, Allan Crew, Kenneth D'Aran, John Maddox, Peter Gee, 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.

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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