A listing of upcoming mediated (+ 'live'!) NSW folk events for you to enjoy. View in browser
Events 12-18 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.

Folk Fed News

Members of the Folk Federation of NSW are invited to attend the Annual General Meeting, which will be held at 11.30am on Sunday 25 October, via Zoom. Nominations are sought for key positions of President, Vice-President, Treasurer & Secretary & for members of the Committee. The Agenda, Minutes of last year’s AGM & Nomination & Proxy forms will be available shortly via the Folk Fed’s website.


Members, please advise Folk Fed Secretary Pam Davis if you will be attending & the Zoom login details will be sent to you.

For further information: Pam 0412 730 754

Folk Federation Fund. DONATIONS to this can be used according to our charter & are TAX DEDUCTIBLE. Please consider a donation.

Other Business

Loaded Dog's 30th Birthday Concert
This concert is fully subscribed and, of course, under Covid regulations, no-one can just pop into the club on the night, but Sandra will take a few videos so those who missed out can get a taste of the evening.

Live in Hope Concert

Advance Notice: On Saturday 31 October, Illawarra Folk Club has a Live in Hope Concert - with Chordeaux, Scottish songs & tunes; Claire & the Melbas - Claire Roberts (guitar, vocals), with talented local musicians John Nichols, Glen Bowker & Greg Costello; & Kay Proudlove, engaging, emotional, witty indie-folk singer songwriter. Wollongong Diggers Club. 7-10pm. Doors 6pm. Must be seated by 6.30pm for meal delivery. Limited tickets: $38 IFC member ($20 + $18 meal), $43 Non-member. Book early! Bookings essential, incl. meal choices & more. With mobility concerns, or booking by phone, please ring 1300 887 034.

Calendar of Events

Monday 12 October

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


Acts so far:  Robert Holtsbaum, Grant Jones, Thalia Colettis, Colin Jones, Johnny McDermott, Tim Walmsley, Jamie Pajuczok, Jill Riddiford, Leo Anthony, Rodney Rockhopper, Peter Gee, Peter Granton, Allan Crew, Jo Kerr, Carolyn Woodorth, Russell Neal (host).

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

Tuesday 13 October

CANBERRA: Music session - instead of contra dancing. For details, contact Rob.

Songwriters/OpenMic - 7.30-10.30pm

Gladstone Hotel
572 Marrickville Rd, Dulwich Hill.


Acts so far: Michelle Louise, Disco Bill, Short Note, Tim Walmsley, Ray Gurney, Paul Connolly, Black Sea Blues, 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 2

7.30: Blue Ride Band
8.30: The Holden Caulfield Experience
Host: James Lyon

Kellys On King (285 King St, Newtown)

Facebook event. Russell Neal, 0411 827 571.

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.

Lachy Doley - 9pm

Lachy Doley will be Ross M Fear’s studio guest on Alive 90.5 fm Australian Spectrum Show, 9pm. Featuring his new, 9th album 'Double Figures', released next day. Doley, dubbed the Jimi Hendrix of the Hammond Organ, is a dynamic stage performer at major festivals & gigs around the world. His 7th album, 'Make Or Break', rocketed to No.1 in ARIA Jazz & Blues Album Charts & No.1 in AIR Independent Albums Charts. Previous albums 'Lovelight' & 'Conviction' reached No.1 in Australian Blues & Roots Charts, No. 5 on UK Blues Broadcasters Charts, & No.1 in Australian iTunes Blues Chart with airplay around the country, as with previous albums. He's been the player of choice, stage & studio, for legends like Glenn Hughes (Deep Purple), Chad Smith (Red Hot Chilli Peppers), Joe Bonamassa, Jimmy Barnes, Powderfinger, many more. Listen online. Streaming worldwide.

Wednesday 14 October

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

Songwriting Society of Australia Showcase - 7-10.30pm, Zoom session. Facebook event. Acts (so far): Jocelin Chan, Gavin Fitzgerald, Peter Granton, Allan Crew, Jo Kerr, John Chesher, 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 15 October

SongsOnStage Songwriters/OpenMic. 6.45-10pm.

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


Acts: Jeroen van Meenen, Steve Walsh, Elizabeth Hylton, Peter Granton, Jo Kerr, John Wright, Dave Turner, Tim Walmsley, NovaBossa, Kenneth D'Aran, John Chesher (host) 

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

Friday 16 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 from 16 October. All info & bookings here. For folk's sake, let's have a sing! Christina Mimmocchi.

The Manly Fig - 7.30pm

Mitch Anderson
The Morrisons
Daddy Longlegs & the Swamp Donkeys

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.

Rosie McDonald & Nigel Lever - 8pm

You may have seen Rosie and Nigel play in various bands and at numerous festivals over the past 20 years, but it is the music they play together that shines with an intimate and heart felt intensity that draws you in with lyrics supported by beautiful arrangements.

From sweet Irish and American ballads and tunes, to Joni Mitchell classics and original songs inspired through this recent time of enforced seclusion. 

Rosie and Nigel draw upon the rhythmic and melodic threads that weave through Australian, Irish, Scottish, English and American folk traditions and present a joyful antidote to current hard times. Rosie - vocals, acoustic guitar, Irish bouzouki & bodhran. Nigel Lever - vocals, mandolin, flatpicking acoustic guitar, octave mandolin.

With recent gigs being online, including the wonderful Sydney folk festival in August, Rosie and Nigel are delighted to be back playing 'live' at Beatrice Taylor Hall for the Hornsby Ku-ring-gai folk club.

Please book early as numbers will be limited to 30 in total. Register your place with our bookings coordinator, Bob,

Contribution: $25 - BYO drinks & nibbles - tea & coffee provided.

Beatrice Taylor Hall (rear Willow Park Community Centre)
25 Edgeworth David Ave, Hornsby.

Saturday 17 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 Roger Fyfe.

The Riderless Horse - An Australian Impression of the First World War - 7pm

This material has the ring of truth for nobody knows better than those who were there. From the rousing songs of nationalistic fervour, to the soldiers’ brave faced morale boosters composed on the spot in the trenches and sung by many voices, to the ballads of those left behind to watch and wait - It’s the songs written by people of the time, those directly affected by being at war, that really tell the story and provide a rare insight into Australia at the time of the war to end all wars. Although these songs were never meant to tell the story of one soldier’s experience, this presentation has been arranged chronologically and gives a strong impression of continuity. The show also contains a potted folk history of Australia’s involvement in WW1.

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

SPZOOMKY - 8pm. A special online event where we will make the very best of the current restrictions to create an intimate Spooky performance for you. In the grandest of the Blue Mountains halls, with appropriate social distancing, sweet lighting, & your smiling schnozzes & comments on a screen we can see, we’re going to go as close to the real spooky experience as we can. The concert will last approximately 75 minutes. This is a nominally free event, but we’d love you to donate. Tickets & all details here. Book now, because tickets are limited.

Sunday 18 October

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.

Songwriters/OpenMic - 2-4pm. 

Cocina del Barrio
526 King St, Newtown 


Acts (so far): Steve Clark, 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.

ShowsOnStage Performance Night  6-7.30pm.

Paddington RSL Club
220/232 Oxford Street, Paddington

Featuring: Rachel T (not an OpenMic)

Facebook event. Contact Russell for more information.

The Aegean Quartet  - 6.30pm

Songs of the Sea 

Music from the Greek Islands & the coasts of Asia Minor with songs from the Aegean, Ionian, Mediterranean & Black Seas - on traditional instruments such as Accordion, Violin, Guitar, Cretan Lute, Pontian Lyra, Cretan Lyra, Mandolin & percussive instruments such as Toumberleki & Daouli. This concert is set to sell out, due to popular demand following their previous shows! 

Camelot Lounge
19 Marrickville Road, Marrickville

6-8pm, Show 6.30. 

Due to COVID-19 Restrictions all tickets must be part of a table booking. We can only offer tables of 2 ($50), 4 ($100) or 8 ($200) ($25 per ticket) - which must be booked. Please book carefully - no refunds, credits or exchanges! Under-18s must be with an adult. Fully licensed - NO BYO. Delicious food (incl. pizza!) avail.

Bukhu - 7pm

Bukhu Ganburged is a master student of the Music & Dance Conservatory of Ulaanbaatar. Based in Sydney since 2009, Bukhu combines virtuosic Morin Khuur (Horse Head Fiddle) & Khuumii (Harmonic Overtone Throat Singing) skills to transmit the harmony of Mongolian nomads & Shamanic culture. A contemporary take on the tradition of Mongolian bards of the middle ages & those of ancient times, working mythologies, historic figures & events into traditional verse form.

Django Bar @ Camelot Lounge
19 Marrickville Road, Marrickville

6-8.30pm, Show 7.

Due to COVID-19 Restrictions all tickets must be part of a table booking. Tables of 2 ($50), 4 ($100) or 8 ($200) ($25 per ticket) - which must be booked. Please book carefully - no refunds, credits or exchanges! Under-18s must be with an adult. Fully licensed - NO BYO. Delicious food (incl. pizza!) available

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