A listing of upcoming mediated (+ 'live'!) NSW folk events for you to enjoy during your isolation View in browser
Events 21-27 September

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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Corona Choir -
For folk's sake, let's have a sing!

7.15-8.15pm, Fridays
6 weeks starting 16th October
Conducted by:
Christina Mimmocchi

We can't meet physically, but here's an opportunity for you all - no matter where in the country (or outside it!) you live to take part in some harmony singing online. A chance to get together with our beloved folk family & sing!

Due to the constraints of Zoom, we cannot all sing at the same time. You will only hear yourself and one other person. However Christina pledges to make the experience as interactive and fun as possible. Written music and sound files will be provided.

You don't need previous experience. The music will be pitched at an easy level with more challenging bits for those who want that. There may well be special guests.

The songs will be in the broad spectrum of "Australian folk songs". Expect a diverse swag of songs that sing our country.

The cost of the sessions is $60 (that's only $10 per session) plus a small admin fee. On registering, you'll receive a Zoom link. And if you've never used Zoom, all you need to do is click on the link.  More info.

Stephen Taberner writes: Singlet website issue resolved. It seems that there's been an issue with the massive Tuesday season pass. This is just to let you know the issue is resolved now, and the tickets are back up. All things here.

Martyn Wyndham-Read writes: I have been putting a song a week up on my YouTube channel. These are requests and I am singing them from home on our old family settle. Hence the title ‘Songs from the Settle’ - here.

St Albans (UK) Folk Festival 2020. It now runs 25-27 September & will be mainly online. Our festival concert on Sunday 27 September featuring our original guest Fay Hield will be live streamed. Support will be Alison Raymond, winner of the Watford Folk Club song writing competition. Tickets are now back on sale on the Abbey Theatre website & tickets for 27 June will be valid for 27 September.

(From Margaret Walters: The pandemic has opened up festivals we never expected to attend without an expensive airline ticket to the UK or the USA. Some of the problems with time zones are offset by being able to catch the live-streamed event later on Facebook and/or YouTube.)

Sydney Scottish Fiddlers - This relaxed and informal group of violin players meet once a month - usually the first Sunday afternoon - to play Scottish melodies and learn new tunes. New members always welcome. Check us out here. For further information ring James 0403 809 531 or Ann 0406 552 036. The next meeting will be on 11th October. As these gatherings are being held in private houses at present, check website or ring Ann 0406 552 036 for details.

Calendar of Events

Monday 21 September

SongsOnStage Songwriters/OpenMic7.30pm
Kellys On King (285 King St, Newtown)


Acts (so far): Music a Trois, Allan Crew, Peter Gee, Jo Kerr, John Wright, Kenneth D'Aran, Russell Neal (host)

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

Figgy Folk Session. 7:30pm Canberra, Melbourne, Sydney. Neil Rowsell invites you to a scheduled Zoom meeting, Meeting ID: 85149419932. Passcode: 673707.

Like & Follow the Figgy Folk Session Facebook page to see the latest videos, posts, photos & session write-ups.

Tuesday 22 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

SongsOnStage Songwriters/OpenMic - 7.30-10.30pm

Gladstone Hotel
572 Marrickville Rd, Dulwich Hill.


Acts (so far): Michelle Louise, Ray Gurney, Raised Right Band, Disco Bill, Peter Gee, Paul Connolly, Elizabeth Hylton, Black Sea Blues, Dave Turner (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 Grand Final 7.30-10.30pm

7.30: The Dirty Diamonds
8.30: The Plutocrats
9.30: Barefoot Freddies
Host: James Lyon

Kellys On King (285 King St, Newtown)

Facebook event. Russell Neal, 0411 827 571.

Massive Singlet - 8pm, The classic singlet, the first singlet, the purest singlet. Our much embraced regular star guests, Jack and Naomi will be with us, and the song will be “dear someone", by gillian welch. you can see her doing it here. We hope to have the sheet music available within 24 hours. Book on the web site.

Jacobs Run - 9pm

Jacob's Run will be Ross M Fear’s featured artist on Alive 90.5 fm Australian Spectrum Show, at 9pm, featuring their new self-titled album, recorded at Brunswick’s Wick Studios where Michael Jacobs’ passionate & powerful songs & the band's big, melodic, catchy, rock sound was captured. It has been getting significant radio airplay around Australia & internationally. Band members have played in the Melbourne music scene for many years in various bands but have come together to create music that blends layers of guitar & orchestration with classic melodies for a powerful sound. Listen worldwide. Tuesday nights 9pm to 12mn. Streaming worldwide.

Wednesday 23 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): Peter Granton, John Maddox, 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 24 September

SongsOnStage Songwriters/OpenMic. 7-10pm.

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


Acts: Jill Riddiford, Leo Anthony, Tim Walmsley, Peter Granton, Jo Kerr, John Wright, John Chesher, Kenneth D'Aran, NovaBossa (hosts). 

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

Massive Singlet (Ukulele Edition) - 9pm, As always, it’ll be a quirky and passionate descent into Taberner’s world of uke, presented by one who is musically literate and opinionated, but a relative newcomer at the instrument, hence, an idiot savant. This will be, at least for the moment, our FAREWELL EDITION. we’ll be doing a kind of greatest ukulele hits version, and thus will be sending out a doodle poll to see which songs you’d like to reprise! Book on the web site.

Friday 25 September

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

Illawarra Folk Club's 'Life Be in It' concert


We've got 'Norm' off the couch!

A FANTASTIC line-up, with Ciaran Gribbin, Grammy-nominated songwriter & performer who, in addition to working with world class artists such as Madonna, U2, Paul McCartney, Snow Patrol & Al Pacino, has toured the world as the singer of INXS. +NIKRIANN (Ann Lehmann-Kuit, Rita Woodhouse, Nicole Murphy), wonderful local musicians. Music without borders, from early Sephardic music onwards to recent traditional & Celtic melodies. +The Carefree Road Band, another great local group (John Tubridy, Allan Vander Linden, Wolfgang Kloger, Mark & Louise Raue, joined by John Spillane & John McKenna). Traditional & modern Irish folk songs & tunes. All packaged with a meal for a great night out. Tickets limited to 76. $38 Folk Club Member ($20 + $18 meal), $43 Non-Member. Book early - this will sell out! Doors open from 6pm; Meals served from 6.30; Concert starts 7pm. Meal choices available from a drop down during booking process. Seating allocated on first come, best seat available. You can also book by phone, 1300 887 034.

Toongabbie Music Club - 7.30pm

The non-mandatory theme is 'Sport & Other Physical Activities' (eg Our Don Bradman, Up there Cazaly inter alia). This theme is a change from our usual body parts, lakes, love, colours, blues, cowboys, emotions, names etc. Coronavirus conditions still prevail & numbers are limited to 20 persons. Please advise if you will be attending &, if possible, bring a chair as there is only a limited number available in the hall. Also, when joining in singing ... please wear a mask. Scouts Hall 17 Whitehaven Rd, Northmead, commencing at 7.30pm. Cost $7. Best wishes, Allen 0439 831 531

Mark Lucas & The Dead Setters - 8pm

Mark Lucas & The Dead Setters + Peter Miller-Robinson + Steph Miller. A 'Playing For Change Day' Event, featuring urban country/roots singer-songwriter, Mark Lucas, & his band, The Dead Setters, plus award-winning folk/blues singer-songwriter, Peter Miller-Robinson, & fellow highly regarded Sydney singer-songwriter Steph Miller (ex-Roaring Jack & Eva Trout). Playing For Change Day is a global event created to support music education & social action around the world.

Leichhardt Bowling Club
88-92 Piper St, Lilyfield

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

The Manly Fig8pm

Brad Johns
Masha, Sako & Atif
Tomcat Playground

Seaforth Bowling Club
Kirkwood St, North Balgowlah

Bookings essential. N.B. Due to Covid restrictions, no tickets will be available at the door. $30 (cash only) payable when you arrive.   Doors open 7pm for an 8pm start.

Saturday 26 September

SongsOnLine Songwriters/OpenMic - 11am-2pm. Zoom session. Facebook event. Acts (so far): Neil Bennett, Eugene Mitchell, Maggie Huang, Musique A Deux, 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 Russell Hannah.

People Have Songs CD Launch - 7.30pm

Most of the singers on the compilation CD will be present to introduce their track, and those that sang solo might even recreate their contribution in real time. Mostly however, Miguel will be playing tracks from the album in all their fully harmonised, and occasionally instrumental, glory!

Join Zoom Meeting  (Meeting ID: 815 7519 1210)

If you can't make it to the launch, but would still like to hear what the album is like, please visit this link or, even better, order a copy from Miguel directly - $27.20 posted in Australia.

Saturday Streaming - 7pm

Variety Hour - In the old country hall tradition . . . lots of laughs, and lighter in tone and, as the name suggests, expect some variety.

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

NEWCASTLE: Come All Ye - 7.30-10.30pm. 

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

Sunday 27 September

Whirled Wide - 1pm, Fine Music 102.5 FM, with Carole Garland.

SongsOnStage Songwriters/OpenMic - 2-4pm. 

Cocina del Barrio
526 King St, Newtown 


Acts (so far): Steve Clark & Russell Neal, John Wright, John Maddox, 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.

Massive Naked Singlet - 7pm. In which the singletmeister armed only with ukulele joins battle with the troops and a well chosen song, it’s zingy and very singy, shorter than the other one, much less involving of parts, and much more of tasty calls/responses and things. at some point . . . we’ll know which song we are doing. Book on the web site.

ShowsOnStage Performance Night  6-7.30pm.

Paddington RSL Club
220/232 Oxford Street, Paddington

Featuring: NovaBossa (not an OpenMic)

Facebook event. Contact Russell for more information.

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