A listing of upcoming mediated (+ 'live'!) NSW folk events for you to enjoy. View in browser
Events 9-15 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

Polly Garland/Clapp, Wayne Richmond & Jill Stubington c1993 at Fairy Meadow

Vale Polly Garland

Sad news I'm afraid. Polly Garland passed away peacefully in Canberra Hospital last week, after her long struggle with cancer. The hospital staff were wonderful in the way they cared and looked after her. Both her son, Daniel, or myself were with her constantly during the last few days. In her last days she recalled the happy times that she had playing with other musicians at the NFF and other venues. Daniel is making arrangements for her funeral service and I expect it will be a small private affair in accordance with her wishes. 

Kind regards,

Bill Galer

BIG NEWS - Russell Neal has been contacted by the Garry Owen Hotel, 778 Darling St, Rozelle, who want him to start a weekly SongsOnStage Songwriters/OpenMic there on Sunday nights, 6-9pm, commencing this coming Sunday 15 November! He will host the first one, who would like to play? Contact Russell if you are interested.

National Folk Festival Xmas Gift Packs

Support your National Folk Festival by purchasing one of their special gift packs (November only or until sold out!).

To find out more, call their office on 02 6262 4792, or go to NFF Facebook & scroll down to 'Festival Merchandise now on Sale!'

Calendar of Events

Monday 9 November

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


Acts:  Rodney Rockhopper, Peter Gee, Allan Crew, Jo Kerr, James Lyon, Kenneth D'Aran, Russell Neal (host).

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

Tuesday 10 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 2
7.30-10.30pm (FULL)

7.30: Sic Parvis Magna
8.30: Hyper Heart
9.30: Barefoot Freddies
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

Ty Coates Bombers are Ross M Fear’s featured artist on Alive 90.5 fm Australian Spectrum Show, 9pm - featuring their new album 'Man Down'. Also tracks from the original Bombers 'Aim High' & Ty Coates' solo album 'Child In The Man', Lancaster Bombers & Christina Crofts albums. The new rock blues Bombers, formed by original member Ty Coates (vocals, guitar) joined by Christina Crofts (slide guitar, guitar) - replacing her late husband Steve from the old Bombers, Mick Carter (bass) & Ryan Mathison (drums). The Bombers were a hard rock Sydney outfit, which morphed out of Australian band The Party Boys, together 1989-1992, releasing one album, 'Aim High' & 3 singles. The band toured Australia with Alice Cooper, & supported other headline bands. They signed to A&M Records, USA.

Listen online. Streaming worldwide.

Wednesday 11 November

Songwriting Society of Australia Showcase - 7-10.30pm, Zoom session. Facebook event. Acts (so far): John Chesher, Gavin Fitzgerald, Jocelin Chan, 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 12 November

SongsOnStage Songwriters/OpenMic. 6.45-10pm.

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


Acts: Jeroen van Meenen, Dylan and Al, Jill Riddiford, 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 13 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

Spy V Spy + Urban Guerillas + Emily Rigz Band  8.30pm

As part of the Great Southern Nights 1000 COVID-safe gigs for Sydney & regional NSW in November, the 3 bands offer a night of high energy socio-political music. They will all be showcasing new music written this year during the lockdown & venue closures. Urban Guerillas launch their new single 'Bandage This Heart'. With the human race threatened with extinction, due to climate change, a song that puts the notion of love to the test. Verse & chorus duel to the death in this prog-punk, celtic-folk saga of attrition & broken hearts. Urban Guerillas have a song short-listed in the Australian Songwriters Association Award for 2020 in the Rock/Indie category. On Facebook

Toongabbie Sports Club
12 Station Rd, Toongabbie. 

8.30 - 11.45pm. $10. Book here.  Download 'Bandage This Heart'.

Further information, Ken Stewart 0418 651 150.

Toongabbie Music Club  - 7.30pm

Notwithstanding the scary date we are brave if nothing else!

The usual Coronavirus pandemic medical conditions continue to prevail. Please advise me, by return email, if you will be attending as there is a limit set on the number of persons allowed in the Scouts hall. 

Best wishes and thanks for your support in these difficult days with such a long innings. Allen Davis 0439 831 531

The Scouts Hall
17 Whitehaven Rd, Northmead

Kay Proudlove

The Manly Fig  - 7.30pm

Owen Campbell
Hussy Hicks Band 

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.

Whiskey in the Jar - 8pm 

All your favourite contemporary Irish Hits, from Van Morrison, The Pogues, U2, The Commitments, Thin Lizzy etc

Brought together by a passion for the great songs from the Emerald Isle, the members of Whiskey In The Jar are four of Sydney's most talented musicians. Fronted by dynamic vocalist & guitarist, Nick Norton (The Angels), with Shane Flew on acoustic guitar & vocals, and boasting two of the strongest rhythm men in town, Alex Hewetson on bass (DIG, Robert Susz, Guy Sebastian, etc), and Antero Ceschin on drums (Mighty Reapers). Facebook Youtube

Leichhardt Bowling Club
88-92 Piper St, Lilyfield

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

Saturday 14 November

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

Acts (so far): Michael Marker, Shawn Lawrie, Neil Bennett, Musique A Deux, Maggie Huang, Les Matthews, Eugene Mitchell, 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 Yvonne O'Grady.

Saturday Streaming  - 7pm

In Remembrance

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

Daniel Champagne - 8pm 

[SOLD OUT] Another show has been set for Friday 8 January with tickets on sale now.

Daniel Champagne, the young Australian-born, world-acclaimed guitar virtuoso & singer songwriter, in his only Sydney show! 

He began writing songs at 12, training classically throughout his teens & performing wherever he could, honing his craft & developing the dynamite live show that he is renowned for today. In following years he's released 4 studio albums, toured relentlessly around the globe with upwards of 300 shows per year, played some of the biggest festivals under the sun & shared stages with the likes of Tommy Emmanuel, INXS, John Butler, Lucinda Williams, Ani DiFranco, Judy Collins, Rodrigo y Gabriela

Leichhardt Bowling Club
88-92 Piper St, Lilyfield

Sunday 15 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 Orli Zahava.

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.

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

Kim Sanders' Friends - 6.30pm

The stunning line-up of

Stuart Vandegraaff (saxophones)
Llew Kiek (guitars, lutes)
Sam Golding (brass)
Mark Szeto (bass)
Ivaylo Karamanliev (kaval)
Chris Fields (percussion)

showcases the huge range of Kim’s compositions: highly influenced by Bulgarian, African & Turkish traditions infused with jazz. Floating kaval improvisations, mysterious or raging grooves, storming horns underpinned by a superb rhythm section. Uplifting!

Camelot Lounge
103 Marrickville Rd,Marrickville 

Doors open 6pm for 6.30 start. 

To ensure social distancing we are running at a substantially reduced capacity & are only able to offer tables of 2, 4 or 8. Table of 2 - $60; Table of 4 - $120; Table of 8 - $240 (all, $30 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.

Jenny Denny & her trio - 2pm

Jenny Denny is an upcoming indie-songwriter whose music sits somewhere between First Aid Kit, Lucy Rose & Missy Higgins. She writes sweet melodies with heartfelt lyrics that really make you feel the feelings. Her debut EP ‘Sad Songs from a Happy Life’ has just been released & her EP which she launched to a sold out audience in early October. 

Mark Wilkes, Club Vice-President, will play a few songs, as Member Showcase, to open this concert. Our first concert back since March! 

Southern Sydney Folk Club
School of Arts Hall
2 Short St, Carlton

Booking essential: 40 people maximum & current Covid rules will be followed. Any questions, Wally Byrne 0421 017 975

Christina Mimmocchi & Greg White
+ Peter Miller-Robinson 
- 7pm

An Acoustic Evening (or is it Double Trouble?). Fine songs, passionate singers, gutsy guitars. 

Leichhardt Bowling Club
88-92 Piper St, Lilyfield. (Free parking off Charlotte St.) 

7pm. $26. Covid safe - booking essential (limited numbers)

ShowsOnStage Performance Night  6-7.30pm

Paddington RSL Club
220/232 Oxford Street, Paddington

Featuring: Coco's Collective (not an OpenMic)

Facebook event. Contact Russell for more information.

SongsOnStage Songwriters/OpenMic  6-9pm

Garry Owen Hotel
778 Darling Street

Contact Russell if you'd like to perform.

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