A listing of upcoming mediated (+ 'live'!) NSW folk events for you to enjoy during your isolation View in browser
Events 5-11 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.

Other Business

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

Loaded Dog's 30th Birthday Concert
@ Leichhardt Bowlo! On Saturday 24 October. Advance notice, mark your diaries & book! Carol Garland, & her son Adrian Hill, with 2 supports - Christina Mimmocchi, & Miguel Heatwole. Leichhardt Bowling Club has a COVID-Safe plan & is registered with NSW Government as a COVID-Safe business - following all necessary requirements. A bar, & great bistro, so do consider having dinner. 88-92 Piper St, Lilyfield. 7.30 for 8pm start. $20. More details later, incl. re parking. Bookings essential, just reply to Sandra - Yes!! I'll be there, wouldn't miss it for quids.

Dan McKinnon performed (from Canada) for the Hornsby Ku-ring-gai Folk Club on Friday night. He has emailed to thank them for the opportunity; & gives a link for ordering CDs; & another link if those who attended wish to donate instead. Or - his last two recordings, ‘Just Another Day’ & ‘Fields of Dreams & Glory' are on iTunes. (Dan was due to tour Australia around this time of year.)

Trial Run of a new Singlet

On Monday at 8pm Stephen Taberner will be conducting a trial run of a new singlet.

"It's called . . . SINGLET THEORY . . . and it's specifically designed for people who are blithered and confused by all the words like tonic, fourth, 7th, major, minor, augmented, relative minor, and a few dozen others. for people who just want to know WHAT'S GOING ON. we will sing lots of things, and I will MAKE SENSE OF THINGS . . . I promise."

A word from Russell Neal re next Monday's inaugural JAM Night

"I have had a great response about the inaugural Jam night on Mon 12 Oct at Kellys on King, Newtown. - Here is the link to the list of players and songs so far.

We have lots of songs, now we need musicians to put their names against them as accompanists - PA and backline (guitar amp, bass amp, drums) will be provided, so performers can just step on stage and play.

Social distancing and other safety precautions will apply.

None of the above will preclude performers from playing solo sets if they want.

For more information, email me."

Calendar of Events

Monday 5 October

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


Acts so far:  Rodney Rockhopper, Jo Kerr, 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 6 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: Ken Mclean, Joanne Maloney, Music a Trois, Short Note, Paul Connolly, Leo Anthony, Rodney Rockhopper, Tim Walmsley, Elizabeth Hylton, John Wright, Zack Martin, 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.

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, Presented by Ross M Fear on Alive 90.5 fm and on Facebook. Listen worldwide online.

Wednesday 7 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): Roxanne Kiely, Stephen Kiely, Shaun Walker, Rob Pearce, Angie Thornton, Peter Granton, Allan Crew, 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 8 October

SongsOnStage Songwriters/OpenMic. 6.45-10pm.

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


Acts: My Friend the Cat, Chuck Sorg, Jill Riddiford, Leo Anthony, Elizabeth Hylton, Peter Granton, Jo Kerr, John Wright, John Chesher, Kenneth D'Aran, Tim Walmsley NovaBossa (host). 

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

Friday 9 October

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

Toongabbie Music Club - 7.30pm

With the arrival of Spring when the wattle blooms out on the hill we may not need firewood. However, I would not put the sheep station on it! So, in accordance with our policy of 'belt & braces', if you have some spare firewood after such a cold winter, please feel free to bring it along. The Scouts Hall, 17 Whitehaven Rd, Northmead, commencing at 7.30pm. Cost $7. The medical conditions in relation to Coronavirus remain in place. If you have not already advised us of your intention to attend, please do so by email &, if possible, bring a chair as the Scouts have a limited supply. Allen 0439 831 531

Saturday 10 October

SongsOnLine Songwriters/OpenMic - 11am-2pm. Zoom session. Facebook event. Acts (so far): Trevor Housley, 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 Yvonne O'Grady.

Phonograph Jack

As we work to find new ways to live in a changing world, we return to familiar songs to find that they have acquired new meanings. So, what's worth keeping? 

Allow us to introduce to you 'Phonograph Jack', who wanders the tablelands of NSW stirring the memories of those who live and work there. Dance to the tunes of Sally Sloane and Ebb Wren under the stars, listen in the dark to the songs of battered travellers and chancers with hope still alive in their hearts.

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

The Foreday Riders - 8pm

An extra show for The Foreday Riders, after their sell-out first post-lockdown show on September 12 at Leichhardt Bowlo! 

The 'Riders' are true legends of Australian Blues, this year being their 53rd year together as a band. And they are as good as ever! 

Led by brothers Ron & Jeff King, the Riders are often referred to as “The University Of The Blues”, acknowledging the number of blues-players who have spent some time in the band and then moved on to become established performers in their own right.

This gig presents a rare chance to catch the full band in their current line-up: Shane Pacey (Bondi Cigars) - lead guitar & vocals, Ron King - harmonica & vocals, Jeff King - guitar & dobro, Stan Mobbs - bass, & "Rosscoe" Clark - drums.

Leichhardt Bowling Club
88-92 Piper St, Lilyfield

Tickets $31. Limited number of tickets due to Covid-19 restrictions so book early!

Sunday 11 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: Merilyn Steele  (not an OpenMic)

Facebook event. Contact Russell for more information.

Christina Mimmocchi & Greg White -7pm

'The Hungry Mile' & other stories

Inspired by a mutual love of fine songs, Christina Mimmocchi (Blindman's Holiday) on vocals and Greg White (AustraLYSIS) on guitar dovetail their diverse musical experiences for a night of original acoustic magic, including the pick of new songs penned during the Covid lockdown.

Christina continues her journey as a story-teller with one foot in the musical tradition and the other exploring divergent pathways. Greg returns ‘unplugged’ to his acoustic guitar roots after a long career in music production and experimental music performance. Together they are inspired by the classic songwriters as well as much older musical traditions. In addition to their own songs, you can also expect to hear some familiar songs by the likes of Bobby Gentry, Paul Simon and Pete Seeger.

Petersham Bowlo
77 Brighton Street

Covid-safe. Limited to 45 people. Bar & bistro open. 

Bookings essential.

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