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Subject: Folk in Eastern Australia
From: rich-joy
Date: 20 Apr 02 - 11:10 PM

want a "A Bit Of FOLK On The Side" ?!

Mucatters travelling to Eastern Australia may like to consider visiting Brisbane, capital city of the SUNNY state of Queensland and where there has been a continuous thriving Folk scene since Forever. The brilliant annual Woodford Folk Festival is also nearby. Information about What's On can be found at June Nichols' excellent site "The Folk Rag" magazine (free monthly hardcopy and weekly e-zine and website!!!) found at http://homepage.powerup.com.au/~dnichols/

Now about an hour and a half's drive NW of Brisbane, in dairy country ~ green rolling hills, with the unique Bunya Nut Pines, formerly rainforest ~ is the Sunshine Coast Hinterland town of Maleny, home to a thriving Arts community, numerous Co-Operatives (second only to Mondragon in Spain) AND : The home of the "A Bit Of FOLK On The Side" (ABOFOTS) Folk Club!!! (you knew there was a point to all this didn't you!!)

ABOFOTS evenings of FOLK performances are held at The Up Front Club, in Maple Street, Maleny on the First Saturday of Every Month. We started up 6 months ago and our initial trial period went so well, we feel confident of continuing. The format is basically Acoustic Music and Poetry ~ with Melody and Meaning, Harmony and Heart ~ for singing, playing, reading, or listening ~ and drawn from the fields of Folk / World / Folk-Blues / Gospel / Country-Folk / Bluegrass ~ both Traditional and Contemporary. Performers are welcomed from the floor and we would LOVE to meet visitors – whether performing or listening.

The evening is hosted by Paul Lawler, former Darwin and Sydney singer/songwriter (and founder member of the infamous, still-running Top End Folk Club of Darwin whose former home was a WWII Gun Turret!!) and who, with his partner, has been resident in Maleny for over 8 years.

Home of ABOFOTS, the Up Front Club is a Co-Operative Social Club run partly by a Volunteer system. It is a licensed venue, which also serves great Italian coffee plus its famous Dandelion Coffee and Chai, as well as meals and cakes. It runs 7 days and 3 nights per week with a variety of musical programmes. For the ABOFOTS Folk evenings, there is a $2 cover charge towards Club costs for the special evening.

Catters Down Under : please come and check us out – 1st Saturday of every month – It's On this May 4th. Enquiries : Paul Lawler or Richenda Bridge, Tel. 07-5499 9190 or email silvereel@squirrel.com.au

Cheers! R-J


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Subject: RE: Folk in Eastern Australia
From: Hrothgar
Date: 21 Apr 02 - 02:28 AM

Can you promise there will be no rain next time?

p.s. Ferrets are illegal in Queensland.


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Subject: RE: Folk in Eastern Australia
From: rich-joy
Date: 21 Apr 02 - 05:28 AM

Sure! This is the Sub-Tropics - most of our rain is in Summer - and Winter is on its way!!!
I'm not touching the Ferret issue ...
Cheers R-J


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Subject: RE: Folk in Eastern Australia
From: alison
Date: 26 May 02 - 11:15 AM

OK.. it was mentioned in another thread to put links to our clubs.... so here is mine

Toongabbie Music Club located in North West Sydney....


and for a very good listing of clubs, festivals, gigs, and all thing Australian check our mudcatter Roo's site Folk Australia

slainte

alison


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Subject: RE: Folk in Eastern Australia
From: Sandra in Sydney
Date: 27 May 02 - 10:01 AM

Not knowing how to make blue clicky things (I love that name) tho I can make weblinks (boring name) at work, here's my info.

Loaded Dog Folk Club upstairs, Neighbourhood Centre 79 Johnston St ANNANDALE 4th Saturdays, 8pm (except December & January) Loaded Dog

The Dog is held in the old Town Hall - sandstone & wood with a 20 foot ceiling, its the best acoustic venue in Sydney. We're close to the city centre - either a short bus ride or an affordable taxi ride. Floor acts, main & support act & a great singing audience.

I also help run another club just down the road & a similarily short bus/taxi ride from the CBD - Almost Acoustic Rozelle Neighbourhood Centre Darling St, near Balmain side of Victoria Rd

Almost Acoustic is held every Saturday, the folk nights at Almost Acoustic are sponsored by the Folk Federation of NSW and are usually the second Saturday of the month, but there are variations to fit in with touring artists.

Check further details of Folk concerts at Almost Acoustic on: Almost Acoustic And contact Gary on 0414 240 014 about other Saturdays and bluegrass, jazz and blues concerts. bluegrass

(blue clickies added by the blue clicky monster)


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Subject: RE: Folk in Eastern Australia
From: Raggytash
Date: 27 May 02 - 02:40 PM

Rich-Joy, You may be a God send to me, I'm trying to learn asong by an Irish Singer/songwriter called Kieran Halpin. The song is named Roll you to the River.

The first verse goes

Theres a busfire south of Sydney, a heatwave in old Queensland, There's not much in the G.F.A. but a pile of rusty sand.

AS yet I cannot find out what the GFA is and I don't like to sinf songs without knowing the background, I don't think you can do them justice if you don't understand what the song contains. Can you explain GFA please


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Subject: RE: Folk in Eastern Australia
From: GUEST,ozmacca
Date: 27 May 02 - 08:46 PM

Thanks rich-joy for that terrific piece of advertising for the nicest bit of Queensland - not that I'm biased you understand - and to continue.....

If you're up around the lovely Blackall Range near Maleny and it's Sunday, a great weekly session kicks off around 2.30pm in the Celtic Tearooms, on Mountain View Road, just a couple of km from Mary Cairnscross Park where you can see unparalleled view of the Glasshouse Mountains.

The Tearooms are run by a great couple of friendly folk and their willing staff of fairies.... check out the garden and you'll see what I mean... Stepping into the Tearoom is like stepping into one of the better Scottish pubs. Great atmosphere, BYO, top class lunches, snacks, devonshire teas or just coffee and cake.

The sessions go until around 5.00pm and the range is imncredible. Regulars include Hammer Dulcimer, Hurdy-Gurdy, Small Pipes, and we even let the occassional guitar and mandolin join in! Old-fashioned turn-about stuff with the musoes at the centre table. Gold coin donations are divided up among the musoes, and anybody and everybody is welcome.

There are also (fairly) regular monthly Staurday night concert events, featuring top local performers in an intimate atmosphere. Always good stuff and sometimes unusual for a folk venue. F'r instance - the midwinter Christmas in July - and August (due to popular demand) is a six-part baroque & renaissance group.

For more info, try

Celtic Tearoom

See you there some day.


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Subject: RE: Folk in Eastern Australia
From: Callie
Date: 28 May 02 - 01:49 AM

Hi R-J

Greetings from Sydney. You don't have to ask us twice, we'll be there in 5 minutes!

Seriously though, thank you for the news on what you're up to in Maleny. I played with ny group Touchwood for the first time at Woodford this year and it was an absolutely magical experience (except for the heat - that was evil magic!).

If we get in again this year I'll be in touch!

best wishes Callie (Sydney)


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Subject: RE: Folk in Eastern Australia
From: GUEST,Dieter & Margot
Date: 28 May 02 - 02:45 AM

Ta muchly Re "ABOFOTS" at Melany. Drove past it once but didn't realise that Paul Lawler had anything to do with it. I was with CAFS Central Australian Folk Society when Paul and his brother Vinnie did a concert in 1972, and was a member of the Top End Folk Club while Paul was AWOL building a house and stuff.

We've been declared as stuck in the 6O's because we try to keep up the tradition to much country Queensland opposition.

Kind regards from Wonbah, West of Bundaberg.


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Subject: RE: Folk in Eastern Australia
From: GUEST,Jo Peace
Date: 28 May 02 - 05:58 AM

Would just to let you know of another Folk Club on the Blackall Ranges called the "Red Kettle Folk Club". This club was born about 6 years ago by the flamboyant and funny bush poet ,Jackie Bridle.Jackie having now moved away , the folk club is now run and hosted by Mark Gillett and Jo Peace. We gather at a small but friendly venue called "The Dangerous Deli" in the small but friendly town of "Mapleton". You will be guaranteed to enjoy some of the best music, poetry and comedy from around the traps . Mapleton is situated about 14kms West of Nambour , or approx 20k's North of Maleny. We meet every 4th Sunday of the month at about 2pm-ish and finish up about 7pm-ish. All are welcome . Please contact me for further info on the email addy provided. All the Best Jo Peace


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Subject: RE: Folk in Eastern Australia
From: Sandra in Sydney
Date: 28 May 02 - 09:11 AM

many thankyous to the blue clicky monster.

Obviously lots of good stuff happening in very hot Qld - if I ever get to vist my brother & his family in Brisbane (in the cooler weather) I will try to get to some of those interesting places.

sandra


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Subject: RE: Folk in Eastern Australia
From: rich-joy
Date: 04 Jun 02 - 04:28 AM

Raggytash - sorry no answer yet - I've asked around some ... Cheers! R-J


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Subject: RE: Folk in Eastern Australia
From: Bob Bolton
Date: 05 Jun 02 - 02:40 AM

G'day Raggytash,

As I said, back in the other thread, what about giving a bit more of the Keiran Halpin lyrics ... in case a bit more context can steer us towards a sensible answer ...?

Regards,

Bob Bolton


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Subject: RE: Folk in Eastern Australia
From: Stewie
Date: 05 Jun 02 - 04:00 AM

Just a thought - GFA could be 'great fuck all'.

Hi Dieter and Margot. It's a long time since I heard hide or hair of you. I remember going to Leaning Tree Lagoon with you when my eldest lad was a toddler (he's now 36). It seems all top ender folkies eventually end up in Queensland. rich-joy is Lawler's better half.

Regards,

Stewie (Paul Stewart).


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Subject: RE: Folk in Eastern Australia
From: Terry K
Date: 05 Jun 02 - 07:01 AM

Hey, Jo Peace mentioned delightful Mapleton - it's got the pub with the best view for miles. Highly recommended. Haven't been to any folkie dos there but I promise I will make the effort (I stay at Kureelpa when I'm up there, so it's only 5ks to Mapleton, a bit further to Maleny.

Ozmacca, you make the Celtic Tearooms sound really nice - the ad on the Folk Australia website made it sound like one of those rather twee and introspective sessions that frighten off the casual passer-by. I'll give it a whirl.

cheers, Terry


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Subject: RE: Folk in Eastern Australia
From: Bob Bolton
Date: 06 Jun 02 - 07:15 AM

G'day Stewie,

A few similar suggestion for "GFA" did get floated in the other ("Keirin Halpin") thread.

What I'm trying to get from Raggytash is a bigger sample of the song's lyrics, so that I can get a better feel for the general style, content and geographical spread of the song. The two references given are a thuosand miles apart north-south ... may the next reference is two thousand miles west ...? Without a clearer idea of the general feel of the song - and I don't have the record, or any link to a sound file - I'm really working in the dark!

regards,

Bob Bolton


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Subject: RE: Folk in Eastern Australia
From: rich-joy
Date: 13 Sep 02 - 12:53 AM

Just a note to say that "A Bit Of FOLK On The Side" (ABOFOTS) is about to celebrate its 1st Birthday - on Saturday evening, October 5th, at The Up Front Club, in Maleny, SE Queensland. (see first posting on this thread).

Any 'catters passing through around that time are welcome to help us celebrate and party!!

Cheers! R-J


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Subject: RE: Folk in Eastern Australia
From: rich-joy
Date: 09 Dec 02 - 12:41 AM

Anyone heading to Woodford for THE BEST musical Christmas / New Year -at the annual Queensland OZ "Woodford Folk Festival" - is invited to call in at the cool mountain retreat of Maleny on the way home,
coz our monthly
: A BIT OF FOLK ON THE SIDE : will be happening there
at the Up Front Club on Saturday, January 4th from 7pm.
For Acoustic Music and Spoken Word with Melody and Meaning, Harmony and Heart ~ and FUN! ~ come and join us!!

Cheers! R-J


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Subject: RE: Folk in Eastern Australia
From: rich-joy
Date: 03 Oct 03 - 05:17 AM

Maleny's "A Bit of Folk on the Side" (ABOFOTS) - see 1st posting - is about to celebrate its SECOND Birthday - tomorrow night!!

Special Guests are the wondrous ANGELA FOX (assisted by GORDON HALLIDAY) and the a cappella quintet SILENCE of the AMPS.
Plus there'll be a Session, led by SHEZ WRIGHT + Birthday Cake + Special Raffle Prizes + + + ...

Any 'Catters in the area : COME ON UP!!

Cheers!
Rich Joy


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Subject: RE: Folk in Eastern Australia
From: Naemanson
Date: 03 Oct 03 - 07:01 AM

This thread is perfectly timed. I will be in the area in November. I will go through this carefully and see what lines up with my travel plans. Fortunately my travel plans are pretty sketchy right now.


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Subject: RE: Folk in Eastern Australia
From: The Fooles Troupe
Date: 03 Oct 03 - 10:20 AM

some yahoo lists
Lists for SE Queensland Australia


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Subject: RE: Folk in Eastern Australia
From: The Fooles Troupe
Date: 06 Oct 03 - 08:07 AM

I thought this info might be of assistance

I was passing thru the Transit Centre Brisbane the other day & found these two free backpacking accommodation guide books. Where else you will get them I don't know, but they do have web sites.

Aussie Backpacker
Sept/Oct 2003 Edition
174 pages
All States

Tours Driving Accommodation Info
Small Regional Maps

http://www.aussiebackpacker.com.au

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
The Word Backpacking Australia
QLD/NT Edition
146 pages

Accommodation Maps Discount Vouchers
Small Maps of All States
Competitions for prizes
Discount Card Scheme (mobile cards, etc).

http://www.thewordaustralia.com.au
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

I also noticed some signs up in the Transit Centre for accommodation, the cheapest one I saw was $50 a night, which would be too rich for me. Especially since they seemed to be advertising expensive places such as restaurants and the Casino - surely strange places for real backpackers to want to visit.

Robin


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Subject: SQUEEZEBOX FEST Saturday 15th November 2003
From: The Fooles Troupe
Date: 01 Nov 03 - 11:27 PM

SQUEEZEBOX FEST Saturday 15th November 2003

SQUEEZEBOX FEST
Saturday 15th November 2003
at Maclagan Hall
40 minutes northwest from Toowoomba, Queensland.
__________________________________________________

A day for squeezebox afficianadoes although other musicians are included too.

Activities include sessions, blackboard concert, main concert, dance
workshop and dance at night.

Camping is free in the hall grounds and kindergarten nearby. Emphasis is on the 'old time' Australian tradition, but not exclusively - any other traditional acoustic music is welcome.

Squeezebox players: gold coin admission, others $10.

For details: Maria Zann 07 4639 3138 or E-Mail. www.ozbox.net/sqfest

as mentioned on
Join FolkMusic_SEQ


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Subject: RE: Folk in Eastern Australia
From: The Fooles Troupe
Date: 23 Nov 03 - 08:32 PM

The Squeezebox Fest went so well that it is highly like to be repeated. They were raising funds for a local Hospice and could present a cheque for $1000.00.

A lovely country hall with the McLagan Winery 1 Km away.

A Traditional (Aussie) Country Dance went well past planned finishing time. Burgers and booze available. Wonderful weather. Plenty of shelter outside for sessions - unfortunately not too much of that occurred.

About 300 attended - about 2/3 of those were spectators only.

See you next year,
Robin


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Subject: RE: Folk in Eastern Australia
From: rich-joy
Date: 02 Feb 04 - 01:45 AM

ABOFOTS - A Bit of Folk on the Side - starts again THIS Saturday, February 7th, at The Up Front Club in Maleny, 1+ hour's drive NW of Brisbane - at 7pm for a 7.30pm start. See you there!!
Cheers!
R-J


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Subject: RE: Folk in Eastern Australia
From: The Fooles Troupe
Date: 02 Feb 04 - 10:49 PM

WARNING! DANGER WILL ROBINSON...

if the rain has stopped, and if I can find the place.... :-)

Robin


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Subject: RE: Folk in Eastern Australia
From: The Fooles Troupe
Date: 08 Feb 04 - 05:50 AM

The Toowoomba Accordeon Festival is back on this year in May. Details later, News at six, Weather at 11.


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Subject: RE: Folk in Eastern Australia
From: The Fooles Troupe
Date: 09 Feb 04 - 01:53 AM

The ABOFOTS was great! Are you going to start a seperate thread?

Robin


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Subject: RE: Folk in Eastern Australia
From: Naemanson
Date: 09 Feb 04 - 04:45 AM

It must be time to start planning my next trip to Australia. I was there in November and had a great time though the rain was a pain. What is the right month for visiting the southern part of the country? I'd like to see Canberra next but I also want to see Brisbane too. Actually I'd like to see it all.


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Subject: RE: Folk in Eastern Australia
From: GUEST,ozmacca
Date: 09 Feb 04 - 06:08 AM

Ahem. There is in fact no right time for visiting the southern part of the Antipodean colony. And as far as Canberra is concerned, well...... too much likelihood of finding one of the deadliest specimens of the Australian reptilian lifeforms. Far, far beter to stick to the nice bit. Brisbane and environs are particularly pleasant at any time of the year... especially now the wet stuff seems to have shot through.


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Subject: RE: Folk in Eastern Australia
From: The Fooles Troupe
Date: 09 Feb 04 - 07:49 AM

Brisbane part of Queensland - "Beautiful one day, perfect the next"

Do you prefer 'hot and dry' or 'hot and humid'?


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Subject: RE: Folk in Eastern Australia
From: Sandra in Sydney
Date: 09 Feb 04 - 07:50 AM

Brett

The Weather Bureau site - bom.gov.au - gives ya the gen about our beautiful weather!! As a Maine lad you won't find Canberra or Melbourne very cold - there's no snow!! You need to go to the Snowy Mountains to see that white stuff.

folkaustralia.com gives you info on festivals etc

fed.gov.au - for federal government sites, including several tourism bodies. Each State/Territory also has a tourism agency & you would get links to these agencies.

sandra


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Subject: RE: Folk in Eastern Australia
From: JennyO
Date: 09 Feb 04 - 10:01 AM

Hi Brett.

I would suggest autumn or spring as good times around here - April will get you the National Folk Festival in Canberra (can be very cold at night), and St Albans Festival, just north of Sydney. Quite often, the weather in Sydney in Autumn and early winter (March - June) is the most stable, lots of pleasant sunny days, and not too hot.

September will get you Jamberoo Festival, down the south coast, only an hour and a half from Sydney. Temperatures are usually comfortable in spring (September - November) but as you found out, weather conditions can be unstable. These are my favourite three festivals, by the way.

Jenny


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Subject: RE: Folk in Eastern Australia
From: The Fooles Troupe
Date: 09 Feb 04 - 06:07 PM

The weird thing about Australia, is that in parts of Summer, the temperature in Brisbane can actually be cooler than in Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide - ohhhh, who cares about Perth? :-)

Robin


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Subject: RE: Folk in Eastern Australia
From: Naemanson
Date: 09 Feb 04 - 07:13 PM

After I posted my last message I went for a bit of a surf through the Australian immigration sites. I was disappointed to learn I cannot retire to Australia and expect to live out my days there. A retirement visa only lasts four years and then has to be renewed every two years until they decide they've had enough of you.

I guess I'll have to marry an Australian and come in on a family visa. Any volunteers? Females only need apply.


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Subject: RE: Folk in Eastern Australia
From: Joybell
Date: 09 Feb 04 - 07:30 PM

This Australian girl is already spoken for and married to an alien! I love to say that. Perhaps we could adopt you Naemanson. We have some great scenery out here on the South-east coast and room for a visitor or two. Melbourne has some good music spots but is a bit fast for us. Our place is a nice spot to rest up and have quiet sessions. September to the end of the year is the best time to visit or earlier if you want to see baby whales. Joy


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Subject: RE: Folk in Eastern Australia
From: Naemanson
Date: 09 Feb 04 - 11:46 PM

I figure, at 51, I'm too old to be adopted but we could give it a try, mom.


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Subject: RE: Folk in Eastern Australia
From: Joybell
Date: 10 Feb 04 - 06:20 PM

Welcome Son! Any time you can make it! Joy


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Subject: RE: Folk in Eastern Australia
From: freda underhill
Date: 15 Feb 04 - 10:25 PM

Hi
i've been talking to a few people in the chat room who keep mentioing thinking about checking out Oz. So here is some more organised info on folk events in NSW and in Australia. It'll give you places to look and browse.

For info on folk events in NSW, try the NSW Folk Fed website, at folkfednsw.org.au. This site lets you know about festivals, clubs and happenings in NSW, and also links in to many other folk sites as well.   

Almost Acoustic is a folk venue in Rozelle run buy the Folk Federation of NSW. It features overseas, interstate and local artists. Folk nights at Almost Acoustic are usually the second Saturday of the month, but there are variations to fit in with touring artists. You can find out more about Almost Acoustic at    http://freewebs.com/almostacoustic

The Loaded Dog is another acoustic venue - showcasing the best acoustic music has to offer, from guitar to hurdy-gurdy, solo voice to community choir.

More information about the Loaded Dog can be found at: www.freewebs.com/loadeddog

There are numerous other folk clubs all around NSW and Sydney. You can access information about them through the Folk Federation of NSW website, and through some of the other sites listed below.

This link will take you to a site which has a poster of folk events all over Australia:

7thdimension.com.au/festival

the poster can be purchased through the site.

The Australian Folk Alliance

The Australian Folk Alliance publishes a very good book, I think for around $20, which lists the festivals all over Australia. Information about how to purchase this book is available through:

folkalliance.org.au/FAA_SiteMap.htm

If you look at this site under "festivals" you will find 85 festivals from around Australia listed.

Another good source of information is the Folk Australia website, to be found at:

folk.mountaintracks.com.au/Folk_Australia

This site also has information about month by month at festivals around Australia, and other features including a group chat room, calendar, file server, and more....

Two other folk internet sites are:

ausworldfolk@folkalliance.org.au – a good source of information about events around the country

and

folkforum@folkalliance.org.au

Apart from the folk scene, Australia is a beautiful country you might want to experience some of it. Here are a couple of sites to give you a feel for where else to think about going..

http://www.woodfordfolkfestival.com/main/index.html
The Woodford folk festival is the biggest festival in oz – over 90,000 when I went. It is Queensland so is a good place to go b4 or after looking around Queensland. It is on every year between Christmas and New Year. It is not far from Maleny and the Glasshouse Mountains – a beautiful area of Australia to visit with scenic rainforest walks and a permaculture & alternative village nearby. This festival is more a world music to anything festival. It is extremely well planned and has showers, and bathrooms dotted regularly through the huge site, as well as village markets, camping and stalls. There are so many many venues within walking distance, the whole site is walkable and so well planned that there is no sense of it being overcrowded. New Years Eve can get a little frenetic but there is a wonderful ceremony that happens each year in a natural amphitheatre on site.

http://www.folkfestival.asn.au/
The National Folk Festival in Canberra is our best festival. It is all on the one circular site, with ample camping, good quality bathroom amenities on site, as well as village markets, camping and stalls. Everything is within walking distance, and here is the place to go to get a good feel for the folk scene in Australia. Folkies from all over the country come to perform and to share their music. There are four days of music workshops before the festival, the main part of the festival is over the Easter weekend (four days).

http://www.snalbans.iwarp.com/
The St Albans folk festival is a beautiful little festival in a tiny historic village. Anyone coming for the National could hang around for the St Albans festival – its one of our best. They are both reachable from Sydney and the Blue Mountains.
these next sites can help you think about looking around at our beautiful country..
http://www.yha.com.au/
http://www.csu.edu.au/australia/tourism.html
http://www.travelabout.au.com/
http://www.dctta.asn.au/index.html
http://www.caa.org.au/travel/

best wishes
freda
Loaded Dog link edited, other links linkified. --JoeClone


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Subject: RE: Folk in Eastern Australia
From: rich-joy
Date: 11 May 04 - 08:41 PM

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Subject: RE: Folk in Eastern Australia
From: rich-joy
Date: 21 Sep 05 - 05:17 AM

Maleny's "A Bit of Folk on the Side" (ABOFOTS) ~ see 1st posting ~ is about to celebrate its FOURTH Birthday - Saturday week (i.e. October 1st) at The Up Front Club, in Maple Street!

Special Guests are The SHEEPDOGS who will be yelping and howling their way, fast and furious, through some old timey, western swingy, jazzy, folky stuff!

Plus there'll be a (long overdue) Session, led by that amazing JENNY FITZGIBBON (aka The Irish Nightingale) + Birthday Cake + Special Raffle Prizes + + +

We HAD hoped to have a repeat of Roger (aka Hrothgar)'s Kwiz-Kwestyuns, which was a lotta fun last birthday, but it seems he has "a previous engagement" … (sniff) ... so, we'll just have to inject some ABC-TV-style "Spicks and Specks" challenges into the proceedings!!!

So, join us for a night of music and poetry with "Melody and Meaning, Harmony and Heart ~ and FUN!"

Any 'Catters in the area : COME ON UP!!

Cheers!
Rich Joy


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Subject: RE: Folk in Eastern Australia
From: Sandra in Sydney
Date: 21 Sep 05 - 08:53 AM

Birthday greetings, ABOFOTS & wishing you many more.

Poor Hrothgar, fancy having a previous engagement, any session with Jenny Fitz is bound to be a great evening.

sandra (Sydney's Loaded Dog is 15 this month, & celebrating in November with Peter Hicks & friends)


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Subject: RE: Folk in Eastern Australia
From: The Fooles Troupe
Date: 21 Sep 05 - 08:39 PM

Some yahoo lists
Lists for SE Queensland Australia

Use it or Lose it!


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Subject: RE: Folk in Eastern Australia
From: rich-joy
Date: 22 Sep 05 - 05:37 AM

Thankyou kindly, Sandra!

15 years for The Dog, eh?! Not sure if I can imagine the 'FOTS in another 11 years :~))))))

But Fitzy and Carmy and I are also going to revive our a cappella harmony trio, "Raw Silk" - I'm looking forward to that!!!


Cheers! R-J


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Subject: RE: Folk in Eastern Australia
From: rich-joy
Date: 26 Oct 05 - 10:31 PM

please visit Paul and Richenda's new website :
http://www.peculiarhand.com


which also has a page on their monthly folk night in Maleny :
http://www.peculiarhand.com/pages/abofots.html

and on their a cappella singing groups :
http://www.peculiarhand.com/pages/acapella.html


Thanks!
Cheers! R-J

PS    Oh, and there's other stuff too - like their new CD :~))) and the Woodford Fire Event e.g.


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Subject: RE: Folk in Eastern Australia
From: rich-joy
Date: 27 Sep 10 - 04:34 AM

Well, my comment on 22 Sept 2005 about not being able to imagine ABOFOTS still going in another 11 years has had its effects.

We celebrate our 9th Birthday this coming Saturday, October 2nd - and it is to be our Final night.
We're not too sad though, as we've had lotsa fun and met lotsa great people and done lotsa singing - and lotsa silly stuff too!
My partner and I just now need to have more "spare" time to pursue other creative ideas!

However, our place at the Up Front Club in Maleny is being taken up by another regular Folk happening : The First Saturday Folk night.
This will be run by The Goodwills (you may know them from Macca's "Australia All Over" fame) and starts November 6th.
HUZZAH!!!

VALE, ABOFOTS - and Long Live FSF

Cheers,
Rich-Joy
SE Queensland


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Subject: RE: Folk in Eastern Australia
From: Sandra in Sydney
Date: 27 Sep 10 - 05:42 AM

enjoy your leisure.

Bye ABOFOTS

Welcome First Saturday Night!

sandra


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Subject: RE: Folk in Eastern Australia
From: rich-joy
Date: 19 May 14 - 02:18 AM

Well, ABOFOTS (A Bit Of Folk On The Side) with Paul & Richenda is now long-gone, and even FSF (First Saturday Folk) with The Goodwills has now transmogrified into FBAB (Folk, Blues and Beyond), with new custodians.   

And The Wheel Turns ..... for Paul Lawler (aka Lawls, aka The Human Ge-Gnome) - has now passed over, due to the scourge that is cancer.

Today I posted an OBIT thread on The Cat for him.

Fare-thee-well for now, My Beloved - NAMASTE.

Rich-Joy


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Subject: RE: Folk in Eastern Australia
From: rich-joy
Date: 19 May 14 - 07:44 PM

Hopefully OBIT thread is here :


thread.cfm?threadid=154560&messages=8


R-J


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