15th November 2013
Wendy and Eric have been singing together for over 35 years.
the early days of folk and ballads to blues, jazz, musical comedy and even
"We don't mind what we sing" say
the group "As long as we get to play with our harmonies. It's what
we've become known for.
Even though Don't Think Twice
comprises two girls and one guy, they have become known for their brilliant
program of original Peter, Paul and Mary arrangements.
"PP&M took the songs of
Dylan, Denver, Seeger and so many other greats, arranging them so that
the lyrics and the melodies could be best presented to mass markets. We
learnt to love harmony singing through PP&M's early songs. It's an
honour for us to keep presenting their body of work."
3 dazzling women - add a guitar, a dash of ukulele, some gorgeous
harmonies and mix in some love songs from the 50's, 60's and 70's - and
there you have The Jam Tarts Trio......a lot of fun, a little bit
naughty but very, very nice !!
18th October 2013
of the Pioneers
all come from a background of playing in bands for a combined total of about
160 years, the "Grandsons" came together initially to have a
social pick together on weekends, enjoying playing and singing songs with a
lean towards "Country", and in particular, traditional Western
They eventually built up a repertoire of songs which featured four part
harmony vocals accompanied by acoustic guitars.
Leo suggested recording the songs in his home studio which resulted in the
production of this CD.
So sit back, relax, go back in time and enjoy the harmonious singing and
picking of " The Grandsons Of The Pioneers " on their debut album
" Happy Trails ".
Grandsons of the Pioneers are...........
John Tippett, acoustic bass and vocals
Bill Jeffrey, acoustic
guitar and vocals Con Anag,
nylon string guitar and vocals
Leo Dalton, acoustic
guitar and vocals
With a love of music and performance
starting from a young age, Melbourne based singer/songwriter began her
career in the Australian youth choir at the age 8 and from there moved on to
join Peter Ellis music, where she had the opportunity to compete in many
eisteddfods and grew as a solo vocalist and moved into the country music
5 years of competition wins and festivals, 2012 brought with it the release
of her debut EP "Just for Tonight" as well as the opportunity to perform
with some of Australia's best country music artists, such as Adam Harvey
and The Davidson Brothers.
The EP Features covers from Johnny
Cash and Bonnie Raitt as well as two original tracks that sample what can be
expected for her first full album, due out late 2014
Members Draw went to Joan
- (Happy Birthday)
The Lisa Dean Award went to Colin
was a big night - Go see these artists if you get a chance.
20th September 2013
Alanna & Alicia are twin sisters who blend folk, jazz
and roots in their original, acoustic songs. Known for their sweet, sibling
harmonies and fine songwriting, the sisters have charmed audiences from the
National Folk Festival to Fairbridge with their onstage warmth and sense of
fun. Their lyrics, equal parts heart and humour, sparkle with an original,
intimate voice that is rare in songwriters today.
As identical twins,
they share a uniquely intuitive, creative partnership and have a natural
They have had considerable recognition for their songwriting, winning awards
at several national festivals. Both have been finalists in the Australian
Songwriting Awards and Alicia won Best New Talent at Port Fairy in 1998.
Their band features the
fine talents of Damien Neil (guitar) and Silas
Palmer / Matiss Schubert / Michelle Meehan (piano, violin,
See them when you
can - Quirky songs from fine musicians.
We had a great line up
of spot acts
Members Draw went to
The Lisa Dean Award went to Phil
16th August 2013
Private Liam Haven. Picture:
Guide Dogs Victoria
“A superb collection of songs from
Australia’s finest folksinger” Sydney Morning Herald
Stellar songs and smooth-as-silk performance from Australia's premier
folk singer-songwriter. Enda's songs bring the world around you to life. No
detail is too small, no story too big to find its way through lyric and tune
to your heart. Journey with Enda's songs across an emotional
landscape. Laugh, cry, thrill or protest, Enda's live show will always
entertain you and his albums frequently find their way onto the repeat stack
of his long time followers. This is an act not to be missed!
Private Liam Haven Unfortunately Liam was ill
and unable to come - Please support his cause
WITHOUT music, Private Liam Haven reckons he wouldn't have
recovered from his life-changing deployment to Iraq.
Now the 24-year-old from Brisbane’s 6RAR is about to independently
release his debut album Beginning, Middle and the Never-Ending.
"If I didn't have music I wouldn't be as good
as I am now,” he said.
"Music, as an outlet, was for me the best thing I
could have had to go through something like that.
In between making music, gigs and studying psychology,
Pte Haven is training to walk from Sydney to Canberra in September to raise
funds for Soldier On
On is catering to our generation of diggers and it's more concentrated
on the wounded soldiers and their families," he said.
Donate at http://onefootforward.gofundraise.com.au/
21st July 2013
Peoples Place Bigger than Texas Concert
Supported by Badfolk,
Peninsula Peoples Place, Fathers in the Chapel and Verandah Music. The biggest music clubs on
the Peninsula unite for your pleasure
and enjoyment included afternoon tea.
A great afternoon well presented by Jamez.
Held at the Mahogany Neighbourhood
19th July 2013
Ross Ryan is one of Australia's
original and most celebrated singer-songwriters. His albums have won Record
of the Year and Album of the Year awards and his songs have been recorded by
performers as diverse as John Farnham and Slim Dusty.
2013 sees Ross celebrating the 40th anniversary of the release
of his signature tune, ‘I Am Pegasus' - a song that remained
in the charts for 7 months and is still a perennial
favourite of Australian radio. ‘Pegasus’ was named in 2003 by ABC TV’s
"Love Is In The Air" as an Australian Anthem.
He’s toured with Roy Orbison, Carol King and Van Morrison;
written for The Age and The Financial Review; worked
as a writer and performer in comedy theatre and television; designs web
sites; once had breakfast with Joni Mitchell; runs a recording studio; has a
'King of Pop' trophy - AND appeared twice
on Mr Squiggle.
To mark the anniversary of 'I Am Pegasus' and the subsequent triple
gold 'My Name Means Horse' album, Ross will be performing across
Australia with Glen Combo players Ken Stephenson and Roy Zedras.
Further information can be found at: www.rossryan.com/presskit
Members Draw went to
The Lisa Dean Award went to Peter
June 21st 2013
Herft, Patrick Evans and Chris Lazzaro are the HeartStrings.
A trio of wonderful, contemporary troubadours and award
captures the heart and soul of a song and carries it to you on the wings of
her glorious singing voice. She
is complemented by the vocals and instrumental genius of Patrick (fiddle and
guitar) and Chris (mandolin, banjo and guitar).
is also a facilitator of wonderful singing sessions and has also received
many accolades for her moving and brilliant solo tribute to Joan Baez.
She is a fabulous performer who has the power to move your soul with
her voice and stage presence.
Evans' musical roots are firmly in the Celtic music tradition but he is
equally at home playing a Beatles song or jazz standard. Patrick is also
well known for his time in various bands including Fiddlestix, Pure Genius
and The Wrenboys as a vocalist, fiddler and guitarist. He
is also an accomplished songwriter and solo performer with the broad
repertoire that comes from such a depth of musical experience.
Chris Lazzaro is a singer, songwriter, musician, performer and educator. He
performs with the Blackberry Jam Bush band and free lances with many other
musicians playing various styles which include, Celtic, Latin, Italian and
contemporary music. His instruments include mandolin, banjo, guitar,
ukulele, didgeridoo, vocals, congas and various other percussion
miss Suzette Herft and the HeartStrings… you won't be disappointed!
there was a voice that could temper a fire and whisper its secrets velvet
If there was a voice that could move a river and finds its warm streams of
If there was a voice that could glide the air and smooth a storm to bring a
smile to you , it is the voice of Suzette Herft. “ (George Condos –
Members Draw went to Huan
Another big night
The Rat Award went to
May 17th 2013
A lot has happened since
singer/songwriter Ange Takats left Sydney back in 2000. She
joined a folk rock band in Thailand, interviewed Aung San Suu Kyi in Burma,
fell in love with a Romanian Canadian, published a travel memoir and has
just released her second album Arva.
“I've had a
rather unusual path into the world of music – via Bangkok. I went there to
work as a foreign correspondent with Reuters and landed a second job as a
singer in a Thai band,” the National Folk Festival Award Winner said.
Ange, who now calls the Sunshine Coast Queensland home,
says her overseas adventures have inspired many of the tracks on the new
“I happened to fall
in love with a young man from Ontario whilst trekking in Laos and ended up
moving to Canada to be with him. The title of the album was inspired by a
very long walk I did down a highway to a town called Arva, and my ability to
find happiness in the most unlikely of places,” Ange said.
With three-part vocal
harmonies, lush string arrangements and ragtime jazz instrumentation, the
11-track album is a departure from Ange's folkie roots and was recorded in
Gippsland by Australian music institution J. Walker (Machine
Translations) who produced Paul Kelly's latest album Spring
And Fall. “He'd just finished
composing the music for the ABC TV series Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries
which is set in the 1920s, so he was in the perfect 'old world'
headspace to work on my songs. We recorded most of the vocals in an old hall
in Gippsland. A few weeks later he was in the same hall, recording Paul's
album,” Ange said.
Colin and Susan came together as a singing duo in the
Spring of 2004 and became a couple in the romantic sense as well, getting
married on 21st January 2006 at The Musical Village where they first met!
Without doubt, Susan is an undiscovered talent. Her singing voice has been
compared to Judith Durham, Nana Mouskouri and Linda Ronstadt. Their music
has been described as 'easy listening' but they have also provided an
up-tempo offering with one of Gippsland's finest musicians; Terry Cupples
(bass) who probably has no peer in Gippsland, and also Brenden Morris when
Terry isn't available and Leigh Bechaz on guitar/mandolin.
Members Draw went to Helen
The Rat Award to Pat
It's wonderful to have so much talent around - we are
really spoiled in this country.
April 19th 2013
its beginnings in November 2011 when David Aumann and Blair Webb, both
former members of Fat Chance, decided to get together to do Louvin
Brothers-type material with mandolin, guitar and two part harmony. Evan
Webb, a long time friend, offered to play bass and that seemed like a good
idea. We will be joined for Bad folk by Peter Someville, banjo player for
many of the well known bands around Melbourne.
of the members has a solid musical background. Bassist Evan Webb
currently plays in Mama's Mountain Jug Band, Appalachian Heaven old timey
band and Faux Grass. Mandolinist David Aumann has previously played
in Fat Chance and Indigo Rye bluegrass bands as well as a long stint playing
Irish in Ragwort and Thistle bush band. Guitarist Blair Webb, our
junior member/front man/sex symbol, came to us from Fat Chance and assorted
country bands. Peter Somerville has played banjo for many of the well
known folk bands around Melbourne, including Uncle Bill, The Somervilles,
the Alley Cats, Banjovie, Tarnation, the Pheasant Pluckers, the Marvilles
and more. All four members sing and multi-part harmonies are a feature of
the band. (By the way, Blair and Evan are not related, but Blair takes great
pleasure in calling Evan “uncle”.)
material is mostly traditional bluegrass, but diverging into pop music done
bluegrass style (e.g. Fox on the Run, Rocket Man), blues (e.g I'm
Taking the Long Way Home), cowboy and novelty (e.g. I Met my Baby in the
Porta Loo Line, I Got a Date)
group of four well-dressed gringos will hit you with their own brand of
bluegrass. Some of it will be hard and driving, some more ballad-like. They
will add a touch of comedy with several of their songs, and add in a healthy
dose of pop music that you'll know, done in their own bluegrass style.
They will leave you wondering if your ears are playing tricks on you. “Did
I just hear a bluegrass group sing Elvis Presley?” Well, yes you did! This
most enjoyable band features great harmony singing and fine instrumental
work. Must see!
Members Draw went to Lorraine
The Rat Award to Andrew & Janet
March 15th 2013
Rick E Vengeance
When Rick E Vengeance first appeared on the folk
music scene in Australia back in 1977 he was considered a young turk who had
an eclectic taste in clothes and a flair for entertaining. Years later many
fans consider him an institution (some would say a relic) especially when it
comes to performing. Over the years he has been many things, dance caller,
radio dj, guitar teacher, accomplished mc, band leader and a fine guitarist
but most of all he is a much loved member of the folk music community
who always gives his all. Rick opened Badfolk in 2002 and has
celebrated a couple of milestones with the club. Due to illness he could not
attend for our 10 year celebration so we have him now - a little belated but
happy to have him again. Rick now resides in Yea and runs sessions once a
With a mix up in the booking with Rick, Ian came
along to fill in. Ian has a fabulous voice and is a staunch supporter of
Ian has been singing and playing his guitar to audiences for as long as he
can remember. He is one of a dying breed of entertainers that is in it for
the "love", and not just for the money. Every time he gets on
stage he gives 200%, and the audience appreciates his talent every time.
He has been involved in the Australian Country
Music Industry for a very long time, and has recorded 4 Albums.
Ian has been inducted into the Country Music Hall
of Fame at Tamworth, as well as in Barmera South Australia.
Members Draw went to Clem
The Rat Award to Barbara
February 15th 2013
Watson is an icon of the Australian folk scene. Based in
Melbourne, he plays regularly at festivals, folk clubs and other venues
throughout Australia. He has received a stack of songwriting awards and had
his songs covered by performers of the calibre of Eric Bogle, Joe Dolce,
Greg Champion, and a host of other Australian and international performers.
He has produced six albums of original songs, received radio airplay
across Australia, and he appears on many compilation albums alongside
artists such as Yothu Yindi and Christine Anu.
Eric Bogle has described him as “the best songwriter I have seen in a
long time.” Melbourne folk institution The Boite says, “Bruce Watson is
a wordsmith, a teller of tales, a spinner of yarns he tells with passion and
integrity. An Australian folk hero!”
His performances are joyful and thoroughly engaging, with witty lyrics
and energetic presentation. He is a masterful craftsman of songs, be they
evocative and heart wrenching, or side-splittingly funny.
Members Draw went to Jean
The Rat Award to Sandy.
January 20th 2013
Club BBQ - Sunday
Again this year we held
it at the
Upper Beaconsfield Community Centre
Sailsbury Road, Upper Beaconsfield.
Its was an open stage afternoon with many fine
performances from members.
December 21st 2012
Always a relaxed friendly night to
finish up the year. It's an open stage event.
Christmas and a Happy New Year to all!
November 16th 2012
As an Irish-
Australian, Maria Forde has always straddled both sides of her heritage in
her songwriting. Incorporating the sweet melodies, that are the trademark of
the Irish musical heritage, with observations of Australia, along with her
personal experiences, Maria has blossomed into one of Australia's premier
songwriters. Her first album - "Will You Dance With Me?" - features the
title song, written for a friend's wedding, that has become a theme for
weddings, in Australia and internationally, by Maria's original and
various cover versions. The trend, in Maria's writing, to incorporate both
her Irish origins and Australian sensibilities, are heralded by “Waltzing
Matilda, My Darling” - a song about the torn spirits of the immigrant to
both their country of birth and their adopted land, Australia. Her sophomore
release, “Dark Island” like the title, exhibited noir attitudes, as
Maria broached topics such as child abuse, the innocence of childhood, and
family relationships. The next 3 albums - “Follow The Call”, “Rough
Diamond” and “Next” all continued the themes, laid down on her first 2
albums, although her craft always progressed with each re-cording. Her most
recent album, “Little Black Rose” bears testament to Maria's endless
quest to improve her musicianship, her songwriting craft and the desire to
communicate to the listener. Already blessed with an angelic voice, Maria
has grown into a masterful interpreter of her own material, able to totally
connect the feeling of the music and words to the emotion of the song. This
alone sets her apart from so many singer/songwriters. Since relocating to
Trentham, in rural Victoria, Maria has begun to incorporate more of the
wonder and fragility of the Australian bush into her work. Through out her
career, Maria has toured constantly, performed at numerous festivals and
built a solid and dedicated fan base, both in Australia, and
Members Draw went to
The Rat Award to Rudi.
October 19th 2012
Flanagan and the Begin Again's
John Flanagan and the Begin Agains have been impressing
audiences at gigs and festivals around the country with their lush 4-part
vocal harmonies and delicate acoustic textures on banjo, guitars, violin and
mandolin. Drawing comparisons to artists such as Gillian Welch, James Taylor
and Alison Krauss the 4-piece Melbourne band has developed a stirring sound
driven by heartbreaking melodies and deeply honest storytelling.
In late 2008 John joined forces with seasoned
musicians Jane Patterson, Andy Zito and Mark Zito to record their first
album 'Meet Me In Between' and they have been touring together ever since.
The end of 2011 saw them playing a run of festivals including Woodford Folk
Festival, Queenscliff Music Festival and Cygnet Folk Festival. 2012 is
already shaping up to be a big year for the band, with their Melbourne EP
launch in May followed by their Young Minds Tour in May/June. In September
this year they will head to the US as a duo to perform at the Americana
Music Conference in Nashville. Their gig at Berwick and District Folk Club
will be their first gig back in Australia after the trip.
songwriting and captivating lyricism”
Members Draw went to Clem
The Rat Award to Martin
September 21st 2012
Rick had to cancel due to illness - So instead we had
1 - The best new male vocalist (Tamworth
2 - An Aussie icon who sang about a
mythical horse (Ross
We Had Cake
Members Draw went to Clem.
The Rat Award to Clem. - And he cleaned up on the night.
August 17th 2012
Parlane and The Campfire Session
Born in NZ to Air-force family. Moved every 2 years all around NZ, London,
and Bangkok. First musical performance, singing an A Cappella version of
Sheb Wooley's "The Flying Purple People Eater" at School Christmas
Show (6 Years old) The Beatles, Bob Dylan and The Seekers were all leaving
their mark when Brent's Mum died of Kidney failure when he was 12.In the '80's Brent became a must see act in Melbourne and Sydney wrote and
recorded and pioneered the self -funded album. During this time he also
opened for Randy Newman, Jesse Winchester and Guy Clark. He also continued
his love of traveling doing gigs in London, Chicago, San Francisco, New York
Traveling to Tamworth in the early '90's he soon scored a record deal and
some awards and went on touring with lots of TV and Radio exposure.
CD Release - Slow Release Ken Newham began writing his own material in the mid 1990's. Just as
a hobby that grew from many miles of travelled and places seen. Influences
range from John Williamson, John Fogarty, Dylan or anybody who can tell a
story. This release of his CD is the next step following the hobby/therapy
stages. Anybody who has half a mind then make a CD - that's all you need.
Drawing on a life full of experiences, Ken's songs are about real people and
events in country Australia.
AGM went well as usual. - Congratulations to the in coming committee
Members Draw went to Jose.
The Rat Award to Jose. - He cleaned up on the night.
July 20th 2012
Songwriter, singer, comedian and prominent radio
personality Greg Champion captures what it is to be Australian through his
unique combination of comedy, sports parodies and country/folk music. Born in Benalla Victoria and raised in South Australia, Champs is
Australia's leading writer of AFL and cricket songs, with several Aussie
Rules hit songs since the 1980s. His musical diversity however, extends beyond the sports fields to
include more moving and descriptive song writing capturing the emotion of
Australian life in the way John Williamson, Eric Bogle and Ted Egan are
renowned for. Always a Club favourite
Members Draw went to Zelma.
The Rat Award to Mick
June 15th 2012
Nia grew up listening to the Slims (Dusty, Whitman and Newton) Tammy,
Dolly and all things country, and like most teenagers embraced the live
music culture in the 80s, singing in an original rock band! It wasn't until
much later that she returned to her country roots and started writing the
tracks for her debut album "Middle of Blue". The first single -
Spirit of Elvis (It Never Snows) was released to country in May 2010. It
tells the story of a troubled young woman who travels to Graceland believing
the spirit of Elvis will give her the answers she is searching for.
Described as "quirky"
Susan's personality shines through in her music.
Her songs seem to write themselves and just arrive out of nowhere in
a spasmodic ethereal kind of way. It's
hard to put an adjective to her actual style of song except to say they are
melodic and uplifting . Susan
likes the idea of crossing the boundaries of music genres and intermixing
styles to create a well rounded experience for the ears.
She's a little left of centre and likes to take her audiences on a
journey of joy and fun, with a twist.
Hannan CD Release
began song writing many years ago writing parody songs
about people and events at my work. 10 years ago my wife, Lisa, challenged
me to write a country song. I sat outside our Jayco van in the caravan park
at Beechworth and wrote a song about the bush, mates and cars. The next
morning I put it to some simple chords and a melody and thought, "Hey!
That’s not too bad!" I didn't realize it at the time but this opened
up the flood gates and all the stories I had been storing in my head for
years came flooding out. A few of these early songs have now made their way
onto my 1st CD titled, “Big Boys Toys”. I have been very
lucky with my songs, having been a finalist in many competitions and several
have gone on to win.
Members Draw went to Jim
Rat Award went to Graham
May 18th 2012 The Stetson Family
"How refreshing to come across a
bluegrass band from Melbourne, Australia, who passionately embrace this
challenging style of "roots music" and have fun performing their
original songs of murder, mayhem and twisted tales of the human heart!
They mix it up with newgrass and 'high lonesome' country - which
demonstrates their musical prowess and excellent taste." (Mary Cannon, Mystery Train,
The Stetson Family is a five-piece band of
knockabouts from Melbourne, Australia, who bring a fresh twist to the
timeless sound of bluegrass and high-lonesome country/folk with their
home-made songs of snake-handlin' preachers, shallow bush graves, love
gone wrong and wandering down life's crooked highways. The band is made up
of Nad Budge (vocals/dobro), John Bartholomeusz
(guitar/vocals), Colin Swan (banjo), Andy Carswell
(mandolin) and Cool Hand Luke Richardson (double bass).
Members Draw went to
The Rat Award to Barbara
April 20th 2012
describe by Mark S. Tucker from 'The Folk Music Exchange' as,
letter perfect blend of folk and blues, one of the best I've ever heard".
has released two albums, 'Sliding To Your Destiny' in 2006 and ‘Looking
For the Clues' 2008 and is due to release his third later this year. He
performs original acoustic folk, blues, and instrumental guitar music. His
songs, rich in story telling and delivered
with distinctive husk tinged vocals and compelling musicianship, on both lap-slide
and finger picked guitar are sure to enchant you.
Leigh has been performing
around Melbourne's pubs, festivals and clubs since 2002 and toured overseas
for the first time in 2008.
Support Act - Edward Nass
Releasing his first CD - Memories and Other
Tales. Edward presents songs about Family, Community and Personal
Experiences. Stories which we all can relate to and with a touch of humor.
Members Draw went to Jacquie
The Rat Award to Andrew
March 16th 2012
has been in many shapes and forms over the last 10 years or so.
If you haven't seen them then you have not been seriously entertained. Bruce
with Angus, Jim and Doug fit together really well. Musically fabulous, great
harmonies and jokes you laugh at (not groan) "Coolgrass, Rhythm and
Bluegrass (and comedy)".
Coolgrass enjoy straight bluegrass, but prefer their bluegrass to be a bit
bent. In addition to their own songs and parodies, Coolgrass tackle the likes
of Mozart, Mancini, Chuck Berry, Queen, Duke Ellington and many more in a
tongue-firmly-in-cheek bluegrass style.
Don't be fooled by their light hearted nature. These guys play top quality
Damn, I split my sides laughing and they have more hats than a millner.
Members Draw went to .
The Rat Award to David - Always entertaining with a comedy song.
February 17th 2012
as one of Australia's pre-eminent exponents of the ukulele, A. J. Leonard
together with Jenny Rowlands "the hardest working cellist in show
business" play old & latter-day classics and A.J.'s original music
providing audiences everywhere with a sound described as "simply
at home playing a Beatles favourite as he is with popular 20's and 30's
ukulele standards, A.J. Leonard is well known by ukulele devotees around
Australia for his amazing dexterity, finely-crafted arrangements and breezy
2011 exploits included a short tour of the US, Illawarra & National Folk
festivals and the Melbourne & Cairns ukulele festivals.
A Great night and the Uke and chello are a great pairing by these two.
Members Draw went to .
The Rat Award to Bill - A terrific Bass voice doing old style country
January 15th 2012
Club BBQ (Sunday 12-5)
Held at the Upper Beaconsfield Community Centre, 10-12 Sailsbury Road,
Upper Beaconsfield 3808. No issues with heat or rain. A great day to cruise
into the new year with lots of talent.
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