April 19th 2013 Faux Grass
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”.)
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.
A nice way to start the year
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 Maria Forde
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.
Members Draw went to ?
The Rat Award to Rudi.
October 19th 2012 John
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.
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
And We Had Birthday Cake
Members Draw went to Clem.
The Rat Award to Clem. - And he cleaned up on the night.
August 17th 2012 Brent
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.