have other events happening from time to time so check the listings below
or better yet, come on down - announcements are made on club nights and by email.
(Oct - Dec)
21st March 2014
Steve Romig - Mama
Blue (and Son)
Two years ago I said to my Mum “I’m not getting you
anything for Christmas, I’m going to record you.” greatly
admired by fellow entertainers and patrons alike.
Originally I wanted to do this to preserve a record of her doing something
She had been recorded before but with backing tracks in cheap studios and I
didn’t think these reflected
what she was capable of so the process began.
She decided it would be a good idea to do some old blues songs by Dinah
Washington, Sippie Wallace and
Nina Simone and I decided to add some originals in the same vein. So I wrote
Look at my baby dance, Nothin’ to do but sing the blues and Body on my
Mind. We also added Georgia
Olive has been singing for giggles in various wine bars around the
Mornington Peninsula for years and is
Steve, in spite of being actively discouraged by his step father, went on to
become a musician. He started learning guitar
at the age of 15 and began writing songs around the same time because he
thought “if the Beatles can do it so can I”.
John Farnham has recorded 2 of his songs so, fortunately, he was right.
Steve has produced/co-produced 6 different albums
including 3 of his own, one for Jim Keays (
Resonator) and one for Twyce Daily ( Simple Things) and now, one for his
Mum, Olive May( Mama Blue & Son...Outa
Cash Outa Luck & Outa Booze).
He has also produced a couple of EP’s. I’ll Dance
on Your Grave Mr’s Thatcher by John McCullagh and Just
He plays a variety of string instruments including Bass, Guitar, Mandolin,
Lap Steele and Banjo.
This album with his Mum has been a labour of love and one of his proudest
Full History Here
23rd March 2014
This is a worthwhile event.
Proudly Sponsored by Folk
VictoriaTickets $20/$15 for FolkVic Members/Concession
Folk Vic presents five superb acts representing harp traditions from
across the globe. Gambian Griot Kora player Jali Buba Kuyateh, Singer/
Harpist Barbara Jeffrey, Paraguayan Harpist Alfirio Christaldo, Chinese
Guzheng player Ping Jiang, and Celtic group Skarabrae will summon all the
moods of the harp, from delicate to driving.
|ali Buba Kuyateh Jali Buba was
born into a famous musical family in Senegambia and has been
composing music, singing and dancing since he was five.Now his style
is a combo of flavours, from traditional Kora tunes, to Afro Manding,
to Jazz, Blues to Salsa, Reggae and traditional Senegambian styles.
|Barbara Jeffrey Barbara combines
classical training with folk influences to create her own unique
sound.Her traditional folk and original songs reflect the beauty of
the natural environment and celebrate the heroism of ordinary
people. Her Celtic Harp combined with vocals, blend together
|Ping Jiang Ping Jiang is a Chinese
Guzheng player and teacher.She began learning the Guzheng at the age
of nine and has studied under several Guzheng masters.
She excels in both traditional and modern techniques in her
interpretation of Guzheng music.
|Alfirio Christaldo Alfirio played
the flamenco guitar from the age of 12.After a compulsory stint in
the military service, he made a radical decision in Paraguay at the
age of 22 to specialise in the more eclectic Paraguayan Harp. The
harp was first brought to the New World from Spain with the
first conquistador, 400 years ago. An elegant musician,
Alfirio is technically perfect and musically an astute performer.
|Skarabrae Skarabrae are Georgia
Martin (voice), Tom Martin (guitar) and Frances Thiele (harp).
Skarabrae have created their own unique interpretation of folk music
from the British Isles.As Skarabrae, their collaboration produces a
wonderful, moody soundscape of traditional folk music with a jazzy
Its Good Friday. No club this month. A Happy Easter to you
May 16th 2014
Songwriters in the Round
We have four songwriters who have released CD's recently. Songwriters
in the round fills in gaps. Provides the stories behind the songs and gives
them more meaning to them.
- Late Night Movie
Wildewood - Things that go Bump in the Night
Sandy Rassmussen - Halfway north (My Journey)
Edward Nass - Doing Nothing
June 7th 2014
7.30 - 11.30 pm
Folk Victoria, in association, with Badfolk is hosting a night of bluegrass supported by local
clubs. Two main acts - Hard Drive Bluegrass Band and Coolgrass - too much
talent to miss. - Venue Balla Balla Centre Cranbourne. Tickets are
$20.00 and $16.00 for supporting club members (show your membership at the
June 20th 2014
Andy Wrigglesworth and Laura Coates are a couple of old souls,
steeped in bluegrass tradition and draped in gothic Americana imagery.
That kind of description might make them sound like some carefully contrived
concept-act, but there’s something truly different about The Weeping
Willows: they really mean it.
Just like their old timey forefathers, Laura and Andy
see themselves as simply contributors. They are cogs in the wheel;
part of a long music tradition that emerged years before their own existence
and will survive them by hook or by crook. The old songs they sing are
plucked from the canon, the new ones they write are simply added to the
book. The origin of each track is almost irrelevant, as all are
performed with an authenticity and vibrancy befitting this most dignified
and welcoming genre. A Weeping Willows performance, whether live on
location or caught on tape, will always delight.
“The Weeping Willows – a new duo that draws inspiration from the
fragile, Gospel-tinged work of Johnny and June Cash as well as more modern
boy-girl outfits like The Handsome Family or Gillian Welch/Dave
Rawlings…” ~’Pearl’ Magazine – July 2012.
July 18th 2014
A unique Australiana performer. He creates a package of Dinkum Entertainment
by combining comedy, bush poetry, and music, as well as a swag of genuine
Australian things including whipcracking. 'Fair dinkum' is an Australian
saying meaning 'the real thing' the 'genuine article' and 'straight' as in
So Dinkum Oz Entertainment describes a stable of
unpretentious performances that are well researched, smoothly executed and
come at you "straight from the heart."
Mr Walker has lived in Narre Warren for many years and has a strong
involvement with the local community.
He has performed at the City of Casey’s Mayoral Charity Concert and was
also a finalist in the Casey Idol competition.
“I’ve always been aware of the Aussie spirit – I can feel the
strength, courage and compassion that emanates from it and it influences
Australians from all walks of life in so many different ways.”
“I see it everywhere from the humble Aussie battler, to our elite
sportsmen and sportswomen.
“From the kind volunteers that help the underprivileged, to the paramedics
who are so caring to those in need of urgent help.”
August 15th 2014
In 1994, Fong was asked to play with Denver in a private performance in
Malaysia for the Sultan of Kedah. "I was humbled in John Denver's
presence and and was inspired by that meeting with him," Fong said.
Born in Penang, an island off the West Malaysian Coast, Jimmy Fong has
been strumming his guitar since T.V was in black and white. 42 years and
thousands of performances later, it's fair to say Jimmy has never been a
Mingling the sounds of East and West into beautiful music that resonates
with his audience is what Jimmy does best. " I grew up with a strong
musical influence from both sides" said Jimmy. But it's not just the
music. It's the passion and warmth of feeling that goes into every
performance that makes Jimmy Fong much more than a musician. It makes him an
Right now, he is widely accepted as one of the finest acoustic
guitarists/entertainers in both home countries – Australia and Malaysia.
Just like John Denver and James Taylor did for the generation of the late
60's & 70's, Jimmy inspires his audience. Creating a new and exciting
musical genre that can be enjoyed by all. "The audience was thrilled
with Jimmy and he has a great following. He writes quite a few of his own
songs which are a credit to him and are most entertaining.His "Jonker
Street", which tells the tale of his cultural background, is wonderful
& we hope it reaches out to all his fans. Jimmy is currently working on
his latest project – Jonker Street. It's a candid but beautiful snapshot
of Malacca through song