Calendar 2018

2018 EVENTS 




December 2 – Christmas Bash 12:30-5:00pm
It’s time to party! Join us for feasting, frivolity and music featuring:




12:30pm Red Hill Folk – “A Children’s Christmas … Songs For Your Inner Child”
In keeping with tradition, members from Red Hill Folk will open the afternoon with a presentation of fun songs for the little kid in all of us.
Performers: Anne Infante, Lawrie White, Brad Jones, Meg Philp and John and Sandra Tucker




1:30pm Mama Juju & The Jam Tarts
A multi- instrumental, all singing, all women band with quirky songs, big personalities and sweet harmonies. They easily slide across the genres from folk to jazz, rock to blues,  creating a fun upbeat vide whenever they hit the stage.  A Mama Juju & The Jam Tarts performance is like a box of chocolates- you never quite know what you are going to get next. Their sassy and sometimes funny original songs have been well received at performances and via the radio airwaves.



2:05pm Red Hill Boys
If you like lusty male voices, driving foot-tapping rhythm, and gritty full-bodied singing, then you’ll love the Red Hill Boys. They’re a bunch of blokes of dubious backgrounds, boisterous talent, and strong presence, who just love to sing. Their light-hearted style brings a freshness to old favourites, breathes life into murder ballads, puts steam back into train songs, brings the rich smell of the sea into shanties, and puts the tears back into country ballads. Brad (guitar/vocals), Lawrie (guitar/vocals), Pete (mandolin/vocals), Ross (banjo/vocals) & Warren (guitar/vocals), have all been around the folk and country music scenes for more years than they care to reveal, and love nothing better than bringing the great music of our past back to life.


2:40pm Diddly Squat
An “all-girl” band of friends who got together in 2009 “to have fun & make some noise”.  Despite knowing “diddly squat” about music, they decided to have a go anyway, and have been spreading the joy ever since.
Their repertoire includes an eclectic mix of “folk-rock” including old favourites from the 1950’s – 1990’s with a sprinkling of originals, and lashings of fun.  Frenetic rhythms, rousing harmonies, and infectious camaraderie.
Diddly Squat were featured as finalists on ABC ‘s EXHUMED 2013 competition for amateur bands. (Kathy Ridgway -Vocals, rhythm guitar, Chris Hall -Vocals, bass, Ann Leung – Vocals, guitar, Merrilyn Bowers – drums)



3:15pm Chuck & Chrissy & Guests
They play everything from Roots & Blues to Jazz with hints of gospel and country swing. With nearly forty years performing professionally as solo/duo /band members, this pair have “paid their dues and deliver effortless finesse and soul”.
Quirky originals & fabulous covers… A class act! Chuck and Chrissy will be joined by guests, Geoff Carwardine,Christine Burke  & Neil Haywood in the latter part of the set.



4:00pm The Presidential Blues Band
3 Piece Acoustic Blues Trio consisting of The “G-Man” on Double Bass & backing vocals, “Big D” on Resonator Guitar, stompbox & vocals, and “Uncle” on Harmonica & vocals, playing a mix of originals & covers typically in the style of old school early 1900’s Acoustic Delta Foot Stomping Blues. Since forming less than two years ago they have built a solid following around the Gold Coast area and are planning the release of their first album in the new year.

November 18 – Asleep At The Reel 

Asleep At The Reel –“Celtic Music with Australian Heart”
With flying fiddles and rich harmonies,  evocative of a  lively Irish pub, their songs are stories – some of them hundreds of years old – wrapped up in music. Their rollicking jigs and reels will keep your feet tapping.  The Irish call it the craic. It’s a word that means music and fun and, typically, quite a lot of the demon drink all bound up together.
A wonderful band of Australian musicians with Celtic music in their DNA: Mark Cryle: guitar & vocals, Rose Broe: accordion & vocals, Mick Nolan: bass & vocals, Hugh Curtis: fiddle & mandolin, Suzanne Hibbs: drums & percussion.
Check out the write up in Weekend Edition.


October 21 – Karen Law & Family
Karen Law & Family
are the epitome of honest, home-grown contemporary folk music. Award-winning songs, breath-taking harmonies and an obvious joy in singing and playing together make this family an absolute pleasure to watch. Expect a healthy dose of family banter too and the chance to join in on a few choruses.

Karen has been writing songs for 30 years, and in the last two years began performing with her son Murray (now age 17) as a duo. Last year that grew to include her two daughters (15 and 13) and now the whole family perform together around the country. Two of the songs on the album have won awards in the last year. Karen’s song about Nambour ‘Sweet in the Morning” won a prize in the Sunshine Coast Council song competition in 2017, and “9am on Polling Day” was the 2018 winner of the Illawarra Folk Festival songwriting competition.


October 13 – Annual General Meeting

Members and friends of the Folk Redlands Inc. Music Club are invited to attend the Annual General Meeting to be held:
2pm Saturday 13th October, 2018 at the Tallowood Room, Indigiscapes, 17 Runnymede Road Capalaba.

All committee positions will become vacant, and election of the new committee will be undertaken at the Annual General Meeting.

Agenda:Apologies, Election of Committee, General Business

Nominations for election to the Committee, signed by two financial members, are required to be received in writing by the Secretary at least 14 days prior to the AGM. (no later than 29th September). All nominees for the Committee must be current financial members of the club. Download Nomination Form
Download Membership Application/Renewal Form.

All enquiries to:
Denis Devaney, Secretary
PO Box 5079, Alexandra Hills Qld 4161


September 16 – Phil Drane & Songwriting Workshop
Hailing originally from Lancashire, England, and now residing in New Zealand, Phil’s performances feature unique arrangements of contemporary & traditional songs, expressive vocals, and skillful guitar work woven with a generous dose of Northern English banter.
His ability to infuse English and New Zealand folk-roots songs with blues, jazz and other musical influences creates a musical potpourri that appeals to most audiences.
His own compositions range from the moving Song For Jackie (that has become something of a North-East England coal-mining anthem) to the frivolous and funny such as Don’t Blame Me and Lactose Intolerance Blues.
Alongside his performance, Phil will conduct a 1–hour workshop covering his song-writing techniques, including demonstrating the creation of a song through guitar & vocal arrangement, ready for presentation.



August 19 – Steve Tyson & The Train Rex 

Steve Tyson & The Train Rex
Steve Tyson is well known to Brisbane audiences as one of the main songwriters and guitarist in long-standing folk-rock favourite Rough Red. Now based in Byron Bay, Steve has also released three critically acclaimed solo records in recent years, his latest offering, WRONG TRAIN RIGHT STATION tells tales of home, family, travel & politics. Steve has been touring the record throughout Australia with a new band, The Train Rex. The band includes Steve’s longtime bass partner from Rough Red, John Barr, plus Sydney drummer Andy Kirkcaldie, and Brisbane-based guitarist Ian Shawsmith.



July 15 – Colvin Bros & Blackboard

Colvin Bros
Melbourne-based bluegrass duo with leanings towards old-time and country music. Vocal harmonies, mandolin and guitar picking.

Colin Weight (Guitar, Vocals) and Vinny Russell (Mandolin, Vocals),  have been active in the Victorian (and national) folk and bluegrass circuits, largely through their respective bands Nine Mile Creek and The Knott Family Band. Their performances as a duo draw from a broad span of original and traditional material, from the likes of Bill Monroe and The Everly Brothers right through to Hot Rize and Mandolin Orange. Playing with melodic picking, sung close harmonies and a joyful energy, their performances are sure to delight.



June 17 – Nathan George – Guitar Workshop & Performance

BYO guitar! Gifted guitarist Nathan George began teaching guitar at 19yo, and knew early that he wanted a career in music. With a teaching style aimed to inspire rather than simply inform, Nathan will weave a workshop into his performance, providing opportunity for participation.
The workshop will be geared towards beginner to intermediate players and, while some theory will be involved (e.g. navigating the fretboard), the focus will be practical (e.g. playing with others) and hands-on. Blackboard performers welcome from 1-2pm, followed by Nathan 2-4pm.


Saturday June 2 – IndigiDayOut & Folk Redlands Music Festival 10am-4pm Free Entry
A fun day for all the family celebrating World Environment Day.
Market stalls, environmental displays, kids’ activities and LIVE MUSIC including:
The Fergies, Joe Geia Trio, Helen Ashworth, Mama Juju & The Jam Tarts, Diddly Squat, The Red Hill Boys, Noisy Plumbing, Geoff Carwardine, Raven, Baysamba, Ruby Phoenix Belly Dancers, Granny G & Eccentrish & More 

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May 20 – John Fegan Band & Innessa

John Fegan Band
After 20 years fronting one of Australia’s most iconic folk rock bands, Rough Red, award winning songwriter, John Fegan has a wealth of stories and songs about people and places from the far flung corners of Europe and Great Britain. If you love a good yarn, sit back and prepare to embark on a remarkable
journey of laughter and music. 


Russian  folk music roots are clearly influential in Innessa’s fresh and  unique style.  Russsian born, but now based in Australia, Innessa leaves audiences spellbound with dreamy emotional lyrics sung in eclectic styles.
The day she finished University, she packed her guitar and set off to explore the world, and the world of music. She has spent time living, studying music  and performing on the Black Sea, Moscow, Egypt, Spain, The USA. Since arriving in Australia she has released three studio albums and has performed at Australia’s largest festivals including the Canberra Multicultural Folk Festival and the Woodford Folk Festival. In 2017 Innessa’s song “Yasen” was selected as a finalist in the Queensland Music Awards.
Innessa is currently recording her ultimate album in alternative folk style. She will perform many of her new songs from the coming album. Catch Innessa before she heads off to Russia in May.
Visit Innessa’s Website;  Facebook  Youtube



April 15 – Andrea Kirwin & G’day China

Andrea Kirwin
With a warm stage presence, retro soulful sound and a knack for storytelling, Andrea has been steadily building a national following since the release of her first album, ‘From the Ground Up’ in 2013. She writes and arranges her songs by weaving melodies and lyrics together with purpose and passion much like the way her Fijian grandmother used to weave pandanus mats in the village on the island of Matuku, Lau. Andrea’s sound can be described as an earthy blend of folk, roots, reggae, blues, funk and soul.

G’day China
Warm interpretations of classics and emotive original songs.
Intimate mellow, soothing
Acoustic duo, Chris Hall & Ann Leung are G’day China – creating evocative soundscapes delivered with a rich blend of vocal harmonies, delicate fingerstyle guitar and gentle musical sensibility.

Chris is a self-taught bass guitarist and vocalist, who enjoys a variety of soulful and upbeat music.
With a background in classical guitar, Ann’s music has been described as  “music of rare and delicate beauty”,  “ sheer musical heaven.”

Chris & Ann also perform with all-girl, folk-rock band Diddly Squat, who were featured on ABC TV’s Exhumed program 2013.

March 18 – Celtic Jam
We’ll be celebrating St. Paddy’s day in true Celtic fashion with a good ol’ fashioned jam session. Bring your best Irish songs.
Performers are invited to play 3 Celtic/Irish songs each.
Please pre-register by emailing with a list of 5 possible songs, from which 3 will be chosen (to ensure no double-ups).


February 18 : Helen Ashworth & Mr. G

Helen Ashworth – Helen wowed our audience at The Folk Redlands Christmas Bash in December so we are delighted she is returning to perform for us again. Since discovering a love of the guitar at age 12, Helen has performed throughout QLD and also took part in a short tour of the USA. After completing a Bachelor of Music (Jazz Guitar Specialisation), Helen has spent the last couple of years travelling on and writing the basic framework of her first recordings. Since arriving back in Australia in March 2017, Helen has been playing shows and working on her debut recording, set to be released early in 2018.



Mr. G
Mr G, aka Geoff Carwardine will be a familiar face to Folk Redlands’ regulars.  After several years away in Vietnam, Mr. G is back and performing ‘music of the heart’.





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