PAST EVENTS: 2014-2016
December 4 – Christmas Bash
Join us for an afternoon of Christmas frivolity! Bar Open, Snacks & Nibbles provided. Free Entry – All welcome. Entertainment includes:
12pm – Red Hill Folk – Ensemble from Red Hill Folk will share songs about “The Christmas Story” Anne Infante, Sue Wighton, Ross Roache, Mark Davidson, Christine Venner-Westaway, Sandra and John Tucker.
1:00 pm – Franké
a unique mix of rock, folk, blues and jazz flavoured fun. Hypnotic grooves and a touch of light hearted rockabilly
1:35pm – Lee Nelson
The quintissential crooner – wonderful storytelling, deft acoustic guitar, and oh,so easy on the ear.
2:10pm – Sadie & Jay
Stunning vocals, beautiful harmonies, intricate fingerstyle guitar and double bass. Contemporary and original folk with a tinge of blues and roots.
2:45pm – Diddly Squat
ABC Exhumed finalists – All girl band who just love the fun of making a noise together. Frenetic rhythms, infectious camaraderie, delightful harmonies – an eclectic mix of originals & folk rock covers.
3:20pm – Mundy-Turner
Back by popular demand! … presenting songs from their Christmas album “Bonzer Aussie Christmas”.
3:55pm – Mama Juju & The Jam Tarts
Sassy, quirky, oodles of fun. With no limits on genres, these ladies play everything from Celtic to contemporary folk, pop, blues, alternative country, acoustic rock and jazz, all with a warm embracing energy.
4:30pm – Mister Chuck & Missy Chrissy
everything from Roots & Blues to Jazz with hints of gospel & country swing. Guitar, wailing harmonicas, slide and a deft accordian… always entertaining.
5:05pm – Chuck, Chrissy & Lee
bring it home with a dose of “Australiana”
November 20, 2016 –
DOUBLE BILL: Fettler’s Yard & Rebecca Wright & Donald Mckay
Fettler’s Yard contemporary folk music is all about an uncomplicated, acoustic feel from guitar, violin, bass and voice that’s interesting listening, easy on the ear and often lively. Delicate playing styles and distinctive voices bring melody and lyrics together in a way that will stir your emotions and get your feet tapping. We love what we play and love passing that feeling on. Fettler’s Yard – Ian Smith , Kateena Ryan, Jodi Murtha
Rebecca Wright & Donald McKay
Their music has been likened to a good Scotch Whisky, delightfully smooth, full of character & highly addictive. With voices that can instantly transport you to another place and time, Donald’s traditional and original songs from his native Scotland are beautifully complemented by Rebecca’s insightful Australian originals and thoughtful selection of contemporary gems. Accompanied by requinto, cello, acoustic guitar and bodhran, their shows promise something out of the ordinary and bring you back to the heart of folk.
November 6, 2016 – Mundy Turner – Workshop & Performance
Mundy-Turner’s musical journey is a celebration of collaboration; Brisbane-native Cath Mundy & the UK’s Jay Turner have been singing, song-writing, performing, recording & touring internationally together for nearly twenty years.
The duo’s live shows feature beautiful voices, sizzling close harmonies, songs to make your spine tingle, and fine instrumental work on fiddle, guitar, piano, ukulele, percussion & mandolin.
As songwriters & interpreters, Cath & Jay tap into the rich vein of contemporary & traditional folk-roots music of Britain and Australia to create a sound & style that is fresh, powerful & uniquely Mundy-Turner.
Their music tells stories of real people and places with affecting pathos, delightful humour and natural exuberance. (Cath is also well-known for her hilariously masterful impersonation of a Kookaburra.) It’s no wonder the duo has been reviewed as “one of the most vibrant live acts on the acoustic/folk scene“.
October 16, 2016 – John Fegan
After 20 years fronting one of Australia’s most iconic folk rock bands, Rough Red, John has a wealth of stories and songs about people and places from all the far flung corners of Europe and Great Britain. A renowned raconteur and award winning writer, the stories resonate with all the colour, pathos and drama of a magical musical journey. Rough Red were the first Aussie band to play in many of the great summer festivals of Europe and Scandinavia forging a path that many would follow. So if you love a good yarn and a well-crafted song, join us for a remarkable journey of laughter and music.
October 2- Mark Cryle & Carmel Newman – Songwriting Workshop & Performance.
“Write Something We Know – Demystifying Songwriting”
How do we create melodies and words that will stay in people’s heads? Mark will help demystify the process. In this workshop Mark will play a few songs and discuss some basic ground rules in relation to song structure and lyric creation. There are techniques that he and other songwriters use to craft their work.
Mark Cryle (guitar/ vocals) has been acclaimed by music journalists as one of Australia’s leading songwriters. Carmel Newman has played classical violin since she was three and sings like an angel – a fallen angel perhaps, but an angel nonetheless. In August 2015 Mark and Carmel recorded their first duo CD – The Taste of the Rain – a rich blend of traditional Celtic tunes and songs blended with Mark’s highly-acclaimed song writing. Music for the head, the heart and for the feet, this duo will dazzle you with their rich musicality and keep any crowd engaged, entertained, singing along and baying for more.
September 18, 2016 – Gary Shepherd
Gary Shepherd is a singer/songwriter/guitarist and banjoist who has performed as a soloist at numerous Australian music festivals and in pubs and clubs up and down the east coast over several decades. Best known for his intricate fingerstyle guitar playing and easy-going and humorous onstage banter, Gary covers many musical styles, ranging from Country, folk and blues songs to instrumental pieces, and even a little pop. Gary also produces a range of guitar instructional DVDs that have sold around the world encouraging countless would be guitarists to start playing or to improve their skills. Seeing a performance by Gary Shepherd is both entertaining and informative. Gary typically intersperses musical numbers with stories and anecdotes about the music, the places and the people who’ve written the songs or lived the words.
September 2-4 2016 – REDFEST
Redlands Spring Festival – Rides, displays, strawberry eating contest, entertainment all weekend.
Folk Redlands will host the Folk Redlands Showcase Friday 2nd September: 5-9pm Strawberry Plaza.
FOLK REDLANDS SHOWCASE at REDFEST
5pm – G’day China & Friends
Chris Hall & Ann Leung are G’day China – an acoustic duo creating rich, evocative soundscapes. Warm interpretations of classics and emotive original songs, delivered with a unique blend of harmonies & delicate fingerstyle guitar – intimate, mellow, and soothing.
6pm – Mama Juju & The Jam Tarts
Quirky, sassy, four piece all girl band Mama Juju & The Jam Tarts are fast gaining a reputation for playing almost anything, anytime, anywhere! The aim of their performances is to have lots of fun and maximise audience enjoyment. Mama Juju & The Jam Tarts’ repertoire is like yin and yang. It’s a music mix of opposites – old and new, original songs and eclectic covers. From Celtic to contemporary folk, to pop, soul, blues, alt country, acoustic rock and jazz, with no limit to choice of decade or genre.
7pm – Mister Chuck & Missy Chrissy
Mister CHUCK and Missy CHRISSY play everything from Roots & Blues to Jazz with hints of gospel and country swing. Having just released their 4th album “Jazzy Side of the Street”, they are coming with the whole band for another fabulous show. Chrissy on piano, Russell Sullivan on sax & clarinet, Steve Stiller on drums and Chuck on guitar & bass…. It’s a crackin’ good time.
8pm – Sadie & Jay
Brisbane based acoustic duo, Sadie and Jay, sing captivating songs accompanied by intricate finger style playing on traditional folk instruments. Their contemporary and original folk music styles have leanings to the alternative with a tinge of blues and roots and occasional theatrics!
Having recently returned from a successful UK tour, Sadie and Jay are back making their mark on the Australian music scene.
August 20 & 21 2016 – Folk Redlands Ukulele Festival
A weekend dedicated to all thing ukulele. Workshops, performances & plenty of uke fun. More Details & Program
August 8, 2016 – Annual General Meeting Folk Redlands Inc 6pm
All members and friends of the Folk Redlands Music Club are welcome and encouraged to attend the Annual General Meeting to be held in the RedFest meeting room:
Redland Showgrounds- Long St, Cleveland – 6pm Monday 8 August 2016
August 7, 2016 – Where Do Songs Come From? Songwriting workshop & performance by Banffy, Leung, Murtha
With the plethora of songs on our airwaves, where do songwriters find inspiration to write unique original music? A trio of female songwriters will share their inspirations and insights into the craft of songwriting.
Flung together at Winterbreak Music Retreat in June 2016, this trio brings together the songwriting talents of three emerging, female singer-songwriters, indulging in beautiful vocal harmonies and sensitively executed guitar and bass combinations.
Kim Banffy released her debut album, State Of Bliss, in 2014 and has toured NSW and southern Qld, garnering airplay on the AMRAP AirIt list and ABC local radio.
Stumbling upon songwriting late in life, Ann Leung’s desire to create “beautiful” culminated in the release of a debut solo album “dreams of a wildgoose” in 2015. Ann is also a member of Diddly Squat band who were featured on ABC TV’s Exhumed program in 2013.
Jodi Murtha has returned to her singer songwriter roots after many years as a bass player and backing vocalist to concurrently pursue a solo career, releasing her debut EP Contents Unknown.
1-2pm Blackboard performers
2-3pm -Workshop Where Do Songs Come From – Tools for Songwriting;
3-4pm – Performance by Banffy, Leung,Murtha
July 30 2016 – Indigiscapes & Folk Redlands Bush Dance 6-9pm
Join us for a good old fashioned Aussie bush dance under the winter stars! Get your dancing shoes on to music from Stockade, who began playing bush music around Coffs Harbour district in the 1990’s. Lately, they’ve fired up the few bush tunes with a new vigour. Great fun for all the family. BBQ & Bar (no eftpos). BYO picnic rug or chair and insect repellent!
July 17, 2016 – Neil Gardner
Born and bred on the North-west coast of Tasmania, Neil was the first Tasmanian to record original songs. With 9 albums under his belt, Neil’s songs about the human condition traverses a journey from the sublime to the ridiculous.
July 3, 2016 – Mark Davidson –
“The Elements of managing on Stage” Workshop & Performance
Are you a closet musician? Do you play guitar only in the privacy of your bedroom, or perhaps you sing in the shower but have been too terrified to perform to in front of an audience?
Seasoned Singer-songwriter Mark Davidson has been performing and writing songs for over 20 years, and will facilitate a workshop on Performance and stage craft, followed by a performance of his original storytelling style of music.
June 19, 2016 – Gone Molly
Traversing over the darker themes, ghosts and voices of legend, the songs of Gone Molly are orchestral, ethereal, heart-pounding and thought-provoking.
The sweetest of harmonies, and exquisite cello arrangements from Sally Harris and Rebecca Wright. Blackboard from 1pm
June 4, 2016 – IndigiDayout & Folk Redlands Festival of Music
STOP PRESS: IndigiDayOut Festival has been cancelled due to wet weather, but the Folk Redlands Music Festival program will proceed indoors.
Damian Howard, Hillbilly Goats, Mama Juju & The Jam Tarts, Mr Chuck & Missy Chrissy, Sadie & Jay, Franké & The Revolution, G’day China. Blackboard opportunities 3pm! Check out the Full Music Program
May 15, 2016 – Mama Juju & The Jam Tarts
Sassy, quirky and oodles of fun. With no limits on genre, these ladies play everything from Celtic to contemporary folk, pop, blues, alternative country, acoustic rock and jazz, all with a warming energy and good dose of humour. Gorgeous harmonies, and a diverse sound with shared lead vocals. Entertaining? you bet!
May 1, 2016 – Blackboard Afternoon
Come and share your songs – a full afternoon for blackboard performers. 15-20 minute spots on a “first- in” basis.
Listeners, come and enjoy the variety of talent on show!
April 17, 2016 – Franké
Get into the groove with Franké & his unique mix of rock, folk, blues and jazz flavoured fun. Franké caresses his blues guitar to create Marimba like sounds, combined with imaginative bass from Gerry Stancombe and deft rhythms from drummer Laurie Agar. Hypnotic grooves & a touch of lighthearted rockabilly.
April 2 & April 10 – What do all those Knobs Do? – Sound Workshop
Bookings now Full
Learn how to set up the sound desk, speakers, foldbacks, mics & how to EQ for a live performance. This workshop, facilitated by professional sound guy Lee Nelson, is offered Free for Folk Redlands Members in the hope that you will donate some time to operating the desk at future Folk Redlands events, initially under the supportive gaze of one of our regular sound techs, with a view to getting you comfortable to fly solo.
April 3 2016 – Fil Campbell & Tom McFarland
Calling all Celtic folk lovers! Traditional and contemporary Irish songs delivered with Tom’s impeccable rhythm and Fil’s exquisite vocals. Hailing from Northern Ireland, their performances are full of fun, banter, and be prepared, Fil is passionate about getting everyone singing. Fil has produced 7 solo CD’s and is best known for her work on “Songbirds”, a program that aired on RTE TV profiling women singers of the past. Tom has played percussion for singers as diverse as David Knopfler (ex Dire Straits), Finbar Furey, and Ben Sands.
March 20 – 2016 – The Jar
In celebration of St Patrick’s Day, Brisbane’s much loved, high energy Irish band, The Jar will perform toe tapping Irish jigs and reels… These lads play hard and breathtakingly fast! We challenge you to stay in your chair! The Jar features Martin Reece, mandolin-banjo, John Drurey, electric double bass, bodhran (Irish drum), John Logan, guitar, vocals and new to the line-up, Sebastian Flynn on fiddle.
March 6 2016 – Our Convict Past
In celebration of International Womens Day, we are hosting a special folk musical event, featuring music about convicts, with the focus on women convicts.
Our special guest will be eminent Tasmanian historian and artist Dr Christina Henri, who has devoted the past 10 years of her life to gathering and publicising the stories of Australian women convicts through her “Roses From the Heart” project.
As part of this seminal Australian history project, Dr Henri has produced a compilation CD of songs about women convicts, written and sung by different artists across Australia.
We will be joined by local musicians who will sing songs on the theme of our convict past. We invite musicians interested in performing convict themed songs to contact Folk Redlands in advance to book a performance spot. Email us: firstname.lastname@example.org
There’ll also be songs we all know to sing along with!
“Roses From the Heart” has held gatherings and events across Australia and internationally where Dr Henri has spoken and involved participants in workshops to make a convict bonnet from a simple pattern, embroidered with the name of a woman convict.
The bonnets are made while sharing and exploring the stories of particular women convicts – their lives celebrated and their founding roles as mothers, servants, wives and settlers commemorated. Redlands Museum is hosting a “ Roses from the heart” bonnet making workshop at the Redlands museum on the same weekend.
February 21 2016 – The Dorahy’s
are Steve Dorahy, Les Dorahy, and Al Hughes. Original songs with an emphasis on arrangements, Aussie spaciousness and tongue in cheek humour. Be prepared to be entertained! Accordians, mandolins & songs about salesmen and gorillas!
January 17, 2016 – Rough Red Songwriters Circle
They’ve been described as “the quintessential macho OZ band with enough anomalies to arouse apoplexy in a psychoanalyst” . Their brand of folk/rock is well known at home and throughout Europe where they have toured seven times. Celebrating their 21st anniversary, the boys who are all singer/songwriters in their own right, will be presenting songs from their solo albums with the other band members providing back up.
December 6 – Christmas Bash Special Extended time: 12pm-5pm
Get ready for the festive season! Bar open, and snacks provided – Free Entry. Join us for the party. A ripper line up including:
Red Hill Folk Club presenting “Silly Songs for the Season – What We Love about Christmas” with Anne Infante, Sue Wighton, Dermot Dorgan, Mary Brettell, Roger Holmes, Ross Roache, Lonnie Martin & Dave Hughes
Folk Redlands Showcase: including Vicky MacDonald, Juju Minto, Lee Nelson, David Jacobs, Mister Chuck & Missy Chrissy, Sadie & Jay, G’day China
Redlands Bluegrass Boys
November 15 – Sadie & Jay
She’s of Welsh heritage with an instinctive love for singing. He’s Scottish born and raised in New Zealand, in a family of folk musicians (The Penmans). Together, Sadie & Jay bring a mix of traditional, contemporary and original folk music styles including moving ballads, humorous ditties, and high paced musical romps delivered effortlessly with exquisite harmonies and intricate finger style playing.
Captivating and enchanting.
October 18 – Mark Davidson
Mark has been performing in and around the folk music scene in South-East Queensland and interstate since the early 1990s. A storyteller, his songs have been covered by the likes of Julie McGonogal & Mary Brettell.
September 20 – Geoff Carwardine
Though we haven’t seen him for quite a while, Geoff will be a familiar face at Folk Redlands. After some years of teaching and playing music in Vietnam he is now back home!
For Geoff, it’s always ‘music of the heart’, and we are delighted to have him playing for us. Don’t miss this one!
August 16 12-1pm Annual General Meeting
Here’s your chance to nominate and vote for your committee & have your say in the club.
All welcome to attend. All members are welcome to nominate/ vote.
If your membership hasn’t been renewed -drop us a message & we’ll email you the details for renewing.
August 16 1-4pm The Goodwills
The Goodwills -Bob & Laurel Wilson, are a veteran folk duo who have been singing together for more than 30 years. Bob is an award-winning songwriter who plays six-string and 12-string guitar and harmonica. Laurel has an impressive 5-octave vocal range, and occasionally pulls out her homemade instrument, the Kazoobugle. Expect wonderful harmonies delivered with a playful sense of humour.www.thegoodwills.com
July 19 – 1-4pm Mister Chuck & Missy Chrissy
When they met, Chuck was a “little bit country” and Chrissy was “a whole lot rock ‘n roll”. Their collaboration began in a rotunda on Highgate Hill swapping guitar and harmonica riffs in the evening air. They have since played extensively throughout Australia, and now delve into everything from Roots & Blues to Jazz with hints of gospel & country swing. Chuck plays guitar and bass with ease, whilst Chrissy is enchanting on the piano or belting out a wailing harmonica. Quirky originals & fabulous covers… A class act! www.chuckandchrissy.com.au
June 21 – 1-4pm Ian Dearden
From his high school rock band to university folk clubs, Ian has performed and busked at clubs, pubs & festivals throughout Australia, UK, Ireland, Europe and the USA.
In December, 2014 he released his debut album, “What Took You So Long?” -harmony-drenched acoustic arrangements, with delightful vocal and instrumental contributions from leading Australian musicians and songwriters including Liz Frencham, Fred Smith, Mark Cryle, Caroline Hammond, Rhiannon Fenn and Mark Ziza, as well as London-based Polish classical cellist Evva Mizerska, this is the distillation of 40 years of songwriting and performing.
June 6 – Folk Redlands Music Festival and Indigi Day Out
In celebration of World Environment Day – market stalls, displays, kids activities, live music program hosted by Folk Redlands and evening Bush Dance
May 17 2015- 10:30am – 4pm
Folk Redlands Ukulele Convention
One mega day of all things Ukulele!
Several performances by Uke clubs.
BYO uke and jam along – Spare ukes available. Chords & Lyrics provided.
April 19 2015- 1-4pm Christine Venner-Westaway (CVW)
Christine is recognised for her pure voice, harmonies and emotive interpretation of songs. Christine will delight and transport you with a special Joan Baez Tribute which she premiered at the UK Clennell-Hall Folk Festival Northumberland in May 2014. Accompanied by the wonderful guitarist Mick Donnelly and Terry Jacob on fiddle, mandolin, & accordion, this show is sure to delight. Christine is also a member of Martine, The Darls and the recently launched Confederation Bridge.
March 15 2015- 1-4pm Mark Ziza
Brisbane guitarist, vocalist/ songwriter playing original music and covers with a style which has been described as “off the mainstream altogether!”
From Delta Blues sounds to the quirks of a Tom Waits swing tune, Mark has found his own voice and has an unusual vocabulary of guitar techniques lurking at the fingertips.
While many of his songs reflect his usually humorous side, beware the serious nature of many. As John Lee Hooker said, “The Blues is the Healer”.
February 15 2015- 1-4pm – DOUBLE BILL – The Leaping Lizards & Scott Cook!!!
The Leaping Lizards
Award winning band, known for their swanky originals and Australian standards. The band have been together for 30 years headed by Ron Dimmick, (mandolin, banjo, guitar, vocals) and Donna Reynolds (bass, stomp, vocals), & have had audiences toe tapping & twirling with abandonment at many a festival. A good time guaranteed! Visit Website
All the way from Alberta, Canada-based, Scott is a tireless traveling songwriter who’s heart is forever on his sleeve. A “prairie balladeer”, he brings humour, a disarming honesty, and a deep love of humanity to his songwriting. His songs are true stories drawing on influences from folk, old time country, soul and blues. Armed with guitar, banjo, ukelele and mbira, Cook has made his living playing music full-time since 2007, touring extensively in Canada, the US, Europe, Asia and Australia. Visit Website
January 18 2105- 2pm – Ellie Jane Debut EP Launch!
Folk Redlands is proud to support local songstress Ellie Jane in the launch of her Debut EP. Ellie will be performing songs from her new EP “Songs from an Electric Heart”. With her powerful bluesy voice, Ellie delivers “all things retro with a contemporary twist”. Special Guests: Steve Dorrington & “Conspiracy of One”Visit Ellie on Facebook
December 7 2014- Folk Redlands Christmas Bash!
As featured in Weekend Notes
What a smashing day we had – full house attendance by a fantastic and happy audience.
Thank you all who came to celebrate our last shindig for the year & to our fabulous performers.
Kara-Mia, Meg & Connie
Eclectic jazz/folk originals and covers with a touch of cheekiness. Guaranteed to put a smile on your face.
1:00pm Diddly Squat
ABC Exhumed finalists
Frenetic rhythms, rousing harmonies, infectious camaraderie.
A bunch of friends who knew “diddly squat” but had a go anyway!
Kathy Ridgway (rhythm guitar & uke), Chris Hall (Bass), Ann Leung (guitar), Merrilyn Bowers (drums)
2:00pm Sally Harris & Franké
Sally’s alluring voice & Frank’s jazz/blues guitar will woo you.
Mellow, enchanting and the coolest of grooves.
3:00pm NumbBUMS (Northside Ukulele Band (of) BUMS)
A group of “young at heart uke tragics” from the B.U.M.S ranks, who love to share the joy of the Uke, embracing music from 1920’s & 30’s, celtic folk, swing, jazz, 60’s-80’s classics through to contemporary popular music. Be amused and amazed.
4:00pm Red Hill Folk
an hour of carols, & seasonal songs, including ‘Cherry Tree Carol”, “Little Drummer Boy”, & Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer”, as well as Wassail songs to put us all in the festive mood. Performers: Anne Infante & Mary Brettell (Something Else), Lonnie Martin & Dave Hughes (from the Fox Hat Trio), Ross Roache & Sue Wighton.
November 16 2014- The Fabulous Hoo Ha Band
Acoustic swing ensemble playing vibrant versions of well-known standards, folk-jazz fusion & originals. Renown for lush vocals and virtuosic razor-sharp solo guitar set within infectious gypsy rhythms, the band is: Mia O’Brien – vocals & rhythm guitar, Tim O’Brien – lead guitar, Jodi Murtha – acoustic bass & backing vocals, and Suzanne Hibbs – cajon & percussion. The HooHa’s have enjoyed a continuous run of gigs in and around South East Qld since 2012 (including The Empire Theatre Toowoomba, Ipswich Civic Theatre, Studio 188, Rocks River Festival, Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers, the Ekka, Redfest, Winterlights & Woodford festivals, Brisbane Unplugged, Foco Nuevo & numerous live music venues.) Sometimes sophisticated, occasionally groovy, always vibrant and good humoured – the HooHa Band is a unique, uplifting musical experience.
November 2 2014- Don Jarmey
Known for his energetic enthusiastic style and engaging stage presence, Don Jarmey (vocals, Irish bouzouki & guitar) is a solo act with the energy of a full band. Having played festivals and folk clubs from far North Queensland to Southern Victoria and in Ireland and the United Kingdom, Don’s style is acoustic folk/rock, and “full of life and knowledge”.