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Folk Federation of New South Wales Inc Issue 445 November, 2012 $3.00

Noreen Grunseit - writer of numerous awardwinning folk dances including the hugely popular 'Love Em & Leave Em' folk music dance festivals reviews profiles diary dates sessions opportunities

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Folk Federation of New South Wales Inc Post Office Box A182 Sydney South NSW 1235 ISSN 0818 7339 ABN9411575922 The Folk Federation of NSW Inc, formed in 1970, is a Statewide body which aims to present, support, encourage and collect folk music, folk dance, folklore and folk activities as they exist in Australia in all their forms. It provides a link for people interested in the folk arts through its affiliations with folk clubs throughout NSW and its counterparts in other States. It bridges all styles & interests to present the folk arts to the widest possible audience.

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Noreen Grunseit Dates for your diary Festivals and Other events Folk News Blue Mountains Music Festival Bush Traditions Gathering Dubbo Folk Club Gulgong Folk Festival Weevils in the Flour CD Review

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Noreen Grunseit
One of the pioneers of Australian folk dancing

To be honest, I'd never heard of Noreen Grunseit until a few months ago when I received an email from her son Martin. Noreen had recently left her home and moved in to a retirement village and was hoping the Folk Federation and/or the Bush Music Club, would be able to find a good home for her collection of rare books and other folk-related stuff. Loosely Woven, a community-based music ensemble that I coordinate, spends one day a month performing concerts in retirement villages and nursing homes so I suggested to Martin that I organise for a performance at his mother's new home - Seabeach Gardens at Mona Vale. It was only after this that I learnt that Noreen was very well known on the Australian and international folk scene for writing a number of well known dances including 'The Flying Pieman', 'Marching A young Noreen dancing in the yard of her Mona Vale home. Through Georgia' and the extremely popular, gold medal award winning 'Love Em & Leave Em' which is used every year to finish the Bush Music Club's Heritage Ball. So, even though I hadn't heard of Noreen, I was certainly very familiar with and had gained many hours of pleasure from her 'creations' as I'm sure have many of you reading this. Noreen was born in Singleton in 1924. In her 30s she spent quite a bit of time in England. She also travelled in France and Spain including a trip around Spain on a motor cycle with sidecar. In the mid 1950s, she shared a flat in England with Lynette Hicks, another Australian very interested in learning various styles of folk dances including English country, Scottish and Dutch dancing. In 1976, Noreen and Lynette attended the first dance class held by the Folk Federation of NSW's newly formed 'Sydney Playford Dance Group'. The teachers and students were astounded by the two women's mastery of English folk dances and soon after they were invited by the Federation to teach dances. Julie Bishop, currently a very active member of the Federation and editor of Folkmail, started with her husband Alex at Sydney Playford in 1978 with Lynette and Noreen teaching. She says that the group back then was very vibrant and that they used to go up to the Newcastle Folk Festival each June where they would always dance 'Newcastle' (from Playford). Until very recently, Noreen has been a regular attendee of the National Folk Festival in Canberra. Thank you Noreen for the wonderful contribution you have made to the Australian folk dance scene and you can be assured that the legacy of that contribution will continue to be enjoyed by huge numbers of people for many years to come!
Wayne Richmond

(Thanks to Anne & Martin Grunseit, Julie Bishop & Lynette Hick for their assistance with this article.)

Noreen with members of Loosely Woven following a concert at her retirement village in October.
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dates for your diary - Nov 2012

FAIR DINKUM!. Australian dances. Pennant Hills Community Centre, Yarrara Rd. 7.30-9.30pm. $7. Felicity 9456 2860

Mondays 5th & 12th Bush Music Club Dance Workshop.

'Singing the Seasons' in a hot, dry country. Bring along a song or a poem, and food to share. Tritton Hall (Hut 44), Addison Road Community Centre, 142 Addison Rd, Marrickville. 8-10pm. $5. Bob Bolton 9569 7244,

Friday 2nd Bush Music Club Singabout Night.

Illawarra Folk Club. 8 Pack - City Diggers Wollongong, cnr Church and Burelli Sts. 7.30pm. 1300 887 034,, Saturday 3rd Beecroft Bush Dance. RYEBUCK BUSH

BAND (caller Margaret Bolliger). Beecroft Community Centre, Beecroft Rd (opp. Fire Station). 8pm-12. All dances taught. $17, $14, $12, incl. supper. Sigrid 9980 7077, Wilma 9489 5594 guitarist for over 40 years who performed at 'The Shack' in the '60s, in Waterloo St. Has performed with James Blundell, Jimmy Little, Frankie J Holden, et al. Plays in his jazz quartet, a swing band, rock 'n' roll band, and solo. + DADDY LONG LEGS and the SWAMP DONKEYS. 'Gut Butter Blues' - an infusion of blues/ roots/ rambles. They play at festivals etc around Australia, and internationally. + SARAH & MARGIE - wonderful singers, performing as a duo for many years. Amazing, exquisite harmonies; songs sung straight from the heart. + JAC-YVONNE - blends folk with re-verb soaked medieval pop. Tramshed Community Arts Centre, 1395a Pittwater Rd, Narrabeen (betw. car park & Ambulance in Narrabeen shops). 7.30-11pm. $20. 0413 635 856., a leading figure in Sydney blues, late '70s to late '90s, fronting her own bands, The Champions and The Mustangs, and appearing as guest artist with local and overseas acts. Now with a new band, Sametribe, and new album, with all original songs, featuring her soulful vocal style, strong melodies, danceable rhythms. 456 Darling St, Balmain (cnr Elliott St). 8pm. $25, $20. All tickets at door. Children welcome, if with parent. 9810 7931

The Shack. KEN McARTHUR. Keen

Central Coast Bush Dance. SYDNEY COVES. Sydney Coves. East Gosford ProgPOETRY - Miguel Heatwole's interpretation ress Hall, cnr Wells St and Henry Parry Drive. of the life and poetry (some in song) of our 7.30-11.30pm. $18, $15, $12, $8 (students first poet Frank the Poet (Frank MacNamara). 13-18),under-12s $5 - includes supper. Robyn Amazing story of Australia at its European be4344 6484. ginnings and the spirit of one incredible man. + Central Coast performance poet Vic Jeffries, Illawarra Folk Club. VIVA LA GONG. 8 acts. Folk Festival Lounge Venue, McCabe who has won a number of awards for his Park, Wollongong. From midday. written work and for his performances. Also the launch of Sutherland Acoustic's outstand- Sunday 11th ing poet Frank Bulgin's 2nd book (our Frank Cat & Fiddle Hotel. MAL EASTICK the Poet!). Floor spots (poetry only). Raffles. BAND Mal is widely Balloons and cake - a celebration. Sutherland considered Australia's finest electric blues District Trade Union Club, Kingsway, Gymea guitarist, with a passionate, explosive and (short walk from station). 7.30pm. $15, $10 soulful style that has been featured with some (under-12 free!). Maeve 9520 5628 of Australia's biggest recording and performFriday 9th ing acts for over 30 years. In the 1980s Mal played in the Jimmy Barnes Band, as well as Cat & Fiddle Hotel. MIKE COMPTON his own touring outfit. Featuring the amaz(USA) -, Grammy ing vocals of Milena Barrett, Stan Mobbs on Award winning American bluegrass manbass, and Tony Boyd on drums. 456 Darling dolin player, former protg of the Father of St, Balmain (cnr Elliott St). 2-6pm. $20, $15. Bluegrass, Bill Monroe. He played on the soundtracks of 'Oh Brother Where Art Thou?' All tickets at door. Children welcome, if with parent. 9810 7931 and 'Cold Mountain', and has long been a member of legendary Nashville Bluegrass Thursday 15th Band. His first ever Sydney concert. + The Cat & Fiddle Hotel. THE WHITETOP Stomp Cats. 456 Darling St, Balmain (cnr MOUNTAINEERS (USA) - Martha Spencer Elliott St). 8pm. $25, $20. All tickets at door. and Jackson Cunningham, with authentic Children welcome, if with parent. 9810 7931 old-time American mountain music from the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia. Martha is also an exceptional Appalachian dancer. 456 Darling St, Balmain (cnr Elliott St). 8pm. $25, $20. All tickets at door. Children welcome, if with parent. 9810 7931 Friday 16th Hornsby-Ku-ring-gai Folk Club.

Thursday 8th Sutherland Acoustic. A FEAST OF

Artist Toronto Music Magazine Awards and Winner of the Blue Mountains Acoustic & Roots Competition. Humph Hall, 85 Allambie Rd, Allambie Heights. 7pm. Free (donations of $25, $15 invited). Enq, bookings: 9939 8802,

Cat & Fiddle Hotel. SALLY KING,

Snez Saturday 10th Humph Hall - SNEZ - Multi-award win-

ning singer/songwriter SNEZ has never been afraid to put her heart on her sleeve. Her many awards include Best International Pop

CHLOE & SILAS- au. Theres a lot to love about Chloe Hall and Silas Palmer. Their songs are insightful and distinctive, their performances finely judged. Chloe is the headliner - but Silas adds so much, with distinctive falsetto harmony vocals, subtle percussion and occasional comment on violin. A perfect combination. '... a woman at the top of her singer songwriter profession. She makes you laugh, cry, sigh and dream. And that voice A treasure to file alongside Joni Mitchell, Nanci Griffith and Paul Simon.' Bart Rivers, Saturday Evening Post Magazine. Beatrice Taylor Hall, rear Willow Park Community Centre, Edgeworth David Ave, Hornsby. Doors open 7.30pm. $15. BYO drinks & nibbles- tea & coffee provided. Candle lit venue, tables can be booked: Barry Parks 9807 9497,

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Saturday 17th Balmain Bush Dance with CURRA-

WONG BUSH BAND. Caller John Short. Balmain High School (Sydney Secondary College, Balmain Campus), 25 Terry St, Rozelle. 8pm-12. All dances taught. $17, $14, $12, $35 Family, $8 student, incl. supper. Don 9642 7950. venues/bmc/bush-music-club-balmain-bushdance-20.shtml Wongawilli Hall, West Dapto Rd. 4.30-7.30pm. 1300 887 034,, www.

Sunday 25th Illawarra Folk Club - BILL JACKSON


Friday 9th MIC CONWAY'S NATIONAL JUNK BAND + GREGORY PAGE (USA) Friday 16th JAN PRESTON + NICK RHEINBERGER Friday 23rd THE STRELLEY PROJECT Friday 30th ST ANDREW'S NIGHT with Strathmannan, Seamus Gill et al. Presented by the Monaro Folk Society Canberra Southern Cross Club 54 McCaughey Street, Turner ACT Enquiries: Tim (0412) 463 388

& more. City Diggers Wollongong, cnr Church and Burelli Sts. 7.30pm. 1300 887 034,, www.

Illawarra Folk Club DANNY SPOONER

Preview of dances for the Christmas Party. Pennant Hills Community Centre, Yarrara Rd. 7.30-9.30pm. $7. Felicity 9456 2860

Monday 26th Bush Music Club Dance Workshop

Regional and ACT

Saturday 3rd
DAVID ROSS MACDONALD. Wesley Centre, 150 Beaumont St, Hamilton (Newcastle). 7.30pm. $15, $12, $10. Ron 4926 1313, 0427 261 313, Carole 4929 3912.

NADIA PIAVE - One of the only established tango ensembles in Australia, Fuego Blanco have studied traditional tango in Buenos Aires. + Nadia Piave. Humph Hall, 85 Allambie Rd, Allambie Heights. 2pm. Free (donations of $25, $15 invited). Enq, bookings: 9939 8802,

Sunday 18th Humph Hall - FUEGO BLANCO &

Saturday 10th
NATIONAL JUNK BAND. Narooma Quarterdeck Restaurant, Riverside Drive. 8pm. 4476 2723,

Turkish Paradise Restaurant - THE

WHITETOP MOUNTAINEERS (USA) (Virginia, USA). 89 Crown St, Wollongong. 4pm. 4227 6694,

Sunday 11th The Artists Shed. GRACENOTES + ANNIE PIPER. 14 Foster St (behind Magnet Mart off Yass Rd), Queanbeyan. 7.30pm. Entry by paper note donation. Ros 0438 768 754,

Monday 19th Bush Music Club Dance Workshop.

Review of some dances from the 2012 Heritage, Subscription and Flannel Flower Balls. Pennant Hills Community Centre, Yarrara Rd. 7.30-9.30pm. $7. Felicity 9456 2860

Saturday 24th The Loaded Dog. DANNY SPOONER

Singer (acoustic) of traditional and contemporary folk songs of Britain and Australia. His passion is the expression of culture through folk music. For 30 years, audiences here have enjoyed his deep multi-disciplinary understanding of social history, his personal warmth, and his immense repertoire. + Bodmin Gaol - Nick Lock and Malcolm Clapp, regulars around the early 1980s Sydney folk scene, are doing a few gigs 'for old time's sake'. Emphasis on audience participation and humour, core repertoire of songs from Nick's native Cornwall, plus traditional style material from other parts of Britain and the music hall. Annandale Neighbourhood Centre, upstairs, 79 Johnston St. 8pm (doors 7.40). $15, $13. BYO, supper available. Sandra 9358 4886,

MOUNTAINEERS (USA). 3 Beaumont St, Hamilton (Newcastle) (0407) 017 417

Friday 16th Gallipoli Club. THE WHITETOP

Saturday 17th
CANBERRA CONTRA CLUB'S HEY FEVER BALL CONTRA DANCE. All dances taught & called. All welcome. St Ninian's Church Hall, cnr Mouat & Brigalow Sts, Lyneham. 8-11.30pm. $18, $14. Rob 6251 1287 THE WHITETOP MOUNTAINEERS (USA). (Virginia, USA). Canberra Musicians Club, The White Eagle Polish Club, 38 David St, Turner. 8pm. www.canberramusiciansclub.

The Whitetop Mountaineers (USA) are in touring Australia. Catch their authentic old-time American mountain music from the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia at: Cat & Fiddle Hotel - Thursday 15th Gallipoli Club, Newcastle - Friday 16th Canberra Musicians Club - Saturday 17th Turkish Paradise Rest, W'gong - Sun 18th

Friday 23rd The Front Gallery & Cafe. THE

Focus on Folk
2MBS-FM 102.5MHz 1-2pm 1st & 3rd Sundays

The Troubadour. BATTLERS' BALLAD

- Chlo & Jason Roweth & Bill Browne., with 'under-sung' Australian traditional, bush and contemporary music, and the story of the battlers, workers convicts, bush workers, bushrangers, rail and road. CWA Hall (opp. Fisherman's Wharf), The Boulevarde, Woy Woy. 7pm. 4341 4060,

DAVIDSON BROTHERS Shop 3, 1 Wattle Place, Lyneham ACT. 8.30pm. $15. Bookings 6249 8453.

Friday 30th
JUGALUG Roxy Theatre & Greek Caf, Bingara. www. 7pm.

4 November: Kate Delaney 18 November: Paul Jackson - Folk music with catchy tunes.
Anyone with a CD they would like to add to the library collection for consideration for airplay please forward to: Focus on Folk, Post Office Box A182, Sydney South 1235.

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festivals and events

2nd - 5th November 2012
Maldon Folk Festival or visit the face book page This years lineup is huge and features some artists only just hitting the airwaves with JJJ and the focus is firmly on 'hot' Bluegrass. Buffalo [Wes Carr], Jack Carty, The Falls, April Maze, Matt Southon, Big Erle, Daniel Champagne, Bellyache Ben, Fanny Lumsden, Fleur Wiber, Rob Binks, Two Girls Will, Nick Wall, Jess Holland, Alexis Nicole, AJ Leonard, Rebecca Moore, Richard Perso, Kurt Gentle, Melody Jane Pool, Southerly Change, Marcus Holden, Brothers 3, Graeme Johnson, Brendan Gallagher, Tangleweed, Sugarfoot, Freddie White (Ireland), Genevieve Chadwick, Faye Blais (Canada), Hobo Grace, Bob Skelton, Mustered Courage, Suzy Connolly, Kate Crowley, The Twoks, Jimmy Westwood, Kings of Congo Congo, Gerard Gilet, Des Kelly, Stringy Bark Bush Band, Violet Nights, Foundations Edge, Fig Jam, Graeme Johnson ... plus many more.

15th - 18th November 2012

24th National Bluegrass & Trad. Country Music Convention 3rd - 6th January 2013 Gulgong Folk Festival (0447) 036 783

Maldon Folk Festival

2nd - 5th November 2012

Maldon Folk Festival, located in Central Victoria, has been held annually for more than 30 years. It offers 4 days of folk 'Viva La Gong' music and dance, musical theatre and interactive workshops, The Illawarra Folk Festival will showcase an afternoon of complemented by various activities around the Maldon folk acts who will be appearing at the festival, on one of township in a natural setting and a relaxed atmosphere. three stages of the Wollongong Council's 'Viva La Gong" The historic Maldon township has an ambience dating from being held on November 10th. This will be a great day out and a chance to see and support some of the Festival acts. the Goldrush. Performers include Michael the Balloonologist, because Musicians, poets and storytellers and their family and every festival needs balloon animals; Whitetop Mountainfriends can attend this event by travelling with us by train eers (USA); Jimmy Moore (of Claddagh in Sydney); Jo Jo from the city to Wollongong station. We have made arrangeSmith Trio; Maria Forde; Margret RoadKnight; Maggie ment for a 'Folk' Carriage, to hold a session in the front carRigby Trio; Taliska; The Croakers; Janette Geri; Darwin's riage of the Illawarra train, 10.13am out of Bondi Junction, Sunset Music Club; Dave de Hugard; Monro, O'Callaghan, and picking up at Central, Redfern, Wolli Creek, Hurstville, Titchener; The Lazy Farmer's Sons; Myra and The Gracenotes; Mustered Courage; Le Blanc Bros Cajun Band; The Sutherland, Waterfall, Helensburgh and Thirroul stations. Michelle Chandler Trio; Stax the Didgeman; Andy Rigby Leave your car at home, or park at one of the stations with a and Friends; Chloe and Silas; Frencham Smith; Bill Jackson car park, for a music, poetry and storytelling session along with Pete Fidler and Ruth Hazleton; Colin Mockett; Odds the route of the Green Music Train (www.illawarrafolkfesand Sods; Harpers Bizarre; Martin Pearson; Archer and The down through the National Long Gone Daddys; and of course, The Maldon Brass Band. Park. The carriage holds up to 90 people and we are after about 50. So please form a small group or just come along Also performing are our song contest winners from 2011, with an instrument or your voice. Cost for the day is the Op Pep! and Tim Woods. price of a railway ticket. Buy at the station you get on at. Plus The Stetson Family; Bob Balintine; Marie Brouder, If you have a group of 5 or more performers who might be Mary McBride and musicians to do the Irish Ceildh; Songs interested please let me know. Plenty of trains go back at a with Legs (Jane Thompson and Fay White); Mulga Bill; time to suit your group. Brian Dunnett, Illawarra Folk FestiMarisa Yeaman; Graham Dodsworth; Danny Spooner; val's Green Music Train Co-ordinator, 9668 9051. Unwanted Men in Black and a Lady; Jan 'Yarn' Wositzky; Stephen Whiteside; Suzette Herft; Richard Perso; Gleny Rae Illawarra Folk Festival Showcase Virus and her Tamworth Playboys David De Santi is very happy to announce (thanks to John Gallagher) an Illawarra Folk Festival Showcase concert at Gulgong Folk Festival the Cat and Fiddle in Balmain, on Sunday 16th December. 3rd- 6th January 2013 'We are hoping the 2013 festival can bolster our reserves to ensure the festival's continuity.' (This year's festival ran at Located in the charming historical gold rush town of a loss.) The concert will run from 1pm to 9.20pm, with 10 Gulgong in the Central West of NSW (about 4 hours from or 15 minute breaks between each act. At this stage, these Sydney) the Gulgong Folk Festival has for 26 years had a will be the performers: The Con Artists (Community World reputation as one of the best small festivals in the country Music Band) 1pm, Jan Preston (Honky Tonk Piano) 1.50, and is well worth the post New Year's drive. CJ Shaw and band (Songwriter) 2.30, Shameless Seamus Featuring the cream of Australia's up and coming Folk, and the Tullamore Dews (Trad Irish) 3.15, Pat Drummond Country and Blues artists, it is a magnet for the serious mu- (Songwriter) 4.05, Sydney Irish Ceili Dancers 4.55, Volatsic aficionado and has a reputation par excellence in music insky Trio (Russian Folk) 5.30, Handsome Young Strangers circles. Wander the historical township, walk into the many (Colonial Bush Rock) 6.15, Mike McClellan (Songwriter) venues and soak up the atmosphere. Culminating in a huge 7.10, The Amazing 3 (Songwriter) 8.05, Okapi Guitar Band street party on the Saturday night, this festival is one for the with Paul Mbenna (African) 8.40. Entry will be $15 for whole family. For more information including how to get adults, $10 for Festival Pass Holders. 'If punters buy on the your hands on tickets check out the official web site www. day we're happy to provide the discounted price.'

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Folk News
2012 FAA Conference Postponed
The Folk Alliance Australia committee has decided after much deliberation that the FAA Conference planned for October 2012 will have to be postponed. As we got further into the programming process it was obvious that many prospective presenters and attendees were not going to be available for the dates we had selected (and this due only to the availability of the venue). Given the event would be subsidised by members' funds, we were not confident that we could present a sufficient variety of sessions and quality presenters to offer value to the membership and conference attendees. But all is not lost. The work which has already gone into the planning and programming process is fairly well advanced, so we do have a conference framework, budget etc which will provide a solid base upon which we can keep developing, with a view to presenting a FAA Conference in September 2013. It is important to us that the key players in the Folk Movement are able to attend the conference as it is our industry and artform national Convention. With this in mind we welcome the views of the membership on both timing and content of the conference. Hopefully we can gather somewhat more input from the membership than we have achieved up to now. On the positive side, a sub group of the committee has put together a showcase event for new and emerging artists. The FOLKCITY Showcase will held at the Thornbury Theatre in Melbourne on 11 November. More details at Please do get in touch if you have any questions, suggestions for improvement of our services or general comment on the organisation. For membership queries - Jim MacQuarrie faamembers@ For general queries - Bob Charter au John McAuslan - Chairperson FAA

ing outdoors, this is the day for you. Put your hat out and make a bit of money, and be in the running for over $2000 in cash prizes. On the same weekend, the 'Snowy Ride' - an annual motorcycle event - raises money for Childhood Cancer Research. Also on that Sunday in Cooma at the Raglan Gallery is the nationally recognised poetry competition, 'A Feast of Poetry'. This years will feature a song writing competition as well as poetry.

Travelling with Instruments

Virgin Australia has recently updated its carry-on baggage policy. The new policy means that while the number or weight of standard pieces of luggage carried on-board has not changed, the dimensions and type of instruments allowed onboard now includes most violins, trumpets and flutes. 'Smaller and often valuable musical instruments are now welcomed on-board to be placed in the overhead lockers. Guests are now able to substitute any of their standard pieces of carry-on luggage for a musical instrument provided it was no larger than 85 cm in length and 34 cm in width and 23 cm in height.' oversized-fragile-items/ Basically, violins and trumpets seem fine, saxophones and trombones should probably be checked for dimensions, guitars and cellos in general can be carried on board only if you purchase an additional seat. (If you're a Music in Communities Network member you can get up to 35kg of baggage allowance to check in your instruments.

Music and Local Government

Music Victoria, the body representing contemporary music south of the Murray river (alongside MusicNSW, QMusic, Music SA, WAM and others around the country), have been asking some questions of Local Government candidates. MiCN have thought about doing this in the past and may pursue it with members' help for future elections, since local government is in many cases the institution most capable of supporting community-based music making. Some of these survey questions relate specifically to live music venues and the Agent of Change principle (dealing with noise complaints etc), other questions are about support for the arts in general. Meanwhile, the City of Sydney will create a Live Music Taskforce to consider issues affecting live music and venues in the city.

Music in Communities Network

Calling All Choirs: Earlier this year MiCN commenced a new research agenda with a survey of Community Orchestras in Australia. After publishing that report, they are now working on a project which looks at all kinds of community choirs in Australia. If you're in a community choir, find out more at

Australian National Busking Championships

The Australian National Busking Championships , to be held on Sunday 4th November, are all about celebrating music in all its rich and wonderful variety. This years event will be the first of its kind for Cooma and the scenic Snowy Mountains of Australia. Musicians from all over Australia will play and compete in this new and exciting event, in three age categories. Organisers hope that all styles of music will be represented, such as Folk, Classical, Rock, Country, Jazz, Blues and more. So if you enjoy making music and entertainThe Folk Federation of NSW ONLINE - The CORNSTALK Gazette NOVEMBER 2012 -

The Eighteenth Blue Mountains Music Festival, Folk, Roots and Blues will bring you an extraordinary line-up of talent in 2013. Headlining the weekend is Australia's unique and internationally acclaimed Gurrumul Yunupingu. This soulful and powerfully emotive Aboriginal singer-songwriter from Elcho Island in the far north has swept away commercial music conventions and established himself as a force and an inspiration in Australian music. Sharing the top of the bill is the counter culture icon Arlo Guthrie. The son of America's much beloved Woody Guthrie, Arlo grew up surrounded by the cream of the folk movement, including Pete Seeger, The Weavers, Ramblin' Jack Elliot and Leadbelly. One of the the next festival's great acts to get excited about is Canada's Zo Keating, who is a one-woman orchestra. She uses a cello and a foot-controlled laptop to record layer upon layer of cello, creating intricate, haunting and compelling music. The cello has emerged

as the theme instrument for the 2013 festivities. The violincello as it was originally known has overshadowed the banjos and fiddles this year. Guitars may never be outnumbered, and we'll tell you more about our Guitar Circles in a later newsletter. Another of the cellists playing in 2013 is Natalie Haas who will create Celtic magic with Scottish virtuoso Alasdair Fraser, acclaimed in the San Francisco Examiner as "the Michael Jordan of the Scottish fiddle". Look out for rising Australian performers like Liz Stringer, Ngaiire, Kim Churchill, Nick and Liesl and The April Maze who will be wielding one of this year's cellos. If you haven't yet experienced the Perch Creek Family Jugband it's time you saw these 'goodtime music' loving siblings give Jim Kweskin a run for his money. Earlybird tickets will be going on sale two weeks earlier than usual on November 1st. All ticket prices will remain at last year's prices.

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Bush Traditions Gathering - Goulburn 2012

Some personal reflections . . .
The Old Goulburn Brewery with its low ceilings, exposed beams, whitewash and well worn stone corridors provided an inspirational setting for some rich and rare Australian music. Sitting on wooden pews we soaked up Marg and Bob Fagan's battlers theme concert; they sing so easily together, unaccompanied - and what a joy to join in! The workshop subjects were meaty - Chris Sullivan's presentation stands out, such a depth of knowledge and extraordinary material. We enjoyed Samantha O'Brien and Eric Eisler and their presentation on the dance music of The Nulla Nulla very much. From the dances to the workshops and concerts, the wealth of experience, knowledge and good company on offer was a fine thing - Bring on next year!
Chlo & Jason Roweth

The Old Goulburn Brewery

One of my favourite times of year is heading south to attend the Bush Traditions Gathering held at the Old Goulburn Brewery each October. Catching up with friends, sharing music, stories and laughs, learning more about our heritage, the people, the traditions. There were many highlights over the weekend. I sat in on the late session in the Maltings on Saturday night, listening to Chris Sullivan and Bob Campbell sing and play, their style and technique like no other. Chloe & Jasons shows are always special and what a great new repertoire they had. There is one song in particular where Chloe sings a soft, slow yodel through-out, beautifully delicate, accompanied by Jasons subtle playing, just gave me goosebumps. My favourite moment was on the Sunday evening at the Bush Dance in the Mill Room between dance brackets when the entire room would just fall silent and listen to floor-spot performances. How beautiful it was listening to young Claire Doherty play her violin, I had tears in my eyes at listening to such talent! I was mesmerised in particular by Chris Sullivan sitting in the middle of the room with his button accordion, tapping a steady rhythm on the side while singing aboriginal folk song, Jacky, Jacky. Its always sad when the Gathering has to finish for another year, but happy in the thought that I have left the place with new insight and just feeling inspired all round!
Samantha O'Brien

Chlo & Jason Roweth

Claire Doherty

Andrew Johnson videoing Sam & Eric. During the weekend Andrew made around 15 hours of recordings which will eventually find their way on to YouTube and the Bush Traditions web site.
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Chris Sullivan

Dubbo Folk Club

The Dubbo Folk club is a really great venue for local and visiting artists. Its possibly one of the only music clubs in that part of the Central West. You couldnt get a better venue in this area to hear folk, contemporary and many other styles of music. I was their guest in September and looked forward to my second visit to Dubbo. Its a club for listening and meeting people who share the same types of music. The Sunday afternoon concert started off with Narromine singer/songwriter Jock Webb. He has a great voice and sang some very good original songs. Next were Di Clifford and Kath Morgan (duo) who sang beautiful folk songs with close harmonies. So good to hear beautiful singing. A highlight was the song/poem written by Les Barker, Myrtle the Turtle or Will the turtle be unbroken, a parody of the American song Will the circle be broken. It is good to know that whistling is still popular. Judging by what I heard of Dennis Murphy, who very softly whistled in the background. This is becoming a lost art; hope we hear more. I thought his sweet sounds were so much like the birds I heard in Dubbo, which is a great bird watchers paradise. There are many good performers in this club like Jane Harding (quite busy travelling around performing, playing with the Badja River group. A very versatile performer who has made a CD, as well. There are many others like singer Dawn Brydon, Peter Aland (singer, plays guitar and mandolin), Kath Morgan (beautiful soprano voice, plays tenor recorder and the harp), and Beth Good, who played my guitar and sang a great old rock and roll song at the break, where we all joined in. If you sing, play an instrument, recite, or write poems, whistle, or even play a gum leaf, the Dubbo Folk Club is the club for you. Folk Clubs are the backbone of the folk and music scene and the community. Its one of the few places where singers, songwriters, poets and musicians to get a fair go and can find an audience who will listen. Its a great community activity that doesnt cost a lot and part of our heritage and culture. The new Dubbo Regional Theatre is a leader in the arts in NSW. Dubbo is a beautiful City, by a wonderful river and has as one of the finest Zoos in the country. Dont let us forget the beautiful native birds, also.
Sonia Bennett (Singer/songwriter/guitarist)

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Located in the charming historical gold rush town of Gulgong in the Central West of NSW (about 4 hours from Sydney) the Gulgong Folk Festival has for 26 years had a reputation as one of the best small festivals in the country and is well worth the post New Years drive.

Brenden Gallagher

Jack Carty

Featuring the cream of Australia's up and coming Folk, Country and Blues artists it is a magnet for the serious music aficionado and has a reputation par excellence in music circles. Wander the historical township, walk into the many venues & soak up the atmosphere. Culminating in a huge street party on the Saturday night, this festival is one for the whole family. For more information including how to get your hands on tickets check out the web site or visit the Facebook page.

Mustard Courage This years lineup is huge and features some artists only just hitting the airwaves with JJJ and the focus is firmly on Hot Bluegrass Buffalo [Wes Carr], Jack Carty, The Falls, April Maze, Matt Southon, Big Erle, Daniel Champagne, Bellyache Ben, Fanny Lumsden, Fleur Wiber, Rob Binks, Two Girls Will, Nick Wall, Jess Holland, Alexis Nicole, AJ Leonard, Rebecca Moore, Richard Perso, Kurt Gentle, Melody Jane
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Pool, Southerly Change, Marcus Holden, Brothers 3, Graeme Johnson, Brendan Gallagher, Tangleweed, Sugarfoot, Freddie White [Ireland] Genevieve Chadwick, Faye Blais [Canada], Hobo Grace, Bob Skelton, , Mustered Courage, Suzy Connolly, Kate Crowley, The Twoks, Jimmy Westwood, Kings of Congo Congo, Gerard Gilet, Des Kelly, Stringy Bark Bush Band, Violet Nights, Foundations Edge, Fig Jam, Graeme Johnson plus many more!

Bellyache Ben


Weevils in the Flower

A preliminary history of a song
A 1970s recording of Declan Affley singing Weevils in the Flour at a Sydney folk festival concert is one of many songs chosen for the Living Democracy exhibition which opened in July 2009 in the Museum of Australian Democracy, Old Parliament House. The song has an interesting history bound up with the folk song movement, Australian literature and Australian industrial history since the 1930s depression. A history so interesting that the song has accreted a fair amount of folklore itself. Sometimes it is published as an anonymous song written in Newcastle in the 1930s. It was one many new

collection of 75 poems with her husband, Merv Lilley. The collection was published by the National Council of the Realist Writers Groups. Somewhere along its journey the poem also got known by another name Island in a River. Hewett wrote the poem in the 1950s based on depression experiences told to her by her friend Vera Deacon. In 1976 when Len Fox was writing his book Depression Down Under, he asked Deacon to write about own childhood memories of depressiontime for the book. Anyone familiar with Hewetts song will immediately the following quote from Deacon in Foxs book:

Dominating all was the steelworks. Its dark angled size, far away against the eastern sky, awed me. Tall chimneys plumed dark smoke across the sky. Every now and then a great white cloud billowed Australian songs that above the steela small gathering works. This, Mother of Sydney folkies told me, was caused in Barbara Lysiaks by the quenching home sang to Pete of the coke pushed Seeger during his from the giant ovens visit in 1963. where Dad worked. When I was a baby The first recording Dad had been badly of the song on a burned. Years later 1965 LP of AustralAustralian Tradition - November 1965 he described to me ian contemporary how he and his songs came under threat of legal action from Australias most mates worked on the ovens: the men wore wooden clogs powerful mining and steel making company BHP, the Big which smouldered on their feet as the hand-forked the incanAustralian. In the next 20 years its influence spread. It bedescent coke and quenched it with hand-held hoses, steam come a workers anthem and had its title borrowed rising and sizzling around their faces. (Len Fox, 1977) for a pioneering oral history of the depression. The phrase weevils in the flour entered the Australian vernacular. Weevils in the Flour began its journey to a song as a poem written by Dorothy Hewett with the title Where I Grew To Be a Man. It was published in 1963 in What About The People! Hewetts joint Folk singers in the 1960s were attracted enough to Hewett and Lilleys poems to set a number of them to music. Chris Kempster and Bill Berry both wrote tunes for Hewetts The Sailor Home From The Sea. They also wrote tunes for Lilleys poems, Berry for The Birchgrove Park and Kempster for Cane Killed Abel. The Bush Music Club published Hewetts Ballad of Norman Brown to the tune of an English mining song.

In 1963 Mike Leyden set four of Hewetts poems to music Atomic Lullaby, Sweet Song for Katie, Verwoerd, Verwoerd They Cry and, most famously, Where I Grew To Be a Man to which he gave the title Weevils in the Flour. Leyden and I along with Jeanie Lewis and John Laver were

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members of a singing group called the Radiation Quartette and we sang all of these songs especially Weevils in the Flour. All of these new songs were published in the Sydney University Folk Music Societys 1965 songbook Songs of Our Time. In the same year a number of Leydens songs and settings were published in folk magazine Tradition. The Fagans would later reset Ballad of Norman Brown to a tune Hewett sang to them and later still Kempster would set Hewetts Clancy and Dooley and Don McLeod to music. Even more recently Hewetts son Tom Flood has composed another setting for that ground-breaking poem. Perhaps that fact that so many of the poems gained a tune should not surprise us. In the book Hewett wrote: A poem is a SONG that comes from the people to be given back to the people. Work ... joy ... pain ... struggle ... achievement ... from these come the poems that are SONGS. She also wrote: This is the folklore of the twentieth century. and We live in an industrialised country. The old, slow, rollocking rhythm of horse and intinerent worker has given way the a harsh, staccato, jazzy beat of jackhammer, train, plane, dock and mechanised mine ... a great mass of mechanised, organised labour. Can literature borrow from folk song? There is plenty of evidence that it can. Can folk song grow out of literature? Folklorists have argued the case back and forth for generations. I think Weevils in the Flour is a handy example for those who argue the case for industrial folk song, folk song in the age of mass literacy, folk song whose boundaries includes urban lives and the concerns of the industrial era and become reports from a changing society. Weevils in the Flour deals with mass unemployment, the dole and stew, the greed and charity, the heavy metal pollution and ends with the determination of industrial workers to change the way theyve been treated, these are people who came through the depression and grew hard as iron on that black bread and sour. The argument is made for a social arrangement that no longer accepts that the bellies of the few should be filled at the expense of the hunger of the many. Weevils in the Flour was first recorded by Gary Shearston on his influential LP Australian Broadside: Contemporary Songs from the Australian Folk Revival for the CBS label in 1965. Shearston was forced to change a line in the song because BHP threatened to sue. Where originally the song had the phrase Stood the mighty BHP Shearston sang Stood a mighty factory. The 1965 release of Shearstons LP of contemporary Australian songs made a big impression on a young Canberra student Bob Fagan who added many of the songs including Weevils in the Flour in his growing repertory. Years later he would find out more about the song from Hewett herself as he explained when introducing the song at a National Folk Festival workshop: Dorothy said that a young man had picked her up to take her the University of Newcastle where she was going to be a Writer in Residence for a while, and as they were driving past the four stacks of the BHP steelworks there the young man said You know there was a poem written there on Kooragang
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Island by some unknown industrial worker in the 1930s. and Dorothy said I didnt know whether to say Im actually that unknown industrial worker and I wrote it on my kitchen table in the 1950s but I think she did tell him. Maybe we should accept this as evidence of a song accreting industrial folklore, literature evolving into folk song. Weevils in the Flour became a favorite for folk singers and union choirs, a political anthem of sorts you would hear in workers pubs like the Criterion or the Sussex in Sydneys Sussex Street before they were demolished. Later it was sung by the workers occupying the Cockatoo Island Docks in Sydney Harbour before its closure in 1992. In 2003 Merv Lilley told me: I dont know whether I should tell stories about Dorothys writing or not. I saw her write Island in a River. She had said something shed written to Tribune and Rex Chiplin had sent it back he said it wasnt political enough. So she says Ill give them something political! and she wrote Island in a River. The song is still being recorded - In 2010 Martyn WyndhamRead included it on his CD Back to You undoubtedly expanding its geographical reach from its origins in Newcastle NSW. Margaret Walters has recorded it even more recently for a CD titled We Made the Steel due for release October 2012. It seems to me that as well as having many stories attached to it the song is doing fine and that is great tribute to the poem that Dorothy wrote so long ago. The song came from oral history and it it is still being sung. A couple of weeks ago I heard Miguel Heatwole sing it and he had put back a couple of the verses from the original poem that Leyden left out of the song.
Mark Gregory



cd review
The Lucky Wonders: Lay Down My Arms (Independent)
Throughout much of 2010, Lucy the WonderBus (an old school bus converted into a motor home) travelled the nation taking Australian roots/pop/folk group, The Lucky Wonders, on a 40 plus gig tour in support of their debut album, Thirteen OClock. Now The Lucky Wonders, who are based on the far north coast of New South Wales, have released their second album, Lay Down My Arms. The key members of The Lucky Wonders are Jessie Vintila (song writing, lead vocals, rhythm guitar, ukulele, keys, flute, glockenspiel), Emma Royle (song writing, backing vocals, rhythm and lead guitars, ukulele) and Anastassijah Scales (drums, percussion). Other musicians on Lay Down My Arms include Ben Franz (bass, lap steel), Govinda Doyle (bass), Thierry Fossemalle (bass), Cye Wood (violin, viola). Jessie Vintila, originally from Western Australia, has a background in classical and jazz flute, is the winner of a Western Australian Music Industry (WAMI) Award (for the reconciliation song Colony), was formerly part of the duo, Two Colour Mountain, and is gospel choir director. Emma Royle spent the first few years of her life in Canberra, subsequently studying art for three years, then spending four years doing a carpentry apprenticeship through the Master Builders Association (winning various awards and being named Apprentice of the Year). Although Royle wrote her first song before she turned ten, it took her until her early twenties to start writing and performing seriously. Anastassijah Scales grew up in Armidale and Coffs Harbour, studying music at Southern Cross University (Lismore). Scales began performing, singing and playing guitar in her early teens, and drumming in bands when she was about seventeen. As well as her work with The Lucky Wonders, Anastassijah Scales is a songwriter, plays drums and percussion in the metal band, The Argonauts, and performs acoustic hip hop as Nastaij. The Lucky Wonders new album, Lay Down My Arms, again shows very strong song writing from Vintila and Royle and is full of sensitive, personal songs that explore life experiences, with warmth, love, hope and kindness. Among the standout songs on the album are: Valium & Your Arms (The fear shook me through

the night/I cried and I shivered, I wished it all goodbye/The valium and your arms held me tight) Sand & The Sea (I lay my head on your shoulders/The kiss that you kiss/On top of my head/Says everything is here, here) Ill Be Fine (I do hope that you go out dancing/Your happiness well it makes me happy too/I know I ought to get out of here/Maybe see some friends and drink some beer/But the truth is my hearts just not in it) Surrender (So hard to find the softness in you sometimes/Ill find it if I show it you say/Gotta lay down my defenses/And lay them down again/I dont need them here/Ill come to you bare) Walk with Me (Walking through the rain/Walking through the snow/Walking through the highs/Walking through the lows) Thing About Leaving (When Im at home I feel this calming in my soul/I watch the sun go down behind the banana grove/Any minute youll appear in front of me/The sweetest thing about leaving/Is coming back again) The release of Lay Down My Arms confirms The Lucky Wonders as a major talent on the roots/pop/folk music scene, with their insightful, Australian-sounding songs working equally well in live performance and as recorded pieces. The Lucky Wonders music ( is distributed through Vitamin Records (
Sue Barrett

Web Notes
NATIONAL JUKEBOX LIBRARY OF CONGRESS ( - Historical recordings from the Library of Congress, including Elsie Baker performing In An Old-Fashioned Town (1917) JENNY BIDDLE ( - Celebrating the making of Ann Marie (her new acoustic guitar) VINTAGE CASSETTES ( - A pictorial history of audio cassettes (1963-2010) CATHERINE BRITT ( - New album, Always Never Enough, with Two Steps (in support of

marriage equality) as the iTunes bonus track FREIGHT TRAIN BOOGIE ( Americana music, alternative country, roots rock ANGE MURPHY ( - Bare footed, guitar in hand, harmonica not too far behind, voice of an Angel MUSIC CHARTS ALL OVER THE WORLD ( misc/charts) - At #8 on Stanford Universitys KZSU country/ bluegrass chart, I See Hawks in LA with New Kind of Lonely
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