Saturday, 16 February 2019

Festival of Folklife in the 1981 Festival of Sydney

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The Festival of Sydney celebrated the 80th anniversary of the Commonwealth of Australia with a birthday party like no other. The day-time celebrations in Hyde Park included brass bands, folk groups and a range of free outdoor entertainment.

The Australiana theme continued with a new venture for the Festival; Australian Cinema: The New Generation. Across a week, this presentation of the latest independent films from Australia’s newest generation of filmmakers saw cinema take a stronger position in the Festival line-up, alongside the usual strands of theatre, dance and music.

MUSIC, included the Festival of Folklife as well as classical & other styles.

Other events which were part of the Festival - THEATRE,  CABARET,  CIRCUS, ART, CELEBRATIONS,  FILM,  MAGIC, POETRY, and SPORT, 

(BMC Archives)

The Festival Of Folklife: Back To The Bush
Dave de Hugard, the Colonial Dancers, Alec Richards, Joe Weatherby, Walter McLaughlan, Higgins Municipal Band, Alex Hood

The Festival Of Folklife: Beat Your Breasts
The Ovarian Sisters, Mary Jane Carpenter, Maree Cunnington

The Festival Of Folklife: Bush Dance
Rum Culls Bush Band, Higgins Municipal Band, Sendeka Music

The Festival Of Folklife: Family Concert
Mike and Michelle Jackson, Marcus Turner, Bernard Bolan, Rum Culls Bush Band, Sedenka

The Festival Of Folklife
Gove Scrivenar, Chris Duffy's Bluegrass Conspiracy, Robin Williamson

The Festival Of Folklife: Grand Colonial Bush Dance
Rum Culls Bush Band, Higgins Municipal Band, Sedenka, compered by Frank Canty and Mike Jackson

The Festival Of Folklife: Rebels All!
Denis Kevans, John Dengate, Phyl Lobl

The Festival Of Folklife: Shamrock And Thistle
Robin Williamson, Cathie O'Sullivan, the Celtic Dancers, Pipe and Drum, Raglan Road, Joe Heaney

The Festival Of Folklife: So You Want Blood!
Jeannie Lewis, Nathan Waks and others

The Festival Of Folklife: Troubadours And Minstrels
Early Music Duo, Laberinto, Roy Harris (UK)

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Friday, 15 February 2019

Traditional Australian Bush instruments. Text of a lecture delivered by Alan Scott at a W.E.A. Folk Lore week end, 15th July, 1962

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Program for concert from the Maher Collection (courtesy Ann & Frank Maher) 


5 scans from Singabout 4(4), 1962, pages 2, 8-11.

Review of Folk Song Weekend by Singabout Editor Gay Terry,
Singabout 5(1), 1963, pages 10 - 11.

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Sunday, 3 February 2019

John Dengate Political Songwriting Competition, Gulgong Folk Festival, 2018

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Photos © Bruce Downes

One again Derek Dowding was the winner with Donald (to the tune of Patrick Gilmour's When Johnny comes marching home again)

Derek Dowding A songwriter with a difference, Derek presents a selection of his original songs ranging from satirical pieces crammed with cutting social commentary and offbeat humour as well as lilting tunes accompanying thoughtful, illustrative poetry. Side-stepping subject matter typically seen in the work of contemporary songwriters, Derek excels as a quirky wordsmith possessing an acute wit and an eye for the overtly absurd and unjust. The winner of last years John Dengate Political Satire Songwriting Competition, Derek impressed a lot of people and should be a massive hit this festival (2018 program)

Di announcing the winner

Derek receiving the goblet from
Cllr Sam Paine, Deputy Mayor of Mid-Western Regional Council.
Photos of the Festival from Mudgee Guardian
Gulgong Folk Festival
Gulgong Folk Festival on Facebook

Steel City Sue

Ross Kurtz

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