$15 entry. All dances are called and walked through with experienced callers Andrew Timmins and Vaughan Wilson. See you there!
Morris Dance event to see out the end of the year Music Dance, Food & Beer
The Australian Traditional and Bush Dance Society of SA is running a dance on Sunday 4 November from 2-5pm at the Mitcham Village Institute, cnr Princes Rd and Torrens St, Mitcham. Music by Telenn Tri. All dances are called, flat shoes recommended. No previous experience is needed and you don’t need to bring a partner. $18, students $10 (includes afternoon tea). For more information visit http://www.atbdsdancesa.com.au or phone Merilyn 0409 670 205.
at Fidel’s Bar Sunday September 23rd
4-8pm 66 Wattle Ave Royal Park
FLEURIEU FOLK FESTIVAL NEWSLETTER
Only three months to go before Fleurieu Folk Festival will be in full swing and offering a plethora of acts and musical genres to satisfy everyone’s taste buds! In order to secure a seat at the best possible price on offer, please take advantage of our ‘Special Offer’.
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This price is without camping – camping is an extra $15.
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Offer available until 5th August 2018.
We have already informed you of our headline act, Ami Williamson.
To refresh your memory here are a few interesting lines about Ami:
Ami has recorded an EP, a live show DVD and two albums, “Close to Home” and “One Woman Show – Ami Live”.
Born, Sydney Australia. Ami has toured Australia and abroad with her celebrated ONE WOMAN SHOW, performing at major venues and festivals. She has also toured nationally with her father, country music star John Williamson (True Blue).
Studied at The McDonald College of Performing Arts, ranking third in NSW for HSC Music. Awarded a Licentiate of Music in Singing (AMEB) and A+ for 8th grade Piano (AMEB).
Studied acting with Hayes Gordon at The Ensemble Theatre. Graduated with a Bachelor of Music from The Sydney Conservatorium of Music, winning a scholarship in opera to further her studies in Germany with the world renowned Baritone Thomas Quastoff. Appearances include Opera Australia’s Turandot, Iolanthe (conducted by Richard Bonynge), Camina Burana and The State Opera of South Australia’s Sweeney Todd (Directed by Gale Edwards).
Winner of the Sydney Language Scholarship studying at The Goethe Institute in Berlin. Winner of the Mars Hill Songwriting competition.
Recorded for 2MBS-FM, ABC Classic FM and ABC Radio National as well as performing for TV and radio for such shows as Channel Nine’s A Current Affair, Hey Hey It’s Saturday, Good Morning Australia, The Midday Show, Burkes Backyard, The Today Show, 9am, and Mornings with Kerri-Anne.
Studied ballet at the Vanborough school of Dance.
Studied jazz and tap dancing at the Johnny Young Talent school and later went on to join the Young Talent Time touring group.
More about other Headline artists appearing at this year’s Festival:
With songs like ‘Song and Dance Man’, ‘The One I Love’, ‘Saturday Dance’ and ‘I Wonder Who You’re Waiting For, Mike McClellan has earned an honoured place within the history of Australian music.
Mike’s early career spanned the 70’s and 80’s, and brought chart-topping songs and gold albums – plus his own national ABC TV series which he hosted for four years.
Then in 2011 Mike made a long-awaited return to performing and recording, and has since released 3 new albums, with his latest ‘No Intermission’ – all of which have only enhanced his reputation as one Australia’s finest singer-songwriters.
Fiona Ross & Shane O’Mara
An esteemed tradition bearer in her native Scotland, Fiona Ross is flying the flag for the Scots song tradition in her adopted home of Australia. She brings knowledge, passion and commitment to her performance – her honest, evocative singing style and extensive repertoire showcasing the richness, depth and diversity of the tradition. “Fiona Ross – a very special Scots singer of great cultural importance” Pete Heywood, ‘The Living Tradition’, Scotland.
Fiona will feature her Theme Concert at Fleurieu: An exploration of the life and work of Jean Redpath through songs and narrative. Although Jean spent much of her life in America, she was a significant figure in the early days of the folk revival in Scotland. Through photographs, video and some unique live recordings, this presentation will be an opportunity to experience the magic of Jean Redpath. A “must hear” for anyone with an interest in singing or Scots song.
Chris Finnen & Band
One of South Australia’s gem stones of musicianship. Chris Finnen was born 24th December 1952 Sussex England and migrated to Australia in 1967. Radio, the popular music of the day and his father’s extensive record collection were his early musical influences. The raw honesty of the blues is the lifeblood coursing through Chris Finnen’s music.
2013 Inducted into the New York Blues Hall of Fame
2014 Inducted Adelaide Music Collective Hall of Fame
2014 Became patron of the South Australian Blues and Roots Association, which he accepted with Great Pride
2014 Performed with long-time friend Phil Manning at the Adelaide International Guitar Festival
Winner of the 2014 Derringers Music Blues Awards Outstanding Instrumentalist
A regular on the Australian club and pub circuit with a long list of festivals and workshops to his credit, come along to a Chris Finnen performance and catch the unexpected.
Adelaide Fringe Review from The Australian February 2013: “Chris Finnen is one of Australia’s most innovative guitarists. He took us down to the crossroads and off into space, from Delta Blues to Chicago, from Adelaide to Northern Australia via India and Africa.”
Chris Finnen shows how to be authentic and make it your own, a mature musician of some years, Chris still plays with the wonder and explorative sense of a child as he coaxes a range of sounds and tones from his guitars. Final word ELECTRIFYING.
Siobhan Owen (born 4 October 1993) is a soprano and harpist from Adelaide SA. Owen regularly performs at Festivals, concerts and recitals around Australia and further abroad. She favours classical and Celtic/folk songs, but also sings jazz on occasion.
Siobhan was born on 4 October 1993 in North Wales and lived in the small Anglesey village of Llanfair¬pwllgwyngyll¬gogery¬chwyrn¬drobwll¬llan¬tysilio-gogo¬goch before moving to Australia with her family in November 1995. At a young age, she was encouraged to join the Adelaide Girls’ Choir (now Young Adelaide Voices) and the St Aloysius College school choir, where she became a regular soloist.
She began her classical voice training at age nine, and entered her first Eisteddfod around this time winning an Honourable Mention in the nine to thirteen age group. It wasn’t long before Siobhan started winning Eisteddfods, most notably the Classical Voice sections.
Siobhan’s first solo performance on stage came just after her 10th birthday, in 2003, when she sang in a Riverdance Style show called “Shades of Green”, organized by the Adelaide Irish Dancing Association, which toured South Australian theatres. When she was 12, Siobhan gave her first major solo performance, singing a traditional Irish song at the Adelaide Festival Theatre to an audience of 2,500. The same year, she received a Music Scholarship from St Aloysius College and a Choral Scholarship from St. Francis Xavier’s Cathedral Choir where she remained a soloist and chorister for over three years.
In August 2007, aged 13, Siobhan gave her first solo concert for Recitals Australia. She continues to perform for Recitals Australia every year.
Siobhan has played at many Festivals:
• Woodford Folk Festival – Woodford, Queensland
• National Folk Festival (Australia) – Canberra, Australian Capital Territory
• National Celtic Festival – Portarlington, Victoria
• Australian Celtic Festival – Glen Innes, New South Wales
• Cygnet Folk Festival – Cygnet, Tasmania
• Tamar Valley Folk Festival – Tamar Valley, Tasmania
• Celtica Festival – Port Adelaide, South Australia
• Kapunda Celtic Festival – Kapunda, South Australia
• Fleurieu Folk Festival – Willunga, South Australia
• Festival Interceltique de Lorient – Lorient, Brittany, France
• Triskell Folk Festival – Trieste, Italy
• Demat! Kansai Celtic Music Festival – Osaka, Japan
There are over 50 other acts performing at this year’s Festival. Festival goers can be assured they will be entertained by Performers who are the cream of the crop!
Fundraising is an important part of our Festival year.
Please write the following dates in your diary and join in the fun!
1. Friday 17th August
Trivia Night – Fitzroy Community Club Swan Ct. Renown Pk. Time: 7.30 for 8pm start. Price: $10 pp. Tables of 8
Bar facilities, BYO Supper. Lots of prizes to be won, including day passes to the Festival.
Contact: 0417 985 657 or firstname.lastname@example.org
2. Friday 21st September
Quiz Night Theme: School Dayz – wear your neatest school uniform!
Time: 7.30 for 8pm start. Price $10 pp. tables of 8.
Bar facilities. Lots of prizes to be won, including day passes to the Festival.
Contact: 0417 985 657 or email@example.com
3. Sunday 14th October
Fashion Parade: Fashion through the ages.
See Vintage fashions and accessories from 1910 to 1980’s. See a dress that would have been worn on Titanic, wedding dresses through the ages, men’s suits, the rainbow 60’s, ABBA inspired outfits etc.
Time: 1pm to 4pm. Price: $8 pp includes afternoon refreshments.
Supported: by City of Onkaparinga Council Every Generation Grant – ‘Celebrating Positive Ageing’.
Contact: 0417 985 657 or firstname.lastname@example.org
HANDS UP! IF YOU ARE A VOLUNTEER!
Application Forms for the 2018 Festival are now available on our website www.fleurieufolkfestival.com.au
Volunteering is always a very rewarding experience and our volunteers are looked after extremely well by our Volunteer Coordinator Jesse Davey Rankin.
Sponsorship plays an integral part in enabling the Festival Committee to choose the best possible acts for Fleurieu Folk Festival. If you are a business organization and would like to be part of our Festival, various grades of sponsorship are available. You could also boost your business prospects by taking out an advertisement in our Festival Souvenir Program. email@example.com
EVERYONE IS WELCOME TO JOIN IN THE FESTIVAL – be a part of the Festival, bring your own instrument/s to play in an Open Mic or Session, bring your poetry and read it at the Poet’s Round Robin and bring your dancing shoes to join in the dancing.
KIDS – join the KidZ Kaboodle workshops and entertainment in the Children’s Marquee. There will be fun, games and entertainment all day Saturday and Sunday.
I’m looking forward to catching up with you at Fleurieu Folk Festival 2018,
or at one of our fundraising events!
Fleurieu Folk Festival
0404 387 963
Erin’s Fundrasier to attend World Pipe Band Championships in Glasgow
featuring Adelaide irish PipeBand
Celtic Music Club
Russian food, crafts, arts, music, instruments, displays and more
Well, we all had such a great time at the 11th Gumeracha Medieval Fair!
The eleventh annual Gumeracha Medieval Fair was held on the 6th & 7th May in the lovely Federation Park. Once more, there was the promise of another two days of medieval fun and excitement. And wow! Did it happen? Yes! The crowds came in their thousands (especially on the Sunday this year) and we estimate that the total number has reached over the 15,000 mark for the entire weekend.
The King’s Horses Equestrian Group was one of the main attractions, showing off their “Jousting skill at arms” and the Knights and Vikings from local and interstate Medieval Re-enactment Groups were going at it in the Combat Arena again with increased vigour.
This year Paul, our falconer, introduced his peregrine falcon and promised us a full display for 2018 with Eagle, Owl and Falcon skills. We were also treated with the performances by the Ironclad Academy of the Sword Knights, Vikings (from simply everywhere!) as well as those determined Border Celts.
The fast and furious Border Celts with their sturdy hawthorn sticks contrast with the graceful girls of the Cloudhouse Bellydancers, Gawler Irish Dancing Club, and theLancashire Witches!
The Viking encampments were full of the demonstrations of cooking and craftwork that was done in those early Iron Age days and patrons were able to wander through the village and see the demonstrations close up for themselves.
A feature this year, was the 16 foot Viking longboat built by Jorgen Jensen of Woodside. Again, this year Re-enactors came to Gumeracha from Queensland, N.S.W. and Victoria to join the many resident South Australians.
Once again musicians from across the state came to provide medieval folk music from many cultural backgrounds. We were also very excited that Jack & Elley, Greenwood, Telenn Tri Group (with harp), the Nava Ensemble and Tamarisque were with us as well. The very popular “Merchants Lane” was also offering a wide range of medieval-style crafts and activities. We have so many now they are spread over all the fairgrounds. The dedicated Children’s area had the Storytellers, Face painters, children’s Costume-maker, wooden Sword-making, as well as the Native Animal Nursery and the popular Punch and Judy show and also a new Music Garden to ensure there was a lot for the whole family to enjoy. The daily Costume Competition on the banks of Kenton Creek was extremely popular once again with the new Section for the pampered Pooches!
More Food Merchants were again following the medieval theme with sumptuous tastes to tempt the passer-by. With foods and beverages derived in the local Torrens Valley area,Wendy and David Cook of the Birdwood Wine & Cheese Centre were there in the Tavern together with the famous “Mien Hosts” from the Lobethal Bierhaus serving their award winning beers and the Thistle Meadery serving a grand array of special flavours.
On Saturday night the Town Hall was alive with medieval feasting and BYO drinks (from the selection found in the Tavern) and lots of entertainment as well with “Top of the Torrens Players” as our Mein Hosts.
Across Kenton Creek in the Medieval Village visitors saw the village blacksmiths and chain maille makers hard at work in the “smithy”. The village always encapsulates what life was like in medieval times, as the Spinners, the Herbalist, Felt-makers, Calligraphers, the Leatherworkers, the Cooper and several woodworkers ply their trade.
We were also able to catch up with “Wizzy Woo the Wonder Wombat” and her friends as well. Past the village, patrons wandered down to find the Medieval Archery ground where they saw demonstrations with the famous English longbow. We also had another Music area above the Market too!
All this historical fun was being put together with the co-operation of local community and service groups of the Torrens Valley. From the Fair net profits of over $20,000 will be dispersed back into the local community by the Management Committee. This has become an exciting annual event which benefits the whole of the Gumeracha and Torrens Valley district.
Welcome to Country will be brought to us by Isabelle Campbell, Peramangk Custodian.
Dress up and come and join us next year on the 5th and 6th of May 2018!
Open times are 10 am – 5pm Sat and 10am – 4pm Sun
Online tickets available through Ticketebo will be announced a few months before the event.
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