Blackberry Jam Bush Band
Blackberry Jam is renowned for its fun, lively and entertaining dances! They are Melbourne's most sought after dance band, and have performed at many Australian festivals, Melbourne Dance Balls, schools, birthday celebrations, weddings and ceili dances. They have strong roots in Traditional Australian music.
In keeping with the Australian Theme, all spot acts are asked to join in the spirit of the night by doing at least TWO Australian songs in the Folk Music genre.
Maria Forde is a fine singer and a gifted songwriter. Like all good songwriters, her lyrics often reflect an understanding of, and compassion for the human condition, with all it's triumphs and disasters, all it's bright peaks and dark corners.
At her live performances she presents her songs with sincerity, passion and more than a dash of humour, and these very human attributes, along with her fine singing voice, is why she invariably establishes such a seemingly effortless rapport with her audiences.
Sympatico - Evan Webb and Sally Carter
Together they play fiddle, guitars, mandolin,tenor banjo, slide guitar and vocals - combining upbeat ragtime with celtic, bluegrass with country, latest pop hits with old favourites, Aussie bush songs with swing, classical with well known hits, and just about everything in between... including their original songs and tunes that reach into your heart and make you tap your feet or reflect on this thing called Life!
Melbourne's newest traditional bluegrass band with a solid pedigree, Backwater plays the early traditional Bluegrass made famous by Bill Monroe, Flatt and Scruggs, Jimmy Martin and the Stanley brothers, with a smattering of Carter Family.
They also draw heavily from the best of the second generation of bluegrass performers: Audey Blaylock , Jnr Sisk, Karl Shiflett, Larry Sparks, Del McCoury, Vern & Ray, Dave Evans, James King and Joe Val, as well as other Bluegrass Masters who've carried on the tradition.
Rob Lewis - Guitar and vocals
Mick Harrison - Banjo and vocals
Andrea Calwell - Double bass and vocals
Mark Pottenger - Mandolin and vocals
Annual Songwriters' Contest
It's on again. Time to get out that song you've been working on and polish it up to performance level. As always, great prizes for the winners not to mention the thrill of performing your own work in public.
We haven't placed too much emphasis on this in the past, but we are looking for songs "In The Folk Genre" and the Judges do factor this in to their deliberations!! Entries close on 15th May.
For more details see the newsletter.
Big Prizes are on offer:
1. A $400 gift voucher from Guitars and Things
2. Studio recording time
3. A Maton accessory pack
4. A $30 gift voucher from Nepean Music
Annual General Meeting
Our Constitution requires us to have an AGM each year in July and elect a new committee. Some members of the current Committee will stand down, so it's an appropriate time to look at who is available and can make a contribution to the club for 2016-17.
Perhaps you would like to consider stepping up your involvement (or would like to nominate a suitable candidate). Feel free to discuss what would be expected of you, were you to be elected, with Max Amos or another Committee member.
Nomination Forms will be available at our next club night.
July sees the return of a good friend of this club, Patrick Evans. Patrick grew up playing folk music in the Geelong region during the 1970s and 80s. A quick listen to Patrick's music reveals the same musical heritage that spawned masters like Shane Howard and Mick Thomas.
Patrick chose guitar making (or rather, it chose him) and for many years music has been an accompaniment to his career as a luthier at Maton Guitars. Not that he's been idle, Patrick has performed with a veritable who's who of Australian folk music including Danny Spooner, Ross Ryan, Hugh McDonald, Janette Geri, Marcia Howard and more recently Suzette Herft.
These days Patrick has stepped out on his own to focus on his biggest love in music: writing and performing of his own songs
We have invited a group of musicians who got together at Girgarre at Jigarre Jammin', a regular gathering of music influenced folk from Girgarre and the surrounding areas. They describe themselves as "A Collection" of genuine spare parts who come from both sides of the Great Divide, brought together by a love of music. They play an eclectic range of toons and warbles and stuff.
Spare Parts are:
John Finn - Banjo and dobro
Angela Ginnivan - Fiddle and harmonies
Cathy Dickins - Vocals and guitar
Audrey Dickins - Guitar and harmonies
Di Burgmann - Mandolin, Tin-whistle and harmonies
Jan Smith - Double Bass
Spot Acts Only
In order to allow more Members and friends to get on stage, September will be devoted to Spot Acts Oonly (No Guest Artist This Month!)
We are looking forward from some folk who we haven't heard for a while... perhaps those who are reluctant to push themselves forward. Perhaps there are some who have never performed at PFC!!
If that's you, you need to contact Evan at email@example.com or if you don't have email, on 0439 456 544.
Saoirse (Gaelic word for freedom) are a vibrant vocal and dance group from Melbourne. Saoirse delight their audiences with their beautiful renditions of traditional Irish ballads and original works, they will join hands to offer some spirited jigs and reels to get your feet tapping.
Saoirse have performed at some great festivals including the Port Fairy Folk Festival, Brunswick Music Festival, the National Folk Festival, and many other music venues throughout Australia.
Anthony O'Neill on guitar, fiddle and vocals
Bernadette O'Neill on bodhran and vocals
Kerry McManus on accordion, whistle and vocals
Sile Coleman on guitar and vocals
Damien Neill on fiddle, mandolin, guitar and vocals