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Hey Folks,

Our next get together is Friday 12/08/11 from 7pm. Be brave, be warm, make fun, and come along.

I noticed on the Full Moon Drumming group page that Manthy wrote “I am planning to make it down to the next one… its been a while : ) I am back teaching in Wollongong after a break … Egyptian style drumming, Hilal Dance and Frame Drumming…. time to get the Middle Eastern drum section pumping at Full Moon Drumming : )”

So perhaps this might be an opportune time to add a special invitation to all you good people out there with frame drums, doumbeks, shimmy belts, zills and dancing skills to come along and make it special.

Can’t wait to see you all there!

North Beach Wollongong

On the northern side of the Surf Club



Kangaroo Valley Folk Festival

21-23 Oct 2011

In Australia’s Most Beautiful Valley

Super Earlybird Tickets on Sale

Get your weekend ticket for a crazy $65 (full price $80) until 31 August. (Concession only $55).

Purchase tickets here through our secure PayPal shop (you don’t need a PayPal account).

Volunteers Wanted

Click here to find out about volunteering at KVFF 2011.  We still need more people to join our happy band of volunteers.

Poetry Competition

Entries are open for our famous Bush Poetry competition.

Click here to find out more.

See you in the Valley!

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There’s only 12 days to go on our kickstarter campaign for our documentary in the making “Keep On Keepin’ On” about the great Clark Terry. We are still yet to reach our target, so now the count down is ON! Please come and check out the progress (link below) and if you like what you see, feel free to lend a hand by pledging or simply sharing the project link with as many people as you can. We really need to pick up some momentum in these last 12 days and are also super excited with the possibility of being funded!

As you know, Clark is one of the last living legends of jazz. By supporting the project you are enabling us to document this great man so that generations to come can enjoy, learn from and be inspired by the great Clark Terry. Look forward to hearing from you soon, and Keep On Keepin’ On!



PS – Here is an article just published about the doco on





Real Life Songs and Poems from our Convict Past

SONGS AND POEMS OF FRANK THE POET with Alan Musgrove, Bob Campbell, / AMP



Media Enquiries: Russell Hannah 4297 1777 / 0488 97 1777

Images available

When most people think of Australian verse the names Henry Lawson, Banjo Paterson and CJ Denis spring to mind but in Mudgee 150 years ago this month, the poet who was the precursor of these Bush Poets, died at the age of 50.

Largely unheralded and unknown, the name of Francis Macnamara would not ring a bell in the Psyche of most Australians yet he is an important historical character in our convict past. Only two of his poems were published in his lifetime- the rest have travelled through time via the oral tradition until the advent of folk collectors of the likes of John Manifold and John Meredith who published them.

He is of course known as Frank the Poet, he was subjected to the harshness of repeated floggings and he wrote about the convict era from the point of view of one who was one of the victims of a dark part of our past.

Some of his poems came down as songs such as the hauntingly realistic Moreton Bay and perhaps the defiant Jim Jones at Botany Bay.

Well known folklorist Mark Gregory will be bringing Frank the Poet’s life to life on Friday August 6th at the Illawarra Folk Club’s August Concert at the Wollongong City Diggers Club. He will be ably abetted by Gulgong author and singer/songwriter Bob Campbell and local singers Alan Musgrove and John Broomhall.

Also on the programme will be a new local group AMP. No they won’t sell you insurance but they will sell you on their music.

Anne lehman, Mark Holder Keeping and Perla Fefey are all local folk musical legends. They got together at the recent Snowy Mountains Music Festival where they received a great reception. They decided to stay together as a musical item and give folk club audiences a taste of their eclectic mix of vocal and instrumental delights.With musical Instruments from harp to ukulele, clarinet to mandolin, voice to percussion. They will add a lighter touch to the evening.

Alan Musgrove and Bob Campbell will combine to add another real touch of Australiana, to what will be a fascinating musical and poetic evening.

All the action kicks off at 7.30pm with the Mystery performer.

Admission is the ridiculously low $10 (members) $15 (others) and Zac’s Restaurant and the coffee shop are great places to meet before the concert.


MOB: 0488 97 1777, TEL: 4297 1777



Issued by David De Santi


tel: 0409 57 1788,au





Gerringong Pics & Flicks Inc. presents


Classification: G
Duration: 76 mins
Genre: Documentary, Family
Director: Thomas Balmes
Cast: Children: Ponijao (Namibia); Mari (Japan); Hattie (US); Bayarjargal (Mongolia) and their parents.

Producer: Alain Chabat
Music: Bruno Coulais


Review by Margaret Pomeranz

BABIES is a French documentary by filmmaker Thomas Balmes. But you don’t have to worry about subtitles with this one because all that you will hear are gurgles and occasional screams. It’s about the first year of life of four babies in different parts of the world – Mari in Tokyo, Bayar in rural Mongolia, Hattie in San Francisco and Ponijao in Namibia. They are all just babies.

It doesn’t matter where they’re from or how sophisticated a life their parents lead, they’re just babies.

This film has had audiences mesmerized in a way that is extraordinary. It’s not as if there’s a grand narrative, it’s not as if we’re being given penetrating and explained insight into cultural differences, although we do get that just by observing. It enters more powerful territory, because it reminds us of a time in life where the differences are actually non-existent, there are sibling rivalries in a couple of instances, mainly with the boys I might add, but that’s it. These babies are remarkably similar in their development. Balmes has said that he made it as a One World parable. And that’s what you come out of the film with. You might coo and goo during it, but you come out thinking that that’s where the loss of innocence begins.


Find out what’s on next month at

Tickets go on sale at Gerringong Town Hall at 7.30pm with the film starting at 8.00pm. After the film, stay for our Gerringong Pics and Flicks world famous Tea, Coffee and Cakes ($2.50) and take the time to discuss the film or anything else you like in a relaxed social atmosphere.

And remember – yearly memberships available now for only $50. That’s 11 movies for just $50.

So come get your kicks at Gerringong Pics & Flicks!!










Wollongong Town Hall

See what’s on in August…

Wollongong Schools’ Music Festival

1,2,3 & 8,9,10 August 2011, 7.30pm

Tickets: Contact participating school

Choral festival returns to the Wollongong Town Hall
In 2011 the Wollongong Schools’ Music Festival will return to the refurbished Wollongong Town Hall to present the choral festival over six nights August 1, 2, 3rd and 8, 9, 10th. The festival itself involves 23 schools, over 1500 students and over 50 supporting teachers and school staff. There is a lot of excitement in the air as the festival reconnects with the Town Hall continuing a long-standing tradition to showcase the outcomes of quality teaching practice in Public schools in the northern area of our Region. In its 57th year, the Festival aims to encourage excellence in these programs by:

• Supporting the development of quality teaching programs in music and singing at a school level.
• Providing an opportunity for students to perform music of different styles and from different times and cultures through song.
• Providing an opportunity for students to work towards a quality performance in a professional venue.
• Showcasing the wealth of musical talent in students from schools.
• Giving students the opportunity to work with students from other schools to develop their musical abilites and enjoy the experience of performance.
• Developing positive values, skills and attitudes for all students.

For more information visit Dancesport Spectacular or contact: President: David Lamb Ph. 0407002474


2011 South Coast Ballroom Dancesport Spectacular

Sunday, 14 August 2011, 12pm (doors open 10.30am)

 Tickets: $36.00 adult, $23.50 child/concession

Book now via Ticketek

Said to be the best Ballroom and Latin American couples in Australia right here in Wollongong!

The Glitz and Glamour of Dancing With The Stars – but with the Talent and artistry of the REAL stars in the Ballroom World.

Hurry… be part of this glittering occasion and spectacular event!!

Featuring Dance Champions of all ages.

All enquiries to Mardgaret Reeve on Tel/Fax 02 42672087 or 0401 161 856
or Dancespace 383 Wollongong on 02 4229 9222

Tickets available from Ticketek and on the day.

For more information visit





Adrian McNeil and Bobby Singh


Click here to buy tickets

Adrian McNeil and Bobby Singh are two of only a handful of world class Hindustani classical musicians in Australia. Each has devoted the majority of their musical lives to Indian music and have become recognised in India and Australia.

Adrian has undergone intensive training according to the guru-shishya parampara (traditional methods) for more than twenty five years under Pandit Ashok Roy, Professor Sachindranath Roy and Dr. Ashok Ranade. He regularly performs in major concerts in Mumbai, Delhi, Calcutta, Bangalore and regional centres where his playing attracts critical acclaim.

Bobby Singh is well known in Australia for his performances with Jeff Lang and Mamadou Diabate, Joseph Tawadros, The Bird, Circle of Rhythm, Slava Grigoryan and many others.  Bobby spent a great deal of his childhood in Mumbai studying at Sangeet Mahabharati, an institute of music started by the great tabla maestro Pandit Nikhil Ghosh. Recognised with a great talent at a young age, Bobby became a student of Ghosh’s senior disciple Aneesh Pradhan, now one of the most sought after tabla players in the world. 

Concert: Adrian McNeil and Bobby Singh

Date: Sunday 7 August

Time: 4pm

Venue: Thirroul Community Centre

Tickets: $15 / $10 / $5 available through Foxtix or at the door

Artists’ websites:  /




Eric Dunan (trumpet), Dave Reglar (saxophone), Nick Southcott (piano), Lucy Clifford (bass), Jodie Michael (drums)

Eric Dunan returns to Samuel’s with his quintet featuring some of Wollongong’s finest young musicians. YES, Under 18’s are allowed in Samuels, but are reminded that there are strict guidelines that they do not purchase or consume alcohol. The food and the environment is fantastic…so come eat some great food and listen to some great music.

Gig: Eric Dunan Quintet

Venue: Samuel’s, 384 Lawrence Hargreave Dr, Thirroul

Date: 7 August 2011

Time: 5-8pm

Tickets: Free

For more info: (02) 4268 2244




Jeremy Rose (saxophone), Nick Garbett (trumpet), Alex Boneham (bass), Alex Masso (drums)

Click here for more information

Gig: The Vampires

Venue: Yours and Owls Cafe/Bar, 95a Crown St Wollongong (opposite Town Hall)

Date: Friday 19 August 2011

Time, Tickets and further information: contact venue



Friday August 5

Ali Penny Duo

@ Blue Diamond Bar, The Sebel Harbourside Kiama 6-9pm

Ali knows how to play around (in the nicest possible way) jazzy and fun, piano and vocals.

Friday August 5

Freya Garbutt Duo

Bella Restaurant @ Bellachara Boutique Hotel, Gerringong from 6pm

Jazz piano and upright bass.

Sunday August 7

Ray Beadle Solo

Robertson Inn (aka Robbo Pub) Hoddle St, Robertson 2-5pm

The music is back at Robbo with regular Jazz & Blues on Sundays. Ray is the man when it comes to blues. Brilliant sizzling hot blues guitar and vocals.

Sunday August 7

Chris Mawer

Bella Brunch @ Bellachara Boutique Hotel, Gerringong 12- 3pm

On the groovy side of jazz and blues guitar and vocal, Chris is one talented dude.

Friday August 12

Rory Ellis Duo

@ Blue Diamond Bar, The Sebel Harbourside Kiama 7-10pm

Hot gravelly country soul, blues and roots. Good time music with a dark edge, Rory Ellis and Tim Hackett make a return visit after their sensational performances at the Kiama Jazz & Blues Festival last April. Guitar, banjo, vocals. No cover charge.

Friday August 12

Mike Walsh Duo

Bella Restaurant @ Bellachara Boutique Hotel, Gerringong from 6pm

Cool and swinging Jazz.

Saturday August 13

Rory Ellis Duo

Gerringong Bowling Club, Pacific Avenue Gerringong 8.30pm

Rory Ellis and Tim Hackett warm up a Saturday night with their hot and gravelly country soul, blues and roots. All original, guitar banjo, vocals. Rory Ellis is one of those rare artists who can tell a story without shame and brings you in to the depths of his soul.

Sunday August 14

Priscilla Gauci Duo

Bella Brunch @ Bellachara Boutique Hotel, Gerringong 12- 3pm

Blues Soul and Funk for lunch.

Sunday August 14

Rory Ellis Duo

The Grand Hotel Kiama, 1- 4pm

A cruisey afternoon in the beer garden and last chance to enjoy Rory Ellis and Tim Hackett with their original and soulful country blues and roots. Good Bistro. Good Music.

Friday August 19

Pugsley Buzzard Wateringcan

@ Blue Diamond Bar, The Sebel Harbourside Kiama 7-10pm

Swampshack, boogie, rag, honky tonk and barrel house blues; the bebopping bad boy on the keyboards is sooo good. Think Tom Waits meets Louis Armstrong.

Friday August 19

Nick Southcott

Bella Restaurant @ Bellachara Boutique Hotel, Gerringong from 6pm

Superb jazz and classics on piano.

Sunday August 21


Bella Brunch @ Bellachara Boutique Hotel, Gerringong 12- 3pm

Guitar and vocals, jazz, folk and covers.

Friday August 26

Paul Robert Burton & Andrew Toner

@ Blue Diamond Bar, The Sebel Harbourside Kiama 7-10pm

Sensational Paul and Andrew with their eclectic repertoire of blues, swing, Celtic, middle eastern, swing, blues, jazz, gypsy, bluegrass, flamenco, folk rock influences, rich vocals and traditional acoustic instruments. Inspired by the world and always fantastic.

Friday August 26

Rob Eastwood

Bella Restaurant @ Bellachara Boutique Hotel, Gerringong from 6pm

A great entertainer, a favourite is welcomed back after a long break.

Sunday August 28

Paul Robert Burton & Andrew Toner

Robertson Inn (aka Robbo Pub) Hoddle St, Robertson 2-5pm

Hot favourites at Robbo, Paul and Andrew back with their eclectic repertoire of blues, swing, Celtic, middle eastern, swing, blues, jazz, gypsy, bluegrass, flamenco, folk rock influences, rich vocals and traditional acoustic instruments.

Sunday August 28

Carlos Alberto Perez

Bella Brunch @ Bellachara Boutique Hotel, Gerringong 12- 3pm

Classic Spanish guitar from Chopin to Gypsy Kings.



New Music Network and the Campbelltown Arts Centre presents:

The MAC Ensemble

We live in a fragile world. If human activity continues to heat the earth to the point of a six-degree temperature rise over the arctic circle, then half the world’s permafrost will likely thaw, releasing millions of tons of methane gas into the atmosphere. The resultant damage would be both catastrophic and irreversible.  Welcome to our ‘Grand Hotel Abyss’, our ‘Restaurant at the End of the Universe!’ Observe from the comfort of your seat this unfolding tragedy. Are we listening to the soundtrack of nature’s impending destruction, or are we distracting ourselves with our fascination with sound? Of course the question is really: what role can art music play for the current world-in-crisis?  With these complex questions in mind, four Brisbane composers set nature poetry to new music. In addition we will hear the works of Luciano Berio, John Cage, Gérard Grisey, Giacinto Scelsi and Beat Furrer, composers with a special relationship to instrumental possibility and the world at large.

MAC Ensemble
Hannah Reardon-Smith – Flute
Lloyd Van’t Hoff – Clarinet
Alex Raineri – Piano
Matt Horsley & Elizabeth John – Percussion
Tabatha McFadyen – Soprano
Peter Clark – Conductor

GUBAIDULINA Aus den Visionen der Hildegard von Bingen for solo voice
FURRER Presto for flute and piano (Australian premiere)
SCELSI Ko-lho for flute and clarinet
SAUNDERS SMITH When music is missing, music sings for two percussionists
Plus world premieres by Liam Flenady, Peter Clark, Kim Cunio & Gerardo Dirié

8pm, Saturday 23 July 2011
Where: Campbelltown Arts Centre

Philippa Horn
NMN Manager
P: 0411 606 077












Expressions of Interest Wanted for this year’s Jungle Chalet Art, Craft & Watergarden Exhibition:

Jungle Chalet Art, Craft & Watergarden Exhibition: 

Sculptors are wanted for this years [11th] annual group exhibition, held at the Jungle Chalet, as part of Lane Cove’s Cameraygal Festival & the Open Studio Weekend in the Willoughby Spring Festival. 15 artists normally exhibit, with paintings, sculpture, pottery, jewellery & glass-art, to complement Don Murchison’s Sculptured Watergarden Artscape & “hygromorphomatics” [the artistic harvesting of rainwater, to create artificial streams, ponds & waterfalls, with real sound dynamics of moving water.]  Sculpture & other artworks are displayed in the art room & also the outside artscape.

Two weekends,  9.30 am – 5.30 pm: 27th & 28th August, 3rd & 4th September.

PLUS Saturday Night Watergarden Displays: 7pm – 9.30 pm, 27th Aug. & 3rd Sept.

PLUS three weekday lunch times: Noon – 2 pm, Wed. – Fri. 31st Aug. – 2nd Sept.

Venue: Jungle Chalet, Corner Innes Rd & Valleyview Cres., Greenwich.

Contact Don Murchison.  Ph: 9906 2350 or

For more införmation, see:



Calling all artists – EscapeARTfest – The Southern Shoalhaven Arts Festival – Prizes 2011.

Fetsival Dates 30th Sept – 9th Oct.

Over $15000 in total prizes with competitions including SOAP (Shoalhaven Open Art Prize), RIPE: Sculpture at Cupitt’s Winery, 8×8 Canvas Prize, Poetry, Short Story, Postcards and Music. All details on the festival website or contact festival coordinator Julie Sydenham – 4454 5993, email:

Regards Jules




Come along to a great local exhibition featuring vibrant paintings by LARA SERESIN & KAREN YELLO.
The two artists have plans to take over the world, (or at least its blank walls!),
and are aiming firmly at public spaces &
art interactions with community groups (murals with schoolkids, art in hospitals/businesses).

Karen Yello has been painting & doodling all her life & has exhibited in cafes along her path, sometimes bartering paintings for cakes. She has dropped out of 3 art schools so far & is passionate about colour & creativity for all.

LaraSeresin has been painting & drawing all her life . She has studied in the the UK and Australia .Her desire of late is to work collaboratively with Karen Yello and  for them both to encourage as many people as possible in the community to paint spontaneously  joyfully and intuitively as much as possible .

She is also currently one of the founding partners of 2 successful and creative growers & arts markets in the Illawarra .

Using recycled materials & exploring collaboration, the pair get the creative ball rolling
with live painting at the opening thurs.4th august 5-7pm (music & organic snacks too).

The exhibition runs AUG.1-27th at THE HANGING SPACE ART GALLERY
409 Princes Highway Woonona (behind Manic Organic).



The cloud farmer” is a series of pseudo-narrative works that investigate ideas of freedom and attachment within a psycho-geographical framework. The central blindfolded characters battle the elemental forces of their environments using only their intuition, sometimes being threatened by the wildness, sometimes harvesting the raw energies for their own use.”

now showing : until September 15th




and by appointment


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