December 2011


If you’re local and have something to add here in following months, send details to with “add me” in the subject bar if you’d also like to join the list.  Cheers!




Losing the right to grow your own vegies?






Local northern suburbs band,Strange Brew are playing at the Ryans hotel December 3rd,hope to see you there ,cheers.



Handel’s Messiah Illawarra Choral Society
Saturday, 3rd December, 2.00pm
$25 Adult,  $22 Concession & Group of 10+,  $10 Under 16  (booking fee)
Book at Wollongong Town Hall Box Office. 9am-5pm Mon-Fri – Cnr Crown & Kembla Sts Wollongong. 4227 5088.

To celebrate the return of the Town Hall to the people of Wollongong, the Illawarra Choral Society will present Handel’s masterpiece Messiah shortly before Christmas, reviving a tradition dating from 1947. This is a true community event, attracting forty guest choristers to share the beauty and excitement of one of western music’s greatest works. With the enhanced acoustics of the Town Hall, audiences will thrill to the music, including favourites such as I know that my redeemer liveth, The trumpet shall sound, and of course the exhilarating Hallelujah chorus.

Conducted by Meryl Jackson-Kew, the work will be sung by guest soloists and an augmented choir of eighty voices. The singers will be accompanied by a 15-piece chamber orchestra, with Peter Nickolas on the magnificent Ronald Sharp organ. Sponsored by Wollongong City Council.

Open Day & Christmas Concert Wollongong Conservatorium of Music
Sunday, 4th December, Open Day 10am-4pm & Concert 5pm-7pm
Free to the public, no bookings requred

This year’s Open Day and Christmas Concert will move to the Town Hall.  Come down during the day to hear a range of performances, open classes, jazz, ChiME, soloists, ensembles, information about the Conservatorium and more.  Then come along at 5pm for our traditional Christmas Concert, one of the most popular events on the Conservatorium calendar each year.

Both of these events are free and popular with families, students and the wider community. Everyone’s welcome! Presented by Wollongong Conservatorium of Music. For more information see contact Link:

Sweet Dreams Song Company
Monday, 5th December, 7.00pm
Tickets: $15 student*/child, $32 under 30, $35 concession*, $45 adult, $92 family (adult + 2 children) * ID required. (booking fee)
Book Now or phone (02) 8256 2222.

Sweet Dreams – an enchanting concert for the whole family. The Song Company transports you to a magical world of dreams, fairy tales and imagination in Sweet Dreams. The six soaring voices of the Song Company pair with shadow puppeteer Stephen Mushin to create a visually spectacular theatre performance set to an enchanting mix of songs from around the world, from Maori to Mandarin and from English to Russian.  Ideal for ages 9 to adult.

Subscribe and Save! Visit, subscribe to 3 or 4 Going Deeper 2012 series concerts and save 20% on single tickets and recieve a range of member benefits. Book by 30 November 2011 to receive a bonus 2012 Season Highlights CD. For a season brochure phone (02) 8272 9500.



Sweet Dreamsan enchanting concert for the whole family

Monday 5 December7pmWollongong Town Hall

In a magical collaboration with shadow puppeteer,

Stephen Mushin, The Song Company will transport you to a magical world of dreams, fairy tales and imagination in their new production Sweet Dreams. View a preview here

Special Family Offer

$92 for 2 adults and 2 childrensave $28!

Single tickets: $15 (student/child), $32 (under 30), $35 (concession), $45 (adult)+ booking fee.

The six soaring voices of Australia’s leading vocal ensemble, The Song Company, pair with acclaimed shadow puppeteer Stephen Mushinto create a visually spectacular theatre performance set to an enchanting mix of songs from around the world, from Maori to Mandarin and from English to Russian. Mushin creates a sensory experience to delight and inspire children and the child within us all.

Ideal for ages 7 years and up. Learn more at

We are excited to announce the move to Wollongong Town Hall. The Town Hall has superb acoustics and will showcase perfectly the vocal expertise of The Song Company.

Do not miss this very special event. Book onlinehereor by phone on (02) 8256 2222.

Celebrated for innovative and intelligent programming
Roland Peelman, Artistic Director, invites you to join him in the foyer 30 minutes prior to the performance for a fascinating FREE talk.

Friends of the Song Company, Illawarra.

Mariee Durkin-Beech Chairperson (phone: 0424 083 278), Theresa Huxtable, Jan Kent,

Pamela Mildenhall, Catherine Muir, Genelle Thomson, Irene Tognetti, Helen West.



4 December: Jens Hoppe Quartet

Jens Hoppe – Guitar, Nick Southcott – Piano, Lucy Clifford – Bass, Troy Lever-drums

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: Jens Hoppe Quartet

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

Date: 2 October 2011

Time: 5-8pm

Tickets: Free

For more info: (02) 4268 2244

11 December Jazz in The Gardens with special guest The World According To James

Come enjoy the beautiful garden surroundings of the Wollongong Conservatorium of Music and listen to jazz in this day-long event featuring local jazz groups, Conservatorium Student Jazz Ensembles, The Wollongong Conservatorium Jazz Orchestra, The South Coast Big Band, the Eric Dunan Quintet plus special guests The World According to James and more…”The World According to James” is James Greening (Trombone); Andrew Robson (Alto Saxophone); Steve Elphick (Bass); Toby Hall (Drums)James greening’s earthy, confident, energetic and witty trombone playing is one of the defining sounds of Sydney Jazz… he always makes a statement when he blows his horn – Lucky Oceans, ABCGig:Jazz Picnic featuring the World According to James with The Wollongong Jazz Orchestra, Jazz Ensemble, Jazz Combos, the South Coast Big Band and More…Venue: The Wollongong Conservatorium of Music at Glennifer Brae
Date: December 11th
Time: 11am – 4pm
Tickets: Free Event, Bring The Family, a Blanket and a Picnic
For more info: (02) 4228 1122

Freyja Garbett Trio On Christmas Eve At Samuels Thirroul

Freyja Garbett – Piano, Lucy Clifford – Bass, Jodie Michael – Drums

Under 18’s are allowed in Samuels, but are reminded that there are strict guidelines that they do not purchase or consume alcohol.

Gig: Freyja Garbett Trio

Venue: Samuels, 384 Lawrence Hargreave Dr. Thirroul

Date: 24 December 2011
Time: 8-11pm
Tickets: Free
For more info: (02) 4228 1122


Friday December 2
Dee Jay Gosper
@ Blue Diamond Bar, The Sebel Harbourside Kiama 7-10pm
Australia’s Queen of the Blues Harp and BLAZZ…a mix of Blues & Jazz!! An entertaining & passionate songstress…and rare! No cover charge.

Friday December 2
Paul Robert Burton Solo
@ Mercure by the Sea, Gerringong 6-9pm,
Multi Talented Multi Instrumentalist, inspired by the world, Celtic, Gypsy, Bluegrass, Country & Eastern, Arabic, Blues, Rock Jazz. One man, but man o man, what a man!

Friday December 9
Prickly Pair
@ Blue Diamond Bar, The Sebel Harbourside Kiama 7-10pm,
Guitar, Vocals & Upright Bass. Cool & swinging.

Friday December 9
Lucy Clifford & Nick Southcott
@ Mercure by the Sea, Gerringong 6-9pm,
A cool & groovy combo from the Wollongong Con. Nick on piano and Lucy on electric bass. (Lucy was the other half of the Freya Garbutt Duo, regulars at Bellachara. Freya is off to study in Boston USA for 4 years)

Friday December 16
George Washingmachine Duo
@ Blue Diamond Bar, The Sebel Harbourside Kiama 7-10pm,
Gorgeous cheeky George is back with his jazz violin, sassy tunes and son Arthur on the side avec guitar.

Friday December 16
Rob Eastwood
@ Mercure by the Sea, Gerringong 6-9pm,
Swinging and entertaining way to relax into the weekend.

Sunday December 18
Daniel D’Amico & James Vann
Jamberoo Pub 1-4 pm
Amazing young locals, talented guitar & vocal duo. Everything from Blues to Michael Buble.

Friday December 23
Luke Koteras
@ Blue Diamond Bar, The Sebel Harbourside Kiama 7-10pm,
Young, exciting jazz, blues, rock guitar & vocals. Original and covers.

Friday December 23
Mike Walsh Duo
@ Mercure by the Sea, Gerringong 6-9pm,
Guitar, Vocals & Upright Bass. Cool & swinging. Perfect pre Christmas ambience.

Friday December 30
Ray Beadle
@ Blue Diamond Bar, The Sebel Harbourside Kiama 7-10pm,
Sensational and sizzling blues guitar and vocals. You may not miss this. Ray is one of Australia’s premier guitarists, seasoned by Memphis, lauded and awarded. An amazing individual.

Saturday December 31
Luke Koteras
@ Blue Diamond Bar, The Sebel Harbourside Kiama from 9pm
See in the new year with Luke Koteras….Young, exciting jazz, blues, rock guitar & vocals. Fantastic.



Presented Illawarra Folk Club Inc. PO Box 5289, Wollongong, NSW 2500 HOTLINE1300 887 034

MEDIA RELEASE: 24 october 2011

Peggy Seeger farewells Australia at the

Illawarra Folk Festival

Legendary American folk singer Peggy Seeger will play at the 27th Illawarra Folk Festival in January as part of her farewell tour of Australia.

The 76-year-old is a member of North America’s first family of folk, and a half-sister of iconic 20th century protest singer Pete Seeger.

She cut her first record at the age of 18, has recorded 22 solo albums since then, and participated directly in more than a hundred others. She has also written music and songs for films and television.

Peggy is contemplating her retirement from live performance and is making one last tour to Australia to say goodbye to her many loyal fans. As part of the tour she will be performing at the Illawarra Folk Festival, which will be held at Bulli Showground in Wollongong’s northern suburbs on January 12-15.

“Peggy Seeger has been an amazing performer for well over half a century, and we feel incredibly privileged to have her playing at our festival,” said Illawarra Folk Festival Artistic Director David De Santi.

“We have got a great lineup on international, national and local performers, and our usual eclectic mix of musical styles. But the festival’s roots are in great folk music, and Peggy Seeger is one of the greats.

“Being a Seeger, many of her songs are about social justice issues. She is a humanist and a feminist, but foremost she is a fantastic musician and singer.

“We’re also excited because the Peggy plays the autoharp, which is the featured instrument for the 2012 festival.”

Peggy Seeger is equally at home with beautiful traditional mountain ballads on five-string banjo and autoharp or playing her own contemporary songs on piano or guitar.

Scottish folk singer Dougie Maclean and quirky German folk band The Beez are part of a strong international line-up for the festival. MacLean’s moving song Caledonia and melody The Gael (used in The Last of the Mohicans) have been recorded by hundreds of artists, while Caledonia hit the headlines when it was launched as the main star in the Homecoming Scotland 2009 TV advertising campaign.

Australian performers range from the grand dame of Australian folk-singing Judy Small to comedian/singer Pete Denahy and Triple J indie-music favourites Skipping Girl Vinegar, who head a line-up of artists that will appeal to younger festival patrons.

The festival will feature its traditional eclectic mix of world, acoustic, Celtic, traditional folk, gypsy and bluegrass music, along with poetry, spoken word, dances and workshops.

Early Bird season tickets are on sale until 22 December for the festival for just $100. That’s just $25 per day for four days and nights of great entertainment, including world class musicians, poetry, folk dancing and musical workshops. It’s also a $30 saving on the full price season ticket.

The Illawarra Folk Festival is an annual event presented by volunteers from the Illawarra Folk Club, and over more than a quarter of a century has established itself as the largest folk festival in NSW.

Visit to book. Tickets are also available at Albion Park and Bulli post offices or by phoning the FESTIVAL HOTLINE1300 887 034

Nick Hartgerink, Festival Publicist (Honorary) mob: 0418 424 085



Hi everyone,

Here is our final Penny and the Mystics gig update  email for 2011.

It’s been a big year for the band, with our tour around Queensland and NSW in July-September a major highlight.

We’ve also really enjoyed playing at some of Sydney’s three live music venues – the Old Manly Boatshed, Notes in Newtown and the Brass Monkey in Cronulla.

Thanks so much for your support throughout the year. I’d also like to thank all the loyal venues along the NSW South Coast who have given us so many gigs this year. Their support for live music is awesome, and very much appreciated.

Here are our public gigs for December, including a return to Notes on Friday the 9th and the Brass Monkey on Friday the 23rd.

Friday, 2 December: Kiama Golf Club. 8pm

 Friday, 9 December: NOTES in Newtown. Support act: Tess Hathaway. This is an awesome venue with a great atmosphere and great food.  My old friend Tess Hathaway (who is also our guitarist Sam’s sister) and some of her musician friends are the support. Bookings and details at

Sunday, 11 December: Lake Illawarra Hotel, Windang 3-6pm.

Friday, 23 December: The Brass Monkey, Cronulla – supporting King Tide, one of Sydney’s biggest reggae bands. We love King Tide, and feel honoured that the Brass Monkey invited us back so soon to play with them.

NEW YEAR’S EVE: We are back at the Kiama Golf Club for another NYE party. We loved playing there last year, in our home town with so many of our friends – the perfect way to bring in the new year. Please join us if you can.


I also have some solo acoustic gigs this month:

Sunday, 4 December at the Blue Diamond Bar at the Sebel Harbourside, Kiama, 3-6pm

Boxing Day, 26 December: Jamberoo Pub 2-5pm.

Also, Saturday night at The Supper Club in Oxford St, Darlinghurst – a big reggae night raising money for the Starlight Foundation. We will playing at 9.45pm, sharing the bill with Freida’s Boss, Addison Road and Alotta Presha. Ten bucks at the door. Great cause and should be a great night. Poster attached.

The other gig is on Friday, 30 December at one of our favourite venues, the Jamberoo Pub. We’ll be playing from 8pm to midnight … a good warm-up for New Year’s Eve.

We’re having a band holiday in January, with Joe and Sam both planning some travelling.

I’ll be performing solo at the Illawarra Folk Festival, which is on at  Bulli Showground from January 12-15. This is an awesome festival, with more than 150 acts from all over the world  and all kinds of food and other things happening. It’s also great value, with Early Bird four-day passes only $100. Check out the website for more information.

We hope to see you at some of these gigs.



Penny Hartgerink xxx

(on behalf of the band)






Gerringong Pics & Flicks Inc. presents
“Red Dog”
2nd Dec at 8pm
Unrated, 1 hr. 28 min.

Drama, Kids & Family, Comedy

Directed By: Kriv Stenders

Written By: Louis de Bernières, Daniel TaplitzCast: Josh Lucas, Keisha Castle-Hughes, Luke Ford, Rachael Taylor, Noah Taylor
Recent film news from ‘The Australian’.

THE most successful Australian film in three years, Red Dog, kicked off the film awards season with a swag of wins at the Jameson IF Awards.

The film about the red kelpie that united the burgeoning mining town of Karratha, based on Louis de Bernieres’s novel of the same name, has earned $21.1 million at the Australian box office in 16 weeks, ranking it eighth among all Aussie films and the most popular since Baz Luhrmann’s Australia in 2008. Last night at the audience-voted competition, Red Dog, which stars Rachael Taylor, won seven awards including the key prizes for best film and best box office achievement. It beat The Eye of the Storm, Oranges and Sunshine and surprise nominee Face to Face for best film.

It won awards for its director Kriv Stenders, lead actor Josh Lucas, music (Cezary Skubiszewski), script (Daniel Taplitz) and cinematography (Geoff Hall). Koko, the canine star, was on hand at the casual ceremony at Sydney’s Luna Park with the film’s producers, Nelson Woss and Julie Ryan.

Here’s your chance to see this great film, or to see it again!  So join us at Gerringong Town Hall for the final Pics and Flicks screening for 2011.

We’ll be back in February 2012 with another year of great films and also our first Flickerfest event.

Gift idea: Do you know someone who might appreciate a subscription to Pics and Flicks?

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!!






    Expression of Interest

The Project
The Australian National Maritime Museum (ANMM) is seeking creative proposals from Sydney based
artists for a site specific installation at the museum. The work is to be created and shown as part of
AQUA: A Journey into the World of Water, which is an immersive touring multisensory experience to
be shown at the museum from 3 December 2011 to 26 February 2012.
AQUA was created and produced by ONE DROP, an international non-governmental organization
that was founded in 2007, in Canada and is an initiative of Guy Laliberté, Founder of Cirque du
ONE DROP and ANMM seek an exciting outdoor artwork that responds to the water related
messages expressed in the AQUA experience and the aims of ONE DROP that is environmentally
friendly and is constructed from recycled or renewable material.

AQUA Artist Brief with images



Dear Friends,

I have sold my house and studio and leaving Bulli in a few weeks. I am having a sale of my paintings by way of saying farewell to the Gong. Hope to see you on the weekend if you are free.



kurt brereton





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