January 2013


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


Informing others about this website will assist the artists of the Illawarra!

Thank You!




Legendary Trombonist Joe Epps will be playing with the Eric Dunan Quintet at Samuels this coming Sunday, December 9th from 5-8pm.  There’s no cover.  Samuels is at 384 Lawrence Hargrave Drive, Thirroul.



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Wollongong Town Hall would like to take this opportunity to Thank You for your continued support throughout 2012 and to wish you all a very Merry Christmas, safe and enjoyable holidays and all the best for the coming new year.

We are looking forward to an exciting line-up of events for 2013. Be sure to keep up with our monthly What’s On e-news and ‘Like’ us on Facebook for your chance to win a double pass to a show! All you need to do is post on our page what you would like to see at Town Hall. Competition ends 1st Feb 13.

Chaplin Arts

How high the Moon

Saturday 5th January 2013.   7.00pm

All tickets $15

Wollongong Town Hall will go Retro on Saturday, January 5th, presented by Chaplin Arts, a new Performing Arts Studio here in the Gong. Come along to hear emerging singers from the Studio singing tunes from the 40’s, 50’s and 60’s.

There will also be: South Coast Big Band! Vinyl Records, Vintage Polaroid Photo Booth, Retro Clothing & Accessories and more. Sponsored by: Wollongong City Council, Music Farmers, Something for Doris, Lovedoll Superstar, Cino Caffe, $4 Vinyl and Nectar Coffee. For more information, go to

Salt Church Presents

Summer Nights

Thurs 10th, Friday 11th & Sat 12th Jan.   5.00pm

Free Public Event – all ages.

Wollongong’s Salt Church are excited to present ‘SUMMER NIGHTS’ a free public event showcasing an amazing display of local Art, Film and Music for the whole family. Activities and a BBQ will commence in the beautiful forecourt outside Town Hall from 5pm and move inside for the evening’s activities from 7pm. The evening’s activities will include music, film and art along with short talks, interviews and prizes.

This event is open to the public, all ages, free of charge and runs over three days in January – Thursday 10th, Friday 11th and Saturday 12th. Salt Church welcome you to be a part of the festive fun!

Salt Church meet every Sunday at Town Hall, for more information go to:

Yours & Owls Presents

The OWL Party

Saturday, 19 January 2013.  6.00pm

$20 presale, $22 at the door.

The OWL party needs you!

Yours & Owls and its supporters will be presenting a lavish display of musical propaganda, subliminal persuasion and blind comradeship. With Wollongong’s finest pledging there support, the stage is set to be an evening of epic proportions, all in support of founder of Yours & Owls, Ben Tillman.




The full 2013 Illawarra Folk Festival Souvenir Program will be available for online viewing early next week with hard copies available from the Festival Office at the Bulli Showground from Midday on Wednesday 16 January 2013.

You can view a 22 page extract from the Souvenir Program online with the following information:
* Artists biographies, performance times and venues
* Music train details
* Full Folk Summer School program
* Venue map

CLICK HERE TO BUY PASSES ONLINE or call 1300 887 034

Well only a few more weeks and the 28th Illawarra Folk Festival will be upon us.

Again there will be an amazing array of talent from all over Australia and the world on show.

For those who have been before there have been quite a few venue changes, hopefully for the better!

For newcomers the Illawarra Folk Festival is an event which exubes friendliness, participation and having a good time with new and old friends.

Early Bird Season Passes run out 22nd December 2012 and you save a massive $50 on the full price! Please remember you can only get On-Site Camping with a Season Pass purchase.

Click here to see the full range of ticketing and to purchase online!
You can also buy over the phone by calling 1300 887 034.

Hope to see you there.
David De Santi
Artistic Director and accordionista

2013 Festival Artists

International Acts | Bajaly Suso (Gambia) • Chris Assaad (Canada) • Don´t Mention The Wall! (Germany) • Dom Flemons (part of the Carolina Chocolate Drops / USA) • George Hewison (USA) • George Mann (USA) • Gregory Page (USA) • Jonathan Bob Lynn (Canada) • Modhan (Scotland) • Nancy Kerr & James Fagan (UK /Aus) • Rick Nestler (USA) • Rik Palieri (USA) • Rory Mcleod UK • The Underscore Orkestra (USA)

Roots/Acoustic | Christine Anu •  Jeff Lang •  Mike McClellan Barry • Skipsey • Ben Scott & The Flash Coves • Big Erle • Cheshire Catz • Fiona Boyes • Jan Preston • Jasmine Beth • Jindabyne Ukulele Kollective • Kay Proudlove • Kenny Bartley • Keogh • Lime & Steel • Little Big Smokes • Mal Webb • Mark Cryle • My Secret Window • Pat Drummond  •  Paul Greene & The Other Colours • Penny & The Mystics • Pete Thomas & Blue Salt Band • Ruby Boots • Stewart Holt • Susanna Carman • Swing Booty • Swingalele Orchestra • Terry Serio’s Ministry Of Truth • The Miss Chiefs • The Recycled String Band  • The Ribbon Gang

Folk | Alan Blackshaw • Ballpoint Penguins  • Chris Gillespie & The Wandering Hands • Claire Roberts • Craig & Simone Dawson • Dani Karis & Park Folk • David Rooney & The Festival Orchestra • Fred Smith & Liz Frencham • Johnny Huckle • Me & You & Owl On A Boat • Michael-John Azzopardi  • The Amazing 3 • The Lurkers

Hard Folk | Handsome Young Strangers • The Go Set

World Sounds | Beatmeisters • Echoes – Antilalies • Lotte Latukefu & The Festival Choir  • Mr Cuttlefish • Mzaza • Paul Mbenna & The Okapi Guitar Band  • Pukara • Ruido Flamenco • Senor Cabrales • SingGongGo  • Somesing Laik Zat • Southern Crane Chinese Lion Dancers • The Con Artists • The Picture Box Orchestra • The Volatinsky Trio  •  Zumpa

Gypsy / Manouche | Acoustic Elements • Monsieur Swing • The Schlockmeisters • The Underscore Orkestra (USA) • The Woohoo Revue • Vardos

Celtic | Modhan (Scotland) • Humbug • Riogh • Shameless Seamus & The Tullamore Dews The Mutual Acquaintances • The Simpson Three • Tim Scanlan  • Tolka • Whiskey Dram * Illawarra Pipe Band

Americana | Barbara Giamalvo (USA) • Karen Lynne Bluegrass Circle • Mustered Courage • Ray Marshall & The Bluegrass Deputies • The Butcher Boys • Thrillbilly Stomp

Traditional | Battlers’ Ballad • Bush Music Club • Canberra Contra Club • Chord-Eaux • Christiaan Dolislager • Christina Mimmocchi • Dingo’s Breakfast  • Gatesway To Harmonica/Ukulele • John Broomhall • No Such Thing • Peter Ellis • The Roaring Forties • Union Choirs • Wiyanga Nanga Mai • Wongawilli • Illawarra Pipe Band

Comedy / Poets | Glover & Sorrensen  • Brian Bell • Gregory North • Illawarra Breakfast Poets  • Peter Mace • Russell Hannah • Sandy Holmes • Zondrae King

Street Theatre / Kids Performers | Anton Wood Juggling • Circus Wow • King & Queen Of Green  • Sacred Circus  • Cynthia Hartman storytelling • F.A.R.T. Tent  • Gobsmacked! • Lilli Pilli Tales • Loose Threads • Mark The Sax •  Murphy’s Puppets • Once Upon A Song • The Puddin Eaters

Dance | Ana Otero Flamenco • Black Joak Morris • Cinnamon Twist Belly Dance • Erika Steller Yoga • Kalalaya Dance Group  • Kengugro Hungarian Dancers • Spirit Of Serpentine – Bellydance Infusions • Sydney Irish Ceili Dancers • Tallatango • Tribal Jewels Dance Co.

Youth Artists | Claire Crighton & The Traveller’s Pies  • Dylan Hekimian • Kane Dennelly • Kayla • Las Juanitas • Loti.J  • Mel Stjepanovic • One Day • Paddy & The Wonderband • Rosie & The Bluesters • Shalani • Sophia Simoes Da Silva • Teifion & Gareth

Youth Traditions Awards Announced

The 2013 Illawarra Folk Festival will feature the inaugural Youth Traditions Awards to encourage and celebrate young artists who perform traditional folk songs and tunes.

Young artists will aged between 9 and 25 will be have the chance to perform in the Youth Traditions Award concert at the festival on Saturday, 19 January 2013 and win prizes.

Click for more information

Call For Volunteers

The festival needs around 300 volunteers and currently we’re about 100 short! So please consider helping out. Click here to volunteer

If you are a first time volunteer, you are about to discover a wonderful, rewarding experience! By volunteering, you will make new friends and obtain great satisfaction from ensuring everyone has an enjoyable and memorable time at the Festival.

On top of all this, we will also give you a free Season ticket. But wait, there’s more…….

  • Free camping site (camping fee of $20 per person applies)
  • Light refreshments from the Volunteer Kitchen
  • Attendance at pre & post festival concerts
  • Learn new skills
  • References available
  • Meet like minded people
  • Support a great and unique community event
  • Purchase Festival products – CDs & T-Shirts at 50% off

The Illawarra Folk Club is a non-profit incorporated association with the objective to present and en-courage folk music and folk lore as it exists in Australia today, in all its most genuine, and valuable musical, social, historical, cultural and pleasurable forms.

The Illawarra Folk Club presents concerts on 1st Friday and 3rd Saturdays of each month and the annual Illawarra Folk Festival.


Tel: 1300 887 034 |






Hi friends and family,

I’m inviting you to take a look at my new website:
It showcases some of my recent and older series’.
Pass it on to your friends 🙂



Hoping you can make it to our art exhibition and sale. Edith, Jack, Sand and Wolf have booked the Old Wollongong Court House for the 5 & 6th January to show off our new and some of our older work. The gallery is opposite Belmore Basin, Wollongong Harbour where there are many activities and eateries to be enjoyed. We will have an informal afternoon tea/opening at 2pm on saturday,
cheers Jack Draper



Dear Artists,

The Thirroul Seaside and Arts Festival is now planning events for next year. It sounds a long way off, but we hope you will give some thought to adding the date to your calendar.

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The 2013 Festival will be held over the weekend 5 – 7th April.  (The weekend after Easter.)

As usual, Art Alive! runs at no cost to the artists. Artists creating their paintings and drawings or their craft are all welcome, providing interest and colour for the festival, whilst being able to show their skills to the visiting public and have some finished items such as original work, prints or cards available for sale. Marquees with tables will be set up for us all near the footpath in WF Jackson Park, or you can choose a spot (without a marquee) on the street outside The Beaches pub.

More information will be sent in the new year, but please do consider making this a date in your diary to paint in the open – maybe paint ‘the scene’ – engage with potential customers, maybe make some sales, and certainly have a lot of fun!

Please let us know if you are planning to participate in Art Alive! 2013, and if you have artist friends who would like to be included, send us their details or ask them to contact us.

Yours sincerely,

Christine Hill and Carol Roderick

4267 4259              4267 1367

PS The Art Prize Committee will be contacting artists separately re the Exhibition at the Thirroul Community Centre.  You can check the website for lots more information





Venue:  The Shed Sculpture School

For bookings contact Christine Simpson 0406109756

January 19th & 20th 2013. Limited spaces/bookings essential.

Bookings to be made by the 6th January.

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We hope you can take part in this enjoyable workshop.  We learned a great deal about assemblage sculpture from attending Anita Larkin’s workshop last January.

See photos above.

Best wishes,

Eva Chant
The Sculptors Society
PH: (02) 9481 9060
Mobile: 0418 250 456





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