July 2011

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Wollongong raised Jazz musician Al Hicks has been studying in New York, living in with the great trumpet legend and mentor to Miles Davis, Clark Terry. Al has began making a documentary of Clarks life. The following is an email I received from Al a couple of weeks back.

Mate, I’ve got some exciting News!

Over the past 8 years I have had the pleasure of being good friends with the great Clark Terry.
I first met Clark while attending William Paterson University in New Jersey, and spent a great deal of time studying, traveling and performing with him. Over the years we developed a strong friendship that we continue to have to this day.
As you know, Clark mentored – among others – Miles Davis and Quincy Jones, placing him as one of the most influential musicians of all time. He has also just received the grammy’s life time achievement award and has just released his highly anticipated Autobiography, so it’s time to celebrate his life. I have been given a once in a lifetime opportunity to film an intimate documentary about the life of Clark Terry and some of his students, and I’m really excited to share some of the progress with you!
Here is the link to the project:
Any help spreading the word far and wide is much appreciated, and donations via the kickstarter page are rewarded with autographed memorabilia from the great Clark Terry!
Hope your well mate and I look forward to you being part of this independent film.
Take care.
Al Hicks
Mobile:   347-430-9449




Viva La Gong 2011 is calling for performances, workshops, children’s entertainers, food vendors and art and craft stall holders

Expressions of interest are now open for participation in Wollongong’s annual sustainable community arts festival, Viva La Gong. Cultural Services is seeking food stall vendors, performers, children’s entertainers, street parade participants, workshop facilitators and stall holders for the art, craft and fresh produce markets.

The theme for this year’s Viva La Gong Festival is Spirit + Place. Workshop, performance and street parade applications are encouraged to engage creatively with this theme. Through a collaborative, energetic and creative one-day program, Viva La Gong looks to reflect and celebrate the vibrancy and resilience of Wollongong’s community spirit.

Viva La Gong will take place on Saturday 12 November at MacCabe Park, Wollongong.

Applicants should be Illawarra-based individuals or organisations.

Deadline for applications is 5pm Friday, 24 June 2011

Applications forms are attached.  They will also be available to download from Wollongong City Council’s website next Wednesday, 8 June 2010, or email you would like further information.



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Promotion runs from 27 June – 7 August 2011

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The sounds of Brazil will come to Wollongong Conservatorium of Music on July 1 with a night of music for two and three guitars.  Melbourne based duo of Adam May and Paul Carey will perform a range of Brazilian Music on the Cavaquinho (Brazilian soprano guitar) and 7 string guitar as well as the regular 6 string guitar.

The duo of May and Carey have been performing together regularly in Melbourne over the past 18 months and have developed into an exciting concert experience.  They will present an evening of Brazilian guitar music including classic repertoire by Joao Pernambuco, Jacob do Bandolim and Waldir Azevedoalong with music Adam recorded in 2008 during which time he was living and researching in the North of Brazil.

Head of Guitar at the Conservatorium, Nigel Jones, will join the duo as a special guest.  He shares a great interest in Brazilian music as well as classical music and Flamenco, and has initiated this concert as a rare opportunity to hear this music performed in Wollongong.

On Saturday 2 July, Adam May will conduct a Brazilian Guitar Workshop at the Conservatorium. All guitarists and interested music lovers are welcome. The workshop will cover some topics such the as history and development of the Brazilian style and repertoire, as well as focusing on specific subjects such as right hand fingerstyle playing and the analysis and performance of the many and varied rhythms found in Brazilian guitar music.

The concert is one of a number of events this year featuring non-western music.  In August the Conservatorium will present a concert of Hindustani (North Indian) music featuring Bobby Singh on tabla and Adrian McNeil on Sarod, followed by a Flamenco ensemble in September.  Full details are available at the Conservatorium website:

Concert: Brazilian Guitar featuring Adam May and Paul Carey

Date: Friday 1 July, 2011

Time: 7pm

Venue: Wollongong Conservatorium of Music at Gleniffer Brae

Tickets: $14 / $12 / $10 at the door

See for more information



The Eric Dunan Quintet plays 5-8pm this Sunday 3 July at the Samuels Thirroul 382 Lawrence Hargrave Drive featuring Eric Dunan – trumpet, Nick Southcott – piano, Jodie Michael – drums, David Reglar – sax, and Lucy Clifford – bass.  Free admission.  Come by and support live jazz!

Eric Dunan is the head of Jazz Studies at the Wollongong Conservatorium of Music and played professionally in San Francisco for a number of years before settling in Wollongong in 2001.  Nick Southcott is one of the top call players on the Australian Jazz Scene.  David Reglar, Lucy Clifford, and Jodie Michael are making names for themselves on the Sydney Jazz Scene and all three are finishing their degrees at the prestigious Sydney Con Jazz program.  

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Have you thought about the new financial year yet? It starts this Friday.

Forget the dreaded tax returns, forget negative gearing, forget asset turnover, balance sheets, cashflows, cost of debt ratios, variable costs, working capital, liquidity ratios and  net current assets. Instead launch yourself into the NFY (new financial year) at the Illawarra Folk Club’s (IFC) Friday Concert.

As the country launches itself into the new financial year, the Illawarra Folk Club will be busy launching new CDs at their concert at the City Diggers at 7.30pm on July 1st. It only costs $10 (members) or $15 (others) so you’ll still have plenty left to pay tax.

7.30pm and we kick off with the Mystery performer. Then comes (though not necessarily in this order):-

From Brisbane comes the touring, ‘Steve Tyson and the Industrious Felons’ launching his debut Solo Album, ‘Temple Dogs’. Then local folk Musician Stewart Holt will be launching his debut CD ‘No time like the present’ and then Ruby for Lucy will have the Illawarra Launch of their CD, ‘Catching Bream’.

Best known as the guitarist/mandolin player from the much travelled, Rough Red, Steve has just completed his debut solo album. “Temple Dog” is an eclectic mix of story-based contemporary folk songs, with nods to roots and jazz. Stories gleaned from Steve’s travels through exotic locations such as India, Russia and Japan, are interspersed with tales of post 9-11 trauma, family skeletons, caustic political satire, and matters of the heart. Steve and his band The Industrious Felons, which includes Dave Parnell (drums/acoustic guitar) and John Barr (bass) deliver the songs with innovative musicianship, heart, and soul.

Stewart Holt is a gifted songwriter and musician who began performing in the pub and club scene in the early eighties. After a sojourn into pop-rock and establishing a career in law, he returned to his acoustic roots. He began performing again in 2009 and has now recorded an EP titled ‘No Time Like The Present’, which contains 5 songs he co-produced with fiddle and mandolin legend, Lindsay Martin. His well-crafted songs combine versatile guitar work and clever lyrics, using storytelling, humour and social commentary, to engage both heart and mind.

One day, with two guitars and shiny voices, Ruby for Lucy set about making songs that they wished to hear. And one day, there was a knock at the door – upon opening they found a present! Ruby for Lucy shook the box and to their surprise, an audience fell out! “What a lovely gift”, they cried, “A smiling audience with ears and EVERYTHING”. Encouraged, they set about making more songs that they wished to hear. Ruby for Lucy played at the Illawarra Folk Featival to big audiences and impressive reviews.

Once again the Illawarra Folk Club is the cheapest venue for great live music in Wollongong- admission is just $10 members and $15 others and all the facilities of the Diggers Club are available to our guests.

Russell Hannah
02) 4297 1777



Hi everyone,

We’re about to head off on our “Barefoot Tour” that will take us on the road for nine weeks as far north as Hervey Bay and as far south as the Snowy Mts, playing at all kinds of places in between.

We are kicking off the tour with a show at NOTES in Enmore Rd, Newtown on Wednesday, 13 July. Our friends from the Shoalhaven, a really cool band called Southerly Change, are going to join us for that gig and it should be a great night. Southerly Change will be playing from 7.30-8.30, and we’ll be coming on at 9pm.

Tickets are $12, but you can also book for dinner – which means you’ll be guaranteed a table. Bookings and more information at

This Thursday night (30 June) we’re playing at the Hotel Illawarra in Wollongong from 9-11pm.

We’ve then got five gigs on the South Coast in early July, before the Notes gig in Sydney on 13 July. Then we’re off on tour!

It would be great if you could let any friends living in areas we’re playing at on tour know to get out and see us when we’re in their town. It would be nice to see some friendly faces!


1 July – Great Southern Hotel, Berry 8pm
2 July – Kiama Leagues Club 8pm
8 July – Kiama Inn 9pm
9 July – Commercial Hotel, Milton 8pm
10 July – Mt Kembla Hotel (3-6pm)
13 July -Notes, Newtown
14 July – Junction Hotel, Newcastle (to be confirmed)
16 July – Dorroughby Hall (Lismore)
17 July – Sedgers Reef Hotel, Iluka
22 July – Billy’s at Gympie
23 July – Bayswater Hotel, Hervey Bay

With more Queensland dates to be confirmed.


August-September tour dates include Tenterfield, Moree, Armidale, Coffs Harbour, Goulburn, Wagga, Cooma, Perisher Valley, Bega, Batemans Bay and Nowra, with more to come.

We’ll update the website as tour dates and venues are confirmed. We’ll also be posting regular tour updates on facebook and twitter.

Thanks everyone for your continued support.

Penny xxx



Wongawilli Turning 24, and still going strong…

The Wongawilli Colonial Dance Club along with the Wongawilli Band and Colonial Dancers will turn 24 on the 1st August, along with the horses of the world!

A celebratory bush dance is planned for Wednesday 3 August at the Wongawilli Community Hall.

The Club still hosts the regular Wednesday bush dance at the Hall. These dances started in 1985 with David De Santi leading the musicians – and he still does!

Other special dances coming up include a Contra Dance to celebrate American Independence Day (Wed 6 July) and a French Folk Dance celebrating Bastille Day (Wed 13 July).

A new initiative is to dedicate the last Wednesday of each month to a ‘session’. It’s a chance for musicians to play traditional tunes and songs in a relaxed situation. Sheet music is provided to encourage new musicians to join in. Special guest has been John Broomhall singing a swag of Australian bush songs.

The Club, through the efforts of David De Santi, continues to support Australian folk music with publications with the latest effort being The Tunes of John McKinnon. Sadly John recently passed away so this is a fitting tribute.

Acoustic musicians welcome to join in with sheet music provided.

Wednesday night bush dance costs: Adults $3, children free. Includes a light supper. All welcome.


Wednesday 6 July – American Independence Day Contra Dance

Wednesday 13 July – Bastille Day French Folk Dance

Wednesday 20 July – Bush Dance

Wednesday 27 July – Australian Song and Tunes Session

Wednesday 3 August – Wongawill 24th Birthday Bush Dance

More information







Friday July 1

Chris Mawer

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

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

Sunday July 3

David Christopher

Bella Brunch & Blues @ Bellachara Boutique Hotel, Gerringong 11- 3pm

Guitar, piano and vocals, singer/ songwriter; excellent acoustic jazz.

Friday July 8

Dr Don’s Double Dose

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

The rich big bluesy gospel inspired swing, hop, jazz and bop of Don Hopkins and Rob Grosser. Piano, drums and vocals.

Sunday July 10

Chris Mawer

Bella Brunch & Blues @ Bellachara Boutique Hotel, Gerringong 11- 3pm

Exceptional talent. Guitar vocals jazz and blues.

Friday July 15

Lionel Robinson

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

The duke of lounge, king of cool jazz piano and vocal, our Mr Martini croons us into the weekend.

Sunday July 17

Priscilla Gauci Duo

Bella Brunch & Blues @ Bellachara Boutique Hotel, Gerringong 11- 3pm

Blues Soul and Funk for lunch & brunch

Friday July 22

Luke Koteras

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

Young, inspired rock, jazz, blues guitar and vocals

Sunday July 24

Dave Nolan

Bella Brunch & Blues @ Bellachara Boutique Hotel, Gerringong 11- 3pm

A cool and quiet groove, double bass

Friday July 29

Prickly Pair

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

Double Bass, Guitar and a couple of cool dudes put the jazz groove on.

Sunday July 31

David Christopher

Bella Brunch & Blues @ Bellachara Boutique Hotel, Gerringong 11- 3pm

Guitar, piano and vocals, singer/ songwriter; excellent acoustic jazz.





Gig:Allan Browne Quintet with Eugene Ball,trumpet; Geoff Hughes, Guitar; Nick Haywood ,Bass; Phillip Noy, Alto Sax; and Allan Browne, percussion
Venue: Wollongong Conservatorium of Music Auditorium
Date: Friday 15 July
Time: 7pm
Tickets: $14 (General) / $12 (Parents accompanying students) / $10 (students) / $35 (Family: 2A, 2C)
For more info: (02) 4228 1122 /
An icon of Australian jazz will come to Wollongong with his Melbourne-based quintet on July 15. Allan Browne’s 42 years in Jazz include some 70 CDs and albums, covering the century of genres from early New Orleans to Contemporary Jazz. He has accompanied over 35 International Jazz icons including Phil Woods, Milt Jackson, Johnny Griffin, Herb Ellis, Mal Waldron, Art Hodes and recently Sheila Jordan.
Browne has performed for several decades with pianist Paul Grabowsky and other leading Australian musician but is perhaps best known as a bandleader in his own right. He holds a residency at Melbourne’s Bennetts Lane Jazz Club where he performs most weeks with collaborative projects involving some of Melbourne’s finest musicians, and has led his quintet since 2002. Featuring the compositional and instrumental talents of Eugene Ball (trumpet), Geoff Hughes (guitar), Nick Haywood (bass) , Phillip Noy (saxophone) and Allan on percussion; the Allan Browne Quintet is dedicated to recording and performing original contemporary Jazz. They have two critically acclaimed CDs, “Cyclosporin” and “The Drunken Boat” and have performed at major jazz festivals including the Wangaratta Festival of Jazz and the Melbourne International Jazz Festival.Besides being one of Melbourne’s leading drummers and bandleaders, Browne is also a keen writer. He has some articles and poems published and is working on an anthology of poems and essays from the perspective of his long career as a jazz musician. He released an album of music inspired by Kenneth Slessor’s poetry, “Five Bells and other inspirations” and is working on new music inspired by Rimbaud’ s epic prose poem “ Une Saison en Enfer”.


The Matt Keegan Trio is touring the country in July showcasing their brand new release “Matt Keegan Trio Meets David Ades”. This album is a musical meeting between two generations of Australian jazz saxophonists – Ades an established master craftsman, and Keegan an emerging voice on the national scene. The music was composed to feature the blend of their distinctive saxophone sounds and styles and highlights their contrasting but complementing influences. Ades and Keegan share a deep musical affinity. A special spirit is always present when they play together which is highlighted in a series of etudes performed as duets and interspersed between the band tracks.

Gig: Matt Keegan Trio with Special Guest Dave Ades
Matt Keegan (saxophone), Dave Ades (saxophone), Cameron Undy (bass), Dave Goodman (drums)Venue: Wollongong Conservatorium of Music Auditorium
Date: Sunday 24 July
Time: 4pm concert
Tickets: $14 (General) / $12 (Parents accompanying students) / $10 (students) / $35 (Family: 2A, 2C)
For more info: (02) 4228 1122
Workshop: 1-3pm. $15 includes admission to the workshop and concert.




Media Enquiries: Russell Hannah 4297 1777 / 0488 97 1777
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The Illawarra folk Club  hosted that great Irish Singer Eleanor McEvoy in June- now on Friday 16th July it is going to host Australia’s answer. It’s the wonderful Irish/Australian singer from Melbourne, Maria Forde. 

It’s un-Australian to tell tales but don’t say that to the Illawarra’s master tale teller, Lilli Pang who will enthrall you with her stories from Australia and distant lands. Maria and Lilli will be joined by Northern Suburbs group Jasmine and Kaija .

As an Irish- Australian, Maria Forde has always straddled both sides of her heritage in her songwriting. Incorporating the sweet melodies, that are the trademark of the Irish musical heritage, with observations of Australia, along with her personal experiences, Maria has blossomed into one of Australia’s premier songwriters. Her first album – “Will You Dance With Me?” – features the title song, written for a friend’s wedding, that has become a theme for weddings, in Australia and internationally, by Maria’s original and various cover versions.  Already blessed with an angelic voice, Maria has grown into a masterful interpreter of her own material, able to totally connect the feeling of the music and words to the emotion of the song. This alone sets her apart from so many singer/songwriters. Since relocating to Trentham, in rural Victoria, Maria has begun to incorporate more of the wonder and fragility of the Australian bush into her work. Throughout her career, Maria has toured constantly, performed at numerous festivals and built a solid and dedicated fan base, both in Australia, and internationally.

Jasmine and Kaija are engaging musicians who are drawing an enthusiastic following for their lovely lilting melodies; warm, jazz-influenced vocal harmonies; alluring instrumental arrangements and poetic lyrics. Governed by the sensitive lyricism of multi-award winning singer-songwriter, Jasmine Crittenden, highly accomplished cellist/vocalist Kaija Upenieks and electric guitarist/ vocalist Damian Gibbins they all bring their unique musical influences to the band. Most recently the trio won Second Prize in the Sydney Singer-Songwriter Competition Grand Final, held at prestigious venue, The Basement, Sydney. In 2009, their original material made it to the semi-finals of the U.K. Songwriting Competition; and earned Second Prize in the Kommotion Singer-Songwriter Competition, Sydney.

Lilli Pang began her professional career as an economist, after 8 years she threw it in to become a different sort of storyteller! The years weren’t wasted – there is no better improvisation and imaginative training than working with statistics!

She has spent 15 years of working with stories in a number of setting – mental health institutions, community groups, careers associations, mothers groups, with refugees, newly arrived children and teens and at risk youth. She comes with 10 years of performing as a feature storyteller at all the major Australian festivals and most importantly as many schools as humanly possible. Her aim is to capture you in the essence of the story…the journey…the power of a word. Lilli is also about to head off to Singapore where she will be an Australian Ambassador in the Singaporean International Storytelling Festival.

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




Time Traveller – explore new musical frontiers

Explore new musical frontiers with the six soaring voices of Australia’s leading vocal ensemble, the Song Company, in Time Traveller at the Wollongong City Gallery(corner Burelli & Kembla Streets) on Monday 15 Augustat7.30pm.

Time Traveller is inspired by early maps of the world. It starts in Europe where modern cartography began and expands outwards to explore places early mapmakers never knew existed. A collection of songs and stories from destinations as disparate as Sicily, Africa, Iceland, Columbia and China are explored in music from the 12th to the 21st centuries with Australia featuring in the premiere of a new work by Peter Sculthorpe.

Time Travellerwill tour to Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Canberra, Newcastle and Wollongong.

Roland Peelman, Artistic Director, invites you to join him in the foyer 30 minutes prior to the performance when he will delve into the maps and music that form the theme of this program.

Single concert tickets: $15 student, $32 under 30, $35 concession, $45 adult + $7.70 booking fee. Seating is limited, book now! (The April concert was SOLD OUT!)

Book at: or by phone on (02) 8256 2222.

About the Song Company: Formed in 1984 and led by Artistic Director Roland Peelman since 1990, the Song Company is Australia’s leading vocal ensemble. Presenting music from around the world and across the ages the Song Company has earned an international reputation as one of the world’s most versatile and flexible vocal ensembles,

Friends of the Song Company, Illawarra.

Mariee Durkin-Beech Chairperson (phone: 02 4229 5127), Theresa Huxtable, Jan Kent,

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











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