JUNE 2011


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Annual Italian Week Folka Danza – Wednesday 1 June 2011 Main Content Inline Small

Over the past 10 years the Wongawilli Colonial Dance Club has presented an Italian Folk Dance as part of the Illawarra’s Italian Week celebrations. There will be live music with an acoustic band with accordion, violin, guitar, piano, whistle and of course plenty of percussion.

All dances will be called and walked through with no prior experience necessary.

Italian Day celebrates the forming of the Italian republic in 1946 and is celebrated around the world.

The aims of the Wongawilli Colonial Dance Club are to enjoy socially music, song and dance from whatever culture.

We have a regular Bush / Folk Dance there every week, so that week we will do some Italian dances and some Australian dances with Italian music.

The dances we will do include:

– Tarantella Napoletana

– Tarantella Siciliana

– Bal Del Truc (from the north)

– La Raspa

– Quadriglia Di Aviano

– Quadriglia Di Novi Velia (from Campania)

– Mazurka

– Pride of Italy – (the Pride of Erin with Italian waltz tunes)

– Casa Dance (progressive barn dance with Italian tunes)

Instruction will be provided on all of these. The cost is $3 per adult and children are free and a light Italian flavoured supper with tea and coffee is also included. We can fit around 60 people in the Hall.

Acoustic musicians are welcome to join with the band with sheet music provided.

Any further details can be made with David De Santi, tel: 0409 57 1788

David’s parents migrated to Australia from Vallo Della Lucania, Campania region, in 1962. He plays the piano accordion in the Wongawilli Bush Band and also plays a number of Italian tunes.

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Monthly Traditional Music Sessions Started! Next night 25 May Main Content Inline Small

The regular Bush Dance at Wongawilli Hall will become a traditional music session for the last Wednesday of coming months.

It will be a chance for musicians to play traditional tunes and songs in a free and relaxed situation.

Sheet music will still be provided to encourage new musicians to join in.

Dancers are still welcome but there will be no calling or walking through of dances.

BYO drinks with a supper still provided.The cost will be $3 per adult, children free.


– Wednesday 25 May

– Wednesday 29 June

– Wednesday 27 July

– Wednesday 31 August

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Wongawilli Band Gigs Main Content Inline Small

The Wongawilli Band is part of the Club and has performed all over Australia and the World!

– 10-13 June, Perisher Snowy Mountains of Music

More information David De Santi, 0409 57 1788

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Wednesday Night Bush Dances Main Content Inline Small

Since 1987 the Wongawilli Colonial Dance Club has held social bush dances every Wednesday night. The venue is the Wongawilli Community Hall, West Dapto Road, Wongawilli from 8pm to 10.30pm. The evening generally includes 10 bush dances which are all called and walked through.

Dancers and acoustic musicians are invited to participate. Sheet music is provided for musicians.

Members of the Wongawilli Band form part of the Wongawilli Hall Ceildih Band.

Entry is $3 adults, children free, includes light supper.

Coming Dance Theme Nights on Wednesdays

The Club hold special dance theme nights on Wednesdays throughout the year.

– Wednesday 1 June – Italian National Day Folka Danza

– Wednesday 22 June – St Jean Baptiste Quebecois Folk Dance

– Wednesday 13 July – Bastille Day French Folk Dance

– Wednesday 3 August – Wongawilli 23rd Birthday Dance

– Wednesday 30 November – St Andrews Day Scottisch Ceilidh

More information David De Santi, 0409 57 1788


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Opportunity for Wednesday Night Charity Bush Dance Main Content Inline Small

If you know of a worthy charity then let us know. We will organise one of our Wednesday night dances to be given to the Charity. The charity’s role is to get people there and we will donate all the entry money for that night to the cause, including providing the supper. Raffles are also welcome

Some of the past recipients of funds have included Victorian Bush Fire Appeal, Daffodil Day, Ceoliac Association.

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Australian Folk Music Recordings & Publications Main Content Inline Small

The Club has been actively involved in producing and promoting publications and recordings of Australian folk music, song and dance since 1990.

There are 18 music recordings and 20 publications in the catalogue. They are great resources for educational and recreational purposes.

Click here to see the full catalogue and buy online

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Contact Us

Wongawilli Colonial Dance Club is a non-profit incorporated association with the aims of promoting, performing and preserving Australia’s folk dance and music culture.

Secretary / Music Coordinator

David De Santi, 0409 57 1788. David is also the contact for the world travelling Wongawilli Band.

President – Sylvia McMullen | Vice-President – Reg Murray | Treasurer – Pat Murray



EcoBeat – Back to the future gig,

10 piece world music band – playing at Tomerong Hall, Tomerong on Saturday 11 june 7.30pm. $20

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MEDIA RELEASE – 28th May 2011

Illawarra Folk Club Concert –Eleanor McEvoy

7.30pm, Friday 3rd June 2011

City Diggers Wollongong

$15 Folk Club Members, $20 Non Members. or 1 300 887 034

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She’s Back Again!!!!

She’s the magnificent Irish Singer Eleanor McEvoy who will be back performing for the Illawarra Folk Club at the Wollongong City Diggers Club on the Friday (June 3rd) at the Wollongong Diggers Club.

Eleanor is one of the best known artists to come out of Ireland in the last decade. Not only is she one of the leading singer songwriters of her generation, she is also recognised and respected as a fine multi-instrumentalist in both traditional and contemporary music.

How can 14 million punters be wrong? That’s how many people world-wide bought Eleanor McEvoy’s song ‘Only a Woman’s Heart.’ In the top ten of the Irish Hit Parade for over a year, it has become the best selling Irish album ever, surpassing even Van Morrison and U2.

Eleanor will be launching her latest and eighth Album, ‘I’d Rather Go Blonde’ which spans a 20 year career. The album contains 11 songs, nine of which were penned

by Eleanor.

Eleanor rarely plays in such a small venue but such was the audience support and rapport in Wollongong at her last three appearances in the last few years back that we’ve managed to snare her back this year.

And as an added bonus you get ‘Fast Train’, a young band of ‘old’ folkies.

The band is Kate Delaney and Denis Tracey, with Andy Saunders and Jane (Molly) Ellis.

This new line-up brings together four ‘vintage’ folk musicians – all singers and instrumentalists with a shared grounding in the Australian folk scene. Kate and Denis’s lead and harmony vocals with guitar and whistle, are supported by Andy and Jane’s vocals and accompaniments on fiddle, mandolin, keyboard, and accordion. Traditional and contemporary songs, with a fair share of country, will give you plenty to sing about and a chance to join in.

All the action kicks off at 7.30pm with the usual Mystery Performer opening the show and tickets are at the usual folk club reduced rate of $15 members ($20 non members)


Theresa Gregory


Illawarra Folk Club Inc

0413 219 112



Hi friends,

Greetings from Melbourne, I hope this message finds you all well. Now… where do I start?

I’d like to keep those of you on this list updated every month or so on the art and music I’m making. I’m facebook toxic and so have yet again quit the site. Because of this I’m going back to email to say hi and send a link or two.

Recently, I’ve been working on which is my new homepage for visual arts. It will be an ongoing process of updating the site and adding more work and a CV/bio over the next days / weeks. Currently on the site are some examples of painting, sculpture, poster art, cd art and drawing with links to newly updated sites for The Dodgy World.

The Dodgy World now has eight albums available to purchase or listen to online at, a newly updated myspace site and over a dozen film clips on YouTube.

Over the summer whilst I was living in Byron Bay, The Boats Play F# In The Wind was re-recorded by Paul Lopes in Lismore with Sonja Ringo on lead vocals and Wayne Stokes on bass. This was after English film producer Helena Targ expressed interest in the song being possibly used in the soundtrack for her film, Hester. Now re-titled, The Boats is on The Dodgy World’s myspace page if you’d like to listen. I’m still not sure if the song will be used… we’ll see what happens.

I’m looking forward to hearing back from you if you like to say hi, or have any input / feedback on the sites. Also, if you don’t want to receive this email in the future just click reply, send, and I’ll remove you from the list.

Finally, if you like what I’m creating in either the arts or music fields, you can show your support by purchasing and downloading the online music or buying art. If you can’t afford either, I appreciate you just checking it out or sharing the links with friends.





The newly refurbished Wollongong Town Hall under new managementis about to re-open to the public for its first concert. The Sydney Symphony will be marking this event on Saturday 4th June.




Hi everyone,

Welcome to the Penny and the Mystics update for June.

We’ve just had some very exciting news. We’ve just received an Australian Government Contemporary Music Touring Grant program to go on a nine-week tour of regional NSW and Queensland from mid-July until late September.

The program is designed to take live original Australian music to regional areas and give emerging artists touring experience, so we feel very privileged to have been chosen for the program. We’re currently finalising the tour program (thanks Courtney and Michael!) and will be going as far north as at least Hervey Bay and then swinging back inland through Central Queensland and down through NSW country areas to the Snowy Mountains, before coming back up the South Coast.

We’ll send you the tour program in next month’s update, so if you have any friends in the places we’re playing we’d really appreciate you telling them that we’re coming through.

We’re also doing one Sydney show to kick off the tour.It will be at Notes at 75 Enmore Rd, Newtown on Wednesday, 13 July and we’d LOVE as many of our friends as possible to come along. We really want to make it a big night to celebrate the start of the tour and say goodbye to everyone before we head off for a couple of months.

Tickets are $12 and you can also take a meal package if you want to. You can book at

Hope to see you there!

Here are our South Coast gigs for June:


Friday, 3 June: Great Southern Hotel, Berry 8pm

Saturday, 4 June: Shoalhaven Heads Hotel 8pm

Saturday, 18 June: Mt Kembla Hotel 8pm

Sunday, 19 June: Bomaderry Hotel, 4.15-7.15pm

Friday, 24 June: Gerringong Bowling Club 9.30pm-1am

Saturday: Grand Hotel, Kiama 8pm

Sunday, 26 June: Heathcote Hotel 3.30pm-6.30pm

Thursday, 30 June: Hotel Illawarra 9-11pm


I’m also playing solo acoustic gigs this Thursday (2 June) and Thursday 16 June at the Hotel Illawarra in Wollongong from around 5.30pm-7.30pm.

Penny xxx

Media release on the Contemporary Music Touring Program below:


The Hon Simon Crean MP


Minister for Regional Australia, Regional Development and Local Government

Minister for the Arts

Grants for 23 live music tours

Roots, reggae, country music and jazz tours will take emerging artists to venues across regional and metropolitan Australia under the latest round of Contemporary Music Touring Program funding.

Arts Minister Simon Crean today announced that 23 successful applicants would receive funding of $294,037 under round 21 of the program.

This funding will ensure that audiences in our regional communities don’t miss out on seeing great performances by some of Australia’s top emerging artists,” Mr Crean said.

Of the 359 performances, 251 will be in regional Australia and the remaining 108 at metropolitan venues.

The Australian Government is committed to encouraging and increasing opportunities for emerging contemporary artists to tour, and in particular to regional and remote parts of Australia.

I’m particularly pleased to see artists presenting workshops and forums during the course of these tours. It provides an excellent opportunity for the artists to step down from the stage and connect with the communities they are visiting,” Mr Crean said.

The 23 acts to receive funding include:

·        Penny and the Mystics, a four member rock/roots/reggae band from Kiama touring for nine weeks and undertaking 42 performances in NSW and QLD.

·        Markus Meier and Band, a Mackay based four member country rock band, touring 16 performances and 16 workshops across eight destinations in regional NSW.

·        Tjupi Band, a seven member ‘Indigenous desert reggae’ band from Papunya will tour the Northern Territory for three weeks comprising of 11 performances and four workshops.

·        Mace Francis Orchestra, a Perth based 14 member jazz band, will undertake a five state tour of 13 performances and three workshops.

 “I congratulate the successful applicants receiving funding, and for promoting awareness of the performing arts and encouraging cultural growth in the Australian community,” Mr Crean said.

The Program supports touring opportunities for Australian musicians, and aims to increase audience access to live and original Australian contemporary music, particularly in regional and remote Australia.

For more information on the Program and a full list of the 23 successful applicants visit:





As part of the Illawarra Music Festival, we bring you one of Australia’s leading jazz ensembles and one of Australia’s finest jazz vocalists.The Jazzgroove Mothership Orchestra is widely acknowledged as Australia’s leading full size jazz orchestra. Musically, this ensemble represents many of the finest young improvisers Australia has to offer and features original music from Australia’s most dynamic and creative large ensemble composers all packaged into one exciting super-ensemble.

Gig: The Jazzgroove Mothership Orchestra with special guest Kristin Berardi

Venue: Illawarra Performing Arts Centre

Date: Friday 3 June

Time: 7pm

Tickets: $29.50 (General) / $22.50 (Parents accompanying students, Concession) / $15 (students) / $65 (Family: 2A, 2C)

Click here to purchase tickets through the Merrigong Box Office. This concert has reserved seating.

For more information contact Wollongong Conservatorium of Music (02): 4228 1122, or call the Merrigong Box Office: (02) 4224 5999

This event is part of the Illawarra Music Festival: June 3-5, 2011

12 June: DAN TEPFER TRIO (New York)

Click here to buy tickets


Gig: Dan Tepfer Trio

Dan Tepfer (piano), Johnathan Blake (drums), Joel Sanders (bass)

Dan Tepfer is a New York-based pianist and composer and one of the most formidable jazz musicians on the international stage — hailed as “brilliant” by The Boston Globe, “remarkable” by The Washington Post, a “player of exceptional poise” by the New York Times, “a singular voice” by Libération (France). “Tepfer eschews jarring dissonances, gratuitous clusters or poundings,” raves Down Beat magazine. “He has the ability to disappear into the music as he’s making it.”

By age 29, Dan has developed a rare improvisational gift and a complex yet deeply melodic approach to music. He has performed the world over in contexts ranging from solo piano to full orchestra, exploring a wide variety of idioms but always in the service of a personal aesthetic, a uni!ed artistic identity.

Dan has worked extensively with jazz luminary Lee Konitz, and has performed with Steve Lacy, Bob Brookmeyer, Charles McPherson, Joe Lovano, Ralph Towner, Paul Motian, Mark Turner, Billy Hart and other innovators. His numerous awards include 1st prize and audience prize at the 2006 Montreux Jazz Festival Solo Piano Competition.


Venue: Wollongong Conservatorium of Music Auditorium

Date: Sunday 12 June

Time: 7pm

Tickets: $25 (General) / $20 (Concession / Parents accompanying students) / $15 (Students). Pre-bookings via Moshtix, these prices include the booking fee. Click here to buy tickets.

For more info: (02) 4228 1122






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