Calendar 2017


Thank you to the performers, audience members & supporters for making 2017 a great year!


December 3 – Christmas Bash
Join us for an afternoon of celebration. Complimentary food. Bar open. Free Entry
Special Extended time 12:30-5:00pm





12:30 -1:30pm A Global Christmas with Red Hill Folk 
Performers from Red Hill Folk open our event with what is always an entertaining and joyful presentation.
Anne Infante, Lawrie White,
Peter Monaghan and Denise Parker (Keeping It Secret),
John Tucker and Sandra Tucker (Mere Modicum).



1:30 – 2:00pm         Helen Ashworth
Helen started playing guitar as a 12 year old when she discovered an old, broken one in the garden shed at home. Although she had been playing various instruments and singing since she could remember, discovering the guitar started off a love of the instrument that took her right through to University. During uni years Helen played in various bands performing both original material and covers around Queensland, and also took part in a short tour of the USA. After completing a Bachelor of Music (Jazz Guitar Specialisation), Helen spent the last couple of years travelling on and writing the basic framework of her first recordings.
Since arriving back to Australia in March 2017, Helen has been playing shows throughout Qld as well as working on her debut recording, set to be released early 2018.


2:00 – 3:30pm   Folk Redlands Performers

Recently rebanded for IndigiDayOut festival in June, Shiver is back to entertain us. Trio, Juju Minto, Vicky MacDonald  and Christine Burke are from diverse musical backgrounds with a focus on strong vocal harmonies through an eclectic selection of uplifting songs. They performed at Tamar Valley Folk Festival TAS 2005, Folk Redlands 2005 & 2006, Folkies Old and new 2005 and Wintermoon Festival Mackay QLD 2005 & 2006 before disbanding to pursue other projects. Sometimes accompanied by minimal instrumentation, sometimes acapella (voices only), their music is a mix of folk, bluegrass and spiritual.



Mr G
Mr G, aka Geoff Carwardine will be a familiar face to Folk Redlands’ regulars.  After several years away in Vietnam, Mr. G is back and performing ‘music of the heart’.




G’Day China
Chris Hall & Ann Leung came to music later in life.Chris is a self-taught bass guitarist and vocalist, who enjoys a variety of soulful and upbeat music. With a background in classical guitar, Ann discovered songwriting in her mid 40’s. Her  music has been described as “sublime, moving,  grounding”,  “music of rare and delicate beauty”.   Together they perform warm interpretations of classics and emotive original songs. Intimate mellow, soothing.
Chris & Ann are one half of the all-girl, folk-rock band Diddly Squat, who were featured on ABC TV’s Exhumed program 2013.


Denis Devaney
Raised in Liverpool, Deniscut his teeth in the 60’s playing in rock bands during the height of the UK rock ‘n roll revolution. He shared dance hall venues with the Beatles, and quickly learned if the crowd stopped dancing, the band would be thrown off stage.





Mister Chuck & Missy Chrissy
Accomplished musicians, Chuck & Chrissy play everything from Roots & Blues to Jazz with hints of gospel and country swing.  Slide guitar, wailing harmonica & piano.A class act!





3:30 – 4:30pm     The Grenadiers (EP release)
Elly and Missy are children of the folk world, following their adopted music around the Australian folk circuit. They appear together by festival fireside or bar with ethereal songs – folksongs from the old traditions and fresh observations on the nature of the world, resonating with improvised harmonies, and sung a cappella or accompanied with guitar and fiddles.

Though only officially formed a year ago, The Grenadiers have already supported the likes of Martyn Wyndham-Read and John Broomhall. Earlier this year they had the opportunity to go to the UK & Ireland, where they performed on the prestigious Open Stage at Orkney Folk Festival and at Matt Molloy’s own pub in Westport, Ireland. They recorded their debut EP When Everyone’s Asleep while in Sheffield, and have now come home to present it to you.



4:30 – 5:00pm       Mark Davidson
Brisbane based Davidson, has been performing & writing for over twenty years. He’s graced the stage of many Folk clubs and Music festivals, performing his original storytelling style songs.Davidson has released three albums and three singles, and has collaborated with the likes of Paul Sherman, actor and playwright, and fine musician, Julie McGonigal.


November 19 – Kevin & The Coffee Cups
Kevin and The Coffee Cups is a fusion of two duos bound by a common interest in modern country music.
Kevin, Dehlia, Hans & Rowena are a powerhouse of sweet harmonies with a repertoire of ballads, toe tappers and dance songs from the ‘50’s to the present day.



November 5 – Sugar Cane Slim (with Mama Juju) – Fingerstyle Guitar Workshop & Performance
Sugar Cane Slim traverses the highways and by-ways of folk,







October 15 – Lee Nelson
With a beguiling smile, Redlands musician Lee Nelson has been performing professionally for more years than he cares to remember. An adept guitarist with a smooth and soothing voice, Nelson performs a range of insightful original songs with a great selection of traditional folk, jazz blues and ballads. Nelson has played some of Australia’s top venues and appeared at many music festivals from Tasmania to North Queensland, receiving much acclaim for his unique and intimate style.
His Album “Home at Last”, recorded in Hobart was album of the week on ABC Brisbane radio, and received much airplay on local FM stations.



October 1 – Caim Duo – Workshop & Performance
All the way from Scotland, Heather Innes & Pauline Vallance play traditional & contemporary Scottish Folk Songs. Lilting vocals, bodhran, clasarch & flute: “Caim music touches the heart, bringing a sense of calm, uplift and peace.”







September 17 – Annual General Meeting 12-1pm
Members and friends of Folk Redlands Inc. are invited to attend the Annual General Meeting to be held on Sunday 17th September 2017 – 12 noon, at the Tallowood Room, Indigiscapes, 17 Runnymede Rd Capalaba.
Folk Redlands celebrates 12 years as a vibrant not for profit music club building community whilst supporting folk musicians and contemporary singer-songwriters.
The club is operated entirely by volunteers, and after over a decade of service, some long serving committee members will be stepping down due to other commitments.
Committee Nominations Now Open
We are seeking new blood and renewed energy to build on the foundation that has been well established. Committee positions are now open for nominations, with elections at the upcoming AGM.
If you would like to volunteer for a committee position, Download the Nomination Form & email completed form to us.

We are also seeking expressions of interest from volunteers who are able to assist periodically at events. There is a vast array of tasks we need help with, including setting up, packing down, manning the bar, selling raffle tickets, operating the sound equipment, MC’ing etc. Any time you can offer will be greatly appreciated.
To register your interest as a volunteer, please email us:



September 17 – 1-4pm Hillbilly Goats
Kick yer shoes off, put yer hoe-down & hang on to yer britches!

With a mission to transport listeners on a journey that began centuries ago when immigrants first settled the Appalachian Mountains of America, Hillbilly Goats aren’t just a band – they’re a show featuring colourful costumes, stories and song combined with tap dancing, bones, big harmonies and regular instrument changes.

Their latest album, “Down Foggy Mountain” has been receiving national recognition with 2 Golden Guitar nominations for Bluegrass Recording of the Year. Recorded in the Foggy Mountain Studio by iconic Australian producer Nash Chambers (responsible for #1 albums such as ‘Barricades & Brickwalls’ and ‘Rattlin’ Bones’ by sister Kasey Chambers).

A dedicated fan base has seen them voted into first place 3 years running for the Cairns Timeout Awards as “best NQ band” 2012-14, as well as finalists in the Tamworth People’s Choice Awards 2014. Another competition landed them on the main stage at the Official Opening Concert for the Tamworth Country Music Festival 2015.

If you’re a Goat Virgin and haven’t seen the Hillbilly Goats yet, check them out and see what all the fuss is about. They sure know how to Raise A Ruckus and you are guaranteed to be entertained – OLD TIME STYLE!



September 3 – 1-4pm The Bessies – Harmony & Body Percussion Workshop + Performance
Recently formed, The Bessies, are proving to be a refreshing addition to the folk music menu – a finger pickin’ delightful quartet of fabulous voices, quirky originals and the aspiration to play every instrument they’ve ever owned.
Dave Crane, Erin Murphy, Kiri Waiata and Rosalind Perry are musicians with roots in a variety of styles including soul, disco, classical, choral, theatre and folk.  They throw their varied experiences into a melting pot with a banjo, ukuleles, a piano accordion and other things you hit, shake or strum. Stir, and some upbeat, uplifting, and soulful songs arise, with a generous topping of hot harmonies.

With several members involved in choirs, The Bessies will conduct a free workshop on Harmony Singing & Body Percussion, followed by a performance.



August 20 – Robbie Dunn
Irish singer-songwriter guitarist, poet and playwright, Robbie is a born entertainer hailing originally from Dublin.
Robbie hit the charts with a number one song in Ireland last year and received 5 star awards for his album “Postcard from Oz”which polled ahead of some of the worlds’ stars. His Brisbane album “Just another day” has been featured on ABC and channel 9 as well as airplay on most major stations.
Now based in Brisbane, his performances are peppered with  Dublin wit and charm.
As well as performing in most of the top venues in his native Dublin, he has also performed in England, Spain and America and Australia. He has performed on major radio and TV stations around the World, as well as appearing at festivals and concerts. He has seven albums to his credit and more on the way.


August 6 – Folk Revival – Nostalgic Folk Jam
Performers are invited to bring 3 songs from the Folk Revival Period – 1950’s/60’s. Music from the protest era.
Wear your retro clothes, BYO voices & rebel hearts. Let’s have a singalong!
If you’d like to perform, please pre-register by emailing & nominate 5 possible songs. We’ll confirm back to you 3 songs (to ensure no repeats)


July 16 – Daylight Moon
… the fusion of the musical whimsies of Helena Bond & Ross Clark. Fuelled by a desire to play simple, beautiful songs together, the duo formed in 2011, and has developed a repertoire of stripped-back arrangements of lesser-known pop, jazz, folk and gospel classics along with Clark’s originals.
Vocalist Helena Bond has been singing for 30 years and more, both solo acapella, and in groups such as Talking in Tune (world music) and The Shieling (Scottish Gaelic). She also leads singing workshops with The Voices collective in Brisbane. Currently, outside of Daylight Moon, she sings Scottish Gaelic with fiddle-singer Emma Nixon.
Ross Clark comes to music after a lifetime as a widely-published, award-winning poet. He now spends most of his off-stage time composing songs and instrumentals, and communing with his fretted instruments – guitars and various ukuleles. When he’s not moonlighting with Daylight Moon, he plays in a local ukulele bluegrass band.

Blackboard performers 1-3pm, followed by Daylight Moon 3-4pm



July 2 – Gary Shepherd – Performance/Stagecraft Workshop & Concert
Singer/songwriter/guitarist and banjoist who has performed as a soloist at numerous Australian music festivals and pubs and clubs over several decades.

Best known for his intricate Fingerstyle Guitar playing, Clawhammer banjo, and easy-going and humorous onstage banter, Gary covers many musical styles, ranging from Country, blues and folk songs to instrumental pieces, and even a little pop. Gary has also produced a range of guitar instructional DVDs that have sold around the world encouraging countless would be guitarists to start playing or to improve their skills.  A performance by Gary is, typically, hilarious, entertaining and, informative. Gary, typically, interweaves musical numbers with stories from his own life, and anecdotes about the music, the places, and the people who’ve written the songs and lived the words. Gary’s workshop will focus on tips for improving on-stage performance.



June 18 – Evan Mathieson
Well known for his autoharp skills and narrative style, Evan sings songs that tickle the funny bone, songs that highlight political stupidity,and songs that remember history. One of Evan’s notable projects includes preserving the whaling songs of Scottish born Australian folk singer Harry Robertson.





Saturday June 3 -10am-4pm  Indigidayout & Folk Redlands Music Festival
Annual Family Day Out at Indigiscapes celebrating World Environment Day. Enjoy native animal displays, market and environmental stalls, native plant sales, arts and craft, fun for the kids, live music across two stages.

Indigenous songman, TROY BRADY will headline the music line-up. Raised in Inala, Brady has been performing for the past two decades in numerous bands. Along the way, he’s won the Deadly Awards, been a Music Oz Award nominee, and forged a reputation based on integrity. He is passionate about delving deep into the language and culture of his ancestral lands; talking to elders, learning language and creating art both visually and aurally.

10am:             Diddly Squat Band
11am:             Franké & The Blues Revolution
12pm:             Welcome to Country & Lord Mayor’s Speech
12:15pm:        Stockade
1:15pm           Mama Juju & The Jam Tarts
2:15pm           Lee Nelson
3:15pm           The Troy Brady Band

10am:             Erwin Zerbe
10:45am         Mary Brettell
11:30am         Anne Infante
12:15pm         Mere Modicum
1:15pm           Evan Mathieson
2:00pm           Geoff Carwardine
2:45pm           Shiver

Roving Performers: Ruby Phoenix Tribal Belly Dance Troupe & Baysamba

More Info & Full Program Details



May 21 – Tin Star
Contemporary “urban folk”. Tin Star bring a trio of powerful singer/songwriter/instrumentalists (Penny Boys, Cathy Bell and Dan Grant) to create a group that is far greater than the sum of its parts. They bring spontaneity to their live performances, and like to create a space in which to connect emotionally with an audience. Their song choices, both their own compositions and borrowed songs are focused on having a musical conversation.




May 7 – Jason Darling – Rhythm Workshop & Performance
Jason Darling has been collecting intricate rhythm hand devices and strumming techniques for much of his 20 years as a guitarist. A deep love of traditional western folk music in his formative years lead him toward the folk music and alternative approaches of other cultures soon after. Jason will be performing a set of music with the beautiful voice of Ms Kimberley Keogh and sharing some of the out of the box rhythm hand techniques he has gathered over the years in the following workshop. No plectrum required!



April 16 – Something Else
Well-respected soloists Anne Infante and Mary Brettell have been singing together in wondrous harmony since they were THAT slim! Their repertoire covers traditional folk, country, originals, contemporary – and everything in-between. Their songs are selected on a strict principle – if they like it, if it lends itself to good harmony, or if it’s simply fun to sing – it’s in!
What others have said:
‘Mary and Anne really are something else. Inspiring, creative, over-flowing with passion, sentiment and biting wit.’ (John Arlidge, Whisky Gully Wines)

Something Else is something else!  It is the merging of two gifted, experienced folksingers who make beautiful music together. They remind me of a comment from ages ago: ‘the whole is greater than the sum of its parts’.  You would be mad to miss them!’ (Ian Clarke)



April 2 – Pat Drummond – Workshop & Performance
Pat’s amazing three and a half decade long career has seen him pass through a half dozen ‘reincarnations’ that have produced an incredible body of original work in as many different musical genres.

Starting in the folk scene in the 60’s then gracing developing a following in Sydney’s pub scene in the 70’s and 80’s, Pat became renowned for writing what were effectively musical mini-operas that included whole sections scripted for and performed by the crowds.

A regular performer in the nineties at Folk, Bush and Country Music Festivals, Pat was awrrded the prestigious Australian Independent Country Music Entertainer of The Year in 2000. His Song, “The Road To Damascus” was selected in the finals of 1999 Country Song Of The Year in The Gold Guitars in Tamworth and along with Karen Lynne he won Contemporary Country Song Of The Year in the TSA Songwriting awards in 2000. He was also Joint Winner of Male Vocal of the Year at the Australian Bush Music Festival 1993 and Grand Finalist for Album of the Year, Producer of the Year, Heritage Award and Country Song of the Year in the 1994 Tamworth Australasian Country Music Festival.



March 19 – Julie Whitney & Tim Palmer
Julie Witney
is well known in Qld music circles, singing and playing the guitar in “Rantan Bush Band”, the jazz/pop duo “Sunrise Road”, and double bass with the dance band at the recent Woodford Folk Festival. She is currently a member of the acoustic swing trio “The Swing Beans”.
Tim Palmer has toured and lived in various parts of Australia as an electric guitar player with many different acts.  Known for his finger picking style, he has renewed his interest in the acoustic guitar after recent invitations to appear at acoustic events. Julie and Tim will present a set together drawing on their extensive repertoires. This will be a great afternoon of music!



March 5 – Celtic Corner – in celebration of St. Patrick’s Day! Workshop & Performance
Join us for an afternoon of all things Celtic.
The Friday session at the Celtic Corner Bistro in Manly has been running for over ten years. Two of the main players, Mary Brettell and Brendan Williams will conduct a workshop on Celtic Music, the instruments played and session playing in general.
Bring a musical instrument (if you would like to join in) along with any questions about the subject of sessions.
Blackboard 1pm; Workshop 2pm; Performance 3pm



February 19, 2017 – The Floyd Family Breakdown
Delving into the pre-war American roots music heartland, the Floyd Family Breakdown dish up a jambalaya of originals and heartfelt renditions of bluegrass, ragtime and western swing. A live performance from the Floyd’s is no downer with a tonne of energy and a truckload of instruments to boot – banjos, fiddle, guitars, mandolin, dobro and upright bass.
Their 2016 debut album received great reviews and national radio play. “It’s an album rich in swinging sounds seemingly transported from a dance hall of raw pine on the American Frontier. If the Floyd Family takes any lesson from the Great Depression, it’s that a gleeful tune is a cure-all for woes of every kind.”  Country Update Magazine.




February 5, 2017 – Mister Chuck & Missy Chrissy – Workshop: Chords Made Easy + Performance

Mister Chuck & Chrissy play everything from Roots & Blues to Jazz with hints of gospel and country swing. Guitar, wailing harmonicas and slide guitar, accordian.

The pair will conduct a workshop on Guitar Chords before taking the stage to entertain us with their quirky originals and fabulous covers.
1pm – Blackboard
2pm – Workshop Chords made Easy
3pm – Mister Chuck & Missy Chrissy performance.


January 8, 2017 – Marcus Sturrock – House Concert – Alexandra Hills 3:30pm for 4pm
Virtuoso Guitarist
“Marcus is onot only an adept guitarist; he has the happy ability to play music rather than just notes and to infect the audience with his own joy.”
Mama Juju & The Jam Tarts – sassy girl band
Tickets $25 – Bookings essential


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