Category Archives: Festivals

2014 Top Half Folk Festival

The Roaring Forties (all six) are looking forward to this year’s Top Half Folk Festival on the June long weekend (6th-9th June) at Mary River in the Northern Territory (south-east of Darwin).

Top Half Programme

2014 Top Half Folk Festival Programme

We’ve got quite a few performances over the three days.

See also http://www.darwincommunityarts.org.au/FolkFestival

The Roaring Forties in New Zealand

Sunday 13th October – 1pm

The Roaring Forties will be joining Bob Large and the rest of the Auckland Maritime Crew for a an hour or so of singing shanties and other sea songs at the Voyager Maritime Museum, Viaduct Harbour, on the corner of Quay and Hobson Streets, Auckland.

Sunday 13th October – 8pm

Devonport Folk Music Club meets at the historic command post, “The Bunker” on Mt Victoria, Devonport, Auckland, New Zealand.
Book early for concerts, as space is limited – add your details to the form below:
Bookings/queries: info@devonportfolkmusic.co.nz
Devonport Folk Music Club on Facebook

Sunday 20th October – 7:30pm

House concert at 4 Rangatira Road, Tawa.
Hosts: Dave and Jan Barnes david.barnes@xtra.co.nz
Phone: 04 232 7231 or 027 472 5148.

Wednesday 23rd October – 7:30pm

House concert 303 Waitohu Valley Road, Otaki – north of Wellington
Hosts: Cavan and Penelope Haines
Email: chaines@pocd.co.nz
Phone 06 364 8991 or 027 464 8991

Friday 25th – Monday 28th October

Wellington Folk Festival
The festival is held at the Brookfield Outdoor Education Centre in Moore’s Valley Road which is beyond Wainuiomata – about 40 minutes drive from central Wellington. comprehensive map with driving instructions.

Formal commitments are below but we also hope to be contributing to ballad sessions etc.:

Time Venue Event
Saturday 26th
12.30pm – 1.30pm
Maire Hall We Made The Steel” – songs from the latest Roaring Forties CD on the steel industry in NSW.
Humour, gritty realism, pathos and great choruses.
Sunday 27th
3.15pm – 4.15pm
Marquee Roaring Forties in concert – mix of our favourite songs.
Sunday 27th
7.30pm – 11.00pm
Contribution in the Final Concert.

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Roaring Forties to tour Europe and England in August

The Roaring Forties are very excited to be heading off to the northern hemisphere to escape the Australian winter 🙂 in August. We’ll be performing at festivals in Brittany, The Netherlands and the UK and doing a few other gigs along the way. We’ll also be doing a small amount of sightseeing… Read the rest of this entry

National Folk Festival 2013

National Folk FestivalThe Roaring Forties are stoked to be singing in the Union Concert at this year’s National Folk Festival in Canberra. The festival has also scheduled our workshop on the steelmaking life, “We Made the Steel” with enough time for all the songs and Robin’s introductions and slides.

Besides concert spots on the Friday afternoon and Sunday evening, we’re also hosting the singing session on Friday night.

The full list of performances from the interim programme is:

Day Time Details
Friday 3:50pm Concert
Flute & Fiddle
Friday 10:00pm Singing Session
Song Room
Saturday 3:30pm Union Concert
Budawang
Sunday 11:30am We Made the Steel
Trocadero
Sunday 9:50pm Concert
Terrace

We’re working on an entry for the Infinite Song Competition and we’ll be found lending our voices to the singing session most nights too!

Illawarra Folk Festival 2013

2013 Illawarra Folk Festival - workshop

“We Made the Steel” presentation.
Photo: Peter O’Neill

The Roaring Forties had a grand time singing at the 2013 Illawarra Folk Festival. We presented songs from the latest CD, We Made the Steel in a Saturday workshop – with lots of interesting feedback from former Port Kembla steelworkers. We missed Tom Hanson who was ill.

We also had a concert spot on Sunday afternoon between the Combined Union Choirs and the tribute to Woody Guthrie. A good chance to do some of our industrial-strength songs.

Sunday concertPhoto: Christina Mimmocchi

Sunday concert
Photo: Christina Mimmocchi

It was good to sing a few Australian themed songs in the tribute concert for Alan Scott, and there was a fine singing session that went late on Saturday night in the horse stalls.

Thanks to all the organising team, the volunteers and the enthusiastic audiences for making it so much fun for us.