Category Archives: Festivals

2017 National Folk Festival highlights

2017 National Folk Festival

Although the Forties weren’t booked at the 2107 National, the Southern Cross Trawlers (Margaret, Don and Chris) were on the programme – opening the festival with a song session in the Bohemia Bar on the Thursday night and the Saturday night session too, presenting the Cabbage Tree Hat story, and a concert on the final day.

It was a privilege to sing in the big tribute to Danny Spooner in the main venue. Margaret sang “Tolpuddle Man” with Ruth Hazelton and Kerrie Maguire, and with Chris in the finale of John Tams’ “Rolling Home”.

Ruth, Margaret and Kerrie

Ruth Hazelton, Margaret Walters and Kerrie Maguire – “Tolpuddle Man”

Danny Spooner tribute finale

Danny Spooner tribute finale – photo Rosemary Saul

The Song Goes On – NFF 2016

Here we are at the 2016 National Folk Festival’s Spiegel Zeit venue with our themed concert “The Song Goes On”. An hour of songs about songs…

Speigel Zeit - The Song Goes On

Photo: Cath Blakey

If you look carefully you can see Robin in profile between John and Chris.

2016 National Folk Festival – 50th festival!

2016 National Folk Festival

The Full Strength Roaring Forties will be at the National Folk Festival – with lots of songs with choruses. It’s the fiftieth National Folk Festival and the 24th at EPIC in Canberra. We’re really excited!

Here’s where to find us:

  • Thursday 24th March from 7.30–10pm in the Bohemia Bar. The Roaring Forties are hosting a Welcome Singing Session.
    We’ll be encouraging people to come along and lead their favourite chorus songs and to make the rafters ring with the harmonies.
  • Friday 25th March from 10-11 in the Trocadero. Songs and poems of C. Fox Smiths in a presentation called: “Shellback Sheila“.
  • Saturday 26th March from 11.20am – 12.20pm in the Spiegel Zeit. This time the Forties have a workshop called “The Song Goes On” – chorus songs about songs – and we want everyone to join in.
  • Saturday night from 9.30pm in the Terrace – The Forties are hosting the singing session – everyone welcome to come and lead songs.
  • Monday 27th March from 10.50am – 11.30am in the Scrumpy Bar – concert spot

Something else you’re sure to enjoy!

  • Sunday 27th March from 1.30pm – 2.30pm in the Trocadero – Margaret (from the RFs) will be joining Danny and Gael Spooner and Duncan Brown singing songs of the Watersons. Lots more rafter-raising!

2016 Illawarra Folk Festival

Illawarra Folk Festival

Illawarra Folk Festival 2016

The countdown is on or the Illawarra Folk Festival14-17 January 2016.

On Friday 4.45pm in the Nags Lounge you can catch the Forties presenting settings of the nautical poems of Cicely Fox Smith, and we have a concert spots in the Odeon at 1.15 on Saturday and 11.30am on Sunday. There’s 75% quirky new repertoire at the latter with LOTS of choruses!!

Check out the other marvellous acts who’ll be there.

2014 Kangaroo Valley Folk Festival

KangarooValleyFFWe enjoyed the Turning Wave hugely and are now gearing up for the Kangaroo Valley Folk Festival (17-19th October). Our two gigs are on Sunday – 12pm concert in the Marquee and a workshop called “Heavy Lifters”: songs of Australian Working Lives – 2.30-3.30 in the Pony Club.