Category Archives: Folk Clubs

Norfolk ‘n’ Good – James Craig Shanty Session – May 2014

James Craig

James Craig

The May 2014 James Craig Shanty Session will feature “Norfolk ‘n’ Good” aka Don & Sue Brian.

Don and Sue Brian have recently returned from 5 years of self-imposed exile in this fascinating gem of the southern ocean. Diligent researchers, they have immersed themselves in its history, particularly the log books and other historical records of whaling vessels that called in to the island and the songs that the whalers brought with them. Don and Sue will share some of the fruits of their research, conveying their enthusiasm and insights in a most engaging manner. This will be a really special night. As always, there will be plenty of opportunities to participate.

This session was originally scheduled for March 2014, but has been postponed due to circumstances beyond the control of the organisers. There will be a regular session on Thursday, 13th March at 7:30pm. Read the rest of this entry

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

James Craig shanty sessions resume

James Craig

James Craig

The popular shanty singing sessions on the Barque “James Craig” will recommence in March 2013. The plan is to hold them on the first Thursday of each month, provided that the ship is available, starting around 7:30pm. The James Craig is a three masted, iron hulled bark, owned by Sydney Heritage Fleet.

The sessions on the Craig always leave room for everyone to participate. Aim to arrive from 7.30 and the singing will get underway by 8pm. There’s a break for supper and more singing until about 10.30pm. A great night for less than $10, less if you’re a member of the Sydney Heritage Fleet – see http://www.shf.org.au/Application/Application.html

The ship is moored at Wharf 7 (58 Pirrama Road, Pyrmont) between the Australian National Maritime Museum and the Foxtel Building. Walking or the light rail to Pyrmont Bay station are your best bet. Parking – sometimes possible at the Australian National Maritime Museum – is subject to availability. Email Margaret to be added to the email list or to confirm session details.

Roaring Forties gigs in October 2012

We Made the Steel

We Made the Steel

The Forties will be launching their new CD, We Made the Steel, at the Hornsby Ku-ring-gai Folk Club on Friday 19th October – complete with narration and slides; and then hotfooting it down to the Kangaroo Valley Folk Festival on the Saturday and Sunday (20th and 21st) for another performance of the steel songs and lots of shanties.