A few new reviews of “We Made the Steel”

We’ve recently received a few reviews from the British Isles of our latest CD, “We Made the Steel“. We’re chuffed…

“Not only are the singing and playing on this disc uniformly excellent and highly characterful, but the actual presentation of this release is also exemplary…. A benchmark release; and highly entertaining and inspiring to boot.” – Folk Roundabout (UK) #167 [read the full review here]

“A CD packed with ripping yarns, dry humour, poignant laments and lots of great choruses … we can hear many of these songs becoming classic folk club material in future years.” – Living Tradition (UK) #96 [read the full review here]

“Outstanding among the Connaughton/Warner compositions is The Price of Steel, which tells of the effects of the steelworks’ pollution on the health of those living and working around them, and has echoes of Alistair Hulett’s ‘He Fades Away’. … This is an album worth having for the songs alone, with the bonus that it tells a really good story as well.” – Shire Folk (UK) #123 [read the full review here]

“Albums like this can so easily lapse into beer-induced nostalgia and sentimentality, but this one mostly escapes, especially by means of its tight lyrics. … Though this is New South Wales, the songs are applicable to the steel industry anywhere in the world, especially the Don Valley.” Stirrings (UK) #155 [read the full review here]

“An entertaining CD for anyone interested in life in heavy industry, especially in the antipodes. There is an excellent booklet with the words of all the songs, which also has many images of the New South Wales steel industry.” – Tykes News (UK) Spring 2013 [read the full review here]

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
Sunday 11:30am We Made the Steel
Sunday 9:50pm Concert

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!

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.

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.