The Newcastle & Hunter Valley Folk Club Inc. (ABN: 50159913290) supports and encourages Folk Music, Dance, Folk Lore and Bush Poetry in the Newcastle / Hunter Valley region, with regular concerts and activities showcasing international, national and local artists.
Throughout the website you will find information on Club concerts and activities, local folk-related sessions, events and things of interest to our members and other folk-minded people.
If you have something of interest, be it pictures, information or history, that you think would benefit the Folk Music scene in Newcastle and the Hunter Valley please don't hestitate to let us know. We are here to promote Folk Music and related areas for all of us to enjoy.
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Our Club Concert in August will be a Live and Local Triple Treat.
Kent Daniel and Bill Wiseman are local favourites and although each have been pursuing their own career paths, in very recent years the two have joined together to form a dynamic duo! With Kent's delectable guitar playing and melting vocals blending with Bill's superb whistle playing, it's no wonder that audiences hanker for more. Their set/s combine traditional Irish tunes, contemporary and original songs in an extensive repertoire.
Christopher Cady is a master of the Piedmont finger-style Ragtime Blues. He has a rich, mellow bass voice which lends itself beautifully to the songs he selects, drawing from a well of old blues masters. Artists such as Missisipi John Hurt, Blind Blake, The Reverend Gary Davis, Blind Willie McTell and many more. Chris's set is always made more interesting through his skill as raconteur and storyteller.
ENTRY: $15.oo Club Members $13 Kids 16 /under free Doors open 7.30 Contacts: Carole – (02)4929 3912, Ron – (02)4926 1313
27th July - 2pm - Peter and Nicky's, Hamilton
A roots-oriented songwriter, born in Dublin and now residing in New York, Vincent Cross will be sharing his first full length debut album "Home Away from Home". The album has had accolades from the Bluegrass, Country and Americana communities. On a recent visit to New York, Peter caught up with Vincent and looks forward to sharing his music with club members. Vincent accompanies himself on guitar, mandolin, banjo, and harmonica. Members will need to book for this one and can contact Carol or Peter.
SESSIONFEST 2014 – A FOLK MUSIC EVENT
Friday 6th – Monday 9th June
No paid performers, no Festival fee!
Newcastle and Hunter Valley Folk Club's Festival SESSIONFEST is now entering its 11th ANNIVERSARY year, the seventh year at BARGOED HOUSE, SWANSEA, a 'hidden treasure' quietly tucked away on the shores of beautiful Lake Macquarie, with the ‘world’ only five minutes away! The area is a privately-owned pristine nature reserve, gated to protect flora and fauna, so NO DOGS ALLOWED.
The attractions include spacious camping facilities, close to the lake, a creek running through the site, walking trails and wildlife surrounding the central Sports Oval, (for footy, cricket, Kites) or whatever you choose. Also a boat ramp, fishing spots, Tennis Court, Canoes, children's & toddler fenced Playgrounds, Mini Putt Putt and more, so bring all your gear to play!
The site's Facilities are well adapted to large groups, including a Camp Kitchen, all 'mod.cons', a large outdoor undercover BBQ, Community Hall for wet weather (BYO Chair) and lots of established Campfire sites. This is a unique and intimate site, with our unique and intimate ‘kid friendly’ Festival. Our dedicated sites will again be on the Lakeside, at the POINT.
SESSIONFEST is a Session FEAST, and session etiquette applies! Come and sing, play, yarn, swap, learn, teach, and encourage. Lots of opportunities to perform in our daily "Blackboard Concerts" and eveing "Theme Concerts" or just around the camp site or camp fire etc. A programme will be available on site.
Camping will be $10 per person per night. Caravans and motor homes may attract an additional fee. Camping sites will be allocated by SessionFest Committee on arrival as we have been booked a specific area. Vehicles not specifically required for camping must be parked along the lake side in area set aside for this purpose. Day trippers to pay $3/person/day. Day tripper vehicles to be parked in designated areas.
Contacts: SessionFest Coordinator Lainey 0421412358 / 0249543455 or Bilbo 0410584533.