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.
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Our Club has a rich pool of talent amongst its members and so the April Club Concert will be showcasing some of the best.
PAUL REGAN, THE SMITH FAMILY, and GARLAND-FINE
Paul Regan has been a singer/guitarist on the folk scene for many years His material ranges from comedy to acoustic blues - and just about everything in between.
Beginning his music as a teenage rock and roller in a small time UK band back in the 1960s Paul soon drifted into folk music inspired by the likes of Peter, Paul and Mary, Pete Seeger, Dave Van Ronk, Ralph McTell and (of course) Bob Dylan.
Over the years he has sung at many festivals and folk clubs and nowadays does a lot of singing for charitable groups, especially local retirement homes and villages where songs from the 1960s are in growing demand!! Paul and his wife Helena run the popular monthly Lakeside Folk Circle at Teralba which draws good audiences and has unearthed some remarkable musical talent.
Smith Family comprise Rob, David, Sarah and Jono....they played support at the Club a year or so back and wow-ed their audience so its a joy to have them back as feature artist. The full Bio is too big to fit in this format and you're encouraged to go to the club's website for an impressive read on this troupe. On the night there'll be instruments galore in highly experienced hands, with a diverse range of material and something to please all.
Carole Garland, currently Bookings officer for the club, has teamed up with Michael Fine of The Troubador in Woy Woy, doing the same job for them.
They decided last year, that all work and no playing, wasn't an option. They each have vast repertoires of songs and tunes, and feel it is now time to let a few of them out of the cupboard.
Both are vocalists; Carole plays a Morse English concertina, and Michael plays a steel strung Martin guitar. (though word is he also has a Ukulele)
AT: Wesley Centre Hall, 150 Beaumont Street Hamilton
ENTRY: $15.oo Club Members $13 ...... Kids 16 /under free ...Doors open 7.30 Contacts: Carole – (02)4929 3912, Ron – (02)4926 1313
Legendary First Lady of Folk - Kavisha Mazzela - is our honoured guest in May.
Aria Award winning Kavisha Mazzella draws on her rich multicultural heritage to create contemporary songs with haunting melody and lyrical depth. Her influences are some of the best known folk songwriters from around the world and her songs are flavoured with global spice. In performance she delivers her songs with warmth and humour.
Kavisha has been a guest vocal tutor at Victorian College Of The Arts,Swinburne,and was the founder and choir conductor of Fremantle's JOYS OF The Women Choir 1989-93 and Melbourne's vivacious Italian Women's choir " La Voce Della Luna"(The Voice Of the Moon)"from 1995-2013.Since the early 80s ,she has been learning italian regional folksongs from cds,records, tapes and from the singing of Italian migrants. She is a winner of various awards including the 1998 ARIA for her album " Fisherman's Daughter", the Italia Nel Mondo Award in 2000 for her contribution to the sharing of Italian Culture in Australia through setting up of Italian Women's choirs and West Australia Music Industry awards for songwriting.In 2004 she was awarded PORT FAIRY ARTIST OF THE YEAR. In 2008 Kavisha was awarded Multicultural Commission Excellence award. In 2011 Kavisha was awarded an Australia Day Honour for her contribution to music and serving the community. Victorian Women's trust invited KAvisha to be a Watermark champion.They also commissioned Kavisha to write a womens Anthem "Love and Justice"to celebrate 100 years of the Suffrage in Victoria.
Kavisha Mazella is an extraordinary woman with an extraordinary talent. You can read more about her via her website: KAVISHA
SUPPORT: on the night will be Peter Allsop and Nicky Ross.
Ticket Details will be advised soon.