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.
It's been quite awhile but our September Concert night will be a good old-fashioned, traditional "COME ALL YE". Newcomers to the folk community may not have experienced one of these yet so be assured you're in for quite a night.
A Come All Ye is an open night where the performers are 'called from the floor' .... your MC will add you to the list if you want to contribute a piece - be it a song, a yarn, a poem, a tune. You might be invited to join in a song, or add your instrument, so come prepared. Of course, if your preference is to simple be an appreciative audience member, then you're invaluable too!
The Cost of the night is just $5 and everyone is welcome so tell your friends. As is traditional with these nights, you are asked to contribute to the supper.
It's all happening on Saturday the 5th September and in our normal venue - the Wesley Centre hall, 150 Beaumont Street, Hamilton [diagonally opposite the Exchange Hotel]. Doors open at 7.30pm.
See you there!
The Club's annual festival - SESSIONFEST - is on again this coming June long weekend, 5th - 8th June.
This is a unique festival in that there are no paid performers and no festival fee! Although there are scheduled blackboard concerts - where you can put your name down to perform - plus a themed concert on Saturday night and a Sunday Gospel concert, the rest of the program is in your hands....you create the event, the music, and the atmosphere.
This year the festival is being moved to a new location with lots of great amenities and nearby facilities. The Morisset Showground in Ourimbah Street, Morisset is the venue.
Amenities: Huge area, room for caravans, motor-homes & Taj-Mahal tent sites, plenty of powered sites, water taps everywhere, hot showers, a huge undercover area if the weather gets too bad (unless there is some other event on at the time), flat campsites for tents, market stalls on the Saturday morning (whether we like it or not - but it does have a good reputation as far as markets go), local pub, shops, restaurants etc very close by, railway station 5 minutes walk away, easy access from the freeway. Camping fees apply
We will have our big kitchen/session tent as usual, along with our jug, toaster, sandwich maker etc. Also tea, coffee, cold drinks & the usual mulled wine etc will be available - for a donation.