Macleay ValleyArts Council Inc
"Once in a great while a young guitarist captures the attention of music lovers early in his career and manages to sustain this interest as he matures creatively and sheds the prodigy label. Joe Robinson is one of those rare talents."
We couldn't agree more!
Your one chance to catch Joe on his annual summer break in Australia. Right here in the Macleay Valley! This year Joe & Family will perform at the Frederickton School of Arts.
NEWS: the seating will be HOT CLUB format, with tables & BYO everything!
*with special guest MINNIE MARKS!
160 seats available, first come first served. BOOK NOW! This WILL sell out.
The music of Fru Skagerrak takes you on a journey through Scandinavia; from lowlands to mountains, from slow airs to lively polkas, in major and in minor, and everything in between. Fru Skagerrak – ”Lady Skagerrak” – are three master musicians, one from each Scandinavian country: Maja Kjær Jacobsen from Denmark, Elise Wessel Hildrum from Norway and Anna Lindblad from Sweden.
In 2011, these three globetrotting musicians met for the first time at Tønder Festival, Denmark’s biggest Folk Festival, in a roaring session that had engulfed the backstage bar. Through the mayhem of tunes you could feel a certain Scandinavian groove, and in that moment the connection between these three fiddlers was clear. After meeting at Tønder Festival for three consecutive years, Fru Skagerrak finally saw the light of day in August 2014.
The trio brings together the diverse traditions from each of their homelands, which surround the Skagerrak strait. Through a repertoire of traditional tunes, new compositions, and songs in their respective languages, they express their kinship and love of their shared heritage. The result is an explosion of the sounds that exist in Scandinavian music today.
Steeped in blues and country music, Liam Gerner left the Adelaide Hills to try his luck in London. The young guitar slinger quickly made a strong impression and earned a crust opening for Paul Weller, Jason Isbell, Drive by Truckers, Paolo Nutini and many more. Liam then headed to the US, joined Texan country rocker Ryan Bingham’s band and experienced frontline American roots music. Returning to Australia in 2014, Liam released his debut album ‘Land Of No Roads’, a startling collection of original songs he composed while touring with Bingham and cut with some of LA’s finest players and his follow up ‘Liam Gerner and the Sunset Pushers’ (2017).
Since then Liam has been touring relentlessly throughout Australia, New Zealand and the USA. Now based in Melbourne, Liam has developed his songwriting, collaborated with local musicians and formed The Sunset Pushers, a band as fluid and soulful as his songs. Liam tours extensively in Australia/New Zealand and is an in-demand guitarist working touring and recording with The Eurogliders, Pnau, Pnau & Elton John, records with Empire Of The Sun, and Vika and Linda Bull.
Bookings are direct with Woodfordia and tickets are $25, Under-12 free.
MVAC Members get a special price of $20 per ticket!
BOOK TICKETS HERE!
Wednesday Morning Group is a collective of volunteers who love to dress up and sing and dance to raise people’s spirits. They primarily perform at nursing homes across the Macleay Valley, for which they charge no fees, and residents can’t wait to see them return for another hilarious show.
Named because Wednesday morning was the only available time for rehearsals at the South West Rocks Country Club, the group holds an annual concert at the club, which always sells out, to raise enough money to keep performing for another year.
Comprised mostly of sprightly seniors, the Wednesdays will delight young and old with their quirky takes on all-time favourite tunes, and their ever-popular and hilarious Fractured Fairy Tales.
Come along and watch the fun, and you never know, you might just want to join this group of active fun lovers!
Flickerfest returns to the Macleay Valley in 2019 at three locations!
Crescent Head. Kempsey. South West Rocks. Book your tickets now!
Scott Cook is now a regular and certainly a favourite performer at the Oddfellows Hall.
Scott Cook (www.scottcook.net) has been living out of a van or a backpack for the last eleven years, touring almost incessantly across Canada, the US, Europe, Asia, Australia and elsewhere, and distilling his experiences into straight-talking, keenly observant verse. Scott has already completed six tours of Australia, including talked-about performances at Woodford, Cobargo, Candelo, Cygnet, Newstead, Illawarra, the National, and Yackandandah folk festivals.
In 2019 he's returning with a new intercontinental string-band called The She'll Be Rights, consisting of fellow Canadian Bramwell Park on banjo and mandolin, and Aussie comrades Esther Henderson on fiddle and Liz Frencham on upright bass. Liz will also be opening the shows with short solo sets of her own material.
They're touring in support of Cook's sixth studio album, Further Down the Line, which earned him his second Canadian Folk Music Award nomination, and comes packaged in a 132-page book containing a look back, in words and pictures, on his last decade of constant travel. All the hard miles notwithstanding, he still believes that songs can change your life, and your life can change the world.
"Scott Cook has distilled his travels down into songs powered by a sharp eye for imagery, a healthy dose of humanity, and that unforgettable voice, that at the same time intones the rigors of the road and the most comfortable couch you have ever slept on." - David Francey, 3x Juno-winning Canadian songwriter
"As good a modern folkie as we have these days. A voice perfect for the genre. An understanding beyond the norm." - No Depression
"He sings his heart and soul, and in doing so lets light flood into your own... Truly one of Woody Guthrie's children." - RnR Magazine
Come on, grab a ticket and get ready for another thrilling ride with Scott!