Folkus Nights with Margaret Walters - Part 1 - February to September 1983.
Folkus Nights with Margaret Walters - Part 2 - October 1983 to March 1984
Venues used by BMC before the move to a permanent home in the Addison Road Centre
In March 1981 they were renamed FOLK-US nights, & in April 1982 moved to 1st Friday. The other Friday nights were general music sessions.
Dave Cambourne was the first co-ordinator (see extract from MW, June 1981 below)
Margaret Walters became co-ordinator in February 1983. The evening started with 30 mins from a booked artist & continued with contributions from audience members. Eventually FOLK-US evenings lost support & Jennie Richards took them in another direction - a night of songs, tunes & dance. Numbers did not improve so artists were booked again for a few months which did not lead to increases on numbers, so the September 1991 Committee meeting decided to discontinue FOLKUS nights. Henceforth, every Friday night would be a general session where all members (musicians, singers, reciters, dancers) could participate.
|Mulga Wire, Jun 81, p.11|
April- Gold & Currency songs
May - Anzac & Songs of War
June - Songs of Early Australian Musicals
July - Songs of the Shearers
August - Songs of the Sea & Rivers
September - Convicts & Penal Settlements
October - Grog & Australian Drinking Songs
November - Beer & Cheese night - theme Ned Kelly
December - Beer & Cheese night - Eureka & Songs of Rebellion
March - Tucker
April - The Wool Industry
May - Bushrangers
June to December - Friday workshops only
February - Family Life in Australian Songs
March - Full as a Goog - Songs of food & drink
April - We'll all be rooned - seasons & weather
May - What are they fighting for? - songs about war
June - Make mine music, mister - Songs of local songwriters - Phyl Lobl, Kempstr, Dengate, Kevans, Small, Tritton
July - Jumbucks, prads & paddymelons - Songs about animals
August - Lily on a dustbin - Songs about romance
September - Eureka & other rebellions
October - 'Ard Tac - Earning & bludging
November - Bookies & other bushrangers
December - Australian Christmas songs & carols
April - Drink to the country
May - Towards an Australian singing style
June - Working songs (with Sticky's Mob)
July - Immigration songs with Declan Affley
August - Songs from Reedy River
September - no information available
October - 30th Anniversary Beer & Cheese night,
November - Mining Songs & the Goldrush era with Bob & Margaret Fagan
February - Workers in the Field - Penny & Roger & many others on the recordMarch - Ethnic Influences with Mary Jane Field
June - Penny Davis & Roger Ilott - Bush Baroque
July - Folkus featuring Gordon McIntyre & Kate Delaney
August - Folkus featuring John Dengate
September - Folkus with John Broomhall - Free as a Breeze
October - Folkus with Gill Rees - Women's songs
November - Snake juice swill - Songs about grog with Keith Hollingshead & friends
December - The Australian Wilderness - Jill Stevens & others, including films
April - Mary Jane Field on Songs in Latin America - Recent concert in Argentina.
May - Hundrefolk, an evening of Australian songs, stories and music
June - Songs from New Zealand, an evening of songs from across the Tasman
July - For seven long years to be a convict maid - songs of transportation
September - Alan Scott, -The Overseas connection
October - Dave Johnson - Bush favourites
November - Songs for peace - songs of the 60s
December - Keith Hollingshead - Dryblown Dreamers
February - Song writers special - entries from 1986 festival
April - none
May - John Dengate - Australian Political leaders
June - Folkus with The Selectors Bush Band - selection x 3
July - Keith Hollingshead - Sydney Push Beyond - Skeleton flats
August - Currency Folk Kevin Baker et al from Wollongong Songs from a Smoky Steel City
September - John Quiggin - The brutal art of parody
October - Craig Edmondson - Eastern Suburbs Special
Dec 87 - Homeless - Mary Jane Field, Mark Gregory & others also Christmas Carols.
March - Epic Nigh Out - Paul Hemphill.
April - none
May - Mike Harding & Cath Woodman visiting from New Zealand
June - Alan Scott - Australian Nautical Songs
July - John Quiggin - The rich cultural heritage of Erskineville
August - Dale Dengate & friends - Harmony & Discord in Australian Family Life
September - Bob & Margaret Fagan - Songs of the Coal Industry
October - Trevor Shearston - 'Rad Trad' also Dave de Hugard
November - Band - Outback Women who made Australia
December - Denis Kevans, Sonia Bennett, Chris Kempster - Peace on Earth.
April - John Dengate - "It's still his shout"
May - Mike Blanch - "An Irish Emigrant's view of Australia"
June - Jill Stevens, Gill Rees -"Troubles on the land" Folkus contact Margaret
July- Folkus - Full frontal with Pete McMahon & the Friday night workshop
October - Folkus at The Festival - Singalong revisited with Southern Cross - contact Jennifer
November - Folkus with Alan Scott, Songs of the Weather
December - Folkus with Chris Kempster, Songs of Henry Lawson.
February - Margaret Bradford "Frontier Women & Women up (?) front"
March - Roaring Forties "Hazard, hardship & still not much pay"
May - Wine Tasting songs & music
June - Folkus Social night - Songs on "The demon drink - come along and sing!
July - Folkus - "Exploring Explorers - come along and sing!
August - "Songs of the City - come along and sing!
September - Toe Tappers' - come along and play your favourite dance music!
October - Folkus "Anything Goes" Come along, play and sing - anything!
November - Folkus - "Good & Bad Luck" Come along, play and sing!
December - Folkus - A Christmas Celebration - Come along and sing or play! Contact Jenny
March - Folkus practice for Jamberoo (jennie)
August - Folkus with Concert Party "Bush Concert"
September - Folkus with Margaret Walters "Colonial Eve" songs & stories of women 1788-1914
October Folkus deferred to Festival - contact Jenny
After October Folkus is no longer mentioned in Mulga Wire & all Fridays are workshop nights.
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