Christine Anu has launched this year’s Folk by the Sea with two of her much loved songs at Surf Beach. The Festival, on 4-6 Sept, is in its third year and Christine is the headline act for 2015.
The Bugle has been priming you for the festival for some time now, so we are delighted to present here six of the critics’ picks for the weekend (aka six good
reasons to purchase an early bird ticket now):
ARIA-winning musician Brendan Gallagher, The Karma Country frontman who has performed on recordings for artists as diverse as David Bowie, Jimmy Little and Kylie Minogue, will be performing solo at Folk By The Sea. Catch him at 8.45pm on the Festival’s opening night on Friday, September 4.
Dead Men Talking
This show by actors Max Cullen and Warren Fahey celebrates Australia’s two greatest story-tellers, Henry Lawson and Banjo Paterson. Cullen (Lawson) and Fahey (Paterson) stage a meeting between the two writers at Heaven’s Gate, where they yarn about their lives and their works.
The show has been featured recently on ABC TV News and in the Sydney Morning Herald’s Spectrum magazine to great acclaim.
Illawarra Folk Club president Russell Hannah says this 90-minute show at 3pm on Saturday is one not to be missed.
We think live theatre of this class is worth the cost of the early bird two day pass on its own.
The Festival’s headline act is one of Australia’s foremost vocalists and best-loved performers.
In a 75 minute performance on Saturday, starting at 8pm, Christine will take you through her own extensive catalogue as well as some of the biggest ballads of the last 50 years.
An outstanding opportunity for all ages, again incredible value.
The Hill Billy Goats This North Queensland duo combines songs, stories, tap-dancing, big harmonies and regular instrument changes. They are on Fri at 7.30pm and Sat at 6.30pm.
A South Australian song-stress whose new album, Saltwater, features co-writes with Arlo Guthrie and Jeff Lang. Jodi will be performing at 10pm on Friday and 2pm on Saturday.
Lagoon Hill Zydeco
This lively dance band from Tasmania led by accordionist Dave Elliston is sure to get toes tapping. They are playing at 9.45pm on Friday and 9.45pm on Saturday.
Sunday sees the music move to Hindmarsh Park for a free public concert from 9.30-4pm. The Festival will wrap up with a free finale show at Kiama Bowling Club from 4.30-10pm. The Little Blowhole Café is also hosting a recovery breakfast concert with international trio Fresh Off The Boat at 9am on Sunday.
Early Bird two-day passes at $50 for adults and $20 for youth aged 12-17 are available until 30 August. Children under 12 are free.
Tickets available at www.folkbythesea.com.au or by calling 1300 887 034 or from the Kiama Cove Motel in Bong Bong St.