Folk Festivals and other Gigs during 2017 –
solo and also with the Roaring Forties, Southern Cross Trawlers, et al.
21-23 April – St Albans Folk Festival –The Roaring Forties were programmed in several concerts and presented a workshop on the origins and use of sea shanties.
14-17 April – National Folk Festival – Southern Cross Trawlers hosted the Thursday night welcome singing session and one on Saturday night. Don and Sue Brian presented a workshop on the Cabbage Tree Hat in History which I contributed to. Don and I were joined by Chris Maltby to give a concert spot on the Monday.
4 April 2017 – The Loaded Dog Folk Club contributed to Heritage Week by celebrating its 27 years of operation with an exhibition at the Leichhardt Public Library. The Roaring Forties were the first guests of the Club back in 17 Nov 1990. Margaret had a short set at the Opening and recalled launching one of the first folk music CDs with her solo album “For the Future and the Past” at the Dog early in 1991.
1 April – 30th Anniversary of the Solidarity Choir – Margaret was one of many performers helping this group of activists celebrate a significant milestone. It took place over about 8 hours at Gumbramorra Hall at the Marrickville Community Centre.
25 March – Loaded Dog Folk Club, Annandale – Margaret joined the main guest Christina Mimmocchi for a couple of songs.
24-26 February – Cobargo Folk Festival. Danny Spooner had been booked to perform. Although he knew he was very ill, he was eager to work til the end, and he asked Margaret to share the two concerts and the Copper Songs workshop with him and his wife, Gael Shannon. Danny did a marvellous job at the festival, but sadly died a week later.
18 February – Loaded Dog Folk Club – Margaret and Redfern Shanty Club were the two guests.
11 February –Tribute Concert for Danny Spooner in Daylesford. This was an opportunity for singers and other musicians to perform at a special concert for Danny. Margaret and John Warner were both asked to perform. Besides their solo contributions, they also teamed up with Roaring Forties members, Chris Maltby and Robin Connaughton.
26 January – Australia Day concert for the Roaring Forties singing shanties at the Rocks in honour of the Tall Ships Race. Margaret was unable to join the Forties as she’d lost her voice, but the lads had the support of young Robert Boddington which more than compensated for her absence!
22 January – a live-to-air charity gig with the Roaring Forties and Robert Boddington.
13-15 January – Illawarra Folk Festival – Margarets’s only commitment was assisting at the launch of Colleen Burke’s book: The Waves Turn.
Here are a few events from 2016 – full list under Past Gigs.
The Classic and Wooden Boat Festival is being hosted this year by the Australian National Maritime Museum. The museum precinct and surrounding areas will be showcasing vessels from around Sydney and Australia and celebrating Maritime Heritage.There will be workshops, demonstrations, kids’ activities and a symposium – and lots of musical items. And there’ll be plenty of shanties and other sea songs from The Roaring Forties