2017 USA TOUR
As a member of The Roaring Forties Margaret has been performing with them at various venues in New England. since 3rd June. The highlight of the tour is the
Mystic Sea Music Festival 9-11 June, 2017 – thereafter there are gigs in Waltham, Maine and Boston.
Sat June 3 Concert (preceded by wine tasting) at Maritime Gloucester 6:30pm – music from 7:15pm. 23 Harbor Loop, Gloucester , Mass Phone: 978-281-0470 Web: maritimegloucester.org
facebook.com/maritimegloucester Suggested donation: $15 members $20 others
Sun June 4 Informal visit to the Essex Shipbuilding Museum http://www.essexshipbuildingmuseum.org 66 Main St, Essex, Mass Phone: 978-768-7541
Mon June 5 Informal chantey sing at the Dog Bar Restaurant 5:30-9:00pm
65 Main St, Gloucester, Mass Phone: 978-281-6565 Web: dogbarcapeann.com
Tue June 6 Private function, Waltham , Mass
Wed June 7 Private function, New Bedford , Mass
Thu June 8 AHA! Concert, New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park 6:00 – 7.30pm – free. 33 William St, New Bedford , Mass
(AHA!) http://www.ahanewbedford.org/ (Museum) http://www.nps.gov/nebe/
Mystic Seaport Sea Music Festival 8-11 June:
Full program at:
Roaring Forties commitments:
Fri. 10am Don and Sue Brian – Norfolk: On the Middle Ground presentation
Fri. from 7:00pm in the Boat Shed Night Concert slot – 25 minutes
Sat.: 12:00 Women and the Sea – (Greenmanville Church) – Marg contributes 3+ songs
Sat: 12:00 Chanteys at Work – the men (C.W. Morgan)
Sat: 1:00 Crime & Punishment (Village Green) – the Forties contribute 3+ songs
Sat: 3:00 Songs of Whaling (Greenmanville Church) – the Forties contribute 3+ songs
Sun.: 11:00 Contemporary (Village Green) – the Forties contribute 3+ songs
Sun: 12:00 Hard Yakka (Village Green) (50 mins of non-maritime Australian work songs)
Sun: 2:00 Boatshed Concert (50 minutes)
Sun: 3:00 Final Concert in the Boat Shed – including a song from each group/performer.
Tues June 13 Waltham House concert – Boston Traditional Song/Folksong Society of Greater Boston 8.00pm – Reservations required: email HouseConcerts@fssgb.org for reservations and directions. Web: fssgb.org/fssconc.shtml#roaring Suggested donation: $20; $5 for students
Thu June 15 Private function, Georgetown , Maine
Fri June 16 Concert at the Sidedoor Coffeehouse with local group, Roll and Go. 7.30pm
Unitarian Universalist Church, 1 Middle St, Brunswick , Maine Phone: 207-729-8515Web: http://www.uubrunswick.org Suggested donation $15.00
Sat June 17 Concert at Sail Power & Steam Museum 7.30pm Suggested donation: $15
75 Mechanic St, Rockland , Maine Phone: 207-701-7627 or 207-701-5050Web: http://www.sailpowersteammuseum.org/2-music–calendar.htm l
Sun June 18 Open session with Boston Area Chantey and Maritime Sing (BACAMS) at the USS Constitution Museum , Building 22, Navy Yard, Charlestown , Mass. Web: ussconstitutionmuseum.org Phone: 617-426-1812
MARGARET’S SOLO PERFORMANCES IN THE USA
Old Songs Festival of Traditional Music & Dance – June 23, 24 & 25, 2017, Altamont Fairgrounds, Altamont, NY http://festival.oldsongs.org/schedule/
Friday 2:30 – 3:45 Area 7 – Sons of Freedom – along with Joe Jencks and Tom Lewis.
Saturday 12:30-1:30 Area 2 – Songs of Australia with Chris Maltby (+Tom Lewis)
Sunday 1:15 – 2:15 Area 2 – Here’s to the Women – with Anne Hills & the Short Sisters
Sunday 5:00 – 5:25 Area 1 – Concert set with Debra Cowan
THEN a week in Canada visiting friends in Montreal and Lunenburg.
Saturday July 1 – House concert, Limerock St., Rockland, Maine from 7:30 p.m.
Suggested minimum donation: $15. Info. & Reservations (strongly suggested, since seating is limited!): Call George Stephens/Kathy Westra at 207-593-8068.
Margaret returns to Australia, July 6, 2017.
– earlier gigs moved to Past Gigs
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 Concertfor 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