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.

26-28th March, 2016 – Canberra
The National Folk Festival is celebrating its 50th annual festival. It’s one of the best folk festivals in the world and while there will lots of concerts that acknowledge folk singers of the past, there is a fine array of young artists appearing and a fabulous line-up of international performers.
The Roaring Forties (with Don Brian, Robin Connaughton, Tom Hanson, Chris Maltby, John Warner (in all their white-bearded glory), along with me, Margaret Walters, will be there.  Here’s where to find us (but always check the Festival Program in case of last minute changes…)
Thursday 24th March – we will be hosting a Welcome Singing Session in the Bohemia Bar from 7.30pm – 10pm.  We’ll be encouraging the sorts of chorus songs that were popular in the early days of the Australian folk scene. For me they included unaccompanied British Traditional Songs sung by groups like the Coppers, the Watersons, Steel Eye Span and Young Tradition. All welcome.
Friday 25th March from 10-11 in the Trocadero, our themed presentation is called Shellback Sheila which takes a glimpse at musical settings of the nautical poems of Cicely Fox Smith (1882-1959) who wrote vividly of the life of sailors working on clipper ships. It’s fascinating to consider how this Victorian gentlewoman captured so accurately the fruity vernacular of the common sailor of the time. Slides complement the songs.
Saturday 26th March from 11.20am- 12.20in the Spiegel Zeit is a more participatory event titled The Song Goes On.  And why? Because songs are fun, physically & mentally stimulating; they generate solidarity, aid causes, maintain a tradition, and pay tribute to past singers. This is a collection of songs about songs – most have choruses and you’ll be able to sing along in an unamplified venue.
Saturday night from 9.30pm in the Terrace (no PA)  we’ll be hosting another singing session. Come along and share your songs; we’re partial to choruses. Once again – your participation leading songs and adding harmonies is most welcome.
Monday 27th March from 10.50am – 11.30 a concert spot in the Scrumpy Bar.
15th – 17th April, Sydney

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