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June 2017 looms large with Margaret performing in the USA for the first time… She’ll be at Old Songs Folk Festival of Traditional Music & Dance June 23, 24 25 singing solo and also with Chris Maltby from the Roaring Forties – doing an hour’s worth of Australian songs; and we’ll be joining Tom Lewis and Joe Jencks singing songs on the theme “Sons of Freedom”. Solo, I’ll be joining Anne Hills and the Short Sisters with “Here’s to the Women”; and also performing alongside Debra Cowan.

The previous week sees the Roaring Forties making their debut at the Mystic Seaport Sea Music Festival where we’ll be participating in about 8 concerts, themed sessions and workshops. It will be a great opportunity to share Australian songs and I’m specially looking forward to our workshop called: Hard Yakka.  We might have to take a handout explaining some Australian expressions…  In the Symposium that precedes the Festival, Don and Sue Brian will be giving a presentation about the research they’ve been doing on American whaling ships that visited Norfolk Island.