Wanneroo Folk Club

January 2020

Nice to see a few new faces to our sing-a-round nights. The fans were twirling overhead to keep the air moving and overall it was a night of good songs although the mood was a little affected by the Fires burning around Australia (climate change, what climate change?). I love these nights, we get to see more performers even if the songs numbers are limited to fit everyone in.
Next Month we have Dan Walsh over from UK. Last year he gave us a great performance on his banjo and next month promises to be as good.

December ’19

Another stinker outside and the fans were running on full but it didn’t deter the crowd to party out the last show for the year. As has been the thing for the last few years The WAFF/WFC committee got to strut their stuff. The Rambling Bilbies opened the night with one of my own (Jasmin which went down a treat) an shortened version of Here comes the Sun (Sorry Amanda and Jill I missed the repeat) and finishing with Silent Night partnered with On a Starlit Night and Gina Williams & Guy Ghouse’s translation Bedik-Bedik Kedalak (Silent night in Noongar language) with a choir of audience joining in.
Bill Cullen was next up, Bill joined the committee a couple of weeks ago and gave us songs good songs including a Gordon Lightfoot favourite.
Jamie McKinnon followed with a few songs including Nadine which had the story extended during the night.
David Cutler has a wonderful way with songs and among others gave us John McCutcheon’s Song about Xmas in the trenches of WW1 .We managed to get a couple og songs from MC John Ralph as well and it was worth the wait.
Supper was served with lots of conversation and then the Cork Man Sean Roche took to the stage for the second half. Opening unaccompanied with Hot Asphalt and a grand set of songs form all over. He was joined mid set by Colin Smiley on Harp and finished the night with a couple of encore songs sending the audience Choir home, who had joined in all night, happy and waiting for January’s Sing-a round on Jan 12th 2020. Have a merry Summer Solstice and watch out for the New Year it is gonna getcha.

November ’19

A Hot Day but the night cooled down. The music was hot. MC John Ralph introduced Kaylyn Jean, a young singer/songwriter who is certainly on the way to making a name for herself. She has a song on JJJ Unearthed which is getting some attention and her set tonight was full of good songs and she sings them very well, I heard several comments about the quality of her voice, it was very easy to listen to.
From there we went to Ashlea Reale and the Outlaws with songs of bushrangers and murder abounded in a very professional preview of their new CD which will be available soon. Great vocals from Ashlea, great guitar work from Marlie and lovely bass from Paul.
2nd half after a cuppa and the raffle Colin Smiley gave us a couple of tunes on Harmonica and then Ashlea and co finished off the night with more murder and bloodshed and a few other songs to lighten up the mood.
It was a great night once again.

October ’19

What a show! We may have only had 2 acts but they stunning performers and the almost full house crowd loved it.
Gina Williams & Guy Ghouse had the first half, the banter and expressions between the 2 was brilliant. What a class act. Gina singing beautifully with the amazing backing of the cheeky Guy on guitar, what is not to love. The songs were in the Noongar language but with the stories beforehand it all made sense and even had the crowd singing along in language. Moon River was stunning as well with most of the audience also joining in the English half.
2nd Half was Loaded Dog with the addition of Josh Grey on Double Bass. with song writers in abundance they gave us some wonderful insight into our history and Alan’s song Winter in Winnipeg somehow fitting in really well. Phil G managed to throw in a couple of jokes to make up for John Ralph being absent due to climbing the hills of Peru (they got a similar response).
Next month is set to be another great night with Ahslea Reale and the Outlaws so stay tuned to the WAFF web site and Facebook page for more info.

September 2019

Can’t say much more than “brilliant night at the Wanneroo Folk Club”. An abundance of talent on display starting with Green Herring and a few of their own songs Colin Smiley gave us a tune followed by a new comer in Sarah Curran, first time at the club and probably not used to an audience that listens to the performers. Excellent guitar work and lovely vocals, come again Sarah.
Headline act was Craig Sinclair with the backing violin of Jude Iddison (what was the last name again). I haven’t seen Craig for quite some time and he didn’t disappoint, his guitar work is impeccable, those vocals are glorious and the songs tell a story worth listening to.
After the raffle was drawn and Jamie almost sprung the footy result (sorry Jamie but a few of us recorded the game to watch later) the second half was opened with Susgala plus 1. The lovely harmonies were enjoyed by all. Craig and Judith returned to finish the night , they have a few more shows over the next few days so I would recommend catching them.

August 2019

Wonderful music at the club this month. Our planned floor spot was taken ill so we had to make do with the guys who organise things. The organising people prefer to stay in the background and showcase the local talent but occasionally they on stage to show their talent when the need arises. Opening up was Jamie McKinnon, he played 3 lovely songs done very well and the audience as usual joined in the choruses. Our MC John Ralph followed with a similarly classy act and a bit more chorus singing. Next up the main act was Among the Pigeons. They gave a spirited performance which was enjoyed by all. They haven’t lost any of the quality of performance with the new lineup. After the break the new group on the block was Trio Fáilte, we’ve these ladies in other formats and this trio certainly didn’t disappoint. Jamie commented that whenever we have traditional fiddle the crowd goes off and tonight was no different. Finishing off the night “Among the Pigeons” came back with another set, these guys delighted the audience with a good variety of songs done really well.
One of the things about folk clubs is that the audience comes to listen and this brings out the best in the performers who don’t have to compete with lots of chatter and babble.

June 2019

Cold and wet? Not at Wanneroo last night. A few people missing due to illness bought mild panic to John as he rustled up some replacement performers. John Ralph Opened with a song and then introduced Willy Woodbine who dropped in from Pickering Brook and was press ganged into a few songs, I love the lay-back presentation. David Cutler was next up with his usual lovely guitar and voice. Raelene Bruinsma Trio (minus one) was the main act and gave us a bracket of mythical love making of the Gods and Deities and a variety of other songs accompanied by Alex on guitar and cello.
Second half had Rob Oats doing a few songs, some of his own and a couple of others, with a very appreciative applause. Raelene and Alex finished the night with more of the story from the first half. You get good songs and a history lesson at Wanneroo folk club!
(words from JR)Those of you who were at the Wanneroo Folk Club last night and have seen the latest report will notice that this man is missing from them. So here are a couple of photos of Rob. Rob organises the sound and lighting and photos for the artists .He sends out a WAFF gig guide every week, He is in charge of revamping the WAFF Website as well as being Vice Chairman of the WAFF, He posts a report of the Wanneroo Folk club on Facebook. He plays in his band the Rambling Bilbies. With all this we can forget what a brilliant solo artist he is. He stepped in a short notice to play an excellent set last night with a mixture of his own songwriting and covers that received an enthusiastic reception from the audience.Thanks for all of your hard work Rob. We are lucky to have you on board

May 2019

What can one say? Another music fest with variety abounding. The floor spots opened the night with Jerome and Lesley Toonan, nice set of songs and tunes. This was followed by a new comer in Tamsin Black, a little nervous but she warmed up, nine voice and is possibly one to watch as she gains confidence. Guest artists were the Red Sea Pedestrians who finished the first half with an array of songs and tunes from around Europe and beyond, mainly in a Klezmer style. Second half saw Grave Spin with Willy and Fred playing covers of well know artists from years gone by, The audience did the usual and joined in with gusto, a good fun bracket, and yes that is a rubbish bin for Bass, a new version of the tea chest bass. Red Sea Pedestrians finished the night with another rousing set of songs and tunes. A most enjoyable night’s entertainment.