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Loaded Dog Mini-Festival
Mini reviews of the May 2005 event

By Sandra Nixon
Posted Sunday, June 19, 2005

What a fantastic, full and varied day's entertainment it was - the Mini festival/Dog Day at The Loaded Dog Folk Club, Annandale on Saturday 28 May!

Can you imagine trying to programme a whole day concert fitting in 22 artists over a period of 12 hours? Well that's what Sandra Nixon did, almost single-handed for yours and my enjoyment. Congratulations Sandra! And for $20 - what a bargain. Those who couldn't make it will be sorry.

A wide range of performers from solo artists to five piece groups, some of whom I'd never seen before. Great to see the rare talents of Paul Hemphill and Rhona MacLeod back on the music scene.

Can't mention everyone but I do love the warm sincerity of Jane Faulkner's verse; she really has that knack of involving the audience; Miguel's comic songs went down well. There seemed to be a lot of nostalgic content in people's sets or is it just that I'm getting to be an "old" folkie and enjoyed some sentimental oldies. John Warner's Lewellyn Walking always moves me to tears. Duncan Chalmers, Bill Bekric, Bob and Monica Foggin and friends kept the downstairs session rocking all afternoon! Childrens' activities from 11.30 to 1.30 attracted a few locals who should have been there in their hundreds.

I know Sandra did stacks of publicity with the help of the council and if she has the energy and support of other folkies to make it an annual event I feel sure it will take on! Everyone I spoke to commented on the varied and talented choice of artists which provided a very full day's entertainment.

A big thank you again for a wonderful day Sandra - ideal venue for such a function. So well organised!! Thanks also to all the volunteers who helped to make the day such a success.

Margaret Bradford

My impressions:


I've been meaning to write to thank you for all the work you put into the mini-festival. I hope it was a success financially - I know it was a success artistically. Well done!

It was a pleasure to play.

Best wishes,

Bob & Monica Foggin
Thank you for the mini festival organisation. I enjoyed it's warm intimacy and I loved the music.

Deep regards,

John Hospodaryk

Dear Sandra

Thankyou for the privilege of singing to such a warm & responsive audience . . . also I'd forgotten how excellent are the acoustics of the 'doghouse' Well done for organising it.

Thanks again,

Kate M
I enjoyed the performers I saw after I arrived 7.30 - very impressed with Miguel, and the Mothers of Intention!! Thanks for your hard work.

Chris O
Thanks for the opportunity to sing at the Loaded Dog again. Tim recorded our set & it sounded great.

Looking forward to our visit in September with the Bums


Annette & Tim (Lighthouse, Shiny Bum offshoots)
Hi Sandra and all the Loaded Dog organisers

Thanks for the great day at the dog mini festival. The mothers of intention were really pleased to be playing as part of an illustrious lineup. There was a lovely ambience and the short spots with lots of performers made for a varied and interesting day. You obviously all put in a lot of work and I hope it was a success.

Thanks also for the cheque which turned up the other day. It will go straight into the next CD fund.

Cheers . . .


Thanks to Bob Bolton for the photos.