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Performer info for Loaded Dog Mini-Festival
11am-11pm Sat 28th May 05

By Sandra Nixon
Posted Tuesday, May 17, 2005

Annandale Neighbourhood Centre & The Loaded Dog Folk Club present a


11am to 11pm Saturday 28th May

Annandale Neighbourhood Centre
79 Johnston St

Enquiries - Sandra 9358 4886

Cost $20 all day or $14/12 evening KIDS FREE

11.30 to 12.30 with Margaret Bradford
121.30 to 1.30 with John Warner
SINGALONG (2-4pm - no charge)

to the Songs of Granma & Grampa with Duncan Chalmers, Bob & Monica Foggin & Friends
Chrissie Little

folk, blues & Jazz singer/songwriter

Chrissie hails from the Isle of Wight, but has travelled and lived in various places around the globe. She came to Australia 2 years ago after 10 years in Ireland. Chrissie has played in various bands over the years, most with a maritime theme. One of her main musical influences was Stan Hugill.

She is a crew member on the James Craig & has sung at the Sydney Shanty Festivals & the Wooden Boat Festival.
Bill Bekrik

Singer/songwriter/guitarist who loves to get people singing along

Bill is found wherever singalongs happen, and if there is not one happening, he is liable to start one. He is also a member of the Bright Star Singers.
Judy Pinder

Sydney session singer, Irish Gaelic singer, whose repertoire includes traditional & modern songs from Australia, Ireland & England. (
Jim Stubbs Backing Band

They produce a warm folk blues sound incorporating acoustic blues, Irish, gospel & old timey country music. The members are Jim Stubbs, a fine blues and folk harmonica player; Steve MacDonald, a highly experienced guitarist & mandolin player from the Illawarra; Matt Foster, a veteran of many bands in the US & Australia, playing guitar & percussion; and Kellie Stubbs who is developing a rich blues sound to add to her folk singing repertoire.
Rhona Macleod

Scots unaccompanied singer guaranteed to make you smile

Scots-born, with a penchant for travel between Scotland and Australia. Rhona lived previously in Sydney and Bathurst, where, Maround 1978, she started and organised the local Folk Club (The Daggy Swaggy) and Bush Dances with a friend, Margaret Connor (nee Pullar). She returned to Sydney last September after a 20 year 'stretch' in the UK. Rhona's repertoire consists of mainly traditional Scottish songs, some funny more contemporary ones, with a smattering of Irish, English and Australian ones - all unaccompanied.
Paul Hemphill

iconoclastic ... idiosyncratic ... rarely sighted in the wild ...

A legend in his own lunch-time, sometime singer and songwriter Paul Hemphill has performed throughout Australasia and the UK, on his own, and also as a member of Huldrefolk.

A multi-award winning songwriter, he combines poetry and music, horror and humour in a manner that is versatile and entertaining. Vikings, Romans, Mongols, and the Spanish Inquisition have all faced the music.

His albums True Believers and The Drovers Dog and Other Stories, once critically acclaimed, are today more memorable for their artwork!

Listen to Paul's songs on his web site.
Carole Garland

trad & evergreen singer, sometimes with concertina

Northumbrian born Carole's background is in the traditional songs & tunes of the Borders. She won many of the traditional song/ballad competitions with her fine voice and in-depth knowledge, until they made her the Judge. Carole is equally skilled on the concertina, which she also plays for Morris sides. Her other love is Music Hall songs.

Carols was the founder of the Loaded Dog.
John Warner

Scintillating singer-songwriter, poet and storyteller

John Warner is a songsmith currently living in Sydney. His songs range from the witty ratbag songs written for the children he works with, to the sensitive and moving works such as the internationally known "Anderson's Coast". A useful and competent player on the Six and Twelve string guitars and the Irish bouzouki, he also sings many traditional songs unaccompanied and has a special place for shanties, worksongs and any items with a big chorus. If you come to see John perform, be prepared to sing loud and strong yourself.
Kate Maclurcan


Kate plays acoustic guitar & sings with a warm easy voice: songs for refugees, Irish songs, old standards, some folky, some bluegrass & some country. Kate has twice performed at the Port Fairy Folk Festival, is a regular singing minstrel at Mulligans Irish Restaurant, has performed at most folk venues around Sydney & recently was featured at Balmain's inaugral Acoustica Festival (24 April,2005). Kate regularly joins Melbourne band Bushwahzee on their Sydney shows. Amongst her favourite songwriters Kate includes Eric Bogle, Iris de Ment, Chris While & Julie Matthews, Pat Drummond and Kevin Welch.

Kate is well known for hosting house/garden concerts- recent acts were Jugularity then Eric Bogle & John Munro.
Craig & Simone

Canberra-based singer/songwriters

Simone and Craig perform original songs & instrumentals which cover a range of folk music styles including early Delta Blues, Ki Hoalu (Hawaiian slack key) with occasional Celtic and Country Music influences. Their songs are often poignant, occasionally capricious hard hitting ballads which explore a variety of political, social and even ludicrous topics. <>
Tony Eardley

acclaimed Blue Mountains singer/songwriter, guitarist and bouzouki player

Since migrating from England in the mid-1990s, Blue Mountains singer Tony Eardley has gained a growing reputation for poetic song writing and moving performance of contemporary and traditional folk music. Tony accompanies himself on melodic guitar and bouzouki, and his vocal style is sometimes likened to that of Nick Drake. Also a member of the enigmatic Spooky Men's Chorale, Tony has performed with Maree Robertson, Liz Frencham and others as The Rosewood Project and plays guitar on Brisbane singer Helen Rowe's debut CD 'The Slow Return'. His own demo has received wide national airplay on folk radio programs and was a winner in a 2004 BlU-FM competition. A full CD is in the making.
Minglewood Mudcats

A five piece band playing a mix of mainly good fun music - old timey, swing & some Cajun

They play a mix of mainly good fun music, from original biting satire and social comment to a sort of old timey, North American swing material and some Cajun influenced songs. Guitars, Ukulele, Mandolin, Fiddle, Banjo, Drums, Harmonica, Kazoo, Jaw Harp, Whistles and Accordion are among the many instruments played by the band.

harmonies and driving style in a unique blend of folk, country and rock - with just a dash of blues

This Canberra based duo is influenced by the songs and music of the folk and country revivals from Cash, Dylan, Simone and Cohen in the 60s to Nick Cave, Kris Demeanour and Kasey Chambers in the present day. Some serious songs, some lighter moments, and a chance to sing along to songs you may not have heard for a while.

They are also members of The Shiny Bum Singers.
Margaret Bradford

Sydney singer, writer, musician, Margaret has gained a strong following in the live music scene around Australia. Her well-crafted songs of conscience, humour and compassion reflect contemporary, environmental and social issues. Her children's recordings are widely used within Australia from primary through to Tertiary level.

Margaret explores issues with anger, sorrow, tenderness & compassion.

Frankie Armstrong, Wales


original a cappella compositions and arrangements about environmental issues

Ecopella sings 'Save-The-World' music: original a cappella compositions and arrangements about environmental issues. Ecopella's music ranges between solemn and hilarious and is is both unique and exciting. The group is directed by Miguel Heatwole.
Margaret Walters

warm and engaging singer in traditional mode

Margaret Walters has an international reputation for the quality of her voice and the breadth of her knowledge of traditional and trad-style songs. Her choice of songs adds variety and drama to her usually unaccompanied vocals.
John Hospodaryk

Blues, roots and heritage

Guitar and banjo-picker John Hospodaryk has been writing songs since the 60s, but also likes to play a lot of traditional-sounding pieces, chiefly of Australian and American origin: blues, reels, rags, bush ballads, bluegrass, country, rock 'n' roll. Co-author of numerous books on history, John approaches the themes of his own songs about Australia - past and present - with the diligence of an active historian. Frequently his work comes in the form of biting political satire. His considerable skills in this area helped him win the MUA song writing competition in 2001.
Jane Faulkner

poet and sometime singer

Quiet, gutsy, and steeped in humanity, there's nothing plain about Jane's verse. A performance poet who sets you thinking, she writes about the real world - about people, politics and going to the pub, about city life and human foibles. Jane is a poet not to be missed. She's also been known to sing on occasion.
Miguel Heatwole

singer of folk & world music, political satire, environmental causes, trade unionism & the responsible enjoyment of alcohol

Miguel is a versatile singer whose interests include folk and world music, political satire, environmental causes, trade unionism and the responsible enjoyment of alcohol. His own songwriting is similarly wide-ranging and embraces the vital concerns of the peace activist, the family cat, and those in the welcome grip of passionate attraction. His often elegant and intricate melodies are delivered in a lyric baritone that is powerful, subtle and expressive.
Chris Okunbur

singer/guitarist performing grassroots music

Born on the banks of the River Mersey, of Mayo and Manx origins, Chris Okunbor was lulled to sleep by the grand songs of Ireland, blues from the old Delta musicians, and foghorn music from the ferry boats.

Throughout the 70's she was inspired by the thriving folk scene in Europe, and roots blues music (from the Deep South of London!) – listening to artists such as Jo Anne Kelly, Paddy Tunney, Duster Bennett, and Martin Carthy.

A terminal nomad, Chris spent a year in Australia in '74, surviving as a shearer's cook, deckhand, and general lay-about. Displaced by Cyclone Tracy, she blew into Cape Town, and played the festivals and clubs around South Africa and carried on traversing the globe and playing music for many years, collecting songs along the way.

Chris's music reflects her origins and global experiences – a vocalist/guitarist covering songs of the people — from a grand "sean-nos" song of Ireland, to one of her own songs….from a heartfelt elopement chant of the Luri tribe, to the blues of Mississippi Fred McDowell.
Duncan Chalmers

"Ah Duncan, with the amazing voice" Kristina Olsen

From Ancient ballads to modern heroes, he will fire your imagination and may tickle your funny bone

Duncan has a vibrant powerful voice. I particularly appreciate his clear pronunciation of the lyrics and the clarity of his guitar playing. Richard John, PCRFM.
Duncan's two CD's "Out of Obscurity" and "Aspirations" contain many of his favourite songs. These include "Carrick Fergus", "The water is Wide", "Love Minus Zero – No limit", and "Lawrence Hargrave".
mothers of intention

driving Celtic rhythms, beautiful ballads and soaring harmonies

mothers of intention are a spirited four piece band playing a vibrant mix of Celtic, Folk, Original and folk inspired covers. Songs from the Irish, English, American and Australian folk traditions, soulful ballads sung in three part harmony, to fast jigs and reels and slow airs. An eclectic mix of music to dance or listen to. Featuring rhythm guitar, fiddle,mandolin, recorder and bodhran and vocals

The mothers are:

Rosie McDonald - Lead vocals, rhythm guitar,
Lainey Balsdon - Recorders and percussion.
Penny Rankin Smith - Vocals, bodhran, percussion
Tony Pyzakowski - Fiddle,viola, mandolin, vocals