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The Jim Stubbs Backing Band at North by Northwest
Thursday, 1st September 2005, 8pm

By Jenny O'Reilly
Posted Thursday, August 25, 2005

This coming Thursday, September 1st, at 8pm, we feature a group who are starting to make a name for themselves - The Jim Stubbs Backing Band.

They produce a warm folk blues sound...

They have been impressing a lot of people lately, at places such as St Albans Folk Festival and at the Loaded Dog Mini Festival. They produce a warm folk blues sound incorporating acoustic blues, Irish, gospel and old timey country music.

The members of the band are Jim Stubbs, a fine blues and folk harmonica player; Steve MacDonald, a highly experienced guitarist and mandolin player from the Illawarra; Matt Foster, a veteran of many bands in the US and Australia, playing guitar and percussion; and Kellie Stubbs, who is developing a rich blues sound to add to her folk singing repertoire.

You are in for a wonderful musical experience with this group, so don't miss them!

North By Northwest Poetry and Folk Club meets in The Cornucopia Cafe, and is one of the best acoustic venues in Sydney. There will be refreshments for sale and BYO's are welcome. Entry is $12/$10.

Enquiries - Jenny/John 9559 3658 (h) / 0414 903 259 (m) , Tony 9858 7882 (w)/0409 784 689 (m).

See you there!

Review of August concert with Tony Eardley and Ecopella

A small but perfectly formed audience attended our August concert featuring Tony Eardley and Ecopella. The night started off with some floorspots. John Warner's spot included his hilarious tale "The Briggs and Stratton Pump", and "Touch the Children" - one of his songs from his new presentation "Sandpit Picket" which he later performed very successfully at Almost Acoustic the next week. There were also some lovely guitar tunes from David Spira.

For Tony Eardley's performance, the atmosphere was friendly and intimate, as our small select group gathered closer. He opened with the tuneful "Finisterre", by Ian Telford, introduced us to a thought provoking new song "Before the City Wakes", and changed to bazouki for his song "Footsteps on an Empty Road", and "See it Come Down". My favourite one was a self-composition I've not heard before - "Water from the Well", which is about rediscovering the music inside which might not have been tapped for some time, but "When the music's flowing, it's like water from a well".

After the break, I sang "Green fields of Canada", then it was Ecopella's turn. Wonderfully polished as usual, they started with Leon Rosselson's "Across the Hills". They did a lovely rendition of one of Tony's songs "Come away with me", a song which was originially intended as a love song, but which evolved into a song about the environment. Other highlights included "Everything Goes", a new twist on the old Cole Porter song, "Restless", an amazing product of the songwriting skill of Miguel Heatwole, "The People are scratching" by Pete Seeger, and one of my favourites, the beautiful "Fragile" by Sting.

Pity if you missed this night - it was a good one!

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Venues/Clubs North by Northwest Folk Club

The Cornucopia Cafe

Old Gladesville Hospital

Cnr Victoria & Punt Rd


8pm, 1st Thursday


(02) 9559 3658

(0414) 903 259