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THE bent folk NEWS

Friday 28 August 2015
Paul Wookey and Philomena Carroll (AUS)

Paul Wookey and Philomena Carroll Paul Wookey is one of a very small handfull of extremely talented musicians who were the key members of Melbourne’s and Australia’s acoustic (called ‘Roots’ or ‘Americana’ these days) music scene in the late 1970s, and one of the only ones who has stayed there full time through the four decades that have followed. He is now singing and playing even better than he ever did, a true master of his craft.

It is hard to put a label on Paul’s music: there’s Country, Blues, Folk, Bluegrass etc. Better perhaps to look at his influences and heroes, from Doc Watson to Eric Clapton, from Woody Guthrie to Bob Dylan, to Clarence White, The Byrds, The Beatles ..... .

And also to look at some of the people who have enjoyed playing with him through the years. Aussies like Mike McClellan, Doug Ashdown, Ross Ryan, Tommy Emmanuel, and international stars like Country legends Vince Gill, Albert Lee, Mark O’Connor and Byron Berline, and blues greats including Jimmy Witherspoon and John Hammond. Not to mention the many international artists he has supported in concert, including all of the above as well as Jesse Winchester, Mick Jagger, Charlie Musselwhite, Mickey Newbury, John Renbourn, even Jasper Carrot, and a score more that have slipped from his memory.

Nowadays as well as playing solo and in occasional band configurations, Paul loves performing with his long time friend and now new and first wife Philomena Carroll, herself a very accomplished musician, on banjo, guitar, double bass and vocals. Phil was a member of all girl Country group Git and The Rank Strangers Bluegrass Band, amongst others. Together Paul and Phil present Ol’ Timey music with a brand new twist, and can throw in a vast repertoire of classic and original songs from a variety of genres.

A taste of some Paul Wookey music:


Yellow Bird

I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry

Paul's website.

Paul and Philomena's Facebook page.

Tickets available at the door - $20 or $15 members and concession.

Under the Grandstand, Queen Elizabeth Oval View Street, 8:00pm for an 8:15pm start.

Friday 23 October 2015
Cat Canteri and Alison Ferrier (AUS) - big double header

Cat Canteri Both Cat Canteri and Alison Ferrier have released CDs in recent times to critical acclaim. Given they are friends and support each other musically, we proposed a double header concert to Cat, who has been a past performer on our stage in other combinations.

We were very pleased when we were able to secure a date that worked for both artists, the Club and the venue - no easy task!

Reviews of Cat's When We Were Young CD:

“It’s great… sensual, warm and a thing of real quality, recommended”
Americana UK 8/10 stars

“The Northcote native thrives amongst the disproportionately talented and driven enclave of Melbourne northern suburbs – one to watch long term”
Rhythms Magazine AU

"Whilst she has the vocal ability to take you to some really dark places, she also has the freedom of expression to bring you back. Similarly, whilst some of the songs have a vulnerability to them, you never lose sight of the strength that's needed to come back"
Fatea Magazine UK

“Is a thoughtful piece, perfectly musically layered and showcasing Canteri’s wonderful tones, in short gorgeous”
The Boarder Mail AU 4/5 stars

Alison Ferrier Some sound bites from that CD:

When We Were Young

Two Towells

Haven't Been Alive

Cat's website.

Produced by ARIA winning roots guru Jeff Lang, Alison's ‘Be Here Now’ travels through various pop and roots regions. The cumulative effect is like a poignant ballad singer from the 1940s who gets in a mood sometimes and lets her band turn up the amps and kick out the jams.

Critic's response to Be Here Now CD:

“Emotionally rich songs of relationships good and bad. Ferrier’s voice is an easy fit with her folk and country-styled compositions, able to swing sweet and melodic, loosen up with sultry raggedness, and hit a rich vein of country soul. Be Here Now is a polished album with suitably rough edges.”
The Music

"Her debut album is a beautiful record on so many fronts, delivered with gentle sophistication."

"Her songs have an undeniably haunting quality."
Rhythms Magazine?

And a taste of Be Here Now:

Be Here Now

On This Day

Black Diamond

Alison's website.

Tickets available at the door - $20 or $15 members and concession.

Under the Grandstand, Queen Elizabeth Oval View Street, 8:00pm for an 8:15pm start.

Friday 13 November 2015
Chris Henry & The Hardcore Grass (USA)

Chris Henry Chris Henry first impressed Australian audiences when he toured here in March 2014 as a member of the Peter Rowan Bluegrass Trio. As a result of that tour he was invited back with his own band to headline the Dorrigo Folk & Bluegrass Festival in October 2014. The Bendigo Folk Club attempted to book Chris and his band at that time but unfortunately we couldn't find a date that suited our calendar and his touring schedule. We were very happy to have been able to fix a 2015 date.

As well as his considerable skills on the mandolin, Chris is recognized as a brilliant guitarist, great singer, music teacher, and a prolific and talented songwriter. He received an International Bluegrass Music Association nomination for Song of the Year in 2011 for writing "Walkin' West to Memphis", which has also been recorded by other artists, including the Gibson Brothers, whose version of the song went on to be a top five hit. He has released a number of CDs, including solo albums "Monroe Approved", "Making My Way To You", and his 2015 solo release, "Im Gonna Wait On Jesus", together with his 2014 Oz tour band album, "Walkin' West To Memphis".

This year Chris is touring with a new five-piece version of his band, The Hardcore Grass, consisting of himself on mandolin and vocals, Keith Tuttle (USA) on banjo, George Jackson (AUS) on fiddle/vocals, Dan Watkins (AUS) guitar/vocals and Andrew Small (USA) on double bass.

Chris Henry grew up in the Shenandoah Valley, Virginia, USA, the son of veteran bluegrass musicians, Red and Murphy Henry. He moved to Nashville about ten years ago, and has been making quite a name for himself as one of the most highly regarded and sought-after young musicians on the American bluegrass scene. The International Bluegrass Music Association has labelled Chris Henry as "the premier Monroe-style mandolinist of his generation",while US Bluegrass legend Peter Rowan describes him as "a bright young star in Bluegrass Music", and has made him a full-time member of the Peter Rowan Bluegrass Band.

Kyle Tuttle is a Nashville-based banjo-player, currently playing with Jenni Lynn & The Palmetto Bluegrass Band, Rebecca Frazier and Hit & Run, and with Chris Henry. New Zealand-born, Melbourne-based, George Jackson, is a brilliant young fiddle and banjo-player, winner of many awards, including the 2012 Tamworth Golden Fiddle Award, and the Banjo Competition at the 2013 Rockygrass Festival in Colorado. George also joined Peter Rowan and Chris Henry on the 2014 Peter Rowan Bluegrass Trio Australian tour. Daniel Watkins is a strong vocalist and master-guitarist from Newcastle, NSW, while Andrew Small, who hails from North Carolina, and is a Yale School of Music masters graduate, is a highly regarded double bass-player on the Nashville music scene. George, Dan and Andrew are also known to Australian audiences as the trio, One Up Two Down.

A taste of some Chris Henry and the Hardcore Grass:

Thinkin' About drinkin'

Fresh As The Dew

West Dakota Rose

Tickets available at the door - $25 or $20 members and concession.

Under the Grandstand, Queen Elizabeth Oval View Street, 8:00pm for an 8:15pm start.