blues roots

7:30pm Saturday 12th April 2014

Keep an eye on this page for details of the
Northern Beaches Music Festival fundraising concert

the fantastic globe-trotting
Alaska String Band

The Zahasky family, namely Abigail, Paul, Melissa, Quinn Laura come directly from Alaska, Port Fairy & Yackandandah festivals and the National & Mt Beauty folk festivals. Recognized internationally as the Alaska String Band, they bring us the best of Americana music. "Winners of the Fame awards - Bluegrass band of the year,the Alaska String band's members are a gifted guitar picking, violin fiddling, dulcimer playing, bass banging, mean banjo jammin family of five who also deliver some sweet angel-like sounding vocals". Gordana Andjelic-Davila -Melbourne Age. Swing - jazz - bluegrass - pop - gospel, Hawaiian, Celtic and original tunes.


the honest, acoustic, folk-rock band

Grimick are an energetic group of singer/song-writers who never stray far from the essential ingredients - great rhythm, a contagious melody, and something to say. “Their vocal harmonies and songs stick with you well after they finish” (the au review 2010). With seemingly no upward limit to their vocal range, Grimick are capable of both power and tenderness, humour and passion. Combine this with ripping guitar solos, riffs and delicate acoustic counter melodies, smooth harmonies, earthy percussive rhythms and arrangements on conga, ukulele, trumpet and piano – and you have a special live act not to be missed.


the heel-tapping
Fuego Flamenco

A band that lives and breathes Flamenco. Peter Hardwicke and Robin Morgan have been playing Flamenco guitar for many years either as solo performances or accompanying dance troupes. They have fully embraced Flamenco as their passion and play with “duende” , the Flamenco equivalent of “soul”. Rhonda Mawer, folk singer and long time student of Flamenco dance has added some Flamenco singing to her repertoire after many years of learning Flamenco rhythms and listening to the great Flamenco singers such as Carmen Linares. Melanie Nucifora is an exquisite Flamenco dancer and accomplished percussionist. Together they will take you on a mesmerising journey through the world of Flamenco guitar, song and dance.


local gem
Taelor Jane

Since picking up the guitar for the first time at age 14, Taelor-Jane has been delving into folk music through her songwriting. Her Northern Beaches abode, Steiner education and wide range of influences (from as Angus and Julia Stone to The Tea Party) have all contributed to her unique storytelling style. Her interest in folk, delta blues, musical theatre and garage rock has provided Taelor-Jane with an individual style she describes as heavy folk.

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Our Future page has details of other planned Fairlight Folk shows.

Fairlight Folk Acoustic Lounge...

  • A place to relax
  • To drink in the candlelit atmosphere (and maybe a good red or two!)
  • To enjoy good company.

And above all, to experience some of Sydney’s best live music!

Fairlight Folk Acoustic Lounge is the brainchild of a group of dedicated volunteers, musicians and friends from Sydney’s northern beaches, united by a passion for great music. They set up Fairlight Folk to promote the vibrant musical culture that operates largely outside the mainstream music scene, and beyond the reach of the predictable formats of music radio. They wanted to share their passion with an audience that’s hungry for diverse and authentic music, delivered in an environment that’s warm, relaxed and inviting. And to do it all at an affordable price.

Fairlight Folk offers consistently high quality music ranging from Celtic and traditional folk to blues to world to a capella to soul, and showcases bands and singer-songwriters – both established and emerging acts. The unifying theme is that the music is mostly acoustic (but not exclusively so), suited to delivery in an intimate and relaxed environment.

Held every three months at the William St Studios (see our map) at 3 William St, Fairlight (the old Baptist Church just down from Sydney Rd). Fairlight Folk is usually held on a Saturday night starting 7:30 pm every February, May, August and November. See our Future page for details on entry donation amounts.


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