A Punter’s Perspective February 2014: Phone Drones

A Punter’s Perspective Random observations on the wide, weird world of folk from the side of the stage Phone Drones First published in Trad and Now magazine, February 2014 A funny thing happened on the way from the Illawarra Folk Festival. It was Monday morning and I was walking to the Bulli train station in the light drizzle, … Continue reading A Punter’s Perspective February 2014: Phone Drones

A Punter’s Perspective September 2012: Sometimes You Can’t Make It On Your Own Part III

A Punter’s Perspective Random observations on the wide, weird world of folk from the side of the stage Sometimes You Can’t Make It On Your Own Part III First published in Trad and Now magazine, September 2013 “Do you have to go on stage? Can’t you just get a radio mic and just let them know it starts … Continue reading A Punter’s Perspective September 2012: Sometimes You Can’t Make It On Your Own Part III

A Punter’s Perspective March 2014: No Such Things As Mistakes

A Punter’s Perspective: Random observations on the wide, weird world of folk from the side of the stage No Such Things As Mistakes Part I First published in Trad and Now magazine, March 2014 As has been the case from time to time in the seven years plus of A Punter’s Perspective, ’tis the night before deadline and … Continue reading A Punter’s Perspective March 2014: No Such Things As Mistakes

A Punter’s Perspective #43: Overheard at the 2013 National Folk Festival

A Punter’s Perspective Random observations on the wide, weird world of folk from the side of the stage #43 Overheard at the 2013 National Folk Festival First published in Trad and Now magazine, April 2013 I usually stop short of epithets like ‘the best’, ‘the greatest’ or such like. But in a relatively short experience of the … Continue reading A Punter’s Perspective #43: Overheard at the 2013 National Folk Festival

A Punter’s Perspective #42: 2013 Cobargo Folk Festival

A Punter’s Perspective Random observations on the wide, weird world of folk from the side of the stage #42 2013 Cobargo Folk Festival First published in Trad and Now magazine, March 2013 Like many festivals I include in my yearly routine, I’m not even going to approximate any sort of objectivity here. I love the Cobargo Folk … Continue reading A Punter’s Perspective #42: 2013 Cobargo Folk Festival

A Punter’s Perspective #41: Sometimes You Can’t Make It On Your Own II

A Punter’s Perspective Random observations on the wide, weird world of folk from the side of the stage #41 Sometimes You Can’t Make It On Your Own II First published in Trad and Now magazine, February 2013 This is where the text goes. Normally. This article was written in the bar of the Carrington Hotel one Tuesday … Continue reading A Punter’s Perspective #41: Sometimes You Can’t Make It On Your Own II

A Punter’s Perspective #40: Don’t Mention The Wall! (Interview)

A Punter’s Perspective Random observations on the wide, weird world of folk from the side of the stage #40 Don’t Mention The Wall! First published on the Timber and Steel blog on 2 January 2013 Second published in Trad and Now magazine, January 2013 Berlin folk pop band The Beez have been frequent visitors to Australia in recent years with their … Continue reading A Punter’s Perspective #40: Don’t Mention The Wall! (Interview)

A Punter’s Perspective #39: Warren “Arch” Bishop: Bush folklore for the kids

A Punter’s Perspective Random observations on the wide, weird world of folk from the side of the stage #39 Warren “Arch” Bishop: Bush folklore for the kids First published in Trad and Now magazine, December 2012 When I was introduced to “Arch Bishop” at Cobargo Folk Festival in 2007, it took a while to confirm there wasn’t some … Continue reading A Punter’s Perspective #39: Warren “Arch” Bishop: Bush folklore for the kids

A Punter’s Perspective #38: The Good Intentions — Americana from the UK

A Punter’s Perspective Random observations on the wide, weird world of folk from the side of the stage #38 The Good Intentions: Americana from the UK First published on the Timber and Steel blog on 5 November 2012 Second published in Trad and Now magazine, November 2012 For 20 to 30 years, I’ve been aware of the UK TV … Continue reading A Punter’s Perspective #38: The Good Intentions — Americana from the UK

A Punter’s Perspective #37 – Billy Bragg interview

A Punter’s Perspective Random observations on the wide, weird world of folk from the side of the stage #37 Billy Bragg interview First published on the Timber and Steel blog on 12 September 2012 Second published in Trad and Now magazine, September 2012 Recorded in the studios of Community Broadcasting Association of Australia member station 2XX-FM, Canberra on Friday 7 September 2012 … Continue reading A Punter’s Perspective #37 – Billy Bragg interview