The Woodford Files 2014-15: Coming Attractions, January 2015

The curtain has long since fallen on Woodford Folk Festival for 2014-15. However, I still have a stack of video to share, and a notebook overflowing with observations, gags, anecdotes and stories. I’ll bring those to you very soon, though right now I’m a little tech-challenged. I’m writing this in a tent. To get reception, … Continue reading The Woodford Files 2014-15: Coming Attractions, January 2015

The Woodford Files 2014-2015: Trouble In The Kitchen (Sarah Island), December 2014

Youtube has a simple facility where at the push of a button, your shaky video is stabilised and appears much more professionally-recorded than you could manage when you were adding some extra jigginess via mundane bodily functions such as breathing or sneezing. Or as I was here, weeping uncontrollably. Let’s go back a few years. … Continue reading The Woodford Files 2014-2015: Trouble In The Kitchen (Sarah Island), December 2014

The Woodford Files 2014-2015: The Lettering House, December 2014

Bill Quinn was sitting having his ritual cup of peppermint tea in Fine Earth Foods at Woodford Folk Festival when a postie came into the venue and started attempting to deliver letters. To people. He sought out the recipients by announcing certain characteristics like a writer from Sydney (“Hello!”) with blue eyes (“Strike one!”) And … Continue reading The Woodford Files 2014-2015: The Lettering House, December 2014

The Woodford Files 2014-2015: Underwater Basket Weaving with Aly de Groot, December 2014

Woodford Folk Festival has an amazing array of hands-on arts workshops clustered into an alley called Artisania. Bill Quinn stopped on his amble along the individually decorated paving bricks to chat with Aly de Groot about her workshops. Book for Aly’s workshops at the Artisania office opposite the Coopers Bar. *** Audio file to be … Continue reading The Woodford Files 2014-2015: Underwater Basket Weaving with Aly de Groot, December 2014

The Woodford Files: Fred Smith On The Couch With Melanie Tait (ABC RN), December 2014

Fred Smith is at Woodford Folk Festival showcasing his Dust of Uruzgan and Home albums, with a killer backing band. After packing them in at The Bazaar today, Fred is going to take it easy, put his feet up and have a chat on the couch with Melanie Tait from ABC Radio National. It takes … Continue reading The Woodford Files: Fred Smith On The Couch With Melanie Tait (ABC RN), December 2014

The Woodford Files 2014-2015: Andrew Clermont (Woodford Supper Club and Totally Gourdgeous), December 2014

Andrew Clermont is a hard man to miss or lose in a crowd. So when Bill Quinn was tip-toeing around the outskirts of the musos’ precincts at Woodford Folk Festival, it wasn’t hard to spot the towering fiddle-player from Tamworth. Andrew, like many folkies, wears many hats (some of them at the same time) and … Continue reading The Woodford Files 2014-2015: Andrew Clermont (Woodford Supper Club and Totally Gourdgeous), December 2014

The Woodford Files 2014-15: Care Yourself*

Many festival survival guides are out there on the world wide weird, and sparticularly in the blogosphere. (Note: blogger roughly translates as, “I coulda been a journalist, but couldn’t be arsed to do a 3+ year degree in it.” WFJ Quinn, BAComms – not a journalist.) So I don’t intend to replicate, duplicate, spiflicate or … Continue reading The Woodford Files 2014-15: Care Yourself*

The Woodford Files 2014-2015: The Soldier’s Wife, December 2014

One of our roving Timber and Steel reporters,┬áBill Quinn, has 36 000 rules and observations for festivals. An important one this time of year is that if you sit in one place for the whole festival, then eventually the whole festival passes you by. And so it was on Boxing Day that one of these … Continue reading The Woodford Files 2014-2015: The Soldier’s Wife, December 2014

The Woodford Files 2014-2015: Moochers Inc., December 2014

Originally posted on Timber and Steel:
The wonderful Woodford Folk Festival kicks off on the Sunshine Coast hinterland in a magical kingdom called Woodfordia on Saturday 27 December 2014, and ends in a fiery extravaganza on the evening of Thursday 1 January 2015. If you’ve not experienced Woodford before, then don’t delay. There’s still time…

Folk On The Road – Endless Sky: A Personal, Musical Love Letter To Mparntwe

Folk On The Road – Endless Sky: A Personal, Musical Love Letter To Mparntwe – A literal life-changing experience… well, that’s a bit melodramatic, Bildo. How about it set you on a new direction or directions? Let’s go with that. Yep.