The Woodford Files: Underwater Basket Weaving with Aly de Groot

Underwater Basket Weaving at Artisania
Underwater Basket Weaving at Artisania

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.

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

Image courtesy of Fred Smith
Image courtesy of Fred Smith

Fred Smith is at Woodford Folk Festival showcasing his Dust of Uruzgan and Home albums, with a killer backing band.

Melanie Tait: image courtesy of ABC Radio National
Melanie Tait: image courtesy of ABC Radio National

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 place tonight in the Greenhouse at 8pm, so that gives you plenty of time to shovel down a plate of Govinda’s indian goodness or some gozleme or a plato spaghetti up the Junction, and wash it down with a quenching beverage at the Tokyo Bar before joining Fred and Melanie.

If they’re still hanging around at that hour of the day, be sure to have a chat to the lovely Michael just outside the Greenhouse about Future Super (getting all ethical on yo’ asses about where you put your retirement pesos) and the other green stall whose number plate I just can’t recall right now.

Fred’s other remaining gigs at Woodford folk Festival:

Wednesday 31 December, 3.30pm – Small Hall
Thursday 1 January, 11am – Concert Stage

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

Image courtesy of Totally Gourdgeous
Image courtesy of Totally Gourdgeous

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, 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 at Woodford he’s virtually juggling them. His supper club has two showings at Bill’s Bar every day, and Totally Gourdgeous are launching their new live DVD. Also, in the background, Andrew’s Blu Guru fusion band has found a surprising niche.

Bill caught up with Andrew under slightly trying circumstances in the media centre with a couple of locals providing some sound spill to give that really authentic festival feel.

(Luckily you can’t hear the sound of me throwing books of post-it notes at one individual as Andrew was talking about what he’s been up to.)

Gig times for the Andrew Clermont Supper Club:

Daily at 3pm and 9.30pm
EXCEPT New Year’s Day at 10pm

Totally Gourdgeous and various members will be playing here, there and everywhere around the festival and details are on Mal Webb’s Totally Gourdgeous page.

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

Image courtesy of Sugarrush Music
Image courtesy of Sugarrush Music

One of our roving Timber and Steel reporters, Bill Quinn, has 36 000 rules and observations for festivals, an important one this time of year being that if you sit in one place for the whole festival, then eventually the festival passes you by.

And so it was on Boxing Day that one of these myriad chance happenings happened.

Sitting in the cool of the Tokyo Bar, sipping cool ginger beer on ice, the lovely Chanel Lucas turned to say g’day, and how are you going, and whatcha doing, and I’m becoming a Queenslander for four months, and you? I’m about to perform a song in a themed concert called The Soldier’s Wife.

(For porpoises of clarification, Bill is the new ‘33% of the next year Queenslander’, while Chanel is performing in The Soldier’s Wife.)

And this led to a meeting with the just as lovely Deborah Suckling, the brains and organisational braun behind The Soldier’s Wife. Currently an irregularly performed concert, matching female singer-songwriters with “..the partners of Australian servicemen – both past and present – and putting the experience, emotions and lives of those women into song”.

Read more about this wonderful project and the fundraising goodness it does for Legacy Australia at Sugarrush Music.

And/or push play on the below and hear Deborah tell us all about it in a tick over eight minutes:

The one and only extra concert is on tonight (Sunday 28 December 2014) at 8pm AEST at The Duck (concert venue just across the crick from the Tokyo Bar).

A full CD will be out in 2015 through MGM Records, but for now you can enjoy five tracks on Soundcloud:

Or if you’re at the gig, you can grab a CD and make a donation to Legacy Australia.