Old Gold Folk Club 7th September

Ballyhooley News - Folk Group Steps Out

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Event Date: 
7 Sep 2014

Eurobodalla folk group Ballyhooley is about to step out from the cosy confines of the South Coast to try itself on the folk festival circuit.  The group already has two festival bookings:

  • The Turning Wave Festival in Yass in September
  • The Kangaroo Valley Folk Festival in October.

But, the good news for local folkies is that you can catch Ballyhooley next Sunday (7 September) at the Old Gold Folk Club in Mogo.The Digger's Rest Tavern, 3-6pm, admission free.

About Ballyhooley

Jesse Rowan and Terry McGee started Ballyhooley 10 or more years ago, when they still lived in Canberra, and teamed up with Catalina banjo player Melanie Turner when they moved down to Malua Bay eight years back.  Not too much happened at first until the trio started the Old Gold Folk Club at the Original Gold Colony in Mogo.  It proved a great success - on the first afternoon they heard Moruya singer and piano teacher harmonising with their songs, and the trio became a foursome.

“We're about as lucky as you can get”, says main lead singer Jesse Rowan.  “We have four very different singers who also play four very different musical instruments.”  Jesse plays hammer dulcimer, the trapezoidal stringed instrument you can see in the image.  Jesse also has long experience in harmony singing, having sung and recorded with the Canberra-based acoustic group Spindlewood.  Jesse is a great enthusiast for the older ballads. 

Her partner Terry plays Irish flute, tin whistle and guitar, and is now adding concertina to his armoury.  Terry previously played with a range of folk groups and folk dance bands in Canberra and was a very active part of the Irish session scene.  He favours the whimsical Irish and Australian songs, and fancies himself as the shantyman on a square rigger.  When not playing music, Terry and Jesse make flutes for Irish music, sold all over the world, and also maintain the 55-bell National Carillon in Canberra.

While Terry manages most of the song accompaniments on guitar, Melanie Turner enriches the overall sound with tenor banjo, mandolin and the tenor guitar backing.  Singing in a harmony group is a relatively new experience for Melanie and she's enjoying it immensely.  But firstly and foremost is her command of the tenor banjo playing Irish music.  There has to be a good reason her banjo is nicknamed “The Terminator”.

Moruya's Julie Kidd is the most musically trained member of the group, not surprising when we find that her day job is as a piano teacher.  But what makes her invaluable to Ballyhooley is her deep voice and skills at harmony.  If there's a harmony to be found, Julie will have it within minutes, even if she's never heard the song before.  Julie is also part of the popular Moruya band, Ironic Circus.

Old Gold Folk Club Event - Mogo NSW

Ballyhooley is the resident band at the Old Gold Folk Club, held on the first Sunday of each month at the Digger's Rest Tavern, part of the Original Gold Colony at Mogo.  3pm to 6pm, Sunday 7 September, admission free.  Food and drinks available, but no EFTPOS.  Bring a friend, or make some new ones there!

Make a weekend of it and book accommodation on-site so you can enjoy without driving!

More Details
Cost: 
Free Entry - Food and Drinks available CASH ONLY
Location: 
Diggers Rest Tavern
Hosted By: 
The Original Gold Rush Colony
Contact Details: 
02 4474 2123

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