Rebecca Wright & Donald McKay house concert

Rebecca Wright & Donald McKay

Rebecca Wright and Donald McKay are guest performers at the next Goodwills’ house concert on Sunday August 14.  Donald’s traditional and original songs from his native Scotland are beautifully complemented by Rebecca’s insightful Australian originals and thoughtful selection of contemporary songs. Accompanied by requinto, cello, acoustic guitar and bodhran, their show will bring you back to the heart of folk.

Rebecca is well-known on the Australian folk circuit for solo performances, inspired songwriting and sensitive cello playing. She has played at countless festivals and folk clubs, including the world-renowned Woodford, National and Port Fairy Festivals. In 2008, Rebecca met Donald while touring in the UK as guest cellosinger with Aussie group Cloudstreet, and soon found herself living in Scotland, immersed in traditional Scottish music and culture.

Since joining their songs and lives together, Rebecca and Donald have toured in Scotland, New Zealand and Australia, with highlights including Woodford, National, Cygnet, Newstead Live!, Palm Creek and Wintermoon festivals. They have released two albums, “Over Burns And Braes” (2016) and “Joys that never weary” (2012).

The concert on August 14 starts at 2pm with an opening set from The Goodwills (Bob & Laurel Wilson). Tickets are $15/$12 and bookings are essential. Contact us via the website or call Bob on 0438 525119.

Gigs – Joan Baez Tribute July 10

Christine Venner-Westaway
Christine Venner-Westaway Photo by Mal Lloyd

The Goodwills’ next house concert on Sunday July 10 features Brisbane singer Christine Venner-Westaway and friends with a tribute to Joan Baez. Known for her pure voice, harmonies and emotive interpretation of songs, Christine will delight and transport you with her Joan Baez Tribute which she premiered at the UK Clennell-Hall Folk Festival Northumberland last year. It has since been performed at Brisbane Unplugged at New Farm and at Perth’s Jackadder Folk Club. Christine will be accompanied by Mick Donnelly (guitar) and Sue Wighton and Mary Brettell (harmonies).

Supported by The Goodwills. Tickets are $15/$12. The concert starts at 2pm. Send us an email on our contact page if you would like to attend.

Karen Law Band 01May 15 featured the Karen Law Band. Nambour-based Karen Law has been writing upbeat and reflective folk songs for over 30 years. She began in the folk clubs of her native England, supporting the likes of Roy Bailey and Vin Garbutt. After moving to Australia in 1995 she soon became a regular at clubs and festivals around the country. The band includes Karen’s 15-year-old son Murray on guitar and trumpet, Maleny singer Jenny Fitzgibbon on harmony vocals and bass player Rob Greenfield.

Her latest CD ‘Asking Questions of your Soul’ was released in 2014 and contains ‘All I Need’, a finalist in the Australian Songwriters Awards.

Gigs through 2016

Check this website from time to time or our Facebook page to see where we are performing. Sometimes it is at short notice. Here’s a few dates in advance:

July 10: House concert with Christine Venner-Westaway and friends (a Joan Baez tribute);

August 7: House concert with Rebecca Wright and Donald McKay;

August 20: The Goodwills and others at the Folk Rag Concert, Danish Club Newstead at 7pm;

October 16: House concert with Fred Smith;

November 20: House concert with Penny Davies and Roger Ilott.

Our house concerts are sponsored by the Queensland Folk Federation.