Gone Molly house concert Maleny April 28

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Gone Molly (l-r) Sally Harris, Rebecca Wright, Lachlan Baldwin

A month after releasing their new EP ‘Culloden’, awarding-winning Celtic group Gone Molly will perform at a Goodwills house concert on Sunday April 28.

Brisbane-based Gone Molly comprises Sally Harris (singer-songwriter), Rebecca Wright (cello, vocals) and a new member, multi-instrumentalist Lachlan Baldwin.

Sally has been quietly building a repertoire of songs that bring together a love of history, mythology, traditional song, tunes and sessions.  Sally, Rebecca and Lachlan bring these stories to life with exquisite cello lines, heart-melting harmonies and a flair for the theatrical.

Their debut album Gone Molly features songs that breathe life into colourful characters and tales imagined or discovered.

Gone Molly took home three gongs from the Australian Celtic Music Awards in 2018, including Artist of the Year and Celtic Group of the Year. Maleny sound engineer Pix Vane Mason won Producer of the Year for his work on the debut album.

Gone Molly was a finalist in the 2019 Queensland Music Awards, which came a week ahead of the launch of their EP “Culloden” in late March.

The debut album has received favourable reviews and radio play in Australia, the UK, Canada and the US, resulting in many requests from other folk musicians to cover their songs.  A second EP is due to be released in November 2019 ahead of a planned tour of the UK in 2020.

The Gone Molly house concert on Sunday April 28 starts at 2pm with an opening set from hosts and house band The Goodwills (Bob and Laurel Wilson and guest Helen Rowe). Tickets are $15. Afternoon tea will be available for a gold coin donation.

Bookings are essential. Email Laurel

Goodwills’ house concerts are sponsored by Woodfordia Inc.

Karen Law Band house concert

Maleny house concert Sunday February 24

Karen Law and her family band are our first house concert guests for 2019. Karen was last at our place in Maleny for a house concert in 2016. If you enjoyed that concert, we’re sure you’ll want to come again, and if you missed it, here’s your chance to see Karen and all of her family (husband David and children Murray, Hazel and Roanna) perform for you. Lovely harmonies and quite a variety of instruments, including guitars, flute, trumpet and didgeridoo. The band has performed at many folk festivals in recent years including the National, Illawarra, Maleny and Neurum Creek festivals.

Nambour-based Karen Law released her latest album, The Calm after the Storm, last year. It has been well reviewed and received radio airplay .

Karen 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. Her debut CD ‘A Point on the Map’ was released at this time. A children’s CD followed, then some years later a new beginning, with a wealth of new songs and a band to perform them. Her CD ‘Asking Questions of your Soul’ (which includes Tommy Leonard on guitar and backing vocals), was released in 2014. Her latest CD, ‘The Calm After The Storm’ is gaining impressive feedback with fans. “Such beautiful harmonies, great stories about everyday experiences, amazing guitar and a nice variety in the songs…uplifting, yet soothing to listen to” was one such comment; a remark which could well sum up the band’s performance.

The Goodwills with guest Helen Rowe will perform the opening set of approx. ½ hour, from 3pm followed by afternoon tea. Our special guests will then perform from about 4pm to 5pm.

Tickets are $15, payable at the door. Owing to limited space, it’s essential to book. For bookings, and venue directions email Laurel goodwills <at> ozemail.com.au.

Thanks to Woodfordia Inc for sponsoring Goodwills house concerts.

Seasons greetings from The Goodwills

It only ever dawns on me how much we are still doing as a musical duo (and trio- when Helen Rowe joins us) when I lodge my APRA live returns. (APRA is the organisation that pays song-writers royalties when their original songs are played).  

Highlights of 2018 included the Goodwills trio being booked at both the Maleny and Neurum Creek festivals. Both of these small festivals are staying true to the ethos of a folk festival as a community gathering of like-minded people. The latter has a cap on tickets and camping numbers, so if you are serious about going, get in early for the September 2019 festival.

In November, the trio performed at Brisbane’s longest running unplugged venue, Red Hill Folk. If you have never discovered this truly unique jewel in Brisbane’s entertainment scene, it’s at Red Hill Bowls Club every Wednesday night at 7.30. Entry is $2 and there is supper. Some nights it is an open floor event (anyone can get up and sing or recite) and occasionally there are guest acts.

We performed as a duo at the Australia all Over outdoor broadcast in Toowoomba in September. As a bonus, we got to watch the street parade and marvel at how Toowoomba has grown since we lived there in the 1980s.

Once again, we held unplugged house concerts at our home in Maleny with guests including Evan Mathieson, Cloudstreet, Tin Star and Sadie and Jay. In October Bob held a private function at the Maleny RSL to celebrate his 70th. Bob and guests performed to about 85 people and a jolly time was had by all. We called it our ‘out of house concert’. Bob sent emails to just about everyone he knows, so sorry if you missed it for whatever reason, because it is unlikely to be repeated!

Bob started writing songs again in 2018 and has a few in the works for debut in early 2019. We are working with Pix Vane-Mason to put some of these tunes down for perpetuity, so watch this space.

Bob wrote a song about refugees on Nauru, Manus Island et al and made a short video documentary to go with it. If you have not already seen this, it is worth a revisit. (

We’ll be back in the New Year with our house concert series- first one is in February. We’ll let you know the date and guest artists in plenty of time to book.

Finally, thanks to those who supported The Goodwills (and Bob’s blog, Friday on My Mind) through our website shop.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

Bob, Laurel and Helen

Goodwills at Red Hill Folk Nov 14

The Goodwills with Helen Rowe (centre), photo by Paul Brandon

Hello friends of The Goodwills, it is almost November and we have a gig coming up in Brisbane! On Wednesday November 14 we (Bob, Laurel and Helen Rowe), are the featured acts at Red Hill Folk. This weekly institution in the Brisbane folk scene is held at the Red Hill Bowls Club, Fulcher Street. The music is unplugged and starts at 7.30pm. Admission is $2.

This follows on from appearances at Macca’s outdoor broadcast from Toowoomba, Neurum Creek Festival and Maleny Music Festival, all in September.

In other news, Bob is writing new songs and plans to put a highly topical tune out there any day now.

Goodwills live on Australia all Over

Our friend Paul Brandon took this happy photo of us with guest musician Helen Rowe in the green room at Neurum Creek Festival. Laurel and I will be travelling to our old stamping ground (Toowoomba) today to attend Macca’s outside broadcast (OB) in Laurel Bank Park (tomorrow, Sunday September 23). Australia all Over has been a great supporter of our music over the years so it’s good to give something back when we can. Come over and say g’day.

We played back to back festivals in Maleny and at Neurum Creek (near Woodford) over the past month. It’s great to be among musician friends and audiences who actually sit and listen. The trio will be back together on Wednesday November 14 as guests at Red Hill Folk (Red Hill Bowls Club, Fulcher Street for a 7.30 start.

Goodwills play Neurum Creek 2018

Fresh from well-received gigs at Maleny Music Festival, The Goodwills and guest Helen Rowe are performing this weekend at Neurum Creek Festival. We always enjoy this camping weekend, whether we’re performing or not, so it is an added pleasure to join the list of talented musicians playing under the big tent.

We’re performing on Saturday morning, after Brisbane folk legend Anne Infante. We’ll have CDs at the shop or come up and say G’day after the gig. Bob has been writing songs again so is likely to perform at least one new song in the set.

Neurum Creek Festival, September 14, 15 and 16.

 

Goodwills house concert roll call at Maleny Music Festival

The Goodwills

Quite a few of the guests appearing at the Maleny Music Festival this weekend have also played in our loungeroom over the last year or two.  Cloudstreet, Fred Smith, Sadie & Jay, Tin Star, Karen Law Band and Steve Tyson (who brought along some of his comrades from Rough Red) are among those on the festival bill. We also welcome back Jenny Fitzgibbon from her world travels and, not to forget, we are doing a gig too.

The Goodwills with guest musician Helen Rowe play the Tibrogargan Stage on Saturday at 1.10pm. Laurel and I are also taking part in the Concert for Refugees on Saturday night in the same venue.  The festival starts at the Maleny Showgrounds on Friday evening with a Welcome to Country and continues until Sunday afternoon, with a finale concert at 3.45pm with Zumpa. This is our third festival and we feel privileged to vie for the title of elder statespeople of folk!

Sadie and Jay, Maleny house concert August 5

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Sadie and Jay house concert

Brisbane based duo Sadie & Jay are our house concert guests on Sunday 5th August after recently returning from their second successful tour in the UK. The duo is a creative combination of a deeply traditional folk musician (Jay), with a jazz, blues and roots singer (Sadie). Their songs feature the duo’s vocal harmonies, Jay’s intricate finger style guitar, bouzouki and banjo and Sadie’s double bass. They are influenced by the storytelling nature of the Anglo-Celtic traditions and contemporary folk, blues and roots music which reflects in their collaborative songwriting.

Sadie & Jay recently spent six weeks performing and promoting their second album ‘Rogue Folk’ at folk clubs, house concerts and festivals in the UK. They were thrilled to be guests performers at Upton upon Severn and The Great North Folk Festivals. They won The Great North’s ‘World Around Us’ song competition with their A Capella piece “Song Already Written.”

The concert on August 5, which starts at 2pm, also features house band The Goodwills with guest musician Helen Rowe. Tickets are $15 at the door and afternoon tea will be available. Bookings are essential.

As we are travelling in July, the best way to book is to send Laurel an email goodwills <at>ozemail.com.au or through our contact page.

NB: Our June house concert guests Tin Star, Sadie & Jay and The Goodwills have all been booked to perform at the Maleny Music Weekend August 31 – September 2. Don’t miss Bob & Laurel’s other musical endeavour, as part of Maleny chamber choir ‘Tapestry’ – performing at this festival on Sunday September 2.   

Goodwills house concerts are sponsored by the Queensland Folk Federation 

 

 

 

 

Goodwills performing at Maleny Music Festival

The Goodwills

The Goodwills have been booked to perform at this year’s Maleny Music Festival from August 31 – September 2. Programme details will be released soon.  Our musician friend Helen Rowe will be performing with us so expect fine fiddle playing, whistling, three-part harmonies and Bob’s original songs.

Fans of our Maleny house concerts will recognise a few of the bands performing at the seventh Maleny festival. They include the Fred Smith Trio, Cloudstreet, Tin Star and Sadie and Jay (the latter will also be performing at a house concert on August 5). More on that at a later date.

Two fine local choirs will also be performing at the Maleny festival, Sweet Chilli and our own Tapestry, directed by Kim Kirkman. We (Bob & Laurel) have been members of Tapestry, a mixed acapella chamber choir, for a long time.

The Maleny Music Festival will have something for everyone, with artists as diverse as Getano Bann, Estampa, Nicole Brophy, Kevin Bennett, Martin Pearson, the Hillbilly Goats and fine Celtic bands the Barleyshakes and The Jar.

We hope to see you there. Check out the festival; and book tickets here.