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

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> 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.


Tin Star at Goodwills’ house concert June 10

Tin Star (l-r) Dan Grant, Penny Boys, Cathy Bell

Brisbane trio Tin Star make their Goodwills’ house concert debut on Sunday June 10. Penny Boys, Cathy Bell and Dan Grant are a Brisbane-based trio who have been performing at folk clubs and festivals since joining forces 18 months ago. Hinterland music fans may have spotted them playing at last year’s Maleny Music Festival and rumour has it they will make a return visit in late August.

In the interim you can enjoy this trio, whose music is a little bit folk and a little bit country but like their idols, Gillian Welsh and David Rawlings, meets somewhere in the middle.

Penny and Cathy were members of the popular Brisbane group The Poachers while Cathy and Dan have been long-time collaborators with Brisbane songwriter Mark Cryle. Cathy plays fiddle and accordion, Dan plays guitar and both provide harmonies for Penny’s distinctive, mellifluous voice.

Tin Star has been working on original songs for a debut album while performing at festivals including Wintermoon (NQ), Turning Wave (Yass), Music by the Sea and the West End Sessions. Last year the trio performed at the Neurum Creek and Maleny music festivals.

Here’s a live sample from the Wintermoon festival

The concert starts at 2pm on Sunday June 10 with a set from your house concert hosts, The Goodwills, often heard on Australia all Over.

Admission is $15 and bookings are essential. Afternoon tea will be available. For bookings contact Laurel goodwills (at)

This concert follow a sold-out show by Cloudstreet on April 22. Our house concerts are popular and we have a limited number of seats so if you would like to book, email Laurel or use the contact page on this website.

We have one more concert scheduled for 2018 with the entertaining folk duo Sadie and Jay, currently touring in the UK.  They will perform on Sunday August 5. Check back later for details.

Cloudstreet house concert April 22, 2018

In our 20th year of presenting house concerts we are pleased to welcome back internationally renowned folk group Cloudstreet. The Brisbane trio return to Maleny on Sunday April 22, their sixth appearance as guests of The Goodwills (Bob & Laurel Wilson).  Cloudstreet perform New Australian folk music, a combination of Anglo-Celtic and Australian traditional songs and tunes, coupled with trad-styled original songs. Their music is arranged for an array of instruments including guitar, concertina, flute, whistle and fiddle and now includes the fiddle playing and singing of Emma Nixon.

Original members John Thompson and Nicole Murray have toured in the UK several times and have now completed two UK tours as a trio with Emma. Nicole and Emma have also performed at The Goodwills’ house concert as The Wish List.

Hosts Bob & Laurel Wilson (The Goodwills), in company with fiddler/singer Helen Rowe, will perform an opening set of originals and covers.

The concert starts at 2pm. Tickets are $15 and afternoon tea will be available. Bookings are essential. Email Laurel goodwills (at)

Later in the year we will have the Brisbane trio Tin Star (June 10) and Brisbane duo Sadie & Jay (August 5). Sadie & Jay,who have been ‘on a promise’ to perform in our loungeroom for a while, will just be back from a UK tour.

We have hired the Maleny RSL for an event on October 27 but can’t tell you about it at this early stage. Put those dates in your diaries, though.

Goodwills’ house concerts are sponsored by the Queensland Folk Federation.

Evan Mathieson Maleny house concert Feb 25

Evan Mathieson at the Dorrigo Bluegrass and Folk Festival

Evan Mathieson is your genuine old-fashioned ‘folkie’ who makes and plays his own unique ‘Aussieharps’. He is also an accomplished guitarist and blues harpist who has a wide-ranging taste in music, from Songs of the Sea through Jazz and Blues as well as Trad and Contemporary. Evan is also known for his recordings of the late Harry Robertson’s songs about seafaring and whaling.

Those who frequented the UpFront Club’s monthly folk sessions, a Bit of Folk on the Side, will remember Evan’s entertaining sets.

His tongue-in-cheek philosophy is: “There are only two types of music- good and bad.”

Hosts ‘The Goodwills’ (Bob & Laurel Wilson) will play an opening set, followed by afternoon tea and then the featured artist.

To book and for venue directions, please phone Laurel 5435-2333 or email:

Adm: $15. Homemade afternoon tea/coffee and goodies available.

For more info on Evan, see

Goodwills’ house concerts are sponsored by the Queensland Folk Federation

House concert dates and other news

We are currently juggling dates for house concerts in April, June, August and October. We are pleased to announce that Brisbane trio Tin Star (Cathy Bell, Penny Boys and Dan Grant) have confirmed for June 10. Other dates will be added later.

Hopefully some of our house concert fans got to hear Fred Smith and Liz Frencham play at the Maleny RSL on February 2. Fred has played three house concerts at our place but last time we had to turn too many people away. The RSL gig, which we helped to promote and also played at, was most successful with 130 people attending.

Bob & Laurel



Fred Smith at Maleny RSL February 2

Songwriter Fred Smith, photo by Geoffrey Dunn. See Trybooking link below

Dear House Concert fans,

We are opening Friday night’s concert at the Maleny RSL for songwriter Fred Smith. Fred, accompanied by Liz Frencham (double bass and vocals) are launching his new double CD, Great. Last year Fred presented his Dust of Uruzgan show at the Maleny Community Centre for the Maleny Arts Council.

After discussions with Fred we decided that as we had to turn people away at his last two sold-out house concerts, this time he’s going to Maleny RSL. Fred organised this gig himself but we are helping him with promotion. Highly recommended.

Fred Smith – album launch, Maleny RSL, Friday February 2, 2018 7.30. Tickets: $20 Adults, $15 Children U18



House Concerts 2018

Yes, well will be having another series of house concerts in 2018 with the first date in February yet to be confirmed. Our guests in 2017, including Brad Butcher and Kelly Cork, Cloudstreet, Kieran Halpin and Gone Molly attracted full houses. Enjoy the short video from the Gone Molly concert and check back here in January for an update.

The Goodwills



Gone Molly Maleny house concert October 22

Gone Molly (L-R Rebecca Wright, Sally Harris

Popular Brisbane folk duo Gone Molly (Sally Harris and Rebecca Wright) are the featured artists for The Goodwills’ next house concert on October 22. Over just two years this exciting duo has become well known on the Australian folk festival and club circuit. They most recently performed at the Neurum Creek and Maleny music festivals in September.

Sally Harris was born in the north of England and writes songs that draw on the traditions of Anglo-Celtic tunes and story-telling. Her songs bring together a love of history, mythology, traditional song, tunes and folk music sessions. She and cellist/singer Rebecca Wright weave these songs and stories into contemporary arrangements for cello, guitar and vocal harmonies.

Rebecca Wright is a solo singer/songwriter and guest cello-singer with numerous acts. Artists she has performed with include Fred Smith, Judy Small, Cloudstreet, Mark Cryle, and The Wish List. Currently based in her hometown of Brisbane, Rebecca plays in a duo with her husband Donald McKay, and a Scottish dance band (The Ceilidh Clan).

Gone Molly (see live video here) is meanwhile finalising a debut CD with producer Pix Vane-Mason at his Conondale studios. Sally and Rebecca successfully financed the project through crowd-funding portal Pozible.

This will be the last Goodwills’ house concert for 2017 and follows a sell-out crowd for Irish songwriter Kieran Halpin on August 6. Other acts to perform in the Goodwills’ loungeroom through 2017 include Brad Butcher and Kelly Cork, Chuck and Chrissy Euston and Cloudstreet.

The Gone Molly concert starts at 3pm with a set from hosts The Goodwills and guest singer/fiddle player Helen Rowe. For bookings and directions, email Laurel goodwills (at) or use the contact page on this website. Tickets are $15/$12.

Goodwills’ house concerts are sponsored by the Queensland Folk Federation.


Irish songwriter Kieran Halpin plays Maleny August 6

Irish songwriter Kieran Halpin

Irish songwriter Kieran Halpin may not know all the answers, but he knows how to construct memorable songs. Some of his best-known songs (like All the Answers and Nothing to Show for it All), have been covered by major UK folk artists.

Kieran’s house concert in Maleny on Sunday August 6 is a long-awaited encore to his 2011 concert at Bob & Laurel Wilson’s home. Kieran is on a 24-date tour of Australia and New Zealand.

Kieran is a prolific songwriter with a base in Germany, from where he keeps up a touring schedule of more than 160 gigs a year. Only the best songwriters have their songs covered by major artists and Kieran Halpin’s name keeps cropping up on albums by the likes of Ilse De Lange, Vin Garbutt, Dolores Keane, The Battlefield Band, John Wright and Niamh Parsons.

You may have heard people sing his tunes at folk clubs, pubs and festivals. Songs like All the Answers, Angel in Paradise, Nothing to Show for it All and Mirror Town are among those covered multiple times. Some of Kieran’s songs have been translated into German, Finnish and Spanish. He has recorded 22 albums in his native Ireland, Scotland, London, Nashville, Oxford and Sydney and his latest, Doll, was recorded in Germany.

On stage Kieran Halpin is powerful and passionate, intimate and intense. As one critic said, he has a ‘‘wonderful stage presence and surprising humour.

“Every song has a story and every lyric paints that story clearly”

The concert on August 6 starts with a short set of original songs from house band The Goodwills, often heard on Australia all Over.

Tickets are $15. Bookings are essential as seating is limited. Email Laurel goodwills (at)