Monaro Folk Society
Welcome to the Monaro Folk Society (MFS) web site. For quick reference to this site, please see the alphabetical Index in the navigation pane to the left.
- 1 LATEST NEWS
- 2 Upcoming Events Calendar
- 3 Welcome
- 4 Joining the Monaro Folk Society
- 5 Events Diary
- 6 MFS Publications
- 7 Music
- 8 MFS Committee and other Contacts
- 9 Dance
- 10 Volunteers
- 11 Resources
The next Merry Muse will be Friday 11 July - at the
Burns Club 8 Kett St Kambah
Cameron Mather will perform A Tribute to Stan Rogers PLUS Steve Russell will perform songs of the blues masters. Stan Rogers, one of Canada’s leading performers and singer songwriters, has left a legacy of music which has spread throughout the folk scene across the world. Cameron Mather, more commonly known for his Celtic music, won the prestigious 2013 NFF Peter J. Daly Memorial Award for Outstanding Performance of Celtic Music and the Young Traditions Award at lllawarra FF. In this show, he pays tribute to Stan rogers and performs a selection of some of his finest songs. A must see for any Stan Rogers fan. Well-known Canberra blues artist Steve Russell sings the blues because it matters. He doesn’t write songs saying “why dig for gold when there’s diamonds lying all around? The old blues, Mississippi John Hurt, Robert Johnson, Blind Willie McTell, Sonny and Brownie, Blind Blake (OMG), Charlie Patton and all the rest, this stuff shines so bright all I want to do is polish it or frame it, or put a little light and shadow around it.” And that he does!! Expect one or two folk songs thrown in for good measure.
Admission $12 MFS Members $14 Concessions $17 Others For more info Phone Eileen 0412 127 882 or www.merrymuse.org.au
First Saturday Dance
The next First Saturday Dance will be at the
All Saints Church Hall, 9 Cowper Street, Ainslie on SATURDAY 1 NOVEMBER.
Note: the first Saturday in September is the Colonial Ball, and in October is a long weekend (and the Goulburn Gathering), so there is no dance at Ainslie in either of these months.
Dancing starts at 8pm with calling by Peter Foster and other invited callers. As usual there will be live music provided by the Bush Capital Band.
Cost is just $14 for MFS members and $18 for non-members (or $16 for groups and concession holders), with full-time students half price and under 18s free. Please bring a plate of supper to share during the dance.
All dances are taught and called, so no prior experience is necessary. A great fun night of bush dancing for everyone brought to you by the Monaro Folk Society's Bush Dance Group.
Last Saturday Dance
Bush dances are held on the last Saturday of most months. These are open to everyone and the next of these BUSH DANCES will be on:
SATURDAY 30 August 2014 at the Weston Creek Uniting Church 16 Parkinson St, Weston at 8pm - 11.30pm.
Cost is just $14 for MFS members and $18 for non-members or $16 for groups and concession holders, and under 18s free. Please bring a plate of supper to share during the dance.
All dances are taught and called, so no prior experience is necessary.
For experienced dancers looking for a more challenging and varied evening of dancing - the next DANCERS' DANCE
ALL SAINTS will be on
SATURDAY 23 AUGUST 2014.
The venue is All Saints Church Hall 9 Cowper Street Ainslie with dancing from 8pm - 11.30pm
For details of callers and dance styles at the next dance, see...
Monday Bush Dance Class
Bush Dance Classes in 2014 will include a Contra Night on the first Monday of the month. These workshops provide an opportunity for dancers to learn and practice bush (and Contra) dancing, while enjoying a lively evening of fun and varied dances. Also a chance for musicians to join in and learn traditional bush dance music, and for callers to practice their calling.
Bush Dance Classes are held on Mondays in March through November (except public and school holidays) at
Learn lively dances to live music, or come along and help introduce newcomers to this wonderful activity. Musicians, callers, new & experienced dancers and helpers all welcome.
Come and Try: Entry to your first Bush or Contra dancing workshop at All Saints Ainslie is FREE.
Colonial Ball 2014
The 2014 Colonial Ball will be held at the historic Albert Hall on Saturday 6 September 2014. Dress in your colonial evening or after five wear and come and enjoy an evening of dance to the music of the Heritage Ensemble with calling by Don Richmond.
Tickets are still available using the online payment option or by mail order (follow the "see more" link below for details). Cheque or cash sales are also available at the Monday Workshops, the Dancers' Dance on Saturday 23/8, or the End of Month Bush Dance on Saturday 30/8. Alternatively tickets can be ordered by email to colonial email@example.com and paid for by direct transfer of funds from your bank account.(
Kids' Bush Dances
Kids' Bush Dances are usually held twice a year on the afternoons of the Shearers Ball and the Christmas Dance at the Yarralumla Woolshed.
The next Kids' Dance is expected to be on Saturday 6 December 2014, between 2 and 4pm.
Bush Dancing for children of all ages (younger children may need some adult help) and for their young at heart carers.
For more bush and other dance styles dates, please see the Calendar.
Full-time students are offered half price entry to all bush dancing events, just show your student card.
Friday Ceilis at the Merry Muse
At Merry Muse Folk Club,
Now at the Burns Club, Kambah
For details see The Merry Muse
"Colonial Ball" Banner - information wanted
Do you remember this "Colonial Ball" Banner?
One of them was a Colonial Ball banner. It is 2m high, 1.1m wide, made of Midnight Blue satiny fabric. On this backing are appliquéd dozens of tiny dancing figures in gold fabric, the whole being completed by the words "Colonial Ball", in cursive script, worked in round sequins.
It is truly a work of art, made with love. But I haven't been able to find out who made it, or even when.
I hope somebody out there can remember its origins, or even give me some clues to help me track down its history.
They say "a picture is worth a thousand words", so here is a picture to help jog your memory.
The banner is in very good condition, needing only a little attention to re-glue parts of some figures (arms, legs, heads) that have lifted slightly, although it appears that none of the figures has been lost.
Following its rediscovery, the banner was used for at least one annual ball - the Colonial Ball of 2010 and/or 2011. You may remember seeing it upstanding in the foyer of Albert Hall, near the staircase.
Any and all information is welcome, no matter how badly-remembered. Please contact John Carroll on 0409-600-586 or in Canberra on (02) 6248-0781 or in Melbourne on (03) 9419-7869.
Thank you, JC
Upcoming Events Calendar
Please see the Calendar for upcoming events of interest to members of the Monaro Folk Society, and members of the public who may share this interest.
The MFS is a non-profit community organisation operating in the ACT-Monaro region providing access to both entertainment and direct involvement in a wide range of folk music, dance, and spoken word activities. See: What the Monaro Folk Society does
The MFS is based in Canberra, Australia. For more information please see: About Monaro Folk Society
If you are a current financial member of the Monaro Folk Society, please read our further information about the Members Only Wiki.
This wiki is a collection of Web pages designed to enable any MFS member who wishes to, to contribute or modify content. The collaborative encyclopedia Wikipedia is one of the best-known wikis. Ward Cunningham, the developer of the first wiki software, WikiWikiWeb, originally described it as "the simplest online database that could possibly work".
"Wiki" (/wiːkiː/) is a Hawaiian word for "fast".
If you are not a current financial member of the Monaro Folk Society you are welcome to browse this public Wiki, but only members are authorised to log in and contribute to its development. We also welcome non-members too!
Joining the Monaro Folk Society
Membership of the Monaro Folk Society is open to any person. There are many benefits of membership, and you are supporting a worthy community-based organisation by joining.
MFS members are admitted to virtually all paid-entry MFS events at a preferential rate (see Music, Dance for examples), and also receive the monthly Monaro Musings by mail. Members can also take part in the Society's music or singing sessions or dance display groups.
And one more thing - MFS is a very friendly social environment, for listeners and watchers as well as players, dancers and singers at all levels of skill.
For further information, read our article on Joining the Monaro Folk Society.
The activities of the Monaro Folk Society, and activities of interest to Monaro Folk Society members and those with similar interests, are listed in the Calendar.
Our calendar ID is "firstname.lastname@example.org" (excluding the quotes). If you have your own Google calendar, you can do things such as overlay our calendar on top of yours, subscribe to notifications, etc. If you don't know what any of this means but are curious and want to experiment, try clicking on the + icon in the bottom right of the calendar.
If you want to edit the calendar (as in add or remove events), try clicking on the + icon in the bottom right corner of the calendar. If you think you don't have the necessary permissions, try sending an email to email@example.com requesting access.
- Monaro Musings - the magazine of the Monaro Folk Society.
- MFS-Announce - the Monaro Folk Society announcements e-mail list.
- The Merry Muse is the Monaro Folk Society's principal music performance venue.
- Every 3rd Friday of the month, The Merry Muse hosts a Ceili with blackboard/walk-up performances.
Music Sessions and Bands
- Tuesday Night Music group - is the intermediate level session group.
- Wednesday night Music Group - is the more advanced session group that also plays for dances.
- Bush Capital Band - the band that plays regularly for the Bush Dance Group events - open stage for Monday Bush Dance workshops, and regular line-up for First Saturday of the Month Bush Dances.
- Woolies Home Band - a band made up of the Wednesday group musicians.
- Canberra Contra Club Ensemble - an open stage band that plays regularly for Contra Dance workshops and dances.
- Dancing In The Park Musicians - an open stage band that plays for the Monday evening summer season of "Dancing in the Park" on Stage 88 in Commonwealth Park. see - Dancing_in_the_Park
MFS Committee and other Contacts
For contact information please see Contact Us
MFS Dance Activities
- Dancing in the Park (DITP) - a season of dances, free to MFS members and the public, held on Stage 88 in Commonwealth Park.
- Bush Dance Classes - Monday evening bush dance classes
- First Saturday of the Month Bush Dances - First Saturday of the month dances run by the MFS Bush Dance Group
- End of Month Bush Dances - a program of lively Saturday evening dances throughout the year, run by the End of Month Dance Committee.
- Contra Dances - a program of Saturday evening contra dances throughout the year.
- Contra Workshops - a program of monthly Monday evening contra dance classes throughout the year (1st Monday of the month - check the calendar).
- Dancing for Dancers Workshops - a program of Tuesday evening style and technique classes throughout the year (2nd and 4th Tuesday monthly).
- Australian Heritage Dance - Celebrate ACT Heritage Week for dancing to dances from our past
- Bush Capital Ball - Celebrate the beginning of Autumn with the Bush Capital Ball
- Colonial Ball - the premier annual dance event of the Society, now in it's 33rd year
- Dancers Dances - Bush Dancers Dances and Multi-Genre Dancers Dances.
- Gala Ball - special grand ball in May at the Albert Hall.
- New Years Eve dance - a special dance on 31st December to bring in the new year.
- Shearers Ball - a special dance held in the Yarralumla Woolshed.
- Bush Dance Group - a cooperative group of dancers, callers and musicians that runs [Bush dance] workshops, monthly bush dances and balls.
- Irish Set Dance Group - a cooperative group of dancers, teachers and callers that run regular [Irish Set Dance] classes, ceilis and a weekend of dance.
- Canberra Contra Club - a cooperative group of dancers, callers and musicians that runs American [Contra dance] workshops and dances.
- Dancing for Dancers - a cooperative group of dancers and callers that runs workshops for the improvement of dancing style and technique.
- Earthly Delights Historic Dance Academy - a group of dancers, callers and musicians that display [historic social dance] for public and private events.
MFS Dance Display Groups
- The Bush Dancers display group - promoting bush dancing and Australian traditional music.
- Monaro Colonial Dancers - a group committed to presenting our rich heritage of music and dance to the public.
- Set In Their Ways display group - a specialist Irish Set Dance display group.
- Majors Creek Festival - the Majors Creek Festival returns after a three year recess, from Friday 21 to Sunday 23 November 2014.
- Bundanoon Bush Dance Weekend - The June long weekend Bundanoon event has been a great success, join the next June long weekend.
- Jane Austen Festival Australia 10-13 April 2014 - annual event held in Canberra every April attracting hundreds of visitors from around Australia and even from overseas. Small soirees, concerts, a costumed promenade, theatre, archery, fencing, Napoleonic Re-enactors, fashion, food, talks and of course LOTS of dancing feature over three days and four nights, plus there is an opportunity to attend two grand Jane Austen Balls! New venue: University House [Aylwen Gardiner-Garden]
- 19th Century Costume & Dance Retreat 14-17 April 2014 - annual event held at the historic Yarrangobilly Caves House every April for 40 guests. Small soirees, morning dance workshops, evening costume dances, bush walking, cave tours, swimming in a natural thermal pool and lots more. Self-catered. Ph (02) 6281-1098 [Aylwen Gardiner-Garden]
- Canberra Shakespeare Festival 7-9 June 2014 - Held in Canberra over the June long weekend. Ph 0409 817 623 . [Aylwen Gardiner-Garden]
- Earthly Delights Historic Dance Academy - historical social dance classes at the ANU & Yarralumla; special themed balls, dance display group, musicians, historical costumes, dance instructions, books, CDs and an email dance newsletter. Ph (02) 6281-1098 . [Aylwen & John Gardiner-Garden]
- Dancecal.info - See what every dance group in Canberra (and beyond) are doing on any day of the year. Google calendars of all participating dance groups are overlaid on top of each other so that dancers can plan their week of dancing :) Easy for dance groups to join the system. Also has information on festivals. "Tell your friends!" [Nesa Simon David]
The Monaro Folk Society is run by a small army of volunteers. If you would like to join this merry band, please enquire of any existing volunteer, or email Info(at)mfs(dot)org(dot)au to discuss ideas. You will be made welcome either way.
On Line Resources
MFS members can place notices in these areas offering services to folk culture activities.
- Bands, Musicians and Choirs
- Dance Callers and resources
- Instrument makers and repairers
- PA and other sound resources
Sales - Get your copy of the history of the Society book, "A Score and a Half of Folk".
Content Manager: MFS Web Manager; Status: Work In Progress