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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, or the Members Index if you are a Monaro Folk Society member.

Click the "Calendar" link over on the left


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 25 October 2014 at the Canberra Baptist Church 11 Currie Cres Kingston 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.

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Monday Bush Dance Class

Bush Dance Classes

Bush Dance Classes provide an opportunity for dancers to learn and practice bush (and occasionally other styles like Contra, Irish, Bavarian, Scandinavian and Scottish) 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

All Saints Church Hall 9 Cowper Street Ainslie.

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.

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First Saturday Dance

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The next First Saturday Dance will be at the O'Donnell Youth Centre, corner of Henty St and Limestone Ave, Braddon (car park entry off Henty St.) on SATURDAY 1 NOVEMBER.
Please note the change of venue for this dance only.

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.

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Dancers' Dance

For intermediate to experienced dancers looking for a more challenging and varied evening of dancing
the next DANCERS' DANCE will be on SATURDAY 8 NOVEMBER 2014.
Please note the change of date to avoid clashing with the Majors Creek Festival.
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...

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.

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More Dancing

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.

Merry Muse

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

Friday Ceilis at the Merry Muse

At Merry Muse Folk Club,
Now at the Burns Club, Kambah

For details see The Merry Muse

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.

About the Monaro Folk Society Web Site

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

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!

Members' Site

If you are a current financial member of the Monaro Folk Society, please visit the Members Only Wiki to find some information of interest to members only. Links to both the public and members' web sites are included in the Members Index.

The MFS maintains two sites, this public site and the members-only site. Most information about the MFS is available from this MFS public web site. This includes all events information. However there is some information that is restricted to members-only, either because it is a benefit of membership, or is in the nature of internal discussion, committee minutes, members-only contact details, etc. This information is published on the members-only site, not on this public site. All other information is published on this public site and not duplicated on the members-only site.

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.

Events Diary

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 "" (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 requesting access.

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MFS Publications



  • 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

MFS Committee and other Contacts

For contact information please see Contact Us


MFS Dance Activities

Special Events

Dance Groups

MFS Dance Display Groups

Member's Activities

  • 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]
  • - 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.

For volunteer resources, please see the Document Catalogue. The catalogue includes important information for all volunteers, such as the MFS Code Of Conduct and the Risk Management Plan.


On Line Resources

Members' Services

MFS members can place notices in these areas offering services to folk culture activities.


Sales - Get your copy of the history of the Society book, "A Score and a Half of Folk".


Links of interest to Monaro Folk Society members and those with similar interests.

Content Manager: MFS Web Manager; Status: Work In Progress