Garland / Fine
Michael Fine and Carole Garland
A native of the English/Scottish Borders, and was brought up within the traditions of Border Ballads, Northumbrian song, and Barn Dance music, which fits onto Carole’s concertina so well. As a singer she has won many competitions at Border Music Festivals, but now likes to cast her nets into wider pools too numerous to mention. Carole has been a folk music presenter on the radio, starting with 2SER, then 2MBS, now Fine Music FM 102.5 over the past seventeen years, and is now about to have the pleasure of presenting from her collection of World Music on ‘Whirled Wide’, also on Fine Music FM 102.5. She has always been active in producing/staging folk music, and was the Founder of ‘The Loaded Dog’ folk club in Sydney, still happily trotting along with Sandra Nixon on the end of the lead. Since moving to Newcastle she has spent a few years as Bookings and Publicity Officer for Newcastle & Hunter Valley Folk Club. Since meeting Michael Fine, the emphasis has shifted back to performance work and causing beautiful events to happen. TRADEWINDS FOLK EVENTS is a result of this collaboration, and has been named for this lovely Harbour City she is so proud to call home.
Michael Fine (the growler)
Michael is a Sydney boy who fell in love with folk music in his youth and has never lost his passion. He played as a regular in the Wayside Chappell in Sydney’s Kings Cross for two years. He soon joined the Folk Club at the University of Sydney where he played on a regular basis with various mates and artists, many of whom went on to become lifetime friends. Over the years he studied classical guitar, played in a few rock groups and was a long-term member of the famous Solidarity Choir. But since moving to beautiful Woy Woy on the Central Coast, he has been inspired to return to his folk, roots, blues and acoustic roots. You can find him performing as well as listening and introducing performers at the Woy Woy CWA hall most months, where he is MC and president of the Troubadour Folk and Acoustic Music Club. As well as singing and writing the occasional song, Michael plays a Martin finger style guitar, inspired by great contemporary guitarists such as Martin Simpson, Doc Watson and Ry Cooder, as well as many such as Blind Blake and Josh White who have long since left us. He has been moved by the work of the great singer songwriters, especially Leonard Cohen, Joni Mitchell, Woody Guthrie, Bob Dylan and Paul Kelly, and stirred by the traditional singing of those such as the Watersons, the Copper family and Pete Seeger who have kept the music alive. Singing with Carole Garland has been a great joy and has opened up some of the most beautiful and engaging repertoire. Their voices and their instruments seem to belong together.
Peter Allsop and Nicky Ross
Peter Allsop is a singer and player of stringed things. Music has been his passion (some say to the detriment of other things!) for most of his life. He first became involved in folk and acoustic music as a school kid living in Wagga Wagga, before moving to Sydney and playing at venues like the Kirk Gallery and Elizabeth Hotel. He spent many years in troubadour mode, playing around Australia and in America. For a long time now Peter has been involved in the Newcastle folk and acoustic music scene and has been supported by that community. He has played an active role in the folk club and continues to perform as a soloist, duo (with Nicky Ross) and as part of the “The Doctor’s Wife”. He is a fine songwriter and a gifted instrumentalist with an enduring passion to share good music. Nicky Ross grew up in a musical household, steeped in song. Nicky has been singing for as long as she can remember; the most formative songs coming from the folk and protest music traditions. Recently she has turned her hand to writing songs and to learning the fiddle. The songs will be showcased in performance; (watch this space as to what will happen with the fiddle)!!!
The Smith Family (Rob, David and Sarah……and Hannah)
Rob emigrated in 1981. He plays guitar, mandolin and Northumbrian Smallpipes and has a tune and song repertoire which includes Welsh, English, Scottish , Irish and Scandinavian music. In the past he played in the original “Tansey’s Fancy” (with Alex Myers and Co in Tasmania) as well as numerous incarnations of several different bushbands in the Lower Hunter Valley – most notably the “Barrington Band” with Martin Fallding, Martin Morrell and Dave Balding. For the last few years he has also played mandolin with the band “Salmiakki Pelimannit”. He is joined by variable numbers of offspring including David (“Whispering Jack”, “Fig for a Kiss” and “Salmiakki Pelimannit”) and singer Sarah.
Hannah Duque, a superb classical, Scottish and Scandinavian fiddler, also makes appearances as an honorary Smith (….or are we appearing as honorary Duques ?).