Perfomers and teachers

Our members include many talented singers, musicians, teachers and providers of other musical services.

Want to get listed here? Find out how. (Current NFFC members only.)


The Angelicats

The Angelicats are a group of fun-lovin' local women who play urban folk. With a diverse range of songs, incorporating a range of instruments and vocal harmonies, they will simply leave you feeling good.

The Angelicats formed following a one-off, impromptu song at a Folk Club Night several years ago. Since then they have appeared at The Newport Folk Festival, Williamstown Festival and the Yarraville Gardens Christmas Carols. Regular performances include Folk Club nights, Substation Markets and other local community events. 

The Angelicats are available for private functions.
Contact Chris on 0418 290 795 or via facebook.


Cat House

A litter of pretty kitties playing sassy songs with lush harmonies on a variety of unlikely instruments including ukulele, accordion, sax, glockenspiel, melodica, fiddle and various percussion. With performances at The Boite, Royal Exhibition Buildings, Thornbury Theatre, Newport Festival, The Substation Market, Melbourne Ukulele Festival, Bar 303, Darebin Feast and Selby Accapella Festival (with special dispensation to play instruments!) as well as more intimate house concerts and birthday parties, the Cats can turn their paws to any style of gig or venue. Available for high class and corporate functions as well as formal or fun weddings, parties, anything

Contact Gail: 0481 363 362 or via our Facebook page


Dave Davies

From Ironbark to Dandaloo, Dave has been bringing us poems and stories of the bush for many years now.

In 2013 Dave launched his CD The Man From Ironbark and other Australian Poems and Stories. The CD showcases Dave's extensive repertoire, including C.J. Dennis' The Play, Banjo Paterson's How Gilbert Died and Henry Lawson's The Lights of Cobb and Co.

 

Contact Dave .


Ellen Mary Fish

Ellen has been playing the guitar, and writing and singing folk songs since 2001. Her style ranges from poignant traditional folk to light country rock. Her songs explore local Australian themes and create personal inner landscapes. While known for her haunting songs of love and loss, Ellen does write funny songs too. Ellen's launched her CD The Only Colour in November 2014 at the Bar of Bengal in Yarraville. She enjoys singing at the Newport Fiddle & Folk Club’s Open Stage night and is currently learning to play the banjo.

See Ellen's website

Contact Ellen


Flutes Out West

If you are seeking the technical prowess to play those fast, folky tunes or a beautiful, rich tone for the lilting ones, look no further.

I am a flute and recorder teacher with over 25 years teaching and performing experience.

I am a classical musician by trade but have always had a soft spot for folk music, especially anything Irish.

I teach in my local studio and cater to busy adults by offering fortnightly lessons.

If you would like a free trial lesson or more info, please call Kaylene Brooks on 0438 913 040 or contact

See the Flutes Out West website.


Folkus

Folkus have been performing around Melbourne and country districts since 2006, sharing their passion for Australian & Irish songs & tunes with a touch of contemporary folk.

Neil & Mary-Anne have regularly performed at Polly Woodside, Newport Folk Festival and many local and rural community events. Folkus often perform at 'nautical' events, such as the Williamstown Tall Ships Festival, Geelong Wooden Boat Festival and the Alma Doepel Anniversary celebrations. Folkus also combine with other musicians to form the Bush Band 'Barking Mad', with Neil calling the dances.

Folkus are available for private functions.
Bookings: 0410 657 163 or


Footscray Gypsy Orchestra

Footscray Gypsies are a world music community orchestra based in Footscray in the western suburbs of Melbourne, with a repertoire of Klezmer, Gypsy and Balkan music and an occasional foray into other genres. You are likely to be treated to a labryinth of singing, strumming, blowing, banging and shaking. When performing we offer a large stage presence coupled with a big sound into the Middle Eastern and European musical traditions. Oh, I forgot to mention that we also like people to dance. Don’t be surprised if some of the band invades the audience and brings them to their feet.

Contact Terry on 0425 751 381


The Good Earth

Where It All Began

Good time roots music that opens the heart and moves the body.

Fiddler Michaela Mee joins long time Newport Fiddle and Folk Club members Bruce Williams (mandolin and guitar) and Michael Stewart (fiddle and guitar) to play the music they love – original roots tunes and songs from bluegrass and Celtic to old time country blues.

Come and enjoy!

Contact Michael

 


Laid Back 'n' Blue

This local 4-piece got an enthusiastic reception at their Open Studio debut during the Melbourne Ukulele Festival in 2013. Featuring cool, smooth blues & laid back classics infused with sultry vocals and harmonies, they spice their repertoire with bass, slide guitar, ukulele & harmonica plus occasional percussion. Their repertoire includes classic blues from the likes of Big Bill Broonzy & Robert Johnson to more contemporary approaches from Maria Muldaur, BB King and the Rolling Stones, as well as originals. Performances include Newport & Darebin Festivals, Bar 303, Thornbury Theatre, and Burrinja Arts Centre.

Available for private functions. Contact Gail: 0481 363 362 or


Simon Leverton

Simon sings a wide variety of songs; blues, Celtic, trad., folk, as well as self-penned songs.  

He accompanies himself with precise, punchy finger-style guitar and occasionally uses different tunings to add a haunting quality to his music.

He writes songs that are humorous, political, wistful, and just plain fun, and is a passionate advocate for our beautiful natural environment.  

He'll have you singing along in no time.

More information on Simon's website.

Contact 0419 887 483.

 


Mysterious Mose

A colourful, quirky band drawn from all over Victoria, playing the toe-tapping, good-time music of the 1920's and 30's. Jug, blues, jazz, hokum and swing numbers feature classic jug band instrumentation of strings, washboard, kazoos, jug and singing saw, plus multiple vocals, harmonies and cheeky repartie, all wrapped up in dapper, flapper costumerie. They have performed to acclaim at Newport, Yarraville, Williamstown and Maldon Festivals, The Great Alpine Pick, Dunnolly Blues and Roots, Guildford Banjo Jamboree, Burrinja Arts Centre, and Newstead Live, as well as hotels and house concerts around Melbourne and the Goldfields.

Available for private functions. Contact Gail: 0481 363 362 or


Newport Guitar School

Newport Guitar School is operated and run by Rob Broatch. Rob offers private, one on one tuition in a friendly and professional environment, with styles ranging from acoustic fingerpicking to the latest rock techniques.

Lessons are $30/ half hour, at a regular time each week. Rob has studied at the Guitar Institute in London, toured extensively throughout Australia and the UK with everything from rock, blues, country and yes ....cabaret! Current students range in age from age 6 to 81.

Feel free to call with any enquiries: Ph: 93916304 Mob: 0400 919 275 or check out the website.


Paisley and Plaid

Paisley and Plaid is a trio that draws inspiration from around the world and around the corner. They sing about love, justice, beauty and hanging out the washing. They weave their voices together in gorgeous harmonies, sometimes a cappella and sometimes with guitar, ukulele and percussion. Paisley and Plaid is Steph Payne (vocals, ukulele and laughter), Georgie Sinha (vocals, percussion and witty asides) and Alan Davies (vocals, guitar and Dad jokes).

Paisley and Plaid website

Contact: Alan Davies 0401 357 454 or .


The Ricolas

Nicola and Rick's repertoire sits at the quieter end of the Celtic music genre - heartfelt and lyrical their music moves from the Irish tunes of Turlough O'Carolan through to traditional Scottish melodies, with a few session tunes and songs thrown in for good measure.

 

Contact Rick .

 


Stereo Stories

Writers and musicians combine to present personal stories about  songs. Stories of humour, pathos and love with doses of country, jazz, pop and rock. Melody and memoir. Narrative and song. Hosted by Williamstown writer Vin Maskell and featuring The Stereo Stories Band of writers and musicians. Spoken-word and music together, in stereo.

Stereo Stories website

Contact: Vin Maskell  03 9397 7809  or .

 


Sunny and Cloudy

Sunny and Cloudy are Greg Jenkins (vocals, harmonica, mandolin and percussion) and Geoff Forbes (vocals and guitar). Their joyful original singalong songs range from blues to bush ballads via Tin Pan Alley and beat poetry, all held together by patter with lashings of ratbag humour.

Their hilarious show explores the chequered past, tragic present and limited future of these two would-be Blues Giants. Their speciality is writing and performing songs appropriate to the venue or occasion. Check out their Facebook page


The Tallboys

Greg (vocals/guitar) and Steve (bass) have been performing their self-penned songs and instrumentals around Newport since they crossed paths via the Newport Bush Orchestra. With the addition of Suanna (violin), their repertoire now ranges from Celtic to Bach, interpreting songs of Cohen/Taylor/Mitchell/Browne, and of course their original material voicing Australian life. The ‘boys’ are available for gigs and events. 

Sample them on video and SoundCloud or visit Facebook.

 


Ukulele Dolls

Presenting the Ukulele Dolls. This band of vivacious ladies specialise in melodic songs of yesteryear, and rise to the occasion at Christmas time, Australia day and Anzac Day or any other theme, occasion or group. The Ukulele Dolls have been consistently busy since forming in 2010, performing at various events around Hobsons Bay and beyond. The regular gigs at nursing homes and various social organisations keep the band well-tuned and ready for the next occasion.

For bookings contact Alison: 0411 565 807 or Carol: 0419 351 820.

You can also reach us on our website or Facebook.


WestEnd Piano Tuning Services

WestEnd Piano Tuning, where all pianos – the old, young, the short and tall, arthritic, even the wan, the dissonant, the hideous…no, not the hideous, the uncongenial – receive professional care and service!
Operating from both Newport and Venus Bay in South Gippsland, WestEnd provides qualified piano tuning and services to Melbourne Metro, Western and Northwest Suburbs, Geelong and South Gippsland customers.
or call Jamie Crickmay on 0425 782 542 to improve the sound of your piano.
Please visit, like and share our Facebook page with others. 

15% discount for NFFC members.

 


Wyndukes

The Wyndukes, Wyndham's ukulele collective, meet weekly Thursdays 10-11am at the Old Shire Offices, Werribee. It's a practice group that welcomes people of all levels. It's free, thanks to the City of Wyndham giving us free use of the room and Steph Payne, voluntarily facilitating the group. All you need is a ukulele! We'll master these four strings together or die trying (or laughing). 

Wyndukes website

Contact: Steph Payne, 0409 856 071 or


 

Getting listed on this page

The Performers page offers NFFC members an opportunity to promote themselves as performers, musical groups, music teachers or providers of musical services..

The page is available to financial NFFC members only. In the case of groups, at least one member of the group must be a financial NFFC member.

Performers will be listed in alphabetical order.

To be listed here, you need to submit the following:

Please send these details to Alan Davies .