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Thursday, March 24th, 2016

The National Folk Festival

EPIC (Exhibition Park in Canberra)
Canberra ACT [map]

From the 24th to the 28th I'll be at the Nash with Bluetongue Bush Ceilidh.

Saturday, March 19th, 2016

with Cassidy's Ceili at Temora Golf Club


Temora NSW [map]

Thursday, March 17th, 2016

with Cassidy's Ceili at King O'Malley's


City Walk
Canberra ACT [map]

Thursday, March 17th, 2016

With Cassidy's Ceili at The Irish Club


Parkinson Street
Weston Creek ACT [map]

Saturday, July 11th, 2015

St Ethelburga's: Cronshaw, Aleksanyan, Blake

78 Bishopsgate
London EC2N 4AG
UK [map]
Price: £12

Wednesday, June 24th, 2015

SANS at Sands Films

82 St Marychurch Street
Rotherhithe London SE16 4HZ
020 7231 2209 [map]

Wednesday, June 10th, 2015

SANS at the Vaka Festival

Akureyri Ice [map]

Some info via the site of Funi, the duo of Bára Grímsdottir and Chris Foster:


Tradition for Tomorrow, held in Akureyri, Iceland in 2014, was a feast of the finest folk and roots music artists from all the Nordik countries, from Finland to Greenland and northern Norway to the south of Denmark, as well as some from the British Isles.

We are delighted that the festival director, our good friend Guðrún Ingimundardóttir at Þjóðlist / Folk Arts, has invited us to join the team working on next year's festival which will now be called VAKA: an old Icelandic word meaning celebration. The programme will include a mouthwatering mix of concerts, workshops, meet the artist sessions and very importantly of course, open sessions where you can play and sing to your hearts delight. Planning is already well underway and an exciting line-up of great artists from across Scandinavia and the British Isles is being put together.

Sunday, May 24th, 2015

Hay Festival with SANS


Hay-on-Wye Wal [map]

Sunday, April 26th, 2015

National Portrait Gallery with Clarion


Canberra ACT [map]
Price: It's free.

Saturday, April 25th, 2015

National Portrait Gallery with Clarion


Canberra ACT [map]

 Four-part acapella. Probably Palestrina to Pärt.

Saturday, April 18th, 2015

Zoey Pepper plays 'The River Daughter'

St. George's Church, 2 The Terrace
Takapuna Auckland New [map]

Zoey plays 'The River Daughter' in a concert given by the New Zealand Double Reed Festival.

Sunday, April 12th, 2015

Mugga Mugga Cottage with Jennifer Gall

129 Narrabundah Lane
Symonston ACT [map]


Sun 12 April: 10am–3pm

Discover Mugga-Mugga, a shepherd's cottage once part of Duntroon Estate, at the Heritage Festival Open Day. Come along and see this reminder of Canberra's rural past and gain an insight into the housing and way of life of nineteenth and early twentieth century rural workers. You can tour the cottage and learn about its history and that of its occupants, including the Curley family who lived there from 1913 to 1995. You can also take part in various fun activities, enjoy live entertainment and refreshments. In partnership with the National Trust of Australia (ACT), with support from ACT Heritage.
Gold coin donation, enquiries via the National Trust on 6230 0533

Saturday, April 11th, 2015

with Cassidy's Ceili at Granitevale Wines


Magennis Drive
Murrumbateman NSW [map]

Friday, April 3rd, 2015

with Pekka Mikkola at The National Folk Festival


EPIC (Exhibition Park in Canberra)
Canberra ACT [map]

The show on Friday 3rd is at the Trocadero.

On Sunday 5th we're at the Lyric at 8pm, and on Monday 6th we play at the Marquee at 5.

Saturday, March 21st, 2015

with Cassidy's Ceili at the Narrabundah Shops


Narrabundah ACT [map]

A sort of mini festival peppered with pollies of all persuasions: gets them out of the House into a subtly boho neighbourhood not too far from the parliamentary triangle.

Tuesday, March 17th, 2015

With Cassidy's Ceili at The Irish Club and at King O'Malley's

1pm and 8pm

Parkinson Street
Weston Creek ACT [map]

That special day. The one day of the year, our Prime Minister concedes, when it's good to be green. You may have seen the tie-flourishing video.

Thursday, February 26th, 2015

outside the ANU School of Music


Canberra ACT [map]

Before the Tafelmusik concert, I'll be playing outside in the courtyard of the School of Music. Since they'll be doing Baroque chamber music inside, I thought I'd play some contemporary dance music out there. So, Playford's 'English Dancing Master' plus some traditional dance tunes are on the menu.

Sunday, February 22nd, 2015

Coro at The Fitters' Workshop

Music by Numbers

Kingston ACT [map]

From a single line to a thirteen-part wall of sound: Renaissance vocal music in a post-industrial, cathedral-like acoustic.

Saturday, February 14th, 2015

with Coro at Hotel Hotel

New Acton ACT [map]

An open rehearsal for next week's show at the Fitters' Workshop

Sunday, February 1st, 2015

with Coro at the High Court


Canberra ACT [map]

A taster for the Fitters' Workshop 'Music by Numbers' concert on the 22nd.

Saturday, October 18th, 2014

High Leigh Conference Centre with Tigran Aleksanyan and Andrew Cronshaw


Hoddesdon Hertfordshire [map]

Saturday, October 4th, 2014

Colchester Arts Centre

Church Street
Colchester GB CO1 1NF
GB [map]

Friday, October 3rd, 2014

The Welfare


Brecon Road
Ystradgynlais Powys, WALES SA9 1JJ
UK 01639 843163 [map]
Price: £12/£10

Thursday, October 2nd, 2014

Cecil Sharp House

2 Regents Pk Rd
London GB NW1 7AY
GB +44 20 74852206 [map]

Wednesday, July 30th, 2014

Petworth Festival

Petworth Eng 01798 343055 [map]

Saturday, July 26th, 2014


Charlton Park
Malmesbury Wiltshire SN16 9DG
Eng [map]

Friday, June 27th, 2014

Haapavesi Folk Festival

Teollisuustie 2
Haapavesi Fin [map]

Friday, May 16th, 2014

Royal Northern College of Music

124 Oxford Road
Manchester GB M13 9RD
GB +44 (0)161 9075200 [map]

Thursday, May 15th, 2014

Canada Water Culture Space


21 Surrey Quays Road
London SE16 7AR
020 8692 4446 [map]
Price: £12/10

Wednesday, May 14th, 2014

West End Centre, Aldershot

Queens Road
Aldershot GB GU11 3JD
GB 01252 330040 [map]

Tuesday, May 13th, 2014

Turner Sims Concert Hall


University of Southampton
Southampton SO17 1BJ
023 8059 5151 [map]

Sunday, May 11th, 2014

The Stables, Wavendon


Stockwell Lane
Milton Keynes MK17 8LU
01908 280800 [map]
Price: £14.50

Sunday, May 11th, 2014

SANS tours England and Wales. And Finland: May to October 2014

Tuesday, January 21st, 2014

National Carillon

Parillax Trio

Aspen Island
Canberra ACT 2600

Canberra's Parillax Trio plays new music for carillon, sax and percussion by Canberra composers.

My contribution, Blood Sugar Fairy, might have been the lonely lovechild of Arthur Lyman and Tchaikovsky.

Thursday, December 19th, 2013

Schouwburg CC Zwaneberg


Cultuurplein 1
2220 Heist-op-den-Berg Bel [map]

Het quartet bestaat uit multi-instrumentalist Andrew Cronshaw, de geweldige Finse zangeres Sanna Kurki-Suonio, rietspeler Ian Blake en Tigran Aleksanyan, meester in het bespelen van Armenie’s hartverscheurend voice-achtige instrument, de duduk. De bezetting van de band is uniek in de wereld.

Wednesday, December 18th, 2013

Cultuurcentrum Ter Dilft


Sint-Amandsesteenweg 41-43
2880 Bornem Bel 03 890 69 30 [map]

Sunday, December 15th, 2013

CC Leopoldsburg


Kastanjedreef 1 - B
3970 Leopoldsburg Bel 011 34 65 48 [map]

SANS is een kwartet met een combinatie van instrumenten die nergens anders in de wereld bestaat. Ze gaan verder op hun verschillende, maar onverwachts toch compatibele tradities. Ze brengen een unieke mix van de Karelische liederen die later de Finse Kalevala werden en de bewegende melodieën van Armeense en Engelse folk. Ze slagen erin om met deze combinatie een nieuwe soort muziek te creëren die buitengewoon mooi is. Elke performance van SANS is weer een nieuwe creatie.

Saturday, December 14th, 2013

CC De Ploter


Kerkstraat 4
1742 Ternat (Sint-Katherina-Lombeek) Bel +32 2 582 44 33 [map]

Een aards concert met hemelse klanken!

Friday, December 13th, 2013

Cultuurcentrum Evergem (Stroming)


Weststraat 31
9940 Evergem - Sleidinge Bel [map]

Wednesday, December 11th, 2013

Cultuurcentrum Belgica


Kerkstraat 24
Dendermonde BEL 9200
BE 052 20 26 26 [map]

SANS brengt een unieke mix van instrumenten, elk geworteld in eigen tradities: oude liederen uit Karelia (een regio in pre-Finland), Armeense melodieën en uiteraard Engelse folksongs. Elke performance is bij SANS een nieuwe creatie, een unieke ervaring.

Tuesday, October 1st, 2013

Canberra Theatre Centre

Michael Francis Willoughby in Elohgulp

London Circuit Civic Square
Canberra ACT 2600
AU [map]

Had a lot of fun doing sound design for this show. It's on until October 12th.

Thursday, March 28th, 2013

with SANS at The National Folk Festival

EPIC (Exhibition Park in Canberra)
Canberra ACT [map]

Wednesday, March 13th, 2013

National Folk Festival launch

with Andrew Cronshaw

Hipsley Lane Traders Market, Lonsdale Street
Braddon ACT [map]

Monday, March 11th, 2013

with Andrew Cronshaw at Aspen Island

Back to the Island

Canberra ACT [map]

Friday, December 28th, 2012

Woodford Folk Festival

Woodford AU 4000
AU [map]

Tuesday, December 18th, 2012

The Street Theatre

The Burning Heart: showing of a work in progress

Childers Street
Canberra ACT [map]

Thursday, December 13th, 2012

Brindabella Business Park

Sacred Sax: solo carols on the soprano... - noon to 1pm

Canberra: next to the airport ACT [map]

Just me wandering around playing nice traditional tunes. I'll go and get some antlers this arvo.

Sunday, December 9th, 2012

Stevi James' book launch with Cassidy's Ceili at Jugiong


Sir George Tavern
Jugiong NSW [map]

Saturday, December 8th, 2012

Carols by the Lake, with Mike Jackson


Coburg Lake Reserve, Murray Road
Coburg VIC Aus [map]

Featuring live on stage 7.30 pm - 10 pm

  • MC: Mike Jackson  
  • Santa
  • The Kazoos
  • La Voce Della Luna
  • Kavisha Mazzella
  • The Children's Performing Company of Australia
  • Moreland City Band, and
  • Brunswick Women's Choir.

Friday, November 30th, 2012

The Pocket Score Company

The Polyphonic Bard at The Street Theatre

Childers Street
Canberra ACT [map]

Performances on November 30th, December 1st and 2nd.

Wednesday, September 26th, 2012

SANS at Riksscenen, Oslo, Norway


Schous Kulturbryggeri bygg J/K, Trondheimsveien 2, Grünerløkka
Oslo [map]

Friday, July 20th, 2012

SANS at the EthnoAmbient Festival, Croatia

Solin [map]

Saturday, June 23rd, 2012

SANS at the Home Festival, Dartington Hall

Dartington Hall
near Totnes, Devon TQ9 6DE
England [map]

Sunday, May 20th, 2012

The Pocket Score Company


All Saints: corner of Bonney Street and Cowper Street
Ainslie ACT 2602

Friday, April 27th, 2012

With Cassidy's Ceili at the Mount Beauty Festival

Mount Beauty VIC [map]

CC will be playing in the Country Club at 9pm on Friday 27th, and at Cranky Charlies' at 5pm on Saturday 28th.

Two shows on Sunday 29th: 1pm at the Lakeside and 5pm at the Settlers' Tavern. 

Saturday, April 7th, 2012

with Revontulet at The National Folk Festival

Finnish Folk Dance

EPIC (Exhibition Park in Canberra)
Canberra ACT [map]

Dance displays on Saturday at 5pm, Sunday at 11am, Monday at 3.30pm on the Piazza, and a workshop in the Mallee on Sunday from 4 to 6pm.

The band will be fiddlers Lins Vellen and Lachlan Green plus IB on bass.

Saturday, March 17th, 2012

with Cassidy's Ceili at King O'Malley's

1 to 4pm

City Walk
Canberra ACT [map]


Saturday, March 17th, 2012

With Cassidy's Ceili at The Irish Club


Parkinson Street
Weston Creek ACT [map]

Yes folks, it's that time of the year again: silly hats and green beer a-go-go as CC plunges back into the celebratory groove with its unique blend of psychogoidelic balladmongering and driving diddley dharma lovingly drizzled with that bizzybuzzy rhythmhoney all the way from Bodhran Bay.

Saturday, March 10th, 2012

with Revontulet at Cowra NSW

Cowra Festival of International Understanding - 12.30pm

River Park
Cowra NSW [map]

Revontulet is the Canberra-based Finnish dance company, off to Cowra for the Festival of International Understanding. This year, Finland is the guest nation.

I'll be playing bass along with fiddlers Lins Vellen and Lachlan Green.

Sunday, December 4th, 2011

with Shortis & Simpson at the Q

Waxing Lyrical - 5pm

Queanbeyan Performing Arts Centre
Queanbeyan NSW 02 6285 6290 [map]

Saturday, December 3rd, 2011

with Shortis & Simpson at the Q

Waxing Lyrical - 8pm

Queanbeyan Performing Arts Centre
Queanbeyan NSW 02 6285 6290 [map]

Wander through the wondrous world of wordsmiths - the craft of Johnny Mercer, the sophisticated rhymes of Cole Porter, the surrealism of Lennon, the imagery of Dylan and Leonard Cohen, the storytelling delights of Eric Bogle and Paul Kelly, the imagination of Joni Mitchell, and much more. Waxing Lyrical is more Gilbert than Sullivan, more Hart than Rodgers and more Ira Gershwin than George.

Shortis, Simpson, Casey and the band have fun in this imaginative and informative, funny and moving show. Waxing Lyrical never wanes, it pours.

Friday, December 2nd, 2011

with Shortis & Simpson at the Q

Waxing Lyrical - 8pm

Queanbeyan Performing Arts Centre
Queanbeyan NSW 02 6285 6290 [map]

40 years ago, songwriter John Shortis grabbed up his first batch of songs and boldly knocked on the door of Rolf Harris' room at Sydney's Chevron Hotel. Rolf sat him down on the floor and gave him a songwriting lesson. Now Rolf mightn't be everyone's favourite songwriter but he is a great teacher, and from that day, Shortis developed a passion for the craft of lyric writing.

Brought to you by the team that gave you Tin Pan Aussie, Waxing Lyrical is a fascinating look at some of the world's great songs and songwriters, from the point of view of the lyrics. Shortis, himself no slouch when it comes to stringing together words in song, waxes lyrical with quirky and insightful tales of the inspiration and the perspiration that has given us songs of love and heartbreak, pain and joy, comedy and drama. The extraordinary Moya Simpson sings the songs, backed by a very hot band made up of cabaret artist and songwriter Peter J Casey, with Ian Blake, Jon Jones and Dave O'Neill. And Casey gets his turn to take on the topic in two guest spots.

Saturday, November 19th, 2011

with Cassidy's Ceili at the Gay & Lesbian Tennis Club Bushdance


Yarralumla Woolshed
Canberra ACT [map]

Dust off your hat, polish your boots and get ready to kick up some dust. Bushdance is back with a fun night of dancing with men and women of all flavours.

There’s a bar, a bbq and a live band to lead you through those dances that you might remember from primary school – like Strip the Willow, The Waves of Bondi, crazy polkas and some more genteel promenades.

Have fun with your Bushdance outfit. It’s a night of singlets, jeans, chaps, check shirts, rhinestones, akubras, hats, boots and twirling dresses. Anything’s fine, but it does get hot in there. We suggest you don’t wear heels or open shoes – your feet will take a beating!

By the end of the night you’ll have danced with everyone, caught up with old friends, made some new ones and helped raise cash for the GLBTI community.

Bushdance is a community fundraiser co-ordinated by Pink Tennis - Canberra Gay and Lesbian Tennis Club.

Sunday, October 23rd, 2011

SANS at St Ethelburga's


78 Bishopsgate
London EC2N 4AG
Eng 07776136609 [map]
Price: £12

The first UK appearance, indeed the first performance outside Finland, by a unique, dramatic new quartet comprising zither-playing multi-instrumentalist Andrew Cronshaw, Armenian duduk master Tigran Aleksanyan, multi-instrumental reeds-player Ian Blake and the great Finnish singer Sanna Kurki-Suonio, all of whom appear on Andrew's new album "The Unbroken Surface of Snow". For this special showcase event, a precursor to shows around the world in 2012 and onward, Sanna will be flying to London from her home in eastern Finland and Ian from his in Australia.

Sunday, October 9th, 2011

with Cassidy's Ceili at Tulip Top Gardens

12 to 3pm

Federal Highway
near Sutton NSW 02 6230 307 [map]

Saturday, October 8th, 2011

with Valanga & Andrea Khoza at Taste Canowindra


42 Ferguson St.
Canowindra NSW 2804
(02) 6344 2332 [map]

It's the second 'Womindra' - now known as the 'Origin Womindra World Music Festival'

Monday, October 3rd, 2011

with Cassidy's Ceili at Tulip Top Gardens

12 to 3pm

Federal Highway
near Sutton NSW 02 6230 307 [map]

Sunday, October 2nd, 2011

with Cassidy's Ceili at Tulip Top Gardens

shows on October 2 and 3 - 12 to 3pm

Federal Highway
near Sutton NSW 02 6230 307 [map]

Tulip Top Gardens – established in 1997 is a world class exhibition of half a million tulips and is open daily from 9.00am-5.00pm. The 10 acre garden of magnificent tulips, daffodils, and other spring flowers creates a spectacular display. Hundreds of blossom trees nestle between the flowers and provide a magic pathway to the cascading waterfall and watercourse with classical music wafting through the air in the hidden valley. Take the popular pathway past the rosemary field framed by unique blossom trees to our 70 metre high viewing platform for the perfect photo. ' 

That's what they say on their website and it's true! Great place.

Sunday, September 18th, 2011

with Cassidy's Ceili at The Turning Wave


St.Patrick's Hall
Gundagai NSW 02 9489 2780 [map]

Saturday, September 17th, 2011

with Cassidy's Ceili at The Turning Wave


Gundagai Services Club
Gundagai NSW 02 9489 2780 [map]

Friday, September 16th, 2011

with Cassidy's Ceili at The Turning Wave

11.20 pm

Gundagai Services Club
Gundagai NSW 02 9489 2780 [map]

Saturday, July 23rd, 2011

Nicole Canham's Tarogato Lecture/Recital

22ème Université Européenne de Saxophone
Gap France [map]

... with Claude Delangle, performing works by Ian Blake, Tim Hansen, Toru Takemitsu, Luca Vanneschi, Benjamin Britten and Paula Matthusen.

Monday, July 11th, 2011

Kaustinen Folk Festival

with Andrew Cronshaw, Tigran Aleksanyan and Sanna Kurki-Suonio

Festivaalipuisto / Festival Park
Kaustinen Finland [map]

from July 11th to the 17th.

Sunday, July 10th, 2011

'Sound Bites' at The Front Gallery & Café

3pm + 6pm

Lyneham shops ACT 2602
Price: $10

Bite-sized pieces for voice, winds, electronica & electric guitar by Blake, Takemitsu, Lopez, Zipporyn and Heath.

Two shows: 3pm & 6pm Sunday 10 July 2011 featuring Miroslav Bukovsky, Nicole Canham, Karen Heath, Zoey Pepper, Carlos Lopez Charles and Niels Rosendahl.....with Markan.

Friday, July 8th, 2011

Lichfield Festival

with Andrew Cronshaw and Tigran Aleksanyan - 10pm

Cathedral Lady Chapel
Lichfield, Staffordshire England 01543 306270 [map]
Price: £10

Sunday, July 3rd, 2011

Clarity Clarinet Quartet plays 'Starling'

Melbourne Recital Centre
Melbourne VIC [map]

My clarinet quartet gets another airing: this time at the Australian Clarinet and Saxophone Festival.

Sunday, June 26th, 2011

Music for Everyone presents 'The Gathering of the Animals'

Ainslie Arts Centre
Braddon ACT (02) 6230 7190 [map]

A performance of my musical for young players from MFE's Junior Music Theatre, directed by Dianna Nixon and Vanessa Nimmo.

There are shows on June 26 - 28.

Lost on an unknown island, Beth and Luis find a place at the Gathering of the Animals: a Wolf raises some awkward questions, but they're eventually welcomed in as part of the pattern of life.

Sunday, May 29th, 2011

with Cassidy’s Ceili at The Hellenic Club


Matilda Street
Woden ACT 2606
(02) 6281 0899 [map]

CC returns to The Hellenic Club, which is lots of fun because they like dancing there. Even to us.

So we were chuffed, stoked and gruntled to be invited back: it's like the Land of a Thousand Dances down there in Woden, with those hep cats doing the Wa-Watusi to 'The Fields of Athenry' among other novel juxtapositions.

Sunday, May 8th, 2011

with Cassidy's Ceili at The National Museum

3 to 4.45pm

Sunday, April 24th, 2011

The National Folk Festival

'Tin Pan Aussie' with Shortis & Simpson - 2.30pm

EPIC (Exhibition Park in Canberra)
Canberra ACT [map]

Friday, April 22nd, 2011

with Cassidy's Ceili at The National Folk Festival


EPIC (Exhibition Park in Canberra)
Canberra ACT [map]

CC kicks off the Friday night Merry Muse concert at the Bellissimo.

Wednesday, April 20th, 2011

with The Pocket Score Company at the ANU Arts Centre


ANU Performing Arts Centre Australian National University
Canberra ACT 0421 555 367 [map]
Price: $10/$5

One Common Thread:
A Vocal and Choral Concert Exploring the Musical World of Laments

On Wednesday evening 20th April there will be a very special concert of vocal and choral music that explores the fascinating world of musical laments. The expression of grief through singing is a connecting thread running through all cultures. This concert will feature four of Canberra’s finest singing groups and sets out to explore a diverse range of responses to expressions of loss through song.

The Pocket Score Company was formed to bring the beautiful but rarely-heard sound of the all-male vocal ensemble to Australian audiences. They sing music from medieval and renaissance times to the present. The choir Kompactus, directed by David Yardley, has acquired a reputation for its versatility and fresh performances.

The Australian Choral Society SCUNA consists of ANU students, alumni and staff, and members of the wider Canberra community and is directed by Jonathan Powles, a composer and head of Musicology in the ANU School of Music. In this concert, SCUNA presents the Pergolesi Stabat Mater with Louise Page and Christina Wilson which promises to be a wonderful musical treat; FLOTSOM (folk lovers of the School of Music) World Music Choir will feature Scots Gaelic traditional singer from the Isle of Skye, Christine Primrose. Christine and the choir will sing some of the incredibly haunting ancient laments from the Highlands of Scotland including the stunningly beautiful song Griogal Cridhe (Beloved Gregor) written by his wife in 1570 after he was executed at Taymouth Castle in Perthshire.

This concert is part of a three-day intensive colloquium run by the International Council for Traditional Music and being held at the School of Music, ANU. The colloquium explores the musical expression of loss and bereavement and responses to it across a variety of cultures.

Sunday, April 17th, 2011

with Cassidy’s Ceili at The Hellenic Club


The Hellenic Club of Canberra, Matilda Street
Woden ACT 2606
(02) 6281 0899 [map]

Sunday, April 10th, 2011

with Cassidy's Ceili at The National Museum

Irish Festival Day - 1pm

Canberra ACT [map]

It's a day of things Irish at the NMA, celebrating the 'Not Just Ned' exhibition:

Sunday, April 3rd, 2011

with Cassidy’s Ceili at Jeir Creek Wines

12 to 3pm

122 Bluebell Lane, via Gooda Creek Road
Murrumbateman NSW 2582
(02) 6227 5999 [map]

Saturday, April 2nd, 2011

with Cassidy’s Ceili at Jeir Creek Wines

12 to 3pm

122 Bluebell Lane, via Gooda creek Rd.
Murrumbateman NSW 2582
(02) 6227 5999 [map]

It's Harvest Festival time at Jeir Creek, and Cassidy's Ceili will be playing on Saturday and Sunday from 12 to 3 pm.

One of the nice things about Jeir Creek Wines is that the product immensely improves the way the music sounds.

And since we'll be playing selections from the relatively new and unspeakably celtalicious CD 'Sunday at Sandy's', it promises to be a tip-top weekend.

Sunday, March 20th, 2011

Canberra Balloon Festival with Cassidy's Ceili


Old Parliament House lawns
Canberra ACT [map]

Thursday, March 17th, 2011

with Cassidy’s Ceili at The Irish Club


Parkinson Street
Weston Creek ACT 2611
(02) 6288 5088 [map]

Thursday, March 17th, 2011

with Cassidy's Ceili at PJ O'Reilly's

4.30 pm

Alinga Street
Canberra ACT 2601
(02) 6230 4752 [map]

Thursday, March 17th, 2011

with Cassidy's Ceili at The National Botanic Gardens

1 to 3pm

The National Botanic Gardens
Canberra ACT [map]

Wednesday, March 16th, 2011

with Cassidy's Ceili at King O'Malley's


131 City Walk
Canberra ACT 2600
02) 6257 0111 [map]

Tuesday, March 15th, 2011

with Cassidy's Ceili at the Southern Cross Club

Woden ACT [map]

Friday, March 4th, 2011

'Short is the Song' at The Southern Cross Club


Top of the Cross, Canberra Southern Cross Club
Woden ACT bookings 02 6283 7288 [map]

At the end of 1970, John Shortis gave up his primary school teaching job. When the holiday pay ran out in February ’71, he was on his own, earning what he could from his songs and his freelance script writing for ABC radio. Forty years later he’s still a full-time songwriter/musician, and he reckons it’s worth celebrating. 'Short Is the Song' is a fascinating trawl through the Shortis songwriting career from his humble first attempts at 13 to his current output. Joining him on this autobiographical journey are Moya Simpson (of course), plus Jeannie Lewis, Kerry-Ella MacAullay, Peter J Casey, Peter and Yanto Shortis (his twin sons- both great musicians), Mark Shortis (his guitarist brother), as well as the best band in the ACT- Ian Blake, Jon Jones and Dave O’Neill.

Show only 8.30pm, $28. Dinner and show 7pm, $61 (2 courses).

Monday, February 14th, 2011

with Cassidy's Ceili at the Belconnen Labor Club


Chandler Street
Belconnen ACT [map]

Friday, December 31st, 2010

with Cassidy's Ceili at The Royal Hotel


69 Gunning Street
Dalton NSW 2581
(02) 4845 6221 [map]

Saturday, December 4th, 2010

with Cassidy's Ceili at Carey's Cave


Caves Rd
Wee Jasper NSW 2582
02 6227 9622 [map]

CC unplugged at a Crystal Clear Concert: an occasional series of events presented by Geoff Kell in the remarkable setting of Carey's Cave.

Sunday, November 14th, 2010

Colchester Arts Centre


Church Street
Colchester CO1 1NF
England 01206 500900 [map]

Monday, October 4th, 2010

Tulip Top Gardens with Cassidy's Ceili


Federal Highway
near Sutton NSW [map]

The Tulip was originally a wild flower, growing in Central Asia. It was first cultivated by the Turks as early as 1000 AD, The flower was introduced in Western Europe and the Netherlands in the 17th century by Carolus Clusius, a famous biologist from Vienna. In the 1590’s he became the director of the Hortus Botanicus, the oldest botanical garden of Europe, in Leiden. He was hired by the University of Leiden to research medicinal plants and, while doing so, he received some bulbs from his friend, Ogier de Busbecq, the Ambassador to Constantinople (presently Istanbul). He had seen the beautiful flower called the tulip, after the Turkish word for turban, growing in the palace gardens and sent a few to Clusius for his garden in Leiden. He planted them and this was the beginning of the amazing bulb fields we see today.

...and it's the Long Weekend, so of course you'll be able to attend: and when you're bored by bulbs, buy a brand-new album from Cassidy's Ceili. It's bonzer, boomer, ripper and grouse (as we say in Canberra) and I like it so much I have several.

Sunday, October 3rd, 2010

Tulip Top Gardens with Cassidy's Ceili


Federal Highway
near Sutton NSW [map]

Saturday, October 2nd, 2010

taste Canowindra

with Andrea and Valanga Khoza - 7pm

42 Ferguson St.
Canowindra NSW 2804
(02) 6344 2332 [map]

It's the 'Womindra' world music festival.

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