The monthly club nights began in August 2004 and continue as our core activity. They are friendly and informal evenings for all lovers of folk music, folk singing and folk dancing. Actually for all music lovers generally as the nights tend to be very eclectic with a mix of fiddle tunes, swing, jazz, folk classics, popular music and a bit of poetry and storytelling too. All are welcome. Bring along an instrument or just come and enjoy the music at 7:30pm on the last Friday of each month February - November (see calendar for dates).
Newport Community Hall
13 Mason St, Newport
Entry is $5 or $3 for NFFC members, children and students.
The Newport Bush Orchestra has been running since early 2006. Under the leadership of local musician Greg O'Leary, the Orchestra has developed an impressive reportoire of Australian traditonal tunes. New members are always welcome. The Orchestra performs regularly at the Newport Fiddle and Folk Club and has performed all over Victoria at festivals and special events.
The Newport Bush Orchestra runs on a number of principles that make it different from a ‘classical’ orchestra:
Greg O'Leary is a professional musician who has played with many folk and bush bands. He has also worked as a music teacher in schools. The success of a bush orchestra Greg led in 2004 with the Ringwood Folk Club inspired the Newport Fiddle and Folk Club to have a go too, and with some funding support from the Australian Folk Life Fund, the Newport Bush Orchestra was born.As a conductor Greg has the ability to coach and encourage beginning musicians while inspiring more experienced musicians with his encyclopaedic musical knowledge. Every tune has a story and Greg seems to know them all. His infectious enthusiasm unites a group of disparate musicians and instruments into an accomplished orchestra.
Venue: Outlets Neighbourhood House, 43 Mason St - Online map.
Phone: (03) 9399 4466
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Choirs are springing up all over Melbourne and Newport is no exception. The Newport Community Choir started up in October 2008 and has been going strong since then, rehearsing regularly and performing at local venues. See our fab video, made in late 2011.
Come along, join us and experience the fun of singing with others in a supportive environment. There are no auditions, just join in and have a go! There is a place in this choir for everyone – whether you have a little experience as a singer, a lot or none at all. We perform regularly at the NFFC club nights and other events.
Since first joining a choir twelve years ago, Alan has sung in choirs large and small and has led singing workshops for schools and festivals. Along with his musical skills, Alan has developed a passion for choral singing and a firm belief that singing is for everyone.
Our current repertoire includes:
Wednesday evenings 7:30 - 9:00pm.
Our terms are generally the same as school terms.
See calendar for details.
Venue: Newport Community Hall, 13-15 Mason St Newport - Online map.
Not sure? Come along for a free try-out session. If you like it, pay for the rest of the term at $10 per session.
Call Alan Davies on 9391 1103, or
We made this video in late 2011 for our good friends at The Substation. Support their fundraiser!
This is a an Australian Christmas carol we recorded in late 2012.Hear us on SoundCloud
A chance to get up on stage and perform, or perhaps to just come along and enjoy listening to local performers in a relaxed atmosphere. The night is run on a 'blackboard' system - put your name on the board and you'll get a turn to perform. Cafe style seating, BYO food and drink. Open Stage Nights are held at 7:30pm on the second Friday of each month February - November (see calendar for details).
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This group is currently 'in recess'. We know you're out there, songwriters, but we weren't getting sufficient numbers at the monthly gatherings. We're considering ways to make this group serve the needs of songwriters. Got any ideas or suggestions?
Contact us if you're interested.
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First Friday of the month at the Newport Bowls Club. See Calendar for details.
Here are the tunes, you know what to do...
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Jig o’ Slurs
Boys of Blue Hill
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We run a series of workshops in Autumn each year. The workshops have covered traditional folk instruments such as fiddle, guitar and mandolin, and also less conventional topics such as stagecraft, yodelling and how to use a PA system.
The 2012 series comprised Old Timey, Singing, Percussion and Sibelius workshops (the Sibelius music software, not the composer!) Watch the calendar for future workshops. If you would like to be alerted about future workshops, subscribe to our email updates.
Contact us for more information.
On the third Thursday of every month we bring you live music at the Newport Bowls Club.
Past performers have included Braemar, Taliska, Nick Charles and Paul Wookey. Once or twice a year the program changes to an open-mike theme night, e.g. "Beatles vs Stones" or "Bobfest".
Drinks are available at bar prices.
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The NFFC and Friends of Newport Lakes organise an annual Bush Dance at Newport Lakes Park.
The 2012 Bush Dance will be held on Sunday 18 March. See calendar for details.
For a report and photos from our last Bush Dance, see our blog.
Our annual Folk Festival is held in early July each year. The Festival includes concerts, jam sessions, workshops, kids' activities and lots more.
See our Festival page for details.
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NFFC musicians pop up at festivals, fetes, celebrations and concerts from Williamstown to Echuca and beyond.
We have soloists and groups available for all types of venues and events.
Contact us for more details.