Committee

The Club has an elected Committee that oversees and makes decisions about our activities. All Committee positions are open to election at our AGM in March. All financial members are eligible to stand for election to the Committee.

Committee meeting dates

Michael Stewart

President

Michael started the Club’s initial meeting, the monthly session, with some friends in 2004 and then took on the role of President when the first committee was formed in 2005.  He has been amazed at the number and range of groups that have evolved from this simple gathering, and has enjoyed being part of the development of the Newport musical community.  Michael plays violin with the Newport Strings and is a member of The Good Earth, a three-piece good-time roots band.  He is also the Director of the Newport Folk Festival

 

Alan Davies

Vice-President

Alan joined the club in 2005. He is a choir leader, singer and guitarist. His ‘day job’ is in online communications. Alan has been the conductor of the Newport Community Choir since its formation in late 2008. He has been involved in many aspects of the club’s activities, including maintaining and operating the club’s PA system, Festival organising and co-ordinating the club’s online and print communications.

Rick Sidgwick

Secretary

Rick has been a club member from the beginning and a founding committee member – and took over the club’s secretarial reins from Alison in 2012.
He has strummed guitars, mandolins, bouzoukis and tenor banjos over the last 45 years and also flirted with harmonicas and tin whistles in a desperate attempt to amuse himself - and occasionally others!
Currently he plays with his partner Nicola in the imaginatively named duo The Ricolas – they play a mix of mainly Irish and Scottish tunes and songs.

Sue Davies

Treasurer

Sue joined the committee in 2010. While she doesn’t play an instrument, she plays a very important role in the club; keeping track of the finances in her role as Treasurer. Sue has co-ordinated the Folk Festival volunteers and logistics since 2011. She has also been the event organiser for Newport Lakes Bush Dance since 2013. Along with Greg Jenkins, Sue is the driving force behind the club’s Theme Nights and Singalongs. Somehow she manages to find time for all this along with her job as a logistics manager in the fashion industry.

 

Frances Brennan

Frances came late to music by way of Susan Palmer-Holton in Seaford in 83-84 playing Baroque and Renaissance Music.  She recently joined the Newport Fiddle and Folk Club, and has got back into playing through the Newport Bush Orchestra, the Celtic Session and Club nights.  After several public gigs and four Christmas Carols Concerts, Frances is really enjoying the music, and the friendships that the club has provided.  Frances joined the committee in 2016 and has thoroughly enjoyed the challenges and responsibilities that this role has provided.  

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Alison Dew

Alison played tin whistle with the club’s founding group of friends way back in 2004. Alison took on the role as secretary/treasurer during the early years of the club, happily passing these positions on as the club grew beyond our expectations. Alison is now takes care of the NFFC Memberships. Alison has the club to thank for discovering the ukulele and her solo voice. She now teaches several classes, workshops and one on one students the wonders of this marvellous 4 stringed instrument. Her band the Ukulele Dolls play regularly throughout Hobsons Bay and beyond.

Greg Jenkins

Greg has been a club member since 2008. He has been a performer since primary school where he would sing unaccompanied (and uninvited) in show-and-tell. A keen songwriter, he helped to run “The Incredibly Supportive Songwriting Group”. He is currently co-host of the Club’s Open Stage nights and helps to organise the Club’s Theme Nights. While his main instrument is the guitar, he also plays a little banjo and is currently extending his harmonica and mandolin skills. He is half of the comic “ratbag blues” duo Sunny and Cloudy which performs original songs and schtick. His other “duties” for the Club have included MC-ing and venue management at festivals and maintaining the Atrocious Pun Quotient at Committee meetings.

Andrea MacGlashan

Andrea's love of music began with a pearl red 48 bass Baile accordion and classic 'oompah pah' polkas. In a fog of teenage angst, she switched to the guitar. Briefly flirting with light opera in her early twenties, Andrea recently returned to the music scene with 18 Strings - an acoustic guitar trio. Andrea's day job is in digital communications. She joined the committee in April 2017.

 

 

 

 

Committee meeting dates