Category Archives: Festivals

National Folk Festival 2013

National Folk FestivalThe Roaring Forties are stoked to be singing in the Union Concert at this year’s National Folk Festival in Canberra. The festival has also scheduled our workshop on the steelmaking life, “We Made the Steel” with enough time for all the songs and Robin’s introductions and slides.

Besides concert spots on the Friday afternoon and Sunday evening, we’re also hosting the singing session on Friday night.

The full list of performances from the interim programme is:

Day Time Details
Friday 3:50pm Concert
Flute & Fiddle
Friday 10:00pm Singing Session
Song Room
Saturday 3:30pm Union Concert
Sunday 11:30am We Made the Steel
Sunday 9:50pm Concert

We’re working on an entry for the Infinite Song Competition and we’ll be found lending our voices to the singing session most nights too!

Illawarra Folk Festival 2013

2013 Illawarra Folk Festival - workshop

“We Made the Steel” presentation.
Photo: Peter O’Neill

The Roaring Forties had a grand time singing at the 2013 Illawarra Folk Festival. We presented songs from the latest CD, We Made the Steel in a Saturday workshop – with lots of interesting feedback from former Port Kembla steelworkers. We missed Tom Hanson who was ill.

We also had a concert spot on Sunday afternoon between the Combined Union Choirs and the tribute to Woody Guthrie. A good chance to do some of our industrial-strength songs.

Sunday concertPhoto: Christina Mimmocchi

Sunday concert
Photo: Christina Mimmocchi

It was good to sing a few Australian themed songs in the tribute concert for Alan Scott, and there was a fine singing session that went late on Saturday night in the horse stalls.

Thanks to all the organising team, the volunteers and the enthusiastic audiences for making it so much fun for us.

Roaring Forties gigs in October 2012

We Made the Steel

We Made the Steel

The Forties will be launching their new CD, We Made the Steel, at the Hornsby Ku-ring-gai Folk Club on Friday 19th October – complete with narration and slides; and then hotfooting it down to the Kangaroo Valley Folk Festival on the Saturday and Sunday (20th and 21st) for another performance of the steel songs and lots of shanties.