Woodfordia Inc in partnership with
Mullum Music Festival and Woodford Folk Festival
From the music rich maritime province of Nova Scotia on the east coast of Canada, a banjo songster like Old Man Luedecke is a rare type of musician. A songwriting one of such hopeful goodness, rarer still. In the tradition of solo banjo men and women of days gone by like Doc Boggs, Old Man Luedecke sings his songs accompanied only by his loving five string, foot stomps and the occasional yodel. This is a bizarre type of music Doc Boggs might have made if he’d studied poetry.
A two-time JUNO Award winner, Old Man Luedecke’s songs are melodic gems blending old time sensibilities with an unusual vision and poetic sense. His music belies someone more than slightly ill at ease with modern life and he performs with a gentle and endearing charisma, stories littered with a canny oblique humour; he’s a sly entertainer with almost a hint of contemporary vaudeville about him and he plays a mean claw hammer banjo clearly derivative of the old time and Appalachia. He’s a revelation!
His latest recording “Domestic Eccentric” is his seventh and is recorded with and produced by legendary old time and bluegrass musician Tim O’Brien. The album is inspired and dedicated to his family, which is characterised by Chris as somewhat an “eccentric domestic” existence. The album has received heavy radio play and is the most successful of his seven album releases. Over his career he’s won two Juno awards (Canada’s acoustic music awards) and two further nominations.
“[Domestic Eccentric]…is the most organic and traditional-sounding record of the Nova Scotian’s career. Luedecke’s old-school singing and banjo picking combined with O’Brien’s Appalachian-style wizardry on fiddle, guitar and mandolin dovetail with songs that address matters of the heart, family affairs and the tribulations of camping.”
– The Australian
Lucy Wise has delighted audiences across Australia and internationally with her soulful voice, masterful storytelling, and intricate ukulele, guitar and Appalachian dulcimer playing.
Lucy grew up with a lot of musical instruments around the house, performing at Australian folk festivals with the Wise Family Band until she moved to Melbourne in 2009. Having toured three albums and two EPs in Australia, New Zealand, USA and the UK over the past 8 years, Lucy has developed a great reputation for her songwriting, which weaves together traditional folk and pop influences with a strong focus on storytelling. She has played to packed venues at Sidmouth Music Week (UK), The National Folk Festival (ACT), Port Fairy Folk Festival (VIC) and Woodford Folk Festival (QLD).
Lucy’s third album, Winter Sun (2018) draws upon Lucy’s experiences touring and meeting people from all over, as well as her times spent at home, walking the streets and creek paths of Melbourne. In her solo show, she explores themes of love, joy and sadness, friendships and the relationships people form with their environment.
“A wonderful representation of healing, self discovery and the processes of becoming grounded and learning self worth…It is no secret that Lucy is a gifted writer, but “Winter Sun” will have you experiencing a new sense of empathy and have you walking in her shoes from track one.”
– 27 Magazine
“Wise is a natural storyteller, infusing songs with a sense of place so strong you can almost feel the dusty earth crunch beneath your feet as she sings.”
– The Brag, Sydney
“A wonderfully natural singer and uncommonly gifted writer. Prediction: within this decade Lucy will be a noted songster, worldwide.”
– Doug Spencer, ABC Radio National
Kerry, 21 November 2018
Just 10 minutes drive from the town of Beaudesert, in the picturesque Scenic Rim, a single crow’s ash tree makes up the stunning dance floor of the Kerry Memorial Hall, built in 1946 by the local farming community to honour those who had sacrificed their lives to fight for their country and the freedom of … Read more
Westbrook, 22 November 2018
Located a short five minute drive southwest of Toowoomba, Westbrook is a cosy country community with strong family values. The Westbrook Hall is no different. Built after World War 1, the hall has been a staple in the township for over ninety years. The hall provides a large comfortable meeting place for all who attend … Read more
Texas, 23 Nov 2018
On paper, Texas has a romantic history that can rival Deadwood. Named after the US land dispute, but in honour of a local one between two brothers and some post-gold rush squatters, Texas earned its stripes with farming, silver mining and tobacco. Driving on the meandering road over the Dumaresq River leading out of Texas, … Read more
Coramba, 24 November 2018
Coramba is a picturesque historic village north-west of Coffs Harbour. The North Coast railway meanders through Coramba village, as does the Orara River. The Coramba Community Hall was built in 1914, and has been holding functions for over 100 years. It was recently refurbished both inside and out and has full disability access and amenities. Come celebrate with us amongst … Read more
Valla, 25 Nov 2018
The Valla Public Hall was opened on September 24, 1909. Valla Public Hall has served its community well. Valla Public Hall has hosted over a century’s worth of weddings, dances, church services, school classes and community group meetings, childrens playgroups, and film events. Valla Hall has been the heart and soul of a rural and … Read more
Austinville, 28 Nov 2018
Somewhere between a dreamy ocean and an endless green valley lies Austinville, the village where every visitor blinks twice. One of the Gold Coast’s oldest suburbs, Austinville was established following the worst years of the Great Depression. Originally a banana farming area intended to relieve unemployment, the area now contains a section of the World … Read more
Brookstead, 29 November 2018
Located between Pittsworth and Millmerran on the Gore Highway. Brookstead’s facilities include a community park with barbecue facilities, a local pub and a post office. Brookstead is also home to “The Brookstead Bowls Pub”, the only pub in Queensland with a lawn bowls facility. Comfortable motel-style rooms, hearty country fare and a warm welcome by hosts Glenn and Julie … Read more
Maryvale, 30 November 2018
Maryvale Hall is a community initiative and is managed by a small voluntary committee. All care and maintenance is also managed by volunteers with tradesmen engaged when required. This hall is the Hub of the community, used for meeting, group activities and celebrations in the area. From the Maryvale community – we are very proud … Read more
Cooranga North, 1 Dec 2018
Welcome to the Cooranga North Memorial Hall! Our hall was built in 1952 by a group of dedicated local volunteers and the services of a professional builder. The Hall embodies the wonderful community spirit that exists in Cooranga North. Land was donated for the hall, the local district manpower cut and milled the trees for … Read more
Mothar Mountain, 2 December 2018
On the southern outskirts of Gympie, Mothar Mountain Hall is a community hub for social gatherings and local craft groups. Just up the road and off the beaten in the nearby Woondum National Park is the stunning Mothar Mountain Rock Pool, a family friendly swimming hole that is a popular spot for locals and visitors … Read more
Koah, 5 Dec 2018
Fringed by sweeping grass trees, you will find Koah Hall nestled in Musumeci Park, 15 minutes’ easy drive from Kuranda Village and the Barron Gorge. We’re ready and keen for the Small Halls event, having honed our community action skills with various projects and workshops, from a Bring-your-washboard Bushdance, Christmas in July festivities, to local … Read more
Forrest Beach, 6 December 2018
The Forrest Beach Senior Citizens Centre is located in Forrest Beach, a small coastal community just 15 minute drive from Ingham. The drive winds its way through a picturesque outlook of the sugar cane fields, cattle stations and a notable view of the Victoria Sugar Mill. A good 30 years ago on the serene shores … Read more
Middlemount, 7 December 2018
Middlemount Community Hall is located near the centre of town on James Randall Drive, just a short distance from the Middlemount Community School. This lovely and relatively modern hall boasts great lighting and sound capability and is fully equipped with catering facilities. It provides the vibrant Middlemount community with the perfect venue for events, functions, seminars, … Read more
Yeppoon, 8 Dec 2018
With a stunning backdrop of offshore islands, the sparkling azure of the Pacific and towering Norfolk pines, Yeppoon has built a reputation as both a visually striking tourist town and a saviour for summer tastebuds (plenty of mangos come from Yeppoon). If island hopping is your thing, you have found yourself one terrific launching pad, … Read more
Bucca, 9 December 2018
“A hall is just a building but I hope I have captured a little of the struggles, the poi moments and the laughter – the Spirit of the Bucca Public Hall.” This quote precedes a dedicated laying-down of the history of Bucca Hall, a wonderful story that can be read here. The Bucca Hall was opened … Read more
Rainbow Beach, 12 Dec 2018
Rainbow Beach is your golden gateway to some of the most amazing natural attractions to be found anywhere in the world. From this picturesque coastal village, enchantingly nestled between Tin Can Bay and the Pacific Ocean, you can experience an enthralling mosaic of these wonders and indulge in your favourite pursuits at the same time. Swim with the dolphins, explore the spectacular scenery of Fraser Island, see … Read more
Thornville, 13 December 2018
The Thornville Hall sits perched above the New England Highway, in the heart of farming country, where it has overseen the changes in the community for the last 78 years. Built originally from materials, blood, sweat and tears of the local families, it has stood the test of time. In its heyday, it was the … Read more
Springbrook, 14 December 2018
Thanks to the eruption of an ancient volcano 23 million years ago, Springbrook is home to a multitude of things that grow, gurgle and glow. Spectacular waterfalls and lookouts abound as The Natural Bridge cave twinkles with resident glow worms. The wilderness is marked by strangler figs, rare birds and glow-in-the-dark mushrooms. A sub-tropical paradise, … Read more
Mt Nebo, 15 Dec 2018
The Mt Nebo community hall was built by the community for the community on land donated for that purpose in the early 1950’s – it opened in 1954. It has remained in community ownership ever since. Dances, concerts and other events for the community of Mt Nebo and surrounds to enjoy have continued ever since. … Read more
Eudlo, 16 Dec 2017
Eudlo Hall stands proudly in the centre of the old railway town barely touched by intensive development, jostling with the school, traditional general store still sporting petrol pump, classic post office, old butcher shop converted to cafe, and the tennis courts. A tiny town, but one with a big heart in the lush Sunshine Coast … Read more
Festival of Small Halls Summer Tour is supported by the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland.