Alex and Annette Hood to receive lifetime achievement awards at Good Folk

Alex & Annette Hood – a Tribute
Supported by Paverty Bush Band and featuring St Gregory Primary School
Queanbeyan Bicentennial Hall
1.30pm Saturday 3 April 2021

COVID-19 put paid to last year’s National Folk Festival, at which Alex and Annette Hood were to have received Lifetime Achievement Awards for their significant commitment and contribution to enriching folk music and culture in Australia. 

While this year’s festival was also cancelled, the Good Folk event in Queanbeyan during Easter will be a fitting opportunity for them to receive their awards.

Richard spoke with National Folk Festival managing director Helen Roben about the tribute to Alex and Annette Hood. The audio features excerpts from a performance of the Hoods’ Brumby Jack, recorded by the National Film and Sound Archive
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FourPlay adds excitement to Good Folk in Queanbeyan

FourPlay String Quartet at Good Folk
5.30pm Sunday 4 April 2021
Queanbeyan Bicentennial Hall

In 1995, four members of the Australian Youth Orchestra started ‘mucking around’ and playing covers of artists such as Jimi Hendrix. As a joke, they entered a university band competition – and won.

After 25 years, FourPlay is still a string quartet, comprised of violinist and singer Lara Goodridge, viola players Tim Hollo and Shenzo Gregorio, and cellist (and Tim’s brother), Peter Hollo. But there’s no penguin suit or evening gown in sight.

In this interview with Richard, FourPlay violist Tim Hollo talks about the group, its history, and his environmental activism.
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Off the page and onto the stage: poetry from and in the heart of Queanbeyan

Omar Musa with Guyy and the Fox
2:30 – 4:15pm Saturday 3 April 2021
The Q, Queanbeyan

There may be more yarns than at a knitting bee when Omar Musa performs at the Good Folk event in Queanbeyan over Easter. And they’ll be carefully blended with songs and poems.

This interview with Omar Musa also features the first reading of his new poem, Flannel Flowers
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Fire and pandemic help forge new musical style

Kim Yang Trio
Royal Hotel Queanbeyan
7pm Sunday 4 April 2021

Expect to hear some jazz, blues and perhaps a little pop along with folk when Taiwanese-born singer-songwriter Kim Yang performs with her band at Good Folk in Queanbeyan at Easter.

Kim says her style has changed dramatically since her performance at the 2019 National Folk Festival. It’s hardly surprising, given what she’s been through over the past two years.

Kim Yang talks to Richard about the forthcoming performances at Good Folk. The interview includes her song Garden of Eden and her latest track, Dominoes
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Polonius Productions – A reading of the classic Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam

Sunday, 28 March 2021
Riverbank Cafe, Trinculo Place, Queanbeyan (weather permitting)
Performance begins at 4.30pm; concludes approx 5.15pm

Phillip Mackenzie, who has a life-long attachment to the Rubaiyat, is joined by Dawn Gardiner in a witty and wistful conversation between the ageing poet and his slightly more worldly houri; they are supported with traditional dance by Alli Jury Gereige and music by John Mimellis.

Selected verses will be read in the original Farsi by Sam Sharifi.

Phillip Mackenzie speaks to Barbie about the Rubaiyat
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Rebus Theatre – The Beauty Thief

26 March at 7pm, 27 March at 2pm and 28 March at 5pm, 2021
Belconnen Community Theatre
23 Swanson Court Belconnen ACT

Devised by a cast of people with differing abilities, The Beauty Thief is a reflection on the idea of beauty, and its relationship to worth and power.

Barbie spoke to some of the cast and crew of The Beauty Thief

In the form of a traditional fairy tale, the story unfolds using minimal dialogue, relying on movement and music to tell the tale, with dance sequences performed by the CDTeens from Canberra Dance Theatre.

Dialogue is projected to assist people who are hard of hearing or deaf. The show is not recommended for very young children.

The Song Company – Dances of Passion

The Street Theatre
Sat 20 March 2021 at 7pm

The first of The Song Company’s ‘Salon’ series is a program of Brahms’ Liebeslieder Waltzes and the Tonadillas en un Stile Antiguo by Enrique Granados.

The concert also  includes Fables for a Prince by contemporary American composer Juliana Hall. Fables evokes images of a young prince taught his lessons by both animals and humans, learning right from wrong as he is primed to become king and protector of his people.

Barbie speaks with Antony Pitts about Dances of Passion
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Alliance Française de Canberra Francophonie Festival – BACK IN TIME: Piaf and Aznavour

Saturday 20 March 2021
Doors open at 6pm for dinner at 7pm and show at 8pm
The Abbey, Gold Creek

From their obscure beginnings – on street corners for Piaf and shady Parisian Cabarets for Aznavour – both went on to worldwide fame – she as chanteuse, he not just as a musician but also for his political and social work for Armenian refugees.

Milko Foucault-Larche, who performs as Charles Aznavour, talks to Barbie about the show

The Australian production BACK IN TIME is a window into the artistic legacy of these legendary artistes. It stars Milko Foucault-Larche as Aznavour and Corinne Andrew as Piaf

BACK IN TIME is part theatre, part cabaret, the only show of its kind in the world and is performed in French and in English. 

The Q comes alive with The Sound of Music

Presented by Queanbeyan Players
The Q, Queanbeyan
11-21 March 2021, with streamed filmed performance on 20 March

This evergreen musical in its Broadway iteration has been postponed twice due to COVID, but now comes to The Q with all physical tickets already sold.

With music well known and loved by most musical theatre goers, this production will be a welcome start to Queanbeyan Players’ performance year. The Q theatre provides an excellent live venue with great sightlines and audibility around the auditorium.

Barbie talks to Sound of Music co-director Anthony Swadling at The Q
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Valentyna Crane, Jennifer Baird, Elena Bozhko Marshall – A Road Home

An exhibition of paintings and ceramics
Humble House Gallery
93 Wollongong Street, Fyshwick
10 to 28 March 2021
Open Wednesday to Sunday 10am to 4pm

The evocation of home is at the heart of these works as we travel from the sea, along the many roads to Canberra city and region. In the airy upstairs gallery at Humble House, the works in this exhibition are a burst of colour and light.

Barbie speaks to the artists at Humble House Gallery
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Give old phones their March-ing orders, says mobile recycler

MobileMuster, an initiative funded by the mobile phone industry, is aiming to collect and recycle many of the estimated 5 million broken mobiles in Australia in its Go For Zero campaign during March.

The head of MobileMuster, Spyro Kalos, says that MobileMuster extracts 95 per cent of the materials in phones, including glass, plastics and rare materials, by hand in Australia and sells them for reuse.

Richard spoke to Spyro Kalos about MobileMuster and ways of extending the life of mobile devices
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Canberra Sinfonia – Rain of Diamonds and Appalachian Spring

Conducted by Leonard Weiss
Wesley Uniting Church, Forrest
Saturday 13 March 2021 at 3pm

The deliciously titled Rain of Diamonds by Chloe Sinclair opens the Canberra Sinfonia 2021 season. The work was commissioned by the Sinfonia and is followed by Aaron Copland’s Appalachian Spring.

Barbie talks to Canberra composer, Chloe Sinclair
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Australian Haydn Ensemble – Prussian Quartets

String quartets recalling musical dedications to the Prussian King Friedrich Wilhelm II
Thursday 11 March 2021 7pm
Wesley Uniting Church Forrest

The reign of King Friedrich Wilhelm II was relatively brief and his greatest claim to fame today is the building of the Brandenburg Gate. But as a patron of the arts, many notable chamber works were penned for him, including all three quartets featured in this program.

Richard spoke to AHE’s artistic director, Skye McIntosh, about the Prussian Quartets concert and the rest of the 2021 season
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Katie Pollock – People Inside Me

The Street Theatre and online
5pm Friday 12 March 2021
Duration: 90 Minutes
Tickets by Donation

There’s death, sex and humour in this three-hander, which was awarded the 2018 Rodney Seaborn Playwrights Award for works that give hope.

Lauren works at a crematorium and is afraid of death. She picks up men in bars and is afraid of commitment. She remembers little of her childhood and is afraid of forgetting even that.

Barbie speaks with playwright Katie Pollock about People Inside Me
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World premiere for Musica Viva’s 2021 season opener

Diana Doherty & Streeton Trio
Llewellyn Hall, ANU
7:00 PM Thursday 12 March 2021

Sydney oboist Diana Doherty is acclaimed worldwide for her unparalleled command of a famously tricky instrument. The Streeton Trio perform with Diana and alone in masterpieces of the chamber music repertoire.

Christina Cook, from Musica Viva Canberra, talks to Barbie about the concert
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