March of the Celts – 6 concerts!

Rambling BoysThe Rambling Boys (Ire) plus The Humphreys

7.30pm Friday 4 March

Members $20 | Non-members $25
The Rambling Boys are a group of amazing musicians with successful individual careers who have been members of various Irish traditional groups. They have recorded and toured with Sinead O’Connor, The Corrs, Shane McGowan, Sharon Shannon, Damian Dempsey, De Dannan and Four Men and a Dog. MORE

Alistar BrownAlistair Brown (UK) plus The Blowholers

2.30pm Sunday 6 March

Members $10 | Non-members $15
Alistair Brown has been singing the old songs, and new songs written by people who like the old songs, since he was 15 years old. He began helping out in the folk clubs of his native Scotland during what Utah Phillips called the great folk scare of the 60s, opening bottles (and occasionally concerts) for many of the great names in folk music. MORE

Easter Rising1916 Uprising Show

7.30pm Friday 11 March

Members $20 | Non-members $25
The Easter Rising was an insurrection, mostly in Dublin city, that lasted from April 24th until April 30th 1916.

Told in word and music with a choir and Judy Stubbs (piano), Miffy Ryan (viola), Rita Woolhouse (cello), John Spillane (whistles) and Maurie O’Sullivan as the narrator. MORE

MARCH of the CELTS Weekend

The culmination of the Celtic music invasion of Wollongong is the weekend of 18-20 March when the Illawarra Folk Club hosts three amazing concerts. You can keep the spirit of St Patrick’s Day alive. You can purchase individual concert tickets or a 2 Day or 3 Day Pass to save money! Click on the ‘MORE’ links to purchase on-line otherwise buy at the
Individual concerts: $20 Members / $25 Non-Members
2 Day MotC Pass: $35 Members / $45 Non-Members
3 Day MotC Pass: $50 Members / $60 Non-Members

ManranManran (Scotland)

7.30pm Friday 18 March


With a central ethos built around the band’s traditional Celtic roots, fiery tunes from fiddle, accordion, flute, uillean and Highland bagpipes bind powerfully to a rhythm section awash with elements of funk, jazz and rock to create some of the most innovative and uplifting instrumental music around. Coupled with songs in both Gaelic and English that undergo the same musical mixology, it’s easy to understand why Mànran are in such high demand around the world. MORE

Colum SandsColum Sands (Ireland)

plus No Such Thing

7.30pm Saturday 19 March


Colum Sands is a universal storyteller who draws on a long Irish tradition of poetic musicality to weave songs for the world. “An unforgettable, wonderful performer. I’ve just seen him play to 2500 people in the Australian National Folk Festival’s biggest venue and make everyone feel as if they were sitting in his lounge room. He’s warm, witty, moving and funny” Steve Barnes Fairbridge Folk Festival. MORE

Fil CampbellFil Campbell (Ire), Riogh

3pm Sunday 20 March

Fil Campbell has been a part of the Northern Irish folk scene since the 90s. Her set is full of fun and banter and her passion is to get everyone singing!

Riogh’s Celtic influenced music is passionate, transcendent, physical and sublime. Where they perform, audiences are swept along on an undercurrent of energy; a vocal and musical powerhouse which is captivating and compelling, subtle, and original. MORE

FOLK by the SEA

Folk by th Sea

Artist applications for the 2016 Folk by the Sea festival are open and will be closing 20 March 2016. CLICK HERE FOR ARTIST’S APPLICATION



Wongalwilli Bush BandWongawilli Bush Dance

Wednesday Nights from 8pm


Bring dancing shoes or instrument to join the band! Only $3 per adult, kids free and includes light supper. WEBSITE




Folk ClubThe Illawarra Folk Club is a non-profit incorporated association with the objective to present and encourage folk music and folklore as it exists in Australia and abroad, in all its most genuine, and valuable musical, social, historical, cultural and pleasurable forms.

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