2008 – 2009

18th December 2009 Open Stage in the Chapel
Always a great friendly laid back acoustic night and a great way to prepare for Christmas.

Another great night with great talents surfacing. It’s great to catch up with all our friends on a night like this.

Merry Christmas one and all!!!               And a Happy New Year

November 29th Music @ the Berwick RSL
Acoustic Music worth listening to’
We have had some great music at these events – This will be the last one for the year and we hope to do it again next year. Thank you to all of the musicians and groups who supported these events. Giving a little back.

20th November 2009  PJ Style
is four seasoned musicians They play their own compositions of foot-tapping, heartfelt songs of lost, unrequited or unfulfilled love, inspired by real experiences: the drought, mid-life changes, road trips, falling in and out of love and dead rock stars…and they all feel their best in their PJs.
Peter ”PJ “ McErlain fills the stage with virtuoso keyboard, mouth harp, saxophone playing and fine vocals. He writes, he plays and he sings form the heart.
Jon “JP” Paton is the very cool, very urbane lead guitar with the slow hand style that travels from country, to blues to rock and ballads with ease…he is that cat in the hat.
Phil “P “ Childs likes nothing better than belting out and writing big PJ Style numbers and getting close and personal with fine country rock ballads while stroking out blistering rhythms on his guitar.
Jon “J” Boot keeps the band together with his beautiful bass playing and back up vocals and writes the songs that take us into dark and mysterious places.    2 Ps 2 Js…that’s PJ Style

Support act was K’Crasher –  Definitely the best voice and entertainer I have heard in a long time – Keep an eye out and catch up with her if you are able.

16th October 2009 Phil Garland
Phil Garland is a highly respected folksinger-songwriter and entertainer from New Zealand. He has spent a lifetime researching, collecting, writing and performing, during which time he has often been described as A National Living Treasure and New Zealand’s foremost and finest heritage balladeer.
Germany & Switzerland, Phil Garland has performed extensively around the world promoting the Kiwi musical heritage with a blended presentation of songs, ballads, stories and yarns that introduce audiences to the musical heart of New Zealand and its people. Phil’s entertaining performance prompted one American reviewer to say:- “his songs transport you to New Zealand so effectively, you may be inspired to take up residence there!”
All of the above is true.


Fat Chance and the Blue Grass Playboys
We cover a lot of musical genres with examples like The Monkees, Rolling Stones, Beatles, Paul Kelly, Ozark Mountain Daredevils, Dr Hook, Stealers Wheel and Elvis just to name a handful!! Rolf is an seasoned muso and can turn his hand to most instruments, so you never know what he might play next! Monty plays and makes fantastic mandolins, guitars and ukulele’s and will custom make instruments if you ask him nicely!! Snuffles is a lead guitarist in a banjo players body, and frequently has flash backs to the 70’s! Jet and his wife write some original songs that he makes the rest of the band play along on… All this makes for interesting gigs – have a look at what is coming up!

Khe Sanh Rat and Lisa Dean Gratitude Award.
Went to K’crasher and Jim for a great  performance with experience and as  a fist timer.
Note – all spot acts were exceptional.

18th September 2009  AGM Night & Tin Mans Heart
Cyril Moran (digital guitar + vocals), Peter Mullins (e-drums +vocals) and Martin Smith (e-piano + guitar + violin + vocals) are Tin Man’s Heart. All have been associated in one form or another for about 15 years and their performance shows it. A blend of traditional, contemporary and original music using three part harmonies and electronic and acoustic instruments.
And a great night it was.
Khe Sanh Rat and Lisa Dean Gratitude Award.
Went to Vyvian for a great  performance of comedy  verse.

21st August 2009 Suzette Herft
Suzette is a contemporary troubadour and songwriter whose roots are in the American Folk tradition. She has often been described as the “Australian Joan Baez”, with her dark features and her rich, honeyed voice. This troubadour will impress you with her blend of country soul with contemporary, original and traditional folk ballads. Suzette has 3 albums to her credit – “Never too Late” ; ” A Place to call Home” and her new release “Both Sides Now”. A magic voice – see her if you get the chance.
Hayward Williams (on tour from the USA) 
Williams grew up with a guitar in his hands, performing from an early age in cafés, bars, and eventually rock clubs throughout his home state of Wisconsin and around the Midwest. He hit the ground running with a ’64 Gibson that his mother bought at a garage sale, listened hard to everything from the Beatles to Buckley, and somewhere along the way began to write the tunes that would become his own voice.  His live shows have been described as having “…everything you could hope for… message, melody, and hooks”
The skinny kid from Wyoming put on a great show and sounded better than his CD (I think).

Khe Sanh Rat and Lisa Dean Gratitude Award.

Went to Rudy for a great first time ever  performance.

Sunday 19th July 2009 People Place Music Concert
In conjunction with The People Place, Peninsula Folk Club and Badfolk, a music concert for the people at Mahogany House in Frankston North. A fabulous event -150 plus in the crowd and a great line up of performers. it will be done again next year – Thanks James.

17th July 2009 Little Miss Country and the Kick Ass Kowboys
Little Miss Country and the Kick Ass Kowboys have been playing together since January 2008. We play all forms of Country Music, both original and covers. We’ve played at many functions, festivals, clubs with a line up of Jan Dandridge (Little Miss Country) vocals & Guitar,  Don Gula on Double Bass, Brendan Shearson on Lead Guitar and vocals and Angus Wynd on drums.
A great night of country music and new faces for the open stage as well.
Khe Sanh Rat Gratitude Award.

Went to Russ and Frank for a great  performance.
Khe Sanh Members Prize.

Went to Des – congtats (again) Lucky fella.

19th June 2009  Open Stage
A quiet night but with enough talent for a good show.

15th May 2009  Bruce Mathiske (with Friends) WORLD ACCLAIMED GUITAR VIRTUOSO
Between them over 150 years playing time, Rob Johnstone, Mike Johnstone and Bruce Mathiske create sheer guitar magic that make this group a stringed sensation. Drawing inspiration from the likes of Chet Atkins & Django Reinhardt, their music ranges from Gypsy Jazz, swing to Mediterranean as well as their own compositions. All played with a sincerity & honesty rarely heard from a collaboration of guitarists. Add the bluesy vocal inflections of Rob Johnstone and you have the perfect recipe of music to your palette.

The description is not wrong – Catch up with them at some time and be amazed. It was a booked out event – Keh Shan Vouchers and wine and fruit and a panda in the raffle. A great night. Thanks to Berwick Fresh for the donation of the fruit basket.

17th April 2009 Saoirse (Pronounced: SEER- sha)
Saoirse (meaning freedom – relating to movement) are a vibrant vocal and dance trio from Melbourne. Saoirse delight their audiences with their beautiful renditions of traditional Irish ballads and original works, they will join hands to offer some spirited jigs and reels to get your feet tapping – not to mention the Irish dancing as well.
We were in the Old Chapel and a packed house

Khe Sanh Rat Gratitude Award.
Went to Mary for a great A’capella performance.
Khe Sanh Members Prize.
Went to Des – congtats.

20th March 2009  Nick Charles
It’s been quite some time since Nick performed at Badfolk and in the intervening period he has performed more than 200 shows a year from Perth to Nashville and recently released his fifth album “Closer To Home” to rave reviews around the world. The Age describes Nick as “Australia’s virtuoso of acoustic roots and blues” while Australian Guitar Magazine calls him “an awesome talent !”

I missed a great night of dazzling finger picking, six string, twelve string and resophonic guitars and classic country blues and folk songwriting. Great crowd and Nick was HOT!!

Khe Sanh Rat Gratitude Award.  ?

20th February 2009   BiG Folk
at Bad Folk And….. check out: www.frankjones.com.au  played original songs with that Melbourne urban/folk/roots sound we’ve all come to love (pioneered, in part, by members of this band through the 90’s and 2000s). BiG FOLK combines the great writing talents of one of Australia’s favourite songwriters, Frank Jones (ex-Whirling Furphies frontman), with an amazingly talented band of musicians lead by George Butrumlis (Zydeco Jump frontman), and including Howard Cairns on upright bass and Dennis Close on drums. Top this off with the sensational Rosies (Rosie Wositzky-Jones and Rosie Hilder), singing up a harmony vocals storm, and you have the fabulous BiG FOLK

Khe Sanh Rat Gratitude Award.  –
Went to David – A first time performer at the club – well done.
Khe Sanh Members Prize.  Went to Ann – well deserved…..Sharing with Jan.

18th January 2009 (Sunday) 12-5pm Club BBQ
in the grounds at the Old Cheese Factory – The perfect venue for events and a perfect day for it. It’s a great open stage day  – lots of food and finished off with a jam session. Has got to be one of my favourite events of the year.

19th December 2008  Christmas Bash
Our usual, at this time every year, open stage Christmas night bonanza. Bring your voices and sing carols (and other stuff) – and they did. A great evening with a small PA in the Old Chapel again.

Merry Christmas to all

21st November 2008 Paul Wookey
has been a distinctive singer and songwriter since he first discovered the music of Woody Guthrie and Bob Dylan and was  inspired to pick up a guitar and emulate his heroes.
Over many years he has honed these skills and toured extensively throughout Australia with occasional  international forays.
A regular performer at numerous folk and country music festivals, he won the prestigious Best New Artist Award at the Tamworth Country Music Festival in 1981 in recognition of the quality of his first album, “Mountain Breakfast” distributed through EMI.
e ran a small PA in the Chapel which went really well. Paul was in fine form and held the audience in raptures with his performance.

Khe Sanh Rat Gratitude Award.
Went to Paul a well first time poet at the club – well done.
Khe Sanh Members Prize.  Went to Kevin and Paul (lucky fellow) – congratulations.

17th October 2008 8 BALL AITKEN
8 Ball Aitken performs uniquely Far North Queenslandic country anthems — contemporary honk, stomp, Aussie swamp tunes. This is a big sound from the deep north, straight out of the Mareeba Delta, all steamy and bouncing off the remnants of extinct volcanoes, booming through the canefields. 8 Ball rolls into your personal soundtrack, packing cowboy music from the roadside, roots music with balls.
I was not there but am reliably told it was a night not to be missed.
Support Act Tim Hannan and Jan Dandridge.  Wish I was there!!!

Khe Sanh Rat Gratitude Award.
Went to a well deserving performer at the club – well done.
Khe Sanh Members Prize.   Went to someone else – congratulations (you know who you are).

19th September 2008 Coolgrass
Coolgrass, has been in many shapes and forms over the last 10 years or so. If you haven’t seen them then you have not been seriously entertained. Bruce with Angus, Jim and Doug fit together really well. Musically fabulous, great harmonies and jokes you laugh at (not groan) “Coolgrass, Rhythm and Bluegrass (and comedy)”.

Khe Sanh Rat Gratitude Award.
Went to a well deserving performer at the club – well done.
Khe Sanh Members Prize.
Went to someone else – congratulations (you know who you are)

31st August 2008 (Sunday) 12 – 5.00pm Members Performers Day
At the Khe Sanh Restaurant (see www.khesanh.biz ) A great afternoon of entertainment with raffles, Featured artist Eddie Cole, Visiting artist Johan Piribauer  from Lapland (Sweden) and our own members filling in a wet Sunday afternoon. – There should be more of these.

15th August 2008 Horny Toads
The Horny Toads describe themselves as a “western string band”, a not-so-subtle blend of country, bluegrass and old time with a healthy amount of lip-service to rock and pop music.  They say, “We take songs from the 1920s through to the 90s and make them all sound the same!” (Editor’s note:  That isn’t true.  But they DO make them all sound pretty darned good!)

Khe Sanh Rat Gratitude Award.
Went to David – A first time performer at the club – well done.
Khe Sanh Members Prize.
Went to Dani – well deserved..

18th July 2008 Greg ‘Champs’ Champion
Part humorist, part songwriter, part folkie, part hippy, part ABC radio bloke, part fruitcake, part Victorian, and completely South Australian, Champs has released more than twenty CDs on country, Christmas, cricket, comedy, folk, Theosophical and Australian themes.  Song titles include May Your Fridge Be Full Of Coldies, I Made a 100 In The Backyard At Mum’s, Roll Over Rolf Harris and Yasser Arafat Has A Funny Hat.  Greg Champion has been a member of long-running national ABC radio show The Coodabeen Champions, for twenty-six years.  A two-time runner-up in the Australian Underachiever Awards, he has no criminal record.
Came early – stayed late and it was non stop laughing all night. We even had his picture on a bottle of wine (which we gave him after he signed it)

Khe Sanh Rat Gratitude Award.  – Went to Phil – Great original song for which he won the Peninsula song writing competition.
Khe Sanh Members Prize.
Went to Merle – a fine supporter.

20th June 2008 Spectrum(Duo)
Mike Rudd and Bill Putt – I’m at a loss for words. The night began real early, people arriving at 7.00ish. We ended up with a capacity crowd. Open stage was limited with a support act Silver Reasons, being included in the line up for the night. Silver Reasons were magnificent. Great vocals and harmonies with everyone singing along. And just when you thought you had your monies worth, Mike and Bill hit the stage. From their opening rendition of I’ll be Gone to their closing number I’ll be Gone, the crowd hung on their every song. We had a raffle which was well supported – thanks to all.

Khe Sanh Members Prize.
Went to Doug – good to see you back.

16th May 2008  Catch 
Cyril Moran (digital guitar + vocals), Peter Mullins (e-drums +vocals) and Martin Smith (e-piano + guitar + violin + vocals) are CATCH. All have been associated in one form or another for about 15 years and their performance showed it.
Red Earth Belly Dancers
A great performance with plenty of pizzazz and style as they danced mainly in a tribal style.

Khe Sanh Rat Gratitude Award.  Went to Jim – Great original songs 
Khe Sanh Members Prize.
To another staunch member.

18th April 08 Enda Kenny
“A superb collection of songs from Australia’s finest folksinger”   Sydney Morning Herald .
And they are not wrong. One of the best performances I have seen in a long time. Enda has had a bit of a sabbatical but is out there again.
Khe Sanh Rat Gratitude Award.

Went to Ken – well deserved. 
Khe Sanh Members Prize.
To a staunch member.

April 12th Folk Club Night Basin Festival  April 13th PAVE Festival (Emerald Lake)
Two events that went well. A little rain at the Pave Festival in the morning. Alls well that went well.
Thanks to those (you know who you are!!!) who participated.

20th March 08
No Club this night – the first time ever. Happy Easter to one and all.

23rd & 24th February 08 Berwick Show 
A BIG THANK YOU to the members who helped work on the Berwick Show. We do it every year as a fund raiser and those who help enjoy it too. Short hours, low pay, wonderful benefits etc. etc.

Thanks to the members who played on the Saturday and competed with the monster truck – the crowd came back.

15th February 08  Jan Dandridge
It seems that nights with a bit of a country flavor are the way to go. We had a really busy night with a couple of spot acts to get the show rolling followed by our own (we claim her) with some of Mommas Mountain Jug Band backing her. I think Jan brought along every one she had ever met!! 
from Tassie followed with a support act. Very capable and competent contemporary style. Debra also runs workshops – check out her site. 
Mamas Mountain Jug Band
Toe tappin, fun lovin (No Mamma, No Mountain and No Jug) band made up of great musicians with a lot of comedy thrown in. Roy still can’t tell jokes!!! Keith and Evan fill the other spots. Multi instrumentalists. Make sure you catch them around town somewhere.

Khe Sanh Rat Gratitude Award.
Went to Alex – well deserved.
Khe Sanh Members Prize.

To Lorraine, a new member who joined on the night. Well done.

20th January 08
  Club BBQ 
Another great afternoon for members with all the usual suspects and some surprises. Because it is a lot less formal than club nights, I think it is one of the best afternoons of the year. Too much food too. Thanks to all of those who helped.