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A night in the JOL: Brisbane folk music

Event Information

  • 15 Sep 2015 6:00pm
  • State Library of Queensland, Stanley Place, Cultural Precinct
  • South Brisbane
  • Queensland
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  • Cost: Free

What is folk music? What role has it played in Brisbane’s political, social and cultural history, from bush bands and Morris dancing to community choirs and contemporary songwriting? And —  given the rise of digital technologies and the virtual audience —what might folk do in the future?


These are just a few of the questions addressed by the Brisbane Folk History Project. With 50 oral history interviews, more than 2,000 photographs, and a welter of posters, programs, newsletters, set lists and recordings dating back to 1951, today’s folkies are busy documenting and celebrating Brisbane’s vibrant folk music community.

Join Folk Centre performer Sue Wighton and second generation singer-songwriter Rebecca Wright for an evening of stories, images and songs from the ever-evolving Brisbane folk music scene.

This event is part of A night in the JOL, a monthly series of talks delving into different aspects of Queensland’s rich and diverse history.


To book your place, visit slq.qld.gov.au/whats-on