Folk fun

Louise joins Polly and Rob Reed for some delightful harmonies

Another lovely afternoon of mountain music on Sunday as myself, Brenda and Bernice joined a crowd of friends and acquaintances at Louise MacRae’s house to enjoy folk duo Polly and Rob Reed.

Polly and Rob, who bill themselves as Twa Lost Geordies, are fairly recent arrivals on Tamborine but have already entwined their way into our musical hearts with regular performances at festivals and the  markets.  They have performed all over the world and specialise, among other types of music, in the folk songs of the Tyneside and north-east England whence they come, with a fine repertoire of old sea shanties.

Polly has a true folk voice, reminiscent of Judy Collins, and Rob plays both the guitar and the Appalachian dulcimer.  He has four of these, gogeous instruments, and  we ukulele and guitar players in the audience were fascinated by them – he even let me have a go!  One plays it horizontally like a dobro and it’s quite strange but hauntingly beautiful.  Goes well with Polly’s voice.

Louise managed to fit 50 of us into her big sitting room and there was plenty of good stuff to eat and drink and time for a chat during the interval, and a wander round the garden.  I love her house!

The concert was to raise some seed money for the Five Senses Festival which starts in a few weeks – the Bellas will be singing at it, among other attractions.  These small musical gatherings are such a joy and we have so many talented people here always ready to perform a variety of music for us.  It’s nice not to always have to drive to Brisbane or the coast for entertainment…here are a few rather bad photos…

Rob Reed with one of his dulcimers


Gathering for the concert – Warwick Bailey in the foreground and also Alan James having a chat with Brenda.

Louise, our hostess with the mostest, chatting with friends during the interval

Darling Dianne with Denise (I THINK that’s her name) who is holding a garden party for the Five Senses Festival on April 5 at which the Bellas are singing.

Getting some fresh air on the verandah during the interval – the weather continues SOOO hot and humid.

Alan and Bernice tucking in!

Lesley and Steve in serious conversation.

Sandie Hardy chatting with friends in the interval. Tony was somewhere around too.

About Tamborine Dreamer

I am a horticulturist, writer and photographer who lives on Tamborine Mountain, one of the world's beautiful places to live with plenty of sunshine, good rainfall, moderate temperatures, lush rainforest, splendid views of both the ocean to the east and the mountains to the west. I love writing about the place in which I live, in all its moods and seasons. Besides gardening I love good literature and poetry, bushwalking, birdwatching, history, Japanese language and culture, and music of several kinds.
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