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Itís back at last
The 2018 season of Folk at the Friary will be launched on Saturday 9th June at The Old Friary, Kenmore Hills.
Folk at the Friary, image courtesy of their Facebook page
Caroline Hammond and Sally Harris & Lachlan Baldwin are the artists who will be "breaking a leg" at this 1st performance. Caroline is not only a singer but also writes her own songs and plays a variety of instruments. She will share her love of a diversity of music with you including blues, reggae, gospel, African "hi-life" and coffee house folk.
Sally, an Australian Celtic Music Award winning songwriter, and Lachlan will perform music from their Gone Molly album and you will be amongst the first to hear some of their new songs as well. Walk-in chalkboard artists are also welcomed if they wish to perform. So if you're a "folkie" with a tune to sing or play, this might be your night to perform on stage as well.
Caroline Hammond and Sally Harris & Lachlan Baldwin, image courtesy Folk at the Friary Facebook page
The Brookfield Centre for Christian Spirituality, better known as The Old Friary is a venue hard to beat for atmosphere and a sense of history. It was a Friary from 1965 to 1987 when it belonged to the Anglican Franciscan Brothers. They ran a pottery and nursery there and the venue evolved into a local community centre. Before then, the story goes, that a house was relocated from North Quay by a bullock to the site in 1890. Another house was built in there in 1910 and the existing main house was built in the 1920s from remnants from an 1890s house in Toowong. The property was purchased by Fr Robert Bartletter Bates who opened a home for aged men and a farm school for orphaned and wayward boys in the 1930s. These were the beginning of many responses to marginalised folk.
After the Franciscans left, the property was left disused until the Friends of Brookfield reinvigorated it in more recent decades. At this time an Anglican priest, Fr David Binns turned it into a venue to use for contemplative spirituality and it became a unique venue providing retreats, workshops and a place of spirituality through many avenues including music. In 2003 there was further change at the Friary but it still remained, and remains today, a much loved community hub with a lot of soul.
This will be a special night to celebrate, welcoming folk music back to the Friary. You can tap your toes, sing along to old favourites and be on the cutting edge of new folk music. Tickets are available here and you can find out more about The Old Friaryhere.