60 minutes each from
Karen Law Duo – Equally at home on stage or singing round the kitchen table, this family duo from the Sunshine Coast presents a multi-generational show of award-winning songs and uplifting spirit.
Karen has been writing songs for more than 30 years and is currently working on her fifth studio album. She first toured Australia as Karen Burton back in the late 1990s, releasing her debut CD ‘A Point on the Map’ before settling down to raise three kids. She re-emerged in 2014 as Karen Law and has been writing and performing with her family ever since. For this performance she will be joined on stage by her son Murray on guitar and vocals.
“Musically Karen Law is creating at the highest level of her career so far.” Francesca de Valence, Founder & CEO, I Heart Songwriting Club
Alistair Hulett Trophy – winner – for songs of social justice – 2020. (Wildflower Woman)
UK Songwriting Contest – finalist in ‘folk’ and ‘protest’ categories – 2021 and 2022 (Coral Coast and Wildflower Woman)
Tamworth Songwriting Association – winner in ‘local heroes’ category – 2022. (Free Again)
“Superlative harmonies based around the song writing of Karen Law is the immediate attractor. There’s no question that Karen and her songs are front and centre but Murray’s guitar grabs your attention again and again. Top it all off with a very smooth presentation. This is a family act that is definitely worth catching.”
Dr Michael Whiticker, Glasshouse Musos
Baggage & Stuff unfortunately Kim can’t be with us – so this month they are a quartet!
is a Sydney-based five-piece fusion of two veteran singer-songwriter groups: Men With Day Jobs and Aubrey & Purton. It’s also the title of their first album. The quintet began in 2017, and bloomed as they won acclaim for original and spirited performances at Sydney venues including Humph Hall, Gasoline Pony, Gaelic Club, tall ship James Craig, Hornsby Folk Club, and the Sydney Folk Festival.
All five sing, play and write prolifically. Individually and in various combos they’ve delighted hundreds of venues and fests; appeared on radio and TV; won major awards for radio and stage writing; had books published; busked in far-flung places; backed big names from Ross Wilson to John Williamson, Jimmy Little and Joe Camilleri. Their songs, popular on YouTube, have been covered by artists worldwide.
Between them, members have racked up more than a century of collaboration. From high school days, guitarist and prizewinning writer/satirist Stafford Sanders and pianist/multi-instrumentalist/chief producer Rod Crundwell have been musical partners, once appearing on Countdown in sailor suits!
Rod and ace bassist Kim Constable have spent decades together in Ol’ 55, On the Prowl and backed big-name artists.
“A-list ukulelist” and storytelling historian Pete Purton and multi-instrumentalist and crowd-whisperer Dennis Aubrey have gigged and busked for years in innumerable and exotic places.
Their originals run a wide gamut of genres, tempos, moods and subjects. They also add the occasional quirky cover. They share a passion for music and life, a concern for people and the wider world, a feeling for Sydney’s many stories, and a sense of humour that manages to be both sharp and daggy.
“Great words, great tunes… funny, poignant, political without being preachy… ingenious!”
John Huxley, Sydney Morning Herald
“Strong singers, fantastic songs including really good originals, and a very entertaining
(often hilarious) stage presence. They’ve got the lot!” Wayne Richmond, Humph Hall
Disability access. Back Hall, Annandale Community Centre, 79 Johnston St, Annandale
doors open 7 for 7.30 start, light supper available, BYO. $20/18 – CASH AT DOOR (ATM in pub)
24th June Mothers of the Nation + Cj Shaw
22nd July Traditional Graffiti + John Warner
26th August Ten Quid Poms + Coolfin
23rd September Tripple Effect + Ecopella
28th October TBC + Wombats
18th November (3rd Sat) – Shiny Bums + Water Runners