Online stuff to do & watch in these days of no live music or dances, & self isolation

by | Mar 26, 2020 | Articles

originally published on Bush Music Club blog

Thanks to those who posted these suggestions – if you have other suggestion I can add them
first of all, some cartoons for a laugh –

No need to sing Happy Birthday – here are some better suggestions – A folksong 20 second handwash

Flattern the Curve song
Covideo Folk Club for Facebook members

I approve or decline all posts so it makes it easier for me if you’ve read the rules. I do not like declining posts but do if I think they are not in the spirit of this Group.
The idea is to post self filmed smart phone videos (no studio produced videos) of folk club going folkies singing the songs they usually sing at their local folk club. Hopefully this will create an online club which gives some of the feel of those real world folk clubs. People posting are personally responsible for any copyright issues arising from the videos they post.
Please give title and name of writer, as you would if sing the song, playing the music in a real live folk club. For this reason YouTube videos are not allowed (please read the Group Rules). They also take you out of the Club. When it’s your turn at a sing around you would not open up your phone or tablet and play a pre-recorded YouTube video.
This is a folk club. Keep things simple. I want to approve the posts but can’t if they upset the ethos of the Group or they’re in a format I can’t view before approving.
See you all virtually at the Covideo Folk Club.❤️
Couch Choir    Over 1000 people from 18 countries submitted a video of their performance of “Close To You” (Burt Bacharach) in just TWO DAYS. Every submission that we successfully received was manually added to the collective. And then we saw the magic unfold… Plug in those earphones and turn this up.
Massive Singlet    from Stephen Taberner – The Massive Singlet is a thing, a singing thing. It’s a thing which has been made necessary by other things, the things which make us all be in our smaller rooms, and not in bigger rooms with other people. These are interesting times, and the solution might be interesting too: hence, the massive singlet. For people to come together, to be together, to sing, has always been a human need: it is so now, even more than ever. Thank you for being a part of this grand experiment. It has, so far, been a wonderful thing.

In a Massive Singlet, you’ll join up to 500 participants worldwide in warmups, the learning and singing of a song (or two), a little drink break, and then a bit of sharing: thoughts, knitted things, flags, or snippets of music from you, possibly finishing with a dance track. You’ll see everybody, but, mostly you won’t be able to hear everybody, due to latency (delay). but sometimes you will, for a moment, be able to hear everybody. I’ll take you through all the things, the warmups and the main song. This is what I’ve been doing for 27 years, only usually in the same room as people! You have control over what you see, and whether people see you. (though they will see your name).

Would you like to be kept informed about future Massive Singlets?
if so, go to and join the mailing list there.
For musicians 

Bush Music Club Slow Session tunes
Victorian Folk Music Club – 1600 tunes
Bush Traditions Wiki – tunes & more
Live streaming

Willy Nelson live streamed concert

Orchestra plays Beethoven’s 9th from their homes

Together at Home   is a new series from Global Citizen to support the World Health Organisation’s efforts and to bring us all together to feel less lonely. Each day a new artist (or several!) will bring their talents live to social media — they’ll take requests, talk about their music-making process, sing some of their classics and tell you how you can take action to slow the spread of coronavirus.

On line radio stations & programs

Folk music with Bruce Cameron on 2MCE-FM Community Radio
‘Come All Ye’ is a folk music radio program broadcast on 2MCE-FM each Sunday from 12 to 2pm, heard across the central west of NSW, Australia, in the cities of Bathurst (92.3 Mhz) and Orange (94.7 Mhz). 2MCE-FM is now streaming live and here’s a time zone converter in case you’re not on Eastern Australian time.
Bruce Cameron has hosted ‘Come All Ye’ since 1976, making it the longest running folk / acoustic / roots program on Australian radio still with its original presenter. 2MCE-FM was the first non-metropolitan community radio station established in Australia and currently broadcasts three folk music programs including ‘Come All Ye’. ‘One Of The Folk’ is heard from 12 to 2pm each Saturday and ‘The Connection’ from 7 to 8pm each Sunday.
There are links on this page to ‘Come All Ye’ archived playlists going back to 1998 as well as a link to 2MCE-FM’s stored podcasts.

Australian Community Radio Stations   Folk – 197 stations   Celtic –  stations   Bluegrass -10 stations    Australian stations

Mississauga, Canada,  but they get presenters and programs from other parts of Canada and indeed the world, including Melbourne.

US – FolkAlley is a nonprofit, listener-supported internet radio service featuring folk, roots, Americana, Celtic, contemporary singer/songwriter, world, and acoustic music

Australia – Alive 90.5 fm Australian Spectrum Show. Broadcasting to Northwest Sydney at Alive 90.5 fm Listen worldwide online at  BMC Concert Party members have appeared here several times & will be doing so again later this year.

Links from Irish National Association

The Aisling Society has sent links to the following podcasts

Irish History Podcast with Fin Dwyer
Mothers of Invention
An Irishman abroad with Jarlath Regan

Irish music lessons online
Edel McBride, fiddle & lilting, On Skype or Whats App
Contact: 0421 639 862 or

Interesting blogs  In 2003 Graham Seal and Rob Willis published Verandah Music: Roots of Australian Tradition. With contributions from dozens of leading collectors and researchers, the illustrated book and its accompanying 2 CDs was hailed as a major contribution to understanding and appreciating Australia’s rich heritage of traditional music, dance and song. Since then, Graham and Rob have continued to work together and with others on a variety of collecting, research, publishing and performance projects, around the country and beyond.  Shining a light on Australia’s past with an eclectic collection of articles, pictures, family history, stories, tales, recipes, and more.
For dancers from Keith Wood
I’ve decided to cancel my dance workshops for the next three months, and
re-evaluate then for later sessions.
I hope you all keep well and fit throughout this period. Don’t forget
that there are dance animations on the Dance Kaleidoscope web site
( if you want to refresh your
memory of various dances, or just dance along in your mind. If there’s a
dance you would like added, let me know and I’ll see what I can do.

From: Carrie Riseley <>
Date: Sat, 21 Mar 2020 9:16 pm
Subject: [folktas] Online BalFolk event 10am Monday 23rd March
To: <>

Our BalFolk dance was cancelled, but you can join this one online. It’s going out on “Facebook Live”, which is a live streaming platform – you don’t need to have a Facebook account to watch it (if you don’t have an account, just don’t listen to it when it tells you to log in). Here is the link: The live stream will be hosted by Rachel Bell – you can see her listed as the host of the event.   

It will be beaming live from Greenfield, Massachusetts from 10am Monday Australian EDST (the Facebook event says 7pm Sunday EDT, which is the timezone of eastern North America. They are GMT-4; we are GMT+11, so 15 hours’ difference). If you are unable to tune in at that time, you can view it as a recording later.

Here is Rachel’s description of the event:

“This pandemic can’t have our bal folk!!

Tune in on Rachel Bell’s Facebook page for a social distance bal folk party! Even if you haven’t encountered bal folk yet, come check it out!
with Eloise & Co.: Becky Tracy (fiddle) & Rachel Bell (accordion)

We were so sad to have to cancel the March 22 Greenfield Porch House Bal Folk, but we would really love it if you would gather with us online. Dance a bourree in your kitchen! Work on your gavotte de l’aven step! Can you dance a mazurka with your cat, perhaps? We’ll be looking for your stories in real time on how you creatively adapt the dances so that you can do them in your own home, by yourself or with your family/housemate/partner, at a safe distance of course.

If you wish to make a donation as if you were coming to a real-life concert or dance, we would be grateful! Usually a live event like a dance ranges in cost from $5 to $20 per person. There’s a donate button here if you wish to support this project:
If you are struggling financially, especially in the face of the current pandemic, we warmly welcome you to watch for free!

We’ll play tunes for a variety of dance types, and we’ll give brief reminders of the steps.

We love you all and miss you already! We need to stay connected and keep the creativity flowing in whatever ways we can! We are currently rehearsing some brand new tunes to share with you, and we hope this evening together will help to cheer us all up.

If you haven’t encountered bal folk yet, we’ll introduce you to it! Bal folk is European folk dancing (largely from Central France and Brittany) that’s very popular across a wide demographic both across the pond and here in North America. We’ll tell you and show you more about it!

Here are some samples of the sounds you’ll here:


Pete McMahon

Bush Traditions

National Film & Sound Archives

Other videos from Bush Traditions website
Interesting non folkie/music sites

I Visited 18 Countries Today, How about You?  her posts headed Things I found on the Internet Today can lead you into all kinds of fascinating & weird places & fill in a lot of time …

Parodies from Randy Rainbow   Randy Rainbow is an American comedian, actor, singer, writer and satirist best known for his popular series of musical parodies and political spoofs, which have garnered him international acclaim.

photo by Sandra Nixon


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