Our latest exploits!
The Wild Women and and honorary Wild Woman, Suzanne playing bass at the Melbourne Ukulele Festival, March 2022
MUF Showcase concert
The Wild Women revert to PROTEST MODE
VALLA BEACH RESIDENTS FIGHT BACK
Nambucca Valley Council rezoned a Valla Beach bona fide wildlife corridor to sell to developers as two house blocks.
The community vigorously opposed this greenspace loss with numerous submissions and appeals to councillors, a 700 signature petition, and 18 speakers at two consultative meetings. Council still totally disregards the voice of the people. So at the Council Public Consultation meeting on June 15, 2022, Community Musicians Cathy Welsford and Angie Smith wrote and presented the song, GREENSPACE.
Only one councillor was present to hear the passionate oral submissions. All the submissions were opposed to the proposed re-classification.
Open mic just for fun!
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Seventeen wonderful original songs with chord and lyric charts as well as full notation of the melodies. All for under $20! A bargain at $19.99!
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23 July: Jazz Weekend at Valla Beach
6 August: Valla Beach Community Markets 9.30am - 1pm
10 September: Newkulele Festival. 10.30am Mulibimba Room, City Hall
10 September: Valla Beach Garage Band: 3.45 Concert Hall, City Hall
11 September: Blue Gum Blossom 10.15, Hunter Room, City Hall
11 September: Wild Women Blues Sisters 10.45, Hunter Room, City Hall
21 September: Wax Lyrical featured artist, Carrington Bowling Club, Newcastle 7pm
22 September: Forster Jumping Fleas TBC
24 Septmber: Garden COncert: SOuth West Rocks TBC
1 October: Valla Beach Garage Band at Valla Beach Community Markets, 9am & 11am
18,19, 20 November: Music in Manildra. Inaugural Manildra Ukulele Muster
25, 26, 27 November: Deniliquin Uke Muster
29 November: Elvis ukulele Workshop for Parkes Ukulele Group TBC
3 December: House concert in Dubbo TBC
11 December: Valla Beach Garage Band and Blue Gum Blossom Concert
The Troubadour Folk Club
at Everglades Country Club, Woy Woy 29 May 2021
The Wild Women were a hoot from the start. But cleverly, as we were lulled into the comfort of laughter and shared enjoyment, they began to get deeper and deeper in their reflection on what it means to be treated as a older woman, and how to respond to it. Cleverly, their message was about older blokes as well. They played some quite demanding instrumentals which I think went well beyond folk music. I thought of them as mini symphonic sketches, on the ukuleles. The lasting memories I have is of the joy they have and their rebellious embrace of gender and ageing. These are two women who are determined make the world a better place, one witty line and clever key change at a time.
Michael Fine at Troubadour Folk Club
Brisbane workshops and performances May 2021
The weekend was a wonderful experience. If you ever get the chance, and you are looking for something extra, I recommend you go to a concert or workshop by the Wild Women of Anywhere Beach.
This review is biased because I am an unabashed fan of the Wild Women of Anywhere Beach. Cathy Welsford and Angie Smith are the wild women. They hale from Valla Beach near Bellingen in NSW (south of Coffs Harbour).
I attended one of their workshops in Blaxland (at the foot of the Blue Mountains) in 2019. I was immediately won over by their ukulele competency, their preparation work, and their friendly, happy style. They have a gift for teaching. Geoff Dancer June 2021
The Wild Women of Anywhere Beach are
Cathy (Fast Fingers) Welsford and
Angie (Random Chords) Smith
who have performed together for 30 years, singing their way through numerous political upheavals, cultural revolutions and just plain standing up against injustice! They run ukulele and singing workshops for big and little kids, write original songs and bring sassy covers to their performances, so get ready to have some fun.
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