FOCO NUEVO in June 09

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Foco Nuevo continues to bring great acoustic performances in the inviting atmosphere of the newly-named Ellen Taylor Community Centre (previously called Ahimsa House).

And a reminder that we’ve got hot meals on offer with our friends Manoli and Nayita bringing their Latin American cooking skills to Foco Nuevo.

Our guests for June are Julie Minto and the Acoustic Union String Band.

Julie Minto: Songwriter/ guitar / harmonica player and vocal powerhouse, Julie has performed solo throughout Australia including Warrego Winery, Tamar Valley Folk Festival, Dorrigo Folk & Bluegrass Festival and Redlands Spring Festival.  She also is the lead singer of celtic-infused folk rock band “Thornlands” that has performed at the Cygnet Folk Festival, Wintermoon Festival, Folk Redlands and Woodford.[website].

Acoustic Union String Band: is a collaboration of four like-minded musicians – Chad and Michelle Swaby, Mark Ruff Cut Anderson and Alison MacKenzie – from the Darling Downs region sharing a passion for good handmade music.

Melodic tunes, with a ‘down on the farm’ feel. Largely influenced by the likes of Bob Dylan, Johnny Cash and Steve Earle blended with a mix of old time Blues, Country and Bluegrass melodies.

Jumping Fences will again be bringing their unique mix of original and Latin American songs with Sue Monk, Lachlan Hurse, Ross Gwyther and James Harper. [website].
Foco Nuevo is a reference to Brisbane’s FOCO Club, a lively and alternative performance space which ran on a weekly basis during the late 1960s.

Looking forward to seeing you there,
Lachlan and Sue

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Acoustic Union String Band live at Foco Nuevo
Acoustic Union String Band live at Foco Nuevo



Friday 26th June
8.00 p.m.

(formerly Ahimsa House)

26 Horan Street, West End

Hot Latin American meals, cakes, tea and coffee available

$10 / $7 concession

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  1. All along the watchtower says:

    Like Judas of old
    You lie and deceive
    A world war can be won
    You want me to believe
    —Masters of War – Bob Dylan

    There was a good roll-up to this gig.

    Unfortuneately I missed the Jumping Fences’ set.

    Julie Minto was good with funny & interesting original songs about an Oboe, unemployment, and housewife blues.

    Acoustic Union String Band (great name, as Lach pointed out) introduced me to the rebellious music of Steve Earles, they did some old Dylan which is worth revisiting from time to time becasue of the political side of Bob Dylan.

    I captured the tail end of a Steve Earles cover on my mobile. See


    It was great to hear Ruff Cut Anderson (vocals, mandolin & bluegrass mandolin[with a hole like a violin]) doing Steve Earles songs backed up by Alison MacKenzie (mandolin, vocals), Michelle (fiddle, vocals) and Chad Swaby (Guitar, Fiddle, Blues Harp and Vocals).

    Chad sang a great cover of the Dylan version of All “Along the Watchtower”.

    There must be some way out of here, said the joker to the thief,
    Theres too much confusion, I cant get no relief.
    Businessmen, they drink my wine, plowmen dig my earth,
    None of them along the line know what any of it is worth.

    No reason to get excited, the thief, he kindly spoke,
    There are many here among us who feel that life is but a joke.
    But you and i, weve been through that, and this is not our fate,
    So let us not talk falsely now, the hour is getting late.

    All along the watchtower, princes kept the view
    While all the women came and went, barefoot servants, too.

    Outside in the distance a wildcat did growl,
    Two riders were approaching, the wind began to howl

    —Bob Dylan All Along The Watchtower

    Not only that, he did a Woody Guthrie song as well. Its a shame they didn’t do one of Pete Seeger’s songs. That would have gone down well. In all, a good night made better by people on stage refraining from mentioning Michael Jackson (who died that day).

    Another thing, I wouldn’t mind hearing more vocals from the two women especially Alison MacKenzie.

    Ian Curr
    26 June 2009

    Woody Guthrie


    International cyberjam of Bob Dylan’s Masters of War


    See also Steve Earles


    Check the Hendrix version of “Along the Watchtower”


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