Foco Nuevo: 1 Feb 2013

Focobanner_thumb.gifFor our first Foco Nuevo of 2013 we’re fortunate to be able to present touring musicians, George Mann and Rik Palieri, from the U.S. who will be performing classics of the labor movement, specifically The Almanac Singers (who included Woody Guthrie, Pete Seeger and Lee Hays), along with plenty of their own songs. In keeping with the theme of the night we’ve also invited Brisbane’s Combined Unions’ Choir to join us.

George Mann sings songs from the last century of labour and social activism, and his own songs are powerful and funny takes on the state of the nation. His concerts are part sing-along, part history lesson, and he can make you shout for joy, send chills down your spine or bring tears to your eyes in the same set.

George created and produced the “Hail to the Thief!” anti-Bush CD series, which featured such folk legends as Tom Paxton, Utah Phillips, and Billy Bragg, and his work with veterans, unions and anti-war groups has kept him on the frontlines for 20 years. (

“Totem Pole” Rik Palieri is a talented singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. In a typical performance Rik will “frail” the banjo, stomp out a blues on guitar,spin out a wild and woolly story, pluck out a tune on the mouth bow, play a melody on the Native American flute and end the evening with an original Yodel-sing-a-long. Rik is an occasional writer for Sing Out!, Banjo Newsletter and author of a new book “The Road Is My Mistress, Tales Of A Roustabout Songster.” (

Joining them will be Brisbane’s Combined Union’s Choir and a more compact line-up of Jumping Fences will present some their favourite songs in a short but sharp set to welcome our overseas visitors.

Maggie’s delicious cakes, tea and coffee on sale.

$10 / $7

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