Feb 17th Wollongong Garden Swap

North Gong Community Garden is hosting a vegie swap on Sunday 17th of February, and I will be providing live music, as will environmental choir Ecopella.

Details are:
9am – 12noon (music starts at 10.30)
At the garden, in the grounds of the North Wollongong PCYC,
Ajax Ave, North Wollongong

Entry is free, there is no requirement to bring vegies to come along.

Here is what the organisers had to say about it:


Swaps are a major principle of permaculture and a great community function.
This is a worthy event for the Illawarra – your support and presence would be fantastic.

We are holding the SWAP on Sunday 17th of February at 9.00am to noon.

There will be a chance for you to:
Swap your surplus fruit & vegetables
Share information, plants, seeds, books & magazines etc.
Indulge in great coffee and nibbles
Discuss and volunteer for the ongoing functioning of this Swap.

AND there will be live acoustic music from about 10.30

– Paul Spencer (writes and performs quirky comic political folk songs to entertain the activist in you or re-energise the jaded cynic).

– Ecopella (an environmental a cappella choir that sings about the beauty of our world and the struggle to protect it).
This is a not to be missed event, so see you all there.

See the garden’s website at http://thegardennorthgong.blogspot.com.au/

Thursday Dec 20th Permaculture Ukulele Show

I’m the support act for Charlie Mgee and his Permaculture Ukulele Show at the Flametree Co-op, Thirroul.


Charlie Mgee says “Permaculture: A Rhymer’s Manual is all about bringing permaculture concepts into the spotlight through pattern-learning and good music.”

“Music really is a fantastic tool for getting complex concepts and ideas firmly stuck in your head.”
That’s a statement I heartily agree with.

6pm – 8pm
Thursday 20th December
Flame Tree Food Co-op.
1/374 Lawrence Hargrave Dr
(Thirroul is in the Illawarra, just north of Wollongong)

October 27: Loaded Dog Folk Club

I’m the support act at the Loaded Dog in October.

It’s at Annandale Neighbourhood Centre, 79 Johnston St, Annandale.

Octpober 27, 2012
Starts 8pm, tickets $15 / $13.
BYO, supper available.

The main act that night is “4 Margarets”, a collected performance from 4 great singers, Margaret Bradford, Margaret Essex, Margaret Fagan and Margaret Walters.

See also http://jam.org.au/moxie/venues/thedog/about-the-loaded-dog-2.shtml

By Paul Spencer Posted in Gigs

24-26 August, Songs for Social Justice

Singing together for change

I’m involved in organising this weekend of sharing political songs in Surry Hills. On the Friday night will be a concert showcasing some of the talent in social change music in Australia and then the Saturday and Sunday are filled with singing – sharing songs, teaching songs, writing songs, it’s all there.

See http://songweekend.wordpress.com for more details, or
email songweekend@gmail.com
stay updated by liking http://www.facebook.com/pages/Songs-for-Social-Justice/230619640306832
and see the facebook event at http://www.facebook.com/events/297170990351660/

I’m going to host a song-sharing circle of “Songs that Comment on Our Movement for Change” and I’ll be bringing a few of my own and a few others to the circle. You’re also invited to bring songs on the theme, to that and all the other song-sharing circles.

The cost for the weekend is $50 (or $35 unwaged) and there are single-day tickets for $20 (or $15 unwaged).

By Paul Spencer Posted in Gigs

2nd of June – Katoomba!

“IN LAK’ESH” ~ Manic Eco Preachers ~ show:


DATE: Saturday 2nd June 2012
TIME: 7:00pm until 11:00pm.
PLACE:In Lak’esh: Studio #3, 59-61 Katoomba St, KATOOMBA
(Behind Katoomba Vintage emporium : follow laneway beside Greco’s fish and chips) opposite Commonwealth Bank
keep reading

By Paul Spencer Posted in Gigs

April 29th, 2012 – post-bus celebration

Kanuguba’s bus owning era has come to an end and we’re getting together to remember the adventures it took us on. Aunty Peta and Aunty Elvina will update us on the work they’re doing and we’ll have some music.

Performers include:
Paul Spencer

Sunday April 29th,
6 – 9 pm
Lass O-Gowrie Hotel, Railway St, Wickham

more details as they are confirmed.

By Paul Spencer Posted in Gigs