The Mutual Acquaintances, comprised of Ian Barker, Lucas Critchley, Brett Guyer and Michael Spencer – is a four-piece ensemble performing new and traditional Anglo-Irish music with vocals, guitars, cittern, accordion, tin whistles, percussion, bass and uilleann pipes.
Ian Barker and Michael Spencer have been performing together for more than 20 years, since their studies at the NSW State Conservatorium of Music in Sydney. They were both drawn to the Anglo-Irish singing tradition and they continue to find inspiration in the music and their harmony singing. When Michael moved to the Southern Highlands, he was delighted to find professional musicians who were just as passionate about Irish music. Lucas Critchley is a composer, performer from Sydney who has travelled across Sydney and across the globe, all the while engaging in a wide variety of world music. Brett Guyer is a highly respected piper who has mastered both the Scottish bagpipes as well as the Irish Uilleann Pipes. This is the instrument that is inflated by bellows strapped to the piper's elbow. While Brett played for many years in the strict traditions of competitive pipe bands, he found himself drawn to the more relaxed culture of the Irish music session.
Together, they present a rich program of traditional and contemporary folk music ranging from a cappella songs to atmospheric pipe solos and lively sets of jigs and reels.

Support performance by Mark Wilkes with Tim Dalton.


2.00 pm, Sunday December 9
Shopfront Theatre, 88 Carlton Parade, Carlton

$20.00 Members, $25.00 Non members
$20.00 Concession, $35.00 Family ticket.

Wednesday, DECEMBER 19

The Dungeon Sessions at Southern Sydney Folk Club. Held the third Wednesday of each month at The Shopfront Arts Co-op, 88 Carlton Parade Carlton.

Come along and meet other music enthusiasts in the Folk Tradition.

You will have a chance to play your own original or traditional songs in front of enthusiastic and supportive people, and to join in, and play and sing along with new and well known Folk Songs.

7.30 - 9.30 pm. Gold coin donation.

Here are our chord sheets.

You can print them and bring them along. (Easy chords!)

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We meet monthly for open mic and playing sessions. We host touring artists throughout the year. We meet in the Shopfront Theatre, 88 Carlton Parade, Carlton.

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