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14 January 2001

Coming soon to THE PALAIS.

From Britain, the internationally acclaimed singer, musician, poet and one-man band 

Rory McLeod

The revival of the Franklin Palais as a performing venue has brought with it an amazing program of events, productions and cultural activities. The last six months has seen two Balls, a sequence of Folk Club meetings and concerts, CD launches by local musicians, original theatre, radio and film production, classical music recitals and the Fabulous Equal music multi-media performance.

Building on the renewed reputation of the Palais as a major performing venue and cultural centre second to none, the Franklin Progress Association has booked famous British recording artist Rory McLeod to perform at the Palais on the afternoon of Sunday January the 28th.

Rory McLeod is well known as a singer-song writer and virtual one man band. Top British music magazines have given Rory the highest accolades. Mojo magazine refers to him as, "a national icon," Folk Roots writes that he is "one of our greatest mercurial talents", while Living Tradition has reported, "seeing Rory live is a life affirming experience".

Rory McLeod has performed with the likes of Michelle Shocked, Ani Di Franco, Ali Farke-Toure, Taj Mahal and many other international stars from a variety of fields. His latest album, Mouth to Mouth has already achieved critical acclaim world wide.

Rory, an ex-fire eater and circus clown is a virtuoso on guitar, harmonica and other instruments such as trombone and spoons. He also performs percussive tap dancing as he sings and plays.

"Rory is simply one of the best entertainers that you will see anywhere on the planet. His songs are so full of passion and poetry and he combines this with an awesome rhythmic drive. It all comes so fast, these long lyrical stories, his feet tapping, guitar grooves that borrow from calypso, flamenco and the blues then he tops it off with harmonica playing second to none. If I was to see only one act this year it would be Rory. We are so lucky that he has agreed to play in the valley at the Palais."

Rory will be playing at the Palais on Sunday January 28th from 1.00 PM. Ticket sales will be available at the door and at various places throughout the Valley such as the Franklin Post Office, J and T Treasures, The Mustard Pot etc. Ticket outlets and ticket sales will be verified by mid January. Tickets will be $16.00 for adults. $14.00 concession and $5.00 per child.

Rory will be supported by a short opening bracket from local blues and country band Shake Sugaree. The bar will be open for drinks and afternoon tea.

For details contact Steve Gadd on 62663446 or email to woden@bigpond.com

6 December 2000

NEW YEAR'S EVE -- A hot samba night at the Palais

A New Year's Eve Party to end all parties will be held at the Franklin Palais on Sunday 31st Dec 2000.

The hot samba night theme will be a fiesta of fun with a carnivale flavour and a sizzling range of dance music guaranteed to get everyone up on the floor. Starting with The Good Dog Zydeco band, pumping Cajun, Afro Caribbean rhythm and Louisiana blues, then moving the beat beyond midnight with a DJ for a mix of Latin American, samba and regular dance favourites.

Organisers are encouraging Patrons to Dress for the occasion offering prizes for the most outlandish outfits. Astound us with your colour - anything from carnivale frills, fruity flavours of tropicano, wild, jungle or just summer dress. Let your imagination loose.

Tickets are on sale now at Franklin Post Office, Huonville Mustard Pot and at Wild Thyme Cygnet. Cost is $30 or $25 concession, includes supper (of south American inspired fare) and a licensed bar will be available.

Tickets are in demand, so don't delay. Enquiries phone 6266 3407

New Year's Eve poster

Yet another Gail Galloway story.

22 November 2000

Another Gail Galloway story.

17 November 2000

An Events Calendar page has been added.

15 November 2000

Review of An Equal Music by Jonathan Sturm

A new poem by Gail Galloway

12 November 2000

Bronwen Hayes writes about The Egg Islands, their history and conservation of rare birds and other wildlife. 

10 November 2000

Some of Marguerite Porte's photographs have been resampled to download as Windows bitmaps in 800 x 600 pixels for desktop wallpaper.

6 November 2000

Gail Galloway has a new poem and has started a series of yarns that we hope will be weekly.

29 October 2000

Maps have been added.

28 October 2000

From the Wooden Boat Building School

The launch of our latest boat is happening on 16th November from 12 -- 1. Proceeds from BBQ to follow go to further restoration of the Palais. The boat is a 31' 8" gaff cutter, designed by Lyle Hess from California, built by ten students from all over Australia. 

Hess hull planked



A SturmSoft creation.

Jonathan Sturm 2001