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"Playing traditional acoustic music
in and around Darwin Australia
for more than thirty years."
Top End Folk Club Incorporated
PO Box 41551
Casuarina Northern Territory Australia 0811
ABN 20 835 317 702

The 31st Top Half Folk Festival

Queen's Birthday Weekend 2001
Proudly presented by the Top Half Folk Federation

Alice Springs NT


Ooraminna Bush Camp

Feature Artist Ted Egan

Ted Egan is best known as a country and western singer, whose songs celebrate the Australian bush and rural life. But as a young man, in the Northern Territory in the early 1950's, he worked as a Native Patrol Officer - where he was responsible for the welfare and administration of local Aboriginal people.

G'day from the Alice Mob.

For those who don't know, the festival this year was hosted by the Central Australian Folk Society and we can assure you that a great festival was enjoyed by all those who attended.

The venue was Ooraminna Bush Camp, 40km south of Alice, which was also the site of Ted Egan's 'The Drover's Boy'. The facilities included plenty of hot showers, toilets, camping ground and crash pads under marquees. Swags were available for hire over the weekend. Don't forget June is our winter and night-time temperatures can drop to zero and below. So the fires were roaring and the port flowing.

All meals were included in the weekend ticket price. As there were no shops etc close by. Vegetarians were catered for so everyone was well fed.

The weekend ticket included the cost of camping, concerts and workshops. Day and concert tickets were also available

Feature artists were Ted Egan (Alice), Paul Stewart (Darwin). Phil Beck, Sean Roche and Fritz Fitton (all from WA), Ted Burns from (QLD), Peter Bates and Tony Suttor (NT) ably assisting him. Apologies to anyone I may have missed.

Our committee members:
Michelle Scott
Scott Balfour
Bob Barford
Yvonne Clissold

Until the next time...