Past Gigs


To book Margaret Walters for a concert, club, or workshop,
send her e-mail or phone her on + 61 2 9698 2206.


In Australia

Sydney launch of Yarri of Wiradjuri (19 November 2006)
Trawling the Southern Oceans (16 November 2006)
The Naked Voice (14 October 2006)
The Webmistress Apologises Most Humbly for permanently
    losing Margaret's other 2005-2006 gigs and promises Not To
    Do It  Again. 
National Folk Festival,  Canberra (Easter 2005)
Shanty Festival (6 March 2005)
University of NSW Australian History Class (2pm Wed 2 March 2005)
Cobargo Folk Festival (25-27 February 2005)

11th - 13 January 2008 - the Roaring Forties will be performing at the Cygnet Folk Festival in Tasmania.  Yarri of Wiradjuri will be on the program, plus a sea shanties workshop, and possibly solo contributions by Margaret in other concerts.

Saturday 3rd November - Roaring Forties singing at Lane Cove Plaza

Friday 23rd November - Coming Unspun - Walters & Warner contributing to a concert of political/protest songs - by chance - on the eve of the Australian elections. Cafe Church, Glebe from 7pm

Saturday 24th November - The People Have Songs - contributing to a concert at The Loaded Dog, Annandale from 8pm of songs included on Miguel Heatwole's compilation of songs by Sydney's unsung folk singers.

Weekend 23-25 Feb 2007 - Roaring Forties at the Cobargo Folk Festival, Cobargo NSW -

Weekend 25-28 Jan 2007 - Roaring Forties at the Illawarra Folk Festival, Bulli

Weekend 19-21 Jan 2007 - Tamar Valley Folk Festival, Georgetown, Tasmania - with Don Brian as Southern Cross Trawlers

Weekend 12-14 Jan 2007 - Cygnet Folk Festival, Tasmania - with Don Brian as Southern Cross Trawlers (special guest - Jennifer Lees)
Sunday 10 Dec - 3pm House Concert and CD Launch of "Yarri of Wiradjuri" with the Roaring Forties - at Woodford in the Blue Mountains

Thursday 7 Dec - Roaring Forties at the Annual Dinner of the Labour History Society, University of Sydney (enquiries - email Margaret)

Wednesday 6 Dec - Roaring Forties singing at the Heritage Fleet Christmas Party, Rozelle. 5.30pm - 8pm

Saturday November 25th 8pm  Loaded Dog  - Danny Spooner + Margaret Walters

Annandale Neighbourhood Centre, 79 Johnston Street, Annandale
doors open 7:40 - show starts promptly at 8:00 with floor acts.  $14 ($12 concessions)

Sunday 19 November 2006  2pm  North by North West Poetry and Folk Club Cornucopia Café, Gladesville

Sydney Yarri of Wiradjuri CD Launch & Concert with The Roaring Forties – John Warner, Margaret Walters, Jennifer Lees, Tom Hanson, Robin Connaughton and Don Brian. And guest spots from others from the recording ensemble – John Derum, Matthew Doyle, Christine Wheeler and Tony Pyrzakowski.
Admission $12/10 - Bookings recommended 9559 3658
Jenny O'Reilly jdcarter at  0414 903 259
CD enquiries: margaretwalters2 at

Thursday November 16th 7:30pm on the James Craig at Darling Harbour next to the Maritime Museum.
"Trawling the Southern Oceans" has been developed for the Cygnet Folk Festival by two excellent performers under the name of “Southern Cross Trawlers” - Margaret Walters and Don Brian are also regulars at our Shanty Singalongs.

Margaret Walters and Don Brian share an interest in Australian traditional songs, especially those with a maritime content. They have pooled their talents for unaccompanied singing and for trawling through obscure sources for unusual material.  “Trawling the Southern Oceans” considers the maritime history of the southern ocean from the convicts destined for the penal settlements at Port Arthur and the infamous Macquarie Harbour, attempts to escape, the perils of wild Bass Strait, shipwrecks, whaler men and sealers, intrepid explorers – Tasmania's history provides a wealth of enthralling stories that have been told in song and verse. Jennifer Lees will be joining Don and Margaret in this presentation.
Call Mike Richter   0419 992 119 or 9476 3861
or John Warner  9559 3658 for details.

Saturday 14 October, 2006  The Naked Voice with Margaret Walters, Virna Sanzone, Silvia Entcheva

- performing separately and together( and
Almost Acoustic concert at Eastside Arts, Paddington Uniting Church Hall and


Tolpuddle - the Australian Connection
The Tolpuddle Martyrs were six agricultural labourers from Dorset who unwittingly provoked the landed gentry by daring to form a union. The behaviour of these men during their unjust trial in 1834 and their transportation to Australia was an example to the workers of their own generation. Today, when Trade Unionism is under threat, it is inspiring to remember the struggles, sacrifices and hard-won rights of working people not so long ago.

Two Dorsetshire songwriters, Graham Moore and Mick Ryan, wrote a series of songs telling the story of the Tolpuddle Martyrs - and Margaret Walters has linked the songs with a script culled from contemporary sources. First performed in Sydney with Taliesin in 1993, the combination of this powerful story and truly memorable songs made a big impact; songs such as Albion's Shore, Tolpuddle Man, The Road to Dorchester and Captain Swing have become standards in many sessions.

Margaret and the Roaring Forties (Robin Connaughton, Tom Hanson, Jennifer Lees and John Warner) plus John Dengate and Don Brian have revived the piece, and Cobargo audiences can expect an uplifting and moving presentation of this towering story of the faith, endurance and victory of working folk.     Scheduled for 11.30am in the Voices venue (90 mins)

The Women on the Outside Track
Margaret Walters and Jennifer Lees have a vast collection of songs about Australian women and have selected some that describe women in rural situations: female convicts, indigenous women at the time of first settlement, women on the gold fields, free selections, the "camps of men's unrest" and so on. Traditional and contemporary, songs harsh and warm, tender or bitter, women in fiery solidarity or grim isolation - Margaret and Jennifer sing them with elegance and passion - accompanied by John Warner. Plenty of choruses.      Scheduled for  11.00am in the Yuin venue (60 mins)

The Saturday night Singing Session  in the Voices venue from 7.30 until late will be hosted by The Roaring Forties.

UNSW gig Wednesday 2 March

For about 8-9 years, Margaret and John Warner have been substituting songs of Australian history for the first lecture of the year to students at the University of NSW. John and Margaret do very little as a duo these days, but the lecturers, Rae and Bruce, just won't take no! It's always a terrific buzz and getting a 100 odd 18-19 year olds singing along to convict songs is something to behold!

Australia's Second Shanty Festival  Sunday 6 March, Darling Harbour


Southern Cross Trawlers is the name of a Sydney-based duo - Margaret Walters and Don Brian - who share an interest in Australian traditional songs, especially those with a maritime content. The combination is new, but Margaret and Don have been working at their craft over many years. They have now pooled their talents for singing (they each have fine voices ideally suited to the unaccompanied rendition of traditional song) and for trawling through song books, ships logs, old journals, and elsewhere for unusual material. Their current project is the maritime history of Tasmania/Van Diemen's Land. They will be giving a workshop at the National Folk Festival in Canberra called Tapping Tasmania’s Traditions ­ songs of convicts and whalers abound.      11am Friday in the Tasmanian Village venue.

Other Events
The Art of the Traditional ­ Singing Room Saturday 7pm The Big Ballad Sing ­ Singing Room Monday 1.30pm TRAINS - 150th anniversary of rail in Australia 10am on Easter Monday. Also possibly some of the Tolpuddle songs with the Roaring Forites at the Merry Muse.


27 November (Saturday) at The Loaded Dog - Sydney's premier acoustic music venue (Annandale Neighbourhood Centre 79 Johnston Street Annandale NSW)
6 -7 November (Saturday and Sunday) Sydney Folk Gala, Eastside Arts, Uniting Church, Oxford St, Paddington,
4 August (Wednesday) University of Western Sydney—songs of Australian Labour History


Where to catch Margaret in the UK - Summer 2004

For several gigs Leeds guitarist Duncan McFarlane will accompany Margaret.  For more about Duncan, check out his website:

Margaret will try to check her regular email while in transit:  Phone messages can be left with Trish and Dion Vicars in Oxford 01865 558 408 or with Duncan and Pam McFarlane in Leeds 0113 225 6989 or Dunc's mobile: 07919 405 356

Note - in the following list, we have substituted a # for the usual @ symbol to try and save the email addresses of club contacts from being targeting by engines generating spam…

Thursday 10 June - Maidenhead Folk Club - solo gig

NB - the Folk Club usually meets at the Ferry in Cookham but that venue is being refurbished, so in May & June at  least, the club is being held at The ‘Seven Stars’, Bath Road, Knowl Hill, Nr Maidenhead, Berks.
Enquiries: Tony and Pearl O'Neill Phone: 01628 822967
Web Site:

Wednesday 16 June - Otley Folk Club - gig with Duncan

Every Wednesday night from about 8:30, upstairs at the Three Horse Shoes on Bridge Street, Otley, Yorkshire.
Enquiries: Steve Fairholme 01943 464858 and Malcolm Devereux 01943 465810
Web Site:

Friday 18-Sunday 20 June - Alcester & Arden Folk Festival - gig with Duncan

Alcester is near to Stratford on Avon in Warwickshire. It's about 15 miles south of Birmingham in a very beautiful part of England. The festival's main venue is called the Greig centre. It is a sports hall as well as a concert hall. Alcester is a small town and the festival spills over into the pubs as well as the Town Hall and the Fire Station.
Enquiries: "Marje Stanley"
Web Page:

Friday 25 June - Oxford Folk Club - gig with Duncan

The Port Mahon, 59 St Clements St, Oxford OX4 1EH
The club meets every Friday at the Port Mahon pub on St Clements Street in Oxford and we start promptly at 8.30pm finishing around 11pm. We alternate Open nights (Admission: £1) with Guest nights (Admission £3.50 or £4.00). The Port Mahon is on the right-hand side of St Clements St if you are coming from the town centre, on the corner of Jeune St.
Enquiries: Pam Cooper phone 01865 768128
Web Page:

Saturday 26 June - Robin Hood Folk Club - gig with Duncan

The Nag's Head and Plough, Nottingham Road, Stapleford, Nottingham, NG9 8AD
Enquiries: Ruth Steggles 0115 939 9730

Monday 28 June - Wiltshire Trad Folk Club - solo gig

The Lamb Inn, (behind the Town Hall, just off the Town Centre), Devizes, Wiltshire every Monday Evening (except Bank Holidays & all of August). We start at 8pm and all are welcome.
Enquiries: Bob & Gill Berry 01380 726597 (Home) 07714 550990 (mobile)
Web Page:

Tuesday 29 June - The Hoy at Anchor - floor spot only (main guest - Danny Spooner

Starts after 8pm Every Tuesday Night at The Ship Hotel, New Road, Leigh-on-Sea, Essex
Enquiries: Tony 01702 715111
Web Page:

Friday 2-Sunday 4 July - Cleckheaton festival - singing sessions?

"Cleckheaton Folk Festival"

Monday 5 July -  The Bridge Folk Club at Newcastle - session only

The Bridge Folk Club, previously known as Folk Song & Ballad, is the oldest club in the country, operating in the Bridge Hotel, in Castle Square, right opposite the Keep on the Newcastle end of the High Level Bridge. You can get to the Bridge easily by train, bus and Metro, there is also ample parking outside.
Enquiries: Dave Minikin tel: 0191 2376249
Web Site:

Thursday 8 July - Ryton Village Folk Club - maybe a floorspot

The Half Moon, Old Ryton near Newcastle
Enquiries: Danny and Joyce McLeod 01661 835273

Saturday 10 July - Shammick Acoustic Sessions (extended floor spot)

It's okay! Margaret managed to get an ultra cheap flight from Newcastle to Bristol!! Stable Bar, Top George Inn, Combe Martin, North Devon
Enquiries: Tom & Barbara Brown Tel: 01271 882366/07977 914736


Marg's hoping a few things might turn up in the south, but wants to head north again - catching up with the friends and folk not seen earlier in the trip.

Leaving London Heathrow 23 July, arriving back in Sydney Sunday 25 July.