The Steampacket Sessions Irish Music Weekend

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The Steampacket Sessions Irish Music Weekend

Up for some serious sessioning? And a spot of camping, good eating and good times with your Irish musical friends? Ballyhooley invites you to the inaugural Steampacket Sessions Irish Music Weekend

Ballyhooley is a folk band based in the beautiful ‘many waters’ of the NSW south coast - the Eurobodalla. We play and sing mostly Irish music and songs, but can branch out into Australian, English, Scottish and American tunes and songs when the occasion demands. You probably already know most of us – some of us have been around playing music since the 1970s! And now we’re all living on the NSW South Coast between Narrawallee and Moruya. Ballyhooley is Terry McGee (Irish flutemaker, playing flute, whistle and guitar), Jesse Rowan (hammer dulcimer), Melanie Turner (banjo, mando and tenor guitar), Julie Kidd (keyboard), Sue Hobson (fiddle), Pete Hobson (fiddle, mando, guitar and zouk) and Mark Tandy (accordion). We’re a session just waiting to happen….

The Steampacket is an old-style country pub in the little township of Nelligen, just 10Km up the King’s Highway from Batemans Bay, and easily found coming from any direction. Nelligen, set on the Clyde river, was the area’s port in colonial times, and was a major link to the prosperous grazing areas around Braidwood. The Clarke Brothers bushrangers were temporarily tied to a tree there while awaiting the steamer to bring them to justice in Sydney, 150 years ago. That tree’s stump is still there!

So when Ballyhooley was looking for a place to set up a regular session, the Steampacket ticked all the boxes. Old style pub, friendly owners, historic township, and the biggest wood-fired pizza oven we’ve ever seen! And a great beer-garden for when the weather proves kind, which it mostly does around here.

And there’s convenient accommodation for visiting session-goers. The pub has a few rooms itself, but just across the road on the banks of the Clyde is the BIG4 Nelligen Holiday Park, with luxury villas, cabins, safari tents and caravan and camping sites, depending on your budget. All within staggering distance. How good is that?

Our regular Steampacket Sessions have all attracted visiting musicians from up and down the coast and from Canberra, so we decided we shouldn’t keep this to ourselves, but to organise a weekend of good Irish music and song. We’ve picked the weekend starting Friday 24 March 2017 for our first such event. It’ll be more fun with you here!

So what to expect? We’d plan to get out there on Friday afternoon from about 5:30, for a few tunes and to welcome you upon arrival. Then, settle in for some serious playing on the Saturday and finish up on the Sunday morning (we imagine you may have other obligations you might need to get back to!). And of course if you can’t handle that much playing, there’s heaps more to do down here. (See below). The ocean temperature is good for swimming until May.

What you need to know:
Ballyhooley, 02 4471 3837,
The Steampacket Hotel,
BIG4 Nelligen Holiday Park, 02 4478 1076,
Eurobodalla Tourism Information,

Book your accommodation soon – this is a very popular area in the warmer months! And do let us know if you’re coming, so we know who to look out for! 02 4471 3837

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One more thing. Do help us get the word out about this event by mentioning it to anyone in your circle of musical friends you think would be interested. Thanks!