ABOFOTS held its final night on October 2nd, 2010 – after 9 good years!

See all our 9 years of Maleny folk photos here.

See the complete list of themes for each evening as PDF.

Maleny UpFront Folk is now served by The Goodwills' "1st Saturday Folk" entertainment.

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Pssst! Want "A Bit Of Folk On The Side" ?!

Paul and Richenda - ABOFOTS Hosts - Photo by Gay

Travellers to Eastern Australia may like to consider visiting Brisbane, capital city of the SUNNY state of Queensland and where there has been a continuous, thriving Folk scene since Forever.  The brilliant annual Woodford Folk Festival is also located nearby. 

Now about an hour and a half’s drive NW of Brisbane, in the dairy country (green rolling hills, with Bunya Nut Pines from the former rainforest) , is the Sunshine Coast Hinterland town of MALENY, home to a thriving Arts community, numerous Co-Operatives (second only to Mondragon in Spain) AND the home of :

a bit of folk on the side

ABOFOTS (as it is affectionately known!) is a monthly gathering of singers, musicians, poets and storytellers who come together from a wide-ranging area to share their love of both contemporary and traditional Folk ~ including the wide-ranging fields of Folk-Blues, Gospel, Country-Folk, Bluegrass, World Music, and, Spoken Word ~ for Performance with :

 Melody and Meaning, Harmony and Heart and FUN

This is our credo, and Visitors – whether performing or listening – are most welcome!

ABOFOTS banner by Alex Bridge
Banner by Alex Bridge
The venue for this Folk Feast is the magical UP FRONT CLUB in Maleny’s main street.  The Club is a licensed café, famous for its great coffee and espresso dandelion, meals, snacks and cakes.  Open 7 days a week and 4 nights, it features live music on those nights.  It is also unusual in that it is a not-for-profit Co-operative, owned and run by its Members.  During the Winter months, mulled wine, chai, and fires are added attractions to entice you up into the mountains!!  For the ABOFOTS evening, there is a $2 cover charge.  A raffle (two draws each evening) is also held.  (Phone The Club on 07-5494 2592 to book a table if desired).

ABOFOTS evenings of monthly ACOUSTIC FOLK performances, have been held at The Club’s Maple Street premises since October 2001.  Only January misses out, due to the traditional Holiday season and the nearby fantabulous Woodford Folk Festival !!!

Paul Lawler, former Darwin and Sydney singer/songwriter, is your Folk Host, along with partner and singer Richenda Bridge, whom he met whilst living in the Northern Territory and singing at Darwin’s Top End Folk Club.  Paul was a founding member in 1971 of this famous (still-running) Folk Club, which used to meet in a WWII gun turret – surely unique as venues go!!!

So if Folk is your Fancy, make that trip up The Range to Maleny and enjoy the acoustic experience.

7pm for a 7.30pm start on the
1st Saturday of the month  

If you’d like to participate as a Performer, just see Paul (the beard!) Lawler upon arrival, or, email Richenda for further information.

We look forward to seeing you there!

If you’d like advance notice of the (always very loose!) Theme for the Evening, either email Richenda at this site and ask to be added to the monthly e-zine of Folk happenings, or else, just keep a watch out on this website.

Link to 4th birthday photos
See all our 9 years of Maleny folk photos here.

See our fourth birthday piccies here...

See our seventh birthday piccies here...

Read our list of ABOFOTS themes here...