sounds of our town

 hosted by Jumping Fences


Welcome to the homepage of Foco Nuevo, the performance project
of Jumping Fences, where we have adapted the Latin American peña into our own informal concert held on the First Friday of every month.

Our home base is Kurilpa Hall at 174 Boundary Street West End.

Friday 6th May, 2016.  8.00 p.m.

Our May Day Special, again celebrating the labour movement in song with some guests whom we've shared a passion for music that matters. Come along and enjoy the night!

Phil Monsour: "is a musician-activist who immerses his art in political solidarity. He sees music as an extension of his political being, and his political being as the crucible for his music." He sings songs of hope, humanity, resistance and struggle and is a regular at political rallies and fundraisers, using his music to bring people together and support their struggles. He has many songs about workers, refugees, racism, war and the struggle for Palestine, all framed inside stories about the lives of ordinary people.

His performances are both energetic and moving and the song list is threaded together with powerful stories, laced with humour, and accompanied by energetic singing and guitar work. Phil has released multiple albums amd in 2015 Phil began work on the One Union One Song project writing one song each for a number of union which he hopes to record and release by May 2016. [website]

The Jar: Some of the wildest and most original music you will hear around sunny Brisbane. Drawing on traditional tunes and songs from all over, The Jar also incorporates originals, contemporary pop, rock and modern folk. Songs merge into tunes; Balkan dances lead into songs; lyrical airs take off into jigs and reels, and always an irresistible energy to drive the music along and get the toes tapping. The Jar, now with a new line up, are: John Logan (guitar, vocals), Martin Reese (mandolin, tenor banjo), John Druery (double bass, bodhran) and Sebastian Flynn (fiddle).

The Combined Unions Choir: Formed in 1988, the Combined Unions Choir is the longest 'Art in Working Life' project in Australia. They have sung at concerts, protests, May Day, and peace rallies; entertaining people with their repertoire of political, peace and social justice songs. 'A movement that sings never dies...' [website].

Jumping Fences: the song-writing partnership of Lachlan Hurse and Sue Monk join forces with a group of experienced musicans to play their energetic folk, tinged with Cuban flavours. Their original works contain imagery and styles that reveal both an incisive insight into Australian life and a long association with Latin American culture. [website]

Entry is $10 and $7 (concession)

Cakes, tea and coffee available.