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Witches Leap

Witches Leap take the dark modal sounds of old Ireland, filter them through the hanging swamps of the Blue Mountains and cut them with original convict-noir folk songs of black bushrangers and errant redcoats. Born out of the kitchen table sessions of County Katoomba, this trio features the ancient earthy tones of the uilleann pipes, wooden Irish flute and bouzouki, along with acclaimed songwriting from Paddy Connor (Lime and Steel). With original tunes springing from the local sandstone and mythology, Irish trad music goes on a journey through the grit of early New South Wales.

 
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Past Events

  • Folk Picnic with Milan Dhiiyaan
    Junction 142
    31 Aug 2019, 6:30 pm
    Junction 142, 142 Katoomba St, Katoomba NSW 2780, Australia
    Folk Picnic No2 featuring the fantastic Aboriginal Dance Troupe Milan Dhiiyaan. Bring a tablecloth and refreshments
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  • The Loaded Dog
    The Loaded Dog
    24 Aug 2019, 7:00 pm
    The Loaded Dog, Leichhardt NSW 2040, Australia
    A chance to play one of the longest running folk clubs in Australia
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  • Troubadour Folk Club
    CWA Hall
    27 Jul 2019, 7:00 pm
    CWA Hall, The Boulevarde, Woy Woy NSW 2256, Australia
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  • Studio Folk Club
    62 Beardy St
    20 Jul 2019, 7:00 pm
    62 Beardy St, 62 Beardy St, Armidale NSW 2350, Australia
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  • Tintenbar Hall
    Tintenbar Hall
    19 Jul 2019, 7:00 pm
    Tintenbar Hall, Tintenbar Rd, Tintenbar NSW 2478, Australia
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  • Fairlight Folk
    William St Studios
    25 May 2019, 7:40 pm
    William St Studios, 3 William St, Fairlight NSW 2094, Australia
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  • Witches and Aurochs at Petersham Bowlo
    Petersham Bowling Club
    19 May 2019, 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
    Petersham Bowling Club, Petersham NSW 2049, Australia
    A great night coming up sharing a gig with the amazingly talented Last Aurochs
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  • Old City Bank Bar
    The Carrington Hotel
    10 May 2019, 8:20 pm
    The Carrington Hotel, 15-47 Katoomba St, Katoomba NSW 2780, Australia
    Excellent ale and cider as well as good food. Always a fun gig
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  • Witches at Blackheath Folk
    The New Ivanhoe Hotel
    02 May 2019, 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
    The New Ivanhoe Hotel, Blackheath NSW 2785, Australia
    Playing Blackheath Folk again for a stinking acoustic evening off the real folk
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  • St Albans Folk Festival!
    Saint Albans
    26 Apr 2019, 5:00 pm – 28 Apr 2019, 9:00 pm
    Saint Albans, St Albans NSW 2775, Australia
    This is the ultimate small folk festival: Campfire jams, a convict-built sandstone pub, some of our fave bands and a great vibe and great camping set in the remote boondocks of the Upper Hawkesbury. See you there!
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  • Hotel Blue - Blue Mts Music Festival Weekend
    Hotel Blue & Conference Centre
    16 Mar 2019, 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
    Hotel Blue & Conference Centre, 88 Lurline St, Katoomba NSW 2780, Australia
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  • Port Kembla Servo Food Truck Bar with Wolf Gordon (1)
    The Servo Food Truck Bar
    03 Mar 2019, 1:00 pm
    The Servo Food Truck Bar, Wentworth St, Port Kembla NSW 2505, Australia
    We play at the coolest indy venue in the Illawarra, with the magnificent Wolf Gordon Trio
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  • Folk Picnic w/- Senor Cabrales in Katoomba
    Junction 142
    23 Feb 2019, 6:30 pm – 10:00 pm
    Junction 142 , 142 Katoomba St, Katoomba NSW 2780, Australia
    Bring a platter of cheese and drinks, lay your own tablecloth and settle in for a unique folk event in this Historic Katoomba Church building. We play with Señor Cabrales, whose soaring tunes travel from Asturia and Galicia to remote Scottish Islands. Table bookings: https://www.trybooking.com/BAIVE
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  • Port Kembla Servo Food Truck Bar with Wolf Gordon
    The Servo Food Truck Bar
    09 Dec 2018, 1:00 pm
    The Servo Food Truck Bar, Wentworth St, Port Kembla NSW 2505, Australia
    We play at the coolest indy venue in the Illawarra, with the magnificent Wolf Gordon Trio
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  • Whoa Mule & Witches Leap @Petersham Bowlo
    Petersham Bowling Club
    18 Nov 2018, 6:00 pm
    Petersham Bowling Club, 77 Brighton St, Petersham NSW 2049, Australia
    We team up with the old timey banjo-fiddle revolutionaries from Whoa Mule in the sweet Green Room basement of the Petersham Bowlo.
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  • Old City Bank Bar, Katoomba
    Old City Bank Brasserie
    03 Nov 2018, 9:00 pm – 11:00 pm
    Old City Bank Brasserie, 47 Katoomba St, Katoomba NSW 2780, Australia
    The iconic Old City Bank Bar on Katoomba St. Wood-fired pizza, booutique ales, Irish-Australian folk-noir on quirky trad instruments. Free entry: Welcome to the Blue Mountains!
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  • Katoomba: Hotel Blue
    Hotel Blue & Conference Centre
    27 Oct 2018, 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
    Hotel Blue & Conference Centre, 88 Lurline St, Katoomba NSW 2780, Australia
    This is a tasty afternoon gig in our hometown: The vintage surrounds of Hotel Blue. Grab a couch!
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  • Whoa Mule & Witches Leap @Petersham Bowlo
    Petersham Bowling Club
    17 Oct 2018, 7:00 pm
    Petersham Bowling Club, 77 Brighton St, Petersham NSW 2049, Australia
    We team up with the old timey banjo-fiddle revolutionaries from Whoa Mule in the sweet Green Room basement of the Petersham Bowlo.
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Had a few great fun gigs recently.

Mt Tomah Garden of Earthly Delights was a joyful morning

and we've just had wonderful Friday night of Paragon Folk Presents with Melbourne's Mandy Connell.

Keep an eye out for future Paragon Folk Presents concerts, as we're aiming to corale as many great acoustic touring acts as we can when they come through the Mountains and put on intimate concerts in the iconic Paragon Cafe in Katoomba. Check out video of the two events below:

The Mountain Road and the Rocky Road to Megalong from Paragon Folk Presents

Excerpts from the Mt Tomah Garden of Earthly Delights

Spring's here, so it's time

to head out into the garden.

More mucking around at home with Black Mary.

 

Paddy's song about Tasmania's remarkable Aboriginal female bushranger. A story that really deserves to be told.

MORE VIDEOS COMING SOON

This is our first video. Keep an eye peeled for an outpouring of creativity over the coming couple of weeks.

Playing around at home with the Mountain Road and Paddy's Rocky Road To Megalong

The Empty Kitchen and

The Laurel Tree. Two more tunes. This time recorded

at practice in Paddy's kitchen.

 

The second tune is a session favourite, but the first one was written by Paddy about this very kitchen . . . only then

it was empty.