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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
    Aug 31, 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
    Aug 24, 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
    Jul 27, 2019, 7:00 PM
    CWA Hall, The Boulevarde, Woy Woy NSW 2256, Australia
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  • Studio Folk Club
    62 Beardy St
    Jul 20, 2019, 7:00 PM
    62 Beardy St, 62 Beardy St, Armidale NSW 2350, Australia
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  • Tintenbar Hall
    Tintenbar Hall
    Jul 19, 2019, 7:00 PM
    Tintenbar Hall, Tintenbar Rd, Tintenbar NSW 2478, Australia
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  • Fairlight Folk
    William St Studios
    May 25, 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
    May 19, 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
    May 10, 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
    May 02, 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
    Apr 26, 2019, 5:00 PM – Apr 28, 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
    Mar 16, 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
    Mar 03, 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
    Feb 23, 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
    Dec 09, 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
    Nov 18, 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
    Nov 03, 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
    Oct 27, 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
    Oct 17, 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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  • With Jhana Allan at Studio Folk Club, Armidale
    62 Beardy St
    Oct 06, 2018, 6:00 PM
    62 Beardy St, 62 Beardy St, Armidale NSW 2350, Australia
    Totally acoustic gig in the beautiful New England, with the supremely talented multi-instumentalist local songwriter Jhana Allan.
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  • Witches Leap at No.5 Church, Bellingen
    5 Church Street
    Oct 05, 2018, 7:00 PM
    5 Church Street, 5 Church St, Bellingen NSW 2454, Australia
    Witches Leap bring their stomping Trad Irish and convict folk-noir songs to Bellingens iconic venue
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  • 2018 Folk By The Sea
    Kiama
    Sep 21, 2018, 7:00 PM – Sep 23, 2018, 11:00 PM
    Kiama, Kiama NSW 2533, Australia
    This awesome festival is right on the water at Kiama, includes some of our favourite folk artists.
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  • Witches Leap at The Black Box, Dubbo
    Location is TBD
    Aug 26, 2018, 2:00 PM
    Location is TBD
    Witches Leap collaborates with Dubbo Artz to bring their Trad Irish convict folk-noir to the Western Plains: Local musos to open
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  • Sing Up The Power - Benefit gig in Gulgong
    Prince of Wales Opera House
    Aug 25, 2018, 2:00 PM
    Prince of Wales Opera House, 101 Mayne St, Gulgong NSW 2852, Australia
    Witches Leap joins golden guitar winner Luke O'Shea for a benefit gig at Gulgong Opera House to save a renowned and sacred place: The rock formation on the Goulburn River known as "The Drip"
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  • The Blue Mts Line - Petersham Bowlo
    Petersham Bowling Club - Basement Room
    Jul 29, 2018, 3:00 PM – 6:00 PM
    Petersham Bowling Club - Basement Room, 77 Brighton St, Petersham NSW 2049, Australia
    Blue Mountains Folk comes to town: Witches Leap teams up with the sweet harmonies and old time picking of Crow Mountain, to bring some high and lonesome mountains folk music to the intimate basement room of Petersham Bowlo.
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  • Porch Light Sessions
    Petersham Bowling Club
    Jun 14, 2018, 7:30 AM
    Petersham Bowling Club, 77 Brighton St, Petersham NSW 2049, Australia
    This is the best night of the month for folk music in the Inner West. Two other acts TBA. Also involves craft beer and fine pizza...
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  • Metro Social with Brid Harper and Dermot Byrne
    Katoomba
    Jun 04, 2018, 7:00 PM
    Katoomba, Katoomba NSW 2780, Australia
    Two masters of Irish music touring Aust and NZ. Witches Leap is opening for them at the fabulous Metropole Hotel, Katoomba
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  • Hornsby Folk Club
    Beatrice Taylor Hall
    May 18, 2018, 7:30 PM
    Beatrice Taylor Hall, 25 Edgeworth David Ave, Hornsby NSW 2077, Australia
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  • Blackheath Folk Club
    New Ivanhoe Hotel
    Apr 05, 2018, 7:00 PM
    New Ivanhoe Hotel, 231 Great Western Hwy, Blackheath NSW 2785, Australia
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  • Blue Mountains Folk Festival
    Katoomba
    Mar 16, 2018, 10:00 AM – Mar 18, 2018, 8:00 PM
    Katoomba, Katoomba NSW 2780, Australia
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  • Paragon folk Presents Witches Leap and Whoa Mule!
    Katoomba
    Feb 16, 2018, 7:00 PM
    Katoomba, Katoomba NSW 2780, Australia
    Boutique concert at the unique Paragon Cafe
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  • lllawarra Folk Club
    Wollongong RSL
    Feb 02, 2018, 7:00 PM
    Wollongong RSL, Wollongong NSW 2500, Australia
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  • With Mandy Connell at the Paragon
    Location TBD
    Dec 01, 2017, 7:30 PM
    Location TBD
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  • The Garden of Earthly Delights
    Blue Mountains Botanic Garden, Mount Tom
    Nov 11, 2017, 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
    Blue Mountains Botanic Garden, Mount Tom, Bells Line of Rd, Mount Tomah NSW 2758, Australia
    a great day of creativity at Mt Tomah Botanic Gardens
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  • With the Vanishing Shapes
    Location TBD
    Oct 15, 2017, 5:30 PM
    Location TBD
    Sunday arvo gig in Newcastle with friends, the immensely talented Vanishing Shapes
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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.

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.

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