LAST August, Cove residents Joan and Col Williams were invited to see a cabaret group called Loosely Woven perform at Wallarobba near Dungog.
They were so impressed they decided on the spot to book them for a performance at North Arm Cove.
This unique group of singers and instrumentalists put together and stage a number of public concerts per year.
The cabaret style events are a mix of folk, classical, comedy, pop, blues, ethnic and country, with a bit of drama thrown in.
Surprisingly, they don’t charge a fee, they just do it for the sheer love of performing and where possible, they involve local musicians and singers.
No amplification is used, except for the keyboard and this gives the audience a rare opportunity to hear the vocals and instruments cleanly and clearly.
Audience members are actively encouraged to join in and, with no amplification, find themselves on an equal footing with the performers.
Group Founder Wayne Richmond explained why the group is called Loosely Woven.
“I guess you could call us a pretty loose knit group so the name represents whoever I can round up at the time for a particular concert.”
The group started back in the 90s when a few members would get together and participate in the occasional live-to-air concert on community radio.
One of the members suggested a public concert and since then, Loosely Woven has given several concerts a year.
Through word of mouth, the group’s popularity has grown and they now draw audiences of 150 plus.
This year they are scheduled to appear at South Turramurra, Dee Why, Dungog, Leura, Allambie Heights, North Arm Cove and Millthorpe.
Loosely Woven will be performing at North Arm Cove on Saturday 18 February at the Community Hall.
The concert starts promptly at 4pm and ends at 7.30pm.
There will be an intermission at 5.30pm for a light supper at $5.00 per plate.
Bookings are essential for seating and catering purposes and can be made by phoning Joan Williams on 4997 3438 by 11 February.