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All aboard for Viva La Gong

I HEAR the train a-coming; it’s rolling ‘round the bend … You should be able to hear the sounds of the Illawarra Folk Festival musicians, poets and storytellers riding one of the CityRail services travelling to Wollongong this Saturday morning (November 10) for the Viva La Gong Festival 2012.

The train will leave Bondi Junction at 10.13am and picking up at Central, Redfern, Wolli Creek, Hurstville, Sutherland, Waterfall, Helensburgh and all stations to Thirroul, then into Wollongong.

Festival Coordinator Megan McKell said: “Why not leave your car at home or park at one of the train stations with a commuter car park for a memorable journey filled with music, poetry and storytelling through the Royal National Park”.

Music on the ‘folk carriage’ will help ease visitors into the Viva La Gong spirit before they roll into Wollongong for Viva.  The folk carriage will be the second carriage on the train.

The Illawarra Folk Festival acts at Viva La Gong will begin with No Such Thing, musicians from Kiama who perform traditional Australian dance music. Eight folk artists and bands will entertain in the Illawarra Folk Festival Lounge. The folk lounge will end with A Dubliners Tribute from 5.50pm to 6.35pm.

Visit for timetable information. You must be in possession of a valid CityRail ticket to travel on the train.

For more information about the event, contact Illawarra Folk Festival’s Green Music Train Coordinator, Brian Dunnett, on (02) 9668 9051.

About Mick Roberts

A Sydney journalist, writer and historian, Mick Roberts specialises in Australian cultural history, particularly associated with the Australian hotel and liquor industry. Mick has had an interest in revealing the colourful story of pubs, inns and associated industries in Australia for over 30 years. He is currently working on a comprehensive history of the hotel and liquor industry in the Illawarra region of NSW. Besides writing a number of history books, Mick has owned and managed several community newspapers. He was one time editor of the Wollongong Northern News, The Bulli Times, The Northern Times, The Northern Leader and The Local - all located in the Wollongong region. As a journalist he has worked for Rural Press, Cumberland (News Limited), Sydney based, City News, and Torch Publications based in Canterbury Bankstown, NSW. He currently calls the inner-Sydney suburb of Surry Hills home.


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