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For Folk Sake

Sydney Now

For Folk Sake

7:30pm, Thu 6 May, 2021

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Come and join us on THURSDAY 6 MAY to be spellbound by three amazing live original music acts at For Folk Sake!

Sydney NOW presents FOR FOLK SAKE!

~ live original music ~

at The Petersham Bowling Club



CJ Stranger is the songwriting identity of Blue Mountains musician Cameron James Henderson. As well as a songwriter, Cameron is a highly regarded session guitarist having recorded and toured with many notable Australian acts including Middle Kids, William Crighton, Magpie Diaries, Lyre Byrdland and Muriel’s Wedding the Musical. 

CJ Stranger’s relentless exploration of songwriting continues with his new heartfelt alt-country ballad ‘In Your Life’. Fresh off the back of his critically acclaimed 2020 album ‘Hey Stranger’, CJ continues to draw us in with his lyrical depth and harmonic creativity. Describing his new single as “a song written for my baby son, it’s an honest fingerpicker about the joy of becoming a parent for the first time and the hopes for your child’s life mixed with the overwhelming weight of being responsible for raising a small human”… 

‘In Your Life’ once again features CJ’s unabating lyrical style but this time trading his normal band for a small acoustic ensemble featuring guests Nick Henderson on double bass and Emily-Rose Sarkova on piano. Beautiful and somewhat unexpected chord changes help you feel each joyful hope mixed with the honest reality of what life will entail: “happiness, heartaches, joys, many mistakes as well”. Just when you think the song is wrapping up CJ pulls out an evocative musical refrain reminiscent of Fleet Foxes with lush falsetto harmonies and Sarkova’s impressionistic piano improvisation. A reflective and emotional listen, CJ continues to impress with his constant explorations into song. 





South Sudanese/ Kenyan/ Australian Lueth Ajak is well established in Central Western NSW and is fast making a bigger name for himself with his soaring vocals and charismatic style.

Lueth performs at award winning venues around the state, in cities and country towns alike. He is becoming one of the most sought after musicians in NSW due to his unique voice abounding with verve and soul. 

Lueth is a captivating performer who recently sold out a record five nights with his band covering the Red Hot Chilli Peppers for the Classic Albums Night at The Victoria - one of Bathurst’s best live music venues. 

Check out Lueth’s latest single ‘Flying Too Close to the Sun’, written with and produced by Kris Schubert from ‘The Safety of Life at Sea’ who are FFS faves! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hiKoH-UZ6V4 




Soulful vocals caress gentle ukulele, stitched together with lilting flute, creating the sonic pallet of multidisciplinary artist The Emerald Ruby. The brain child of Newcastle based creative Jen Hankin, The Emerald Ruby is the home of her many artistic pursuits. Her practice of photography, fashion, visual art and video making inform her eclectic approach to music. To her, a song is a sculpture, and it’s her job to give it life. 

On stage she surrounds herself with a forest of flutes and ukuleles. With the assistance of a loop pedal, she uses these instruments to weave a delicate musical tapestry. Intricate melodies sprout from her training as a classical flautist, and are gently manicured by her love of Irish folk music and early Jazz. With a voice like a siren, her lyrics are raw, sharing whimsy, lived experience of mental health struggles, love and longing.

A rich musical history accompanies The Emerald Ruby through every performance. Her first musical home was the orchestra, where Shostakovich and Stravinsky informed her understanding of structure and texture. In her teens, she discovered alt metal which saw her make the transition from pure classical musician to multi genre powerhouse. 

She has toured and recorded with The Button collective and experimental folk/jazz band Vanishing Shapes. She regularly performs with jazz rock band Othrship, and psych-rock band Lachlan X morris. 

The Emerald Ruby has graced the stages of the Melbourne Ukulele Festival, Bulga Beats festival, The Rhythm Hut (Central Coast NSW), Lazybones Lounge (Sydney) and more.






Tickets are $20 and must be booked in advance. 

All patrons must adhere to covid safe practices and check in upon entry. 



We don't want anyone to miss out on the soul-filling experience of live music therefore volunteers receive a free ticket in exchange for assisting on the night. We are most happy to exchange tickets for other services including graphic design/ social media/ marketing, photography, door person duties, live stream or videography. Let's talk!

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Local artisanal beer and wine will be available to purchase along with the most medicinal of spirits. The bistro will be open to cater to your tastebuds with a smile.



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The Petersham Bowling Club is a family friendly venue in Sydney's inner west that supports live music with gusto and is proudly pokie free. Run by local volunteers who keep the veggie patch colourful and cold glasses overflowing, the heart and soul of Petersham is at 77 Brighton St and has an interesting story. We are proud to support this iconic venue and keep the disco ball spinning.


This is a Covid-safe show.  Pre-sale tickets only. No walk-ups.

Under 18s are welcome at the Petersham Bowling Club but must be accompanied by an adult.

The Petersham Bowling Club acknowledge the Gadigal of the Eora Nation as the traditional custodians of the land on which this show takes place and pay our respects to their Elders past and present, and emerging and extend those respects to the First Nations peoples of NSW and beyond.