Welcome to The Shack

The Shack is on the first Saturday of every month and is one of Sydney's live music venue gems. It provides an entertaining and diverse range of both modern day and traditional, quality acoustic music in a comfortable candle-lit atmosphere.  

Technology is re-defining the music experience but nothing can replace a live performance from dedicated artists.  Each month audiences are delighted by the variety of acoustic acts presented.  Musicians love to play at The Shack and it is difficult to accommodate the number of those who want to play.  

The Shack is a non-profit organisation. It’s origins were over 50 years ago, and The Shack has been running in its current format for over 12 years. All proceeds go toward the promotion and presentation of original, contemporary and traditional 21st century folk music.    

For more information or to reserve tickets, call Rhonda on 0413 635 856, or email jenfromtheshack@yahoo.com.au.

Preferably please book on line, but if that's an issue, just come along and buy your tickets at the door. 

The Shack performances are at The Tramshed Community Centre, 1395a Pittwater Rd, Narrabeen, in the Lakeview Hall, which is on the first floor of the building at the back of the complex, near the lake. There is lift access.

BYO dinner or nibblies.

The next SHACK performance is Saturday,  7th March, 2020.
7:30 - late.


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Our guests are ---



The Willing Ponies play a unique brand of acoustic bluegrass-based progressive acoustic music they like to call “acousticana”. Comprising some of Australia’s finest pickers, Willing Ponies are a progressive acoustic band that play original songs of relatable life that are both universally inspirational and distinctly Australian Willing Ponies have been a hit at Dorrigo Folk and Bluegrass Festival (2018 / 2019), Sydney Folk Festival (2019), Fairlight Folk, playing to rave reviews at Mountaingrass 2018 / 2019 in addition to successful gigs at the Gasoline Pony, the PBC, Yulli’s, George Hotel, Tamworth, The Union Hotel to name a few. Ricky Pann - vocals, guitar, (singer/songwriter, flat picker), Paul Abrahams - bass, vocals (Crow Mountain, Southern Flavour, Stillhouse Union, The Reels, Wendy Matthews), are joined by the talents of Nigel Lever - mandolin, vocals (Three Jimmies, Dennis Hanrahan, Hippy Trippy Band, Far Way Eyes), Ben Thomas - banjo, guitar, vocals (Crow Mountain, Stillhouse Union), John Lee - fiddle (Crow Mountain, Tommy Chandler, Southern Gentleman), Quinten Fraser - dobro (winner Dobro championships Galex USA, Glenn Rae, Karen Lynne). Described by ‘listeningthroughthelens.com’ as “one of Aistralia’s most original outfits”.

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Born in Scotland, and now living in Cornwall in England’s balmy southwest, Alistair Brown has been singing the old songs, and new songs written by people who like the old songs, since he was fifteen years old.  Previously he lived in Canada, where he was active in many aspects of folk song and dance, as a recording artist, radio broadcaster, festival director, dance teacher, university lecturer, and much more.  He regularly calls dances and performs in folk clubs, festivals, pub sessions and several ancient seasonal rituals that require the presence of accordions.  Audiences at concerts and festivals across North America, Australia, New Zealand and the UK have responded enthusiastically to his performances, covering the field from big ballads, comic ditties, songs of struggles (usually unsuccessful) against temptation, odes to conviviality and songs of unashamed sentimentality, to outrageously funny stories from a master of the art - all this accompanied by anglo concertinas and button accordion.

Have a listen here

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Ryan is a young up-and-coming singer-songwriter from the Northern Beaches. He is an enthusiastic guitarist playing anything from blues to folk or whatever else catches his imagination but also loves to sing.  His influences include Jeff Buckley, John Mayer and Stevie Ray Vaughan.      

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Other local venues to explore:

The Manly Fig
Humph Hall
Fairlight Folk
The Music Lounge

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If you would like more info, call Rhonda on 0413 635 856 or email jenfromtheshack@yahoo.com.au


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