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 started over 50 years ago, and has been through several lulls, but has been alive and well 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. 



The next SHACK performance is Saturday, 5th October.
7:30 - late


and we are delighted to present


The creative combination of a deeply traditional folk musician with a blues and roots singer gives Sadie and Jay an intimate and enchanting sound. They play beautiful songs with exceptional vocals, glorious harmonies, intricate finger style guitar, bouzouki and double bass. They are influenced by the storytelling nature of the Anglo-Celtic traditions and contemporary folk, blues and roots music which reflects in their collaborative songwriting.

Alison Bell - Vice President of The Brisbane Folk History Project:  “Sadie & Jay are attracting a growing audience and it is easy to understand why. These independent Australian artists are highly accomplished at making music. The pair don't take themselves too seriously but they certainly take their work seriously, the combination is intoxicating.”


Singer/songwriter/guitarist Michael Azzopardi is a regular performer on the Sydney music scene. Stylistically he draws on alternate rock, blues, folk (Celtic and Middle-Eastern) & jazz.  Influences include Nick Drake, TIm Buckley, Joni Mitchell, Jeff Buckley, Bert Jansch, John Martyn, Jimi Hendrix and Led Zeppelin.


Rhonda Mawer has been a stalwart of the Sydney folk scene since the late sixties, known as a traditional singer and also a blues singer.  Starting to sing and play at the original Shack in 1968, she branched out to perform in folk clubs in the city such as The Elizabeth Hotel ('The Liz') and several other clubs that were very popular at the time. Rhonda was instrumental in reviving the Shack in 2006, and with her partner, Paul Robertson, and friends, still runs it on a monthly basis. 

Rhonda also sang in folk clubs in Melbourne and the 1973 Port Phillip Folk Festival. She performed in various incarnations of the Spasm Band from the eighties onwards and also the first seven years of the English folk outfit The Wheeze and Suck Band. Getting back to her roots after a solo gig at the recent Sydney Folk Festival, Rhonda is going solo again with her mix of jug band, old blues, Celtic and English folk songs with a touch of contemporary folk.. Rhonda was instrumental in reviving the Shack in 2006, and with her partner, Paul Robertson, and friends, still runs it on a monthly basis. 


Please click here to go through to our events page for information on our performers and links to listen.

Entry $25

On-line bookings here.


Upcoming in November




 and in December





Other local venues to explore:

The Manly Fig
Humph Hall
Fairlight Folk
The Music Lounge

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