Catch the Sky Rail to Kuranda (West of Cairns)on a Sunday and you may catch
up with Gail and Kirk working acoustically at this wonderful
market town. I was very lucky as they are one of my
favourite music entertainers and they had just
arrived back from the Northern Territory.
- Sky Rail Kuranda
- Great atmosphere
- Special guest from the crowd doing
some Irish Dancing
- After a great day watching music,
spending up big at the markets and eating delicious food a
- scenic train journey home through
Rain Forest finishes off a wonderful day
- Alice Springs
- Kirk and I will be starting at 'Glen Helen
Resort' 130 k's west of Alice Springs on May 12 and will be there
12. A little bit earlier than last year, the 'Top End Folk
be held there on Queens birthday long weekend in June. We are
forward to our stay, such a beautiful area. Yes, we busk in
we are there) every Sunday 10.30 - 1.30pm, mostly playing Celtic,
it is very
popular. Just did an awesome gig for St Patricks Day (which we do
year) at Flynns Hotel in Townsville. We also hope to perform at a
in Japan in August, we have done that one before and will keep you
that one. Cheers for now.
- Hope all is well Gail & Kirk
- Kirk and Gail
- Duo to deliver 'mix' at resort
- After a 16 yr. hiatus from touring Central Australia, Kirk
Steel and Gail Betts have started a six-week residency at Glen
Helen Resort. In a interview in Alice Springs this week the
pair said they were looking forward to their visit to Glen Helen.
- The two- person musical duo promised to deliver a "huge
variety of music", a ragtag mix of popular blues, country, folk
and traditional Irish tunes. Kirk will play accordion and
piano keyboard while Gail will juggle guitar, bass and percussion
- Both agreed they were looking forward to the intimate
atmosphere inside the Glen Helen venue.
- Gail said "We really enjoy that. We like being
surrounded by people on the same level.
- Kirk said "We're not there for own agenda- we always
play for the people, to the landscape and environment we're
- Both musicians are of the old school, where
pre-fabricated beats and faceless techno boffins are anathema
to musical expression.
- Kirk puts it this way. "I'm allergic to drum machines"
"The new roots music movement is really refreshing, like John
Butler, John Johnson and The Waifs. That kind of music
has to come back around because it's real. I just can't
get into some of the new music being produced these days.
- The Cairns- based duo are still fond of the busking
tradition. Kirk said We do a lot of busking, it's a
great thing to do. It will buy you a couple of cups of
coffee and a toasted sandwich and in the Kuranda rainforest
village where we play, it creates a really nice atmosphere
- Kirk, who said he was "old enough", has been playing
music since he was 11. "Playing music is a disease and I
haven't been able to get rid of it. It's essential
food for the soul kind of stuff", he said.
- Kirk and Gail will perform
two hour sets each evening from Thursday to Monday at Glen
Helen until July12th.
- Randall, Gail and Kirk
- Ted Tilbrook Randall Wilson, Kirk Steel, Russell Evans
and Gail Steel (front)