Tombstone Folk

'Tombstone Folk' is a live acoustic music event featuring two 45-minutes sets. Singer-songwriter Luan Baldwin will perform the first set, and the second set will be shared by singer Helena Bond and recordist Shawn Riley performing solos and duets. Gold coin entry.

Enjoy an evening of live acoustic Folk Music in a grassy, shaded amphitheatre under the stars when the Friends of South Brisbane Cemetery host 'Tombstone Folk' - the first-ever folk music evening at the historic cemetery.

The night will feature sets from Luan Baldwin (singer-songwriter), and Shawn Riley (recorder) and Helena Bond (singer), performing songs specially selected to reflect the quietly spiritual and historical nature of this beautiful cemetery at night.

There will be a barbecue and tea and coffee available, and the FOSBC will also have an information and book stall. A night tour with the FOSBC will take place afterwards (pre-booked guests only, details to come).

'Tombstone Folk' will take place on Friday 22 September, South Brisbane Cemetery, Annerley Road, Dutton Park. Two 45-minute sets of folk music will commence at 7.30 pm.

Entry is by gold coin donation.

The artists

Luan is a uniquely Australian story-teller who writes from his experiences in life, love, loss and years spent at sea. His years living and working offshore have inspired him to write a series of modern day ‘sea songs’ which have now become his trademark. He began teaching himself guitar at the age of 9 and eventually majored in classical guitar at the Queensland University of Technology under international virtuoso, Karin Schaupp. His diverse musical background and experience is the reason why his original repertoire encompasses a range of styles including blues, country, folk and rock. Whether performing solo or together with his friend and family, Luan always offers something new, original and genuine each time he takes the stage.

Passionate and grounded, Helena strips songs down to their a cappella essence. Her repertoire ranges from 10th-century Chinese court music to contemporary singer-songwriters. With gentle confidence, deft nuancing and absolute clarity of diction, her graceful introductions and performances make songs accessible to audiences everywhere. Helena has performed at Palm Creek, Neurum Creek, and Woodford Folk Festivals and her popular singing workshops have been featured on The Great South East. She also sings with folk duo Daylight Moon, and traditional Scottish Gaelic songs with Emma Nixon.

Shawn's playing will make you rethink recorders, with his Irish & English folk tunes, slow compositions and exquisite improvisations on all sizes from soprano to the great bass. When he can bear to put down the recorders, he plays piano, flute, guitar and bass guitar. Shawn has been playing music all his life, most recently onstage at festivals, yoga sessions and markets and has released three CDs.

Shawn and Helena will breathe new life into some old songs together especially for Tombstone Folk.

This is a not-for-profit event that will raise funds for the Friends of South Brisbane Cemetery community group. This is also a strictly alcohol-free event.

Please contact fosbc@outlook.com for more details.

We will provide all attendance information closer to the date. In the meantime, here are a couple of notes:


You are welcome to bring a blanket to sit on the grass in front of the performer's area. People who bring chairs can sit to the sides and rear of the blanket area.

Important note on parking

Parking inside the cemetery will be strictly for staff, performers and people with a disability. The cemetery is well serviced by nearby public transport stops for rail and bus. Please check Translink for journey details. The CityCat ferry stops across the river, at the University of Queensland, and the cemetery can be reached from there by bridge (20 minute walk).

Please note: Night access to Brisbane City Council cemeteries is prohibited, and this event is presented under permit from Brisbane City Council.