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Women Up the Creeks


Music + Storytelling by the river


Richard Woodbury Reserve, Mangrove Creek Road, Greengrove

time & date

2.30pm - 5.30pm

Sunday 21 May 2023

ticket price

adults $65.00; children 6 -12 $10; children under 5 free.


  • Dress up in your best mid to late 19c clothing. Fashion parade and prize for best outfit.

  • Stories from Elizabeth Donovan, and tales of the women of Ironbark, Popran and Mangrove Creeks

  • Irish music and performance

the event

Celebrating the women of the Creek with an Irish theme. An invitation to dress in your best 1800s item - hatpins, brooches or the full bustle for a splendid afternoon on the grass. Fashion parade and prize for the best outfit judged by an extraordinary local. Roving storyteller and Hawkesbury River raconteur Kate LaMey unravels the mysteries of life and death up the creek at a time when women could work a farm, fire a gun, kill a snake, chop firewood, scale and gut fish and row a boat meanwhile giving birth to ten or more children. Fiddle player Fiona McVicar entertains with many an Irish melody, jig, and reel. Join us thisAutumn for music, performance and byo picnic treats at the Richard Woodbury Reserve on Mangrove Creek. 

the storyteller

Kate La Mey is a natural orator with a past work life as a radio broadcast announcer and almost a decade of experience as a tour guide on the Lower Hawkesbury River including Dangar Island and Bar Island. Over time, she has developed relationships with local people and descendants of families who have deep connections to the river and country. Kate brings authenticity to the stories she tells inspired by the oral history and the folklore that the history books have skipped. With a keen interest in researching and gathering her knowledge, Kate honours the ancestors and the sprits of the land by sharing stories she has been told by descendants of Biddy Lewis and Bungaree. 


tthe musician

Fiona McVicar is a violin, viola and traditional fiddle performer and teacher based in the northern beaches. After studying violin, viola and piano during her school years at the NSW Conservatorium of Music, Fiona fell in love with the traditional fiddle styles of Ireland and Scotland and traveled and lived in Ireland for a number of years to immerse herself in the music. She is also a regular performer and currently plays traditional fiddle with a number of different groups in Sydney and around Australia - currently performing with Blackwater Irish Band, folk group Seanchas and Scottish traditional group Kejafi as well as at many pubs, folk venues and festivals.

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