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What on earth is "The Shack"?

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Between the Rugby Union Club and Arts on Alma, you will find a rather unassuming building.

 

Every second Saturday evening, between 8pm and midnight, it is home to the Mount Isa Folk Club, or as it is better known, The Music... Shack.

 

Volunteers run this community group for anyone who loves live music, and for a gold coin donation, entry is yours.

 

The Mount Isa Folk Group was founded 47 years ago by a small group of musicians that played in local pubs. They moved into a property in Simpson Street, which they outgrew, and then was offered an opportunity to buy the old footy clubhouse. The musicians at the time rallied together and played local gigs to raise the money to buy the present day premises.

 

The licenced bar has inexpensive drinks, and the outdoor stage has a very casual atmosphere - and honestly, who needs a roof when you have a jam session going?!

 

The whole idea behind The Shack is to provide a platform for individuals and bands to 'have a go'. Equally important, it gives us locals something to do on a Saturday night!

 

Regardless if you are new to town, or if you have lived in Mount Isa your whole life, The Shack is a fantastic place to meet new people, make new friends, or even start a band.

 

Those of you who have been there will agree - it is pretty unique. They are always on the lookout for new musicians as well as volunteers to help setting up, so put up your hand and make a difference in our local community.

Find them online at www.facebook.com/groups/isafolk

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