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24 May, 2021

Folks Like Us trio brings feel of “Home”

ACOUSTIC Mackay trio, “Folks Like Us” will launch their debut album on Sunday 6th June. Brendan Smith, Kathleen Campbell and Sarah Rozekrans met as classical music students at CQUniversity's Central Queensland Conservatorium of Music (CQCM) and will use the CQCM foyer as the venue for their launch.

Mackay City Strings (conducted by Smith) and Songbirds (featuring Campbell) will be the supporting acts, with performances starting from 2.30pm.

With a cash bar open, Folks Like Us will perform all 11 original tracks from their debut album, “Home” whilst audience members can relax in cabaret seating.

Hard copies of the album will be available at a reduced price of $20 afterwards.

“Having our launch in the CQCM foyer is very fitting. We all met there. We all spent many hours working on the start of our musical pathways there. And as the title suggests, our album is inspired by what ‘home’ means to us – a sense of belonging. This is very much what we feel at CQCM. A place of many lifelong friendships in music,” Rozekrans said.

With an interesting mix of styles and instruments (viola, piano, guitar, tin whistle, bodhran, vibraslap, 3-part harmonies), Folks Like Us were fortunate to call on the talents of other CQCM graduates to add drums (Tim McClelland) and trumpet (Matthew Johnston) to some of the tracks on the album.

Locally recorded by Sugar Town Music and mixed and mastered by James Newhouse from Lamb Chop Studio (The Waifs, John Butler, SanCisco), the album is a mix of honest storytelling, nostalgia and positivity. “Classy folk” as suggested by Newhouse is perhaps the best way to describe their sound.

The album “Home” was partially funded by RADF.

The Regional Arts Development Fund (RADF) is a partnership between the Queensland Government and Mackay Regional Council to support local arts and culture in regional Queensland.

For more information on the trio and the launch, you can find them on Facebook @FolksLikeUs or on

Tickets for the album launch are available via Trybooking online:

$20 – adults 

$15 – concession and students 

$10 – under 13

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