The Ballpoint Penguins were conceived at the Nannup Music Festival (Nannup, Western Australia) when alto-cum-mezzo P2 fell in love with the English a cappella folk trio Artisan.

It was a long incubation, hatching only after P2 waddled into the A Cappella Go community choir (Perth, Western Australia) to hear P1’s gentle alto harmonising with P3’s robust baritone call.

At first, the intention was mainly to cover other people’s novelty songs. A breakthrough came at the Perth International Arts Festival where the Penguins, who still hold the record for the world’s smallest “flash choir,” realised that their peculiar original material was flying better than covers.

The Formally Feathered Ones have since been terrorizing festivals, folk clubs, wineries and the odd supermarket with their overachieving dress code and underachieving sense of taste.


Past Penguin Gigs

Albany Entertainment Centre Harbourside Concert Series 2016
Dunsborough SongFest 2016
National Folk Festival 2016
Heritage Perth 2015
Fringeworld Perth 2015
Perisher Peak Festival 2014
Dunsborough Songfest 2014
Denmark Festival of Voice 2013
Red Hat Fremantle Fling 2014
Fairbridge Festival 2014
Nannup Music Festival 2014
Denmark Festival of Voice 2013
Cygnet Folk Festival (Tasmania) 2013
Illawarra Folk Festival 2013
Dunsborough Songfest 2012
National Folk Festival 2012
Fringeworld (Perth) – Can We Be Frank? January 2012
National Folk Festival April 2012
Fairbridge Festival April 2012Fairbridge Festival April 2010
National Folk Festival April 2010
CD Launch, Flights of Fancy February 2010
Illawarra Folk Festival January 2010
Paddy Connolly Memorial Concert–Irish Club of WA December 2009
Battle of the Christmas Choirs–Belmont Forum Nov & Dec 2009
City of Subiaco–Saturday Street Entertainment November 2009
Morning Melodies July 2009
Saturday Music at Subi June 2009
Rockingham Mussel Fest March 2009
Port Fairy Folk Festival March 2009
Manjimup Cherry Harmony Festival December 2008
Mountford Winery August 2007
Fairbridge Festival April 2007
Nannup Music Festival March 2007
City of South Perth Summer Concert Series January 2007
Red Hat Society National Convention December 2006
St John Ambulance National Convention October 2006
Bassendean Rock and Roll Extravaganza November 2006
Northam International Festival October 2006
Denmark Festival of Voice June 2006
Nannup Music Festival March 2006
Sunsets at Subi December 2005
Brookton Music Mix November 2005
Fremantle Festival December 2005
Subiaco Street Party November 2005
Mountford Winery July 2005
Dwellingup Winterfest July 2005
Fairbridge Festival April 2005
Nannup Music Festival March 2005
Subiaco Street Party November 2004
Fairbridge Festival April 2004
Nannup Music Festival March 2004
Spring in the Valley October 2003