Born too late for Woodstock? Folk By the Sea has you covered

Back in the summer of '69, John Tubridy was in his second year of teaching and watching the legend that was Woodstock unfold.

"Half a million people came together to enjoy peace and love," he said.

"I thought it would be sad not to remember it."

Folk By the Sea Festival will include a special 50-year tribute to Woodstock as part of its 2019 schedule. John's band - Carefree Road Band - and others will cover songs from the original Woodstock from 1.45pm to 4.30pm on Saturday, September 29.

John said he had to do some research to make sure the tribute was true to the original event.

Carefree Road Band Members from left to right are: Chris Paton (Double Bass), Allan Vander Linden (Lead Guitar), Joel Robards (Drums), Wolfgang Kloger (Flute/Bass Guitar) Front: Mark Raue (Keyboard/Harmonica), Louise Robards (Vocals), John Tubridy (Vocals).

Carefree Road Band Members from left to right are: Chris Paton (Double Bass), Allan Vander Linden (Lead Guitar), Joel Robards (Drums), Wolfgang Kloger (Flute/Bass Guitar) Front: Mark Raue (Keyboard/Harmonica), Louise Robards (Vocals), John Tubridy (Vocals).

"There's a lot of myths about who was there and who wasn't there - it was interesting to look up who performed what," he said.

He expects the effort to be well worth it.

"It's a bit of a challenge for the bands, but we hope people will come along in the spirit of Woodstock - some are coming dressed in clothing from the time," he said.

"The hall holds 500, so get there early. We want it to be standing room only."

Four of the seven band members are from Kiama, and three from Wollongong. John is formerly of Gerringong.

He said the community aspect of Folk By the Sea was one of its great strengths: "It's nice to have locals doing this and being supported."