The National Folk Festival Adds Katie Noonan and Paul Brady as Headliners

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The National Folk Festival has just brightened our morning with the announcement of two headline acts for 2012: Katie Noonan and Paul Brady.

Katie Noonan has never been one to rest on her laurels or be defined by a particular genre. A trained opera singer Noonan has, through various projects, covered folk, indie, rock, classical and pop music. Her latest trio Elixer just won the ARIA for Jazz Album of the Year and it’s this incarnation that Katie Noonan is bringing to the National Folk Festival.

Paul Brady is a giant on the Irish tradional and contemporary folk scene and has been performing either as a solo artist or part of groups such as Planxty since the 60s. Brady has also collaborated with fellow folky Andy Irvine – an artist known to spend his summers in Australia. We’re not going to be the first to start a rumour that the two might be seen at the National together but we’re definitely happy to perpetuate it.

The National Folk Festival takes place in Canberra over the Easter long weekend (5th to 9th April, 2012). For more information and the full lineup so far head to the official National Folk Festival web site.

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