Image courtesy of Charlie Mayfair
You might have noticed there’s been a bunch of natural disasters at home and across the ditch lately, and with that, the Australian spirit has kicked in and it seems everyone is doing something to support those affected. Well, for those of you up north, you can catch a great line up AND support the Premier’s Disaster Relief Fund and Royal Children’s Hospital Foundation while enjoying it! Yes, this year’s Friends of Folk Festival have decided to send their profits to help the region recover.
The aim of the festival is also not nearly as self serving as some of the larger scale, for-profit shindigs. According to their Vision statement, the idea is to create “a family-friendly music/arts festival run by the people, for the people; a festival that fuses art, community and local business; where friends and strangers gather to share good music, good food, and explore the tapestry of our local arts scene” – doesn’t it just make you want to road trip to Brisbane for the weekend?
The line up boasts a very local but wonderful mix of talent, which is unsurprisingly on the folk-heavy side of things. With acts including The Gin Club, Andrew Morris, Mardi Lunsden & The Rising Seas, The Good Ship (which we came across at the Woodford Folk Festival 2010), Charlie Mayfair, Rachael Brady and Matt Nelson to name just the folky types, it’s sure to be a stand out day of talent, music, busking and community spirit.
If you think that’s all there is, Robert Forster (Of the Go-Betweens and recent producing work for The John Steel Singers) will be performing old, new and borrowed material plus Don Walker and band the SF’s will be making a rare live performance appearance. Kicking off from 11am this Sunday 6 March, and with incredibly reasonable prices (like $49 for adults!), it’s hard to see how this festival could be anything but a roaring success. Grab a ticket if you’re in the Brisbane area and get along to support both local musicians and your fellow Queenslanders!