National Celtic Festival Announces First Round of Artists for 2018

Trouble in the Kitchen
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Well this is very very exciting. The National Celtic Festival has just announced its first round of artists for 2018 and its full to the brim with some of our favourite Australian and international artists.

Joining the National Celtic Festival lineup from across the seas this year are Irish stalwarts Altan, banjo and flute pair Maggie Carty & Máirtín Staunton who also hail from Ireland and Scotland’s own Paul McKenna Band.

The Australian contingent is just as strong with the likes of Colin Lillie, Hat Fitz and Cara, Melbourne Scottish Fiddle Club, Rich Davies & The Low Road, Siobhan Owen, Tim Scanlan Trio, Trouble in the Kitchen (above) and Zeon announced.

The National Celtic Festival is held in picturesque Portarlington, VIC over the Queens Birthday weekend – Friday 8th to Monday 11th June. For more information including how to get your hands on early bird tickets check out the official site here.

The Summer Hill Folk Festival Announces Lineup for 2018

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For the past couple of years a simply delightful folk festival has sprung up in the sleepy Sydney suburb of Summer Hill and it’s quickly flourished to become one of our favourite events of the year.

The Summer Hill Folk Festival is centered around the historic Summer Hill Church and features a full day of music, workshops, markers and more. This year’s event is set to take place on Saturday 10th March and features a fine lineup of amazing local folk artists (and Timber and Steel favourites) including Chaika, eüsh, Giffen, Gary & Jimmy Daley, Montgomery Church, Nic Cassey, Queen Porter Stomp, The Restless Legs, Roaring Forties, Summer Hill Community Choir, Tangalo Duo, Whoa Mule and more.

This year the Summer Hill Folk Festival will also host a blackboard stage giving anyone the opportunity to sign up and perform for 30 mins as well as vocal and dance workshops and an Irish Ceili Dance.

The Summer Hill Folk Festival is a free community event. For more details check out the official Facebook event here.

More Artists Added to the 2018 Gum Ball Lineup

Ben Salter
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As we make our way into February we’ve been blessed with another round of artists announced for this year’s Gum Ball festival in the Hunter Valley.

As always the announcement has a healthy contingent of Timber and Steel friendly artists including singer-songwriter Ben Salter (above), 10-piece reggae outfit V Tribe, Adelaide alt-country duo Hana & Jessie-Lee and many more.

The full lineup announced so far is as follows:

REMI, The Bamboos, The Cribs (UK), The Aints (Play the Saints, ’73 to ’78), Butterfingers, Rocket Science, The Creepshow (CA), Dave Graney ’n’ the Coral Snakes, Ben Salter, Les Hôtesses d’Hilaire (CA), Screamfeeder, Hat Fitz and Cara, Letters To Lions, The Resignators, New Venusians, V Tribe, Baghead, Wanderers, Terra Lightfoot (CA), Nicholas Connors, Thunder Fox, Coda Chroma, Dave Wells, Lachlan X. Morris, Hana & Jessie-Lee, Lennie Tranter & The Bagism Revelation, Dashville Progress Society

The Gum Ball takes place from Friday 27th to Sunday 29th April near Lower Belford in the Hunter Valley, NSW. For more information including how to get your hands on tickets check out the official site here.

Fairbridge Folk Festival Announces Second Round of Artists for 2018

The Collingwood Casanovas
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WA based music festival the Fairbridge Folk Festival have just revealed the second round of artists for their 2018 event.

Joining the likes of The Lost Brothers, Perch Creek and Mama Kin Spender from their first announcement will be The Collingwood Casanovas (above), Will Pound and Eddy Jay, Dan Parsons, Catherine Fraser Trio, King Arthur, David Milroy, Via Pangée, Richard Walley, Martin & Coole with Crystal Jade and Praashekh Quartet.

The festival has also announced a children’s program including Woody’s World Family Band, Eco Faeries and The Weird Ticket

And finally there’s an extensive dance program as part of the announcement that includes African Oz Drum n Dance, Zakoeira and Dances of Universal Peace.

Based in the town of Pinjarra in WA, the Fairbridge Folk Festival is held from the 20th to the 22nd of April. For more information, including how to get your hands on tickets check out the official site here.

Bluesfest Adds More Roots Artists to 2018 Lineup

All Our Exes
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The latest artist announcement from Bluesfest is full of heaps of rootsy goodness including a bunch of Timber and Steel favourites

Joining the Bluesfest lineup this time will be Dan Sultan, All Our Exes Live In Texas (above), Chain, Con Brio, Mia Dyson, Shaun Kirk, Caiti Baker, Steve Smyth, Dog Trumpet and Hanlon Brothers.

Bluesfest is held just outside of Byron Bay from the 29th March to 2nd April. For more information including how to get your hands on tickets check out the official site here.

The full lineup announced so far is below:

Lionel Richie, Robert Plant & The Sensational Space Shifters, Ms. Lauryn Hill, John Butler Trio, Tash Sultana, The New Power Generation, CHIC featuring Nile Rodgers, José González, First Aid Kit, Morcheeba, Gov’t Mule, Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real, The California Honeydrops, Eric Gales, Bobby Rush, Dumpstaphunk, Joe Louis Walker, Rick Estrin & The Nightcats, Youssou N’Dour, Seal, Michael Franti & Spearhead, Jackson Brown, Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit, Gomez, Rag ‘n’ Bone Man, The Original Blues Brothers Band, Jimmy Cliff, The Wailers, Benjamin Booker, Hurray for Riff Raff, Canned Heat, Walter Trout, André Cymone, The Teskey Brothers, Kesha, Sheryl Crow, Melissa Ethridge, Afro Celt Sound System, William Crighton, Elephant Sessions, Newton Faulkner, Harry Manx, Juanes, Seu Jorge, Ziggy Alberts, Ásgeir, Harts, Holy Holy, Dan Sultan, All Our Exes Live In Texas (above), Chain, Con Brio, Mia Dyson, Shaun Kirk, Caiti Baker, Steve Smyth, Dog Trumpet, Hanlon Brothers

Fairbridge Folk Festival Announces First Round Of Artists for 2018

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The Fairbridge Folk Festival have just announced their first round of artists and I think it’s time to start booking flights to WA.

This year’s lineup includes UK Euro-gypsy-ska group Sheelanagig, Irish harmonic duo and Timber and Steel favourites The Lost Brothers (above), Victorian favourites Perch Creek, the brand new collaboration Mama Kin Spender, UK math-pop-punkers Ganglions, Scottish and Irish trad band Cara, indigenous artist Kankawa Nagarra (Olive Night), Canadian traditional favourites Ten Strings and a Goat Skin, local WA singer songwriter Carla Geneve and Indian classical ensemble Indian Eye.

Based in the town of Pinjarra in WA, the Fairbridge Folk Festival is held from the 20th to the 22nd of April. For more information, including how to get your hands on tickets check out the official site here.

The full list of announced artists is below:

Mama Kin Spender (WA), Perch Creek (VIC), The Lost Brothers (UK), Ten Strings and a Goat Skin (CAN), Sheelanagig (Dublin, Ireland), Carla Geneve (AUS, WA), Ganglions (UK), Kankawa Nagarra (Olive Night) (AUS, WA), Cara (DE, SCT), Indian Eye (IND, AUS)

Peak Festival Announces First Round of Artists for 2018

Sahara Beck
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It may be the height of Summer but it’s time to start planning your Winter escapades with the first round of artists announced for the Peak Festival in New South Wales.

So far nine artists have been revealed including Hot Potato Band, Sahara Beck (above), Electrik Lemonade, His Merry Men, Hussy Hicks, Aliensworth, Felicity Lawless, Matiu, Lizzie Flynn & The Reckoning and Pete Denahy. And you know there’s a lot more goodness to come especially as this is the Peak Festival’s 10th anniversary.

Peak Festival is held in Perisher, NSW over the Queens Birthday Long Weekend from the 8th to the 11th June. For more information including how to get your hands on tickets check out the official site here.

The Gum Ball Announces First Round of Artists for 2018

Hat Fitz
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To kick off the new year we’re super excited for the first round of artists announced for the 2018 Gum Ball.

The Hunter Valley based festival always has a generous helping of folk and roots artists and their 2018 lineup is no different with the likes of Hat Fitz and Cara, Terra Lightfoot and Coda Chroma on the bill.

The full lineup announced so far is as follows:

REMI, The Aints (Play the Saints, ’73 to ’78), Butterfingers, Dave Graney ’n’ the Coral Snakes, Screamfeeder, Hat Fitz and Cara, The Creepshow, Wanderers, Terra Lightfoot, New Venusians, Coda Chroma, Lachlan X. Morris

The Gum Ball takes place from Friday 27th to Sunday 29th April near Lower Belford in the Hunter Valley, NSW. For more information including how to get your hands on tickets check out the official site here.

National Folk Festival Adds Even More Artists for 2018

Elephant Sessions
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The next round of artists for the 2018 National Folk Festival were announced this morning featuring a bunch of internationals, returning favourites and local gems.

The announcement is led by Scottish trad-quintet Elephant Sessions (above) who will be in the country for the festival season. Joining them are the likes of WÖR (Belgium), The Young Folk (Ireland), Trouble in the Kitchen, All Our Exes Live in Texas, My Friend The Chocolate Cake, Fiona Ross (Scotland) and Ken Nicol (England), The Melbourne Scottish Fiddle Club, Low Down Riders, Jugularity, Davidson Brothers, Electric Tommy Johnston, Frets Patrick, Loren Kate, Zac Saber, Matilda Rose, Meyers and McNamara, Benji and the Saltwater Sound System and The Quick and The Dead along with choirs Grassroots Union Choir of Tasmania, Alleycats Community Choir, InterVarsity and Ukestral Voices plus the inclusion of the Compánach Irish music concert.

This lineup announcement also features a bunch of poets and spoken word including Keith McKenry, Sandra Renew, Andrew Galan, Daniel J Townsend, Peter Mace, Jacqui Malins with cellist Julia Horvath, Dick Warwick, Martin Pearson, BAD!SLAM!NO!BISCUIT!, Gregory North and Glover and Sorrensen.

The National Folk Festival takes place in Canberra over the Easter long weekend, 29th March to the 2nd April. For more information, including how to pick up early bird tickets, check out the official web site here.

Port Fairy Folk Festival Announces Women Out Loud 2018 Lineup

Port Fairy
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As we get closer to next year’s Port Fairy Folk Festival the lineup continues to grow, with this year’s Women Out Loud 2018 concert announced.

The Women Out Loud 2018 concert will take place on the 11th March and will be hosted by Sarah Carroll. The concert will feature a really exciting list of artists including Chris While & Julie Matthews, Faith Ristic, Gina Williams, Josienne Clarke, Pauline Scanlon, Rebecca Barnard, Sophie Koh and Yolanda Brown.

The Port Fairy Folk Festival is held in Port Fairy, Victoria from the 9th to the 12th March. For more information check out the official site here.

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