Majors Creek Festival set to impress


Entering it’s 26th year, the Majors Creek Festival (located between Canberra and Batemans Bay) is set to impress. With activities, musicians and acts to entertain crowds from young to old, it’s a terrific easy weekend away for anyone in Sydney, Canberra, or along the South Coast.

Taking place over 3 days from 8-10 November, with camping included free and a dedicated approach to sustainability, the festival is family friendly with a solid foundation in the folk festival style beloved across Australia (and it even has an after party at the pub on Sunday night if you’re keen to stay late). Having won multiple awards for their environmental approach, audiences are encouraged to bring their reusable cups and drink bottles.

While the credentials and set up are great and make for a comfortable festival experience – we all just really want to know who we’ll see on stage this weekend!


Catch musos jamming at folk sessions, playing on the blackboard line up, learning in workshops and even a Poets breakfast, and keep an eye on the schedule to catch some great up and coming folk acts, including:

Andy Nelson, Big Fiddle Little Fiddle, Bleeding Gums Murphy, Clark & Sallyanne, Emily-Rose and the Wild Things, Equus, Fiona Ross, Floyd Thursby, Great Aunt, Holly Arrowsmith, La Mauvaise Reputation, Lachlan Hawkins, Liz Frencham, Mandy Connell, Narrownecks, Quarter Street, Scott Cook and the She’ll Be Rights, Shane Nicholson, The New Graces, The Water Runners, This Way North, and more.

Tickets are available for the Majors Creek Festival either for the whole weekend, or single day tickets, and it’s only a 1 hour drive from Canberra, or 3 hours from southerns Sydney. Definitely a great getaway for a weekend.

Sydney’s First Bluegrass & Old Timey Festival

Shelley's Murder Boys
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Sydney folk fans rejoice – a brand new event is hitting your calendars this month! The first Bluegrass & Old Timey Festival is heading to Yulli’s Brews in Alexandria on Sunday 19th May.

It sounds like the Bluegrass & Old Timey Festival is taking Sydney’s Yulli’s Sessions (previously Bluegrass @ Yulli’s) monthly night format and turning it up to eleven. The festival will kick off with an all-in jam where you can bring your banjo, guitar, fiddle, mandolin, etc and join in for some fine music.

Following the jam will be performances from some of Sydney’s finest bluegrass and old timey artists including Richard Galluzzi, Flat Rock Boys, The Plough, Whoa Mule and Shelley’s Murder Boys (above). This is going to be amazing – and best of all the whole thing is free!

The jam kicks off at 1:30pm with the performances from 3pm. For more information check out the official Facebook event here – the full schedule for the day is below:

1:30–3pm – Bluegrass/Old Timey Jam
3-4pm – Richard Galluzzi
4-5pm – Flat Rock Boys
5-6pm – The Plough
6-7pm – Whoa Mule
7-8pm – Shelley’s Murder Boys

It’s beginning to look a lot like… Woodford!

While the silly season is in full swing, the folkier of us are looking beyond the tinsel and jolly man in a red suit, and are planning the trek to this year’s Woodford Folk Festival. If you haven’t yet made your New Years plans, it’s not too late to get in on the folk action and plan a post-Christmas trip to Woodfordia.

For those still on the fence, let’s take a quick look at why this year’s festival is going to be a great time for all.

The line up is a heavy blend of traditional and discovery, with a delight around every corner for all discerning music lovers. With heavy weights (and our namesakes) The Cat Empire topping the bill, the scene is set for a party. Timber and Steel favourites like Dan Sultan, Julia Jacklin, Irish Mythen, Hat Fitz & Cara, Emily Wurramara, The Waifs, Alex the Astronaut, Stella Donnelly, and Stiff Gins will join more than 2000 artists, musicians and presenters in over 400 acts, over 25 venues throughout the festival.

We’re excited to see some favourites diversify as The Little Stevies become the Teeny Tiny Stevies for their appearances at the Children’s Festival spaces, making the festival, as always, a very family friendly affair. The array of workshops on offer, once again delivers the ultimate in experiences for any festival goer, from yoga to craft, there will be a workshop to suit anyone.

With major infrastructure improvements for this year’s festival, multiple accommodation options to suit every budget and accommodation style, the Woodford Folk Festival is a completely immersive experience where you can choose your own adventure. Whether you participate in The Game, in The Fire Event, or just take in some amazing Australian and international music, it’s the most exciting way to spend your post-Christmas haze.

Whether you visit for a day, or stay for the whole week, there is a journey made just for you. Head over to the website and explore the different journeys you could take at this year’s festival.

When: 27 December 2018 – 1 Jan 2019

Where: Woodfordia, QLD

Tickets: from $25 for kids, from $165 for adults. Book online

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

Summer Hill FF
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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

The Lost Brothers
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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.

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