The Full National Folk Festival Program Revealed

Old Man Leudecke
Image Courtesy of Old Man Luedecke

Can you believe Easter is under two months away? Crazy times! With that in mind The National Folk Festival last week officially launched their 2014 program with well over 200 artists announced.

To recap the international contingent includes Woody Mann (USA), Damien Dempsey (Ireland), Tift Merritt (USA), Lindi Ortega (Canada), Old Man Luedecke (Above, Canada), Eleanor McEvoy (Ireland), Fásta (Quebec/Ireland/Scotland) and The Alaskan String Band (Alaska).

Not to be outdone the local additions to the lineup include a bunch of Timber and Steel favourites including Jordie Lane, Kate Fagan, The Little Stevies, Heath Cullen, The Crooked Fiddle Band, Castlecomer, The Mae Trio, The Barons of Tang, The Davidson Brothers, Tolka, Bernard Carney, The Ellis Collective, Quarry Mountain Dead Rats, Archie Roach, Joseph Tawadros Trio, Leah Flanagan, The Lurkers, Margaret Walters, Martin Pearson, The Morrisons, The Rusty Spring Syncopators, Sarah Humphreys, Sparrow Folk, The Stetson Family, Takadimi, Trouble in the Kitchen, Zeptepi and many many more.

The National Folk Festival has also announced the recipient of the National Folk Festival’s Lifetime Achievement Award is folk veteran Margret Roadknight.

The National Folk Festival takes place at Exhibition Park in Canberra from the 17th to 21st April. Check out the official web site for more information.

The National Folk Festival Announces First Artists For 2014

Trouble In The Kitchen
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The National Folk Festival, held each year over the Easter long weekend in Canberra, is getting into the lineup announcement game early with the release of their first round of artists over the weekend. The National Folk Festival is considered by many to be Australia’s top folk event and it’s definitely a must on our yearly festival calendar.

The first round of artists for 2014 demonstrates just how diverse the National Folk Festival is each and every year. Among the first artist announcement are Eleanor McEvoy, Rose Cousins, Jordie Lane, Kate Fagan, Bernard Carney, The Mae Trio, The Davidson Brothers, Luke Plumb (Shooglenifty) and many many more.

But probably the most exciting announcement of all is the return of trad legends Trouble In The Kitchen (above) who have been on a break since 2008 (the band appeared at the festival in 2010 without guitarist Kate Burke). Trouble In The Kitchen were at the forefront of my re-introduction to traditional music in the early 2000’s and it’s great to see the original lineup back – and they’re promising some brand new material. Check out more information about the band’s return here.

The National Folk Festival takes place at Exhibition Park in Canberra from the 17th to 21st April. The full lineup announced so far are below:

Alaska String Band (USA), Australian Chinese Music Ensemble, Barleyshakes, Bernard Carney and David Hyams (WA), Chris Duncan & Chatherine Strutt, Cole and Van Dijk, Darcy Welsh, Davidson Brothers, Eleanor McEvoy (Ireland), Fásta (Ire/Can/Scot), Frank Yamma, Gina Williams with Guy Ghouse (WA), Jan “Yarn” Wositsky, Jordie Lane, Joseph Tawadros Trio, Kate Fagan, Luke Plumb with Peter Daffy, The Mae Trio, The Pepperjacks (WA), The Raglins, Rose Cousins (Canada), Trouble in the Kitchen

Denmark Festival of Voice This Weekend

Denmark Festival of Voice
Image Courtesy of Denmark Festival of Voice

If you’re in WA you’ll already know that while the Eastern states are slaving away you’ll be enjoying the Foundation Day long weekend this weekend. But if you don’t know quite how to fill your long weekend we have the answer: The Denmark Festival of Voice.

Held in picturesque Denmark south of Perth, the festival features over 70 performances by some of Australia’s brightest artists. The lineup includes but isn’t limited to Andrew Winton, The Stiff Gins, Bernard Carney, Andrew Claremont and Mr Percival. Tickets and further information available on the website.

Andrew Winton
Image Courtesy of Andrew Winton

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