First Major Artists Announcement for the 2017 National Folk Festival

Sally Balfour
Image Courtesy of Sally Balfour

The National Folk Festival, held in Canberra over the Easter long weekend, has announced their first official round of artists for 2017 and it’s very very exciting.

As always there’s also a bunch of international acts making their way to Canberra next year including The Bridge Project (TUR/ISR), Daoiri Farrell Trio (IRL), The Galax Bogtrotters (USA), Himmerland (DNK), Les Poules à Colin (CAN), Martha Tilston (UK), Phil Wiggins & Dom Turner (USA) and The Rheingans Sisters (UK).

Joining them will be local artists and Timber and Steel favourites including Ami Williamson, Barry Skipsey, Charm of Finches, The Dead Maggies, Fanny Lumsden, Loren Kate, The Low Down Riders, Sally Balfour (above), The Spooky Men’s Chorale, Stray Hens and many more.

The National Folk Festival is held from the 13th to the 17th April in 2017 – for more information and tickets check out the official site here. The feature states for next year’s National Folk Festival are South Australia and the Northern Territory.

The full lineup so far is below:

Ami Williamson, Andrew Galan with Okinawa Girls, Barry Skipsey, The Bridge Project (TUR/ISR), Charm of Finches, Claymore, Conchillia, Daoiri Farrell Trio (IRL), The Dead Maggies, Desert Child, The Drowsy Maggies, Fanny Lumsden, Forté, The Galax Bogtrotters (USA), Greg Champion, Himmerland (DNK), Les Poules à Colin (CAN), Loren Kate, Low Down Riders, Martha Tilston (UK), Phil Wiggins & Dom Turner (USA), Rheingans Sisters (UK), Rory Faithfield, Sally Balfour, The Spooky Men’s Chorale, Stray Hens, Tracey Bunn and her Band of Handsome Devils, Trioc

Port Fairy Announces First Round of Artists for 2015

John Butler
Image Courtesy of John Butler Trio

March 2014 feels like an age away but that doesn’t mean it’s not time to start planning for the folk festival season – and to make your life a little easier the Port Fairy Folk Festival has announced its first round of artists for next year.

The lineup is headed up by Christine Anu, John Butler Trio and Charlie Musselwhite and also includes the likes of All Our Exes Live In Texas, Ami Williamson, Ash & Bloom, Bobby & the Pins, Catherine Britt, Chris While & Julie Matthews, Enda Kenny Band, Hat Fitz & Cara Robinson, Himmerland, Jan Preston’s Boogie Circus, Jeff Lang, Jodi Martin, Jordie Lane, Lake Street Dive, Mark Seymour & the Undertow, Marlon Williams, Maru Tarang, Sharon Shannon Band, Steve Poltz, The Black Sorrows, The Chipolatas, The Orbweavers, The Yearlings and We Two Thieves.

The Port Fairy Folk Festival takes place in Port Fairy, Victoria from the 6th to 9th March. For more information and tickets check out the official site here.

The National Folk Festival Reveals First Round of Artists, Changes to Site Layout

Image Courtesy of Husky

Last week must have been a frantic one for the staff of the National Folk Festival as they not only officially announced the first round of artists for 2013, including a number of indie-folk artists that you normally wouldn’t see at the National, but they also significantly altered the layout of the festival site.

Let’s start with the artists. Announced as headliners next year are Scottish/American fiddle and cello duo Fraser & Haas, master UK multi-instrumentalist Seth Lakeman, US all-female Americana trio Red Molly, Danish roots and world five-piece Himmerland, Australian nu-folk quartet Husky (above) and folk troubadour Jordie Lane. Joining them in 2013 will be Bluegrass Parkway, Breige Murphy, Bygone Error, Chris Smither, Danny Spooner, Julia and the Deep Sea Sirens, Lime and Steel, Michael Kennedy, Pete Wild and the Only Ones, Mike Jackson, The Simpson Three, Son of Rut and The String Contingent. The full release of performers will be due at the end of November.

As for the site changes, financial pressures have forced the National Folk Festival to rethink how they layout the festival at Exhibition Park in Canberra (EPIC) in order to minimise overheards such as insurance and security. Organisers have downsized the festival so it now mainly takes place at the Flemington Road end of EPIC rather than along the Federal highway. New camping areas have been opened up and some of the outlying venues, such as the youth focused Majestic (yay!), have been incorporated into the main festival. You can check out the new site map here.

The blogs and forums have been rife with speculation that the site changes may reduce the festival’s ability to host as many performances with many people assuming that the performance program may suffer.

“It has been a difficult year, we’ve had to tighten up on our budget,” National Folk Festival managing director Sebastian Flynn told the ABC. “But hopefully, we’ve managed to keep our ticket prices the same. We’ve tried not to have too much of a hit on music or dance, and there’s been a little bit of downsizing there but basically people still get a very, very generous program.”

Early-bird tickets to the National Folk Festival, which will be held over the Easter long weekend in Canberra next year, are now on sale. For more information check out the official web site here.

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