A Folky Guide to the 2016 Sydney Festival Program

Joanna Newsom
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The highly anticipated program for the 2016 Sydney Festival dropped today and as always it’s full to the brim of folky goodness. If you’ve been to any Sydney Festival shows before you’ll know that they sell out pretty quickly so it’s time to start planning now – tickets go on sale next Monday 26th October.

Our picks from the program this year include:

  • Joanna Newsom – The queen of the anti-folk movement, Newsom will be touring her brand new album Divers

Thursday 21st January – Sydney Opera House, Sydney, NSW

  • Dirty Three – Legendary underground experimental trio in a rare performance

Friday 15th January – State Theatre, Sydney, NSW

Sunday 10th January – St Stephen’s Uniting Church, Sydney, NSW

Sunday 17th January – St Stephen’s Uniting Church, Sydney, NSW

Sunday 24th January – St Stephen’s Uniting Church, Sydney, NSW

  • Matthew E White – The country-soul singer returns to Sydney with his band

Friday 15th January – Magic Mirrors Spiegeltent, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 16th January – Lennox Theatre, Parramatta, NSW

Saturday 23rd January – The Famous Spiegeltent, Sydney, NSW
Sunday 24th January – The Famous Spiegeltent, Sydney, NSW
Monday 25th January – The Famous Spiegeltent, Sydney, NSW

  • Kev Carmody – The legendary poet, radical and national treasure will perform songs he’s collected over the past 40 years

Sunday 17th January – The Famous Spiegeltent, Sydney, NSW

Friday 22nd January – The Famous Spiegeltent, Sydney, NSW
Saturday 23rd January – The Famous Spiegeltent, Sydney, NSW

  • The Weather Station – Canadian singer-songwriter Tamara Lindeman brings her project to Sydney

Wednesday 6th January – The Famous Spiegeltent, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 7th January – The Famous Spiegeltent, Sydney, NSW

  • Maru Tarang – Acclaimed Australian roots musician Jeff Lang joins forces with traditional Rajasthani players

Sunday 10th January – Lennox Theatre, Parramatta, NSW

For more information on the Sydney Festival including how to get your hands on tickets check out the official site here.

The Melbourne Folk Club Announces Summer Season

Melbourne Folk Club
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The Melbourne Folk Club is one of the success stories of 2014 – bringing amazing folk music, both Australian and international, to a regular night right in the heart of Melbourne.

The night takes place at Bella Union in Melbourne’s inner-North, mostly on Wednesdays but sometimes throughout the week to accommodate touring artists. The Melbourne Folk Club this week announced its summer season and the lineup is looking as strong as ever.

Check out the full line up from January through to the end of March below:

Wednesday 7th January – John Smith (UK) + Caitlin Harnett
Thursday 8th January – Unplugged show w/ The East Pointers (Canada) + Tolka
Wednesday 14th January – David Francey (CAN) + James Kenyon + Lucy Wise
Wednesday 21st January – Oh Pep! + Open Swimmer
Wednesday 28th January – Darren Hanlon + Laura Jean + Single Twin
Wednesday 4th February – Jeff Lang + Emma Swift + Matt Langley
Wednesday 11th February – The Mae Trio + The Once (Canada)
Wednesday 18th February – Machine Translations + Broads
Wednesday 25th February – Shane Howard (Album Launch) + Skyscraper Stan
Wednesday 4th March – Ruth Moody & Band (Canada) + Scott Cook (Canada) + Nadia Reid (NZ)
Wednesday 11th March – Jordie Lane (In Conversation + Concert)
Wednesday 18th March – Breabach (Scotland) + Stray Hens
Wednesday 25th March – All Our Exes Live in Texas + Kim Richey (US)

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