This March long weekend, thousands of music lovers will descend upon the Victorian scenic coastal town of Port Fairy for the forty-fourth annual Folk Festival! Featuring a joyful line-up of international and local artists representing folk music from around the world, Festival Program Director Caroline Moore said this Festival is a splendid mix of brilliant music, great conversations, workshops, collaborations and surprises.
“What a line-up we have in store for our 44th festival. I am delighted to announce renowned artists and wonderful emerging artists for our next festival in March, which will also be filled with special events, family activities, and non-stop musical entertainment. This is a festival for every music lover – from the young to the young at heart.’’
Making their Port Fairy Folk Festival debut in 2020 are The Blind Boys of Alabama (USA), Benny Walker, Bob Jensen (CAN), The Burning Hell (CAN), Chitra, Coig (CAN), Cool Out Sun, Emily Wurramara, Fara (UK), Flacco & Sandman, Flats & Sharps (ENG), Grace Petrie(ENG), Hubert Francis (CAN), Ian Sherwood (CAN), The Jellyman’s Daughter (SCO), John Smith (ENG), Judith Owen (WALES), The Langan Band (SCO), Michael Veitch, Oliver The Crow (USA), among many others.
An iconic tradition of Port Fairy are the themed concerts, and in 2020 the festival is presenting First Nations in Songs & Stories. Hosted by award winning Gina Williams, this event will feature First Nations artists Archie Roach, Ego Lemos (TL), Hubert Francis (CAN) and Mihirangi Fleming (NZ), and explore in conversation and in song, the similarities and differences of being a First Nation artist, the path to reconciliation and the role the arts and music can play in aspirations for the future.
Other themed concerts include North East x South West, Meet The Guests, The Guitarists, Song Catchers, Blues & Roots In The Round, and in 2020 Women Out Loud will hosted by YolanDa Brown, and of course let’s not forget the Big Sunday Sing Out!
The 2020 Festival will celebrate music from around the world, exemplifying the great folk/roots traditions of many cultures, regions, communities and countries – from Ireland to Port Fairy, Johannesburg to New Orleans, Prince Edward Island to Northcote, Celtic to Bluegrass, Indigenous to Latin and glorious folk fusions.
Families will be entertained, especially with free access for children aged 13 and under, with a curated children’s program including The Teeny Tiny Stevies, and a special event featuring British saxophonist and children’s television presenter YolanDa Brown and her Band Jam, plus workshops galore!
Offering something for everyone, be sure to not miss out on some performances at The Port Fairy Folk Festival this Labour Day Long Weekend!
Dates: Fri 6 - Mon 9 March 2020
Location: Southcombe Park Sports Reserve, Port Fairy, Victoria
Times: Varies throughout the days (See website for details)