2023 LINE-UP

 

 

 

We’re delighted to reveal the first set of artists who’ll be performing at Port Fairy Folk Festival in 2023.

2023 LINE-UP

We’re delighted to reveal the first set of artists who’ll be performing at Port Fairy Folk Festival in 2023.

19-TWENTY

19-TWENTY

19-TWENTY19-Twenty have been whipping up a frenzy on the festival scene. They are electric. An infectious riff and groove-based blue-billy-grass-rockin'-roots band. The 19-Twenty lads have been performing their high-energy sonic-party nationally, headlining sell-out...

Ajak Kwai

Ajak Kwai

AJAK KWAIAjak Kwai is a name well known to the airwaves, stage, and broader Australian music community for her powerful performances and strong messages that call for inclusion and celebration of the diversity found throughout Australian society. Originally hailing...

ANDREI O’CONNOR

ANDREI O’CONNOR

ANDREI O'CONNORNow 18 years of age, Andrei’s lyrics are inspired by her experiences living on the beaches of The Phillipines, in the grit of the Queensland outback and the punishing Shipwreck Coast. Her angelic voice blend with guitar and keys to offer the music lover...

Andrew Gurruwiwi Band

Andrew Gurruwiwi Band

Andrew Gurruwiwi BandAndrew Gurruwiwi Band are a high-energy 7-piece funk and reggae band who have honed their chops on the beach at Birrtjimi and in the dirt of Yirrkala. Their ‘Yolngu Funk’ sound is truly fresh - a style only hinted at previously on the rare pair of...

ANGELA KENNA

ANGELA KENNA

ANGELA KENNAAngela is a vibrant singer/songwriter from rural South West Victoria. From a young age, Angela loved music and performing. Angela’s passions include playing the piano, teaching singing and writing her own original songs. Angela’s music highlights include...

Anna Smyrk

Anna Smyrk

Anna Smyrk With a voice described as ‘truly astonishing’ by Rolling Stone, Anna Smyrk is a powerful singer and song-maker from Australia. Her songs are anthemic indie-rock bombshells, equally satisfying for word nerds and pop obsessives alike.   Prior to her 2021...

ATOMIC ENTOURAGE

ATOMIC ENTOURAGE

ATOMIC ENTOURAGEAtomic Entourage are a young, energetic 3 piece rock/pop band consisting of Tom (Lead Vocals, Rhythm Guitar), Seb (Electric Guitar, Bass) and Hamish (Drums, Keyboard). Originating in Ballarat, the band released their debut album 'Seasons' in early 2022...

Arlo McKinley (USA)

Arlo McKinley (USA)

ARLO MCKINLEYJoin us in welcoming Arlo McKinley to Australia for the first time. Hailing from Cinncinatti, Americana singer songwriter McKinley, is one of those unique artists whose songs and performance is unflinchingly honest, intense, and colourful. Songs that come...

Austral

Austral

AUSTRAL Winners of the Traditional Folk Album of the Year at the 2022 Australian Folk Music Awards and nominated for a Music Victoria Award, Austral are a fully-charged, four-piece Australian tunes band combining didgeridoo, Irish pipes, high energy fiddling,...

Baby Velvet

Baby Velvet

Baby Velvet Like scorpions who distinguish between light and dark to navigate by moonlight, Baby Velvet negotiates the low light of self-doubt with an innate sense of purpose. Scorpions populate her dreamscape, wilting roses portents of heartbreak, warnings, and...

The Badloves

The Badloves

THE BADLOVESOne of Australia’s most cherished bands, The Badloves, are getting ready to hit the road for their vinyl release tour. The local lads will be performing at venues across the country and at one of Melbourne’s much loved live music institutions.   The...

BEN WATERS

BEN WATERS

BEN WATERS (ENG)Ben Waters, the piano king of boogie woogie, brings his own unique brand of barnstorming rock and blues to the stage. He has played alongside superstars such as The Rolling Stones, Chuck Berry, Jerry Lee Lewis, Ray Davies, Jeff Beck, Jools Holland, PJ...

BILLY BRAGG (ENG)

BILLY BRAGG (ENG)

BILLY BRAGG (ENG)Orator, entertainer, rabble-rouser, negotiator, pamphleteer, the fabled ‘big-nosed bard from Barking’, Billy Bragg is making his triumphant return to Australia. Following the recent release of his 10th studio album, "The Million Things That Never...

THE BURNING HELL (CAN)

THE BURNING HELL (CAN)

THE BURNING HELL (CAN)The Burning Hell is the ongoing musical project of songwriter Mathias Kom and Ariel Sharratt, based in Prince Edward Island, Canada, and joined for their Australian tour in 2023 by Maria Peddle from Newfoundland. The Burning Hell are DIY in the...

Blue Moon Marquee (CAN)

Blue Moon Marquee (CAN)

Blue Moon MArquee (CAN) Blue Moon Marquee writes and performs original compositions influenced by anything that swings, jumps or grooves.  A.W. Cardinal (vocals/guitar) and Jasmine Colette a.k.a. Badlands Jass (vocals/bass/drums) are Blue Moon Marquee and have...

BLUES ROULETTE

BLUES ROULETTE

BLUES ROULETTE With humble beginnings at Melbourne venue ‘The Catfish’, Blues Roulette and the nature of their ‘one night only’ performances have grown in popularity, resulting in appearances at festivals and venues across the country, special themed events, national...

BUD ROKESKY

BUD ROKESKY

Bud RokeskyAs with the best storytellers, Bud Rokesky’s songs can be interpreted in many ways. Rokesky seeks to explore how people have different takes on the same situation. It’s a perspective gained from a lifetime of observing others. “Being an outsider meant I had...

Claymore

Claymore

ClaymoreClaymore are recognised as Australia’s premier Celtic band having headlined in Australia’s largest folk events and toured internationally on many occasions, they have visited the USA, UK and Europe.   A passionate band of multi-instrumentalists who not...

Colin Lillie

Colin Lillie

Colin LillieColin Lillie is certainly one of a kind. You don’t have to delve very deep into Colin’s lyrics to know his songs are driven by all of the shades of colourful life experience.  This gypsy Scotsman who found a new life in Alice Springs in Central Australia's...

Dani Larkin (IRE)

Dani Larkin (IRE)

DANI LARKIN (IRE)Beguiling, intense, driven folk songs expertly accompanied by guitar and banjo, Dani Larkin's songs voyage through stories drawn from mythology and folklore, ruminations on love and relationships, and experiences of wildness, loss, love and mystery,...

EARLY JAMES (USA)

EARLY JAMES (USA)

EARLY JAMES (USA)Alabama's native son, Early James, released his sophomore album, Strange Time To Be Alive, in August 2022. The lyrical wordsmith conjures the ghosts of great southern gothic writers from Eudora Welty to William Faulkner, while channelling the haunted...

Eastbound Buzz

Eastbound Buzz

Eastbound Buzz Renowned for their “reliably rousing working-class indie rock” (Dave Ruby Howe) and their electric, commanding live performances, Eastbound Buzz are a Melbourne-via-Wagga five-piece that have developed a reputation as a band to watch. Since 2020, the...

EILEN JEWELL (USA)

EILEN JEWELL (USA)

Eilen Jewell (USA)Eilen Jewell leads a tight quartet that blends influences of early blues, classic country, folk, and 1960s era rock ’n’ roll. For close on two decades Jewell has toured relentlessly for legions of fans from Boston to Boise and Madrid to Melbourne,...

Eric Bibb (USA)

Eric Bibb (USA)

ERIC BIBB (Usa)Eric is an artist who preserves the best traditions of pre-war blues, even while he expands his own oeuvre. Marketing tags him as a bluesman, but troubadour is the word that best describes him. He slides neatly between genres as he builds bridges with...

ETTA LANE

ETTA LANE

ETTA LANE Homegrown in the Grampians, life-long songwriter, Etta Lane shares snippets of personal narratives in contemporary yet vintage-flecked nostalgic folk. Etta Lane’s performances come from humble beginnings - initially singing self-composed songs to an array of...

EVIE MAE

EVIE MAE

EVIE MAEAt seventeen years of age, Evie Mae is a singer-songwriter living right here in the South West. Performing original material straight from the heart, she writes with knowledge ‘wise beyond her years.’ Heavily influenced by the likes of Meg Mac, Missy Higgins...

FIONA BOYES

FIONA BOYES

FIONA BOYES Fiona Boyes is an internationally recognised blues guitarist, vocalist, bandleader and songwriter.   Fiona’s recent award-winning albums feature finger-picking guitar, hand-made cigarbox instruments and a rare National baritone with grooves that range from...

FOLK BITCH TRIO

FOLK BITCH TRIO

FOLK BITCH TRIO (Festival of small halls)Melbourne/Naarm based Folk Bitch Trio (FBT) marries confessional songwriting and gentle instrumentation to craft a sound which will bring you both joy and heartache. Folk Bitch Trio blends the voices of Heide Peverelle, Jeanie...

GALLIE

GALLIE

GALLIE Highly acclaimed Irish singer songwriter, Gallie, was nominated as a finalist for the International Song of the Year competition by Tom Waits.     Born in Dublin city, Ireland, in the seventies, Gallie busked all over Ireland, navigating ‘the streets’,...

GEORGIA MOONEY

GEORGIA MOONEY

GEORGIA MOONEY As one quarter of beloved ARIA Award-winning indie-folk band, All Our Exes Live in Texas, Georgia Mooney has received abundant critical acclaim and picked up a slew of musical trophies. Since forming in 2015, All Our Exes fast became festival favourites...

GEORGIA STATE LINE

GEORGIA STATE LINE

GEORGIA STATE LINEARIA-nominated act Georgia State Line is the moniker of Melbourne based songwriter Georgia Delves, alongside her band of some of the country's best - Tom Brooks, Laura Baxter and Patrick Wilson.    Their unique brand of country-infused melancholy...

GINA WILLIAMS AND GUY GHOUSE

GINA WILLIAMS AND GUY GHOUSE

GINA WILLIAMS AND GUY GHOUSEMulti-award-winning duo Gina Williams & Guy Ghouse are stunning artists whose music is a celebration of life, community and a shared humanity. Together, Gina and Guy use their music and performances to highlight one of the most...

GRACE PETRIE (ENG)

GRACE PETRIE (ENG)

GRACE PETRIE (ENG)More than a decade after first emerging, protest singer, LGBTQ+ activist, comedian and folk star Grace Petrie stands out as one the most important songwriters working in the UK today.   Exploding onto the folk scene in 2010 with the low-fi acoustic...

Grigoryan Brothers

Grigoryan Brothers

Grigoryan Brothers Guitarists, Slava and Leonard Grigoryan are counted amongst the finest musicians of their generation having developed a reputation for enthralling audiences with the energy of their performances and the breadth of their repertoire – embracing genres...

INN ECHO (CAN)

INN ECHO (CAN)

INN ECHO (CAN)Inn Echo weave hundreds of years of traditional tunes with contemporary originals and arrangements that both soar and make you catch your breath simultaneously. With technical precision, their mastery of instruments is the talk in the national and...

JIM LAUDERDALE

JIM LAUDERDALE

JIM LAUDERDALE (USA) Jim Lauderdale is a 2-time Grammy winning music legend, an A-list Nashville songwriter whose songs have been hits for George Strait, Blake Shelton, The Chicks, Gary Allan and more. His eclectic catalogue of albums runs the gamut of roots styles,...

JOHN SMITH (ENG)

JOHN SMITH (ENG)

JOHN SMITH (ENG)With his honey-on-gravel voice and mesmerising fingerstyle guitar, John Smith has built a reputation as one of the UK’s finest guitarists and songwriters. Steeped in the lineage of British folk, taking his cue from Richard Thompson and John Martyn,...

Jon Boden (ENG)

Jon Boden (ENG)

JON BODEN (ENG) Jon Boden is best known as the lead singer of the progressive folk juggernaut Bellowhead who have sold more than a quarter of a million albums and sold-out hundreds of venues, including The Royal Albert Hall.  Alongside Bellowhead, Jon has continued...

Josh Pyke

Josh Pyke

JOSH PYKE Acclaimed multi-ARIA Award winning acoustic troubadour Josh Pyke is one of Australia’s most respected and successful musicians, with an extensive career that has taken him across the country and around the world. Josh is back to present his latest...

Judy Collins (USA)

Judy Collins (USA)

Judy Collins (usa) Judy Collins has inspired audiences with sublime vocals, boldly vulnerable songwriting, personal life triumphs, and a firm commitment to social activism. In the 1960s, she evoked both the idealism and steely determination of a generation united...

KIM CHURCHILL

KIM CHURCHILL

Kim Churchill A traveller as much as an artist, Kim Churchill has lived on the road for years, but it was no longer enough just to pass through; for Kim it was time to show that world in his songs.   ‘After The Sun’, is the first single from his new EP, recorded...

The Langan Band (SCO)

The Langan Band (SCO)

THE LANGAN BAND (SCO) Unhinged and musically extravagant, The Langan Band have become famous for performing an invigorating yet tight and precisely executed show. With a sense of abandonment for spontaneity and surprise, they always keep their audience on their toes....

Liz Stringer

Liz Stringer

Liz Stringer Liz Stringer is one of Australia’s most admired and versatile songwriters and instrumentalists. A venerated guitarist and vocalist, her notoriously powerful live performances and melodically rich, story-based songs have earned her a unique place among the...

LUCY LORENNE & THE EARLY BIRDS

LUCY LORENNE & THE EARLY BIRDS

LUCY LORENNE & THE EARLY BIRDSCreating musical magic since she was old enough to put words to music, Lucy Lorenne sweeps away audiences with her engaging storytelling and captivating stage presence. A stellar five-piece line up - The Early Birds -underpins Lucy’s...

MARY COUGHLAN (IRE)

MARY COUGHLAN (IRE)

MARY COUGHLAN (IRE)Mary Coughlan is one of Ireland’s greatest soulful jazz and blues singers, a true artist who has crafted a timeless and highly regarded versatile career with devoted fans worldwide.
Mary has lived through childhood trauma, alcoholism and drug...

MINOR GOLD (Tracy McNeil & Dan Parsons)

MINOR GOLD (Tracy McNeil & Dan Parsons)

MINOR GOLD (TRACEY MCNEIL & DAN PARSONS) Minor Gold is the brand-new musical collaboration from ARIA nominated artists Tracy McNeil & Dan Parsons. Having shared hundreds of stages together for the better part of a decade as respective songwriters and...

MY GIDDY AUNT

MY GIDDY AUNT

MY GIDDY AUNTA Curly-haired indie trio from Naarm (Melbourne, Australia), My Giddy Aunt initially gives off notes of dreamy indie rock/folk, but upon further consumption reveals itself to be a delicate baguette of flavoursome arrangements, tasty grooves, perfectly...

Niamh Regan (IRE)

Niamh Regan (IRE)

Niamh Regan (IRE) Niamh Regan is a critically acclaimed songwriter from county Galway. Released in the midst of the lockdown in 2020, her debut album Hemet announced her arrival as one of the most distinctive songwriters in Ireland today. Earning nominations for both...

NICK CHARLES

NICK CHARLES

NICK CHARLESWith dazzling melodic fingerpicking on six and twelve string guitars, and a lifetime of stories and songs gathered on the world’s musical highways, it’s no surprise that Nick Charles has long been labelled internationally as “Australia’s virtuoso of...

Norwood

Norwood

Norwood Norwood is the project of Melbourne based singer-songwriters Nathaniel Peacock and Olivia Bolmat, formed through a shared admiration for artists like Neil Young, Gillian Welch, and The Dead Tongues.    

OUT OF HAND

OUT OF HAND

OUT OF HANDSadie, Caleb, Josh, Caleb and Daniel play toe-tapping tunes, lilting Celtic melodies and stirring originals. Since coming together, they have been selected to play at the National Celtic Festival and the Newport Folk Festival among other gigs and concerts...

Rebecca Barnard and Peter Farnan perform the music of Joni Mitchell

Rebecca Barnard and Peter Farnan perform the music of Joni Mitchell

Rebecca Barnard and Peter Farnan Perform the Music of Joni MitchellBack by popular demand after her sell out show at The Jazz Lab in Nov 2021, Rebecca Barnard returns to perform the Songs of Joni Mitchell with the exceptional talents of Peter Farnan. Covering Joni...

RUBY MCKENNA

RUBY MCKENNA

RUBY MCKENNAArmed with a songbook full of stories and a baby blue electric, 17-year-old Ruby McKenna’s got loads to say. With a heady mix of funk, folk and rock, Ruby’s songs pulse, soar, and explore. Traversing the highs and lows of life, Ruby invites audiences to...

SALLY SELTMANN

SALLY SELTMANN

Sally Seltmann Sally Seltmann is an ARIA-nominated, APRA and Screen Music Award-winning Australian singer songwriter. Her intoxicating albums include ‘Hey Daydreamer’, ‘Heart That’s Pounding’, ‘Somewhere, anywhere’ and ‘The Last Beautiful Day’. Previously performing...

SCOTT COOK

SCOTT COOK

Scott Cook (CAN) (Festival of small halls) In 2007, Albertan songwriter Scott Cook quit his job teaching kindergarten in Taiwan and moved into a minivan. He’s made his living as a troubadour ever since, touring almost incessantly across Canada, the US, Europe, Asia,...

Skyscraper Stan

Skyscraper Stan

SKYSCRAPER STAN & THE COMMISSION FLATS The first-born child of a novelist and a documentary editor, “Skyscraper” Stan Woodhouse was raised with an innate appreciation for language. Originally classing himself as a country musician, Skyscraper Stans’ earlier...

SIOBHAN MILLER

SIOBHAN MILLER

SIOBHAN MILLER (SCO)A richly celebrated Scottish folk singer and songwriter, Siobhan Miller's soulful and stirring renewal of traditional song has won her the BBC Radio 2 Folk Award for Best Traditional Track, and the BBC Alba Scots Trad Music Awards' Scots Singer of...

THE SOUTHERN OCEAN SEA BAND

THE SOUTHERN OCEAN SEA BAND

THE SOUTHERN OCEAN SEA BAND Port Fairy's own Southern Ocean Sea Band have been taking audiences on journeys into local historical stories and legends for 5 years now. They were born directly from the late Danny Spooner’s annual Shanties at the Wharf sessions. Inspired...

Subhira Quintet

Subhira Quintet

SUBHIRA QUINTET (CHL)Music of the Chilean Subhira Quintet (led by the composer, musician, and environmental activist Rodrigo Cepeda, Subhira) combines musical ethnic roots of Chile and other countries with classical music, jazz and South American rich dancing...

STARTIJENN (FRA)

STARTIJENN (FRA)

STARTIJENN (FRA)Startijenn, the undisputed masters of the Breton dancefloor. Born in the heart of traditional music, armed with iconic Breton instruments and a powerful rhythm, Startijenn’s raw and edgy sound hits different. At once rooted and universal, the band...

STEVE POLTZ (USA)

STEVE POLTZ (USA)

STEVE POLTZ (USA)Steve Poltz was born in Halifax, Nova Scotia (Canada) but has lived most of his life in Southern California and those geographic poles are quite likely responsible for his unhinged genius. He is a dual citizen - Canada/USA - but has often said that,...

SWEET TALK

SWEET TALK

SWEET TALKSweet Talk, the 6-piece band from Melbourne originally bonded over a love of late nights, American music, classic song writing and improvised jams. Add to that a penchant for good times and a talent for terrible banter and you’ve got all the right...

Tim Easton (USA)

Tim Easton (USA)

TIM EASTON (USA)American songwriter Tim Easton was born on the Canadian border in upstate New York and spent his formative years living in Tokyo, Japan and Akron, Ohio. Traveling early and often, he learned the ways of the road and rails and spent seven years as a...

Vieux Farka Touré (MLI) 

Vieux Farka Touré (MLI) 

Vieux Farka Touré (MLI) Vieux Farka Touré is one of the world’s most respected guitarists and musicians. He will be returning from Mali to Australia with his live band to perform music from his extraordinary back catalogue and his critically acclaimed new album, Les...

THE WAIFS

THE WAIFS

THE WAIFSA trip that began in a van in 1992, playing gigs anywhere in Australia that would have them, has led The Waifs to multiple ARIA Awards, platinum albums and successful tours across the world. With a career spanning more than 25 years off the back of relentless...

While and Matthews (ENG)

While and Matthews (ENG)

WHILE AND MATTHEWS (ENG)In case Chris While and Julie Matthews have so far passed you by, they are the longest-lasting female duo in Britain and have played more than 2,500 gigs, appeared on over 100 albums, written hundreds of original songs and reached millions of...

WILLIAM CRIGHTON

WILLIAM CRIGHTON

WILLIAM CRIGHTONWilliam Crighton grew up in small towns around the Riverina, NSW (Wiradjuri). A fusion of traditional music and unexpected experimentation, William’s songs explore vivid stories across colourful themes and musical expressions. From tales of murder and...

ZOE BORTHWICK

ZOE BORTHWICK

ZOE BORTHWICKZoe is a 15 year old singer-songwriter from South West Victoria and has been performing for 3 years, and recently foraying into writing her own songs - one of which she had the opportunity to record as part of the FReeZa Pop-up Recording sessions. She...

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19-TWENTY

19-TWENTY

19-TWENTY19-Twenty have been whipping up a frenzy on the festival scene. They are electric. An infectious riff and groove-based blue-billy-grass-rockin'-roots band. The 19-Twenty lads have been performing their high-energy sonic-party nationally, headlining sell-out...

Ajak Kwai

Ajak Kwai

AJAK KWAIAjak Kwai is a name well known to the airwaves, stage, and broader Australian music community for her powerful performances and strong messages that call for inclusion and celebration of the diversity found throughout Australian society. Originally hailing...

ANDREI O’CONNOR

ANDREI O’CONNOR

ANDREI O'CONNORNow 18 years of age, Andrei’s lyrics are inspired by her experiences living on the beaches of The Phillipines, in the grit of the Queensland outback and the punishing Shipwreck Coast. Her angelic voice blend with guitar and keys to offer the music lover...

Andrew Gurruwiwi Band

Andrew Gurruwiwi Band

Andrew Gurruwiwi BandAndrew Gurruwiwi Band are a high-energy 7-piece funk and reggae band who have honed their chops on the beach at Birrtjimi and in the dirt of Yirrkala. Their ‘Yolngu Funk’ sound is truly fresh - a style only hinted at previously on the rare pair of...

ANGELA KENNA

ANGELA KENNA

ANGELA KENNAAngela is a vibrant singer/songwriter from rural South West Victoria. From a young age, Angela loved music and performing. Angela’s passions include playing the piano, teaching singing and writing her own original songs. Angela’s music highlights include...

Anna Smyrk

Anna Smyrk

Anna Smyrk With a voice described as ‘truly astonishing’ by Rolling Stone, Anna Smyrk is a powerful singer and song-maker from Australia. Her songs are anthemic indie-rock bombshells, equally satisfying for word nerds and pop obsessives alike.   Prior to her 2021...

ATOMIC ENTOURAGE

ATOMIC ENTOURAGE

ATOMIC ENTOURAGEAtomic Entourage are a young, energetic 3 piece rock/pop band consisting of Tom (Lead Vocals, Rhythm Guitar), Seb (Electric Guitar, Bass) and Hamish (Drums, Keyboard). Originating in Ballarat, the band released their debut album 'Seasons' in early 2022...

Arlo McKinley (USA)

Arlo McKinley (USA)

ARLO MCKINLEYJoin us in welcoming Arlo McKinley to Australia for the first time. Hailing from Cinncinatti, Americana singer songwriter McKinley, is one of those unique artists whose songs and performance is unflinchingly honest, intense, and colourful. Songs that come...

Austral

Austral

AUSTRAL Winners of the Traditional Folk Album of the Year at the 2022 Australian Folk Music Awards and nominated for a Music Victoria Award, Austral are a fully-charged, four-piece Australian tunes band combining didgeridoo, Irish pipes, high energy fiddling,...

Baby Velvet

Baby Velvet

Baby Velvet Like scorpions who distinguish between light and dark to navigate by moonlight, Baby Velvet negotiates the low light of self-doubt with an innate sense of purpose. Scorpions populate her dreamscape, wilting roses portents of heartbreak, warnings, and...

The Badloves

The Badloves

THE BADLOVESOne of Australia’s most cherished bands, The Badloves, are getting ready to hit the road for their vinyl release tour. The local lads will be performing at venues across the country and at one of Melbourne’s much loved live music institutions.   The...

BEN WATERS

BEN WATERS

BEN WATERS (ENG)Ben Waters, the piano king of boogie woogie, brings his own unique brand of barnstorming rock and blues to the stage. He has played alongside superstars such as The Rolling Stones, Chuck Berry, Jerry Lee Lewis, Ray Davies, Jeff Beck, Jools Holland, PJ...

BILLY BRAGG (ENG)

BILLY BRAGG (ENG)

BILLY BRAGG (ENG)Orator, entertainer, rabble-rouser, negotiator, pamphleteer, the fabled ‘big-nosed bard from Barking’, Billy Bragg is making his triumphant return to Australia. Following the recent release of his 10th studio album, "The Million Things That Never...

THE BURNING HELL (CAN)

THE BURNING HELL (CAN)

THE BURNING HELL (CAN)The Burning Hell is the ongoing musical project of songwriter Mathias Kom and Ariel Sharratt, based in Prince Edward Island, Canada, and joined for their Australian tour in 2023 by Maria Peddle from Newfoundland. The Burning Hell are DIY in the...

Blue Moon Marquee (CAN)

Blue Moon Marquee (CAN)

Blue Moon MArquee (CAN) Blue Moon Marquee writes and performs original compositions influenced by anything that swings, jumps or grooves.  A.W. Cardinal (vocals/guitar) and Jasmine Colette a.k.a. Badlands Jass (vocals/bass/drums) are Blue Moon Marquee and have...

BLUES ROULETTE

BLUES ROULETTE

BLUES ROULETTE With humble beginnings at Melbourne venue ‘The Catfish’, Blues Roulette and the nature of their ‘one night only’ performances have grown in popularity, resulting in appearances at festivals and venues across the country, special themed events, national...

BUD ROKESKY

BUD ROKESKY

Bud RokeskyAs with the best storytellers, Bud Rokesky’s songs can be interpreted in many ways. Rokesky seeks to explore how people have different takes on the same situation. It’s a perspective gained from a lifetime of observing others. “Being an outsider meant I had...

Claymore

Claymore

ClaymoreClaymore are recognised as Australia’s premier Celtic band having headlined in Australia’s largest folk events and toured internationally on many occasions, they have visited the USA, UK and Europe.   A passionate band of multi-instrumentalists who not...

Colin Lillie

Colin Lillie

Colin LillieColin Lillie is certainly one of a kind. You don’t have to delve very deep into Colin’s lyrics to know his songs are driven by all of the shades of colourful life experience.  This gypsy Scotsman who found a new life in Alice Springs in Central Australia's...

Dani Larkin (IRE)

Dani Larkin (IRE)

DANI LARKIN (IRE)Beguiling, intense, driven folk songs expertly accompanied by guitar and banjo, Dani Larkin's songs voyage through stories drawn from mythology and folklore, ruminations on love and relationships, and experiences of wildness, loss, love and mystery,...

EARLY JAMES (USA)

EARLY JAMES (USA)

EARLY JAMES (USA)Alabama's native son, Early James, released his sophomore album, Strange Time To Be Alive, in August 2022. The lyrical wordsmith conjures the ghosts of great southern gothic writers from Eudora Welty to William Faulkner, while channelling the haunted...

Eastbound Buzz

Eastbound Buzz

Eastbound Buzz Renowned for their “reliably rousing working-class indie rock” (Dave Ruby Howe) and their electric, commanding live performances, Eastbound Buzz are a Melbourne-via-Wagga five-piece that have developed a reputation as a band to watch. Since 2020, the...

EILEN JEWELL (USA)

EILEN JEWELL (USA)

Eilen Jewell (USA)Eilen Jewell leads a tight quartet that blends influences of early blues, classic country, folk, and 1960s era rock ’n’ roll. For close on two decades Jewell has toured relentlessly for legions of fans from Boston to Boise and Madrid to Melbourne,...

Eric Bibb (USA)

Eric Bibb (USA)

ERIC BIBB (Usa)Eric is an artist who preserves the best traditions of pre-war blues, even while he expands his own oeuvre. Marketing tags him as a bluesman, but troubadour is the word that best describes him. He slides neatly between genres as he builds bridges with...

ETTA LANE

ETTA LANE

ETTA LANE Homegrown in the Grampians, life-long songwriter, Etta Lane shares snippets of personal narratives in contemporary yet vintage-flecked nostalgic folk. Etta Lane’s performances come from humble beginnings - initially singing self-composed songs to an array of...

EVIE MAE

EVIE MAE

EVIE MAEAt seventeen years of age, Evie Mae is a singer-songwriter living right here in the South West. Performing original material straight from the heart, she writes with knowledge ‘wise beyond her years.’ Heavily influenced by the likes of Meg Mac, Missy Higgins...

FIONA BOYES

FIONA BOYES

FIONA BOYES Fiona Boyes is an internationally recognised blues guitarist, vocalist, bandleader and songwriter.   Fiona’s recent award-winning albums feature finger-picking guitar, hand-made cigarbox instruments and a rare National baritone with grooves that range from...

FOLK BITCH TRIO

FOLK BITCH TRIO

FOLK BITCH TRIO (Festival of small halls)Melbourne/Naarm based Folk Bitch Trio (FBT) marries confessional songwriting and gentle instrumentation to craft a sound which will bring you both joy and heartache. Folk Bitch Trio blends the voices of Heide Peverelle, Jeanie...

GALLIE

GALLIE

GALLIE Highly acclaimed Irish singer songwriter, Gallie, was nominated as a finalist for the International Song of the Year competition by Tom Waits.     Born in Dublin city, Ireland, in the seventies, Gallie busked all over Ireland, navigating ‘the streets’,...

GEORGIA MOONEY

GEORGIA MOONEY

GEORGIA MOONEY As one quarter of beloved ARIA Award-winning indie-folk band, All Our Exes Live in Texas, Georgia Mooney has received abundant critical acclaim and picked up a slew of musical trophies. Since forming in 2015, All Our Exes fast became festival favourites...

GEORGIA STATE LINE

GEORGIA STATE LINE

GEORGIA STATE LINEARIA-nominated act Georgia State Line is the moniker of Melbourne based songwriter Georgia Delves, alongside her band of some of the country's best - Tom Brooks, Laura Baxter and Patrick Wilson.    Their unique brand of country-infused melancholy...

GINA WILLIAMS AND GUY GHOUSE

GINA WILLIAMS AND GUY GHOUSE

GINA WILLIAMS AND GUY GHOUSEMulti-award-winning duo Gina Williams & Guy Ghouse are stunning artists whose music is a celebration of life, community and a shared humanity. Together, Gina and Guy use their music and performances to highlight one of the most...

GRACE PETRIE (ENG)

GRACE PETRIE (ENG)

GRACE PETRIE (ENG)More than a decade after first emerging, protest singer, LGBTQ+ activist, comedian and folk star Grace Petrie stands out as one the most important songwriters working in the UK today.   Exploding onto the folk scene in 2010 with the low-fi acoustic...

Grigoryan Brothers

Grigoryan Brothers

Grigoryan Brothers Guitarists, Slava and Leonard Grigoryan are counted amongst the finest musicians of their generation having developed a reputation for enthralling audiences with the energy of their performances and the breadth of their repertoire – embracing genres...

INN ECHO (CAN)

INN ECHO (CAN)

INN ECHO (CAN)Inn Echo weave hundreds of years of traditional tunes with contemporary originals and arrangements that both soar and make you catch your breath simultaneously. With technical precision, their mastery of instruments is the talk in the national and...

JIM LAUDERDALE

JIM LAUDERDALE

JIM LAUDERDALE (USA) Jim Lauderdale is a 2-time Grammy winning music legend, an A-list Nashville songwriter whose songs have been hits for George Strait, Blake Shelton, The Chicks, Gary Allan and more. His eclectic catalogue of albums runs the gamut of roots styles,...

JOHN SMITH (ENG)

JOHN SMITH (ENG)

JOHN SMITH (ENG)With his honey-on-gravel voice and mesmerising fingerstyle guitar, John Smith has built a reputation as one of the UK’s finest guitarists and songwriters. Steeped in the lineage of British folk, taking his cue from Richard Thompson and John Martyn,...

Jon Boden (ENG)

Jon Boden (ENG)

JON BODEN (ENG) Jon Boden is best known as the lead singer of the progressive folk juggernaut Bellowhead who have sold more than a quarter of a million albums and sold-out hundreds of venues, including The Royal Albert Hall.  Alongside Bellowhead, Jon has continued...

Josh Pyke

Josh Pyke

JOSH PYKE Acclaimed multi-ARIA Award winning acoustic troubadour Josh Pyke is one of Australia’s most respected and successful musicians, with an extensive career that has taken him across the country and around the world. Josh is back to present his latest...

Judy Collins (USA)

Judy Collins (USA)

Judy Collins (usa) Judy Collins has inspired audiences with sublime vocals, boldly vulnerable songwriting, personal life triumphs, and a firm commitment to social activism. In the 1960s, she evoked both the idealism and steely determination of a generation united...

KIM CHURCHILL

KIM CHURCHILL

Kim Churchill A traveller as much as an artist, Kim Churchill has lived on the road for years, but it was no longer enough just to pass through; for Kim it was time to show that world in his songs.   ‘After The Sun’, is the first single from his new EP, recorded...

The Langan Band (SCO)

The Langan Band (SCO)

THE LANGAN BAND (SCO) Unhinged and musically extravagant, The Langan Band have become famous for performing an invigorating yet tight and precisely executed show. With a sense of abandonment for spontaneity and surprise, they always keep their audience on their toes....

Liz Stringer

Liz Stringer

Liz Stringer Liz Stringer is one of Australia’s most admired and versatile songwriters and instrumentalists. A venerated guitarist and vocalist, her notoriously powerful live performances and melodically rich, story-based songs have earned her a unique place among the...

LUCY LORENNE & THE EARLY BIRDS

LUCY LORENNE & THE EARLY BIRDS

LUCY LORENNE & THE EARLY BIRDSCreating musical magic since she was old enough to put words to music, Lucy Lorenne sweeps away audiences with her engaging storytelling and captivating stage presence. A stellar five-piece line up - The Early Birds -underpins Lucy’s...

MARY COUGHLAN (IRE)

MARY COUGHLAN (IRE)

MARY COUGHLAN (IRE)Mary Coughlan is one of Ireland’s greatest soulful jazz and blues singers, a true artist who has crafted a timeless and highly regarded versatile career with devoted fans worldwide.
Mary has lived through childhood trauma, alcoholism and drug...

MINOR GOLD (Tracy McNeil & Dan Parsons)

MINOR GOLD (Tracy McNeil & Dan Parsons)

MINOR GOLD (TRACEY MCNEIL & DAN PARSONS) Minor Gold is the brand-new musical collaboration from ARIA nominated artists Tracy McNeil & Dan Parsons. Having shared hundreds of stages together for the better part of a decade as respective songwriters and...

MY GIDDY AUNT

MY GIDDY AUNT

MY GIDDY AUNTA Curly-haired indie trio from Naarm (Melbourne, Australia), My Giddy Aunt initially gives off notes of dreamy indie rock/folk, but upon further consumption reveals itself to be a delicate baguette of flavoursome arrangements, tasty grooves, perfectly...

Niamh Regan (IRE)

Niamh Regan (IRE)

Niamh Regan (IRE) Niamh Regan is a critically acclaimed songwriter from county Galway. Released in the midst of the lockdown in 2020, her debut album Hemet announced her arrival as one of the most distinctive songwriters in Ireland today. Earning nominations for both...

NICK CHARLES

NICK CHARLES

NICK CHARLESWith dazzling melodic fingerpicking on six and twelve string guitars, and a lifetime of stories and songs gathered on the world’s musical highways, it’s no surprise that Nick Charles has long been labelled internationally as “Australia’s virtuoso of...

Norwood

Norwood

Norwood Norwood is the project of Melbourne based singer-songwriters Nathaniel Peacock and Olivia Bolmat, formed through a shared admiration for artists like Neil Young, Gillian Welch, and The Dead Tongues.    

OUT OF HAND

OUT OF HAND

OUT OF HANDSadie, Caleb, Josh, Caleb and Daniel play toe-tapping tunes, lilting Celtic melodies and stirring originals. Since coming together, they have been selected to play at the National Celtic Festival and the Newport Folk Festival among other gigs and concerts...

Rebecca Barnard and Peter Farnan perform the music of Joni Mitchell

Rebecca Barnard and Peter Farnan perform the music of Joni Mitchell

Rebecca Barnard and Peter Farnan Perform the Music of Joni MitchellBack by popular demand after her sell out show at The Jazz Lab in Nov 2021, Rebecca Barnard returns to perform the Songs of Joni Mitchell with the exceptional talents of Peter Farnan. Covering Joni...

RUBY MCKENNA

RUBY MCKENNA

RUBY MCKENNAArmed with a songbook full of stories and a baby blue electric, 17-year-old Ruby McKenna’s got loads to say. With a heady mix of funk, folk and rock, Ruby’s songs pulse, soar, and explore. Traversing the highs and lows of life, Ruby invites audiences to...

SALLY SELTMANN

SALLY SELTMANN

Sally Seltmann Sally Seltmann is an ARIA-nominated, APRA and Screen Music Award-winning Australian singer songwriter. Her intoxicating albums include ‘Hey Daydreamer’, ‘Heart That’s Pounding’, ‘Somewhere, anywhere’ and ‘The Last Beautiful Day’. Previously performing...

SCOTT COOK

SCOTT COOK

Scott Cook (CAN) (Festival of small halls) In 2007, Albertan songwriter Scott Cook quit his job teaching kindergarten in Taiwan and moved into a minivan. He’s made his living as a troubadour ever since, touring almost incessantly across Canada, the US, Europe, Asia,...

Skyscraper Stan

Skyscraper Stan

SKYSCRAPER STAN & THE COMMISSION FLATS The first-born child of a novelist and a documentary editor, “Skyscraper” Stan Woodhouse was raised with an innate appreciation for language. Originally classing himself as a country musician, Skyscraper Stans’ earlier...

SIOBHAN MILLER

SIOBHAN MILLER

SIOBHAN MILLER (SCO)A richly celebrated Scottish folk singer and songwriter, Siobhan Miller's soulful and stirring renewal of traditional song has won her the BBC Radio 2 Folk Award for Best Traditional Track, and the BBC Alba Scots Trad Music Awards' Scots Singer of...

THE SOUTHERN OCEAN SEA BAND

THE SOUTHERN OCEAN SEA BAND

THE SOUTHERN OCEAN SEA BAND Port Fairy's own Southern Ocean Sea Band have been taking audiences on journeys into local historical stories and legends for 5 years now. They were born directly from the late Danny Spooner’s annual Shanties at the Wharf sessions. Inspired...

Subhira Quintet

Subhira Quintet

SUBHIRA QUINTET (CHL)Music of the Chilean Subhira Quintet (led by the composer, musician, and environmental activist Rodrigo Cepeda, Subhira) combines musical ethnic roots of Chile and other countries with classical music, jazz and South American rich dancing...

STARTIJENN (FRA)

STARTIJENN (FRA)

STARTIJENN (FRA)Startijenn, the undisputed masters of the Breton dancefloor. Born in the heart of traditional music, armed with iconic Breton instruments and a powerful rhythm, Startijenn’s raw and edgy sound hits different. At once rooted and universal, the band...

STEVE POLTZ (USA)

STEVE POLTZ (USA)

STEVE POLTZ (USA)Steve Poltz was born in Halifax, Nova Scotia (Canada) but has lived most of his life in Southern California and those geographic poles are quite likely responsible for his unhinged genius. He is a dual citizen - Canada/USA - but has often said that,...

SWEET TALK

SWEET TALK

SWEET TALKSweet Talk, the 6-piece band from Melbourne originally bonded over a love of late nights, American music, classic song writing and improvised jams. Add to that a penchant for good times and a talent for terrible banter and you’ve got all the right...

Tim Easton (USA)

Tim Easton (USA)

TIM EASTON (USA)American songwriter Tim Easton was born on the Canadian border in upstate New York and spent his formative years living in Tokyo, Japan and Akron, Ohio. Traveling early and often, he learned the ways of the road and rails and spent seven years as a...

Vieux Farka Touré (MLI) 

Vieux Farka Touré (MLI) 

Vieux Farka Touré (MLI) Vieux Farka Touré is one of the world’s most respected guitarists and musicians. He will be returning from Mali to Australia with his live band to perform music from his extraordinary back catalogue and his critically acclaimed new album, Les...

THE WAIFS

THE WAIFS

THE WAIFSA trip that began in a van in 1992, playing gigs anywhere in Australia that would have them, has led The Waifs to multiple ARIA Awards, platinum albums and successful tours across the world. With a career spanning more than 25 years off the back of relentless...

While and Matthews (ENG)

While and Matthews (ENG)

WHILE AND MATTHEWS (ENG)In case Chris While and Julie Matthews have so far passed you by, they are the longest-lasting female duo in Britain and have played more than 2,500 gigs, appeared on over 100 albums, written hundreds of original songs and reached millions of...

WILLIAM CRIGHTON

WILLIAM CRIGHTON

WILLIAM CRIGHTONWilliam Crighton grew up in small towns around the Riverina, NSW (Wiradjuri). A fusion of traditional music and unexpected experimentation, William’s songs explore vivid stories across colourful themes and musical expressions. From tales of murder and...

ZOE BORTHWICK

ZOE BORTHWICK

ZOE BORTHWICKZoe is a 15 year old singer-songwriter from South West Victoria and has been performing for 3 years, and recently foraying into writing her own songs - one of which she had the opportunity to record as part of the FReeZa Pop-up Recording sessions. She...