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The official program of the 2015 Port Fairy Folk Festival held on March 69

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  • OFFICIAL PROGRAM

  • CONTENTS

    PORT FAIRY FOLK FESTIVAL COMMITTEE

    PO Box 176, Port Fairy 3284 t: 03 5568 2227 f: 03 5568 1819 e: pfff@hotkey.net.au

    PROGRAM OFFICE - PROGRAMMING, MEDIA & PROGRAM GUIDE

    Port Fairy Folk Festival PO Box 1252, Geelong 3220 t: 03 5225 1232 f: 03 5225 1211 e: pfff@portfairyfolkfestival.com

    www.portfairyfolkfestival.com

    PROGRAM BOOK CREDITS

    Editor: Sytske Hillenius

    Content editors: Jamie McKew, Sandy Brady & Andi Lawson-Moore

    Design: Design Bones, Nick Humphries

    Cover: Studio Ink, Dale Harris and Leah Hartley

    Photography: Peter van der Veer, Ferne Millen, Melissa Smith, James Pevitt, Perry Cho & Trevor Hovenden.

    PRINCIPAL SPONSORS

    PRINCIPAL MEDIA PARTNER

    COMMUNITY MEDIA PARTNER

    WELCOMES 24

    Directors Welcome 2

    Presidents Welcome 3

    Festival Ambassadors Welcome 4

    THE PORT FAIRY EXPERIENCE 67

    FEATURES 819

    Special Features 8

    Theme Concerts 9

    Port Fairy Traditions 11

    Words at Port Fairy 1213

    APRA AMCOS 14

    Launches 15

    Awards 1617

    Artist of the Year 1819

    ARTISTS 2036

    PROGRAM 3748

    Map 37

    Venues 3839

    Program Grid 3845

    Genre List 4445

    Quick Guide 4647

    App, Radio, Merch + Music Shop 48

    WORKSHOPS 5052

    FRINGE 5563

    Fringe Music 5657

    Folk Circus & Street Invaders 5861

    Craft for Kids 6263

    INSTRUMENT MAKERS 6467

    ARTICLES 7078

    THANK YOU 79

    FESTIVAL HELP & EMERGENCIES 80

    Festival Program Download

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  • DIRECTORS WELCOME

    We have cooked up a huge pot of energising and inspiring music, words, and stories as a feast of soul food. This brew must hit the spot, to attract so many thousands annually to our great gathering the Woodstock of the West. Our festival is testimony to the magical power of live music performance. It is though, an ephemeral gathering, magically appearing and dissolving away like clouds on the breeze; like a huge swarm of bees in a garden, gathering the pollen for the secret life of plants. We are reminded that we would take bees and music for granted, only at our peril.

    We applaud you for supporting the cultural experience that The Port Fairy Project presents; for finding the true value of this music and the honeyed essence of community. As a social project, The Gross Happiness Index swings into the red-hot zone; the cultural capital heads skywards, while the world economic models tumble in the tides. Pete Seegers peace song comes to mind and the words - When will they ever learn?.

    We have hosted an ever-growing list of international artist luminaries since our 1977 beginnings. This year we welcome Buffy Sainte-Marie, Sinad OConnor, Richard Thompson, and Charlie Musselwhite. Along with all our artists, we are inspired by their creative works and honour their enrichment of our lives.

    Sinad, OConnor joins the welcome stream of wonderful musicians to visit us from Ireland. We are ever-ready to celebrate the deep roots of Irish and Celtic culture in this region the Green Rainbow at the end of a Great Ocean Road. We also feature the amazing players of the Heartstring Quartet, Sharon Shannon Band, and the incredible fiddler, Martin Hayes with The Gloaming a truly groundbreaking ensemble.

    Charlie Musselwhite is rightly regarded as one of the great exponents of the blues harmonica. Richard Thompson returns, for the first time Downunder with his wonderful band. The incredible Buffy Sainte-Marie brings a breathtaking legacy of songs and a lifetime of activism for her first nation people and world peace. Buffy and Sinad are cultural activists armed with words and music.

    These truly inspirational acts are noted among our 118 acts and we applaud them all for weaving the magic and the muse with us over these days. Together they will perform at over 472 events, 317 concerts, 38 workshops and 20 venues over 4 days but whos counting? Have a great time and we wish you a wonderful festival.

    Jamie McKew Festival Director 39th Port Fairy Folk Music Festival 2015

    With big thanks also to The Committee; Sandy Brady and colleagues in Program Admin; artist tour agents; sponsors; media crew, graphics & production crews; the hundreds of volunteers and to all others who help convert a massive jigsaw puzzle into a festival for 15,000 people a day. Thank you Derek Guille, the Festival Ambassador. Very special thanks always to my wife Liz and the family. We lost a great friend of the festival in Dennis O'Keeffewe dedicate this year's festival to him.

    I hear a lotta buzzing, sound like my little honey bee I hear a lotta buzzing, sound like my little honey bee She been all around the world making honey But now she is coming back home to me

    Honey Bee by Muddy Waters

    Hes five feet two and hes six feet four He fights with missiles and with spears Hes all of thirty-one and hes only seventeen Hes been a soldier for a thousand years

    Universal Soldier by Buffy Sainte-Marie

    Where have all the soldiers gone? Long time passing. Where have all the soldiers gone? Long time ago. Where have all the soldiers gone? Theyve gone to graveyards, every one. Oh, when will they ever learn? Oh, when will they ever learn?

    Where Have All the Flowers Gone by Pete Seeger(nb: topically, some of the words came from a Ukrainian Folk Song!)

    We are stardust, Billion year old carbon We are golden, Caught in the devils bargain And weve got to get ourselves, back to the garden

    Woodstock - by Joni Mitchell

    Welcome back to our garden of music, stages and beaches at this

    39th Port Fairy Folk Music Festival.

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  • PRESIDENTS WELCOME

    In 1991, the Port Fairy Folk Festival Committee commenced a long journey to continue the success of our folk festival. Twenty-four years later, we are still at the forefront of folk festivals within Australia and a must attend event on the musical calendar. We are here to enjoy the 39th festival this year and looking forward to the 40th festival extravaganza in 2016.

    As part of our journey, the Committee has been fortunate to have many great members. This year, the Australia Day awards presented an OAM to Margaret Whitehead for her services to the community of Port Fairy. Margaret has been a long time committee member and has been in charge of recruiting many of the volunteers that assist our event over the weekend. Her decades of service to the festival and many other voluntary organisations in the district made her a standout choice for the award. Our former treasurer, Graeme Kershaw, received the Port Fairy Belfast Lions Club James ONeill Memorial Award for community service. Graeme was treasurer from 1994 to 2012 and also chairperson of our Grants Committee, which contributes many dollars to clubs, charities and special projects throughout Port Fairy and district. Both of these people have given 1000s of hours to many organisations and our thanks and congratulations go out to them.

    Our committee has also changed with the departure of Ian Wood from the role of Ticketing Portfolio and Executive Team member. Ians contribution will always be remembered as it was his research and enthusiasm that brought the festival on-line ticketing through Trybooking. His marketing and media input, together with special projects, ie the Reardon Theatre refurbishment, will leave a lasting memory. Thank you Ian for your

    contribution and support. Ian will not be lost to the festival family as he has offered to help in future years and play a role with special projects.

    There are various changes that we have made this 39th year to allow a smooth approach to the 40th.

    We have purchased more chairs that will be used to increase the seating in Stages 1, 2, 3 and the Lighthouse.

    Last year, we experimented with Stage 6 (now known as Stage 5) as a seated venue, and the response back to us has been positive.

    The Lighthouse has become a music-only venue, with the food moved into the food court and the liquor licence moved to the back of Stage 2 which will also comprise a small outdoor licenced area. You will be able to purchase drink tickets for beer and wine in the Stage 2 Bar and the Shebeen Bar, which can be used in both venues. The Stage 2 Bar will have restricted opening hours.

    INSTRUMENTworX has been moved closer to the Cricket Club rooms (FOLKworX venue) and some food and craft stalls have been shifted to give a better flow and feeling to The Arena.

    The Folk Mass will be held at St Johns Church this year due to renovations at St Patricks. Check the program for the other masses being held.

    The Childrens Area at Stage 6 is called The Family Folk Circus this year.Down the street, there is also the new Fiddlers Green Stage that has been built by a volunteer brigade under the tutelage of Jack Smits. The stage has been a huge success for Port Fairys other festivals and our thanks to all the helpers in the construction and planning of the Stage. The idea was a joint concept with Moyne Shire Council and Moyneyana Festival committee.

    These changes are experiments to make the festival more accessible. However, we will appreciate your constructive comments.

    So what is happening this year at the festival? The music program is amazing Jamie and the programing crew have put together a package that you would normally dream about. The artists will want to attend the other performances!! All ages have been catered for, so I do not expect to hear of anyone being disappointed.

    Staying connected at this years Port Fairy Folk Festival will be easier, with Telstra is offering visitors to the festival with free Wi-Fi and improved mobile coverage. Six Wi-FI hotspots will be installed across the venue, offering free Wi-Fi to any Wi-Fi enabled device and for Telstra customers, a Cell on Wheels will be in place to make call and texting a breeze.

    Once again, our contributions to the many volunteer organisations within the Port Fairy district have been outstanding. Of particular mention is the donation of $100,000 to assist the Marine Rescue crew to purchase a new vessel to assist in the many ocean rescues that are constant along our coast. Over the years we have made major contributions to our local SES, CFA and Surf Club for essential vehicles and equipment. In one sense, we hope that the emergency equipment is never utilised. However, many people fail to adhere to the many safety requirements both at sea and on our roads. So when you leave Port Fairy after yet another great weekend, please think of others on the roads. We have lost members of the festival family over the last 12 months through illness and accident and they will be in our thoughts during the weekend.

    On a brighter note, we are planning events for the 40th festival and this Program Book has an article on how you can assist. We have a small, dedicated sub-committee to oversee the activities and we welcome novel ideas. Any suggestions are welcome.

    On an even brighter note, Brenda and I married after last years festival so if you see her dancing and celebrating too much, please remind her that she is now the Presidents wife.

    To the committee, Jamie, all our hard working staff (please read their names in the program) and all our contractors, volunteers, photographers and supporters, we do run a great festival so be proud of what we do for Port Fairy. As Margaret said, Port Fairy was a standout example of a town that helped itself.

    Welcome and enjoy the weekend.

    Bruce Leishman Festival President

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  • GREETINGS FROM THE FESTIVAL AMBASSADOR

    Welcome or welcome back to the Port Fairy Folk Music Festival. The 39th! My how time flies. Once again Jamie McKew, the Festival Director has done a mighty job putting together a program of fantastic Australian and International acts playing folk musics of all sorts. I use the plural because it is one of the best ways to answer that age-old question; What is folk music?

    My answer is usually along the lines of; Music made by and for folks. (A bit flippant, I know, but ambassadors are very busy people.) More accurately, I think folk music actually includes concepts like cultural relevance and accessibility, traditional formatting and emotional connectivity. All of those notions have geographic, demographic and racial variations, but while Australian folk music is nothing like, say, Sudanese folk music, Australians can still recognise it is folk. If you get to see Ajak Kwai this weekend you will see what I mean.

    Each year the township of Port Fairy welcomes the thousands of Folk Music fans and performers who make the journey to experience our Festival. A very large number of the townsfolk participate as volunteers, ensuring we visitors have a great time, and they deserve our gratitude.

    A quick quiz question, and no asking Dr Google: If you were 6 when Buffy Sainte-Marie first appeared on Sesame Street, how old are you now? 45!

    This is the first chance I have had to see her in concert and Ive been a fan for more than 45 years.

    Enjoy number 39 and maybe Ill bump into you at the Big Sunday Singout.

    Derek Guille - Ambassador

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  • THE PORT FAIRY EXPERIENCE

    VENUES + CONCERTSThe festival embraces the village from the beaches to the river and streets, churches and halls with music and events throughout the community as a unique experience.

    FESTIVAL ARENA OPENING + CLOSING TIMES

    FRI 5.00pm 1.00am SAT & SUN 8.30am 1.00am MON 8.30am 2.00pm

    ESSENTIAL AUDIENCE GUIDE

    In order for all audience members to enjoy the concerts, please remember the following:

    Turnoffmobilephonesorswitchthem to silent

    Listen inside please talk outside

    Make space please do The Shuffle

    Do not obstruct views

    Do not reserve spaces. Unattended chairs/rugs may be removed

    Keep aisles clear

    Be a good neighbour

    VENUE ADMISSION

    Patience is a virtue at festivals. Seating at venues in the Arena is limited. Some popular shows can reach capacity and we will put up House Full signs. If you are unable to see a show of first choice, the upside may well be new discoveries at the next stage and a great tale to share later on.

    VENUE SEATING + CHAIR GUIDE

    Most stages have grassed surfaces and patrons usually bring low chairs and rugs to sit on at the front sections of the venues. All festivals seem to have issues concerning seating and no one solution works for all situations. If we all do our best, things should work out. It helps to be considerate and make friends.

    It can take a while to settle into the festival groove so it will help a lot to check through these festival essentials to make the most of the weekend. A festival is always a busy time, full of discovery, inspiration, energy, fun and music. Its also a time to share with friends and the festival community. We hope you have an exciting and memorable festival.

    Our venues will be colour marked to designate seating arrangements:

    WHITE SECTION

    The front of venues will be marked white for ground seating and low-height chairs only. The chairs in this area must have maximum measurements of 20cm seat height and 65cm back height.

    RED SECTION

    The area marked red will be for higher chairs. NB: no higher chairs in Stage 3. This area will always be located towards the rear of the venue. No chairs or seating is permitted in the aisles or along the sides of the venue.

    We ask everyone to cooperate and support this seating arrangement, and to consider the comfort and enjoyment of your fellow festival attendees.

    SEATING ARRANGEMENTS FOR STAGES 1 - 6

    Stages 1, 2, & 4 have no fixed seats. Follow the chair code as shown and marked on the venues grassed surface.

    Stage 3 has approximately half fixed seats. No high festival chairs permitted. (Store at the Wall of Chairs).

    Stage 5 low chairs permitted. BYO chairs required for this venue.

    Stage 6 is a fully fixed seated venue

    AISLES

    The aisles are only for moving in and out of venues, so please do not block them off. Please restrict movements to and from seats to the breaks in the concerts. Do not move in and out of the venue during the performance of an item.

    GREAT WALL OF CHAIRS

    A designated lock up point for festival chairs, located near the Campbell St entrance. BYO lock.

    THE PORT FAIRY SHUFFLE

    This is a take five moment when the concert announcer may ask the audience to stand up, stretch the limbs and shuffle to close gaps and create more room during popular concerts. We appreciate your generosity and cheerful cooperation in this very helpful and healthy activity. You will live longer!

    SPACES

    Reserving spaces for extended periods before and between concerts is not permitted. Please take your belongings with you when leaving the venue for longer than a short break. Unattended rugs and chairs may be removed to Lost Property by venue staff.

    DANCING

    Dancing is encouraged only when venue space permits, and only where it does not obstruct the view of seated patrons. Dancers, please be considerate of the seated audience and dance at the sides.

    NO BACKSTAGE ACCESS

    Backstage is only accessible to artists and festival staff on duty.

    VENUE ANNOUNCEMENTS

    At the beginning of performances, particularly in Stages 1 and 3, MCs will explain the seating and chair requirements with a video presentation on the large screens, and seek everyones cooperation.

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  • FESTIVAL ATMOSPHEREHere at the Port Fairy Folk Festival, youll be surrounded by colourful sights, delicious smells, and a great sense of fun! Here are some of the features that help to create this magical experience.

    FESTIVAL ART AND CRAFT FAIR

    The highly-popular and wonderfully colourful craft stalls gather in Port Fairy from around the country and are spread around the Festival at Sackville Street, Bank Street, Railway Place and opposite Railway Place at Glaxo Green, as well as in the Festival Arena.

    THE FREE FESTIVAL OF THE STREETS

    Out of the Festival Arena and around the town, the streets are bustling with buskers, street performers, music and fun to be had by all. Aside from the ticketed venues, there are the Fiddlers Green stage, Railway Stage, Fringe Festival at the Surf Club, blackboard sessions at the RSL and more!

    INSTRUMENT MAKERS

    Also in the Festival Arena, The INSTRUMENTworX Exhibition and the Australian Made and Played concerts are a great way to acquaint yourself with the amazing artistry that goes into instrument making, as well as giving an opportunity to purchase a unique instrument directly from the maker. For more information, see the Instrument Makers section in this program.

    MERCH + MUSIC SHOP

    We know you all love to take some of the music youve heard home from the Festival. The Festival-run CD shop (between Stage 1 and 2) has a huge range of CDs and merchandise from this years artists. CD Signings occur immediately following performances on Stages 1, 2, 3 & 4. There you can meet and have your albums signed by your favourite acts; check blackboards for artists & times.

    FOOD FESTIVAL

    Food stalls in the Festival Arena provide a tantalising aroma that will make your mouth water and draw you in. Whether feeding a family on a budget, or seeking out that special treat, there is so much on offer. Your taste buds can explore delights from a range of different cultures and we have aimed at providing many great choices. Youll only be disappointed if you dont get around to trying a sample of all on your wishlist!

    SERVICES

    MUSIC SHUTTLE BUS

    We provide a Music Shuttle Bus so that you can easily access the outer venues in town. The bus leaves the Gardens Oval every half hour between 7.00pm and 11.30pm Friday; 8.00am to 11.30pm Saturday and Sunday; and 8.00am until 1.00pm on Monday. The last bus leaves the Festival Arena Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights at 12.00 midnight.

    The Music Shuttle Bus is a low floor bus with pram and wheelchair access. The bus service requests a gold coin donation. See the Festival Map for the Music Shuttle Bus route.

    WHEELCHAIR ACCESS

    The Festival is a one & all-accessible event and provides facilities for people with a disability. There is wheelchair access to all venues in the Festival Arena, Fiddlers Green, Railway Stage and the Reardon Theatre in Bank Street. Disabled persons parking is located in Campbell Street at the front gate of the Festival Arena, within the road block, which will be attended. Those with the appropriate permit will be let through the road closure to parkspace permitting. Wheelchair accessible portable toilets are located within The Shebeen and at each of the public toilet locations.

    HEARING LOOP

    We have two dedicated Stages for people with hearing aids. Stage 1 and Stage 3 have a radio frequency transmitted hearing induction loop system in each, providing those with hearing aids a superior sound experience. Those who wish to utilise the loop will need to pick up a receiver from the information tent. This service is provided by Word of Mouth.

    FESTIVAL INFORMATION STALL

    Need help? Friendly festival staff are on duty at the Information Stall to assist you. Located adjacent to Stage 1, this is the place to go if you want to ask any questions, get your free sunscreen, pick up some great festival merchandise, or to bring or search for lost property. It operates from 9.00am until 6.00pm Saturday and Sunday and 9.00am to 1.00pm on Monday.

    PARENTS ROOM

    A facility is set aside for the use of parents for baby change and feeding, located at the back of Stage 1.

    NAPPY CHANGING STATION Port Fairy Community House is running a Nappy Changing Station at Railway Place.

    Drop in to change your little one. Child friendly play area, toilets, private feeding area and bottle/food warming available. Open Saturday & Sunday 10am 4pm. Gold coin donation.

    WASTE & RECYCLING Please dispose of all your own refuse and help us keep the venues clear of rubbish immediately after the concerts. This makes life much easier for our volunteers.

    The Port Fairy Folk Festival Committee is committed to protecting the environment by running the Festival in an environmentally responsible and sustainable manner for future generations. We are developing and implementing programs to reduce the Festivals energy consumption and waste production by working with staff, volunteers, contractors and stall holders to change practices and ensure a more energy efficient and environmentally friendly festival.

    Throughout the Festival Arena recycling bins are defined by yellow lids and general waste bins are defined by red lids.

    DRINKING WATER AND DISHWASHING

    The Festival provides complimentary drinking water and dishwashing facilities at the western end of Stage 1.

    FESTIVAL STAFF + SECURITY

    Thank you for cooperating with our festival venue staff, most of whom are volunteers, and our special security staff who are there to help you and ensure the Festival runs smoothly.

    MOBILE PHONE COVERAGE

    Staying connected at this years Port Fairy Folk Festival will be easier, with Telstra is offering visitors to the festival with free Wi-Fi and improved mobile coverage. Six Wi-Fi hotspots will be installed across the venue, offering free Wi-Fi to any Wi-Fi enabled device and for Telstra customers, a Cell on Wheels will be in place to make call and texting a breeze. The Festival Committee thanks Telstra for their support.

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  • Keeping the Festival fresh and exciting, there is always something unique offered each year. Experience these special features, new or for 2015 only!

    SPECIAL FEATURES

    BARRY VERSUS KELLY

    SAT 1.30pm Lecture Hall SUN 1.30pm Lecture Hall

    Barry Versus Kelly is a play with music by Felix Meagher (with additional music by Lou Hesterman) about the trial and execution of Ned Kelly in November 1880. Featuring Anthony Penhall as Ned Kelly, Felix Meagher as Judge Barry, Cora Browne as Ellen Kelly, Danny Spooner as John Red Kelly and Lucinda Barratt as Chloe. It also features musicians Cyril Moran and Lou Hesterman. Produced by Bushwahzee.

    FROM IRELAND TO HERE THE SHOW

    SAT 5.30pm St Pats Hall SUN 4.30pm St Pats Hall

    From Ireland to Here: The Show is a journey through music, song and story. This intimate show invites the audience to share a journey that will transport them to the very heart of Ireland. Kathryn Clements stories are seamlessly interwoven amongst the haunting beauty of Traditional Irish music and song with The Peat Fires.

    SATURDAY

    KILKENNY TO KILLARNEY

    SAT 12.00pm Reardon Theatre

    Take a tour of Ireland from your seat as Ado Barker, Ben Stephenson, Joe Ferguson

    and Kate Burke of Trouble in the Kitchen and Arty McGlynn & Nollaig Casey of The Heartstring Quartet take you on an auditory tour by way of toe-tapping tunes.

    THE TRIPLE A SHOW

    SAT 3.00pm Reardon Theatre

    This afternoon concert features voices and harmonies of Ami Williamson, Ash & Bloom, and All Our Exes Live in Texas. Enjoy an entertaining one-woman show, duets reminiscent of Simon & Garfunkel or Iron & Wine, and four-part acoustic folk harmony heaven.

    SHINING A DIAMOND IN THE RUST, A JOAN BAEZ TRIBUTE

    SAT 3.30pm St Pats Hall

    Returning to Port Fairy after a rousing standing ovation in 2014, Suzette Herft will delight audiences yet again in her outstanding tribute show to Joan Baez.

    SUNDAY

    MIKE BRADYS IRELAND

    SUN 12.00pm Reardon Theatre

    Mike Brady and his band, Greenspot, share Irish-Australian songs harking back to Bradys musical roots in Ireland (the land of his father) and his childhood along Victorias Great Ocean Road.

    MUSIC OF RAJASTHAN WITH MARU TURANG

    SUN 10.00am Stage 5

    Deep in the deserts of Rajasthan, Australian artists Jeff Lang & Bobby Singh met Asin Langa & Bhungar Manganiyar. A virtuosic repertoire evolved, yet they have no common language apart from their music.

    STEVE POLTZ IN CONCERT

    SUN 2.00pm Reardon Theatre

    Regarded as one of the most talented and prolific songwriters of our time, Steve Poltz is known to take an audience from laughter to tears and back again in the space of the same song - captivating audiences with a mix of singing, storytelling, shredding and the occasional spoken word rants that have been known to incite riots.

    FAREWELL ANGELINA, A BOB DYLAN AND JOAN BAEZ TRIBUTE

    SUN 2.15pm St Pats Hall

    Relive the golden era of Bob Dylan and Joan Baez as Suzette Herft and Patrick Evans capture the magic of this iconic folk duo, who earned a place in our hearts, psyche, and musical history.

    CALEDONIA DOWNUNDER

    SUN 4.00pm Reardon Theatre

    Allow yourself to be transported back to Scotland through the music of Fiona Ross, Alasdair Fraser & Natalie Hass and the Melbourne Scottish Fiddlers.

    DOWN TO EARTH

    SUN 7.00pm Reardon Theatre

    Take a tour of Australian music with husband and wife duo Tessa and Brendon Boney of Microwave Jenny, songwriters Chris Tamway, Shane Howard, and Frank Yamma as they share songs that capture the spirit and identity of Australia.

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  • These round-robin concerts each take on a particular theme. A brave host tries to wrangle several festival artists to take turns talking, playing, jamming, and generally having a great time. These are unique events spiced with spontaneous twists and turns.

    MEET THE GUESTS

    Come along to this round robin where we introduce new friends and some old pals.

    With BuffySainte-Marie,WeTwoThieves, Mike Brady, Ash & Bloom, Chris Tamwoy, Ross Ainslie and Jarlath Henderson.

    Host: Paul Petran SAT 10.00am Stage 1

    HERE COMES THE SONG

    Wheredothosesongscomefrom?Risingto the world like the morning sun or frombirdsongonadayinSpring?Letssee what triggers the magic songwriting buttons at this session.

    With Luluc, Microwave Jenny, Roesy, JennyBiddle,DavidBridie,RowenaWise

    Host: Derek Guille SAT 11.15am Stage 4

    MY GUITAR GENTLY WEEPS

    The guitar can weep the emotions out of joy, love, happiness, sadness, beautyThis concert explores the inner world as played out on six strings and vocal chords. Listen to the sounds of songs and guitar from the artists.

    With Justin Bernasaconi, Peter Fidler, JodiMartin,JordieLane,MarlonWilliams,The Yearlings, Michael Fix.

    Host: Nick Charles SAT 12.45pm Lighthouse

    SUNDAY

    WOMEN SING OUT

    Aregularfeature,sopopularthatitsbecome a Port Fairy tradition, the WomenSingOutconcertisalwaysa treat. It will be full of surprises and sensational singing, singalongs and with wonderful guests.

    With CatherineBritt,AmiWilliamson,Microwave Jenny, Ruth Moody, Ajak Kwai, Luluc,ChrisWhile&JulieMatthews.

    Host: Marilla Homes SUN 10.00am Stage 3

    THE GOSPEL BLUES CONVENTION

    Take the chains from your heart with evocative and powerful soul music from the deepest well of The Gospel and TheBluestraditions.Sharemorningsinging rhythms and harmonies that free the spirit.

    With Fiona Boyes, Jan Preston, JoJoSmith,ChristineAnu,HatFitz& Cara Robinson.

    Host: Steve Clark SUN 11.45am Stage 1

    THE GUITOCRACY MATON GUITAR CONCERT

    Stage3setsthesceneasafretfulofguitar luminaries at this festival entrance anddazzlethougharepertoireofvaryingstylesandsoundsatthisamazingsponsored by Maton.

    With JeffLang,RichardThompson, Fiona Boyes, Michael Fix, Chris Tamwoy, Jon Delany, Jamie Clark.

    Host: Nick Charles SUN 1.45pm Stage 3

    SHINE A LIGHT SHOWCASE

    This concert evokes the Tinpan Alley daysofthe60swhenhundredsof folk clubs spread through towns and citiesandcoffeewasstillinstant.Thecoffeenowisgreatandsoisthemusic. Hosted by Alastair from the new Melbourne Folk Club.

    With MarlonWilliams,RowenaWise,GeorgiaSpain,JennyBiddle.

    Host: Alastair Burns SUN 2:30pm Lighthouse

    THE SINGING LAND

    WithsomanygreatsongwritersattheFestival,itsatreattoheartheworkingslurking in the mind of songmakers. Youvealwayswantedtoknow;nowallwill be revealed or not!

    With MarlonWilliams,Ash&Bloom, JodiMartin,EndaKenny,TheOrbweavers,Mike Brady.

    Host: Paul Petran SUN 5.45pm Stage 4

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  • PORT FAIRY TRADITIONSPort Fairy Folk Festival has created a number of its own traditions over the years. Well know and loved by Port Fairy audiences, these are features that help to brew the essence of this festival and so they return for an encore year after year!

    WELCOME TO COUNTRY CONCERT

    FRI 6.15pm Stage 1

    TheWelcometoCountrywillbegivenbyBrett N Clarke with a short performance byGunditjmaramusicianLee'Sonnyboy'Morgan. Lee continues the storytelling that was inspired by his indigenous grandfather, the great Banjo Clarke (WisdomMan).ThePortFairyFolkFestival is held on the traditional lands of the Gunditjmara people who have walked theselandsformillennia.TheWelcometo Country acknowledges this history and tradition with words and music.

    TIM WHELANS WELCOME

    FRI 7.00pm St Pats Hall

    HonouringthelateandgreatTimWhelan,this welcome continues the tradition of bringingintheFestivalwithaCeltic-styleconcert.TimWhelanattendedtheFestivalas a tin whistle player and tutor for many years. This year will again feature a great line up including Trouble in the Kitchen, JoJoSmith,MarlonWilliams,TheStrayHens, and The Heartstring Quartet.

    CELTIC JAM

    SAT 5.30pm Surf Club SUN 5.30pm Surf Club

    All are invited to join in this session at SurfClub.FeaturingplayersfromZeon,TheMelbourneScottishFiddlers,Troublein the Kitchen, and many more! BYOinstruments.

    SHANTIES AT THE WHARF

    SAT 5.00pm The Wharf

    Come and stir your soul with a hearty shantysing!DannySpoonerandfriendsTheWhalersreturnwiththispopularsession.Someevensaythemarinecreatures gather at the wharf for a listen!

    HYMN SINGING AT ST JOHNS

    SUN 6.00pm St Johns Church

    DannySpoonercontinueshistraditionalthrongofsong;anenthralledcongregation devoted to a session of soul-singinghymns.

    THE BIG SUNDAY SINGOUT

    SUN 4.30pm The Shebeen

    Wewelcomeoneandalltothe18thBigSundaySingout!Ifyouvebeenlivingonsomeotherplanetyoumightaskwhatsthat?RegularpuntersattheFestivalenjoy the awesome coming together of like-mindedsoulsofallageswhojustwanttocongregateintheShebeenandsingwell-knownsongsatthetopoftheirlungs.AndofcourseletsnotforgettheLive Karaoke section where six individuals getthechancetostruttheirstuffonstagewith the band.

    Created and hosted by the one and only Rick E Vengeance, ably assisted by his wife Leanne and Mark Aspland on his Woodskincajn,manyfolktellusitsthehighlight of not only the Festival, but of theiryear!Wearedelightedtoannouncethat gun guitarist Jimi Hocking has now joinedTeamVengeanceasthefourthpermanent member of this long standing muchlovedSundaynighttradition.

    People have been known to sit in the ShebeenforseveralhourspriortothebeginningoftheSingalong,justtoensurethey are there for what many tell us is the one night they look forward to all year. Come and see what all the hype is about!

    THE SMALL HALLS FESTIVAL

    SUN 8.00pm St Pats Hall

    This 'house style' concert features a fabulouslineupinanintimatesetting.StPats Hall is a free entry venue and these concerts are always popular so get there early to secure your seat!

    THE LABOUR DAY CONCERT: HISTORY OF FOLK MUSIC THE WATERSONS

    MON 10.30am St Pats Hall

    DannySpoonerandfriendsexploretheworksofTheWatersonsintheirseriesfeaturing icons of the folk revival. Singingunaccompaniedsongsfromtheir beloved Yorkshire and other parts of England they staggered the folkscene inEnglandinthelatefifties.Abrother,two sisters and a close mate astonished audiences, sometimes singing harmonies, sometimes singing in unison they nailed theirhearerstothewalls.SooneveryonewantedtosinglikeTheWatersonsinEngland,inAustraliaandintheStates.Come along and join in.

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  • WORDS AT PORT FAIRY

    THE AUSSIE MORNING SHOW

    SAT-MON 9.00am Lighthouse

    A swag of Aussie Humour, Verse and Song every morning featuring Jim Haynes and bush poets Laurie McDonald and Geoffrey W Graham, plus the famous One Minute Poets Brawl on Monday morning! Its a great way to start your festival day!

    THE WIT & WISDOM OF CJ DENNIS

    SAT 12.00pm St Pats Hall

    This concert, celebrating the wit, wisdom, satire, humour and pathos of the great C. J. Dennis, is a wonderful celebration of a great Australian writer, humourist and social commentator. The best examples of his work will be presented by verse performers like Jim Haynes, Geoffrey W Graham and Stephen Whiteside, while Grant Luhrs, Maggie Somerville, and Jim Haynes will perform his words set to music.

    The Festival celebrates the art of words; spoken, written, recited, sung, shouted! Experience the humour, fun, and folklore of these special events.

    THE LIFE & TIMES OF CJ DENNIS

    SAT 1.45pm St Pats Hall

    Drawing on his own lifetime interest and the new biography of by Dr Buttress, Stephen Whiteside delivers a workshop on the fascinating writings and life and times of C. J. Dennis. Learn about this complex and fascinating Aussie writer, his home at Toolangi and his love of birds, Victorian towns, Melbourne streets and everyday Aussies.

    THE PAT GLOVER MEMORIAL STORYTELLING COMPETITION

    SUN 10.45am St Pats Hall

    This Award has been an integral part of the Port Fairy Festival for many years. The awards founder, local shanakee and festival stalwart Pat Glover, passed away nine years ago but his spirit remains with us and we continue to honour his memory with a special story-telling concert and awards. Entries under seven minutes are welcome. Rules, guidelines, and information are available from performer reception or from the Aussie Morning Show team.

    UNDERSTANDING THE SENTIMENTAL BLOKE THE FULL STORY

    SUN 12.00pm St Pats Hall

    An entertaining and insightful performance which explains and brings to life our most iconic verse play, which was Australias best selling book of the twentieth century! This show, scripted by Stephen Whiteside and performed by Geoffrey W Graham, Stephen Whiteside and Jim Haynes gives the complete narrative of the original Sentimental Bloke in an easily accessible form.

    BOOK LAUNCH - THE BILLY THAT DIED WITH ITS BOOTS ON

    SUN 3.00pm Folk Circus Stage 6

    Stephen Whiteside has finally published a definitive collection of his wonderful rhymed verse for kids, much of which has appeared over the years in the NSW School Magazine. In this workshop Stephen will read from the collection and discuss the art of writing for children, and finding outlets for childrens verse.

    VOICES OF WAR: AN ANZAC STORY

    SUN 4:00pm School Hall

    Geoffrey W Graham presents a unique perspective with action, verse & song as Darcy, a digger, tries to make sense of it all. Feel the excitement of the battle call, the hardship of men at the front, the emotion of the conscription debate, the compassion of nurses, and the pain of those waiting at home.

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  • WORD ARTISTS

    JIM HAYNES

    SAT 9.00am Lighthouse Aussie Morning Show

    SAT 12.00pm St Pats Hall The Wit & Wisdom of CJ Dennis

    SAT 1.45pm St Pats Hall The Life & Times of CJ Dennis

    SUN 9.00am Lighthouse Aussie Morning Show

    SUN 10.45am St Pats Hall Pat Glover Award

    SUN 12.00pm St Pats Hall Understanding The Sentimental Bloke

    MON 9.00am Lighthouse Aussie Morning Show

    Born in Sydney, Jim went bush to teach in towns on the Darling River and in Northern NSW. He spent several years working in Britain and gained two masters degrees in literature. Jim started the Bandy Bill & Co Bush Band in 1977 and also worked in radio on 2NZ Inverell and the ABCs popular Australia All Over program. Jim has released many albums of his own songs, verse and humour and had hits like Mow Ya Lawn, Since Cheryl Went Feral and Dont Call Wagga Wagga Wagga. He has written 22 books and his latest, Best Australians Best Unknown Stories made the Allen & Unwin top ten bestseller list. Jim has been the weekend Australiana expert on Sydneys Radio 2UE for 13 years.

    www.jimhaynes.com.au

    GEOFFREY W GRAHAM

    SAT 12.00pm St Pats Hall The Wit & Wisdom of CJ Dennis

    SAT 1.45pm St Pats Hall The Life & Times of CJ Dennis

    SUN 12.00pm St Pats Hall Understanding The Sentimental Bloke

    SUN 4.00pm School Hall Voices of War An ANZAC Story

    A Theatrical entertainer, Geoffrey has a long history of packaging one-man shows into a unique format. His Banjo Paterson impersonation show The Man from Ironbark still remains his masthead, with glowing testimonials from many people including Ted Egan.

    His latest show Voices of War: An ANZAC Story looks at World War One through the eyes of a digger, retaining Geoffreys unique perspective as the character tries to make sense of the great war. Geoffrey has produced 2 books and three CDs, provides entertainment for schools, and festivals, conducts performance seminar/workshops, and comperes.

    www.dinkumoz.com.au

    LAURIE MCDONALD

    SAT 9.00am Lighthouse Aussie Morning Show

    SUN 9.00am Lighthouse Aussie Morning Show

    MON 9.00am Lighthouse Aussie Morning Show

    Laurie McDonald is a Canberra city-bush poet who regularly performs at functions and festivals. His poetry featuring such larger than life characters as Merkyl Crud, Jimbo, Slugger McGraw and others with their gallant tales of derring-do, along with more pensive observations of lifes many foibles. A winner of reciters awards, his CD Laurie McDonald Live...at the Murrumbateman Pub was a finalist for Album of the Year in the Australian Bush Laureate Awards at Tamworth in 2014.

    www.lauriemcdonaldpoetry.com

    MAGGIE SOMERVILLE

    SAT 12.00pm St Pats Hall The Wit & Wisdom of CJ Dennis

    Maggie Somerville has been singing and writing songs for many years. She is also a very talented multi-instrumentalist (guitar, mandolin, whistle). Her debut CD, Roller-coaster, was released in 2013. She won the award for Best Original Song at the Victorian Bush Poetry and Music Associations annual Benalla Muster in 2014 with Waratah Bay.

    STEPHEN WHITESIDE

    SAT 12.00pm St Pats Hall The Wit & Wisdom of CJ Dennis

    SAT 1.45pm St Pats Hall The Life & Times of CJ Dennis

    SUN 12.00pm St Pats Hall Understanding The Sentimental Bloke

    SUN 3.00pm Folk Circus Stage

    Stephen Whiteside has been writing and performing rhyming verse for many years. He writes for both adults and children. In 2014, Walker Books Australia published his collection of poetry for children, The Billy That Died With Its Boots On and Other Australian Verse. Stephen won a Golden Gumleaf at the Australian Bush Laureate Awards in the Childrens Poem of the Year category in 2013 with his poem, The Sash. He is also a great admirer of the Australian poet C. J. Dennis, and is President of the C. J. Dennis Society.

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  • From the Faroe Islands to tropical Nigeria, sounds of the globe

    Stiletto SistersKvonn

    Daniel Weltlinger BandNick Charles

    Jay Dabgar and Josh FeinbergDanny Spooner, Mal Webb

    and many more...

    LAMINE SONKO Griot from SenegalArtistic Director

    Enrolments open now!

    www.boite.com.au 94171983

    Lamine Sonko photo courtesy of M

    AV

    APRA AMCOSThe Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA) collects and distributes licence fees for the public performance and communication of their members musical works. They do great work in supporting Australian musicians and since 2004 have supported the Port Fairy Folk Festival, sponsoring music education programs and a platform for songwriters to talk about their craft.

    APRA AMCOS SONGWRITER SPEAKS

    We are pleased to include APRA AMCOS Songwriter Speaks forums in the program again this year. These host-run, interview-style sessions are informal, conversational and intriguing. Come along and hear some valuable insights into the craft of songwriting.

    SAT 7.30pm RSL Hall Songwriting Stalwarts

    Songwriter Speaks with David Bridie (My Friend The Chocolate Cake), Enda Kenny (Enda Kenny Trio) Jodi Martin (Jodi Martin Band) Host: Dobe Newton (The Bushwhackers)

    SUN 7.30pm RSL Hall Songwriting Rising Stars

    Songwriter Speaks with Elsie & Maggie Rigby (The Mae Trio), Olivia Hally & Pepita Emmerichs (Oh Pep!) Host: Kate Burke (Trouble in the Kitchen)

    SONGS IN THE SCHOOLS

    Continuing with their wonderful support of songwriting education, APRA AMCOS has again sponsored the Songs in the Schools project. During February and March this year, local artist Tom Richardson hosted workshops for secondary school music students in the Port Fairy/Warrnambool area. These intensive workshops are focused on songwriting and culminate in the creation and performance of new songs from the students. The songs written by the students have been recorded by Nick Frampton and VET Technical and Production students at Emmanuel Secondary College, and will be produced as a compilation CD.

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  • LAUNCHESMany artists and groups come to the Festival with new material in the form of CDs or DVDs, even books! The Festival is a great place to launch new works, many of which are produced and released independently. Check them out at the Music & Merch Shop. Head to the CD satellite shops (located near stages 1, 2, 3 & 4) after a show to meet your favourite artists and get your merchandise signed. The following works are being launched this year:

    Ajak Kwai Of Cows, Women & War

    FRI 8.15pm Stage 6

    All Our Exes Live In Texas Self Titled EP

    FRI 10.00pm Lighthouse

    Ami Williamson Ill Ride With You

    FRI 7.00pm Stage 5

    Ash & Bloom Let The Storm Come

    FRI 8.00pm Stage 4

    Charlie Musselwhite Juke Joint Chapel

    SAT 7.00pm Stage 1

    Fiona Boyes Box & Dice

    SAT 6.00pm Stage 4

    Fiona Ross The Thistle May Bloom

    SAT 11.00am Lighthouse

    Hat Fitz & Cara Robinson Do Tell

    FRI 8.30pm Stage 1

    Jodi Martin Saltwater

    FRI 6.00pm Lighthouse

    Jo Jo Smith Standing In The Lovelight

    SAT 8.45pm Stage 1

    Jordie Lane Live At The Wheaty

    SAT 7.15pm Stage 2

    Kamerunga The Hour Before Dawn

    FRI 10.15pm Stage 2

    Lucy Wise Trio A Painting Of The Universe

    SAT 10.00am Stage 4

    Mark Seymour & The Undertow Mayday

    SAT 3.15pm Stage 1

    Maru Tarang Blue City

    SAT 1.15pm Stage 3

    Roesy Wolf Counsel

    SAT 7.00pm Stage 6

    Ross Ainslie & Jarlath Henderson Air Fix

    SAT 3.00pm Stage 4

    Shane Howard Deeper South

    SUN 2.00pm Stage 1

    Skyscraper Stan & The Commission Flats Last Years Tune

    FRI 9.45pm Shebeen

    Sinad OConnor Im Not Bossy, Im The Boss

    FRI 10.15pm Stage 3

    Siskin River The Hours They Keep

    SUN 4.15pm Railway Stage

    Whitetop Mountaineers Fees Ridge

    FRI 8.00pm Stage 2

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  • THE FESTIVAL AWARDS

    MATON ARTIST OF THE YEAR

    The Maton Artist of the Year for 2015 is Mama Kin (Danielle Caruana). The award is a Maton EBG808 Artist valued at $2999.00. It comes with the brilliant AP5 Pro pickup system and Maton Case. This guitar features a AAA Spruce Soundboard and AA figured Blackwood Back & Sides. Timber bindings with Herringbone Inner Binding finish off this beautiful looking guitar. The EBG808 Artist is fitted with scalloped bracing and is voiced to bring out the full potential of its design and select materials. Because this years winner is primarily a ukulele player, Mama Kin will also receive a Maton ukulele, designed especially for her.

    2015 Mama Kin2014 Nick Charles2013 Suzannah Espie2012 John Butler2011 Mic Conway 2010 Archie Roach 2009 The Waifs 2008 Mick Thomas 2007 Fiona Boyes 2006 Dobe Newton 2005 Shane Howard 2004 Kavisha Mazzella 2003 Bernard Carney 2002 Maddy Prior 2001 Rick E Vengeance 2000 Tiddas 1999 Eric Bogle 1998 Margret RoadKnight 1997 Judy Small 1996 John McCutcheon 1995 Danny Spooner

    The Festival will present three awards this year. The Artist of the Year award recognises an individual who has made a significant contribution to this festival, the folk music community, and industry. The Maton Class Act for Emerging Talent is an encouragement award for young performers. Last but not least is the much-loved Pat Glover Storytelling Award.

    This is the 21st year the great Australian guitar company, Maton Guitars, comes to Port Fairy as a major sponsor of the Artist of the Year Award and the Maton Class Act Award for Emerging Talent. The Maton Class Act Award for Emerging Talent will be decided and announced at the Festival, with our team of talent spotters combing the Arena and open stages over the weekend.

    The Pat Glover Memorial Storytelling Award can still be entered (see below for details).

    The Festival Awards are designed to recognise artists for their creative talent and contributions to the festival and the folk music community.

    THE MATON CLASS ACT AWARD FOR EMERGING TALENT

    Maton Guitars provides the award for this important youth encouragement project that is open to artists at the Festival aged between 15 and 25. The winner will be selected by our team of talent spotters. The recipient of this years Maton Class Act Award will receive a Maton SRS808 guitar. This amazing new addition to Matons iconic 808 range has been a runaway success and combines the brightness and clarity of Western Red Cedar with the warmth and beauty of Victorian Blackwood. Valued at $2099.00 it comes with a case and is fitted with the AP5 Pro pickup system.

    2014 The Mae Trio2013 Famous Will2012 Robert Hillman2011 Andy Umbers 2010 Michelle Meehan 2009 Leroy Lee 2008 Tom Richardson 2007 Simone Elias 2006 Rob Sawyer 2005 Briscoe Sisters 2004 Sal Kimber 2003 Kieran Murphy 2002 The Bostocks 2001 The Beenies 2000 Michael Brown 1999 Nicole Brophy 1998 Alicia Egan 1997 Felicity

    THE PAT GLOVER MEMORIAL STORYTELLING AWARD

    You can enter this award by collecting and filling in an entry form from the organisers at the competition before it starts, from Performer Reception or from the Aussie Morning Show team. Named after local identity and famed storyteller Pat Glover, who passed away just after the 2005 Festival, this award has been part of the Festival for many years. The aim of the award is to preserve the art of storytelling, and over the years both amateur and professional storytellers and reciters have won it. The actual event is a celebration of storytelling. Judges are asked to perform, make comments and talk about storytelling. Professional entertainers and storytellers who do not wish to enter the award are welcome to participate as guest storytellers.

    Types of stories which have been presented for the award fit into the following categories: real-life experiences, anecdotes, jokes, fables, myths and legends, ghostly and supernatural experiences, tall tales, learned monologues and recitations in verse. (Please note that while recitations of verse are not especially appropriate for this award, they are acceptable providing they meet the storytelling criteria).

    2014 Andrew McKenna2013 Rob England2012 Andrew McKenna2011 Julie Perrin 2010 Terry Rooney 2009 Jackie Kerin 2008 Glenn Borland 2007 Jackie Kerin 2006 Andrew McKenna 2005 Rob England 2004 Rob England 2003 Ross Haywood 2002 Jackie Kerin 2001 John Nester 2000 Ross Haywood 1999 Anne E. Stewart 1998 S Sorrensen 1992 Campbell The Swaggy (Irving),

    Jim Howard 1986 Kel Watkins1985 Kel Watkins 1984 Duncan Dunnage 1983 Harry Barber

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  • THE RICK MERRIGAN MUSIC AWARD

    This award was created in 2010 in honour and memory of Rick Merrigan, a former committee member of the Geelong Folk Music Club and The Festival and invaluable contributor to the Port Fairy Folk Festival since the early 1980s.

    The aim of the award is to create a window of opportunity for emerging artists by providing performances and exposure for them at Australias leading folk music festival held at Port Fairy.

    2015 Alister Turrill2014 The Folksinger & the Poette,

    Rach Brennan2013 Famous Will2012 Southern Light (Ian Zierk) 2011 Beth George2010 Bree-Arne Chamley

    For further information and criteria regarding the award see:

    www.geelongfolkmusicclub.com

    JUST GUITARS AUSTRALIA: TROUBADOURS OPEN STAGE AWARD

    Kim Porter of Just Guitars Australia is again running an award for an outstanding performer at the Troubadours Open Stage at the RSL Hall. There will be two sessions over Saturday and Sunday with Kim managing the stage and watching all sessions to make his final judgment. All performers who register and perform at the venue are in the running to win a choice of one of the beautiful instruments that Just Guitars Australia will have available at the Festival. We thank Kim Porter for his generosity in running this award. For more information, see the venues section, RSL Hall.

    www.justguitars.com.au

    RUSSELL CLARK YOUNG POETS AWARD

    The winners of The Russell Clark Award appear at the final concert at the Folk Circus Stage on Monday at 11.00am. They have been chosen at their schools in the lead up to the Festival. The award is made in recognition of the enormous contribution made to the Festival and to young people by Russell Clark.

    The late Russell Clark, past Festival Committee President and Mayor of Port Fairy, was a great supporter of local youth and a great contributor to the Festival as a committee member before his presidency. He was head of the Committee during the exciting growth phase of the Festival in the 1990s.

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  • ARTIST OF THE YEAR 2015MAMA KIN

    Danielle Caruana made a pretty colourful impression at Port Fairy in 2011 when she first appeared with her ensemble as Mama Kin. Vikki Thorn (of The Waifs and Stray Sisters) tells the story in her

    beautiful piece to follow. Yes, Mama Kin made us all cry as laughing, tearful shows captured the hearts and hankies of hapless audiences. Of course they fell in love with the soulful singer, her stories, her

    passionate music and joyous performances. We have a special rubber stamp for artists who are The Real Deal and so we are delighted to stamp Mama Kin as our 21st Artist of The Year 2015.

    She plays shows here, on Friday and Saturday only, with We Two Thieves, so lets share the love.

    Warmest congratulations to Danielle and many thanks to Vikki Thorn for her tribute.

    Jamie McKew Festival Director

    THE MATON PORT FAIRY FOLK FESTIVAL

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  • Ifyoureborntodosomething,its only a matter of time before your destiny manifests.

    WhenIfirstcametoknowDaniella,shewasntyetperforming.ButIreckonyoucan tell a lot about someone by the way theydance.Withafireinherbellyandagenetic predisposition to groove, it was obvious that music was in her bones and itwasonlyamatteroftimebeforeshedtake to the stage.

    WhensomeyearslaterIfirstheardMamaKin, I instantly recognised a triple threat: soulful singing, great songs, great players, charismatic performancenot to mention beautifulhairandfabulousoutfits.Better double that triple on the threat ometer,IwanttobeinTHATband.

    I was genuinely excited to be at Port Fairy forMamaKinsfirstappearancetherein2011.Ihavelearnedovertheyears-sometimesthehardway-thatthePortFairy Audience is a fairly discerning lot. They want to know about you, they want to be invited into your story and above all they want to be entertained by good music, all whilst remaining comfortably in their chairs. Aside from the last bit this would be the perfect pairing. Mama Kin neverholdsback.Shegivesherselfoverto the music, to the audience, and with Brother Michael and George holding the downthegrooves,youcanthelpbutlovethe experience.

    IwasfortunatetowitnessherfirstshowontheSaturdaymorningaspartofaworkshopintheround.Shewasreallynervous about going on solo in front of the big crowd with some better known acts and was considering playing a new song,TheRiverasSheRuns,whichshehad never performed. Armed with just her ukeandudu,sheplayedherfirstsong,soundedabitnervousbutgotpeoplesattention.WhenherturncamearoundagainshestoodtointroduceTheRiverAsSheRunsandglancedoveratme,shouldI?Thumbsupfromme.Hervoice was shaky with emotion and as shesungthroughthefirstversesahushcame over the tent. Everybody was right there with her, listening, supporting. You could hear the change in her voice as she slipped deep into the song and sang

    ARIA nominee, Mama Kin is part raconteurandall-outentertainer.Createdat the junction where strength meets vulnerability,MamaKinsmusicisbestdescribed as soul folk. Unafraid to mine the depths of the human condition, Mama Kin taps raw emotions, pushing the boundariesofself-expression.

    HerARIA-nominatedsophomorealbumTheMagiciansDaughterfollowedonfromthewar-crythatwasherdebut BeatandHoller,firmlysolidifying MamaKinsreputationasapurveyoroffoot-stompingbasslinesandballadsofopen-heartedtenderness.

    Propelled by the idea of connection and alchemy, Mama Kin confronts the veil between the darkness and the light: the place where magic lives. This is not the magic of top hats and rabbits, card tricks and disappearing acts. For Mama Kin, it is transformation through subtlety, the moment we are touched by the sense of thingswedontquiteunderstand,butatthe same time somehow inherently know.

    Magicoccursformewhensomeonesown stories, songs and performance move me so deeply that I somehow feel more connected to myself and everything that surroundsme,MamaKinsays. Theverythingsthatinspiremealsoconspire to create my greatest challenges andbreakthroughs.

    Beyond the depths of the human conditionisMamaKinsconnectionto her family. As the youngest of six children, Danielle Caruana was born into a family of Maltese extraction and her childhood was immersed in music. Brother Michael Caruana now playskeysinherband;brotherNicky Bomba was responsible for recordingherfirstdemosanddubbed the songbird Mama Kin and her sister Carmen taught Danielle to sing.

    Mama Kin has shared stages nationally and internationally with the likes of The Cat Empire, Ani di Franco, Katy Perry,Gurrumul,TheWaifsandJohnButler Trio. As mischievous as she is charming, Mama Kin is renowned for her stirring live shows, where storytelling, intimacy and community reign.

    www.mamakin.com facebook.com/mamakinband twitter @mamakinmusic youtube.com/mamakinmusic www.onepagelink.com/mamakin

    Full of heart and melody, Mama Kins smoky vocals are both seductive and tender ABC Radio

    excellent, soulful and feisty The West Australian

    a giddy joy to watch Faster Louder

    Her music exists in the soulful place where art meets the world The Sydney Morning Herald

    from her heart. At the end it was one of those festival moments. The last chord rings, followed by that silent pause when everyone breathes in the last of what they just heard. And then the applause: strong, heartfelt, on and on it went. I had tears in my eyes. Mama Kin had arrived!

    SheendedthatworkshopwithBeatandHollerinvitingeveryonetojoinin,but we were already there. After that performanceMamaKinwasoneveryoneslips. Bold circles on the program, the mustsee.Tentscrammedtotheedges,peopleoutoftheirseatsdancing-heavenforbid! Port Fairy had fallen in love with this gutsy, gorgeous, groovalicious Mama making music and spreading her joy around.

    Congratulations and thanks for your tunes my friend.

    Vikki Thorn (The Waifs) February 2015

    WINNER OF A WAM AWARD FOR FOLK ACT OF THE YEAR 2013

    NOMINATED FOR AN ARIA FOR BEST BLUES + ROOTS ALBUM 2013

    NOMINATED FOR AN AIR AWARD FOR BEST BLUES + ROOTS ALBUM 2010/2013

    SHORTLISTED FOR THE VANDA + YOUNG SONGWRITING COMPETITION 2013

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  • The program biographies for artists are listed alphabetically by the first name of the artist or band name and ignoring The, eg. The Band Who Knew Too Much is listed under B while Rory McLeod is listed under R. International artists are colour-coded red.

    ARTISTS

    AJAK KWAI

    FRI 8.15pm Stage 6 SAT 12.00pm FOLKworX West African Drumming SAT 1.30pm FOLKworX Sudan - Of Cows, Women & War SUN 10.00am Stage 3 Women Sing Out SUN 5.30pm Fiddlers Green

    Ajak Kwai is the rare voice of an African woman in Australia. Whether singing in Arabic, Sudanese or English she leaves no doubt as to the depth and richness of her Dinka roots. Music is the vehicle for her stories of extraordinary life experiences as a refugee, exiled from her home. Ajaks haunting melodic voice is distinctly African, and to listen to her is to experience this dark continent in all its colours, rhythms and mystery. She sings about freedom, peace, love and...cows in her distinctive and vibrant afro soul style, producing a new funky, raw Aussie/Sudanese sound.

    www.ajakkwai.com

    ALASDAIR FRASER & NATALIE HAAS SCOTLAND/USA

    FRI 9.00pm Stage 5 SAT 1.00pm Stage 2 SUN 4.30pm Reardon Theatre Caledonia Downunder

    Master Scottish fiddler Alasdair Fraser is a consummate performer. His dynamic fiddling, engaging stage presence and deep understanding of Scotlands music have seen him enjoy a stellar concert and

    recording career spanning 30 years, with a long list of awards, accolades, and feature performances for film (including Last of the Mohicans and Titanic). Stunningly talented, Californian cellist Natalie Haas, a graduate of the Juilliard School of Music, is in the vanguard of young cellists re-defining the role of the cello in traditional music. Together they are widely renowned as one of the great traditional music partnerships of all time. They present a lively and evocative repertoire, featuring the return of the cello to its historical role at the rhythmic heart of Scottish dance music.

    www.alasdairfraser.com

    ALL OUR EXES LIVE IN TEXAS

    FRI 10.00pm Lighthouse SAT 4.45pm Reardon Theatre The Triple A Show SAT 9.45pm Stage 5 SUN 3.45pm Stage 4

    All Our Exes Live in Texas is a fantasy draft of Sydney musical talent. All beautiful performers in their own right, Elana Stone, Katie Wighton, Hannah Crofts and Georgia Mooney combine here in four-part folk heaven. On mandolin, ukulele, accordion and guitar, All Our Exes deliver tunes that are clearly crafted with taste, care and skill in the context of a spontaneous, playful and utterly charming live show. With four songwriters and four unique voices, they make music that is refreshingly different, drawing influence from traditional four-part harmony to create a brand new type of modern folk.

    www.allourexesliveintexas.com

    AMI WILLIAMSON

    FRI 7.00pm Stage 5 SAT 3.00pm Reardon Theatre The Triple A Show SUN 10.00am Stage 3 Women Sing Out MON 10.00am Stage 4

    Forceful, funny, powerful and poetic, Ami Williamson is indie folk with a dash of cabaret for flavour the Pina Bausch of singer/songwriting. Her richly diverse upbringing has seen her taking to the opera and classical stage, touring with her father (legendary country music artist John Williamson), recording albums and performing at major festivals and venues in Australia and abroad. Amis One Woman Show showcases her many talents as a singer, songwriter, musician (piano, drums, harp, guitar, dulcimer) and storyteller. Her tales are wicked, poignant and sometimes downright hilarious, matched by her brilliant, versatile voice and flamboyant stage presence.

    www.amiwilliamson.com

    ANIAR

    FRI 5.30pm Shebeen SAT 11.00am Fiddlers Green SUN 7.00pm Stage 6 MON 11.30am Railway Stage

    Aniar, meaning from the west, is the name of this exciting band from the South West of Victoria. Aniar create music that is poignant, uplifting and a lot of fun,

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  • mixing original songs and Celtic tunes with the sounds of the globe. Featuring the beautiful vocals of Gemma Belfrage, Airlie Taits flamboyant flute playing and Merran Moirs whistles and pipes, accentuated by a driving rhythm section of Don Stewart (guitar, bouzouki) Andrew Hallett (acoustic bass), Gemma Belfrage (djembe), Aniar are creating a new blend of music for the future.

    www.aniar.com.au

    ASH & BLOOM CANADA

    FRI 8.00pm Stage 4 SAT 10.00am Stage 1 Meet The Guests SAT 3.55pm Reardon Theatre The Triple A Show SUN 5.45pm Stage 4 The Singing Land MON 10.15am Stage 2

    Ash & Bloom (Matt McKenna and James Bloemendal) grew up surrounded by music. Since they first met almost a decade ago, the pair has been collaborating performing first in Canadian band Garner, before moving on to become a powerhouse duo. Ash & Bloom have crafted a sublime sound that requires two people playing and singing together, a sound reminiscent of Simon & Garfunkel or Iron & Wine. They have spent years perfecting their songs and are finally releasing them for the world to enjoy. With their debut album, Let the Storm Come, set to take Australia by storm, they bring their incredible songwriting and vocal aptitude (with a touch of comedy cheek) Down Under.

    www.ashandbloom.com

    THE BAKER SUITE

    FRI 8.45pm Lighthouse SAT 3.00pm Railway Stage SAT 10.30pm Stage 6 SUN 2.00pm Stage 5

    Art-folk, cinematic storytelling, French caf and cabaret romantica are all terms that have been used to describe poetic Australian band The Baker Suite. At the heart of their sound is evocative storytelling built around lush acoustic arrangements on guitar, parisian-esque accordion, violin and double bass. The Baker Suite have been performing their own music nationally and internationally for 11 years, appearing in festivals, opening for big names on the world scene (such as Sir Elton John, Kate Ceberano and Franoiz Breut) and releasing critically acclaimed albums, including 2013s Your Dreaming Self.

    www.thebakersuite.com

    THE BEARDED GYPSY BAND

    SAT 12.00pm Railway Stage SAT 9.30pm Reardon Theatre SUN 1.15pm Shebeen MON 1.00pm Railway Stage

    Inspired by the likes of Andrew Bird, Django Reinhardt and folk music from around the planet, The Bearded Gypsy Band play an eclectic mix of tear away original tunes with Celtic, jazz, blues, roots and gypsy influences. Exhibiting masterful performance and original composition skills, they play with a musical authority and clarity seemingly beyond their years. They have performed at festivals around Australia and toured extensively up and down the east coast with a host of fantastic musicians. Their new EP, Leaving Town, was released late last year.

    www.beardedgypsyband.com

    THE BLACK SORROWS

    SAT 10.15pm Stage 1 SUN 10.15pm Stage 3

    Any examination of The Black Sorrows inevitably comes down to one person Joe Camilleri. The singer, songwriter, saxophonist, producer and the brains behind the group, Joe is one of the most genuinely talented figures in Australian music. His music has become part of Australian culture and The Black Sorrows continue to be one of Australias most successful touring bands. They have played sell-out shows across the globe and sold more than two million albums worldwide. Their 17th release, Certified Blue, draws on the diverse palette of Joe Camilleris musical tastes and influences blues, jazz, country, roots, rnb, and Americana.

    www.theblacksorrows.com.au

    BOBBY & THE PINS

    SAT 3.00pm Surf Club SAT 6.00pm Flag Circle SUN 11.00am Lighthouse MON 10.00am FOLKworX

    Bobby & the Pins formed in 2010 with the aim of evoking the nostalgia of the 1950s barbershop quartet. This Melbourne-based gaggle of vintage singers brings fun, colour and a snapshot of times past wherever they go! Wearing authentic 1950s costumes, this all-female quartet sings barbershop a capella tunes, along with traditional jazz hits, doo wop and some Andrews Sisters for good measure. In between the tunes they perform self-written cabaret with a decidedly 1950s brand of cheesy comedy acting. And dont forget the cheesy dancing! Bobby & the Pins have just recorded their first EP filled with vintage music.

    www.bobbyandthepins.com

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  • BUFFY SAINTE-MARIE CANADA

    FRI 8.15pm Stage 3 SAT 10.00am Stage 1 Meet The Guests SAT 10.15pm Stage 3

    Described as one of the most successful and versatile songwriters of the last half-century (The Guardian), Buffy Sainte-Maries audacious attitude to life on and off the stage has inspired people around the world for over four decades. Gracefully combining a high energy stage presence with cerebral songs that tell powerful stories, this multifaceted singer/songwriter has never stopped channelling her infinite musical and artistic creativity. Since her first concert tours in the early 60s, Buffy Sainte-Marie has continued to grow her music in parallel with a remarkably diverse life of esteemed awards, activism, political blacklisting, education and fun. As one of the most singular artists of our time she has created 17 albums of her music, spent five years on Sesame Street, scored movies, raised a son, earned a Ph.D. in Fine Arts and won both a Golden Globe and an Academy Award Oscar for the song, Up Where We Belong.

    www.buffysainte-marie.com

    CATHERINE BRITT

    FRI 8.15pm Shebeen SAT 2.00pm Stage 5 SUN 10.00am Stage 3 Women Sing Out SUN 3.00pm Shebeen

    Catherine Britt has a voice that instantly gets your attention. However, it is the craftsmanship of this singer/songwriter, who unashamedly boasts a worthy story to tell, that truly keeps her audience enthralled. She has toured, performed and recorded with some of musics most respected names Kasey Chambers, Paul Kelly and Sir Elton John and has worked with some of Australias and Americas finest producers. Her recording career commenced at age 14 when she released the critically acclaimed EP In The Pines. Since then Catherine has collected accolades, fans and awards and will release a new album this year.

    www.catherinebritt.com

    CHARLIE MUSSELWHITE BAND USA

    SAT 7.00pm Stage 1 SUN 12.00pm Stage 3

    Mississippi-born Charlie Musselwhite is one of the most revered blues musicians in the world. The harmonica master, also a respected singer and songwriter in his own right, has won countless awards during his legendary career (including induction into the Blues Hall of Fame) and collaborated with innumerable musical giants of the past 50 years including Howlin Wolf, Muddy Waters, Tom Waits and John Lee Hooker.

    More than 20 albums later Charlie is at the top of his game, a revered elder statesman of the blues nowhere near ready to hang up his harp belt. In an era when the term legendary gets applied to auto-tuned pop stars, this singular blues harp player, singer, songwriter and guitarist has earned and deserves to be honoured as a true master of American classic vernacular music.

    www.charliemusselwhite.com

    THE CHIPOLATAS UK

    FRI 8.00pm Stage 5 SAT 2.30pm Folk Circus Stage Family Folk Circus SAT 5.45pm Lighthouse SUN 11.15am Folk Circus Stage Family Folk Circus SUN 7.30pm Folk Circus Stage Family Folk Circus MON 11.10am Stage 1

    Established in 1992, The Chipolatas present unique performances incorporating high-octane circus skills, music, theatre and dance. Blending accordion and acoustic rhythms with hip-hop and street style, their performances and inspiration are embedded in worldwide culture. Custodians of an ever-evolving tradition, blending the old and the new, The Chipolatas continue to cross cultures and create new genres with their unique and universally-acclaimed show and EP Gentlemen of the Road. Transcending trends, capturing hearts and crossing boundaries, these three actors/musicians/clowns at the pinnacle of their powers flow seamlessly together in a celebratory performance. A story without words unfolds with moments of inspired stillness, physicality and dynamism featuring rhythmic squeezebox, breakbeats and ballads, all performed with impeccable timing. This is where circus meets theatre and live music is played and where magic is made.

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  • CHRIS TAMWOY

    SAT 10.00am Stage 1 Meet The Guests SAT 10.00pm Surf Club SUN 11.30am Stage 2 Stage Door Showcase SUN 1.45pm Stage 3 The Guitocracy SUN 7.45pm Reardon Theatre Down To Earth

    Up-and-coming musician Chris Tamwoy is a self-taught guitarist with an incredibly unique playing style and sound that is evolving from purely instrumental tracks to include vocals and traditional songs. Chris was immersed in music and dance during his childhood years on Badu Island in the Torres Strait and it was here that he developed his passion for music and his strong cultural identity. Increasingly in-demand for gigs around the country, Chris has attracted considerable media attention and peer acclaim, and he is the subject of a documentary for Unearthed Indigenous Australian and Torres Strait Island musicians screening this year.

    www.facebook.com/pages/Chris-Tamwoy/241609492663608

    CHRIS WHILE & JULIE MATTHEWS UK

    SAT 12.00pm Stage 1 SUN 10.00am Stage 3 Women Sing Out SUN 8.30pm Stage 2 MON 10.55am Stage 3

    Chris While & Julie Matthews, multi instrumentalists, brilliant singers and outstanding songwriters are the most enduring duo in the British folk roots scene. In January last year, these two exceptional English performers celebrated 20 years together as professional artists, with their 13 duo albums and countless other projects confirming their stature as a leading force in Britain and Europe.

    Their 2014 release Who We Are has seen them take to the road again for live shows of beautiful arrangements, peerless singing and highly distinctive melodies that continue to be highlights in any festival program. Their enduring musical partnership and obvious joy in performing together really brings their songs to life, and their energy and commitment to their craft and the audience is boundless.

    www.whileandmatthews.co.uk

    CHRISTINE ANU

    SAT 9.00pm Stage 4 SUN 11.45am Stage 1 The Gospel & Blues Convention SUN 7.15pm Stage 3

    Christine Anu is one of Australias most well-known, loved and respected Indigenous entertainers with an illustrious career spanning music, stage, screen and childrens entertainment. Over two decades Christine has recorded platinum-selling albums, appeared in sell-out musicals and Hollywood blockbusters and collaborated with such luminaries as Baz Luhrmann (Moulin Rouge), Paul Kelly and David Atkins. In 2015 she celebrates the 20th anniversary of her acclaimed Stylin Up album. Featuring a unique blend of her culturally diverse musical styles with David Bridies lush strings and cinematic atmospheres, Stylin Up cemented Christines place as an iconic Australian performer.

    www.christineanu.com.au

    THE COMPANY

    SAT 10.00am Stage 2 SAT 11.15pm St Pats Hall SUN 1.45pm Stage 3 The Guitocracy SUN 5.15pm Lighthouse

    Boasting two Australian bluegrass champions on guitar, fiddle and banjo, The Company have a passion for high-energy original and traditional acoustic music.

    For the past two years they have solidified themselves as one of the best bluegrass outfits in Australia, with playing and singing that is crisp, melodic and soulful. In concert you witness the bands virtuosity but also a wry humour and engaging camaraderie. Highly regarded for their originality, theyve recorded two albums, appeared at major music festivals around Australia and the UK and always provide a masterclass in bluegrass (The Australian).

    www.thecompanybluegrass.com

    DANNY SPOONER

    SAT 1.30pm Lecture Hall Barry Versus Kelly SAT 5.00pm The Wharf Shanty Session SUN 12.00pm School Hall Trad Songs Session SUN 1.30pm Lecture Hall Barry Versus Kelly SUN 6.00pm St Johns Church Hymn Singing at St Johns MON 10.30am St Pats Hall History of Folk Music - The Watersons

    Danny Spooner grew up with the traditions, music and folklore of a typical Cockney family. A traditional singer, Danny Spooner developed his lungs as a boy at work on the Thames River and at sea with a singing skipper. After arriving in Australia in the early 1960s, he plunged into the folk revival and hasnt stopped singing since. In Australia, NZ, Europe and North America, hes welcomed for his personal warmth, and loves to pass songs on. His new CD, Sailors Consolation, contains sought-after sea songs.

    www.dannyspooner.com

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  • DAVIDSON BROTHERS

    FRI 7.00pm Stage 2 SAT 2.15pm Fiddlers Green SAT 8.00pm St Pats Hall SUN 11.30am Shebeen

    A three-time Golden Guitar winning act, the Davidson Brothers have firmly carved their contemporary acoustic style into the Australian music scene. They have built the reputation of being one of Australias hottest bluegrass acts multi instrumentalists on banjo, fiddle, mandolin and great entertainers with an enormous respect for the traditions of the genre. Wanderlust, the Victorian-based brothers seventh studio album, remains steeped in bluegrass tradition but also contains a dash of folk and roots and is patented with Davidson Brothers live energy. The album has been nominated for four prestigious Golden Guitar awards.

    www.davidsonbrothersband.com

    EDWINA HAYES UK

    SAT 12.30pm Stage 5 SAT 8.50pm St Pats Hall SUN 2.45pm Stage 2

    Edwina Hayes beautifully written songs, charming stage presence and voice of an angel have won her a reputation as a true natural talent. She has opened numerous shows for Jools Holland and Van Morrison and has played her own gigs on stages everywhere from Glastonbury Festival to The Royal Albert Hall. She counts Michael Parkinson among her fans and the title track of her album Pour Me A Drink was covered by Nanci Griffith, who calls her the sweetest voice in England. Dividing her time between the UK and America, Edwinas second home is Nashville where she is much loved as a songwriter and artist. Her most recent album, Abbey Road Live Here Now, was released in 2014.

    www.edwinahayes.co.uk

    ENDA KENNY TRIO

    SAT 3.30pm Stage 5 SUN 5.45pm Stage 4 The Singing Land SUN 8.45pm Lighthouse

    Irish-born singer/songwriter Enda Kennys thoughtful, descriptive stories of his adoptive land have struck a chord with festival audiences all over Australia and his live performances are always memorable and spiced with plenty of humour. A multi award-winning songwriter and twice winner of the Port Fairy Folk Festival songwriting award, Endas latest album Heart Tattoo highlights his quirky sense of humour and adds to his impressive catalogue of seven albums. Enda will be joined by Lindsay Martin (fiddle, mandolin) and Sandy Brady (bass), both accomplished accompanists in their own right across many genres in the Australian music scene.

    www.endakenny.com.au

    FIONA BOYES & THE FORTUNE TELLERS

    SAT 3.00pm FOLKworX Songwriting in the Blues Tradition SAT 6.00pm Stage 4 SUN 11.45am Stage 1 The Gospel & Blues Convention SUN 1.45pm Stage 3 The Guitocracy SUN 7.00pm Stage 2

    Fiona Boyes plays deep blues, influenced by myriad of traditional regional styles. Believe us you aint never seen a woman play guitar like her! She has carved an international reputation as a blues guitarist, vocalist and songwriter, being described as a musical anomaly and Bonnie Raitts evil twin. She has been recording and performing internationally for more than 25 years and reunites with her stellar Melbourne-based Fortune Tellers band to take you on an intriguing road-trip through the blues! Port Fairy sees the launch of her new

    album Box and Dice featuring Fionas cigar-box slide and one-of-a-kind National electric baritone guitar.

    www.fionaboyes.com

    FIONA ROSS BAND

    SAT 11.00am Lighthouse SAT 3.30pm School Hall SUN 4.00pm Reardon Theatre Caledonia Downunder SUN 9.00pm Surf Club

    Respected in Scotland as a fine interpreter of Scots song, Fionas singing style displays her commitment to the tradition and a passion for keeping the old songs and ballads alive. Her Scots language repertoire ranges from songs of everyday life, love and work to the muckle sangs the big ballads. These traditional songs are blended into an engaging set along with contemporary gems written by some of Scotlands finest songwriters. Fiona will be performing with a band of outstanding Melbourne musicians Ken Maher (guitar), Michelle Doyle (harp) and Angus Downing (fiddle).

    www.fionaross.com.au

    FRANK YAMMA

    SAT 11.15am Stage 4 Here Comes The Song (David Bridie) SAT 5.45pm Stage 2 SUN 9.45pm Reardon Theatre Down To Earth MON 11.00am Stage 5

    Frank Yamma is without a doubt one of Australias most significant Indigenous songwriters with an ability to cross cultural and musical boundaries. An initiated Pitjantjatjara man, Frank sings in his native language and English. His mighty songs, magical guitar playing and deeply evocative voice are all there in his compelling new album Uncle released in late 2014. Although hes lived in Adelaide for many years, Franks spirit belongs to the heart of Australia. Uluru. Docker River. Ernabella. Central Australia. As Frank says, wherever the Pitjantjatjara mob come from.

    www.frankyamma.com

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  • FRANKIE J HOLDEN & WILBUR WILDE

    SUN 11.00pm Shebeen MON 12.00pm Shebeen

    Frankie J Holden is one of Australias most dynamic front men. Beginning his impressive career with legendary rock band Ol55, Frankies success story continued into feature films and television roles. Combine this great talent with long time friend and showbiz collaborator Wilbur Wilde and you have some serious, rocking fun. Wilbur is fondly remembered from his 16 years on Hey Hey its Saturday and in seminal Australian bands Ol55 and Jo Jo Zep and the Falcons. Classic hits abound when these two take the stage, and with the good-humoured banter between them and the audience, youre guaranteed a great night.

    www.artistnetwork.com.au/ frankie_j_and_wilbur_wilde_.html

    FROMSEIER HOCKINGS - DENMARK

    SAT 12.10pm Stage 2 SUN 2.00pm St Johns Church

    Fromseier Hockings perform as a lively, impulsive and playful duo full of virtuosity. They have toured worldwide and through many years of partnership developed a unique intimacy in their music. Old swingy traditional tunes and songs are combined with Ditte and Sigurds own compositions. Ditte Fromseier started her musical life at the age of 4 on the little Danish island of Bornholm. Since then she has played her way around the world and has trained as both a classical and folk violinist.

    Sigurd Hockings is one of the most skilful and versatile folk guitarists in Denmark. Inspiration for his very individual and accomplished playing style has come largely from both Scandinavian and Celtic music traditions. Fromseier Hockings explore every aspect of the duo format with their performances and invite the audience into their musical world with a sensitivity and warmth that invites both dance and reflection.

    www.fromseierhockings.com

    THE GLOAMING IRELAND/USA

    SAT 4.45pm Stage 3

    The Gloaming carves new paths connecting the rich Irish folk tradition and the New York contemporary music scene. From haunting sean-ns songs to rousing instrumental medleys, they create a new musical alchemy between ancient traditions, experimentation and modernity. The Gloaming are five master musicians, each with highly successful individual careers, who have come together to create new music that pairs memorable, yearning melodies with a progressive style. Although charged by the traditions of Ireland, what this group does with the structures of Irish music is anything but simple nostalgia. Their reinvention is an abstract, exploratory and improvised uprising against the traditions formal structures, breaking it down to the kernel within and remaking what is ancient and well-worn into something utterly singular and new. Their debut album, entitled simply The Gloaming, was released in January 2014 and has been received globally to tremendous critical acclaim.

    www.thegloaming.net

    GORDIE MACKEEMAN & HIS RHYTHM BOYS CANADA

    SUN 12.00pm FOLKworX Canadian Clogging SUN 2.15pm Stage 4 SUN 11.00pm St Pats Hall The Small Halls Concert MON 12.00pm Stage 4

    With a slight bend of his knee, Gordie MacKeeman launches into a song. Guided by the sharp cuts of his fiddle, his famous crazy legs shake and twist with a laughing regard for physics. The whole time, His Rhythm Boys deliver a surefooted roots instrumentation to accompany the spectacle. Its a joyful sight that divides the line between the band and the audience. It is this pomp and spirit that Gordie MacKeeman & His Rhythm Boys set out to capture on their new album, Pickin n Clickin. Over the course of 15 tracks, the album offers up rockabilly-inspired rhythms and, of course, Gordies perfectly executed fiddle work, in a collection of upbeat reels and weighted laments. Hailing from Prince Edward Island, the Rhythm Boys exhilarating live show has drawn international attention and is sure to be winner at Port Fairy.

    www.gordiemackeeman.com

    HAT FITZ & CARA ROBINSON

    FRI 8.30pm Stage 1 SAT 8.45pm Stage 6 SUN 11.45am Stage 1 The Gospel & Blues Convention SUN 10.30pm Stage 4

    Hat Fitz is a veteran wild man of the blues scene in Australia. He has a record 18 straight appearances at Byrons East Coast Blues and Roots Festival, which bears testimony to his amazing live performances and popularity with festival goers. Cara Robinsons sensational voice

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  • draws on her soul background, but she also takes on drumming duties along with washboards, flute and tin whistle. Together they have recorded a new album Do Tell produced by the legendary Jeff Lang, with stellar musicians featuring the likes of Ian Collard and Jeff Lang himself. It went straight into the worldwide Amazon charts.

    www.hatfitzandcara.com

    THE HEARTSTRING QUARTET IRELAND/UK

    FRI 10.40pm St Pats Hall Tim Whelans Welcome SAT 1.10pm Reardon Theatre Kilkenny to Killarney SAT 4.00pm Surf Club Irish Fiddle Class SUN 3.35pm St Johns Church The Church Concert SUN 5.30pm Stage 3 MON 12.10pm Stage 5

    Two of the most important names in Irish music, legendary guitarist Arty McGlynn and virtuoso fiddler Nollaig Casey who between them have played with every major Irish artist of the last 30 years are joined for this special project by Mire N Chathasaigh, the doyenne of Irish harpers and Britains finest flatpicking guitarist Chris Newman. Together they are a dream quartet! Matching virtuosity with sheer good taste, their music pours joyfully from the stage for a performance that is amazing, majestic and delightful. Their award-winning CD Heartstring Sessions, which inspired the groups name, has been described as a tour-de-force of breathtaking order (The Living Tradition, UK) and inspired (fRoots) and reveals their acclaimed melange of stringed instrument eclecticism and virtuosity.

    www.heartstringquartet.com

    HIMMERLAND DENMARK

    SAT 12.10pm Stage 2 Fromseier Hockings SAT 2.15pm Stage 2 SUN 2.00pm St Johns Church Fromseier Hockings SUN 8.45pm Stage 3 MON 10.15am Stage 1

    Himmerland have been creating new Danish music across styles, cultures and frontiers since 2010. One of the most travelled outfits on Denmarks roots and folk music scene, these five outstanding and very experienced composers and musicians perform music that celebrates their varied heritage and traditions. Wherever they play, they bewitch and spread warmth and happiness amongst people. They bring with them a unique blend of old Danish ballads, whirling fiddle tunes, equilibristic improvisations, and new fascinating music composed and arranged by band members Eskil Romme (sax), Ditte Fromseier (violin, vocal), Morten Alfred Hirup (guitar, vocal), Andrzej Krejniuk (electric bass) and Ayi Solomon (percussion). Himmerland are a huge favourite with Australian folk fans and have recently released their third album, The Spider in the Fiddle.

    www.himmerland.it

    JAN PRESTONS BOOGIE CIRCUS

    FRI 10.15pm Stage 5 SAT 3.00pm Shebeen SUN 11.45am Stage 1 The Gospel & Blues Convention SUN 8.45pm Stage 5

    The queen of boogie piano, Jan Preston, has gained international popularity for her high energy boogie and blues performances and her candid personality.

    Together with her award-winning Boogie Circus, she regularly entertains audiences around the world. Jan is not only a pianist and singer, but also writes music for film and television (including the theme to ABC TVs Australian Story). Port Fairy presents a performance of her original score for the Australian silent film classic, The Kid Stakes, an irreverent and hilarious piece of suburban Australiana that brings to life a fascinating picture of 1920s Sydney.

    www.janpreston.com

    JEFF LANG

    SUN 11.15am Stage 4 SUN 1.45pm Stage 3 The Guitocracy

    For a guitarist of gob-smacking talent and a songwriter of the highest order, you cant go past internationally acclaimed musician Jeff Lang. He has featured at major festivals, pubs, clubs, arts centres and venues internationally for the past decade, wowing crowds with his back catalogue of 15 studio albums and earning numerous awards, including three ARIA awards. Blending rock, roots, folk, blues, ballads, instrumentals, improvisation and a devastatingly high level of musicality, Jeff Lang is a unique performer and his newest album I Live A lot In My Head These Days showcases his extraordinary talent to perfection.

    www.jefflang.com.au

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  • JENNY BIDDLE

    SAT 11.15am Stage 4 Here Comes The Song SAT 3.00pm Lighthouse SUN 12.00pm Surf Club SUN 1.30pm FOLKworX CGCGCD Guitar Tuning SUN 2.30pm Lighthouse Shine A Light

    Pocket rocket Aussie songsmith and multi-instrumentalist Jenny Biddle bewitches audiences with brilliant original folk and blues tunes that rely on her powerfully emotive voice, an instinctual mastery of the piano and her jaw-dropping skills on the guitar. She wraps herself around a self-made acoustic guitar, like a marriage between body and instrument, compelling her audience to join her on a voyage of passion, charisma and story in song. Jenny is set to launch her fifth album at this years Festival. A live record celebrating two decades of guitar playing, it reveals her most intimate folk nuances and rootsy guitar expeditions.

    www.jennybiddle.com

    JO JO SMITH

    FRI 8.00pm St Pats Hall Tim Whelans Welcome SAT 8.45pm Stage 1 SUN 11.45am Stage 1 The Gospel & Blues Convention SUN 3.45pm Stage 5

    Jo Jo Smith is an inspirational performer, who takes her audiences on a lyrical, musically diverse journey of blues, soul, funk, R&B, latin and jazz. For over four decades she has been warming hearts with her incredible voice and musicality.

    Her latest CD Standing in the Lovelight is a beautifully produced album of eight original tunes and four well-chosen covers and confirms her status as one of Australias finest singer/songwriters. Jo Jo takes to the stage with a magnetic force for a thrilling live show.

    www.jojosmithsoul.com

    JODI MARTIN BAND

    FRI 6.00pm Lighthouse SAT 12.45pm Lighthouse My Guitar Gently Weeps SAT 3.45pm Fiddlers Green SUN 5.45pm Stage 4 The Singing Land SUN 10.30pm Stage 6

    Intensely personal, humorous and thought provoking, Jodi Martins music inspires that deep shift you feel inside when a song really moves you. Her feel-good, earthy folk/pop style, evocative of Sheryl Crow and The Waifs, draws on her coastal-desert roots and her hometown, Ceduna. Her music has taken her around the world and seen her heralded one of Australias most talented singer songwriters by The Weekend Australian. Jodis stunning new album Saltwater was co-written with folk legend Arlo Guthrie, produced by Shane Nicholson, and the cover fittingly showcases Jodi and her band amongst the saltwater spray of Port Fairy.

    www.jodimartin.com

    JOHN BUTLER TRIO

    FRI 10.00pm Stage 1 SAT 5.00pm Stage 1

    Whether backed by his rhythm section or solo, John Butler is a fascinating performer who captivates his audience and loves to share special moments with them. Originally introduced to the Australian music scene with his unique chord bending skills and distinct blues and roots style, he performed solo before forming the John Butler Trio. This legendary musician spent eight months on the road in 2014, touring Australia, Europe, Japan and the US. Now, fresh from winning a Best Blues & Roots Album ARIA for Flesh & Blood, the John Butler Trio heads to Port Fairy.

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  • JORDIE LANE

    FRI 7.00pm Stage 1 SAT 12.45pm Lighthouse My Guitar Gently Weeps SAT 7.15pm Stage 2 SUN 12.45pm Stage 4

    Born to a comedian and a clown, Jordie Lane spent his early years in his parents travelling circus. Not much has changed, with Jordie renowned for both his relentless international touring schedule and his witty, comedic storytelling. His songs are nostalgic and immediately affecting, his guitar playing is authentic and raw, the rich resonance of his voice is simply otherworldly and he has that rare quality of being able to lure and capture his listeners. Jordies 2014 EP Not Built to Last, released to glowing reviews, retains his playful charm while exploring themes of transience and mortality.

    www.jordielane.com

    JUSTIN BERNASCONI

    SAT 10.30am FOLKworX Finger-picking Tips & Tricks SAT 12.45pm Lighthouse My Guitar Gently Weeps SAT 8.00pm Stage 5 SUN 2.00pm Stage 2 SUN 7.15pm Fiddlers Green

    Justin Bernasconi infuses his original music with exciting and tasteful guitar playing. He was raised in a small Cambridgeshire village famed for witches and Lancaster Bombers. Within two years of arriving in Australia, he had formed The Stillsons. 2014 saw Bernasconi release his debut solo album Winter Pick, which features his considerable grasp of British and American folk guitar styles. Produced by Jeff Lang, Winter Pick was described by Australian Guitar Magazine as:

    a dexterous display of picking ... treading the fine line between guitar showboating and tasteful melodies. The album has gone onto receive outstanding reviews both nationally, and internationally.

    www.justinbernasconi.com

    KAMERUNGA

    FRI 10.15pm Stage 2 SAT 4.30pm FOLKworX Studio Recording SAT 7.45pm Shebeen

    Cairns band Kamerunga has resuscitated, redefined and reinvigorated Australian folk, blending original composition with tradition and elements of world music, jazz, classical, rock and reggae to create a vivid new fusion. Kamerunga has performed at every major roots music festival in the land and their music has been playlisted on Qantas and Virgin domestic and international flights, released worldwide and represented Australia at the 2014 Soccer World Cup. Fellow musicians, including Shane Howard and Paul Grabowksy, wax lyrical about the band and their most recent release Terra Australis received rave reviews and airplay in several countries.

    www.sonicbids.com/kamerunga

    KARAVANA FLAMENCA

    FRI 9.45pm Stage 6 SAT 7.15pm Lighthouse SUN 12.30pm Fiddlers Green SUN 3.00pm FOLKworX Rhythms of Rumba Flamenca SUN 8.30pm Flag Circle

    Karavana Flamenca play heart-wrenching Spanish gypsy street music, with fire! Their music fuses the roots of rumba from its Afro-Cuban origins to its final destination, Spain, with a contemporary

    sound inspired by the Turkish and Spanish/Romany backgrounds of the members. Bass, guitars and percussion drive the rhythm; vocals and oud sing the haunting tunes. The breathtaking energy, upbeat rhythms and soulful melodies of Karavana Flamenca spell gypsy fiesta every performance. Their album Gypsy Tour visits the origins and evolution of rumba flamenca music with a passion and authenticity rarely seen outside Spain.

    www.karavanaflamenca.com

    KATHRYN CLEMENTS & THE PEAT FIRES

    SAT 5.30pm St Pats Hall From Ireland To Here The Show SUN 12.30pm Stage 5 SUN 4.30pm St Pats Hall From Ireland To Here The Show

    From Ireland to Here: The Show is a journey through music, song and story. This intimate show invites the audience to share a journey that will transport them to the very heart of Ireland. Kathryns stories are seamlessly interwoven amongst the haunting beauty of Traditional Irish music and song.

    www.myspace.com/kathrynclements

    KIERAN OCONNELL & SHANAKEE

    FRI 11.30pm Shebeen SAT 6.00pm Railway Stage SUN 9.15pm Shebeen MON 10.15am Shebeen

    Formed in 1992 by Irish storyteller and entertainer Kieran OConnell, Melbournes four-piece Celtic country band Shanakee has a simple formula have a good time, enjoy each others company and play great music. The group brings a vast and varied range of musical experiences to the table, but theres something greater than the sum of its parts when they take to the stage.

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  • This energy has been beautifully captured on their acclaimed original album Weeds and Wildflowers. The appeal of Shanakee stretches across generations and cultures, bringing together people from all walks of life who share a love of Celtic music.

    www.shanakee.com.au

    LA MAUVAISE RPUTATION

    FRI 7.00pm Stage 6 SAT 12.00pm Surf Club SUN 11.00am Fiddlers Green SUN 1.45pm Stage 3 The Guitocracy SUN 4.30pm FOLKworX Gypsy Jazz Guitar

    French gypsy swing virtuosos La Mauvaise Rputation are Australias most authentic interpreters of the beautiful melodies of classic French chanson and the hot jazz and up-tempo swing of 1930s Paris. The groups repertoire specialises in the timeless songs of Edith Piaf, Charles Trenet and Serge Gainsbourg and Jean Sablon sung en franais, bien sr - and the unique sounds of Django Reinhardt. Regular performers at festivals and jazz clubs across Australia, La Mauvaise Rputation have released two albums, Tours Eiffel en Plastique in 2011 and Bad Reputation in 2014.

    www.frenchgypsyjazz.com

    LAKE STREET DIVE USA

    SAT 1.30pm Stage 1 SUN 3.30pm Stage 1

    Lake Street Dive has been performing since 2004 after meeting as fellow students at the New England Conservatory in Boston, USA. The band was handpicked

    by trumpet/guitar player Mike Olson and named after an actual neighbourhood of seedy bars in his hometown Minneapolis. Since then the quartet has evolved from a weird alt-country jazz group to a pop-soul juggernaut whose sound has familiar roots but with a slant entirely their own. Lake Street Dive makes the most of pop music virtues solid, evocative song craft, propulsive grooves and lead singer Rachael Prices disarming, forthright vocals and draws on the members diverse musical backgrounds for an impressive and unique sound. With catchy songs that are by turns openhearted and wryly inquisitive, Lake Street Dive delivers audiences a vivid, largely acoustic, groove-driven strain of indie-pop.

    www.lakestreetdive.com

    LAMINE SONKO & THE AFRICAN INTELLIGENCE

    SAT 9.30pm Shebeen SUN 7.15pm Stage 1 MON 12.10pm Stage 3

    With untamed high-spirited energy, Lamine Sonko & The African Intelligence are using the power of music and dance to share their ancient cultural knowledge. From funky baselines and swift guitar riffs to the smooth groove of a message with meaning, The African Intelligence delivers a powerful contemporary fusion of exhilarating African rhythms. With an energetic line-up of Australias finest world musicians, this ten-piece ensemble charms and engages its audiences from start to finish with a percussive blend of funk, Afrobeat, jazz, soul, reggae and salsa. Its exhilarating, its infectious, it dares you dance!

    www.theafricanintelligence.com

    LUCY WISE TRIO

    SAT 10.00am Stage 4 SUN 10.30am FOLKworX Accompanying Songs on Ukulele SUN 5.30pm Stage 2 MON 10.45am Lighthouse

    Hailing from the far south-western corner of Australia, singer/songwriter Lucy Wise has delighted audiences across Australia, New Zealand and the UK with her unique blend of folk, chamber and pop music combined with masterful storytelling and a soulful voice. Drawing inspiration from her background in Appalachian and Celtic folk music, Lucys songs sketch universally recognisable stories that are grounded in the realities of everyday experience. Lucy Wise Trio uses intricate textures to bring to life the characters of near and faraway places, traversing the landscapes of memory, travel and human relationships to place.

    www.lucywise.com.au

    LULUC

    SAT 11.15am Stage 4 Here Comes The Song SAT 7.30pm Stage 4 SUN 10.00am Stage 3 Women Sing Out SUN 3.45pm Stage 2

    In a world where instant gratification is the norm, patience has become a rare commodity. But for Zo Randell and Steve Hassett, who make up indie-folk duo Luluc (pronounced Loo-LUKE), letting things unfold in due time not only defines their career trajectory, it also works as a pretty good description of their approach to making music. Sub Pop co-founder Jonathan Poneman describes their sound as bracing, subtle, tender and magnificent. The duos 2014 release Passerby shows off all of Lulucs best qualities and was well-received, making many critics list of top ten albums of the year.

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  • MARK SEYMOUR & THE UNDERTOW

    SAT 3.15pm Stage 1 SUN 9.00pm Stage 1

    Mark Seymour is the voice of some of Australias most treasured songs. For more than three decades he has been a fixture on the local music scene: as front man of the iconic Hunters & Collectors, a singer, poet and acute observer of human existence and the Australian psyche. His collection of raw and intense songs, whether recorded with the Hunters, solo or with his current band The Undertow, provides insight into the frailties, love, courage and desperation of everyday life and reveals his talent as one of the nations finest songwriters and most passionate performers.

    www.markseymour.com.au

    MARLON WILLIAMS NZ

    FRI 8.55pm St Pats Hall Tim Whelans Welcome SAT 11.15am Stage 5 SAT 12.45pm Lighthouse My Guitar Gently Weeps SUN 2.30pm Lighthouse Shine A Light Showcase SUN 5.45pm Stage 4 The Singing Land

    Described as the impossible love child of Elvis, Roy Orbison and Townes Van Zandt, Marlon Williams is a two-time New Zealand Music Award winning singer/songwriter touted by Rhythms Magazine as the Artist to Watch in 2014.

    Living up to the hype, Marlon has featured on SBS Rockwiz, performed at the Sydney Opera House for TEDx Sydney, been invited to support First Aid Kit and Justin Townes Earle, joined the line-ups for Meredith, Queenscliff, Darwin, Mullumbimby and Wave Rock Festivals and released a new single Strange Things, selling out release shows around New Zealand and Australia. He is due to release his debut solo album in February this year.

    www.marlonwilliams.co.nz

    MARU TARANG

    SAT 1.15pm Stage 3 SUN 10.00am Stage 5 The Music of Rajasthan SUN 5.15pm Stage 5 MON 10.00am Stage 3

    Born deep in the deserts of Rajasthan, Maru Tarang is a remarkable collaboration between two pairs of virtuoso musicians from different countries: acclaimed blues slide-guitarist Jeff Lang and tabla maestro Bobby Singh from Australia, with young sarangi master Asin Langa and brilliantly expressive khartal player Bhungar Manganiyar. Transcending genres and language barriers, their music is a unique combination of traditional and contemporary sounds, featuring ancient Rajasthani folk songs refreshed by Australian roots, seminal blues by Robert Johnson enriched with Indian flavours and soulful expressions through deep, original and fiery improvisations.

    www.topshelf.com.au

    MELBOURNE SCOTTISH FIDDLERS

    SAT 11.15am Stage 2 SAT 4.30pm Shebeen SUN 5.20pm Reardon Theatre Caledonia Downunder

    In their 20th year and stronger than ever, the Melbourne Scottish Fiddlers explore the lively sounds of Scottish music with

    a repertoire that acknowledges and reinvents traditional roots and draws enthusiastic and loyal crowds. Watch for the onstage fireworks when they perform with long-time collaborators Alasdair Fraser and Natalie Haas, who join the club in their 20th Anniversary celebrations around Australia and in Scotland. Reviving the best of 20 years of fiddling and five award-winning CDs, therell be exciting new arrangements, genre-bending moments featuring ensemble alumni and some of the best fiddle players in Australia in this exhilarating show.

    www.melbournescottishfiddlers.com

    MICHAEL FIX

    SAT 12.45pm Lighthouse My Guitar Gently Weeps SAT 5.30pm Stage 5 SUN 1.45pm Stage 3 The Guitocracy MON 10.00am Stage 5

    Three-time winner of the Golden Guitar Award for Instrumental of the Year, Michael Fix has been entertaining audiences with his wonderful finger-style guitar technique for around 30 years. His fretboard wizardry has seen him earn a place amongst the worlds top acoustic guitar players, regularly touring Australia, Europe and Southeast Asia. Inspired by everyday experiences, Michael is known for creating passionate and evocative instrumental music that illuminates and underscores a whole range of emotions, while his interpretations of popular covers have a fresh individuality about them. He is a consummate entertainer, engaging his audience with stories and good-natured humour and of course, sensational picking!

    www.michaelfix.com

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  • MICROWAVE JENNY

    FRI 7.00pm Stage 4 SAT 11.15am Stage 4 Here Comes The Song SAT 10.25pm St Pats Hall SUN 10.00am Stage 3 Women Sing Out SUN 7.00pm Reardon Theatre Down To Earth

    Microwave Jenny is Australian husband and wife duo Tessa and Brendon Boney. Since meeting and realising they shared similar ideas for bringing love and smiles through music, the pair has been winning awards, working on film soundtracks and regularly playing festivals around the country. And with their self-described pop/folk/love sound Microwave Jenny has been developing a solid following. They navigate their way through not only the mountains and valleys of married life but also the treacherous waters of being completely independent, self managed, touring musicians who pride themselves on the DIY nature of their career.

    www.microwavejenny.com

    MIKE BRADY

    SAT 10.00am Stage 1 Meet The Guests SAT 4.15pm Lighthouse SUN 12.00pm Reardon Theatre Mike Bradys Ireland SUN 5.45pm Stage 4 The Singing Land

    Although best known for his rousing Grand Final performances of his 1979 hit Up There Cazaly, Mike Brady has been making his indelible mark on the Australian musical psyche since his first pop hits with MPD in the 1960s. His latest

    release Bloodlines features extraordinary Irish-Australian songs harking back to his musical roots in Ireland (the land of his father) and his youth spent along Victorias Great Ocean Road. Mike will be performing songs from the album with his five-piece band Greenspot, as well as a selection of his extensive back catalogue.

    www.bradyworks.com.au

    NICK CHARLES

    SAT 12.45pm Lighthouse My Guitar Gently Weeps SAT 6.40pm Stage 5 SUN 1.45pm Stage 3 The Guitocracy

    Australias virtuoso of acoustic roots and blues guitar(The Age), Nick Charles is known internationally for his dazzling, melodic fingerpicking on 6 and 12 string guitars, stinging slide and a lifetimes stories and songs from the musical highway. During an extensive and acclaimed career, he has released many albums of acoustic roots, including blues, folk and early ragtime jazz, on major roots and guitar labels. His award-winning 2013 release Into the Blues will be followed up by a new album this year. A Nick Charles show is a scintillating display of guitar wizardry, eclectic song influences and tall tales from the road.

    www.charlesguitar.com

    OH PEP!

    FRI 7.00pm Reardon Theatre SAT 10.00am Stage 5 SUN 3.45pm Fiddlers Green SUN 11.15pm Surf Club

    Folk Alliance Australia Youth Performer of the Year, Oh Pep! are musical explorers who travel in the form of a band a collaboration between songwriters Olivia Hally (guitar, vocals) and Pepita Emmerichs (fiddle, mandolin) with Justin Olsson (kit) and Isaac Barter (double bass). Drawing upon their escapades, they take you on a carefully arranged adventure for your ears. Its original contemporary folk, pop, country and bluegrass that is sometimes foot-stomping and somewhat heartbreaking.

    www.ohpep.com

    THE ORBWEAVERS

    SAT 4.15pm Stage 4 SUN 5.45pm Stage 4 The Singing Land SUN 8.45pm Stage 6

    The Orbweavers are mesmerising, haunting and heart-warming. Drawing on a love of history and science, they have charmed audiences with evocative songs of creeks and quarries, greyhounds, volcanoes, historic sewerage pumping stations and industrial landmarks. They are fast drawing a devoted following of their spellbinding sound dark and dulcet melodies with chiming guitar, violin and trumpet melding to hypnotic effect, recalling reverberant ghosts of places past. Garnering Triple R Melbourne Album of the Week and national and international praise, The Orbweavers have performed around the country to rave reviews and supported top international artists.

    www.theorbweavers.com

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  • PERCH CREEK

    FRI 10.30pm Stage 4 SAT 11.45am Folk Circus Stage SAT 8.00pm Reardon Theatre SUN 10.00pm Stage 2

    Perch Creek are a band of five energetic multi-instrumentalists and vocalists, four of whom happen to be siblings. This Melbourne-based band plays harmony-driven roots music with a creative energy and fearless spirit that sparkles with imagination and individuality. With diverse instrumentation including guitar, double bass, keyboard, trombone, saw, banjo and tap dancing, Perch Creek combine five-part vocal harmonies with folk, roots and rock musical styles, all threaded together by the bands unique collaborative songwriting. One of the most entertaining and innovative original musical acts going around, Perch Creek consistently deliver unforgettable, high-energy shows at moments haunting, but ultimately uplifting.

    www.perchcreek.com

    RICHARD THOMPSON UK

    SAT 2.45pm Stage 3 SUN 1.45pm Stage 3 The Guitocracy SUN 5.15pm Stage 1

    Named by Rolling Stone as one of the Top 20 Guitarists of All Time, Richard Thompson is also one of the worlds most critically acclaimed and prolific songwriters. He has received Lifetime Achievement Awards for Songwriting in the US and UK and was awarded an OBE in 2011. Having co-founded the groundbreaking group Fairport Convention as a teenager in the 60s, Richard and his mates virtually invented British Folk Rock before he moved on to pursue a musical

    partnership with his then wife, followed by 30 years as a highly successful solo artist. His massive body of work includes over 40 albums and musicians including Robert Plant, Elvis Costello, REM and Bonnie Raitt have recorded his music. Richard Thompsons genre-defying mastery of both acoustic and electric guitar, along with dizzying energy and onstage wit, have earned him a place as one of the most distinctive virtuosos in folk rock history.

    www.richardthompson-music.com

    RICK E VENGEANCE

    SUN 4.30pm The Shebeen The Big Sunday Sing-Out

    Rick E Vengeance, with his eclectic taste in clothes and flair for entertaining, first appeared on the folk music scene in Australia back in 1977. Now 38 years later, many fans consider him an institution (some would say a relic), especially when it comes to performing at Port Fairy, where his legendary Sunday Singalongs have become an absolute festival highlight. Over the years he has been many things dance caller, radio DJ, guitar teacher, accomplished MC, band leader and a fine guitarist. To see Rick in full flight come to the Shebeen on Sunday night for the 18th Sunday Singalong.

    ROESY

    FRI 9.45pm FOLKworX SAT 11.15am Stage 4 Here Comes The Song SAT 7.00pm Stage 6 SUN 11.15am Stage 5

    Melbourne-based Roesy began his musical journey in Ireland, singing along to his fathers records as a boy and turning the images, sights and sounds that surrounded him into songs.

    The deceptive simplicity of his lyrical themes reveals their latent complexities upon repeated listening. Many contain references to the eternal subjects of truth, beauty and the search for the luminous and transcendent in the midst of everyday living. Roesy has shared the bill with international figures including Billy Bragg, Joan Armatrading and Shane MacGowan, and now Port Fairy is the venue for the release of his latest album Wolf Counsel.

    www.roesy.net

    ROSS AINSLIE & JARLATH HENDERSON UK

    SAT 10.00am Stage 1 Meet The Guests SAT 3.00pm Stage 4 SUN 10.00pm St Pats Hall The Small Halls Concert MON 11.15am Stage 2

    Ross and Jarlath have fast become one of the most enigmatic duos to emerge from Scotland. These talented young musicians have created a sound that is bursting with energy and has earned them a nomination in the Prestigious Radio 2 Folk Awards best duo category. Two of the fieriest talents in contemporary Celtic piping, Ross Ainslie and Jarlath Henderson first met back in 2003 at the William Kennedy Piping Festival in Armagh and as a duo exploded onto the scene with 2009s critically acclaimed debut album, Partners in Crime. Their fusion of pipes and flutes pushes the boundaries of what these instruments can achieve in performances that are a vibrant mix of new and original compositions, along with traditional tunes. After a four-year break Ross and Jarlath have rejoined forces to produce a stunning new record Air-Fix.

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  • RUTH MOODY CANADA

    FRI 9.00pm Stage 4 SAT 10.00am Stage 3 SUN 10.00am Stage 3 Women Sing Out SUN 9.00pm Stage 4

    Ruth Moody is an Australian-born, two-time Juno Award-winning singer/songwriter from Winnipeg, Canada. Founding member of the internationally renowned, Billboard-charting trio The Wailin Jennys, she has performed in sold-out venues around the world and made numerous critically-acclaimed albums. Although best known for her work with The Wailin Jennys, Ruth is an artist of exceptional depth and grace in her own right. Critics have lauded her ethereal vocals, impressive multi-instrumentalism, and insightful songwriting. Written with a maturity and wisdom that belies her age, her songs are timeless, universal, and exquisitely crafted, all sung with an intimacy and honesty that is unmistakably her own. In 2010, Ruth released her first solo album, The Garden and the highly anticipated follow-up, These Wilder Things, was released in 2013 to rave reviews.

    www.ruthmoody.com

    SHANE HOWARD

    SUN 2.00pm Stage 1 SUN 8.40pm Reardon Theatre Down To Earth MON 11.00am Stage 4

    Shane Howard is one of Australias most important and influential writers and singers. His work combines a deep understanding of poetic and musical folk traditions and captures something

    essential of the spirit of Australia in words and music. He has refined his art with 13 solo albums, three Goanna albums, two books and a stable of great production credits, and his latest album, Deeper South, was released in February this year. Dont miss this musical postcard from the edge of the world - the unique southern coast of Australia, performed live by Shane Howard and friends.

    www.shanehoward.com.au

    SHARON SHANNON BAND IRELAND

    SAT 8.45pm Stage 3 SUN 4.00pm Stage 3

    Sharon Shannon has music at her fingertips...literally! The accordionist from Ireland has achieved legendary status throughout the world and has made the much-maligned accordion cool in her home country. She is renowned for her collaborations not just in Irish traditional music, but through all musical genres including hip-hop, cajun, country, classical and rap. Sharon has recorded and toured with a whos who of the Irish and global music industry, including Bono, Nigel Kennedy, Steve Earle and Alison Krauss, and has entertained US and Irish Presidents. Sharon records and produces her albums at her own studio, Poets Corner, outside Galway. She has won several music awards including Lifetime Achievement at the Irish Meteor Awards in 2009.

    www.sharonshannon.com

    SINAD OCONNOR IRELAND

    FRI 10.15pm Stage 3 SAT 7.00pm Stage 3

    After 30 years in the music business Sinad OConnor remains the most iconic Irish artist in history. Possessed of prodigious songwriting skills, a soaring, spectral voice and a tragic back-story to draw upon, she emerged as both a connection to her countrys dusty, mystical past and a punk iconoclast who seemed like a violent break from that same past. Throughout the 1990s and 2000s she would fearlessly cross musical genres, reimagining standards in classic jazz, Irish folk and Jamaican roots. Her heart stopping voice and visceral live performances set new standards of feminine intensity in rock music. Sinads latest album Im Not Bossy, Im The Boss is a tour-de-force, infusing the spirit of funky blues with a fresh exploration of the age-old theme of romantic love. This is Sinad OConnor at the peak of her powers still one of the most original, emotional and spirited voices in all of music.

    www.sineadoconnor.com

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  • SISKIN RIVER

    SUN 11.30am Stage 2 Stage Door Showcase SUN 4.15pm Railway Stage SUN 9.00pm St Pats Hall The Small Halls Concert

    Siskin River (sisters Shalane and Tullara) hail from the quiet, forgotten countryside on the outskirts of Grafton NSW. A compact duo with a big sound, they deliver an original style of folky blues, with a stomping groove factor, delectable riffs, fast fingers and evocative lyrics. They first hit the road with their unique sound and striking live performances in December 2011 and have been touring non-stop ever since, calling their trusty siskimobile wagon home. Having featured at an astounding number of festivals and venues across Australia, the duo has finally released their much anticipated debut album The Hours They Keep.

    www.siskinriver.com

    SKIPPING GIRL VINEGAR

    SAT 10.15pm Stage 2 SUN 6.15pm Shebeen MON 12.15pm Stage 1

    Expect to be uplifted by indie, hobo-pop darlings Skipping Girl Vinegar. Their forthcoming album The Great Wave has been described as a sonic explosion of colour, capturing the move to a small Victorian coastal village, the heartbreak of a cancer diagnosis, searching for hope and light in the depths of critical life challenges and the journey into recovery. Their work has been internationally acclaimed; receiving extensive radio play on U.S. college radio, Triple J, ABC and community radio nationwide. Wowing audiences at many of Australias premier festivals, this heart-warming band is a must-see experience.

    www.skippinggirlvinegar.com

    SKY SCRAPER STAN & THE COMMISSION FLATS

    FRI 9.45pm Shebeen SAT 12.30pm Fiddlers Green SAT 11.00pm Reardon Theatre SUN 7.45pm Shebeen

    Is it a broomstick? Is it a lamppost? No its Skyscraper Stan! After discovering the only thing he was any good at was writing songs, Stan created his dysfunctional family band, The Commission Flats. Together they play troubadour rock n roll, a flavour of music unique to this group of cheeky (and often jaw dropping) guitar, female backing vocals and a powerhouse rhythm section. Sensibilities gleaned from years of playing early American music collide with the big band sound of New Orleans and the verbose, cynical and often whimsical lyrics of charismatic frontman Stan Woodhouse.

    www.skyscraperstanand thecommissionflats.com

    STEVE POLTZ USA

    FRI 9.00pm Stage 2 SAT 11.30am Stage 3 SUN 2.00pm Reardon Theatre MON 12.15pm Stage 2

    To suggest that Steve Poltz isnt normal is about as safe a statement as one could make. You would basically require the powers of the Hubble space telescope to locate him from any region of normalcy. Among the music cognoscenti, he is regarded as one of the most talented and prolific songwriters of our time. His touring schedule is ferocious, ping ponging between continents with enough frequency to earn him manic followings in scores of different accents and languages. His live shows have captivated audiences far and wide with a mix of singing, storytelling, shredding and the occasional spoken word rants that have been known to incite riots. He can take an audience from laughter to tears and back again in the space of the same song. Steve Poltz

    transcends the word talented. He is unforgettable in all the right ways.

    www.poltz.com

    STEVE SMYTH

    SAT 8.45pm Stage 2 SUN 7.00pm Stage 5

    NSW singer/songwriter Steve Smyth is best described as a world citizen. From the streets of Barcelona to touring alongside the likes of The Killers, Angus and Julia Stone, Lanie Lane and Kim Churchill, he has proven time and time again to be devastating in the live setting. With a voice churned up in Bourbon soaked Louisiana gravel that soars to the heavens at times with its sweetness, its tempting to compare Steve Smyth with some of the great vocalists of the past few decades. Every performance is an event, every song a statement.

    www.stevesmyth.com.au

    STRAY HENS

    FRI 9.45pm St Pats Hall Tim Whelans Welcome SAT 11.15am Stage 4 Here Comes The Song - Rowena Wise SAT 1.45pm School Hall Sing Harmony SAT 8.45pm Lighthouse SUN 2.30pm Lighthouse Shine A Light Showcase SUN 10.00pm Surf Club

    Three stunning frontwomen, twin fiddles, bass, drums, guitar and blended harmonies thats Stray Hens. With their beautiful arrangements of songs from the folk revival and before, punctuated with originals from band members Rowena Wise and Mandy Connell, their live show is captivating and diverse and has wowed audiences round the country. The Hens new self titled album presents story songs made new and current with rhythms inspired by old time and jazz. These are not folk songs as you know them.

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  • SUZETTE HERFT & PATRICK EVANS

    SAT 3.30pm St Pats Hall Shining A Diamond in the Rust Joan Baez SUN 11.30am Stage 2 Stage Door Showcase SUN 2.15pm St Pats Hall Farewell Angelina Bob Dylan & Joan Baez

    In concert, Suzette Herft & Patrick Evans showcase originals as well as feature a set of Joan Baez/Bob Dylan duets. Suzette is well known for her outstanding tribute show to Joan Baez Shining A Diamond in the Rust, which received a rousing standing ovation at The Port Fairy Folk Festival in 2014. Together, Suzette and Patrick capture the magic of this iconic folk duo, who earned a place in our hearts and psyche and in our musical history.

    www.suzetteherft.com www.patrickevansmusic.com

    SWEETHEARTS

    SAT 6.00pm Shebeen SUN 10.00am Stage 1

    Sweethearts are the present and future of soul music. Playing nu-soul, a fusion of styles based around classic soul, this 25-piece group is the most exciting band of young female musicians in the world. They have redefined what is possible, being the only school-based band in the world that plays exclusively in professional settings. Their all-girl power show includes a mixture of originals and reworked classic sounds, which they have taken to major music festivals around the world. The girls write their own songs, have recorded CDs and were even the subject of a 13-episode ABC TV documentary.

    www.sweethearts.com.au

    TOM MASON & THE BLUE BUCCANEERS USA

    FRI 6.45pm Shebeen SAT 10.30pm Stage 4 SUN 10.30pm Stage 5 MON 12.00pm Lighthouse

    A wild band of accomplished Nashville musicians, Tom Mason & the Blue Buccaneers play a rollicking mix of piratical sing-alongs, rousing historical rave-ups, Afro-Cuban tinged ballads and bluesy Irish jigs all while dressed as pirates! The Blue Buccaneers play with the fervor of The Pogues and the sensitivity of the Buena Vista Social Club. Their songs transport you to the wildest pub in Port Royal at the turn of the 18th century and their CDs are rowdy and evocative works that transcend any aspect of novelty that one might expect at first glance. In their first Australian tour audiences will experience all the theatricality, showmanship and musicianship that make for a memorable Tom Mason and the Blue Buccaneers performance.

    www.tommason.net

    TRACY MCNEIL & THE GOODLIFE

    FRI 8.45pm Reardon Theatre SAT 11.30am Shebeen SAT 7.00pm Fiddlers Green SUN 10.15pm Lighthouse

    Tracy McNeil and her band The GoodLife blend a fresh new sound infusing Tracys Canadian roots with the heart and grit of Melbournes thriving Americana scene. Add to this the pop-soaked splendor of 1970s West-Coast California, and youll be coasting the musical landscape that she calls home. Tracys third album, Nobody Ever Leaves, has been hailed as one of the best releases of 2014 with two nominations at The Age Music Victoria Genre Awards. On it she navigates the listener through an undulating musical landscape that captures the imagination, defies time and place and speaks directly to the heart.

    www.tracymcneil.com

    TROUBLE IN THE KITCHEN

    FRI 7.00pm St Pats Hall Tim Whelans Welcome SAT 12.00pm Reardon Theatre Kilkenny to Killarney SAT 3.45pm Stage 2 SUN 2.15pm Fiddlers Green

    Acclaimed as one of Australias most exciting and innovative trad-folk acts, Trouble in the Kitchen have earned a reputation as world class performers of traditional Irish music. With a versatile line-up fusing flute and fiddle with driving guitar and bouzouki, its the energy of their live shows that sets Trouble apart and has established them as firm crowd favourites on the festival scene. After touring Japan and Europe and embarking on exciting solo projects, Ado Barker, Ben Stephenson, Joe Ferguson and Kate Burke return to Port Fairy with a fresh outlook and some cranking new material.

    www.troubleinthekitchen.com

    WAGONS

    SAT 11.15pm Shebeen SUN 10.45pm Stage 1

    Unanimously lauded as one of one of Australias great live outfits, Wagons are one of those bands that are impossible to forget. Led by the unique swagger of Renaissance man Henry Wagons, this bunch of facial hair-wielding tall timber, relentlessly provide a stomping, floor-fracturing show no matter which stage they take over. Theyve just released their sixth studio album Acid Rain & Sugar Cane and they are taking it to fans around the country. Drawing on a broad-ranging swag of influences, a Wagons gig is a high sensation rollercoaster ride you dont want to miss.

    www.wagonsmusic.com

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  • WE TWO THIEVES

    FRI 7.00pm Stage 3 SAT 10.00am Stage 1 Meet The Guests SAT 1.30pm Stage 4

    Tinpan Orange frontwoman Emily Lubitz and WA soulstress Mama Kin both revel in the power and vulnerability that the voice holds. Following the success of their recent albums Mama Kins ARIA award-nominated The Magicians Daughter and Tinpan Oranges Over the Sun the pair joins forces as We Two Thieves. Together these entertainers have discovered an affinity that is equal parts Americana, folk and soul. With harmonies forming the backbone of their storytelling, We Two Thieves are as fragile as they are feisty, harnessing their femininity to delve into the corners of human frailty.

    www.wetwothieves.bandcamp.com

    WHITETOP MOUNTAINEERS USA

    FRI 8.00pm Stage 2 SAT 9.45pm St Pats Hall SUN 7.45pm Stage 4

    The Whitetop Mountaineers hailing from the mountains of Virginia are the genuine article. Jackson and Martha are both skilled multi-instrumentalists and vocalists; their close harmonies indicative of the old time and bluegrass traditions from which they draw their repertoire. Their shows feature old time country duet singing, up-tempo old time fiddle, banjo, mandolin and guitar instrumentals as well as high-energy Appalachian dance.

    The Whitetop Mountaineers have played concerts, festivals, workshops and dances through the US, Canada, UK, Ireland, Australia and New Zealand bringing their own special flair to a repertoire of contemporary and traditional Southern mountain music of America.

    www.whitetopmountaineers.com

    THE YEARLINGS

    FRI 7.30pm Lighthouse SAT 12.45pm Lighthouse My Guitar Gently Weeps SUN 10.00am Stage 4 SUN 2.45pm St Johns Church The Church Concert

    Since they met in 2000, The Yearlings have been calmly carving out a giant piece of real estate in the Australian alt-country landscape. After spending the past four years sharing their brooding ballads, rolling roots and haunting harmonies with local and international audiences, the duo has returned with a fifth studio album. All The Wandering is another gem to add to an already glittering catalogue, and an album that sweetly haunts far beyond its end. With Chris Parkinsons signature guitar tones and Robyn Chalklens hypnotic prose, The Yearlings deliver tunes with a confidence that carries an addictive fragility. The Yearlings will be joined on stage by B.J. Barker (drums) and Harry Brus (bass).

    www.theyearlings.net

    ZEON

    FRI 7.00pm Surf Club SAT 1.00pm Surf Club SUN 1.00pm Railway Stage MON 12.00pm FOLKworX

    Not even in Ireland would you hear a sound as rich, full bodied and unique as Zeon. Like a fine Irish single malt, their liberated melodies were distilled in the streets of Ireland and matured in the laneways and pubs of Melbourne, Australia. A talented five piece that fuses traditional and modern Irish tunes, with hints of folk, bluegrass and country. A shared love for playing folk music has seen Zeon evolve into a formidable live act. After winning the open Stage Prize last year in Port Fairy, expect to stomp, sing and shed a tear at their new tunes and old favourites.

    www.zeonmusic.com

    ZEPTEPI

    FRI 10.30pm Reardon Theatre SAT 1.15pm Shebeen SUN 10.00am Stage 2 SUN 12.45pm Folk Circus Stage SUN 5.45pm Railway Stage

    High energy foot-stomping folk-rock band Zeptepi combine elements of post-punk acts like The Pogues and The Waterboys with a hint of Neil Young and a love of traditional sea shanties all led by the infectious groove of the electric banjo. Fronted by singer Phil Dean, the first Zeptepi recordings surfaced in 2002 and they played their first gig in 2004. Now 300 shows and eight albums later, they are one of the most exciting live acts in the country and have appeared at major festivals across the globe. They are hitting the road in 2015 with a brand new album.

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    3 Stage Three

    4 Stage Four

    5 Stage Five

    6 Stage Six

    7 The Shebeen

    8 FOLKworX

    9 The Lighthouse

    10 INSTRUMENTworX

    11 The Flag Circle

    Arena Entry Gates

    First Aid

    Emergency Exits

    12 Disabled Parking

    13 Green Room + Instrument Lock up

    14 Performer Reception

    Ticket Exchange

    15 Lecture Hall

    16 Fiddlers Green

    17 Railway Stage

    Visitor Information

    18 RSL Hall

    19 Reardon Theatre

    20 Senior Citizens

    21 St Johns Church

    22 Uniting Church

    23 St Pats Hall

    24 School Hall

    25 St Patricks Church

    Hospital

    26 Show Grounds

    27 Gardens Camping

    28 Surf Club

    29 The Wharf

    Police Station

    30 Southcombe Park

    Road Closed

    Music Shuttle Bus Route

    Music Shuttle Bus Stops

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    THE FESTIVAL ARENA CONCERTS The Festival Arena is at the south end of Sackville Street in Southcombe Park. It contains Stages 1 - 6, plus The Shebeen, the Lighthouse Stage, Family Folk Circus (Stage 6), INSTRUMENTworX, FOLKworX (at the Cricket Pavilion) and many stalls providing food, craft and merchandise.

    FOLKWORX Workshops, Concerts

    The main workshop venue is FOLKworX, which is situated in the Cricket Pavilion in the centre of the Festival Arena. FOLKworX also hosts frINge and showcase performances.

    The town of Port Fairy is bursting at the seams on the festival weekend with venues of all kinds, from the big stage concert venues in the Festival Arena to the smaller, intimate venues in the town, including street performances, craft and food stalls, spoken word venues, free concert stages and more. There really is something for everyone, all of the time!

    LIGHTHOUSE STAGE Concerts, Aussie Morning Show

    Formerly known as the Lighthouse Caf, this venue is no longer licensed. There are plenty of chairs and tables to dine upon in this peaceful environment. The Cafe will operate from the new, larger site nearby.

    FAMILY FOLK CIRCUS Family friendly entertainment, Workshops, Concerts

    Located at Stage 6 this venue is filled with fun for all ages by day and concerts by night.

    LICENSED VENUES THE SHEBEEN This is the largest licensed venue in the Festival Arena, where you can enjoy a Guinness or a wine together with a great

    program of festival acts. This venue can be accessed by children only when accompanied by an adult, however, after 8.00pm the Festival Committee recommends that children do not enter or remain in the bar. Children should remain with their accompanying adult at all times while in The Shebeen.

    THE SPEAKEASY Located at the rear of Stage 2, the new Speakeasy licensed bar offers patrons refreshments in a relaxed atmosphere. The bar will be open on Saturday and Sunday from 12 noon. This venue can be accessed by children only when accompanied by an adult, however, after 8.00pm the Festival Committee recommends that children do not enter or remain in the bar. Children should remain with their accompanying adult at all times while in The Speakeasy bar.

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    PROGRAM FRIDAY 6TH MARCH

    THE MUSIC SHUTTLEARENA GATE - GOLD COIN FARE

    Welcome to Country

    Jordie Lane Davidson Brothers

    Ami WilliamsonCD Launch

    Jodi Martin BandCD Launch

    Aniar

    Tom Mason and the Blue Buccaneers

    Catherine Britt

    Sky Scraper Stan CD Launch

    Kieran OConnell and SHANAKEE

    The Yearlings Georgia Spain

    La Mauvaise Reputation

    6.00: Benny B - Sharkbuoy

    6.30: Nick Nickolas

    7.00: The Ringmistress - Heidi Hoops

    7.30: Bikerina

    8.00: Mr Qwirk

    8.30: Tina Green Circus

    9.00: The Light Fantastic

    Ajak KwaiCD Launch

    Karavana Flamenca

    The FrINgE

    THE FLAG CIRCLE

    Alister TurrillRick Merrigan Award

    Roesy

    Lagoon Hill Zydeco

    The Baker Suite

    Microwave Jenny

    We Two Thieves

    Buffy Sainte-MarieHat Fitz & Cara

    CD Launch

    Whitetop MountaineersCD Launch

    The ChipolatasAsh & BloomCD Launch

    Steve Poltz Alasdair Fraser & Natalie Haas

    Ruth Moody

    Perch CreekKamerungaCD Launch

    Jan Prestons Boogie Circus

    Sinad OConnorCD Launch

    John Butler Trio All Our Exes Live In TexasCD Launch

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    This historic hall is just beside Fiddlers Green, near the roundabout in Sackville Street. This year the Lecture Hall is the venue for Barry versus Kelly.

    REARDON THEATRE Feature Concerts

    The Reardon Theatre is located on Bank Street, near James Street. It was the main venue for the first series of Festivals. The Reardon Theatre hosts concerts in a safe and alcohol-free venue. Evening concerts are generally not ticketed Free Entry.

    ST PATS HALL Concerts, Workshops

    Situated near the corner of Campbell and William Streets, the St Pats Hall program includes Tim Whelans Welcome on Friday night, the Port Fairy Has Words artists, sessions, and other special concerts throughout the weekend.

    SCHOOL HALL Workshops, Festival Choir

    This delightful hall at the Consolidated School is a venue for workshops and the Festival Choir rehearsals - come join

    the fun! Just turn left out of the Festival Arena gate and walk up Campbell Street to the old bluestone school. The hall is just inside the gate and on the left.

    ST JOHNS CHURCH Concerts

    A beautiful, old bluestone building, this is the venue for the Church Concert on Sunday afternoon, the Hymn Singing Concert on Sunday evening, a Catholic Folk Mass, and an Anglican Folk Eucharist. Access to the church is from the northern end of Barclay Street off Bank Street, or from Regent Street.

    FREE VENUES FIDDLERS GREEN Concerts

    There is a full program of music on Saturday and Sunday, featuring main program and frINge artists. Fiddlers Green is now the official name of the town square and the new permanent stage that has been built with support from Jack Smits and the Folk Festival Committee.

    THE RAILWAY STAGE Concerts

    Situated at Railway Place, the site of the old railway station has an all-weekend

    craft market and stage, featuring music on Saturday, Sunday and Monday.

    THE RSL HALL APRA AMCOS Songwriter Speaks, Troubadours Open Stage

    With assistance and support from APRA AMCOS, we are running the APRA AMCOS Songwriter Speaks forums beginning at 7.30pm on Saturday and Sunday evenings in the RSL Hall on Railway Place. Come and perform in the open mike blackboard concerts at the Troubadours Open Stage. The venue is open Saturday and Sunday from 12 midday until 5.00pm. Get there early to put your name on the blackboard, as time slots are limited!

    SURF CLUB Charlies on East Concerts, Sessions

    The Surf Club is the venue for the Fringe Music Stage and Celtic Fire jams. Located on Beach Street, you can take our Music Shuttle Bus to the venue. This venue is fully licensed and serves great food!

    Shanties

    Join Danny Spooner and the Whalers on the Wharf for his ever-popular shanty session.

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    THE STREET INVADERS

    LECTURE HALL

    FIDDLERS GREEN

    RAILWAY STAGE RSL HALL

    REARDON THEATRE ST PATS HALL SCHOOL HALL SURF CLUB OTHER VENUES

    Oh Pep! Trouble in the Kitchen

    Zeon

    The Max Rudd Band

    Full Swing Stars On The Lake

    Harmaniax

    The Willie Wagtails

    Jo Jo Smith

    Marlon Williams

    Stray Hens

    The HeartstringQuartet

    Tracy McNeil & The Good Life

    Zeptepi

    6.00: Charlotte Raven The Picnic

    7.00: Big Rory & Ochie Gramophone Man

    7.30: TimTim

    8.30: Havana Palava

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    FINGER PICKING TIPS & TRICKSJustin Bernasconi

    WEST AFRICAN DRUMMINGKofi Kunk & Julian Sackey

    SUDAN OF COWS, WOMEN & WARAjak Kwai

    SONGWRITINGIN THE BLUES TRADITIONFiona Boyes

    STUDIO RECORDINGNigel Pegrum

    Mik Maks

    TAI CHI SESSIONBrendan Dowd

    RoesyCD Launch

    Hat Fitz & Cara Robinson

    The Baker Suite

    Perch Creek

    The Ringmistress - Heidi Hoops

    Red The Clown

    MarimbaTaters!

    Host: Red The Clown

    Woodys World

    The Chipolatas

    Samba Circus

    Red The ClownMaypole Dance

    10.00: CRAFTWorX for Kids

    10.30: Tina Sparkle Face Painting

    11.00: TimTim

    12.00: Samba Circus Circus Skills

    1.00: Hoops with Heidi Hoops

    1.30: The Picnic

    2.00: MarimbaTaters!

    WORKSHOPS

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    FOLK CIRCUS FOLK CIRCUS

    MEET THE GUESTS

    see below

    Chris While & Julie Matthews

    Lake Street Dive

    Mark Seymour & the UndertowCD Launch

    John Butler Solo Show

    Charlie MusselwhiteCD Launch

    Jo Jo Smith & BandCD Launch

    The Black Sorrows

    The Company

    Melbourne Scottish Fiddlers

    Fromseier-Hockings

    Alasdair Fraser & Natalie Haas

    Himmerland

    Trouble in the Kitchen

    Frank Yamma

    Jordie LaneCD Launch

    Steve Smyth

    Skipping Girl Vinegar

    THE AUSSIE MORNINGSHOW

    Fiona Ross Band CDLaunch

    MY GUITAR GENTLY WEEPS

    see below

    Jenny Biddle

    Mike Brady& Greenspot

    The Chipolatas

    Karavana Flamenca

    Stray Hens

    Harmaniax

    PORT FAIRY PERCUSSION EXPERIENCEPeter Vadiveloo

    Tracy McNeil & The GoodLife

    Zeptepi

    Jan Prestons Boogie Circus

    Melbourne Scottish Fiddlers

    Sweethearts

    Kamerunga

    Lamine Sonko & The African Intelligence

    Wagons

    Ruth Moody

    Steve Poltz

    Maru TarangCD Launch

    Richard Thompson

    The Gloaming

    Sinad OConnor

    Sharon Shannon

    Buffy Sainte-Marie

    Lucy Wise TrioCD Launch

    Oh Pep!

    HERE COMES THE SONG

    see below

    Marlon Williams

    Edwina Hayes

    Artist of the Year

    Non Seated Concert

    We Two Thieves

    Ross Ainslie and Jarlath HendersonCD Launch

    The Orbweavers

    Fiona Boyes & The Fortune Tellers CD Launch

    Luluc

    Christine Anu

    Tom Mason and the Blue Buccaneers

    Catherine Britt

    Enda Kenny Trio

    Michael Fix

    Nick Charles

    Justin Bernasconi

    All Our Exes Live In Texas

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    MEET THE GUESTSBuffy Sainte-Marie, We Two Thieves,

    Mike Brady, Ash & Bloom, Chris Tamwoy, Ross Ainslie

    and Jarlath Henderson

    Host: Paul PetranStage 1: 10.00 11.30am

    THEME CONCERT

    HERE COMES THE SONGLuluc, Microwave Jenny,

    Roesy, Jenny Biddle, David Bridie, Rowena Wise

    Host: Derek GuilleStage 4: 11.15 12.45pm

    THEME CONCERT

    MY GUITAR GENTLY WEEPS Justin Bernasconi, Peter Fidler, Jodi Martin, Jordie Lane, Marlon Williams,

    The Yearlings, Michael Fix

    Host: Nick CharlesLighthouse : 12.45 2.30pm

    THEME CONCERT

    INSTRUMENT MAKERS EXHIBITION

    Featuring folk instrument makers from around Australia and their instruments.

    INSTRUMENTworX Marquee:10.00am 5.00pm

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    THE STREET INVADERS

    LECTURE HALL

    FIDDLERS GREEN

    RAILWAY STAGE RSL HALL

    REARDON THEATRE ST PATS HALL SCHOOL HALL SURF CLUB OTHER VENUES

    11.00: Mr Qwirk

    11.30: Gramophone Man

    12.00: Bikerina

    12.30: Nick Nickolas

    1.00: Tina Green Circus

    1.30: Maypole

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    6.00: Bobby & The Pins

    6.30: Gramophone Man

    7.00: TimTim

    7.30: Bikerina

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    11.00: The Picnic

    12.00: The Giant Seagulls

    Charlotte Raven

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    7.00: Charlotte Raven

    7.30: Big Rory & Ochie

    THE FLAG CIRCLE

    ARENA + ROVING

    BARRY VERSUS KELLYPresented ByBushwahzee

    THEATRE

    THE SPOTLIGHT FEATURE SHOWS WORDS+MUSIC WORKSHOPS THE FrINgE

    Aniar

    Davidson Brothers

    Jodi Martin Band

    Max Rudd Band

    Tracy McNeil & The GoodLife

    Sky Scraper Stan

    YOGA ON THE GREENYoga Loves Music

    The Willie Wagtails

    The Bearded Gypsy Band

    Lagoon Hill Zydeco

    The Baker Suite

    Alister Turrill

    Kieran OConnell and SHANAKEE

    TROUBADOURS OPEN STAGE

    All welcome to perform at this open stage venue

    Host: Kim Porterjustguitars.com.au12.00 5.00pm

    APRA AMCOSSONGWRITERS SPEAK see below

    KILKENNY TO KILLARNEY

    Trouble in The Kitchen

    Arty McGlynn & Nollaig Casey

    THE WIT & WISDOM OF CJ DENNIS see below

    FESTIVAL CHOIRJane Thompson &James Rigby

    La Mauvaise Reputation

    BUSH DANCE

    Rotary Fundraiser for Tanzania 1:004:00pm

    SHANTY SESSIONDanny Spooner & The Whalers

    CATHOLICFOLK MASS

    Zeon

    Full Swing

    Bobby & The Pins

    IRISH FIDDLE CLASSNollaig Casey

    CELTIC FIRE JAM SESSION

    see below

    SING HARMONYStray Hens

    TRADITIONAL SCOTS SONGFiona Ross

    THE LIFE & TIMES OF CJ DENNISStephen Whiteside

    SHINING - A DIAMOND IN THE RUST JOAN BAEZ

    Suzette Herft

    FROM IRELAND TO HERE - THE SHOWKathryn Clements & The Peat Fires

    THE TRIPLE A SHOW

    Ami Williamson

    Ash & Bloom

    All Our Exes Live In Texas

    Perch Creek Davidson Brothers

    Edwina Hayes

    Whitetop Mountaineers

    Microwave Jenny

    The Company

    The Willie Wagtails

    Georgia Spain

    Chris Tamwoy

    Lagoon Hill Zydeco

    The Bearded Gypsy Band

    Sky Scraper Stan & The Commission Flats

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    - all welcome -

    Surf Club 5.30 7.30pm

    CELTIC JAM

    SONGWRITING STALWARTSDavid Bridie (My Friend The Chocolate

    Cake), Enda Kenny, Jodi MartinThe APRA AMCOS hosted session on

    songwriting - All welcome

    Host: Dobe NewtonRSL Hall: 7.30 8.30pm

    SONGWRITERS SPEAK

    THE WIT & WISDOM OF CJ DENNIS

    Jim Haynes, Laurie McDonald, Geoffrey Graham, Stephen Whiteside and

    Maggie Somerville

    St Pats Hall: 12.00 1.30pm

    WORDS THEME CONCERT

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    ACCOMPANYING SONGS ON THE UKULELELucy Wise

    CANADIAN CLOGGINGGordie MacKeeman& his Rhythm Boys

    CGCGCD ALTERNATE GUITAR TUNINGJenny Biddle

    RHYTHMS OF RUMBA FLAMENCAKaravana Flamenca

    GYPSY JAZZGUITARJon Delaney

    Woodys World

    TAI CHI SESSIONBrendan Dowd

    The Chipolatas

    Miss Mollys Maypole

    TimTim

    Stephen WhitesideBook Launch

    Host: Red The Clown

    Zeptepi

    Mik Maks

    Samba Circus

    Aniar

    The Orbweavers

    Jodi Martin Band

    The Ringmistress - Heidi Hoops

    10.00: CRAFTworX for Kids

    10.30: Tina Sparkle Face Painting

    11.30: Samba Circus Circus Skills

    12..30: Hoops with Heidi Hoops

    TimTim

    1.00: The Picnic

    1.30: Percussion Experience Rehearsal

    2.00: Charlotte Raven

    3.00: MarimbaTaters!

    3.30: Miss Mollys Maypole

    WORKSHOPS

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    FOLK CIRCUS FOLK CIRCUS

    THE GOSPEL & BLUES CONVENTION

    see below

    WOMEN SING OUT

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    MADE & PLAYED Instrument Makers Concert

    see below

    SHINE A LIGHT SHOWCASE

    see below

    THE GUITOCRACYThe Maton Guitar Concert

    see below

    THE SINGING LAND

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    Zeptepi

    STAGE DOORSHOWCASE!Siskin RiverJane ThompsonSuzette HerftChris Tamwoy

    Justin Bernasconi

    Luluc

    Edwina Hayes

    Lucy Wise Trio

    Fiona Boys & The Fortune Tellers

    Chris While & Julie Matthews

    Perch Creek

    Sweethearts

    Shane HowardCD Launch

    Lake Street Dive

    Richard Thompson

    Lamine Sonko & The African Intelligence

    Mark Seymour & the Undertow

    Wagons

    THE AUSSIE MORNINGSHOW

    PORT FAIRY PERCUSSION EXPERIENCEPeter Vadiveloo

    Charlie Musselwhite

    Sharon Shannon

    The Heartstring Quartet

    Christine Anu

    Himmerland

    The Black Sorrows

    The Yearlings

    Jeff Lang

    Jordie Lane

    Gordie MacKeeman & His Rhythm Boys

    All Our Exes Live In Texas

    Whitetop Mountaineers

    Ruth Moody

    Hat Fitz & Cara Robinson

    MUSIC OF RAJASTHANwith Maru Tarang

    Bobby & The Pins

    Davidson Brothers

    The Bearded Gypsy Band

    Catherine Britt

    THE BIG SUNDAY SINGOUTRick E Vengeance

    Skipping Girl Vinegar

    Sky Scraper Stan & The Commission Flats

    Kieran OConnell and SHANAKEE

    Frankie J Holden & WIlbur Wilde

    The Company

    The Chipolatas

    Enda Kenny

    Tracy McNeil & The GoodLife

    Roesy

    Kathryn Clements & The Peat Fires

    The Baker Suite

    Jo Jo Smith

    Maru Tarang

    Steve Smyth

    Jan Prestons Boogie Circus

    Tom Mason and the Blue Buccaneers

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    WOMEN SING OUTCatherine Britt, Ami Williamson, Microwave Jenny, Ruth Moody, Ajak Kwai, Chris While & Julie

    Matthews, Luluc

    Host: Marilla HolmesStage 3: 10.0011.30am

    THEME CONCERT

    WOMEN SING OUTCatherine Britt, Ami Williamson, Microwave Jenny, Ruth Moody, Ajak Kwai, Chris While & Julie

    Matthews, Luluc

    Host: Marilla HolmesStage 3: 10.0011.30am

    THEME CONCERT

    THE GOSPEL BLUES CONVENTION

    Fiona Boyes, Jan Preston, Jo Jo Smith, Hat Fitz & Cara Robinson,

    Christine Anu

    Host: Steve ClarkStage 1: 11.451.15pm

    THEME CONCERT

    THE GUITOCRACYJeff Lang, Richard Thompson,

    Fiona Boyes, Michael Fix, Chris Tamwoy, Jon Delany, Jamie Clark

    Host: Nick CharlesStage 3: 1.453.30pm

    THEME CONCERT

    THE SINGING LANDMarlon Williams, Ash & Bloom,

    Jodi Martin, Enda Kenny, The Orbweavers, Mike Brady

    Host: Paul PetranStage 4: 5.457.15pm

    THEME CONCERT

    SHINE A LIGHT SHOWCASEMarlon Williams, Rowena Wise,

    Georgia Spain, Jenny Biddle

    Host: Alastair BurnsLighthouse: 2.304.30pm

    THEME CONCERT

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    REARDON THEATRE ST PATS HALL SCHOOL HALL SURF CLUB OTHER VENUES

    11.00: Mr Qwirk

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    6.00: Gramophone Man

    6.30: The Ringmistress - Heidi Hoops

    7.00: Bikerina

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    11.00: The Picnic

    12.00: The Giant Seagulls

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    6.00: The Picnic

    7.00: Big Rory & Ochie

    8.30: Havana Palava

    THE FLAG CIRCLE

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    BARRY VERSUS KELLYPresented ByBushwahzee

    THEATRE

    THE SPOTLIGHT FEATURE SHOWS WORDS+MUSIC WORKSHOPS THE FrINgE

    La Mauvaise Reputation

    Karavana Flamenca

    Trouble in the Kitchen

    Oh Pep!

    Ajak Kwai

    Justin Bernasconi

    YOGA ON THE GREENYoga Loves Music

    APRA AMCOS CONCERTArtist in Schools

    Project supported by APRA AMCOS

    withTom Richardson

    Zeon

    Siskin RiverCD Launch

    Zeptepi

    The Max Rudd Band

    Harmaniax

    TROUBADOURS OPEN STAGE

    All welcome to perform at this open stage venue

    Host: Kim Porterjustguitars.com.au12.00 5.00pm

    APRA AMCOSSONGWRITERS SPEAK

    see below

    MIKE BRADYS IRELANDMike Brady& Greenspot

    STEVE POLTZ IN CONCERTSteve Poltz

    CALEDONIA DOWNUNDERFiona RossAlasdair Fraser & Natalie HaasMelbourne Scottish Fiddlers Host: Fiona Ross

    FESTIVAL CHOIRJane Thompson & James Rigby

    VOICES OF WAR - AN ANZAC STORYGeoffrey Graham

    UNDERSTANDINGTHE SENTIMENTAL BLOKE see below

    THE PAT GLOVER MEMORIAL AWARD

    FAREWELL ANGELINA BOB DYLAN & JOAN BAEZSuzette Herft

    FROM IRELAND TO HERE THE SHOWKathryn Clements & The Peat Fires

    TRAD SONGS SESSIONDuncan Brown & Jeanette Gillespie

    Jenny Biddle

    THE CHURCH CONCERTFromseier-Hockings

    The Yearlings

    Chris Newman & Maire NiCathasaigh

    HYMN SINGING AT ST JOHNS

    ANGLICANFOLK EUCHARIST

    CATHOLICFOLK MASS

    FOLK SERVICEwith music ofThe Seekers

    Georgia Spain

    Alister Turrill

    The Willie Wagtails

    Lagoon Hill Zydeco

    CELTIC FIRE JAM SESSION

    see below

    Alister Turrill

    HarmaniaxFull Swing

    Microwave Jenny

    Chris Tamwoy

    Shane Howard

    Frank Yamma

    Fiona Ross Band

    Siskin River

    Stray HensRoss Ainslie and Jarlath Henderson

    Oh Pep!Gordie MacKeeman & His Rhythm Boys

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    Zeon, Melbourne Scottish Fiddle Club, Trouble in the Kitchen & many more

    - all welcome -

    Surf Club 5.307.30pm

    CELTIC JAM

    MADE & PLAYED CONCERTInstruments & makers Australia wide

    with The Davidson Brothers, Cat Canteri, Lucy Wise Trio, Justin Bernasconi & more

    Host: Andrew ClermontLighthouse: 12.152.00pmINSTRUMENTworX Marquee:

    10.00am5.00pm

    INSTRUMENTworX

    SONGWRITING RISING STARSOlivia Hally,

    Pepita Emmerichs (Oh Pep!), Elsie & Maggie Rigby (Mae Trio)

    - The APRA AMCOS hosted session on songwriting. All welcome -

    Host: Jenny BiddleRSL Hall: 7.308.30pm

    SONGWRITERS SPEAK

    UNDERSTANDING THE SENTIMENTAL BLOKE

    Songs & Verse - Jim Haynes, Greg North, Geoffrey Graham,

    Stephen Whiteside & Maggie Somerville

    St Pats Hall: 12.001.30pm

    WORDS THEME CONCERT

    WORKSHOP DOWN TO EARTH

    SMALL HALLS

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    All Our Exes Live In TexasCatherine BrittThe CompanyDavidson BrothersGordie Mac Keeman & His Rhythm BoysJordie LaneJustin BernasconiMarlon WilliamsPerch CreekRuth MoodyTracy McNeil & The GoodlifeWe Two ThievesWhitetop Mountaineers

    CROSSROADS GOSPEL

    Charlie Musselwhite BandChristine AnuFiona Boyes & The Fortune TellersHat Fitz & Cara RobinsonJan Prestons Boogie CircusJeff LangJo Jo SmithJodi Martin BandThe Black Sorrows

    CONTEMPORARY

    KamerungaLucy Wise TrioMicrowave JennyOh Pep!Sinad O ConnorSiskin RiverSkipping Girl Vinegar

    CELTIC COLOURS

    Alasdair Fraser & Natalie Haas AniarFiona Ross BandFromseier HockingsThe GloamingThe Heartstring QuartetKathryn Clements & The Peat Fires Kieran O Connell & ShanakeeMelbourne Scottish FiddlersMike BradyRoss Ainslie & Jarlath HendersonSharon Shannon BandTrouble In The KitchenZeonZeptepi

    SOUL JAZZ CABARET

    Ami WilliamsonThe Baker SuiteBobby & The PinsThe ChipolatasFrank YammaLake Street DiveSweetheartsTom Mason & The Blue Buccaneers

    ROOTS & RHYTHMS

    Bearded Gypsy BandChris TamwoyFrankie J Holden & Wilbur WildeJohn Butler TrioMark Seymour & The UndertowSky Scraper Stan & The Commission FlatsSteve SmythWagons

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    STAGE 1 STAGE 2 STAGE 3 STAGE 4 STAGE 5 LIGHTHOUSE SHEBEEN FOLKworX STAGE 6 FOLK CIRCUSTHE STREET INVADERS

    HimmerlandAsh & Bloom

    The ChipolatasRoss Ainslie & Jarlath Henderson

    Skipping Girl Vinegar

    Steve Poltz

    Festival Choir PercussionExperience

    THE AUSSIE MORNINGSHOW & POETSBRAWL

    Lucy Wise Trio

    Kieran OConnell and SHANAKEE

    Frankie J Holden & Wilbur Wilde

    Georgia Spain

    Zeon

    Bobby & The Pins

    Woody's World

    10.30: Tina Sparkle Face Painting

    Samba Circus Circus Skills

    11.00: Miss Mollys Maypole

    Samba Circus

    Red The Clown

    The Mik Maks

    Samba Circus

    Red The Clown

    10.00: MarimbaTaters!

    10.30: Bikerina

    11.00: Mr Qwirk

    11.30: The Ringmistress - Heidi Hoops

    12.00: Nick Nickolas

    12.30: Benny B - Sharkbouy

    The FrINgE FOLK CIRCUS

    FACE PAINTING

    INSTRUMENT MAKERS EXHIBITION

    Featuring folk instrument makers from around Australia and

    their instruments.INSTRUMENTworX Marquee:

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    THE FLAG CIRCLE

    Shane Howard Frank Yamma

    Gordie MacKeeman & His Rhythm Boys

    The Heartstring Quartet

    Tom Mason and the Blue Buccaneers

    Maru Tarang Ami Williamson Michael Fix

    Chris While & Julie Matthews

    Lamine Sonko & African Intelligence

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    THE TROUBADOURS

    Ash & BloomJenny BiddleMichael FixNick CharlesRichard ThompsonRick E Vengeance RoesyShane HowardSteve PoltzThe Yearlings

    GLOBAL CROSSINGS

    Ajak KwaiBuffy Sainte-MarieHimmerlandKaravana FlamencaLa Mauvaise ReputationLamine Sonko & The African IntelligenceMaru Tarang

    THE SONGCATCHERS

    Chris While & Julie MatthewsDanny SpoonerEdwina HayesEnda Kenny BandFestival ChoirLulucThe OrbweaversStray HensSuzette Herft & Patrick Evans

    THE STREET INVADERS

    Benny B - SharkbuoyBig Rory & Ochie And FriendsBikerinaCharlotte RavenGramophone ManHavana PalavaThe Light FantasticMarimbatatersMr QwirkNick NickolasThe PicnicThe Ringmistress - Heidi HoopsTimtimTina Green Circus

    FAMILY FOLK CIRCUS

    The MikmaksMiss Mollys MaypoleRed The ClownSamba CircusTina SparkleWoodys World

    FRINGE

    Alister Turrill Full Swing Georgia SpainHarmaniaxLagoon Hill ZydecoThe Max Rudd BandThe Willie Wagtails

    WORDS & WORKSHOPS

    APRA Schools ConcertBarry Versus KellyGeoffrey GrahamJim HaynesPercussion ExperienceStephen WhitesideTai ChiYoga Loves Music

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    THE STREET INVADERS

    LECTURE HALL

    FIDDLERS GREEN

    RAILWAY STAGE RSL HALL

    REARDON THEATRE ST PATS HALL SCHOOL HALL SURF CLUB OTHER VENUES

    The Max Rudd Band

    Aniar

    LABOUR DAY CONCERT

    THE GREAT FOLK SONG REVIVAL

    see below

    The Bearded Gypsy Band

    10.00: Havana Palava

    10.30: Tina Green Circus

    11.00: Charlotte Raven

    12.00: Big Rory & Ochie

    THE HISTORY OF FOLK MUSIC The Watersons

    The Labor Day Feature presents the story of The Watersons and their legacy of traditional rural songs

    Host: Danny SpoonerSt Pats Hall: 10.3012.00pm

    LABOUR DAY CONCERT

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    Alasdair Fraser & Natalie HaasFRI 9.00pm Stage 5 SAT 1.00pm Stage 2 SUN 4.30pm Reardon Theatre

    All Our Exes Live In TexasFRI 10.00pm Lighthouse SAT 4.45pm Reardon Theatre SAT 9.45pm Stage 5 SUN 3.45pm Stage 4

    Ami WilliamsonFRI 7.00pm Stage 5 SAT 3.00pm Reardon Theatre SUN 10.00am Stage 3 MON 10.00am Stage 4

    AniarFRI 5.30pm Shebeen SAT 11.00am Fiddlers Green SUN 7.00pm Stage 6 MON 11.30am Railway Stage

    Ash & BloomFRI 8.00pm Stage 4 SAT 10.00am Stage 1 SAT 3.55pm Reardon Theatre SUN 5.45pm Stage 4 MON 10.15am Stage 2

    Bobby & The PinsSAT 3.00pm Surf Club SAT 6.00pm Flag Circle SUN 11.00am Lighthouse MON 10.00am FOLKworX

    Buffy Sainte-MarieFRI 8.15pm Stage 3 SAT 10.00am Stage 1 SAT 10.15pm Stage 3

    Catherine BrittFRI 8.15pm Shebeen SAT 2.00pm Stage 5 SUN 10.00am Stage 3 SUN 3.00pm Shebeen

    Charlie MusselwhiteSAT 7.00pm Stage 1 SUN 12.00pm Stage 3

    Chris TamwoySAT 10.00am Stage 1 SAT 10.00pm Surf Club SUN 11.30am Stage 2 SUN 1.45pm Stage 3SUN 7.45pm Reardon Theatre

    Chris While & Julie MatthewsSAT 12.00pm Stage 1 SUN 10.00am Stage 3 SUN 8.30pm Stage 2 MON 10.55am Stage 3

    Christine AnuSAT 9.00pm Stage 4 SUN 11.45am Stage 1 SUN 7.15pm Stage 3

    Danny SpoonerSAT 1.30pm Lecture Hall SAT 5.00pm The Wharf SUN 12.00pm School Hall SUN 1.30pm Lecture Hall SUN 6.00pm St Johns Church MON 10.30am St Pats Hall

    Davidson BrothersFRI 7.00pm Stage 2 SAT 2.15pm Fiddlers Green SAT 8.00pm St Pats Hall SUN 11.30am Shebeen

    Edwina HayesSAT 12.30pm Stage 5 SAT 8.50pm St Pats Hall SUN 2.45pm Stage 2

    Enda Kenny TrioSAT 3.30pm Stage 5 SUN 5.45pm Stage 4 SUN 8.45pm Lighthouse

    Fiona Boyes & The Fortune TellersSAT 3.00pm FOLKworX SAT 6.00pm Stage 4 SUN 11.45am Stage 1 SUN 1.45pm Stage 3 SUN 7.00pm Stage 2

    Fiona Ross BandSAT 11.00am Lighthouse SAT 3.30pm School Hall SUN 4.00pm Reardon Theatre SUN 9.00pm Surf ClubFrank YammaSAT 11.15am Stage 4 SAT 5.45pm Stage 2 SUN 9.45pm Reardon Theatre MON 11.00am Stage 5

    Frankie J Holden And Wilbur WildeSUN 11.00pm Shebeen MON 12.00pm Shebeen

    Fromseier HockingsSAT 12.10pm Stage 2 SUN 2.00pm St Johns Church

    Gordie Mac Keeman & His Rhythm BoysSUN 12.00pm FOLKworX SUN 2.15pm Stage 4 SUN 11.00pm St Pats Hall MON 12.00pm Stage 4

    Hat Fitz & Cara RobinsonFRI 8.30pm Stage 1 SAT 8.45pm Stage 6 SUN 11.45am Stage 1 SUN 10.30pm Stage 4

    HimmerlandSAT 12.10pm Stage 2 SAT 2.15pm Stage 2 SUN 2.00pm St Johns Church SUN 8.45pm Stage 3 MON 10.15am Stage 1

    Jan Preston's Boogie CircusFRI 10.15pm Stage 5 SAT 3.00pm Shebeen SUN 11.45am Stage 1 SUN 8.45pm Stage 5

    Jeff LangSUN 11.15am Stage 4 SUN 1.45pm Stage 3Jenny BiddleSAT 11.15am Stage 4 SAT 3.00pm Lighthouse SUN 12.00pm Surf Club SUN 1.30pm FOLKworX SUN 2.30pm LighthouseJo Jo SmithFRI 8.00pm St Pats Hall SAT 8.45pm Stage 1 SUN 11.45am Stage 1 SUN 3.45pm Stage 5 Jodi Martin BandFRI 6.00pm Lighthouse SAT 12.45pm Lighthouse SAT 3.45pm Fiddlers Green SUN 5.45pm Stage 4 SUN 10.30pm Stage 6John Butler TrioFRI 10.00pm Stage 1 SAT 5.00pm Stage 1Jordie LaneFRI 7.00pm Stage 1 SAT 12.45pm Lighthouse SAT 7.15pm Stage 2 SUN 12.45pm Stage 4Justin BernasconiSAT 10.30am FOLKworX SAT 12.45pm Lighthouse SAT 8.00pm Stage 5 SUN 2.00pm Stage 2 SUN 7.15pm Fiddlers GreenKamerungaFRI 10.15pm Stage 2 SAT 4.30pm FOLKworX SAT 7.45pm Shebeen Karavana FlamencaFRI 9.45pm Stage 6 SAT 7.15pm Lighthouse SUN 12.30pm Fiddlers Green SUN 3.00pm FOLKworX SUN 8.30pm Flag CircleKathryn Clements & The Peat FiresSAT 5.30pm St Pats Hall SUN 12.30pm Stage 5 SUN 4.30pm St Pats HallKieran O' Connell & ShanakeeFRI 11.30pm Shebeen SAT 6.00pm Railway Stage SUN 9.15pm Shebeen MON 10.15am ShebeenLa Mauvaise ReputationFRI 7.00pm Stage 6 SAT 12.00pm Surf Club SUN 11.00am Fiddlers Green SUN 1.45pm Stage 3 SUN 4.30pm FOLKworXLake Street DiveSAT 1.30pm Stage 1 SUN 3.30pm Stage 1Lamine Sonko & The African IntelligenceSAT 9.30pm Shebeen SUN 7.15pm Stage 1 MON 12.10pm Stage 3Lucy Wise TrioSAT 10.00am Stage 4 SUN 10.30am FOLKworX SUN 5.30pm Stage 2 MON 10.45am Lighthouse

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    Ruth Moody

    FRI 9.00pm Stage 4 SAT 10.00am Stage 3 SUN 10.00am Stage 3 SUN 9.00pm Stage 4

    Shane Howard

    SUN 2.00pm Stage 1 SUN 8.40pm Reardon Theatre MON 11.00am Stage 4

    Sharon Shannon Band

    SAT 8.45pm Stage 3 SUN 4.00pm Stage 3

    Sinad O' Connor

    FRI 10.15pm Stage 3 SAT 7.00pm Stage 3

    Siskin River

    SUN 11.30am Stage 2 SUN 4.15pm Railway Stage SUN 9.00pm St Pats Hall

    Skipping Girl Vinegar

    SAT 10.15pm Stage 2 SUN 6.15pm Shebeen MON 12.15pm Stage 1

    Sky Scraper Stan & The Commission Flats

    FRI 9.45pm Shebeen SAT 12.30pm Fiddlers Green SAT 11.00pm Reardon Theatre SUN 7.45pm Shebeen

    Steve Poltz

    FRI 9.00pm Stage 2 SAT 11.30am Stage 3 SUN 2.00pm Reardon Theatre MON 12.15pm Stage 2

    Steve Smyth

    SAT 8.45pm Stage 2 SUN 7.00pm Stage 5

    Stray Hens

    FRI 9.45pm St Pats Hall SAT 11.15am Stage 4 SAT 1.45pm School Hall SAT 8.45pm Lighthouse SUN 2.30pm Lighthouse SUN 10.00pm Surf Club

    Suzette Herft & Patrick Evans

    SAT 3.30pm St Pats Hall SUN 11.30am Stage 2 SUN 2.15pm St Pats Hall

    Sweethearts

    SAT 6.00pm Shebeen SUN 10.00am Stage 1

    The Baker Suite

    FRI 8.45pm Lighthouse SAT 3.00pm Railway Stage SAT 10.30pm Stage 6 SUN 2.00pm Stage 5

    The Bearded Gypsy Band

    SAT 12.00pm Railway Stage SAT 9.30pm Reardon Theatre SUN 1.15pm Shebeen MON 1.00pm Railway Stage

    The Black Sorrows

    SAT 10.15pm Stage 1 SUN 10.15pm Stage 3

    The ChipolatasFRI 8.00pm Stage 5 SAT 2.30pm Folk Circus Stage SAT 5.45pm Lighthouse SUN 11.15am Folk Circus Stage SUN 7.30pm Lighthouse MON 11.10am Stage 1

    The CompanySAT 10.00am Stage 2 SAT 11.15pm St Pats Hall SUN 1.45pm Stage 3 SUN 5.15pm Lighthouse

    The GloamingSAT 4.45pm Stage 3

    The Heartstring QuartetFRI 10.40pm St Pats Hall SAT 1.10pm Reardon Theatre SAT 4.00pm Surf Club SUN 3.35pm St Johns Church SUN 5.30pm Stage 3 MON 12.10pm Stage 5

    The OrbweaversSAT 4.15pm Stage 4 SUN 5.45pm Stage 4 SUN 8.45pm Stage 6

    The YearlingsFRI 7.30pm Lighthouse SAT 12.45pm Lighthouse SUN 10.00am Stage 4 SUN 2.45pm St Johns Church

    Tom Mason & The Blue BuccaneersFRI 6.45pm Shebeen SAT 10.30pm Stage 4 SUN 10.30pm Stage 5 MON 12.00pm Lighthouse

    Tracy McNeil & The GoodlifeFRI 8.45pm Reardon Theatre SAT 11.30am Shebeen SAT 7.00pm Fiddlers Green SUN 10.15pm Lighthouse

    Trouble In The KitchenFRI 7.00pm St Pats Hall SAT 12.00pm Reardon Theatre SAT 3.45pm Stage 2 SUN 2.15pm Fiddlers Green

    WagonsSAT 11.15pm Shebeen SUN 10.45pm Stage 1

    We Two ThievesFRI 7.00pm Stage 3 SAT 10.00am Stage 1 SAT 1.30pm Stage 4

    Whitetop MountaineersFRI 8.00pm Stage 2 SAT 9.45pm St Pats Hall SUN 7.45pm Stage 4

    ZeonFRI 7.00pm Surf Club SAT 1.00pm Surf Club SUN 1.00pm Railway Stage MON 12.00pm FOLKworX

    ZeptepiFRI 10.30pm Reardon Theatre SAT 1.15pm Shebeen SUN 10.00am Stage 2 Sun 12.45pm Folk Circus Stage Sun 5.45pm Railway Stage

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    MERCH + MUSIC SHOP

    MERCH

    T shirts

    Jumpers

    Singlets

    Hats

    Tea Towels

    Tote Bags

    Aprons

    Stubby Holders

    MUSIC

    CDs, DVDs, Vinyls, Books & MORE! Artist CD Signings scheduled throughout the weekend.

    Bring home great memories of the 39th Port Fairy Folk Music Festival! Visit the Merch & Music Shop for great Festival & artist gear and music. Located between Stages 1 & 2. EFTPOS facilities available.

    THE FESTIVAL APP

    The Port Fairy Folk Festival program is also digital! Get your copy of the mobile app from the Apple App store or the Android Play Store. Featuring complete gig lists and detailed artist information. You are able browse by venue, save your own personal gig schedule, filter by artist type and much more.

    ABC RADIO LIVE BROADCAST

    ABC Radios Jeremy Lee and Rebekah Lowe broadcast live from the festival, 10am 12pm Saturday morning. Guests include national and international artists, and festival director Jamie McKew. Tell your friends who couldnt make it this year they can catch the best of the festival on air on ABC SW VIC and ABC SE SA!

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  • WORKSHOPSCome and learn from the experts, the artists themselves! The Festival is fertile ground for music education and thats why we present artists up close and personal, giving valuable insights into the techniques and styles of their craft. Everyone is welcome, even if you think you cannot play or sing a note. Its all about the inspiration!

    FOLKworX

    SATURDAY

    10.30am Fingerpicking Tips & Tricks Justin Bernasconi

    12.00pm African Drumming Kofi Kunkpe & Julian Sackey

    1.30pm SudanOfCows, Women&War Ajak Kwai

    3.00pm Songwritinginthe Blues Tradition Fiona Boyes

    4.30pm StudioRecording Nigel Pegrum

    SUNDAY

    10.30am AccompanyingSongs on the Ukelele Lucy Wise

    12.00pm Canadian Clogging Gordie MacKeeman & His Rhythm Boys

    1.30pm CGCGDC Alternate Guitar Tuning Jenny Biddle

    3.00pm Rhythms of Rumba Flamenca Karavana Flamenca

    4.30pm GypsyJazzGuitar Jon Delaney

    FOLK CIRCUS AREA

    SATURDAY

    10.00am CRAFTworX for Kids Jude Stewart

    10.30am Face Painting Tina Sparkle

    11.00am Maypole Dancing Miss Mollys Maypole

    12.00pm CircusSkills Samba Circus

    1.00pm Hoops with Heidi Hoops Heidi Hillier

    2.00pm MarimbaTate MarimbaTaters

    SUNDAY

    10.00am CRAFTworX for Kids Jude Stewart

    10.30am Face Painting Tina Sparkle

    11.30am CircusSkills Samba Circus

    12.30pm Hoops with Heidi Hoops Heidi Hillier

    1.30pm Port Fairy Percussion Experience Rehearsal

    3.00pm MarimbaTate MarimbaTaters

    3.30pm Maypole Dancing Miss Mollys Maypole

    RAILWAY STAGE

    SATURDAY

    9.00am YogaOnTheGreen Yoga Loves Music

    SUNDAY

    9.00am YogaOnTheGreen Yoga Loves Music

    SURF CLUB

    SATURDAY

    4.00pm Irish Fiddle Nollaig Casey

    SHEBEEN

    SATURDAY

    9.45am The Port Fairy Percussion Experience Rehearsal

    SUNDAY

    9.45am The Port Fairy Percussion Experience Rehearsal

    SCHOOL HALL

    SATURDAY

    12.00pm Festival Choir Jane Thompson & James Rigby

    1.45pm SingHarmony The Stray Hens

    3.30pm TraditionalScotsSong Fiona Ross

    SUNDAY

    12.00pm TradSongsSession Duncan Brown & Jeanette Gillespie

    2.00pm Festival Choir Jane Thompson & James Rigby

    STAGE 6

    SATURDAY

    8.45am TaiChiSession Brendan Dowd

    SUNDAY

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    Lucy Wise

    SUN 10.30am FOLKworX

    A wonderfully accessible little instrument, the ukulele is perfectly suited to accompanying songs from any genre. This workshop explores the use of fingerpicking, strumming and other song accompaniment tools that can help you perform some of your favourite songs with your own flourish. Suitable for beginner to intermediate players. Bring your uke and your voice! Listeners welcome.

    AFRICAN DRUMMING

    Kofi Kunkpe & Julian Sackey

    SAT 12.00pm FOLKworX

    Kofi Kunkpe, an Ewe master drummer and bass player from Ghana, is a celebrated performer and teacher with an in-depth knowledge of West African culture. Join Kofi for a drumming jam to groove and move. Bring your drum and percussion instruments to play and your feet to dance. Drums provided.

    CANADIAN CLOGGING

    Gordie MacKeeman & His Rhythm Boys

    SUN 12.00pm FOLKworX

    Join the elastic legged bandleader, nicknamed Crazy Legs, as he demonstrates his unique blend of Canadian Clogging and Stepdancing. Get your own feet moving as he provides titillating instruction of some basic dance steps, all while the Rhythm Boys supply the high-octane sound.

    CGCGCD ALTERNATE GUITAR TUNING

    Jenny Biddle

    SUN 1.30pm FOLKworX

    Discover the wonder and freedom of alternate guitar tunings. This workshop will look at a variation of the C-based tuning: CGCGCD. With over two decades of guitar experience, feisty folk, roots and blues songsmith, Jenny Biddle will introduce new chord voicings and glistening fiddly bits to inspire the frets off your guitar playing.

    TRAD SONGS SESSION

    Duncan Brown & Jeanette Gillespie

    SUN 12.00pm School Hall

    Join Duncan Brown and Jeanette Gillespie to learn some chorus songs. In a workshop designed to help you find your voice, a song with a catchy chorus is something everyone can join in. Some basic harmony singing may be thrown in for good measure!

    CIRCUS SKILLS

    Samba Circus

    SAT 12.00pm Folk Circus SUN 11.30am Folk Circus

    Workshops for children teaching circus skills, music-making, singing and dancing.

    FESTIVAL CHOIR

    Jane Thompson & James Rigby

    SAT 12.00pm School Hall SUN 2.00pm School Hall MON 9.45am Stage 1 Performance

    The Port Fairy Festival Choir is celebrating 10 years! Jane Thompson and James Rigby are sought-after choir leaders for their warm and welcoming style, and strong, beautiful arrangements of great songs. Artistic Directors of the Boite Millennium Chorus in 2014, they come brimming with fresh ideas and arrangements. All are welcome - make sure that in this special anniversary year, this includes you!

    FINGER PICKING TIPS AND TRICKS

    Justin Bernasconi

    SAT 10.30am FOLKworX

    JB will demonstrate and breakdown various finger-picking techniques in one informal 45 minute session. Justin is a must see for any guitar fans of: John Fahey, Richard Thompson, Mississippi John Hurt, Kelly, and Doc Watson.

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    Jon Delaney

    SUN 4.30pm FOLKworX

    Acclaimed gypsy jazz guitarist, Jon Delaney, teaches the fundamentals of gypsy jazz rhythm and lead techniques a la the great Django Reinhardt. Bring your guitar and learn to play two essential standards in the traditional style.

    HOOPS WITH HEIDI HOOPS

    Heidi Hillier

    SAT 1.00pm Folk Circus SUN 12.30pm Folk Circus

    Meet Heidi Hoops and get your hoop groove on! Jump in the ring and learn how to hula hoop around your hips, knees, and finger tips... Learn tricks with multiple hoops and surprise all your friends with all the cool new tricks you can do. Ages 3-63.

    IRISH FIDDLE CLASS

    Nollaig Casey

    SAT 4.00pm Surf Club

    This workshop is open to anyone interested in Irish traditional fiddle-playing - players of all standards are welcome. Elements of the traditional style, including bowing and ornamentation, will be discussed and demonstrated. A tune or two will be taught by ear and sample bowings and ornamentation will be suggested.

    MARIMBATATE

    MarimbaTaters

    SAT 2.00pm Folk Circus SUN 3.00pm Folk Circus

    Come along and meet the mighty friendly MarimbaTaters, students from Grades 4 to 6 from Tate Street Primary School in East Geelong. This bunch of dedicated kids play African-inspired pieces, with a Zimbabwean influence. Not only are they great young players, but theyre also fantastic teachers. Join the band! No previous experience necessary, suitable for all ages.

    MAYPOLE DANCING

    SAT 11.00am Folk Circus SUN 3.30pm Folk Circus

    Miss Mollys Maypole

    Adults and older kids are invited to join in to learn dance steps such as a do si do to create a Spiders Web, or the waltz to create a Weaving Pattern on the maypole. Each ribbon pattern will require cooperation and ingenuity to create. www.missmollysmaypole.com

    THE PORT FAIRY PERCUSSION EXPERIENCE

    Peter Vadiveloo

    SAT 9.45am Shebeen SUN 9.45am Shebeen SUN 1.30pm Folk Circus MON 9.30am Stage 5 Performance

    The PFFF Percussion Experience is about punter participation! Dynamic percussionist and teacher Peter Vadiveloo will lead you in 3 fun rehearsal/workshops to learn a 5-minute percussion piece to play at a final concert on Monday morning. The Percussion Experience is for all ages and abilities. Peter is joined by outstanding tutor Bella Vadiveloo.

    RHYTHMS OF RHUMBA FLAMENCA

    Karavana Flamenca

    SUN 3.00pm FOLKworX

    Taught by Miguel Ovejero and Karavana Flamenca, this workshop explores the stories of Rumba Flamenca from Africa to the Gypsies of Spain and France. Lyrics, rhythms, and historical events are explored as well as the famous gypsy families that have kept alive this progressive form of music for the people!

    SING HARMONY

    The Stray Hens

    SAT 1.45pm School Hall

    All levels welcome - well teach you a Hens song, and we will also pick a new song to arrange! Once youve learned them, you can raise the roof with us at a show. Theres nothing more uplifting than a room full of voices!

    SONGWRITING IN THE BLUES TRADITION

    Fiona Boyes

    SAT 3.00pm FOLKworX

    This workshop explores songwriting in the Blues Tradition: starting with the basic building blocks of songwriting and how these elements can be applied to write satisfying original songs that also reflect the classic sensibilities of the blues genre. Whether you dream of writing your own tunes or have already started, this session aims to inspire and empower you!

    STUDIO RECORDING

    Nigel Pegrum

    SAT 4.30pm FOLKworX

    Nigel Pegrum, Kamerungas drummer and ARIA-award winning producer for Steeleye Span and many others, conducts

    a workshop on recording production and how to get the most out of a visit to the studio.

    SUDAN OF COWS, WOMEN, & WAR

    Ajak Kwai

    SAT 1.30pm FOLKworX

    Why are cows our girls' curse and family pride? Join Ajak Kwai to learn stories from soon to be published book with music. Stories of courtin, rituals, forced marriage, stories of loss and the high price women and children pay in war.

    TAI CHI

    Brendan Dowd

    SAT 8.45am Stage 6 SUN 8.45am Stage 6

    Energise your mind, body and spirit with a relaxing morning session of Tai Chi. Tai Chi is an ancient art of moving meditation that combines a series of gentle flowing movements and postures that help strengthen and relax the body. Join Brendan as he guides you through this gentle practice of Tai Chi.

    TRADITIONAL SCOTS SONGS

    Fiona Ross

    SAT 3.30pm School Hall

    Come along and learn songs from the treasure trove of traditional Scots material from working songs to love songs, to the songs of Robert Burns and the big ballads. This workshop explores the traditional singing style and looks at the use of Scots language and the meaning of the songs themselves. The sangs the thing!

    YOGA ON THE GREEN

    Yoga Loves Music

    SAT 9.00am Railway Stage SUN 9.00am Railway Stage

    Canadian-born, Yoga Alliance Certified Chakra instructor, Kimberly Erin met Australian musician, Tom Richardson, at a festival in Canada sparking the culmination of two exciting art forms. Tom uses the latest in loop pedal technology to create a mesmerizing wall of sound, all live on stage. The two believe that liberation through joyful engagement is key in creating more meaning in our lives.

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    FOLK CIRCUS

    The Festival presents a huge program of family entertainment in the Folk Circus area, now located in and around Stage 6. The amazing Red The Clown returns with his magic, balloons, stories and songs to get kids involved and to host family-friendly performances. The ever-popular craft activities for kids are located in the area beside Stage 6.

    STREET PERFORMERS

    Roll up to the Flag Circle where street performers of all types bring their dazzling, inconceivable, hilarious and outrageous acts! When you see them again on the streets of Port Fairy, be generous with your adoration and gifts.

    Come on in Come on out Take a wander through the town Let your eyes and ears feast on festival delights! The Port Fairy Folk Festival is famous for an enormous range of performances and attractions that run alongside the main music program. Take a break at The frINge.

    MUSIC IN THE SCHOOLS: UKE & SING 2

    Port Fairy school children are treated to a preview of the Port fairy Folk Festival as part of the Festivals schools program. The five schools involved in the 2nd annual program are - Port Fairy Consolidated School, St Patricks School Port Fairy, Koroit and District Consolidated School, St Patricks School Koroit, and the P-6 students from Hawkesdale P-12. This year the Uke & Sing 2 program combined circus skills, singing and ukulele guided by workshop hosts Phil Melgaard and Terry Cole. Students from all five schools contributed to The Uke & Sing 2 Schools Concert at 1pm on Friday March 6 at Stage 6 in the Festival Arena.

    Phil Melgaard has successfully juggled careers as a musician, entertainer and performing arts teacher. He is a free-lance educational jollity consultant and fun-monger dedicated to putting fun into the curriculum in schools throughout Victoria. For thirty years Phil has worked consistently as an entertainer and performing arts teacher. Phil has been performing at Port Fairy Folk Festival since 1981, coincidentally the same year

    he met and began colluding with Terry Cole. They formed the Famous Fratellini Brothers a few years later. Phil plays the ukelele, writes songs and sings as well as performing and teaching circus skills throughout the state.

    Terry Cole has been a regular performer at Port Fairy over the years, and worked on the Port Fairy Schools Program. He is renowned as a multi-skilled circus performer in Circus In A Suitcase, and as a musician in the Famous Fratellini Brothers. Some of Terrys recent performing credits include Commonwealth Games Melbourne, World Expo Brisbane, Moomba and The Flying Fruit Fly Circus 10th Anniversary. Terry is an experienced circus skills teacher and an inspiring ukulele performer.

    BUSH DANCE

    SAT 1.00pm Uniting Church

    Get off your folkie chair and come join an old fashioned bush dance with the Brewers Own Bush Band. All dances are called. Entry by gold coin donation in support of Port Fairy Rotary Kindergarten Project in Tanzania.

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  • FRINGE MUSICALISTER TURRILL

    FRI 8.30pm FOLKworX SAT 4.30pm Railway Stage SUN 2.00pm Surf Club SUN 11.00pm Reardon Theatre

    Roots player Alister Turrill blends a true form of blues with a complex songwriting seldom seen in someone so young. His debut album Reverence & Resonance is a collection of original, raw, passionate and honest songs and hell be joined on stage by Jaron Mulholland (bass) and Toby Johnson (drums).

    www.facebook.com/alisterturrill

    FULL SWING - STARS ON THE LAKE

    FRI 9.00pm Surf Club SAT 2.00pm Surf Club SUN 8.00pm St Pats Hall Small Halls Concert

    The 2015 Stars of the Lake award winners Ari Lane, Rhiannon McArthur, Caity Brennan and Jordy Hickey will melt your heart one minute and have you grooving the next with their sweet vocals and harmonies, fiery fiddle playing and swinging rhythm section. Stars On The Lake (Previously Paddy ONeill Award) is an initiative of the Lake School of Celtic Music.

    www.lakeschool.bushwahzee.com

    GEORGIA SPAIN

    FRI 7.30pm FOLKworX SAT 9.00pm Surf Club SUN 1.00pm Surf Club SUN 2.30pm Lighthouse Shine A Light Showcase MON 11.00am FOLKworX

    Georgia Spain draws her audience in with her distinctly vulnerable vocal delivery and haunting lyrics. The rawness of each performance is building her reputation as a must-see performer. She plays regularly in and around Melbournes art folk music scene and recently recorded her debut album.

    www.facebook.com/georgiaspainmusic

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  • HARMANIAX

    FRI 10.00pm Surf Club SAT 10.00pm Lighthouse SUN 2.30pm Railway Stage SUN 8.00pm Surf Club

    The Harmaniaxs unique blend of Cajun, zydeco and blues-inspired music is guaranteed to entertain you and make you dance. Geoff Le Blancs bayou tunes performed with Paul Jonas (violin), Nick Thorpe (double bass, vocals), Billy Abbott (lead vocals, clarinet, washboard) and Duncan Philips (guitar, vocals) are a truly original sound.

    www.harmaniax.com

    LAGOON HILL ZYDECO

    FRI 11.00pm FOLKworX SAT 1.30pm Railway Stage SAT 11.00pm Surf Club SUN 4.00pm Surf Club

    Lagoon Hill Zydeco are a fun and lively dance band led by the dynamic Hobart piano-accordionist Dave Elliston. Strongly influenced by the distinct musical culture of Louisiana, but also entrenched in their Tasmanian folk heritage, they will make you groove with some down home, down south accordion and washboard magic.

    www.facebook.com/lagoonhillzydeco

    THE WILLIE WAGTAILS

    FRI 11.10pm Surf Club SAT 10.30am Railway Stage SAT 8.00pm Surf Club SUN 3.00pm Surf Club

    The Willie Wagtails play raucous dance jazz that smells like the bush. Fast paced and irreverent, they take influence from colonial folk songs, New Orleans Dixieland swing and Australian trad-jazz. Their songs will captivate you with stories of grimy cities and creek-side rendezvous.

    www.thewilliewagtails.com

    THE MAX RUDD BAND

    FRI 8.00pm Surf Club SAT 5.30pm Fiddlers Green SUN 7.30pm Railway Stage MON 10.00am Railway Stage

    Crafty and youthful Australian songwriting meets strong American blues and roots influences in this super-tight jam band. Conceived more than a decade ago by Torquay brothers Max and Iggy Rudd, they have been busy etching their unmatched sound within the local musical landscape, releasing their debut self-titled album in 2014.

    www.themaxruddband.com

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  • FOLK CIRCUS + STREET INVADERS

    BENNY B SHARK BUOY

    FRI 6.00pm Flag Circle SAT 8.00pm Flag Circle SUN 12.30pm Flag Circle SUN 7.30pm Flag Circle MON 12.30pm Flag Circle

    Shark Buoy is surprising and delighting audiences around the world with his absurd, improvised comedy extravaganza. This show is a tribute to the great Australian tradition of the shark attack. Shark Buoy: Take a Bite... now!

    www.sharkbuoy.com

    BIG RORY & OCHIE

    FRI 7.00pm Festival Arena SAT 7.30pm Festival Arena SUN 7.00pm Festival Arena MON 12.00pm Festival Arena

    Big Rory & Ochie the Dog are no ordinary street theatre characters. Visually enormous and huge characters too, this giant Scotsman and his endearing, rascally giant dog explode into an audience for one of the best street theatre walkabouts in the world.

    www.bigrory.com

    BIKERINA

    FRI 7.30pm Flag Circle SAT 12.00pm Flag Circle SAT 7.30pm Flag Circle SUN 7.00pm Flag Circle MON 10.30am Flag Circle

    The Bikerina Show is certainly different. Can you get out of your trousers while balancing on a unicycle? Bikerina can! She will keep you entertained for 30 minutes then close the show with an amazing rope trick on the unicycle. Check it out you wont believe it!

    www.bikerina.com

    CHARLOTTE RAVEN

    FRI 6.00pm Festival Arena SAT 12.00pm Festival Arena SAT 7.00pm Festival Arena SUN 1.00pm Festival Arena SUN 2.00pm Folk Circus Area MON 11.00am Festival Arena

    Charlotte Raven wanders around the Festival with her desk and fountain pen. She might write you a love-letter for your lady, or the sorry note youve been meaning to send, or perhaps a poem of your own.

    www.charlotteraven.wordpress.com

    GIANT SEAGULLS

    SAT 12.00pm Festival Arena SUN 12.00pm Festival Arena

    Totally surrealistic, with working beaks, these Giant Seagulls will be rummaging in bags and pockets, stealing food from plates and picnic baskets, causing chaos as usual and squabbling amongst themselves. Shrieks of laughter follow them wherever they go.

    www.bigrory.com

    GRAMOPHONE MAN

    FRI 7.00pm Festival Arena SAT 11.30am Flag Circle SAT 6.30pm Flag Circle SUN 6.00pm Flag Circle

    Using genuine His Masters Voice wind-up gramophone players, the Gramophone Man plays all the songs from the 20s, 30s and 40s that you didnt know you loved, and some that you wish youd never heard. Over excited dancing and suave between song patter make this a unique and hilarious show.

    www.gramophoneman.com

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  • HAVANA PALAVA

    FRI 8.30pm Festival Arena SAT 1.00pm Festival Arena SAT 8.30pm Flag Circle SUN 12.30pm Festival Arena SUN 8.30pm Festival Arena MON 10.00am Festival Arena

    Havana Palava is a vibrant street band of brass, saxophones and percussion who take their energetic cacophony of Latin, African, Balkan, jazz, blues and ska rhythms to the people. These bright pink and black Palavas love to dress up, get the crowd dancing and create a carnival atmosphere anywhere.

    www.havanapalava.com

    THE LIGHT FANTASTIC

    FRI 9.00pm Flag Circle SAT 9.00pm Flag Circle SUN 9.00pm Flag Circle

    The Light Fantastic is a trio of artists who create an exciting LED light show. Featuring gorgeous synchronised hula-hoops, mesmerising and elegant juggling and more lit wonders, this is one show guaranteed to light up your night!

    www.tinagreencircus.com

    MARIMBATATERS

    SAT 2.00pm Folk Circus Area SAT 3.30pm Folk Circus Floor SAT 5.00pm Flag Circle SUN 1.00pm Flag Circle SUN 3.00pm Folk Circus Area SUN 5.00pm Festival Arena MON 10.00am Flag Circle

    The MarimbaTaters are senior primary students from Tate Street Primary School in East Geelong who love to play exciting African-inspired marimba tunes. Led by Dani Rocca and accompanied by Adam Burke and Joseph Bromley, the MarimbaTaters are mallet-wavingly excited to be at Port Fairy to share their first album, Mavambo.

    tatestreetmusic.wix.com/marimbataters

    THE MIKMAKS

    SAT 10.00am Folk Circus Stage Folk Circus SUN 2.00pm Folk Circus Stage Folk Circus MON 11.00am Folk Circus Stage Folk Circus

    The MikMaks are one of Australias most popular childrens entertainment bands. The four brothers and their lovable friend, Drums the Panda write and perform their own songs, captivating audiences with their cheekiness, quirkiness and musical talent. The MikMaks know how to make children and adults laugh, smile and dance.

    www.themikmaks.com.au

    MISS MOLLYS MAYPOLE

    SAT 11.00am Folk Circus Floor SAT 1.30pm Flag Circle SUN 12.00pm Folk Circus Floor SUN 3.30pm Folk Circus Area MON 11.00am Folk Circus Area

    Come skip or waltz around Miss Mollys Maypole accompanied by founder and accordionist Erika Cleaver. Dancers will learn how to make a Barbers Pole, a colourful Weaving Pattern and a Spiders Web with the maypole ribbons. Formed in 2009, Miss Mollys Maypole provides fun kids dance sessions at folk festivals.

    www.missmollysmaypole.com

    MR QWIRK

    FRI 8.00pm Flag Circle SAT 11.00am Flag Circle SUN 11.00am Flag Circle MON 11.00am Flag Circle

    Armed with a suitcase full of surprises, an insanely huge unicycle and a wacky sense of humour, Mr Qwirks POP! will leave you dumbfounded, and asking yourself What just happened? Witness skilful object manipulation, precarious acrobatics and a dash of magic

    www.missingawheel.com

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  • NICK NICKOLAS

    FRI 6.30pm Flag Circle SAT 12.30pm Flag Circle SUN 11.30am Flag Circle MON 12.00pm Flag Circle

    Worldwide multiple award-winning performer Nick Nickolas combines fantastic sleight of hand with cards, ropes, sausages and tennis balls. Audience participation, comedy anecdotes and one-liners provide glorious interludes between the awesome magic. You will laugh, you will be gobsmacked dont miss this act!

    www.nicknickolas.com

    THE PICNIC

    FRI 6.00pm Festival Arena SAT 11.00am Festival Arena SAT 1.30pm Folk Circus Area SAT 6.00pm Festival Arena SUN 11.00am Festival Arena SUN 1.00pm Folk Circus Area SUN 6.00pm Festival Arena

    Toot a banana, squeeze a sandwich or a rattle a mango. Bang on a biscuit tin or whoop it up with a set of spoons. The Picnic is a hilarious, interactive musical feast for all the family featuring all the best things in life: food, fun, music, and sensational outfits.

    www.pocketfool.com

    RED THE CLOWN

    SAT 10.45am Folk Circus Stage SAT 1.45pm Folk Circus Stage SUN 3.45pm Folk Circus Stage

    One of Australias most renowned clowning characters, Red the Clown has become a legend to generations of children. His captivating show contains amazing magic interspersed with juggling, jokes, lots of opportunity for audience participation and a particularly scary balloon trick involving a rather large needle.

    www.redtheclown.com.au

    THE RINGMISTRESS HEIDI HOOPS

    FRI 7.00pm Flag Circle SAT 12.30pm Folk Circus Floor SAT 1.00pm Folk Circus Area SUN 10.45am Folk Circus Floor SUN 12.30pm Folk Circus Area SUN 6.30pm Flag Circle MON 11.30am Flag Circle

    Heidi Hoops Hillier has performed for over 10 years at fun festivals and events including the Sydney Childrens Festival, Kidsfest Shellharbour, Sydney Hoopla and Edinburgh Fringe. She also works with circus schools delivering fun educational programs for kids. Inventive and creative, Heidi is a family favourite wherever she appears.

    www.heidihillier.com

    SAMBA CIRCUS

    SAT 12.00pm Folk Circus Area Circus Skills SAT 4.00pm Folk Circus Stage Folk Circus SUN 11.30am Folk Circus Area Circus Skills SUN 4.15pm Folk Circus Stage Folk Circus MON 10.30am Folk Circus Area Circus Skills MON 12.15pm Folk Circus Stage Folk Circus

    Infectious songs, catchy rhythms and crazy dances delight kids of all ages when the Samba Circus take to the stage. These energetic performers combine circus, song and dance with funny routines that blend Steve Schulzs percussion with the music and magic of Phil Melgaard and Sam Thorpe.

    philmelgaard@gmail.com

    TIMTIM

    FRI 7.30pm Festival Arena SAT 11.00am Folk Circus Area SAT 7.00pm Flag Circle SUN 12.30pm Folk Circus Area SUN 1.30pm Folk Circus Floor SUN 8.00pm Flag Circle

    TimTims giant bubbles, roving comedy on stilts and funny, high-energy antics will leave you in stitches! Not one to be undone he will rise up and take over your familys mind with strange scientific tricks and unusual street clowning worlds giant-est bubbles, do you need sauce with that?

    www.timtim.com.au

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  • TINA GREEN CIRCUS

    FRI 8.30pm Flag Circle SAT 1.00pm Flag Circle SUN 12.00pm Flag Circle SUN 5.00pm Flag Circle MON 10.30am Festival Arena

    Tina Green Circus performs an action-packed show with hula hoops, comedy, tall unicycle, Chinese bowl kicking and a ring of fire. The incredibly charming Tina Green has her audiences laughing throughout, captivating all with her cheerful hula hoop antics and performing some of the most amazing unicycle tricks ever seen!

    www.tinagreencircus.com

    TINA SPARKLE FACE PAINTING

    SAT 10.30am Folk Circus Area SUN 10.30am Folk Circus Area MON 10.30am Folk Circus Area

    Tina Sparkle (aka Christine Meagher) is a whiz at painting kids faces and entertaining them. Her designs satisfy nearly every request the children can dream up - fairies, pirates, spiderwebs, rainbows, masks, butterflies, magpies, tigers and superheroes all done in bright colour and lots of sparkles.

    www.bushwahzee.com/FACEPAINTER_tina_sparkle.html

    WOODYS WORLD

    SAT 1.00pm Folk Circus Stage Family Folk Circus SUN 10.00am Folk Circus Stage Family Folk Circus MON 10.00am Folk Circus Stage Family Folk Circus

    Melbournes new family act features in a fun-packed concert guaranteed to get everyone laughing, clapping, singing and dancing. Woody and his Alley-Cat Hercules are joined by special guests (Woodys kids) with songs co-written and recorded from their acclaimed album Good Morning Kids. So wear colourful socks folks you might just need them in the show!

    www.woodysworld.com.au

    14-17 JAN 2016

    www.illawarrafolkfestival.com.au

    150 ACTS | 13 VENUES

    ON-SITE CAMPING,

    PARKING | FOLK SCHOOL

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  • CRAFTworX FOR KIDS

    JudeStewart,atextileartistandteacher,is the organiser and developer of this yearsartactivitiesfortheCRAFTworXprogram. Together with her team of experienced and energetic instructors, a programme of craft activities will be on offerforchildrenofallages.PortFairyFolkFestivalhasofferedthisprogramfor many years giving the children of the festival a chance to relax and create. It has been a highlight for many of the children, returning year after year.

    Registrationforactivitiesis10.00amSaturdayand10.00amSundayforallworkshops that will take place on the day of registration. Registration is not neededforthe5andunderactivitiesthese children will simply go to the signed area for their activities at the times listed below and begin.

    A range of exciting art and craft workshops for festival children takes place at CRAFTworX in the Childrens Arena. Studios decorated with colorful satin banners contain tables of equipment and materials. There are six workshops running at a time, including a special activity area for children 5 years under, along with their carers. Children will make and take home something artistic, useful and educational. Be on time so you can register for your chosen activity.

    WHATS ON AT CRAFTWORX

    FOR THE LITTLE ONES (5 YEARS AND UNDER)

    PAPER CROWN

    Children will get the chance to make their ownpapercrown.Withanassortmentof papers to cut and glue onto pre made crown shapes, each crown will be special for the maker.

    JEWELLERY

    Simplethreadingandplaitingwill also occupy little hands, making very simple jewellery.

    CRAFTWORX TIMES

    Registration10.00amSat&Sunfor same-dayworkshopsheldat

    10.30 am 11.30 am

    11.45 am 12.45 pm

    1.00 pm 2.00 pm

    2.15 pm 3.15 pm

    3.30 pm 4.30 pm

    Children will leave the activity area oncetheyhavefinishedtheirproject.Somechildrenarefasterthanothers,notneedingthehourallocated.SoPLEASEmakecleararrangementswith your child/children regarding pick up or meeting place.

    TO REGISTER

    Children line up in front of the table provided for their chosen activity.

    It is preferred children are present at registration for fair distribution of places choices will become limited asspacesfill.

    Participants will receive a tag listing their name, activity and time.

    Parent/adult supervision must be present for children under eight, whilst participating in the workshop.

    Wecaterforupto1000individualsacross two days. Please register one activity per child per day. This insures a fairer distribution of activities to the festival children. If, however,workshopsarenotfilled,asecondactivitywillbeoffered.

    Wearesorrytofamilieswhomissedout during registration. You are encouragedtomakeregularenquiresthroughouttheday.Spacescanbecome available when registered participantsdontshowuporwhensomeparticipantsfinishearly.

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  • POM POMS

    Makingpompomswilltestchildrensthreading and winding skills, achieving a soft ball of threads.

    FOR OLDER CHILDREN

    Bunting

    Bunting is a great way to recycle bits and pieces of fabrics. Children will have lots of fun choosing and cutting up fabrics ofallcoloursandpatterns;attaching the pieces to cords to make simple hanging decorations.

    Hula Hoops

    Children will be supplied with a blank hoop and plenty of colourfully decorated contact, which they will cut into strips. The contact is then twirled round and round decorating the hoop. There will be plenty of time and space to practise!

    Juggling Balls

    Balloons are cut and stretched over a small sack of grain, creating a strong and colourful juggling ball. A set of three will be made. An experienced juggler will

    share their knowledge and pass on the simplestepsneededtolearnthemuch-envied skill of juggling, then its practise, practise and more practise!

    Painted Fans

    Children take great care in painting fanswithinksandfinebrushes.Iftimepermitschildrencanaddfinedecorationsofsequence.

    Painted Hats

    Painted hats have made a comeback this year. Children will be supplied with a plain white hat to be painted with fabric paint. Children will be shown some basic painting skills to achieve lovely blendsandpatternwork.Weadviseparents that it is not the best activity fortheveryyoung.Wesupplysmocks but cannot guarantee that all paint ends up on the hat.

    Printed Calico bags

    Plain calico bags will be used to test some basicprintingtechniques.Childrenwillhave fun learning and playing around withtechniquesthatwilltransformaplain calico bag into something special.

    Stamp Brooches

    Using up stamps to make brooches is a goodlessoninrecycling.Stampshaveamazingimagesonthemthatmakethemjustrightforaquirkypieceofjewellery.Children will paint up a small backing for their stamp to be attached to, then add a brooch back so the stamp brooch can be attached to their clothing.

    Tie-Dye Silk

    Children and parents love this workshop. Youwillexplorethebeautifuleffectstiedye has on silk fabric. Using marbles, pebbles, and ties, dyeing and overdyeing, eachpiecewillbeuniqueandquitesurprising. Your piece of fabric can be used as a wall hanging, headscarf, hatband or anything you can imagine.

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  • INSTRUMENT MAKERS

    AUSTRALIAN MADE AND PLAYED CONCERT

    SUN 122.00pm Lighthouse

    This ever-popular concert features both the fantastic instruments exhibited and a stellar line up of both national and international performers, including appearances from The Davidson Brothers, Cat Canteri, Lucy Wise Trio, Justin Bernasconi, and more! For more information on whos performing, check the blackboard in the INSTRUMENTworX marquee during the exhibition and outside the concerts new venue at the Lighthouse Caf after 5 pm on Sunday night.

    ATELIER PUGLISI

    Stringed Instruments

    Atelier Puglisi is a collective of makers dedicated to the traditional art of stringed instrument making, repair and restoration. Led by Benedict G. Puglisi, the Atelier is renowned for its carved back double basses, which have been played by performers both nationally and internationally. We appreciate Bens support to the festival by supplying double basses to our international artists.

    www.atelierpuglisi.com

    Come and marvel at the amazing and beautiful craftsmanship that goes into making your favourite instruments! This interactive exhibition in the INSTRUMENTworX marquee within the Festival Arena presents the perfect opportunity to meet your maker and even purchase a unique instrument. Please remember to always ask the exhibitors before handling their lovingly made instruments.

    INSTRUMENT MAKERS EXHIBITION Sat + Sun 10.00am 5.00pm Mon 10.00am 1.00pm

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  • DAN ROBINSON

    Guitar, Bass

    Dan Robinson makes eclectic acoustic guitars and basses out of native Australian woods. He lives in Anglesea, Victoria, is largely self taught, and always happy to compromise his amateur status. Players of his instruments include Les Stacpool, Sandy Brady and Justin Bernasconi.

    danrobinsonluthier@gmail.com 0412 888 307

    DANIEL HOBAN

    Guitar, Mandolin, Mandola

    Daniel is an independent Guitar maker based in Melbourne. He individually crafts steel string guitars, mandolins and mandolas for fine tone, balance and playability using traditional methods and beautiful timbers and repairs all types of fretted instruments. Daniel studied guitar making in Manchester UK, completing a diploma in musical instrument technology in 2008 and returning to Melbourne to establish his own workshop in 2009.

    dhobanguitars@yahoo.com.au

    DECLAN BARTLETT

    Bodhran, Percussion

    Declan Bartlett started the craft of instrument making when he was only young. He grew up amongst several of the leading instrument makers of Australia and has attended countless festivals around Australia. He is currently studying for his Bachelor of Music at the University of Western Sydney.

    bodhrans@yahoo.com

    ERLE BARTLETT

    Whistles

    Erle Bartlett has been involved in instrument making for over 20 years. Erles popularly acclaimed Syn whistles will again be on display at the Festival.

    synwhistles@yahoo.com.au

    JACK SPIRA

    Guitar, Bouzouki

    Jack Spira is a Melbourne-based luthier of some 22 years experience. Originally trained in London, Jack has worked in Australia since 1991. His focus has always been on steel strung instruments including guitar cittern, octave mandolin and mandolin. Nearly all his work is made to order, however he usually finds the time to make something special available for the Festival.

    www.jackspiraguitars.com

    JEFF WILMOTT

    Ocarina

    In 1969, having become partially sighted, Jeff began a life and love of folk music, pottery and photography. Jeff plays old-time fiddle, didgeridoo, and mandolin and has won many Australian Championships on the gum leaf. Jeff began making and playing ocarinas (small clay flutes) after completing a two-year ceramic course in 1987 at East Sydney Technical College. The ocarina is played by gently blowing to produce a beautiful, sweet note.

    www.stkildamarket.com

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  • PETER COOMBE

    Guitars, Mandolins, Mandolas and more

    Peter Coombe, based in Bega NSW, has been making instruments of the mandolin family since 1994 and more recently guitars as well. Many of his mandolins and mandolas have been exported to the USA and Europe. He uses Australian native timbers, as well as the traditional imported timbers, and has written articles about the use of Australian native timbers in mandolins.

    www.petercoombe.com

    RAY BLACK

    Mandolin, Banjo, Bouzouki, Guitar

    With 33 years of luthiery experience behind Rays instruments, his carved top F and A style mandolins are popular with performers in the bluegrass and old-time scene as are his flattop octave mandolins and bouzouki in the Celtic scene. The instruments are made of tonewoods sourced from overseas and locally grown hardwoods. He also has range of banjos built with Pat Doole feature custom hardware and inlays.

    Phone 03 52645282

    ROCKY CREEK STRINGS

    Banjo, Ukulele & other Stringed Instruments

    Rocky Creek Strings is based in the Northern Rivers of NSW, in the hills behind Byron Bay. We are a family-run workshop producing quality handmade musical instruments specialising in banjo ukuleles, banjos and other stringed things. We strive to make you the best sounding, most fun and unique instrument to play.

    www.rockycreekstrings.com

    RODERICK OCTIGAN

    Guitars, Bass

    Roderick handcrafts acoustic arch tops and hollow body electric guitars in his Melbourne workshop and his guitars are very popular amongst Jazz musicians. Rod uses native and imported timbers in his instruments; the choice of which depends on the customers preference regarding aesthetics and tone.

    www.octiganguitars.com

    JUSTIN SUTCLIFFE

    Guitar

    Justin Sutcliffe began his career alongside master mandolin maker, Steve Gilchrist. Now a luthier in his own right, Justin handcrafts acoustic and electric stringed instruments to order using the finest tone-woods. Based in Port Fairy, Sutcliffe Guitars specialises in custom build instruments. Justins eye for detail and appreciation for the aesthetics of musical instrument making sets his work apart.

    justinsutcliffe@bigpond.com

    MAINWARING & CONNOR

    Guitar, Stringed Instruments

    David Mainwaring and Bob Connor are Geelong instruments builders specializing in steel string guitars and Hawaiian lap slides. They make extensive use of both local timbers, particularly Blackwood from the nearby Otway Ranges and other species endemic to Australia. They also use American and European spruces and exotic species from South America.

    www.mcguitars.com.au

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  • TREVOR PHILLIPS

    Banjo, Guitar, Ukulele

    Trevor makes stringed instruments from a traditional foundation, making use of the freedom to experiment and modify afforded to the small custom builder, enjoying the treasury of local timbers available. He is a firm believer that Australian makers are writing their own chapter in the history of musical instruments, due to a mixture of cultural influences, combined with the unique, locally available timber species.

    e: trevor@tpinstruments.com

    TIM KILL

    Guitar, stick bass, lap steel, Indian classical slide guitar

    Luthier Tim Kill specialises in one-off custom designs. Over the last 19 years, Tim as worked with both Australian and overseas artists to conceive and create unique instruments ideally suited to their physical, aesthetic and musical needs. He uses traditional and modern techniques to creates a lyrical and responsive instrument that embodies the highest level of artistry and craftsmanship.

    www.timkillcustom.com

    TIM WRIGHT

    Tim Wright specialises in handcrafting an instrument specifically for a player. His 20 years experience as a luthier and a life long player have given him a knowledge of body shape, timbers and setup that allow him to tailor an instrument to suit a players needs.

    www.wrightguitars.com.au

    WHITE SWALLOW BANJOS

    Banjo

    White Swallow Banjos have been around since 1968. The first public display of a White Swallow banjo was made by Ian Simpson of The Flying Emus. He played at the Tamworth Country Music Festival with my 2nd off bench 5 string banjo, and won the Australian Bluegrass Championship playing it. Ian has owned that banjo to this day. Hamish Davidson owns # 1.

    www.banjostore.fingerstyle.com.au

    WOODSKIN CAJN

    Cajn

    Mark Aspland of Woodskin has significantly advanced the traditional cajn, enabling use in a wide variety of musical genres. The patented KiKBox has a built-in kick drum, switchable snare, plus tone and depth controls, providing versatility and a uniquely crisp and powerful sound. Woodskin products are used by musicians of all genres, from percussionists to guitarists the world over.

    www.woodskin.com

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  • THE POWER OF SONGFEATURE ARTICLE

    Buffy Sainte-Maries superb songwriting made her famous. Shes penned a fistful of standards that have inspired a wide-spectrum of musicians from Barbra Streisand to Neko Case, Glen Campbell to Galaxie 500, Quicksilver Messenger Service to Francoise Hardy.

    But its her eccentric voice that makes her such a compelling artist. Its thrilling the way she throws that heavy vibrato around on albums like the 1969 cult-classic Illuminations and 1975s Changing Woman.

    Sainte-Marie calls in from Hawaii, and such is her enthusiasm, it sounds like shes about to materialise through the phone.

    Maybe its because shes got a new album in the can, maybe its because shes set to play in Australia. Maybe its just because

    Ive just been watching a Sesame Street clip of you singing Cripple Creek with a mouth bow. Do people still lose their shit when you pull out a mouth bow?

    [Laughing] Yeah, they do, they like it, its very unusual. In fact, I have a new album coming out in May and I use mouth bow on two or three of the songs.

    Fourty-five years into her career, Buffy Sainte-Marie is still a changing woman.

    By Christopher Hollow | Edited by Sytske Hillenius

    Moonshot is my favourite Buffy song. Great lyric and string arrangement. Do you still have an emotional connection to that song?

    I do. I really like that song, some songs just really touch me when nobody has heard them but me. I hardly ever play it. But thank you for mentioning that one.

    What do we have to do to make sure you play it in Australia?

    [Laughing] When Im there I probably will not be playing it, because the band doesnt know it. When Im making up a set, its usually a combination of whatever is on our latest album, plus the standards that people normally request. Well be doing things like Universal Soldier, which is a protest song. Up Where We Belong, which won me an Academy Award. Until Its Time For You to Go, which has been recorded by everybody and his sister, and a whole lot of new things that you havent heard before. But, Id like to do Moonshot, thats a real good idea. The problem is we dont do a real long concert. If we did, I could indulge myself.

    To read the full article, pick up a copy of Rhythms Magazine at the CD Shop or Information Stall.

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  • THE AXEMAN COMETHRICHARD THOMPSON

    FEATURE ARTICLE

    Entering the twilight zone of a coruscating kaleidoscope of a career that has embraced literally a thousand years of music, Richard Thompson finally has an opportunity he has long craved: to unleash his inner rocker on Australian audiences.

    Fireworks are a foregone conclusion, as anyone who has seen him perform voltage enhanced will appreciate. With an axe strapped to his body, Thompson is a truly incendiary player, one who tailors a combination of controlled pyrotechnics, wicked chord progressions and radically bent notes to the requirements of each solo and each song. Inherent folkie that he is, RT can shred with the slickest heavy metal practitioners in the business.

    On four Australian tours, local fans have only been able to experience first-hand his more folk-oriented side, as one of the worlds most acclaimed acoustic guitarists. This time, Thompsons thrilled to be performing with his drummer and bassist, Michael Jerome and Taras Prodaniuk, in Australia for the first time. As he says: I didnt want to disappear from this earthly incarnation without bringing the band down under.

    On some shows, he plans to do an opening acoustic segment. At the festivals, he promises to mix in some acoustic songs as well. With such a rich and extensive back catalogue of material at his disposal, Thompson conceded in a recent Q & A that its going to be tough to pare the set list down: Ill try to select things that excite us to play, new things, old things, maybe a few covers.

    Apart from the Oz tour, what else is in the pipeline for 2015?

    Record, release and touring in Europe and North America. Im working on a longer piece about World War One for 2016.

    Youre rightly renowned as a dynamic live performer. How do you set about preparing for a show?

    Theres the physical aspect warming up the fingers and getting the voice supple and mentally I start focusing the morning of a show. Its all about concentration really.

    Youve evolved a highly distinctive style of electric guitar playing. Has it been informed by any great players of yore?

    Obviously I listened to all the jazz players and rock n roll players growing up. Favourites would be Django, Charlie Christian, James Burton, Johnny Smith the list goes on. But Im very influenced by other instruments, especially pipes, fiddle, and piano.

    Do you enjoy playing axe as much as acoustic?

    I see them as different instruments, and different opportunities.

    In terms of technique, do you have to make many adjustments when you switch from one mode to the other?

    I play a lot less notes on electric on acoustic, Im trying to cover all the bases. Also, I use a lot of tunings on acoustic, hardly any on electric. I use pick-and-finger style on both.

    To read the full article, pick up a copy of Rhythms Magazine at the CD Shop or Information Stall.

    By Tony Hillier | Edited by Sytske Hillenius

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  • A stellar job of treading tasteful melodies... Australian Guitar Magazine 2014

    dexterity on blues and ragtime originals Rock and Reel UK 2014

    His style oozes atmosphere Guitar Techniques UK

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  • THE FIDDLER'S GREEN GETS AN OFFICIAL NAME CHANGE

    AND A NEW STAGE

    NEWS

    In maritime folklore, the Fiddlers Green is a legendary afterlife for sailors who have served at least 50 years at sea where there is perpetual mirth, a fiddle that never stops and dancers who never tire. Every year during The Festival, the Village Green has informally taken on the moniker Fiddlers Green. Last November, the name was officially adopted and after more than 16 years of discussion, a new permanent stage has been erected on The Green in a joint project between Moyne Shire Council and Port Fairy Folk Festival.

    We thought a name change might be a fitting way to usher in a new era of this important space. the name Fiddler's Green has strong links with the festival but it also relates to the seafaring past of the Port Fairy. There is a famous song called the Fiddler's Green by John Conolly that has been performed many times at the festival that captures that connection to the sea, so it all fits in nicely." John Young, Port Fairy Folk Festival Vice President

    The Green on the corner of Sackville and Bank streets was officially named The Village Green by the former Borough of Port Fairy in May 1991. It is interesting to note that The Borough Council also named several other areas: the former station yards as Railway Place and the former railway land between Bank and Gipps Streets as Fishermans Walk.

    For the first festival in December 1977, the small park was used as a key venue and re-badged as the Fiddlers Green. The first festivals had a theme of traditional Irish and

    Australian music, and this was one reason we chose Port Fairy as the location for the festival, recalls Jamie McKew who led the small group who founded the event. I remember referring to the little square as Fiddlers Green when planning the program, inspired by the popular folk song Fiddlers Green. Irish Breakfasts were organized each year by Fay and Morgan McAlinden with family and friends...continuing the Fiddlers Green story. The square has been referred to as the Fiddlers Green for each festival ever since. Its brilliant that John Young championed the tradition even further and to now have the square officially renamed permanently. This is illustrates how the town regards the idea of tradition and how it has embraced and values The Festival said Jamie.

    One prominent Port Fairy resident behind the name change idea is Moyneyana Festival chairman Reg Harry. As Reg explains, "it has been known as the Fiddler's Green during the folk festival for many years now and I think it makes sense to make it a permanent thing, it is a bit more of an original name than the Village Green."

    Jack Smits designed the new stage with a curved roof based on the bait shed that adjoined the former co-op building at the towns wharf. The 9 metre by 7.5 metre stage sits towards the rear of The Green and faces west towards Sackville Street. The stage also has timber decking and apron posts similar to the wharf and includes disabled access at the rear.

    Work on building the stage began in September 2014 with up to 25 volunteers from the Port Fairy Folk Festivals construction crew led by Jack Smits lending their efforts to

    FIDDLERS GREEN

    Words and music by John Conolly

    As I roved by the dockside one evening so fair To view the salt waters and take in the salt air Iheardanoldfishermansingingasong Oh,takemeawayboysmetimeisnotlong

    Wrap me up in me oilskin and blankets No more on the docks Ill be seen Just tell me old shipmates, Im taking a trip mates And Ill see you someday on Fiddlers Green

    NowFiddlersGreenisaplaceIveheardtell Wherethefishermangoiftheydontgotohell Wheretheweatherisfairandthedolphinsdoplay And the cold coast of Greenland is far, far away

    Nowwhenyoureindockandthelongtripisthrough Therespubsandtheresclubsandthereslassiestheretoo And the girls are all pretty and the beer is all free Andtheresbottlesofrumgrowingoneverytree.

    Wheretheskiesareallclearandtheresneveragail Andthefishjumponboardwithoneswishontheirtail Whereyoulieatyourleisure,theresnoworktodo Andtheskippersbelowmakingteaforthecrew

    NowIdontwantaharpnorahalo,notme Justgivemeabreezeandagoodrollingsea Illplaymeoldsqueeze-boxaswesailalong Withthewindintheriggintosingmeasong

    get the job done. Retired Port Fairy builder Arty Hoey also volunteered his expertise to help steer the project through to its completion. Another member of the construction crew was chairman of the Moyneyana Festival, Reg Harry, who had long advocated for the stage to be built. He said having

    a permanent stage would save a lot of time and money for the community groups who used the area, many of whom had members in their senior years.

    Stop by the Fiddlers Green during the Festival to see some great acts and enjoy our new community space!

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  • VALE DENNIS OKEEFFEA TRIBUTE

    19572014

    Australian music lovers faced a sad day when Warrnambool resident and long time Port Fairy Folk Festival performer Dennis O'Keeffe passed away last year on March 9 (the Sunday of last year's festival). Dennis' skills as a singer, songwriter and songwriting tutor gained broad recognition when he became the Lake School (Koroit) songwriting tutor in 2003. Between the years 2004 and 2010, Dennis' songwriters class was highly sought after and the songwriters concert became the feature concert of the Lake School, always selling out, and always "bursting at the sides" with creativity and exceptional results from its participants.

    Dennis was a great songwriter himself - his songs include Mary of the Cross, The Tail Gunner's Wife and Wrought Iron Australians, and he will long be remembered for his fostering of the Australian tradition of song. For many years Dennis lead the Australian Music Session at the National Folk Festival in Canberra, and was involved in the annual folk research presentations at the Australian National Library. Dennis was a founder of the Four Ports Folk Club, the Brucknell Music Camp, held down a long residency with O'Keeffe's Slide at Rafferty's Bar in Warrnambool, and performed many times at Port Fairy Folk Festival. In 2005, Dennis was inducted as a Legend of the Lake by Tain magazine editor, Val Noone. Dennis made many friends in the folk and music scene in Australia including songwriter John Dengate, historian Graeme Seal, and poet Jim Haynes. Dennis achieved all of this while conducting a highly successful career as an optometrist and raising a family.

    In 1992, Dennis paid a visit to the grave of union shearer Billy Maclean at the Illowa Cemetery. This event triggered a twenty-five year journey researching the history of the song, Waltzing Matilda. Dennis' research has become part of the story of Waltzing Matilda itself and included many highlights and discoveries. In 1994, Dennis was part of the re-enactment of the burning of the steam boat, Rodney, on the Darling River, near Pooncarie, NSW. Later that year, he sang with historian Richard Magoffin in a ceremony commemorating the death of the swagman, Samuel Hoffmeister, at the Four Mile Billabong, near Kynuna, Western Queensland. In 2012, Dennis' research was published by Allen & Unwin in a book entitled, Waltzing Matilda, The Secret Story of Australia's Favourite Song. The book then became a musical written by Felix Meagher and Dennis O'Keeffe, The Man They Call The Banjo.

    Dennis is survived by his wife Anne OKeeffe, and his two sons Joel and Ryan, who took an interest in music at an early age, and formed the hard rock band, Airbourne. Airbourne has toured nationally and internationally for ten years and has released a number of CDs and DVDs.

    Dennis is buried at the Tower Hill Cemetery.

    Farewell, Dennis, from your Port Fairy Folk Festival family of fans and friends.

    Felix Meagher

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  • Next March, we will be celebrating another milestone along the happy trails of this festival when we present the 40th edition, almost 39 years along from the first in December 1977.

    To explain, in 1980 we looked up the theory of time travel and discovered we could go back in time plus change the dates, by running two festivals just 3 months apart December 1979 and then March 1980. The 40th year will actually occur in December 2017. The good news is that we are not as old as we thought! This is a little known secret bonus for making and enjoying music. We hope things stay that way.

    There has been a lot of water under the Moyne River Bridge since then. Over the years of 40 festivals we will have presented around 3,500 acts including over 500 international acts and over 12,000 musicians to an audience of beyond 240,000 ticket holders and 1,000,000 attendances to the wee village of Port Fairy. As we always say, Fifty thousand mutton birds cant be wrong.

    PORT FAIRY TALES PROJECT We say Festival You say.?

    Contribute to The Port Fairy Tales Project, a celebration of forty festivals of extraordinary experiences! Share your stories on our blogsite, which goes live this weekend. We invite you to jump aboard the good ship PFFF40 and post your favorite festival stories and photographs.

    Over 39 festivals The Festival has come to mean a great deal to so very many a festival of dreams. It has enchanted and entertained, delighted and enlightened there are many treasured memories and favourite stories. We all love to share our good stories and so we can create our shared Port Fairy Tales with photos, videos, and stories that will inspire festivilligers with our special history of this Festival of Dreams.

    SUBMIT HERE

    Port Fairy Tales Project: http://40thpfff-portfairytales.tumblr.com/

    Submit Stories, Images, Videos, & Ideas: on the 40th Port Fairy page on our website.

    Email: enews@portfairyfolkfestival.com

    PORT FAIRY TALES PROJECTTHE FESTIVAL CELEBRATES ITS 40TH EDITION MARCH 1114 2016

    40thPORT FAIRY FOLK FESTIVALThe

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  • THANK YOU

    A BIG THANK YOU TO:

    The Friends of the Festival

    The Construction & Electrical Crews

    The Community Organisations

    The Performers, Artists and Presenters

    The Mens Shed

    The families, friends and (invisible) supporters working behind the scenes. To you also we offer our very special thanks. You know who you are and so do we!

    THANK YOU TO:

    PRINCIPAL SPONSORS

    PRINCIPAL MEDIA PARTNER

    COMMUNITY MEDIA PARTNER

    SUPPORTERS:

    Callaghan Motors Warrnambool

    Chitticks Pies

    Moyne Shire

    Murray Goulburn Co-operative Co. Ltd

    Port Fairy Police

    Port Fairy SES

    Port Fairy Visitor Information Centre

    Southcombe Park Committee

    St Johns Church

    Warrnambool Mazda

    Warrnambool Subaru

    Warrnambool Renault

    The Port Fairy Folk Festival Committee wishes to thank many generous and dedicated people, some twenty-four voluntary organisations and services such as SES, CFA and the Police for their generous support. As ever, their enthusiasm for this community Festival is essential to make it all happen.

    SERVICES ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS:

    Electrical: Peter OKeeffe and the Electrical Crew

    Construction: Jack Smits and his Construction Crew

    Festival Image Artwork: Dale Harris, Leah Hartley, Studio Ink

    Graphic Design: Studio Ink, Design Bones, Heather Wood & Artist Friends

    Festival Arena Artwork: RAtARtAt

    Publicist & Media Co-ordinator: Penny & Logan PR

    Printing Services: Star Printing

    Program Book: Centre State Printing

    Photography: Perry Cho & Trevor Hovenden, Peter van der Veer, Ferne Millen, James Pevitt

    Production Manager: Brian Cavagnino

    Sound & Lighting Services: Southwest Productions Pty Ltd, Monitor City, Music Workshop, Powa Audio, Backline equipment provided by Billy Hyde Stage Systems

    Official Piano Supplier: Wertheim Pianos provided by Piano Time

    Official Double Bass Supplier: Ben Puglisi

    Security: R & D McKenzie Security Services

    Ticketing: Ian Wood, Trybooking, Denise Leembruggen, RFID N Print

    Website: Florence Road, INK Media

    Folk Circus Manager: Felix Meagher

    Fringe Music Manager: Simon Dillon

    Open Stage Manager: Kim Porter

    MC & SM Managers: Andy & Marg Rubans

    MC & SM Scheduler: Wayne Jury

    INSTRUMENTworX Manager: Dan Robinson

    Merch & Music Shop Manager: Andrew Orvis

    THE PORT FAIRY FOLK FESTIVAL COMMITTEE INC.

    Bruce Leishman President

    John Young Vice President, Community Liaison

    Bernie Waixel Treasurer

    Gayle OKeeffe Secretary

    Ian Wood Ticketing

    Jack Smits Construction

    Heath Cameron Amenities

    Heather Dumesny Craft Stalls

    Bob Handby Food Stalls

    Ann Holmes Accommodation

    Gordon McLeod Security

    Margaret Whitehead OAM Friends of the Festival

    PROGRAM OFFICE (GEELONG)

    Jamie McKew OAM Festival & Program Director

    Sandy Brady Program Administrator

    Louise Roberts Program Administration Assistant

    Sytske Hillenius Program Book Editor

    ADMINISTRATION OFFICE (PORT FAIRY)

    Robyn Stewart Office Manager Robyn Bartlett Office Assistant

    Address all general correspondence to:

    Port Fairy Folk Festival PO Box 176 Port Fairy Victoria 3284 Australia t: 03 5568 2227 f: 03 5568 1819 pfff@hotkey.net.au

    Address for Performers & Program:

    Port Fairy Folk Festival Festival Director PO Box 1252 Geelong Victoria 3220 Australia t: 03 5225 1232 f: 03 5225 1211 pfff@portfairyfolkfestival.com

    www.portfairyfolkfestival.com

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  • FESTIVAL HELP + EMERGENCIES

    THE FESTIVAL TICKET OFFICE + EXCHANGE

    In front of Swimming Pool, Campbell Street, this office is where you exchange your e-ticket or ticket for the permanent four-day pass, which is a wristband. Lost, damaged or misplaced tickets cannot be replaced. Show your wristband to staff at the entry to all festival venues. From Saturday evening at 8.00pm the Ticket Office moves to Performer Reception, adjacent to the swimming pool.

    Operating Hours:

    FRI 8.30am 11.30pm

    SAT 8.30am 8.00pm

    SAT 8.00pm 11.30pm Performer Reception

    SUN 8.30am 8.00pm Performer Reception

    LOST PROPERTY

    Items of lost property are to be deposited and picked up from the Festival Information Stall in the Festival Arena, adjacent to Stage 1, until 6.00pm each day and until the close of the Festival on Monday. At other times, lost property enquiries can be made at the front of the Sports Pavilion (Performer Reception). After the Festival has ended, you can make enquiries about lost property to our Festival Office on (03) 5568 2227.

    LOST CHILDREN

    Please bring any lost child to the Police van next to the front entrance of the Arena (Campbell St) or to the Festival Information Stall. We ask that a parent or responsible designated adult stay with your young children at all times. Please write a contact number on your childs wristband.

    LEAVING PORT FAIRY ON MONDAY

    All patrons are requested to leave the Festival Arena by 2.00pm on Monday. Due to Occupational Health and Safety legislation, the Arena officially becomes a work site at this time. We know its hard to leave after such a fun-filled weekend see you for our 40th festival in 2016!

    Traffic leaving Port Fairy on Monday is encouraged to exit via Bank or Regent Streets to the Princes Highway rather than Griffith Street (the golf course road).

    HELPFUL PHONE NUMBERS

    WarrnamboolPort Fairy Bus: 03 5562 4555

    The Gardens Caravan Park: 03 5568 1060

    Southcombe Caravan Park: 03 5568 2677

    Visitor Information Centre: 03 5568 2682

    Port Fairy Taxi: 0419 764 983

    V Line Train and Bus: 13 61 96

    Qantas: 13 13 13

    Jetstar: 13 15 38

    Virgin: 13 67 89

    EMERGENCY

    In the unlikely event of an emergency in any of the festival venues, Venue Managers will advise the audience of exits from the venue and site and security personnel will assist by giving directions, providing additional exits if possible, advise of any dangers, and facilitate an orderly evacuation.

    MEDICAL AID

    The Red Cross van is beside the Campbell Street entrance inside the Festival Arena with the Police and CFA. The hospital is situated in Villiers Street and is available for urgent treatment on the weekend (Please see the map in the Program section).

    MEDICAL + EMERGENCY AID

    Emergency: 000 Ambulance: 000 Fire: 000 Police: 000 Hospital: 03 5568 0100

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  • MADE OF

    MORETM

    Proudly supporting the Port Fairy Folk Festival for 23 years