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WELCOME & THANKS... From the Managing Director Welcome to the 2013 National Folk Festival – the 47th since the inaugural event in Melbourne in 1967 – and our 21st in Canberra. We are especially proud to be an official event of the Centenary of Canberra in 2013 – marking a historic year for the capital as one of its iconic cultural events. One of our greatest challenges is that we pride ourselves in being a unique festival in terms of the opportunities we offer for participation and education, but this must be balanced with a ticketing return and infrastructure that allows us to be sustainable. We are confident that we have created a new site that will make the festival more accessible and also provide a fresh and vibrant experience for all of you, our festivalgoers. Artistic Program Manager Pam Merrigan has done a great job in creating a program of such quality in her first year. In particular, she has created a sense of intimacy and diversity – with some outstanding headliners and established artists rubbing shoulders with our up-and-coming Canberra artists who represent the ACT as our ‘feature state’ in 2013. Thank you to all of our generous sponsors and supporters – it is a pleasure to collaborate with you in developing the festival. My personal thanks to the Board and Staff of the National, who have given of their commitment and energy way beyond the call of duty during a challenging time. As ever, thank you especially to all of our dedicated Volunteer Coordinators and Volunteers – without you, the National would not be possible. I hope you are able to lose yourselves (not your children!) in a memorable festival – and that 2013 marks a significant step forward for Canberra, the National Folk Festival - and all of you in your respective creative pursuits! Sebastian Flynn

From the Artistic PROGRAM MANAGER It is a privilege to deliver this year’s National Folk Festival Program and I am delighted to welcome you all, performers, volunteers, festival goers and special guests, to what will be an outstanding five days celebrating the folk arts in all their diverse forms. Whether this is your very first festival or you are a seasoned attendee I am sure you will find something to ignite your passion, to entertain and inspire. In a year of consolidation where the focus is to secure the festival’s future I especially value the engagement of our core communities and thank them for the time invested in the festival. To the great crew with whom I work, thank you for making my transition into this job both seamless and enjoyable, and a special thanks to Carolyn Griffin whose knowledge and experience of the National is next to none. I’m excited by the brilliant line-up of performers. From our wonderful featured state ACT offering and performers from around the country to our fabulous international acts, you will be spoilt for choice. I’m excited by our new site layout. I’m excited about an event that brings people together as a community to share in the spirit and creativity of the folk arts. From our up-close intimate spaces to the big stages, from the dancing and the sessions to the poetry, circus, kids, craft, or one of a myriad of activities on offer, for the next five days, go out and choose your own adventure. Try something you haven’t tried before, see an act you’ve never heard of, find something in the program you love, and enjoy! Pam Merrigan National Folk Festival Limited ABN: 96 058 761 274 PO Box 179 Mitchell ACT 2911 Ph: 02 6262 4792 Fax: 02 6255 4825 Email: Web: Facebook: Twitter: Instagram:





Important Site Changes Dear Festivalgoers This year we have some very exciting site changes! Primarily, we have moved a section of the festival Entertainment Zone from the side of the site that runs parallel to the Federal Hwy up to the area behind the Grandstand, along Flemington Road, and we have moved the Majestic off the Oval and brought it into the heart of the festival. There are three principal reasons for doing this.


Moving the festival away from the Federal Hwy reduces potential sound spill to the suburb of Watson, enabling us to run venues later. Infrastructure behind the Grandstand is more comprehensive than on the Oval or the Federal Hwy side and therefore production costs are reduced for infrastructure like generators and fencing. The new site provides more even ground for better pedestrian access and makes it easier to erect venues and build level dance floors. It also provides better sites for our much-loved stallholders. Other changes include: tent only camping allowed on the oval for the first time in years, a new outdoor dance floor in Central Park, increasing the size of the Marquee by using a high top circus tent, the southern hemisphere’s largest dance floor is back in the Coorong and the Stock Camp has also moved into the heart of the Festival!


There are 4 entry points to the Entertainment Zone: the Oval Gate near the Session Bar, The Majestic Gate, The Coorong Gate and Gate 2 off Flemington Rd (please refer to the map at back of your program for the location of these gates). We will be scanning your wristband at these entry points and security will be doing random bag checks. We ask that you don’t bring prohibited items - including glass and alcohol - into the Entertainment Zone.




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We are especially excited about the site this year and hope the new layout becomes familiar to you all soon, that it works for you and that you all embrace it! Now go forth - and feel free to get your FOLK on!


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UNWASTED The National Folk Festival would like to encourage you all to get behind our yearly effort to reduce festival waste to landfill. In the past we have had the amazing Wastebusters onsite who helped us sort out organic and recyclable waste from landfill. Unfortunately this year they can’t be with us so we will be flying solo! There will be organic, recycling and general waste bins around the site and we ask that you conscientiously sort your waste into the correct bins. It’s handy to know that all catering supplies from our stallholders are biodegradable! Your fork, plate and napkin can all go in the organic bin. Your Coopers cup can go into the recycling bin. The aim is to get as little as possible sent to landfill!

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This year for the first time we have The Yellow Van operating onsite for our stallholders. The Yellow Van is the only food rescue service in Canberra and for less than $1, a meal is rescued, transported and delivered to Care & Share and 80 other charities around Canberra, who ensure the most needy in our community are looked after. Each month, they rescue and deliver over 20 tonnes of good food, providing over 60,000 meals to disadvantaged people in the community – an equivalent of 2,000 meals a day. The Yellow Van receives no government funding and relies heavily on community support through donations. A lot of planning goes into our Waste Management. We would like to thank SITA, our waste provider and proud sponsor of the Scrumpy. SITA ensure that all waste arrives at the correct depot once it leaves the festival. Able Organics take our organic waste and use the resulting worm castings on an organic fruit and veg farm in the Canberra Region. Rod and his

team are organic trailblazers and we thank them from the bottom of our hearts. Their willingness to risk ending up with plastic between the rows of cucumbers puts them ahead of their peers! And last but definitely not least, David Pinson, our Volunteer Waste Coordinator and his team of super human trash faeries are invaluable. We can’t thank them enough for their energy, commitment, knowledge, positive attitude (which you need when dragging around garbage bins) and enthusiasm! The Festival and the universe thank you for your continued support in responsible recycling. Keep up the good work.








THE FESTIVAL TEAM An Army of Volunteers... Each year it takes about 1300 Volunteers and 63 Area Coordinators in addition to the 3 full time staff, 5 part time staff, contractors, and the Board of Directors to make the Festival possible. Area Coordinators take responsibility for a variety of services and fulfil vital roles in often difficult circumstances. Please treat our volunteers respectfully.


Admin T Bar Cashiers Bar Set Up Bars Stock Bars Stock Bar - Bohemia Bar - Bohemia Bar - Scrumpy Bar - Scrumpy Bar - Flute and Fiddle Bar - Flute and Fiddle Bar - Session Bar - Session Blackboards Blackboards Campsite Car Park CCO CCO Clean Up Communications Centre (Comms) Communications Centre (Comms) Community Arts Community Arts Construction Disability Services Festival Feedback Festival Office Festival Office Festival Registration Festival Shop Festival Transport Firewood Flute and Fiddle Flute and Fiddle Gates Gates Instrument Lockup Instrument Makers Kids Festival Kids Festival Lost Property MCs Patron Support Performer Payments Pre Festival Registration Raffle Tickets Set Design Signage Stage Management Stage Management Stage Management Stores

David Price Kylie Mulligan Stuart Biggs James Skerman Will Howe Ewan Lawrie Alex Rose Kim Lai Bell Stephen Whitmill Linda Mackay Louisa Rytmeister Chris Kremp Dawn Riggett Scott (Feral) Sneddon Linda Tune Charles Dean Brigid Costello Marilla Homes Sue Crebbin Roberta Boni Leonie Steel John Dalton Donna Pinder Libby Alexander Duncan Grylls Marilyn Allan Raymond Mulligan Pamela Manning Ros Hales Melany Laycock Lorna Garratt Julie Colley Tony Weston Lynne Hudson Greg Hudson Nancy Opdyke Paul Milera Fernando van der Linden Phil Emerson Sven Helland Lisa Stobe Jan O’Connor Brian Hinselwood Nadia David Jim Rhodes Judy Baker Jacqui Price Elizbeath Howe James Coombs Josh Calder Samantha Cain John Nichols Andrew Smart

Stores Street Choirs Ticket Office Ticket Office Tidy Team VIP Reception Volunteer Centre Volunteer Top Up Waste & Recycling

BOARD OF DIRECTORS Gabrielle Mackey John Taylor Graham Chalker Sebastian Flynn Peter Logue Phil Green Mark Cranfield Jacqueline Bradley Rick Kenyon Cassidy Richens Graham McDonald

Helen Ludellen Giselle Nathan Alison Smart Liz Baker Toni Neuhaus Sharon Casey Ann Bell Meg Hinselwood David Pinson President Vice - President Secretary Managing Director


Laurie McDonald Elena Kirschbaum Ray Mulligan & Roger Gifford Giselle Nathan Adam Hadley Phil Emerson

Spoken Word Circus and Street Dance Choirs Majestic Instrument Makers

SITE AND VENUE DECORATION Brian Sudding: Budawang stage design Ralph Fox: Scrumpy pallet furniture, Busk Stops and the Poetree NFF Set Design team with Liz Howe: Central Park, the Scrumpy, Bohemia Bar, Marquee, pole flags, Session Bar, record wave, funky site lights Artefact: Mural boards, bicycle sculpture’s Ted Bradley: Banner flags

OTHER ASSISTANCE Marketing: Graham Chalker, Peter Logue, Zena Armstrong, Dion Pretorius, Jacqui Bradley, Jocelyn Vasey and Tom Kenchington Photographs: Sabine Friedrich, Clare Anderson, Erin Stonestreet, Mikaela Atkins, Annette Cohen, Stuart Cohen, Jorge Aparicio, Peter Saunders, Graeme Morrison, Gerard Hudson, Pip Kelly, Janet Saunders, Matthew James, Karen Dace, Peter Bascomb, John Harvey, Steven Shaw, Andree Lawrey, Geoff Dunn, Ian Marshall, Ulrike Nedomlel, Lee-anne Shepherd, Eric Mak, Gavin Freeborne, Rohan Thomson and Sonja de Sterke for photographs used in our publications. Front cover artwork by David Pope -

Thank you, thank you, thank you ... to the hundreds of volunteers. To all those people who have put up with those whose lives were taken over by the Festival and all those inadvertently omitted from these lists. To everyone who has helped in even a small way, thank you from the 2013 National Folk Festival.


Back row L-R: Jocelyn Vasey (Stalls Manager), Kate Bowman (Production Manager), Pam Merrigan (Artistic Program Manager), Ruby Hudson (Volunteer Manager), Carolyn Griffin (Program Administrator) Front row L-R: Sebastian Flynn (Managing Director), Lainey Keir (Finance Manager)

We would also like to acknowledge the following dedicated and talented individuals who have gone over and above the call of duty throughout the year:

Jess Henderson Design & Publications Manager

Pauline Skerman Operations Manager

Lance Green IT Manager

Vu Pham IT Assistant

Adam Hadley The Majestic Program





OPENENING HOURS: Thursday: 2.30pm TO 7.30pm

Fri, Sat, Sun: 9.00am TO 9.00pm Monday: 9.00am TO 5.00pm

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Recognition | Showcasing The ACT FESTIVAL AWARDS 2013 In this year of the Centenary of Canberra, the ACT and Canberra take centre stage with a diverse range of artists representing our National Capital. Look out for the Canberraorientated backdrops in the Budawang, kindly created by renowned set design artist Brian Sudding, plus a good deal of political satire, parody and general “taking the mickey”.

Nurturing talent is paramount in the National Folk Festival’s approach to the program each year. The following awards are presented to individual artists and groups as encouragement and recognition of artistic achievement in folk music, dance and the folk arts.

The National Folk Festival is proud to be recognised as an official event of the Canberra Centenary in 2013 and, to have been invited to stage a special concert on Lake Burley Griffin in March, to celebrate the 100th Birthday of Canberra. A diverse program of artists showcased a broad range of music from indigenous through to folk music representing early settlement and our more recent musical past.

Awarded by the National Folk Festival to an artist of long-standing for his or her lifetime contribution to enriching the culture of folk music and arts in Australia.

In 2013 the National Folk Festival program again profiles artists from all over Australia and the world, with a special accent on the ACT as our feature state. Highlights of the 2013 ACT artists’ program include:

Canberra’s Calling to YOU! A very special concert In the Budawang featuring Canberra’s leading satirists, Shortis & Simpson and Worldly Goods as they sing about and comment on Canberra’s highs and lows, its triumphs and disasters, its dramas, its history - in fact the good, the bad and the ugly of the city that’s not supposed to have a soul.


NATIONAL FOLK FESTIVAL volunteer of the year award Recognises the exceptional efforts and dedication of a volunteer - above and beoyond!

LIS JOHNSTON AWARD Awarded to an excellent ‘unknown’ singer at the National, this award is presented in memory of Lis Johnston, a wonderful singer and stalwart of the Victorian folk community.

TRADITIONAL SOCIAL DANCE ASSOCIATION OF VICTORIA AWARD Awarded to the creators of two new dance compositions. The judging of this year’s award is part of the program, so why not drop in and try out a brand new dance.

Into My Room

Monday 9.30am Piazza

Join popular ACT musician Fred Smith as he celebrates 10 years in collaboration with Liz Frencham.


Potpourri of Poetry in the ACT Canberra is rich in poetry groups who meet regularly in cafes, restaurants, bars and backrooms. Hear poetry in some of its many and wondrous forms with Geoff Page, Livvi Hatfield, Laurie McDonald, Suzanne Edgar and Andrew Galan reading, writing, rapping and reciting in peaceful coexistence.

Mike Heaney Tribute Through words and song, Danny Spooner pays tribute to the late Mike Heaney, Canberra personality, long-time NFF friend and a tasty dance musician.

Canberra’s Hundredth Birthday In the Centenary year, historian Bill Gammage and author/journalist Paul Daley talk about and answer questions on Canberra, past and present, interspersed with whimsical and occasional musical interludes.

Dance till you Drop The ACT has a lively dance scene from colonial and Celtic to colourful belly dance, world and Morris dance troupes. Watch out for the displays on the Piazza and on the streets and don’t forget to catch the spectacle of the Heritage Ball hosted by the Monaro Folk Society.

National Library of Australia & National Film and Sound Archives Our collaborations with these two Canberra-based national institutions is never more important than in this year of the ACT. Watch out for film, robust interviews on the couch with Live @ the Lounge, plus concerts and presentations by our National Folk Fellow recipient Catherine Ovenden.

ACT Showcase A concert on our very new Carnival Stage featuring four diverse Canberra acts, Craig & Simone Dawson, NFF first timers Son of Rut, Seamus Gill, the man with a song for all occasions and Humbug.

The ACT component of our program is full of old friends and new faces. Some of these include: Fun Machine, Cassidy’s Ceili, Hoddle, Shiny Bum Singers, Julia and the Deep Sea Sirens, Franklyn B Paverty and the Canberra Scottish Fiddlers. The 2014 feature state will be Western Australia

This perpetual award, crafted in solid Ironbark wood, will be awarded for the 29th time, to the Best Performer at the Poet’s Breakfasts.

MCARTHUR’S FART Trapped in perpetuity in a, thankfully, well-sealed Vegemite jar, this prestigious and pungent award is presented to, (and preserved on behalf of!) the winning team of the Great Poetry Debate, marking their ability to bring fresh air to an otherwise heated debate of global-warming proportions!

NATIONAL FILM AND SOUND ARCHIVE NATIONAL FOLK RECITING AWARD For an outstanding CD released in 2012, by a performer who is appearing at this year’s festival.

INFINITE SONG COMPETITION Our ever-popular song competition, with a new theme each year. This year it’s the songs of the Bee Gees, with heats every day and the final on Monday in the Marquee.

FAA YOUNG FOLK AWARD Presented by Folk Alliance Australia and the National Folk Festival, this is an award to a young, promising performer aged between 10-18 years and nominated by a folk club or festival. The finalists will perform in the FAA Young Folk Awards Concert on Sunday in the Majestic at 10:30am.

PETER J DALY MEMORIAL AWARD Established by Meg Daly in memory of her husband Peter, a long-standing volunteer for the National Folk Festival and a Stalls Coordinator for many years. The award is provided to an artist or group of Australian origin that gives an outstanding performance of Celtic music at the festival.

ALISTAIR HULETT MEMORIAL AWARD Presented in memory of the late great Scottish folk singer whose name is inextricably linked to songs of social justice. The award, presented for the first time in 2012, by the Alistair Hulett Memorial Fund, is presented for the best song of social justice. The winning song will be performed at the Finale Concert in the Budawang.



“You can talk of your whisky and talk of your beer But there’s something much nicer that’s waiting us here It sits by the fireside beneath the gum tree

Kindly supported by the ACT Government and Australian Capital Tourism - Event Assistance Program

There’s nothing quite like it - a Billy of Tea.”… …Especially with the best Stew n Damper! Take a trip down memory lane – with Dave Upton and friends and the Australian Stockman’s Hall of Fame. One of the elements of our new site design that we are especially excited about is the new profile for the Stock Camp. Always a popular venue, it will now take pride of place at the heart of the festival, together with our 2013 partners, The Australian Stockman’s Hall of Fame. The Australian Stockman’s Hall of Fame is a museum located in Longreach, Queensland, Australia, which pays tribute to pioneers of the Australian outback. The Australian Stockman’s Hall of Fame and Outback Heritage Centre is Australia’s premier outback heritage destination, providing visitors with a spectacular outback experience.

STOCK CAMP HIGHLIGHTS Blackboard – Organized by the Stock Camp crew and running throughout the weekend spots are available each day for punters and performers alike. Imagine the sublime experience of hearing someone quite unexpected. Daily & late night specials! Always busy when the tucker is on. Henry vs. Banjo – In the spirit of the 1892/3 Bulletin Debate join the festival poets for an entertaining and slightly irreverent look at these two poetic icons. Saturday 2 – 3pm Yarn Spinners’ Competition – Fri / Sat /Sun 12 – 1pm The Giving Tree – Watch out for this interactive talking tree. Will have the kids enthralled while you enjoy a Billy of Tea!

Since its opening in 1988, the Hall of Fame has played host to over one million interstate and international visitors - providing a spectacular outback experience.

Battlers’ Ballad - Great Australian music Friday 11am

In 2013, The Australian Stockmen’s Hall of Fame comes to town for the first time, augmenting the Stock Camp with some genuine memorabilia from the outback life of yesteryear – to set the scene for a wonderful Stock Camp program of impromptu music, yarn spinning, bush poetry – and you never know who will turn up late at night for a historic cameo spot…

Dingo’s Breakfast - Iconic West Australian band Sunday 11am

Danny Spooner – Traditional singer from Central Victoria and regarded as one of the foremost in Australia. Saturday 11am Franklyn B Paverty – Canberra’s favourite bush band Monday 11am Wiradjuri Echoes – Learn about Australia’s oldest culture. Festival Bush Orchestra – Outstanding Festival ensemble.

AUSTRALIAN STOCKMAN’S HALL OF FAME HIGHLIGHTS Australian Stockman’s Hall of Fame (ASHOF) – Experience a little piece of the outback life of yesteryear with daily presentations from ASHOF – Australia’s unique collection of Stockman’s memorabilia – a rare insight into our outback history. Daily Whip Cracking Displays and Whip Making Demonstrations – with master Whip cracker and maker – Anthony Rennick. Film Footage – of ASHOF Museum and Collection – from Longreach, Queensland.



national library of australia and the national folk festival The National Library of Australia is very pleased to partner with the National Folk Festival again for the 10th National Folk Fellowship; but this is not the only way that the Library supports the National Folk Festival. The National Library maintains an extensive field recording program in the area of informal culture and folklore that sets out to document the music making and other traditions across Australia in their social context. audio.html provides a link to the thousands of hours available online, or you can search the catalogue for tens of thousands of hours of material available on request. Rob Willis, folklorist and interviewer, has contributed a significant amount of material to the National Library’s collection and is well known at the National Folk Festival for his popular presentations on Australian folk culture. For over two decades Rob, assisted by the Library, has been showing the life in the Library’s collections at the National Folk Festival by bringing many performers in their collection to the festival. This year Rob will be presenting a show with iconic country and popular performer Frank Ifield. Though Frank has an international reputation, this world renowned performer had his roots in the NSW area of Dural. Here he learnt to play ukulele, was encouraged by his teacher to put Australian Poetry to his own tunes (age 11) and listened to the yodelling of Tex Morton – a true ‘folk’ background. Rob will join in conversation with Frank in the show entitled “I Remember You”, and performers will present the songs that influenced Frank’s early career. Frank’s appearances are supported by the National Library. Friday 1:30pm Trocadero

In a presentation called “It’s Only Words“ Library folklore collector, Rob Willis and Curator of Oral History and Folklore, Kevin Bradley, will present a show which examines how Australians have adapted and adopted overseas popular music and culture. Long an area of interest, Rob finds the Library’s collection full of examples on how we have managed to put a spin on imported music and “play it with an Australian Accent”. Performances from all sources will complement sound recordings from the Library’s collection in another of Rob’s popular presentations. Saturday 6:30pm Trocadero

Live @ the Lounge Folk is made all the richer by the stories that go with the performances. Hear performers speak about their traditions, their music, careers and life, live on stage at the Budawang twice daily with interviewers from the National Library. Sarah Calderwood, songbird and flutist with Queensland Celtic band Súnas. Friday 10:00am Budawang Judy Small, folkie and feminist, with fantastic songs and stories! Friday 6:40pm Budawang David Francey, outstanding songwriter and storyteller (Canada) Saturday 10:00am Budawang Andy Busitill, musician and performer of Maltese, Middle Eastern and Balkan music Saturday 6:40pm Budawang George and Manoli Galiatsos founding members of Apodimi Compania (Greece … or is that Melbourne?) Sunday 10:00am Budawang Hat Fitz and Cara, Stories and tales around delta blues and Australian Folk Sunday 6:40pm Budawang

2013 National Folk FellowsHIP Each year the National Library of Australia and the National Folk Festival come together to offer the National Folk Fellowship, a significant opportunity to work in the National Library’s collections and present the findings in a series of performances at the National Folk Festival. The National Library holds the most significant folklore collection and related materials in Australia. The Fellowship helps performers to discover and explore this original collection of material at the Library so they can create their own artistic works and presentations.

The subject of this year’s Fellowship has been the fiddle music of Joe Yates from the Sofala region, Central Western NSW. Joe was a prolific fiddler, handing over an enormous collection of material from 1983 to 1985. He was 89 years old when first recorded. Cath Ovenden played music with Joe in 1985 along with a few other individuals who were lucky enough to learn directly from him. Joe Yates and his nine siblings grew up with their father and Yorkshire born grandfather’s music and song. The family home was by all accounts always full of music, the family was always singing and always playing. This extraordinary musical family could reputedly “make music from a wet tea-towel.” Joe Yates was recorded by a number of dedicated collectors, including Cath herself, and the field tapes of his playing and yarning are housed in the National Library’s Oral History and Folklore Collection. Though Cath was already familiar with the playing of Joe Yates, the Fellowship offered her the opportunity to re-examine the breadth of Joe’s extraordinary playing. “I was blown away by the amazing storehouse of tunes that Joe left behind after only a couple of years of recording,” said Cath, “The extraordinary diversity in the collection is evidence of his repertoire”. Joe Yates was a creative musician and in addition to playing the tunes of his father Cath Ovenden 2013 National Folk Fellow

Cath Ovenden is the 2013 National Folk Fellow. One of the leading exponents of Australian traditional fiddle music, Cath has been learning from the original performers and tradition bearers since the early 1980s when she “cut her bow” under the guidance of Bingara fiddler Charlie Batchelor. She has continued playing, performing and researching Australian old time dance music, and over the last 30 years developed a deep knowledge of its style, history and significance. John Meredith “Portrait of Joe Yates” nla.pic-an7497136-156

and grandfather, he contributed to the tradition by writing his own tunes as well. Cath says, “There is a special sound to the old tunes though, which makes them of the greatest interest to this performance”. Cath is joined at the National Folk Festival by Wendy Hodgins on piano and guitar, and multiinstrumentalist Steve Cook. As part of the Fellowship, Cath and colleagues are releasing their CD “The Fiddle Music of Joe Yates” at the 2013 National Folk Festival. Saturday 11:30am Trocadero


Themes & Presentations A Larrikin Lad Premiere Preview Screening 1 hour bio-documentary on the life and work of folklore collector and performer Warren Fahey. Packed with archival film, recordings and interviews it is also a history of folk music in Australia. Produced by Sydney film producers, Rebel Studios, the film has already received widespread praise in showing the life and work of one of Australia’s most energetic and irrepressible characters. Introduced by Warren Fahey. Sunday 5:00pm Trocadero

A Life of Music – Mike Jackson Mike Jackson celebrates a life full of amazing twists, turns, funny moments and songs, tunes and stories, shared with fabulous musicians along the way. This is a rare chance to see Mike in full flight with a bunch of his favourite players. Saturday 4:30pm Trocadero

An Unlikely Alliance: Battle of the Green Bans Songs and poems by some of Australia’s most respected folk interwoven with words by writer/ director Dale Jacobsen in celebration of the success of the Green Bans in the 1970s. Performed before a backdrop of historical slides, this performance is guaranteed to fan the flames of discontent. Friday 4:30pm Trocadero

Broadcasters’ Forum The Broadcasters Forum is facilitated by Bruce Cameron, presenter and producer of ‘Come All Ye’ heard on 2MCE-FM from 1976 to the present. Sunday 10:30am Board Room

Campfire Sedition This themed concert presented by Battlers’ Ballad traces seditious and rebellious songs of interest

a festival of variety through Australia’s history, with an eye for how the old may have informed the new. Friday 10:30pm Terrace Folk Nights

Canberra: Its Story in MUSIC & Song Franklyn B Paverty: Originals written by the band as well as songs penned by others, all about Canberra in the year of its 100th birthday form the material for this musically entertaining and informative themed concert. Sunday 5:30pm Carnival Stage

Canberra’s Calling to YOU Shortis and Simpson present a quirky, humorous, poignant collection of songs and stories about our capital city. The witty pen and thorough research of Shortis combine with the extraordinary voice of Simpson and join Worldly Goods to sing about and comment on Canberra’s highs and lows, its triumphs and disasters, its dramas, its history - in fact the good the bad and the ugly of the city that’s not supposed to have a soul. Monday 10:00am Budawang

Colleen Z Burke-New Poetry Book Launch Well known poet and performer Colleen Z Burke will launch her new poetry book with poetry readings from the text. This will be accompanied by music from Cornerbrook Band. Friday 11:30am Trocadero

Dames and Daredevils for Democracy

Damned Souls & Turning Wheels – Introduced by Warren Fahey A 30 minute film of the 2010 Biennale of Sydney 6-projector installation by Warren Fahey & Mic Gruchy showing the history of Sydney’s Cockatoo Island and its journey as a dreaded convict gaol; its link with bushranger Thunderbolt; colonial dockyard; Biloela industrial reform prison for naughty girls; The Vernon boys naval training settlement and then later, its role as an engineering works and industrial-troubled shipbuilding dockyard. Features extraordinary archival material sourced from over a dozen national archival institutions. Friday 3:00pm Trocadero

Ewan McColl Tribute Danny Spooner looks at the life and music of an icon of the 1960s folk music revival. McColl was renowned for four decades and influential in the UK, USA and Australia. Through words and song, and assisted by Duncan Brown and Gael Shannon, Danny will describe the political environment that propelled McColl’s song writing. Monday 11:50am Trocadero

Festival Folk Sing Judy Small ‘Festival Folk Sing Judy Small’ celebrates the music and influence of Judy Small, described as the grand dame of Australian folk music and a living legend. Judy has written many of the classic songs of contemporary folk music and her songs have made the world a better place.

Phyl Lobl and friends visit songs, poems and folklore, past and present written by and about the women who kept up the struggle for the right to vote at the time of Federation. They were enterprising and surprising and provided outcomes that raised a laugh as well as eyebrows and of course, democracy. The chain of influence highlighted will include the forward thinking men who encouraged them.

Monday 10.10am Scrumpy

Dedicated to three women instrumental in establishing the first NFF in 1965: Wendy Lowenstein, Shirley Andrews and Glen Tomasetti.

Sunday 7:30pm Acoustic Lounge

Saturday 1:00pm Trocadero

There are not many artists who can claim to have had the Beatles as their support act or be the first to have three consecutive hits on the British charts.

The ‘Seanchaí’ - Irish Storyteller Joe Lynch will have you mesmerised and on the edge of your seat, he’ll make you laugh out loud, make you cry. This is a cultural experience not to be missed. Joe’s amazing skills as a ‘Seanchaí’ (Gaelic for Storyteller) is a very rare art form these days.

I Remember You

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a festival of variety Frank Ifield can. Yet this world renowned performer had his roots in the NSW area of Dural where he learnt to play ukulele, was encouraged by his teacher to put Australian Poetry to his own tunes (age 11) and listened to the yodelling of Tex Morton – a true ‘folk’ background. Join NLA Folklore collector, Rob Willis, in conversation with Frank Ifield. Friday 1:30pm Trocadero

Instrument Makers’ Concert The instruments are the stars in this presentation that provides a wonderful opportunity to hear fine, handcrafted musical instruments by our Australian makers, and played by performers who are at the top of their respective fields. Saturday 8:00pm Trocadero

Interfaith & International Harmony The international tensions between Turkey and Israel and those between the three major religions of the world are most often reflected in the global media. The Bridge Project, through its alliance with The Daniel Pearl Foundation shares the common value of bringing the world’s religions together through music. Sunday 10:00am Trocadero

Into My Room 10 Year Anniversary – Frencham Smith Liz and Fred will be playing all ten songs from their debut CD, Into My Room. When Fred was awarded a grant from the ACT Government to record an album of songs written for a woman’s voice he spent two years looking for the right singer and found Liz Frencham. They gave the combo a trial run in a session tent at the National Folk Festival and in 2003 released the album Into My Room. Friday 7:30pm Trocadero

It’s Only Words Australians are an adaptive lot and this reflects in our music. From Hillbilly, Celtic, Blues and Bluegrass to later Surf music and Rock n Roll, we have put our OWN spin on it – play it with an ‘Australian Accent’. Join NLA folklore collector, Rob Willis and a cast of well-known performers in a rollicking look at some of this music and how it has been changed. Saturday 6:30pm Trocadero

the Merry Muse Presents Hosted by Tim Keeble. Sunday 8:30pm Carnival Stage

Mike Heaney Tribute Through words and song, Danny Spooner pays tribute to Mike Heaney, a long-time NFF friend and a tasty dance musician. Mike presented a number of workshops at the Festival and Danny will revisit these assisted by Bob McInnes and Judy Baker. Sunday 3:00pm Trocadero



Smart Arses, Bums and Short Arses

Hosted by the Folk Federation of NSW this event features some of the hottest new folk acts on the scene. The Folk Federation of NSW will also present their 2013 “Folk Awards” at the concert. Recipients are Dave De Santi and Trains of Treasure Folk Project.

Cabaret and comedy collide when Canberra’s leading satirists, Shortis & Simpson present their up-to-date and very original musical take on the goings-on of our political leaders. Witty, irreverent and very funny!

Friday 5:30pm Carnival Stage

National Film & Sound Archives – The Corrick Family Films See separate listing p. 15. Saturday 3:00pm Trocadero

Ottoman Siege of Malta Skorba is renowned for its beautiful audio-visual presentations about the Maltese Archipelago. Now experience their new presentation about the Ottoman siege of Malta in 1565, a themed concert with a pithy description about the stages of the siege together with original compositions that embellish and follow the story line. Monday 10:00am Trocadero

Peace in the Pacific Sponsored by the Canberra Centenary Fund, this concert with Fred Smith and Liz Frencham celebrates the contribution of thousands of Australians to peace monitoring operations in the Pacific, on the occasion of the 10th anniversaries of RAMSI and the conclusion of the Bougainville Peace Monitoring Group. The concert will combine a fascinating series of projected photos with songs from the CD Bagarap Empires. Monday 3:00pm Trocadero

Pirates of the Corporation

Sunday 7:10pm Majestic

The Fiddle Music of Joe Yates National Folk Fellowship recipient, Catherine Ovenden presents her research on the fiddle music of uniquely Australian and prolific fiddler, Joe Yates. While some have heard of the playing of Joe Yates, to most folk fiddlers Joe’s music is unavailable outside the NLA archives. In this insightful presentation Catherine brings this music into the mainstream. Saturday 11:30am Trocadero

The Songwriter Speaks Specially selected Songwriters will be joined by APRA|AMCOS Writer Relationship Manager Karl Broadie, as they delve into the creative world of songwriting. The session will hone in on the speakers musical influences, inspirations and their approach to the beautiful craft of songwriting. Friday 4:30pm Song Room

Through Emigrant Eyes Famine, persecution, poverty, conviction and even slavery were all instrumental in the exile of so many Irish from their homeland. For some it was for a better life, others were not so lucky – but these Irish emigrants have left us a rich legacy in song and stories. Humbug will present a concert of songs telling of the many facets of Irish migration. Monday 1:40pm Trocadero

Why We Do Like We Do: Darryl and Derrol McPorcine, the new bright lights of the Corporate World, present their seminal PowerPoint, ‘Pirates of the Corporation’ in which they endeavour to impress upon the peasant folk of our fair land, their personal take on the direction our country is being taken by the great and benevolent financial wizards of Oz and Elsewhere. Come see the Mc Porcines and stop your bloody whinging about the “Selling off of Australia”. Come and see it as they do. Beauty!

Time to Go Find Matilda

Friday 10:00am Trocadero

Monday 4:50pm Trocadero

Australians like to see themselves as egalitarian, independent fair minded folk, no worries mate, with a duty to watch over the battler and give him a fair go! And don’t forget Gallipoli mate. Is this still valid, this oz mantra that we true blue dinkum Aussies blithely honk on about in the year 2013? The Dingos don’t think so. The Dingos are worried we are losing our way. This presentation puts a unique Dingo slant on Affairs Australian in 21st Century.

Rampant Bureaucracy

We Made The Steel

As the “chroniclers of the public service” (Verona Burgess) the Shiny Bum Singers will celebrate the centenary of the ACT by presenting their second “mangled musical”, using parodies from all genres. This will be another “warts and all” view of Canberra’s very own industry.

The Roaring Forties present a song and verse packed snapshot of the steel industry in NSW in the 60s and 70s with ripping yarns, dry humour, poignant laments and lots of great choruses. The presentation includes many themes and musical styles ranging from traditional English and Australian folk genres to country blues, sleazy blues and Queen. Features original songs written in folk style by Robin Connaughton and John Warner, and complemented with slides, background notes and audience participation.

Saturday 10:00am Trocadero

Shanties Vs Ballads Join Alan Whitbread and Jerry O’Reilly as they go “head to head”, presenting songs from these two traditions. “Belt up in the Ballads – Sing out in the Choruses” Friday 6:30pm Song Room

Sunday 11:30am Trocadero


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Workshops & Participation

Press Gallery Choir - The House Howlers and other Canberra musical identities.

Ado Barker (Adams Barker Stephenson): Advanced Irish Fiddle Technique

Come together as one voice with the band, and enjoy the rewards of beautiful harmony! The band also likes to include the selected workshop songs in its repertoire during concert performances; sometimes they even get the participants up on stage to help them out!

Aimed at intermediate/advanced players, Ado will discuss his approach to learning tunes and navigating the curly territory of lilt and ornamentation. Friday 10:30am Board Room

Alan Whitbread: Shanties Find out about the different kinds of shanty used for different jobs on the sailing ships, join in with the choruses or lead a shanty.

Saturday 10:00am Acoustic Lounge

Bluegrass Parkway: Bluegrass Gospel Harmony Singing

Saturday 11:30am Song Room

Brian Bell: Rhyme & MetrE This workshop aims to help people work towards better rhyme and metre in poetry. Friday 4:30pm Board Room

Saturday 4:00pm Song Room

Brian Bell: Men’s Healing (Spoken Word)

Andrew Galan: Poetry Writing

Healing old wounds for men. “I heard my Dad say ‘Sorry’ last night.... “ “Take me to that other world....”

A poetry workshop that will have you writing, running and cross fertilising in minutes. Sunday 11:30am Song Room

Aoife Johnston: Anglo Concertina Forum (Irish Style) Tunes, ornamentation and playing technique. Fri. Sat & Sun 2:30pm Board Room

Sunday 4:30pm Board Room

Coast Ceili Band: Ceili Tunes for Beginners Focus on tunes and arranging them into sets for Irish dancing. Friday 12:30pm Board Room

Dougal Adams and Ben Stephenson: Irish Flute Two of Australia’s finest Irish flute players come together to share perspectives on their instrument, exploring their respective approaches to mastering the essentials of rhythm and tone. Saturday 11:00am Board Room

Ernie Gruner (Bohemian Nights): Wordless Jewish Singing Learn Nigunnim – East European Jewish wordless songs, from Ernie Gruner. These often simple but energetic or soulful songs and chants, are sung for celebrations and special occasions. Klezmer musicians turned many into tunes. All singers welcome. Monday: 10:00am Song Room

FAA & AON: Talking About Public Liability This will be an “open forum/moderated” panel allowing for discussion, presentation, Q&A and professional information and advice on Public Liability Insurance in the Entertainment Sector; covering all categories provided by the FAA Master Policy. Presenters: Jim MacQuarrie, FAA Membership & Insurance; Bob Charter, FAA Secretary; Veronica Karatovic, AON Entertainment Client Executive; Revicalyn Monzon, Aon Entertainment Client Executive. Saturday 6:00pm Board Room

Apodimi Compania: Greek Rebetika

Cory Clark (Cornerbrook): Newfoundland Tunes

Find out about the history of the famous “Greek Blues” with demonstrations and instruction.

Graham McLeod (String Contingent): ‘Idle Frets’ Guitar

Learn the little heard music of Newfoundland by Cory Clarke - a Newfoundland native.

Want to know how to accompany a Celtic tune in standard tuning? Fancy playing a standard tune with Celtic accompaniment? Interested in chord theory and harmony? Or perhaps you just want some new ideas to jam on? All levels welcome, bring your guitars.

Saturday 11:30am Acoustic Lounge

Friday 4:00pm Acoustic Lounge

Asa Broomhall: Guitar Trick or Treat

Craig Dawson: Creative Guitar

Asa Broomhall will show you the tips, techniques and tricks that have earned him the respect of some of Australia’s best guitarists.

This “hands on” workshop will examine finger style guitar techniques with an emphasis on open tunings.

Friday 2:30pm Acoustic Lounge

Belle Jar: The Art of Performing A great performance starts behind the curtain. Work together at voice projection, reflecting on intentions and walking the talk. Learn or refine your approach to performance with Belle Jar’s lead singer Julien Castegnaro. Friday 10:00am Song Room

Ben Stephenson: DADGAD Guitar Learn backing from one of Australia’s best traditional Irish musicians. Monday 11:30am Acoustic Lounge

Bill Gammage and Paul Daley: Canberra’s 100th Birthday Historian Bill Gammage and author/journalist Paul Daley talk about and answer questions on Canberra, past and present. There will be whimsical and occasional musical interludes from the infamous

Friday 11:30am Acoustic Lounge

Damian Howard: Song Writing Join one of Australia’s iconic songwriters and as a group write a song and then perform it live on stage at one of Damian’s gigs.

Sunday 2:30pm Acoustic Lounge

Hat Fitz & Cara The Voice: Cara passes on experience gained from a life of years on the road. From humble beginnings singing on the school bus in Ireland to completing her studies as a trained singing teacher.

Friday 1:30pm Song Room

Monday 1:00pm Song Room

Danny Spooner: Interpreting traditional ballads and British folksiness

Yarnin’ with Hat: Hat talks about his love of old time acoustic music and plays examples of his favourite self penned compositions and a few classics from masters long gone.

From the wealth of traditional UK songs, Danny will select some of the most singable doozies!! He will talk about how to interpret and perform these songs and what instrumentation might be appropriate. Friday 11:30am Song Room

Dave De Santi (I Viaggiatori): Italian Tunes David De Santi presents Italian folk tunes - old and new based upon his Neapolitan heritage and his tune collection Zumpa. Sunday 1:00pm Acoustic Lounge

Monday 2:30pm Song Room

James Keelaghan: Songwriting - from idea to completion Master song writer shares insights into how to transform ideas & words into songs. Sunday 1:00pm Song Room

a festival of variety Jamie Molloy (Cornerhouse Ceili Band):: Learning Tunes by Ear

Victoria. A hands on tutorial for interested musicians in an informal workshop situation.

Open to all melody players (guitars welcome if they play melody, not chords). Beginners to advanced welcome.

Penny Larkins: Perfect Blend Harmony So Close It’s Comfortable

Sunday 10:00am The Terrace

Jenny Shimmin (3 Marketeers): Bluegrass Banjo From basic to advanced level come and join Jenny Shimmin in a fabulous Bluegrass Banjo workshop. Saturday 2:30pm Acoustic Lounge

Jerry O’Reilly: Early Classic Ballads This presentation highlights classic ballads that have appeared in Ireland with particular reference to Professor Francis Child’s Collection. Monday 11:30am Song Room

pAM MERRIGAN: Presenting Your Sound Pam discusses the importance of presenting yourself as a first time performer looking for festival and folk club gigs.

Working on listening, resonance and the ‘tuning’ of our collective sounds to effortlessly weave beautiful close harmonies with attention to breath and blend. Penny Larkins is a vocal artist and teacher especially interested in helping folks unlock any communication barriers they may have and allowing natural expression to flow. Song is a beautiful and easy way to enable this process.

Sunday 4:00pm Acoustic Lounge

Peter Hicks & Ross Smithard: Worth fighting for – Worth singing about!

Shiny Bum Singers: Writing Shiny Bum Parodies

For over 20 years Peter Hicks and Geoff Francis have documented the struggles for union rights, social and environmental justice in Australia. This one-hour presentation looks back at the times we’ve been through. Bring your singing voice to join in the many chorus songs.

The Bums share the art and the experience of writing and performing parodies, along with insights into the mysteries of the Public Service. Join with the Bums to create a new parody (subject – your choice!)

Joe Lynch: Storytelling

Peter Richens (Cassidy’s Ceili): Bouzouki for Beginners

London Klezmer Quartet: Klezmer for Beginners In this workshop you’ll learn klezmer tunes, be introduced to traditional klezmer modes, ornamentation and accompaniment, as well as dance steps to go with the melodies that form this hugely enjoyable tradition. All instruments welcome.

Learn the fundamentals of chords and scales on the Irish Bouzouki. By the end of the sessions Pete will have taught you how to accompany some basic fiddle tunes and songs. Sunday 2:30pm Song Room Monday 2:30pm Acoustic Lounge

Recycled String Band Exposed A show and tell and more in depth discussion of the band’s “unique” instruments and how they use them.

Friday 10:00am Acoustic Lounge

Monday 10:00am Acoustic Lounge

Mal Webb: Lip to Lung Global Adventure

Ruth Wise: American Old-Time Fiddle

Mal Webb’s lip to lung global vocal adventure explores the physics, physiology and “phrivolity” of every sound a face can make. Mal will take you on a global cultural journey into your gob from side ways yodelling, Mongolian harmonics to beatbox and beyond.

Ruth Wise who grew up learning from her mum Louisa Wise, an award-winning American fiddler, teaches tunes from the rich repertoire of American old-time fiddling, from sweet and sassy to groovy and gruntin’.

Saturday 10:00am Song Room

Mike Compton: Bluegrass Mandolin Mike Compton will take you through the essentials required to explore that powerful Bill Monroe style of mandolin playing. Mike will focus on right hand technique and how that can broaden the scope of your mandolin sound. Monday 1:00pm Acoustic Lounge

Spanish Principality of Asturias. If there is enough interest, we will teach an Asturian tune.

Sunday 4:00pm Song Room

Saturday 5:30pm Song Room

Saturday 4:30pm Board Room

Hat Fitz & Cara

Saturday 4:00pm Acoustic Lounge

Friday 3:00pm Song Room

Award winning Irish Poet & Storyteller, Joe will help you construct a poem, song or story & also show you how to deliver it with devastating effect.


Sunday 11:30am Acoustic Lounge

Salmiakki Pelimannit: Schottische to Hambo Salmiakki Pelimannit will explore some of the differences between Schottis, Jenkka, and Reinlander tunes of Scandinavia and introduce the rhythm of basic polska and hambo. Saturday 1:00pm Acoustic Lounge

No Such Thing: Tunes of the Harrys

Senor Cabrales: Asturias – Where’s That?

Showcasing the collected music of Harry Schaefer of Forbes N.S.W and Harry McQueen of Castlemaine

Senor Cabrales gives an introduction to the geography, history, culture, cuisine and music of the

Sunday 10:00am Song Room

Susie Bishop (Tangalo): Vocal Technique Highly trained vocalist Susie Bishop will give some insight and tips about how to use your vocal chords healthily and keep them happy whether you are singing tango, opera, folk, jazz and everything in between. Saturday 2:30pm Song Room

Warren Fahey: Songs & Ditties from the Cities An informative and interactive presentation based on Warren’s collected material. Saturday 1:00pm Song Room

Wish List: Sing with your Fiddle Emma and Nicole share fun ways of starting to sing with your fiddle. Bring your fiddle and join in the ensemble arranging of a song. You will be able to participate at the skill level you can manage! Friday 1:00pm Acoustic Lounge

Zondrae King: Writing Bush Poetry A beginners guide to the techniques needed to write Australian Bush Poetry covering rhyme, meter, rhythm, acrostics, assonance, alliteration etc. all the ‘tools’ needed to write prize-winning poems. Saturday 1:00pm Board Room

Zondrae King: A beginners guide to presenting Rhyming Poetry Covering: choice of suitable material - your own or a classic? What is proper for the occasion. What is suitable for the general public? To what audience have you aimed your writing? Dress, projection of voice, microphone technique and general stage craft. Sunday 12:00pm Board Room



Spoken Word Andrew Galan Upstairs food court writer in exile Andrew Galan has performed as part of the Corinbank, Canberra Fringe, This is Not Art, YouAreHere, and National Folk Festivals. His poetry has been included in The Best Australian Poems 2011, and published in the United Kingdom, the United States, New Zealand and Australia. He co-founded poetry slam BAD!SLAM!NO!BISCUIT! at The Phoenix Pub, and growls poetry with spoken word band The Tragic Troubadours. Sunday 11:30am Song Room (Workshop) Sunday 7:00pm Carnival Stage

Andrew Galan

Colleen Z Burke

Laurie McDonald

Colleen Z Burke is a well-known poet and performer who has read her poetry and presented workshops at numerous folk festivals and other events. She has published many books including co-editing The Turning Wave - Poems and Songs of Irish Australia. Colleen will be launching her new and 11th poetry book at this year’s National. Friday 11:30am Trocadero

Laurie McDonald is a Canberra bush (and city) poet who regularly performs at functions and festivals featuring Merkyl Crud, Jimbo and others with their gallant tales of derring-do, and also more pensive observations of life’s many foibles. A previous winner of the NFF Reciters’ Award, he recently launched his CD Laurie McDonald Live... at The Murrumbateman Pub.

David Hallett

Sunday 8:30am Flute ‘n’ Fiddle

David Hallett has been a performance poet for over 30 years, twice winner of the Poetry Olympics at the Festival of Sydney, winner of Byron Bay Writers Festival Poetry Prize, Woodford Story Award and Nimbin Poetry World Cup. Manager and feature at Lismore’s ‘Live Poets’ and Byron Bay’s ‘Writers at the Rails’ for 20 years, David has toured extensively around Australia and to New York, featured on ABC and SBS TV and radio and currently co-ordinates the Woodford Story Award.

Sunday 8:30pm Majestic

Banjo Vs Henry The gloves are off! The “Bulletin Debate” (1892-93) was a famous ongoing dispute in The Bulletin magazine primarily between Banjo Paterson and Henry Lawson regarding their portrayal of “life in the bush”. Join the festival poets and friends for an entertaining and slightly irreverent look at the work of these two poetic icons. Saturday 2:00pm Stock Camp

Brian Bell Performance poet and convener of poetry related events, Brian has won prizes for writing and poetry performance and convenes special event poetry at festivals. Friday 4:30pm Board Room (Workshop) Saturday 7:00pm Acoustic Lounge Sunday 4:30pm Board Room (Workshop) Monday 8:30am Flute ‘n’ Fiddle

Martin Pearson and the Po’tree The Po’tree is an artistic installation situated in the Scrumpy Bar, providing an interface for poets and writers to “express the moment”. Post your impromptu offerings and then come along each day to the Scrumpy and see what Martin Pearson makes of them. Daily 2:10pm Scrumpy

Saturday 7:00pm Acoustic Lounge

Peter Mace Bush Poet

Gregory North

Poetry, Spoken Word, Rhyming, Bush Ballads, Haiku, Shopping Lists — whatever words you’ve got we want ‘em for BAD!SLAM!NO!BISCUIT! For those who don’t know, BAD!SLAM!NO!BISCUIT! is a Poetry Slam that will give YOU a microphone, an audience and two minutes to perform — and then be judged by five judges chosen randomly from the audience, as well as by our very own Master of Conflict. So signup with The Score Adder and join your hosts Jacinta and Andrew Gayland for the 2013 National Folk Festival BAD!SLAM!NO!BISCUIT!. And remember, no props, no music, 2 minutes and a Master of Conflict!

Sunday 7:00pm Carnival Stage

Saturday 8:30am Flute ‘n’ Fiddle Sunday 1:30pm Trocadero


Saturday 7:00pm Acoustic Lounge

Discovered wandering in the Blue Mountains, this man of many hats will have you wondering which voice is really his. Known for his rendition of ‘The Man From Snowy River’ in 15 different accents and his adventures with sticky tape, the voices and characters in his poems and yarns could be the result of medical experimentation or maybe he’s just a freak of nature. Whichever it is, this three-time Australian bush poetry champion brings a multitude of characters to life whenever he performs. His DVDs ‘Man of Many Hats’ and ‘Stick It’ are great ways to relive the experience. Friday 8:30am Flute ‘n’ Fiddle Sunday 1:30pm Trocadero

Peter is a performer and writer of Bush Poetry who over the last few years has performed at most of the major festivals on the east coast of Australia. Peter is the 2012 Australian Bush Poetry champion, a three times winner of the prestigious Golden Damper Award at the Tamworth Country Music festival and the 2010 “Reciter of the Year” at the National Folk Festival. Friday 8:30am Flute ‘n’ Fiddle Friday 7:00pm Acoustic Lounge

Poet’s Breakfasts Hosted each day by two of our featured poets these sessions provide an opportunity to share a poem. The national Festival Reciter’s Award will be decided for the 28th time at these events and last year’s winner Vic Jefferies will be in attendance as this year’s judge.

In the Round - poetry

Daily 8:30am Flute ‘n’ Fiddle

Here’s an opportunity to connect with our featured poets and also to share a poem. Walk-up spots will be available.

Poet’s Corner

Friday & Saturday 7:00pm Acoustic Lounge

Joe Lynch Irish Poet Joe Lynch is an award winning Irish poet and storyteller. His original tales will have you mesmerised and on the edge of your seat, he’ll make you laugh out loud, make you cry, or maybe just think differently. This is a cultural experience not to be missed, as Joe’s amazing skill as a Seanchaí (Gaelic for Storyteller) is a very rare art form these days, even in the Irish hills of rural County Cork where Joe hails from.

Another opportunity to spruik, and recite your poems. Open mic – walk-ups. Fri/Sat/Sun 3:30pm @ the Hay Bales - Central Park

Poetry Last Supper If you’ve been partying late and find yourself just slipping into your tent for some hard earned shut-eye as the rest of the festival is wakening up to the Poet’s Breakfasts the Majestic provides a late night poetry solution. The Poetry Last Supper is a midnight poetry open mic where you’re welcome to come along. Sunday 12 Midnight Majestic

Friday 7:00pm Acoustic Lounge

Potpourri of Poetry in the ACT

Saturday 4:30pm Board Room (Workshop)

Poetry in its many forms is alive and well in Canberra and the surrounding region. The area is rich in poetry groups who meet regularly in cafes, restaurants, bars and back rooms. There are even those who toil away in their own private world emerging only to the call

Sunday 8:30am Flute ‘n’ Fiddle Sunday 7:30pm Acoustic Lounge

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mind, body, spirit dru yoga

gregory north

of the publisher. Hear poetry in some of its many and wondrous forms with Geoff Page, Livvi Hatfield, Laurie McDonald, Suzanne Edgar and Andrew Galan reading, writing, rapping and reciting in peaceful coexistence. Find out what poetry means to them and how you too can become a well-balanced individual just by picking up a pen!

Yarn Spinning Competition

roger holmes & friends - hymn singing

Last year’s winner, Jim Brown is unfortunately unable to be here to judge this year’s competition. This year’s judge is Brian Bell so come and join the fun as the festival’s best yarn spinners compete for this coveted award.

Roger has been presenting the annual hymn singing session at the National for quite a few years, ably supported by his beautiful assistants Anne, Jenny, and Sandra. It’s an opportunity for those who don’t feel comfortable singing in church (whether or not they attend at all) to get into some of the most majestic songs in the English language. Sunday 9.40am Acoustic Lounge

Sunday 7:00pm Carnival Stage

Daily 12:00pm Stock Camp

Slam Poetry Vs Bush Poetry

Zondrae King

It’s on again, four slam poets head to head with four bush poets. Join them in the Majestic when they go head to head the win the coveted, “imaginary” trophy, with three minutes a poem and five judges randomly picked from the audience. Come and cheer (or boo!) your favourite festival poets.

Lady poet, writer and reciter of Australian poetry and winner of many competitions for both written and performance poetry Zondrae has performed as a walk up at Poets Breakfasts at the National for the past 10 years. She is a previous Reciter of the Festival (2011) and received the ‘Yarn Spinner” Award (2009). Zondrae is well published in various anthologies including the Bronze Swagman and ‘Award Winning Australian Writers’. She is known for her tender poems seen ‘through a mother’s eyes’ and has published five little books of her work.

Friday 1:30pm Majestic

Tragic Troubadours, The With aces up sleeves and a loose goose overboard they’re all axes to grind, and so these street poets ask you, “Would you like a poem?” and then when you say “Yes”, well, that is exactly what you get. From agents who ask why they return to Indian food baine-maries to telephone calls to purgatory to goon-bags full of love for a special someone, for five minutes or less these poets are your poets. The Tragic Troubadours bring poetry to the people just standing around waiting for something to happen. Daily 1:30pm Central Park Stage On the Streets & at the Majestic

Discover why Dru Yoga is so effective as a tool for transformation. De-stress, relax and feel great with fun activations and a soothing energy block release sequence incorporating movement, breath and visualisation. Stretch and energise through a combination of uplifting yoga poses that will enrich you with optimism and lightness, and have significant positive effects on your health and well-being. All this followed by a rejuvenating relaxation to set up your day at the folk festival. Daily 8.30am Terrace

Friday 7:00pm Acoustic Lounge Saturday 8:30am Flute ‘n’ Fiddle Saturday 1:00pm Board Room (Workshop) Sunday 12:00pm Board Room (Workshop)


easter church service Easter is the most important festival in the Christian calendar. So join us for worship on Easter Sunday. Bring your kids for a special childrens’ segment. Includes prayers, readings, poetry and gospel music. Sunday 8.30am Trocadero

quakers “We make art and music and arrange things with care because it’s how we decorate our souls.” Come join the Quakers at the National,- a quiet space to reflect on the music and people and the busy festival weekend. The hour long meeting is based on silence and those attending are invited to speak or sing when moved. Silence can make us receptive of inspiration and guidance. It can be an intensified pause, a vitalised hush, a creative quiet, an actual moment of correspondence with the creative spirit. All are welcome. Sunday 8.30am Acoustic Lounge

NFSA PRESENTS THE CORRICK COLLECTION Each year the National Film and Sound Archive (NFSA) presents something special at the Festival and this year is no different. Mixing amazing short entertainment films of every variety with live accompaniment, the NFSA will screen highlights from the fabulous Corrick Collection. The Corrick Collection is a treasure trove of 130 films made between 1900-1914. They were collected by the Corrick Family Entertainers, a troupe of performers who toured the Australian variety circuit from 1897. Produced in Europe, America, and with a number actually filmed by the Corricks themselves in Australia, the films present fantasy, travel, drama, comedy and special effects. The screening of the rare films will have a live piano accompaniment by silent film specialist Elaine Loebenstein.

The Corrick family around 1912


STREET & CIRCUS CHARLOTTE RAVEN Charlotte Raven is a roving character based on early 19th century female travelling writers. Decked in an enormous hoop skirt, poke bonnet and wielding a fountain pen, Charlotte writes letters and poems for the festival crowd. Charlotte might write you a love-letter for your lady, or the sorry note you’ve been meaning to send, she might write you a short poem of your very own or just give you a try of her wax seal. Charlotte Raven is an evocative, delicate and head-turning addition to roving performance art in Australia.

charlotte raven

Daily around the Festival precinct

BIG RORY & OCHIE AND HELLS COCKIES Big Rory & Ochie the Dog are larger than life characters that literally romp around a festival site causing gleeful chaos! Hells Cockies are a pair of Sulphur Crested human sized Cockies, complete with leather jackets and beak piercing, they are out and about looking for a bit of wild action! Daily around the Festival precinct

GADJO FAMILY, THE The Gadjo Family presents wild circus antics, live music, puppetry, sideshow and fire. A travelling ‘family’ of acrobats, magicians, jugglers, musicians, expect impromptu performances throughout the festival, workshops and more. Pop in for a show, a chat, or share a story around the campfire. Daily Shows: Majestic Area Saturday 9:10pm & 10:10pm Carnival Stage

HAIRBALL STREET THEATRE Hairball from WA specializes in captivating street performance designed to entertain the passing crowd and add atmosphere to your street festival, market, parade or private function. Hairball has a range of original pieces that incorporate eye catching costume and make up, mime, physical theatre, stylized movement, clowning and improvised comedy. Fri - Sun 5:00pm Central Park Daily around the Festival precinct

LETTERBOX SHADOWS Letterbox Shadows has enchanted Melbourne audiences with witty, artful songwriting by Vic Farrell and Merry Prain brought to life with exquisite shadow and light puppetry. Featured at the Darebin Music Feast and Northern Exposure Festival, Letterbox Music is a unique folk art performance. Fri – Sun 8:00pm Central Park Also see KidzFest for workshops

RIFF RAFF RADICAL MARCHING BAND In the tradition of Radical Marching Bands world wide and tired of attending boring rallies and demos, the Riff Raff Radical Marching Band plays at social actions and community events, coal ports, solidarity demonstrations, artyhipster-things, fundraisers, Mardi Gras, and on the streets! Riff Raff keeps the passion alive with a repertoire of contemporary and world music arranged for Marching Band. We love other players, dancers and flag wavers to join with us, get in the groove and be part of it with us. Daily Riff Raff Parade Starts 4:30pm Central Park Also see KidzFest


Worldly Goods Choir

Internationally acclaimed and awarded performance duo Tarrabelle and Rustickle will amaze and inspire you as they combine death defying acrobatic stunts, fire juggling, fire breathing and comical mayhem! With everything from Hula Hoops to Flaming whips, these are two shows you don’t want to miss - keep an eye out for their day show “street chaos” and their night show “THE REVOLUTION OF FIRE SPECTACULAR!”

Worldly Goods Choir is a joyous Canberra-based community choir that specialises in world music. Led by Moya Simpson, the choir can belt out traditional songs from around the world, but can also find themselves involved in the bizarre world of Shortis and Simpson projects. World music with attitude!

Friday 12:30pm Central Park & 8:50pm Majestic

Fri & Sun 3:00pm Central Park Sat 4:00pm Session Bar Busk Stop Area

Friday 4:00pm Carnival Stage


Saturday 11:30am & 7:30pm Central Park

Daily performances around the Festival precinct

Sunday 1:00pm Carnival Stage

Albion Fair Morris (NSW)


Albion Fair Morris is a striking group representing North West Morris originating from Cheshire & Lancashire and often performed as processional dances between villages. From Sydney, the group first formed in 1979. Dancing in wooden-soled clogs decorated with bells they perform in bright red and black costumes, to the sound of the clogs, bells and their fabulous musicians. A whistle blast indicates the chorus of each dance.

Canberra Gay & Lesbian Qwire The Canberra Gay & Lesbian Qwire is a community based choir with members from all walks of life, drawn together by their common love and passion for music and singing. The Qwire is highly regarded in the Canberra community and has performed at the National Gallery, Parliament House, and various other community events. The Qwire has also performed internationally including performances in Paris, Portland, Auckland, and San Francisco. Fri: 11:00am Session Bar Busk Stop Sat: 3:00pm; Sun: 12:00pm; Mon: 3:00pm Central Park

Stella a capella Stella a capella is a choir from Newcastle that has been singing and performing for over 15 years. They perform an eclectic bracket of songs, drawing from popular, gospel, African and other World repertoires. Their number one aim is to bring to life the joy of community singing and to transmit this to their audience. Fri 12:00pm; Sat & Mon 11:00am Central Park Sun: 2:00pm Session Bar Busk Stop Area

Perth Morris Men (WA) This side has the distinction of being the oldest in Australia having been founded in 1974 and performing dances mainly from the Cotswold Hills. The dances vary from gentle handkerchief waving to vigorous mock battles with large sticks. With colours derived from the local football team of Subiaco where the original members lived this group is lively and spectacular with dances often displaying a unique style due to Perth’s remoteness.

Ragged Band (Q’land) The Ragged Band Border Morris presents seriously enthusiastic Border style dances set to traditional English folk tunes and songs and full of wild stickwhacking mayhem unleashed on the walkways, heading into bars (as is tradition for Morris dancers) and creaming on the streets. They’re noisy, they’re English and pushing the boundaries of tradition just as far as they possibly can.


The Majestic It happened in the night, as these things often do: we awoke to find The Majestic had lurched off the oval, and parked itself in what was once performer camping. No amount of cajoling or caterwauling could coax it back, so here we are! A new year and a new spot! The Majestic Schmajestic! The National Folk Festival’s very own corral of weird, the bastion of strange, the only venue in the NFF where you can see Circus Performers and Morris Dancers battle to see who can draw the best duck. We have gathered some amazing musicians. From the Junkyard Jazz, Sydney’s Rusty Spring Syncopators to Adelaide’s finest purveyors of Old Time Music Hall, Bygone Error. Also from Sydney we are proud to present Sydney’s juggernaut of dirty blues, murder songs, and the occasional inter-band knife fight, Papa Pilko And The Bin Rats. With the ACT as our featured State there are bands from all over Canberra – from the unique, country stylings of Upper Downer’s Julia & The Deep Sea Sirens to the unique, country stylings of Upper Downer’s Sam King! From the gentle acoustic balladry of Hashemoto to the less gentle acoustic balladry of The Burley Griffin, plus recent recipient of the MAMA for Best Pop Act, Fun Machine! It’s another huge year for circus as well, with Poncho Circus, Circus Hokum and The Not For Kids Kids Show! And the NFF’s brand new shiny Artistic Program Manager Pam has put together a lunatic Fool’s Feast for Friday night – featuring bands, Morris dancers and an extremely Not Safe For Work Punch & Judy show! It is another huge year for The Majestic. New tent, new locale, same break neck confusion, ridiculous events, amazing bands, thrilling circus and squishy, awkward chairs!


Festival Community Parade The Festival Parade takes to the streets of the National in a riot of colour and sound on Sunday from 6:30pm, starting at the Majestic end of the site and winding its way through the festival to Central Park. You’re all very welcome to be part of it: massed Ukes and Morris, Marching Bands, kids, street performers and anyone who wants to join in the fun and showcase some of the fabulous things you’ve been creating and participating in. Workshops occur daily in artefACT and KidzFest where you can make hats, masks, lanterns or puppets to show off in the Parade. See blackboards at these venues for more information.



arte ACT: Community Arts Art and craft for everyone! ArtefACT is the chill out zone in the middle of the festival where you can come and mingle with the resident artists and have some fun creating something fantabulous that you can wear, hang up, light up, marvel at, laugh at, splash with colour, twirl around, weave into, redesign, re create, wrap yourself in, play with or simply just adore. Within ArtefACT you will find a diverse range of artistic opportunities on offer that are suitable for all levels of ability from beginner to advanced. While at ArtefACT you can take a break from your hectic festival schedule and spend an hour or more learning a new skill, making new friends or just having some great creative fun in a relaxed and inspired area.


The Community Arts team at the NFF believe that everyone can create something truly wonderful so come along and tap into your inner artist and have some fun with us. You can book into one of the workshops on offer (see following pages for details) or just join in whatever art experience takes your fancy. There are art experiences happening all day and they are designed so you can drop in for as little as ½ an hour or spend all day exploring your creative side. For up to date info about what’s happening in ArtefACT check the notice boards daily or call in at the ArtefACT office.

ArtefACT is open 9.00am – 5.00pm daily during the festival



origami lily Use the square on the opposite page to make your own beautiful origami lily! Scissors (and assistance) can be found in the Comunity Arts area.

1. Start with your paper coloured side up. Fold in half, then in half again, as shown. Crease well, then open out again.

2. Turn the paper over and fold in half diagonally and in both directions. Crease well and open out once again.

5. You’ll need to repeat step 4 on all four of the flaps of the waterbomb base. The model will now look like this.

4. Fold the top triangle into the centre and unfold. Using this crease, open out the triangle and flatten.

8. Using the creases made in step 6 and 7, lift the bottom point of the model (the uppermost layer only) up to the top point, bringing in the sides of the model at the same time, as shown.

12. Fold the outer flaps toward the centre and flatten.

13. Repeat step 12 on all four sides of the model. The model should now look like this.

3. Holding the points shown, bring them both down to the centre point on the bottom line. Flatten model. This is called a waterbomb base.

9. Repeat steps 6, 7 and 8 on each if the four sides. The model should now look like this.

14. Fold down all petals, opening the flower as you go.

6. On the uppermost diamond, fold the outside corners into the centre line, crease well then open.

7. Fold the whole model in half and open.

10. Now fold down each of these triangles, on all four sides.

11. Rotate model upside down, so the open part is at the top.

Completed Lily!



Workshops Spend some time learning new skills and creating something for yourself, a friend or the festival community. A range of artists and artisans will share their expertise in daily workshops as they demonstrate, teach and sell their wares over the four days of the festival.

Canberra Community Tapestry

All workshops have limited spaces and fill up fast so don’t forget to book in at the ArtefACT office as early as possible so you won’t miss out.

Weaving and Shibori Dyeing

Wood crafting Have fun constructing a handcrafted wooden toy with the ACT Woodcraft Guild.

Beanie making Create and wear your own masterpiece by needle felting and crocheting your unique festival beanie with Marg from Alice Springs Beanie Co op.

Leatherwork Allow Maureen to teach you how to make a variety of plaited leather items, including round and flat plaiting. Workshops will cater for both beginners and more advanced.

STAMP MAKING Join Tasmanian textile artist Cindy Watkins to design and carve your own stamp block for printing on textiles and paper.

Origami sculptures Turn old books and posters into stunning sculptural forms. Workshops available for both beginners and more advanced with Tasmanian artists Maya and Sam.

Be a part of the Centenary of Canberra through learning the traditional art of tapestry and contributing to the Canberra Community Tapestry in workshops with ANU textile artists. Create your own exquisite silk scarf and learn the ancient craft of weaving with Tasmanian Master weavers Chai and Stewart. Beginner and master classes available.

Puppet making Sol Puppetman from the NT based, The Squeaky Tribe will demonstrate how to design and create marionettes. These workshops will be a lot of fun as you make these puppets come to life.

Tie Dyeing Can’t have a folk festival without a bit of tie dyeing. So come along and add colour to your life by learning this easy and eco friendly method of tie dyeing with Sharon.

Giant Parade puppets Join with the NFF community artists to learn how to construct and manipulate simple parade puppets that will be showcased in the community parade.

Lantern Making The NFF community artists will show you how to construct and decorate large and small lanterns that will be lit by LEDs for the community parade.

Parade Hats Have some fun with the NFF community artists and make your own weird and wacky parade hat.

Stamping Tubes Interactive musical instrument. Come and try or take part in daily workshops.


All day community art experiences








9.30 – 11.00

Silk dyeing

Puppet making

Lantern making

Put your mark on the 2013 NFF community mural and revisit the masterpieces that you painted in previous years as the mural boards pop up all around the festival. If you’re feeling a bit more artistic there are many other painting opportunities on offer.

Parade Hats

11.30 -1.00

Beanie making


Tie dyeing

Centenary Tapestry

1.30 – 3.00

Leather work


Silk dying

Lantern making

3.30 – 5.00


Stamp Making

Giant parade puppets






Textiles Try your hand at knitting, crocheting, quilting, and rug making or share your textile skills with other festival goers. There are a number of continuous festival projects that we welcome you to contribute to such as a rag rug started in 2010 and a festival quilt started in 2011.

Sculpture Construct your own amazing piece for the community parade, create some bizarre botanicals to add some colour around the festival or express yourself through creating totem poles. All the sculpture pieces are made from recycled junk.

9.30 – 11.00

Leather work

Beanie making

Silk dyeing

Giant Parade Puppets

11.30 -1.00


Stamp Making

Lantern making

Tie dyeing


1.30 – 3.00

Beanie making


Silk dyeing

Parade Hats

3.30 – 5.00

Wood craft

Puppet making

Centenary Tapestry

Lantern making






9.30 – 11.00

Silk dyeing

Stamp Making

Lantern making

Centenary Tapestry

11.30 -1.00



Beanie making

Giant parade puppets

1.30 – 3.00


Leather work

Silk dyeing

Parade Hats

3.30 – 5.00

Puppet making

Tie dyeing

Lantern making





9.30 – 11.00

Leather work


Silk dyeing

11.30 -1.00

Puppet making


Centenary Tapestry

1.30 – 3.00

Stamp Making


Silk dyeing

3.30 – 5.00

Beanie making

Tie dyeing

Design and make and print your own cards and festival bandanas.

Jewellery Create and wear funky wearable art made from recycled ‘stuff’.

Hat making Construct a festival Hat that can be worn in the Festival Community Parade.

Though Sport Have fun with hula hoops and juggling as you learn circus and coordinations skills. Fun for all the family.


Photo courtesy Sabine Friedrich




This is a special corner of the Festival for all the family but especially for children. This year puppets are everywhere, from Punch and Judy to shadow puppets to a storybook with delightful puppet characters and a giant interactive tree puppet. And, you can find out how to make puppets and some of the tricks of the trade, even put on your own show! There’s plenty of entertainment too and, with the Ukulele as our featured instrument you can bring your own and learn some basics, take part in some Morris dancing or enjoy the zany Zap Circus.

Friday: 10:00am | Saturday: 1:00pm | Sunday: 2:00pm | Monday: 4:00pm

KidzFest is alos the place you will find fun and interactive all day activities and workshops such as weaving, painting, lantern making and much, much more! Drop in and say hi to find out more. KidzFest is open each day from 10am – 4:30pm on the Carnival Stage and in the KidzFest marquee next door. While the activities below are for kids from “6 – 60”, we welcome your participation in the many events that happen over the weekend. If you sing, play an instrument or have a talent to share, get involved. Please see page 71 for more information.

FOLKTALES & FURRYTAILS Enter a magical realm of knights, princesses and dragons with songs and stories of fantasy, finger rhymes, actions and activities for all ages. Features “Scribble” the possum who turns audience squiggles into artwork to take home.

What’s for Puddin’: A colourful mixture of story telling, play acting, join-in music and dancing for kids of all ages. Meet ridiculously tall but extremely silly Rob, not-so-tall Stuart with his squeeze box and lovely Sally (she’s the one in the fabulous dress).

RIFF RAFF MARCHING BAND Dress up, bring your banners and flags, and your best groovy moves. March and dance in formation and parade around with Riff Raff. Bring your own instruments or percussion & we’ll teach you a few of our tunes so you can be a Radical Riff Raffer with us. Saturday: 10:00am | Monday: 10:00am

SHINY BUM SINGERS Tiny Bum Workshop: We teach kids about the fun side of being a grown-up, and the silly side of the work their parents take so seriously. Supported by “tiny bum” themed songs that can be expanded or rewritten by the kids, and a variety of office implements (with some available for the kids), the Bums deliver a hilarious 40mins of join-in fun for the kids (and their parents)! Monday: 12:00pm


Saturday: 2:00pm | Sunday: 12:00pm | Monday 3:00pm

Songs and music games for kids: Jump on an island, snort into a microphone, transform into a microwave oven. Led by Skye Mostafa and Paddy Connor.


Saturday: 11:00am

This colourful comedy show is based on the famous Aboriginal legend of Tiddalik the Frog. Performed within a beautiful 3D pop-up storybook, this much-loved dream-time story tells of a frog who drinks all the water in the world. The 45-minute play addresses conservation and environmental issues through a range of themes relating to the wonders of water. Performers sing songs and narrate the story using delightful puppet characters that engage the audience in an unforgettable interactive theatre experience. Friday: 11:00am | Sunday: 11:00am | Monday 2:00pm Puppet Making with Great Big Story Book: Use simple materials to create spiders, snakes, lizards and many other creatures as string rod and hand puppets. Create a story and present it to friends. Surprise yourself with your own imagination.

THE GIVING TREE A giant interactive tree puppet that shares stories of ecology and soil life. Funny, informative and very good looking. He is old and weary but full of life. He has worms and more bacteria on his bark than there are grains of sand on Bondi Beach. Friday: 2:40pm | Saturday: 11:40am & 1:40pm | Sunday: 2:40pm | Monday: 10:40am

UKES OF TODAY Beginner ukulele: Kids learn to play from kids!! These three young men will teach some basic chords and strumming techniques and have you playing a 3-chord song on the uke.

Saturday: 12:00pm

Friday: 12:00pm



Shadow Puppet Making: Vic Farrell will demonstrate the basics of shadow puppetry and provide an opportunity to make your own puppets to take home and to put on a short performance.

Friday: 4:00pm | Sunday: 1:00pm

Friday: 1:00pm | Sunday: 10:00am

MIKE JACKSON The Dr Knickerbocker Show: Songs and laughter by the ton for the whole family. Sunday: 4:00pm | Monday: 1:00pm Mike Jackson’s Best Ever Kids Songs: The launch of the CD/Book kit featuring all the songs from 3 hugely successful albums from the Mike and Michelle Jackson years — Bunyips, Bunnies & Brumbies; Playmates and Ain’t it Great to be Crazy.

Don’t miss this hilarious high-energy duo performance of dangerous stunts and acrobatic tricks all wrapped in bright and zany costumes!

PIAZZA - FAMILY BUSH DANCE for the young and young at heart! The emphasis is on having FUN! Bring the kids & grandkids! In keeping with the family theme, the band covers all ages of the BMC family, ranging from 5-year old Emily on uke & percussion, to Frank who joined BMC in 1955, on bush bass & bones. The calling will also be shared amongst Bush Music Club’s experienced and younger callers, led by Sally Leslie. All dances taught and called so no experience is necessary. Sat: 4:30pm Piazza

Friday: 2:00pm



Morris Minors: The Ragged Band Border Morris will teach simple English folk dances with a dollop of hearty stick bashing and a smattering of strange instruments. All ages and sizes welcome, parents too!

Australia’s famous traditional Punch and Judy puppet show with live music. Seaside Punch and Judy: A family performance of Punch and Judy as it was presented over 100 yrs ago. Puppeteer: Professor Keith Preston and Musician: Shivani Preston, the mini Maestro (12yrs) Friday: 3:00pm; Saturday: 3:00pm; Monday 11:00am Punch and Judy How to Do It: Don’t miss this “tricks of the trade” how it’s done workshop. Sunday: 3:00pm

Sun: 11:00am Central Park Stage Children Can ‘Clog’: Silver Soles Cloggers teach children traditional foot stomping, Appalachian style Tap dance. No special shoes are needed, just firm soles and high spirits. It’s great fun and easy. Our Juniors will also show you what they have learnt and show you how much fun they have with their footwork. Sat: 12:50pm Central Park Stage

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Festival Markets: A Feast for the Senses A Festival Market

Main Rd

Our Festival Market Stalls provide a wide range of handmade and imported items from Australia and the world. We have an amazing array of clothes, jewellery, homewares and of course food. If you are looking for old favourites or something new check the stalls location maps at the Information Booth near Central Park and the Festival Office.

(opposite Bohemia and Coorong) Lindsay & Edmunds Fairtrade Organic Chocolates (V) Natura’s Icecreamery Of Hahndorf (V) The Fudge People

Well-being precinct

(between the Scrumpy and the Majestic, along Flemington Rd) Africuisine (V) Bean Talkin’ Black Sheep Tucker (V) Bush Bread Of Australia Carro di Caffe Food Of The Earth (V) Garry’s Dutch Poffertjes Jerry’s Vegiburgers (V) Joe’s Thai Food (V) Gourmet Gozleme (V) Mexican Feast (V) Passion 4 Juice Spikey Juice Dome (V) Relen’s Mini Donuts Simply Spanish (V) Sish Kebab (V) The Marrakech Express (V) The Wooden Spoon (V)

This year we have established a Well-Being precinct around the wonderful Tantric Turtle Café outside the Coorong. Here you can have a massage, get a henna tattoo, have your cards read or your aura dusted or photographed, while you sip on a chai, listen to a range of blackboard artists (and put your feet up after all that dancing in the Coorong).

A Festival of Food Once again we have an amazing variety of fresh and tasty food from around the world. Food stalls are grouped into precincts associated with various venues to help you find something you and your friends can enjoy in the same space.

Bohemia (around the Bohemia bar outside the Budawang and the Marquee) Coffee Pete (V) Conscious Kitchen (V) Emmy’s Turkish Gozleme (V) Madras Cuisine (V) Nutorious Okonomiyaki (V) Portuguese Kitchen And Tapas Bar (V) Realchai Traditional Baked Potatoe Co. (V) Voodoo Burgers (V)

Coorong (outside the Coorong in the Well-being precinct) Govindas (V) Mobile OJ’s Tantric Turtle Cafe

Flute and Fiddle/Session (adjacent to the Flute and Fiddle and across to the Session Bar) Bruno’s Woodfired Pizza and Gelato (V) Fritter House (V) La Crepe Down Under (V) That’s Cool (V) The Big Dumpling (V) The German Kitchen (V) Yiannos Catering (V)


(V) - indicates Volunteer Discount available

Volunteer discounts A number of food stalls have agreed to provide food at discounted prices for volunteers. Food stalls offering discounts to volunteers will: • Display the ‘Volunteer Discount ‘ symbol on their stall • Clearly advertise their discount options (Discounts will vary and could include overall % discount on all items, % discount on selected items only or meal deals e.g. free drink with a meal) In order to receive discounts volunteers • Must be wearing their volunteer tag • Must ask for the discount when ordering (not after it has been rung up on the cash register and served) We ask all our patrons to support the stalls who are helping to feed our amazing army of volunteers.


Please note: This information is correct at time of printing but subject to late changes.



Richard Troughear

Erle Bartlett


Richard Troughear made his first Appalachian Dulcimer in 1969 as a soldier in Vietnam - that instrument is now in the collection of the Australian War Memorial. After a career as a Bio-medical Engineer, he took up mountain dulcimer making again – and discovered that even simple instruments aren’t really so simple after all. Mountain Dulcimers are simple, yet also complex and mysterious. Raindrop Ukuleles and Banjoettes, carved from solid wood, have become popular additions to the range.

Bodhrans, fifes, pipes and whistles. Made locally from the finest materials, played internationally. Serious instruments that suit beginners and professionals both, and room for a bit of fun as well. Alan has been been making White Swallow Banjos for over 33 years, and has broken the 300 mark. He has extended his range to ten different types of banjos, in six different price ranges, aiming to meet all budgets.

Woodskin™ has significantly advanced the traditional cajon, enabling use in a wide variety of musical genres. With patented built-in kick drum, switchable snare, tone and depth controls it offers versatility and a uniquely crisp and powerful sound. Additional to traditional hand playing Woodskin’s™ KiKBox® Cajon employs foot pedals to produce the rich bass and snare/tom sounds it is renowned for. Woodskin’s™ KiKBox® is used by musicians of all types, from percussionists to guitarists, the world over.

Peter Coombe Mandolins

Dan Dubowski Guitars

The Violin Shop Simon Daly has been making and restoring string instruments for eighteen years. After initially training in Canberra and Melbourne, Simon won a fellowship to further develop his skills overseas, completing a restoration course with the British Violin Maker’s Association and spending time with violin makers in Cremona, Italy. He is the proprietor of ‘The Violin Shop’ in Canberra where he undertakes repairs, and sells a large range of antique and modern European and Asian made instruments, bows and accessories.

Wildwood Instruments

White Swallow Banjos

Peter Coombe is based in Bega NSW, and has been making instruments of the mandolin family since 1994. More recently he has been making guitars as well as mandolins and mandolas. 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.

Stefen Instruments

Wildwood Instruments produces a wide range of beautifully handcrafted musical instruments, such as acoustic guitars, travel guitars, mandolins, ukuleles, dulcimers, mini slide guitars, xylophones, bodhrans and a healthy selection of percussion instruments! Nick’s unique designs are beautiful, distinct and robust, and best of all, very affordable, so everyone can have music in their lives!

Roland lives in Wollongong with his wife Lyn and has been making stringed instruments for quite a few years now. He has attained a broad knowledge in the construction of violins and other stringed instruments. He is dedicated to producing instruments of a high quality that are handcrafted, the violins being individually set up and finished with oil varnish that is made to a traditional recipe.

Benedict Stewart Musical Instruments

Doug Eaton Lutherie

The journey an instrument maker takes is as individual to them as the version of the instruments they make. Ben’s journey began in the early 1990’s in the search to answer some big questions, some still remain! Passion, dedication, obsession are some traits many makers will recognise, and they are infused into Ben’s work. In another string to his bow, he now teaches his growing experience to young, new instrument makers who may yet answer those big questions!

Doug Eaton - String Instruments. From Maleny, SE Queensland, Doug has made and restored acoustic string instruments including guitar, mandolin, bouzouki, early music instruments and dulcimers, since 1970. He selects the finest timbers, preferring to use Australian timbers where appropriate.

Dan Dubowski began making acoustic guitars and mandolin family instruments about 14 years ago. He earned his reputation as a respected luthier displaying and selling many quality instruments at various music festivals around the country as well as internationally via his web site. He largely built to order for both professional and amateur musicians. Significant family circumstances occurring in 2006 meant Dan could no longer work as a full time luthier despite an ever increasing demand for his work. He continued to make instruments at a slower rate but not enough to carry stock for festivals and the like. Today, working from Wollongong, NSW, Dan builds up to 6 instruments per year, largely focusing on Gibson style F5 and A model mandolins and building the odd guitar in between.

Berketa Guitars Ray is a Canberra based guitar maker with over three decades of quality crafted instruments using traditional and local tone woods with unique construction and design methods that have vastly improved over the

Jack Spira Guitars Jack Spira was trained in guitar making in London in the late 1980’s. He has worked in Australia since 1991. He specialises in steel string instruments, guitars and bouzoukis. His workshop is located in Cockatoo, in the Dandenong ranges east of Melbourne, where he builds around 18 instruments a year.

NYCKELHARPA The Nyckelharpa has evolved in Sweden from the 14th century. It almost died out in the beginning of the last century when not many instruments and players were left. To revive the interest, building a nyckelharpa was offered as a subject on wood working courses from about 1970. This is when Lennart Lovdin built his first nyckelharpa. His interest in building this complicated instrument, consisting of about 120 pieces of timber, has grown ever since. He likes to customise the various decorations for the future owner.

Harps and Harps Brandden is internationally known for his design innovations and fine craftsmanship. Making custom made harps, that are renowned for excellent craftsmanship and their warm resonate sound. His passion for harps and wood results in the warm resonant tones produced by the harps that he crafts.



Woodhead Guitars

Guscott Electric Strings

craig chan - native american flutes

As a guitar maker Darcy strives to make instruments that have the classic feel and tone which only a handmade instrument produces. He endeavours to use as much locally sourced timber as possible and utilises a traditional fan bracing system that has been used for hundreds of years. Darcy’s instruments are priced to encourage potential guitar buyers to buy locally.

David has a diverse artistic background which culminated 10 years ago with the creation of an outstanding 5 string violin. Professional acclaim for the instrument was so great that he has continued his passion and developed amazing electric instruments for the entire string family. His electric violins are claimed by professionals to be “the best sounding electric violins in the world” www.guscott.

Based in Canberra, Craig is dedicated to preserving the Native American Flute. He is passionate about handcrafting and playing the flute, and he has spent years perfecting the design and voice of his flutes. Craig’s instruments are used by recording artists, healers, closet performers, adults and children alike. www.

Ilja Grawert Violinmaker

Rocky Creek Ukes are made by father and son team Andrew and John Doriean. They live in the green hills of the Northern Rivers in the small village of Dunoon through which flows, you guessed it, Rocky Creek. Andrew has been working in the music industry for over fifteen years and as well as being a qualified joiner is an experienced sound engineer and has been making guitars and ukuleles for over eight years. John has over 40 years of fine joinery experience. He has been a lover of music for his entire life and though he does not play much loves the fact that he can be involved in making music through his instruments.

Michael Williams Guitarmaker Michael’s philosophy is that being alive is all about learning. Guitar/Ukulele making enthrals him because it’s a study that he has come to see has no end - out of such an apparently simple object comes endless complexity and challenge. He is far more interested in the guitar as an evolving instrument than in reproducing what’s been done before. One of the advantages of hand-building guitars is that there is room for experimentation while at the same time being able to guarantee quality. People can also order their dream instrument: you can specify the scale length, fretboard width, the neck profile, fret size, and a number of other important aspects of playing that suit you particularly. Although Michael was intrigued, he had to give up on the idea of an acoustic Flying V somebody once asked for because he thought its soundboard vibrational modes might be a bit limited.

John Copley Instruments John continues to be a prolific maker of resonator guitars, acoustic guitars, mandolins and ukuleles. Every year sees his instruments in the hands of some of Australia’s top musicians. John has his workshop here in Canberra and likes the personal touch making an instrument for client provides.

Having been born into the tradition of violin making, Ilja decided at 15 to become a violinmaker. At 18 he began his apprenticeship (1982-1986) at Geigenbau Machold in Bremen, Germany, where he had the opportunity to study under some of Europe’s best violinmakers. After receiving his qualifications, he established his own workshop in Germany, concentrating on the making of new instruments & restoration. He remained an independent artisan after migrating to Brisbane in 1994. Ilja now has a shop in Woolloongabba, Brisbane. He caters to beginners and advanced students, as well as professionals, with backgrounds in not only classical education but also folk, jazz, and other types of music. His main workshop is located above his shop, but during opening hours, he prefers to do the finer work at a workbench in his shop window. He welcomes the chance to chat with anyone interested in the art of violin making, and is happy for people to watch while he works.

Gillian Weiss










Larry O’Shea Larry O’Shea grew up in the NSW Riverina but now lives in Canberra. He has been making instruments using Australian timbers for the past 7 years as a hobby, but in 2012 the hobby became a fulltime business. It is sometimes hard to find the right sounding instrument hanging on the wall of your favourite music store. With this in mind, and being a player of traditional instruments himself, it gave him the passion to craft instruments you will not find in a store.

Gillian has been making lever harps of various sizes and styles for fifteen years. She works mostly in Australian woods.In 2002 she was awarded a Churchill Fellowship to study harp making in Europe, UK and North America.

Festival Raffle 1

Andrew Doriean

1st Prize

Choose from a custom built instrument, made especially for you from one of the following (value up to $3,000) 1. Wildwood Acoustic Guitar & Mandolin by Nick Carpenter OR 2. Carbon fibre Electric Violin by David Guscott OR 3. Mandolin or Guitar by Peter Coombe OR 4. Steel String Guitar by Jack Spira OR 5. Baritone guitar by Doug Eaton OR 6. Banjo by Alan Funk OR 7. Handcrafted Violin by Roland Stefen OR 8. Dulcimers by Richard Troughear OR 9. Acoustic guitar or mandolin by Dan Dubowski OR 10. Acoustic or electric guitar by Berketa Guitars


2nd Prize

A handcrafted heirloom quality Document Box. The box is constructed in solid, quality Australian timber, all joints are hand-crafted traditional ones such as dovetail joints. Fittings such as hinges and clasps or locks are high quality products. Value: $1500.

3rd prize

TWO Adult Season/Camping Passes to the 2014 National Folk Festival Drawn at 8pm at the Finale Concert, Budawang Pavillion, 1 April 2013 Results published on our website 2 April 2013 Winners will be notified by mail

ACT Permit No. ACT R 13/00014 National Folk Festival Ltd


A festival of dance Dance is a wonderful social activity, and vibrant element of our diverse folk culture. In 2013 the National offers both spectator and participatory activities with particular attention given to ensuring accessibility for all levels of dance, from beginners to the more experienced. A Beginner Dance Stream (highlighted in YELLOW on the grid) will provide opportunities for those with no previous dance experience to try a range of dance styles. And, for our more experienced dance patrons, we’re sure you’ll find something to kick up your heels about!

ADELAIDE MORRIS MEN Adelaide Morris Men are a traditional style Cotswold Morris side from South Australia. The side was formed in 1979 and was admitted to The Morris Ring in 2011, the foremost traditional Morris organisation in England. The displays will feature a wide range of dances and styles, most collected from small Cotswold villages over 100 years ago. Saturday 12:00pm Piazza (Display) Sunday 9:30am Piazza (Workshop)

AUSSIE “BUSH” DANCES - OLD & NEW From the Gold Rush to the present day, dancing has played a pivotal role in the social life of Australia. Come and try a selection of folk dances from the Colonial, Bush and Contemporary collections of the TSDAV (Traditional Social Dance Association of Victoria). A mix of dances new & old: sociable and very danceable, regardless of your level of experience. Presented by veteran Melbourne caller and teacher, Norm Ellis, and backed by experienced dance musicians.Ccome and have a go! Friday 11:00am Coorong (Workshop/Dance)

AUSTRALIAN MORRIS RING The Australasian Morris Ring is the central organisation for Australian Morris dancers. The Ring coordinates the Morris displays and workshops at the National Folk Festival. Watch out for Morris appearing on the streets and also for the displays and workshops. Friday 2:00pm Central Park Stage (The Morris Showcase) Sunday 2:00pm Central Park Stage (The Fifth Jig)

BLUETONGUE BUSH CEILIDH Bluetongue Bush Ceilidh is a project designed to bring back to Australia the experience, energy and broad appeal of the current UK ‘e-Ceilidh’ scene. The band is made up of some of the best dance musicians from the UK and Australia, well versed in social dance on both sides of the globe. Brian Heywood started in the Bush Dance scene in Sydney in the late 70’s, taking his experience into the UK social dance scene to become one of the leading lights of the current e-ceilidh movement. The band debuted at the Fairbridge Festival in 2008 and wowed the audiences there with both the ‘full on’ dance music and their approach to calling bush dance. Saturday 10:30am Piazza (Workshop) Saturday 10:00pm Coorong (Dance)



The Bush Capital band is dedicated to the great traditions of fun and energy in Australian social dance. This accomplished band with its big sound and huge repertoire of the most joyful traditional music, will have you dancing and wishing it to go on forever. If you need a little dance refresher, look for the workshops before the dances.

Scots On The Rocks runs three Chaotic Ceilidhs each year, always sold out within a week of tickets being available. Putting Scottish Country Dancing within the reach of the Saturday night party goer, fully walked through and called, but with no expectations of polish, just heaps of fun! Live music provided by ARIA award winning duo Chris Duncan and Catherine Strutt ensures a Scots on The Rocks Chaotic Ceilidh is not to be missed.

Saturday 10:40am Coorong (Dances of Peter Foster) Monday 2:00pm Coorong (Farewell Dance)

Sunday 5:30pm Piazza (Dance)



The Bush Music Club (BMC) has long been a significant force in Australian Bush Music. Since its beginning in 1954, following the success of the play Reedy River, the BMC has collected folklore, generated publications, run dances and balls, organized festivals and concerts. Members of the Bush Music Club will play and call dances for family groups. All welcome, especially kids with an adult! In keeping with the theme, younger musicians from the BMC will be performing as part of the band. Saturday 4:30pm Piazza (Family Bush Dance)

CANBERRA CONTRA CLUB With influences from Quebec, New England, the American South, and the Celtic tradition, the Canberra Contra Club will get your feet tapping and your body dancing. With a flight of fiddles, a flourish of flutes, and a mess of musicians Canberra’s finest will keep you dancing all day and night. Australia’s best dance callers bring flirty fun and electric energy to the dance floor with exciting and new dances. And with more than half a century of experience between them, you’ll be picking up the dances in no time flat whether you’ve got two left feet or you’ve been dancing for years.

The Coalbrook Band was formed in Cardiff NSW in 1975. Over the years they have come to specialise in playing for dances of many genres from Playford through to the many Celtic styles to Contra and Colonial, and even Scandinavian. All musicians are specialists in their own styles of music and thus bring an authenticity to their performances. Friday 2:00pm Coorong (Dancers’ Dance)

COAST CEILI BAND This group is a dynamic Sydney based ceili band renown for its infectious rhythms of jigs, reels and polkas played for Irish set and ceili dancing. The band has been a regular for Sydney’s Gaelic Club Ceilis for the past seven years and has released two ‘Set Dancing Down Under’ CDs, Vols 1 and 2, to wide acclaim. Coast Ceili Band has twice been invited to play for ceilis in Ireland (2005 & 2011) and consists of fiddle, accordion, banjo, whistle, keyboard and bass guitar with a specialist dance caller. Sunday 3:00pm Coorong (Irish Ceili)


Saturday 2.50pm Coorong (Social Dance)

Colin has been dancing and teaching for over 30 years across a whole variety of styles from English, American, Morris and Australian. Colin’s clear and concise teaching, and his relaxed and fun approach will make any dances achievable and provide a thrill for all who dance.

Sunday 1:40pm Coorong (Workshop)

Friday 10:30am Piazza (Workshop)

Friday 9:30am Piazza (Workshop – Beginners) Friday 8:30pm Piazza (Contra Rage)

CANBERRA DANCE SPECTACULAR In celebration of Canberra’s centenary, several of Canberra’s leading dance groups will be combining to showcase the diversity of dance in the Canberra region.

Friday 6:00pm Coorong (Playford Dance) Saturday 10:30am “Waverley Ahoy” Central Park Stage (dance for dancers)

Monday 4:00pm Piazza (Display)

Sunday 10:30am “Dutch Crossing” Central Park Stage (dance for dancers)


Monday 12:00pm Big Open Air Ceilidh Central Park Stage

The Canberra Welsh and Cornish Dancers are a group of local ACT folk with an interest in researching, dancing and enjoying the dances from the western fringes of Britain. The group’s repertoire covers dances from the early eighteenth century to the present day, in a variety of formation and rhythms. The dances are part of the broader family of UK dances, but they have their own history, instruments and steps.

Sunday 2:30pm Piazza (Workshop)


Sunday 3:00pm Piazza (Display)

Coral Eden, as part of The Melbourne Colonial Dancers, has been running Beginner Dance Classes since 1993. The Melbourne Colonial Dancers commenced in 1974 in the ‘Hey Day’ of the Folk revival to preserve and promote Australian Traditional Heritage dance and music. The group has been performing and running workshops ever since the commencement of The NFF.

Monday 11:30am Piazza (Display)

Saturday 1:30pm Piazza (Workshop)

Saturday 1:00pm Piazza (Display)

Sunday 9:30am Coorong (Workshop)

DANCE CORNERHOUSE CEILI BAND The Cornerhouse Ceili Band has a wealth of experience playing strict tempo dance music for Irish Set Dancing. The band has played at the National Folk Festival on many occasions as well as the Turning Wave Festival and the Fla Nua Festival. The musicians have all been dedicated players of Irish traditional music for many years and have contributed to countless Irish music sessions here and overseas. Saturday 7:30pm Coorong (Irish Ceili)

CUMBE! A collaboration between Colombian and Australian dancers and musicians, producing a vibrant colorful spectacular of Colombian traditional folk dances embracing the Latino rhythms and passion that can only be described as “Cumbe!” Friday 3:30pm Piazza (Display) Sunday 12:30pm Coorong (Workshop)

whip in hand to encourage you to work up a series of collected Australian tunes to a standard that will amaze and delight. Smoothies, beardies and wrinklies welcome. Daily 2:30pm The Terrace

FOLK DANCE CANBERRA Folk Dance Canberra (FDC) has been teaching world dance from different countries to the Canberra and surrounding community for the past 21 years. One of the main attractions is the marvellous variety of music from almost 50 countries; another is the inspiring footwork to both regular and unusual musical rhythms. Apart from pure enjoyment, World Dance also offers benefits for the mind and body, as well as the soul. In this year of Canberra’s centenary, come along to FDC’s workshops to gain a small insight of some of the cultures which contribute to our wonderful multicultural city. Saturday 1:30pm Coorong (Embassy Travels 1) Sunday 4:30pm Piazza (Embassy Travel 2)

Monday 2:30pm Piazza (Display)

Monday 10:40am Coorong (From Russia with Love)



Friday 2:00pm Coorong

FolkLines is based in the Monaro. It leads a new wave of bush dancing characterised by traditional dance tunes emerging from Australia’s folk music collections and a calling style that minimises walkthroughs and challenges dancers to internalise dances to maximise their enjoyment. FolkLines is Dave Johnson on fiddle and concertina, Ray Mulligan on button accordion, Peter Percival on guitar, Ralph Pride on bush bass and fiddle, with caller Claire Stoneman. The objective is to provide lively dance music and the opportunity to have fun in the company of others. Dancers can expect variety in the complexity of dances offered.


Thursday 7:30-9:30pm Coorong (Welcome Dance)

The Dancers’ Dance presents interesting and challenging dances aimed at experienced dancers wishing to stretch their capacities. Music is by the Coalbrook Band and Arthur Kingsland coordinates the dances. The dance repertoire covers a wide variety of Celtic traditions including Australian Colonial, Irish Set, English Country, Scottish Country and American Contra. The Dancers’ Dance allows social interaction across these genres while also performing interesting dances. Also see “Coalbrook Band”.

In 1650 John Playford published the English Dancing Master that marked the commencement of identifiably and characteristically English style of dancing. Colin and the Playford Band will bring these dances alive; Colin with his usual high energy approach to dance teaching will have you revelling in Playford in no time. Friday 6:00pm Coorong

ESTONIAN FOLK DANCERS ‘VIRMIALISED’ Sydney-based Estonian Folk Dancers “Virmalised (Northern Lights)” performs traditional and choreographed Estonian dances, with musicians “Salmiakki Pelimannit” providing musical accompaniment. Dancers perform in traditional costumes, which are many and varied, depending on regional and historical origin. The group has collaborated in dance productions with many other Nordic and Baltic dance groups, and regularly conducts dance workshops at a variety of multicultural festivals in Australia. Saturday 3:30pm Piazza (Display) Sunday 2:00 Piazza (Display) Monday 12:00pm Piazza (Display)

FESTIVAL BUSH ORCHESTRA Dave Johnson, well known in Bush Music circles for the famed Blue Book (Bush Dance) and for his recent work with the Bundanoon DanceFest, is ready with bullock-


JERRY O’REILLY Jerry O’Reilly is a founder member of Brooks Academy, Dublin, who have been described as the pioneers of the set dancing revival. He has taught set dancing all over Ireland, including the prestigious Willie Clancy Summer School as well as in the UK, the United States, Canada, France and Australia. Friday 9:30am Coorong (Workshop) Sunday 11:00am Coorong (Workshop) Sunday 3:00pm Coorong (Irish Ceili)

JUMPTOWN SWING Jumptown Swing has been swinging in Canberra for ten years with our experienced Performance Troupe dancing a range of Lindy Hop, Charleston and Swing-era routines. We can dress up in our best 20s-50s vintage threads and work with audiences for some crowd participation. Our dancing always puts a smile on the dancer and audience faces alike with our energetic footwork and contagious energy. Friday 4:30pm Piazza (Display) Saturday 6:20pm Piazza (Workshop) Sunday 7:30pm Piazza (Swing Dance) Monday 12:30pm Piazza (Display)

HOPKELE (A KLEZMER KEILIDH) Your chance to hot-foot it in traditional Yiddish style. Ilana Cravitz takes you through the steps for traditional freylekhs, shers, horas, hongas and bulgars, with live music from the fabulous London Klezmer Quartet. Suitable for all levels and abilities. Sunday 5:30pm Coorong (Dance)





The Monaro Colonial Dancers are a Canberra dance display team with 21 years dance experience, presenting Australian dances from the 1800’s to the present day; old time couples dances, quadrilles and dances from the Traditional Social Dance Association of Victoria. Friday 4:00pm Piazza (Display) Sunday 3:30pm Piazza (Display) Monday 12:00pm Coorong (Workshop)

MONARO FOLK SOCIETY HERITAGE BALL The Monaro Folk Society will host the Festival Heritage Ball, representing the styles of dance and music popular in Australia from early settlement into the postcolonial period and beyond. Costume opportunities will range from the simple grace of early Colonial through the glamour of mid- Victorian to the elegance of Edwardian and between- wars styles. Music will be led by Bob McInnes and the programme will mix favourite traditional dances with dances in heritage style composed by Canberrans. Sunday 8:00pm Coorong

MONARO FOLK SOCIETY (MFS) IRISH STEP DANCE GROUP The Monaro Folk Society Irish Set Dance group welcomes you to dance around Australia with our focus this year on creative and fun dances composed in Canberra and Australia. From a complete beginners session through to a pre-ceili workshop and culminating in a fabulous Irish Ceili with music by the Cornerhouse Ceili Band we will have you joining in in no time. Saturday 9:30am Piazza (Workshop) Saturday 12:20pm Coorong (Workshop) Saturday 7:30pm Coorong (MFS Irish Ceili)

NO SUCH THING – DANCING WITH THE HARRYS No Such Thing is a group of musicians who play collected Australian dance tunes with the authentic feel of the old time dance bands. Together with Peter Ellis they will teach the Quadrilles and sets that were the mainstay of Harry McQueen’s music components and, by contrast, the more modern one steps and Pala glides of Harry Schaefer that were popular in the earlier part of the twentieth century. The group will emulate in some way the sound of the Schaefer Ragtime band by the introduction of some percussion and woodwind instruments not normally associated with traditional bands. Friday 5:00pm Piazza (Dance) Saturday 4:00pm Acoustic Lounge (Interactive Tune Workshop)

SALMIAKKI PELIMANNIT Salmiakki Pelimannit has been performing the music of Scandinavia since 1986. The Band has performed with Finnish, Swedish, Estonian and Danish dance groups since the 1990’s and has developed an extensive repertoire of the dance music of this region. Salmiakki Pelimannit has performed in Finland, Sweden and Denmark and in recent years has been introducing the music of these regions to Australian musicians. Saturday 5:10pm Coorong (Nordic Folk Dance)

SCANDANS sCanDans is a Nordic Folk Dance Group covering styles from Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Finland and Iceland. It has run regular social dances in Canberra throughout the year since 1996. sCanDans has also contributed workshops, displays and dances at many National Folk Festivals and other festivals including one in Denmark. sCanDans is frequently accompanied by the Nordic dance band Salmiakki Pelimannit. This year with the ACT as featured state, Salmiakki will be augmented with a purpose-formed sCanBand of ACT musicians with a love of Scandinavian music. Friday 1:00pm Piazza (Workshop) Friday 4:30pm Coorong (Workshop) Saturday 5:10pm Coorong (Nordic Folk Dance)


clapping & foot stomping with flavours from Ireland, England, Germany and Africa melded into a fast & fun style of footwork. All ages dance, sometimes in lines, with partners or in formation, all of it amazing and intricate. The percussive sounds from the double jingle taps on the shoes gets everyone tapping their feet in time. Saturday 12:50pm Central Park Stage (Cildren Can Clog) Sunday 11:00am Piazza (Display) Sunday 11:30 Piazza (Workshop) Monday 3:00pm Piazza (Display)

SPELLBOUND BELLYDANCE Spellbound Bellydance is a troupe that has been dancing together for a number of years. Egyptian bellydance is the base to their style, and combines other styles of bellydance like Industrial Bellydance created by Aradia their now inter-state Director. Come and watch Spellbound for a fun, mesmerising and sometimes dark dance act!

Come to the ceilidh. Scots on The Rocks brings a fresh approach to traditional Scottish Country Dancing. Why go to a Ceilidh to meet someone, to dance up a storm? Friday 1:30pm Piazza (Display) Scots on the Rocks will show you why. Experience this party atmosphere presentation, where Ceilidh dances and Sunday 4:00pm Piazza (Display) Scottish Country dances are combined, to show audiences Monday 11:00am Piazza (Display) the fun and energy of the Ceilidh. Live music is provided by ARIA award winning duo Chris Duncan and Catherine Strutt. STRATHMANNAN (SCOTTISH BALL) Friday 12:00pm Piazza (Display) Saturday 12:30pm Piazza (Display) Saturday 2:30pm Piazza (Workshop) Sunday 5:30pm Piazza (Chaotic Ceilidh)

SET IN THEIR WAYS A Canberra-based dance display group Set in Their Ways specialises in choreographing traditional and contemporary Irish Set dances for public display. This fun-loving and energetic group has been well received at many local events including The National Folk Festival, The Turning Wave Festival, Floriade and Government House. Watch them kicking up their heels to the finest rhythms of Ireland including Jigs, Reels, Polkas, Slides and Hornpipes. Friday 12:30pm Piazza (Display) Sunday 12:30pm Piazza (Display) Monday 3:30pm Piazza (Display)


Strathmannan “this band’s music gives your feet wings” is an exciting dance and concert band with added jazz and Scandinavian flavours. They explore the wealth of Scottish fiddle music and on the way, distil three centuries of its richness, vigour and beauty. Kate and Mark’s twin fiddle sound is invigorated by contemporary jazz influenced piano. They will play for the Scottish Ball with Tony Northey calling. Friday 12:40pm Coorong (Workshop – Tony Northey) Friday 8:30pm Coorong (Scottish Ball)

SURLY GRIFFINS MORRIS (ACT) The Surly Griffins are a new mixed side, formed in early 2012 to fill the Morris gap in the Canberra region. Boldly challenging the neatly defined traditions of Morris, they bring together the best of Border and Cotswold styles in a new, hybrid approach. They combine the complex stickclashing and flowing ribbons of Border Morris with some sharp formations from traditional Cotswold. The Griffins perform at the NFF for the first time. Like their mystical mascot Marion Griffin – a hybrid of lion and eagle – this Morris side will intrigue, inspire and amuse you.

Silver Soles Cloggers dance traditional and contemporary Appalachian Clogging. This is ‘the dance’ from the Southern Friday 11:30 Piazza (Display) states of the USA, a hillbilly style of tap, energetic, hand Monday 9:30am Coorong (Workshop)




Friday 2:30pm Piazza (Display)


The Sydney Irish Ceili Dancers celebrate 55 years in 2013. Since 1958 they have kept alive the traditional dances of Ireland. Their high energy and entertaining performances are an expose of solo step dancing, couples dances, ceili dancing and set dancing.

Friday 3:00pm Piazza (Workshop)

Friday 11:00am Central Park Stage

Sunday 8:30pm Piazza (Tango Social)

The Traditional Social Dance Association of Victoria (TSDAV) has run a Dance Composer’s Competition since the 1980s, in which dance devisers are invited to submit their latest creations. Why not come and try out the newly written dances and see if you agree with the judges! The dances will be instructed, danced and judged in this session. Awards are given for the best General Social Dance and the best Dance for More Experienced Dancers.

Saturday 2:00pm Piazza (Display) Monday 1:30pm Piazza (Display)

TANGALO Tangalo is young, vibrant, sassy and seriously good. According to dancers of tango throughout Australia...’This is music that really makes you want to dance!’ Specialising in both Argentine tango for dancing and their own tango creations for listening, this quintet will have your ears smiling and feet gliding. They were a smash hit last year at the National’s Bohemia Bar - watch what they can do on some of the main stages! Friday 12:30pm Scrumpy (Concert) Friday 7:10pm Piazza (Tango Taster) Saturday 2:30pm Song Room (Workshop – singing) Saturday 8:30pm Piazza (Tango Social) Sunday 8:30pm Piazza (Tango Social)

TANGO SOCIAL CLUB OF CANBERRA Argentine tango is a dance of passion and connection. The Tango Club has been an integral part of the Canberra and folk dance scene for 13 years. They love to teach people this passionate and romantic dance. Many folkies join them each year on the Piazza for their yearly lesson. Their workshops are fun and will introduce you to a dance form that you can use everywhere.

Friday 7:10pm Piazza (Tango Taster) Saturday 7:40pm Piazza (Workshop) Saturday 8:30pm Piazza (Tango Social)

TRADITIONAL OLD STYLE IRISH STEP DANCING Margaret Winnett began her dancing career in 1957. She is highly regarded in Ireland for preserving the tradition in Australia. Many of her dances have been recorded for posterity. Together with two of her finest students she will show the high energy, grace and elegance of traditional old style Irish dance. Friday 2:00pm Piazza (Display) Sunday 1:30pm Piazza (Display)

TRIBALISTA BELLYDANCE & FRIENDS This year, festival favourites Tribalista Bellydance present a surprise package of Tribal and Tribal Fusion Bellydance. Tribal Style Bellydance is an improvised style drawing elements from many other styles of dance including the Middle East, Spain and India and is constantly evolving as it is fused with other stylistic influences and choreography. Featuring diverse music selections from around the world you are sure to see something that will excite your senses and have you clapping and ‘zaghareeting’ for more! Friday 8:00pm Carnival Stage (Display) Saturday 11:30am Piazza (Display) Sunday 12:00pm Piazza (Display) Monday 1:00pm Piazza (Display)


2013 Youth Awards National Folk Festival @ The Majestic

Sunday March 31, 10:30am - 1pm

2013 AGM National Folk Festival

Sunday March 31, 5:30pm - 7pm

Monday 9:30am Piazza

TYLERS OZ MORRIS Tyler’s Oz brings you Border Morris pared back to its origins. The core repertoire consists of six traditional dances from villages of the Welsh border region, but given a London twist. From the depths of Deptford (on the borders of Lewisham and Greenwich, London, SE8), comes a boisterous, high tempo dance style, performed by folk with blackened faces, tweed jackets, flat caps and the brightest collection of waistcoats this side of the David Jones Winter Collection! Saturday 9:30am Coorong (Workshop) Sunday 1:00 pm Piazza (Display)

WELL HALL ENGLISH DANCERS The Melbourne-based Well Hall English Dancers perform for your entertainment some of the more intricate country dances from the 17th century to modern times. The selection of dances illustrates the diversity of patterns, styles and music from various parts of England. Saturday 4:00pm Piazza (Display) Sunday 10:30am Piazza (Display) Monday 2:00pm Piazza (Display)




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Cassidy’s Ceili 6:00 – 6:50

6:30 7:00

Mustered Courage 7:00 – 7:50

7:30 8:00 8:30


Opening Concert 7:00 – 9:50 Welcome Dance 7:30 – 11:30 with Folk Lines 7:30 – 9:30 and Franklyn B Paverty 9:30 – 11:30

9:00 9:30 10:00

National Folk Club 5:30 till late

Son of Rut 8:00 – 8:50

Sásta 9:00 – 9:50

Asa Broomhall 10:00 – 10:50

10:30 11:00

Fun Machine 11:00 – 11:50


Rusty Spring Syncopators 12:00 – 1:00



10:30 11:00 Sydney Irish Ceili 11:30 12:00 12:30 1:00 1:30 2:00 2:30 3:00 3:30 4:00 4:30 5:00

6:00 6:30 7:00 7:30 8:00 8:30 9:00 9:30 10:00 10:30 11:00 11.30 Midnight





Dancers 55th Anniversary 11:00 - 12:00

Stella a capella 12:00 - 12:30



Colin Towns “Waverley Ahoy”

Colin Towns “Dutch Crossing”

Stella a capella 11:00 - 11:30

“Morris Minors” Ragged Morris Workshop 4 kids

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Canberra Gay & Lesbian Qwire

Colin Towns’ Big Open Air English Ceilidh 12:00 – 1:00

Zap Circus Street Chaos SHOW 11:30 – 12:30

Circus FUN-damentals Children Can Clog with ZAP CIRCUS Silver Soles Cloggers 12:30 – 1:30 12:50 – 1:30 Tragic Troubadours

Tragic Troubadours


Wiradjuri Echoes 12:50 – 1:30 Tragic Troubadours

Tragic Troubadours

MORRIS DISPLAY The Fifth Jig 2:00 – 3:00

DISPLAY The Morris Showcase 2:00 – 3:00 Worldly Goods

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Worldly Goods

Poets’ Corner @ the Hay Bales 3:30 – 4.15

Poets’ Corner @ the Hay Bales 3:30 – 4:15

Poets’ Corner @ the Hay Bales 3:30 – 4:15

Riff Raff Parade

Riff Raff Parade

Riff Raff Parade

Canberra Gay & Lesbian Qwire

Hairball Street Hairball Street Theatre Theatre Central Park After Dark Nightly Fri – Sun: Letterbox Shadows 8:00pm – Shadow and Light Puppetry Saturday 7:30pm Zap Circus – Revolution of Fire Spectacular Hairball Street Theatre




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Poet’s Breakfast hosted by Peter Mace and Gregory North

National Uke Muster Morning Strum 8:30 – 10:00


8:30 9:00 9:30 10:00

Live @ the Lounge


Ruth Wise 10:20 – 11:00

11:00 11:30 12:00 PM 12:30 1:00 1:30

Himmerland 11:00 – 11:50 Chris Smither 11:50 – 12:30

3:00 3:30

5:00 5:30 6:00 6:30

Briege Murphy 1:20 – 2:00

The Simpson Three 1:20 – 2:10

Adams Barker Stephenson 2:30 – 3:20

The April Maze 4:10 – 5:00 Dempsey Robson Tweed 5:00 - 5:50 Mike Compton 5:50 – 6:30

8:00 Finbar Furey 8:00 – 9:00

9:00 London Klezmer Quartet 9:00 – 10:00 9:30

10:00 Chris Smither 10:00 – 11:00

The Bridge Project 5:00 – 5:50

12:00 AM 12:30

I Remember You NLA Presentation with Rob Willis 1:30 – 2:30

Damned Souls & Turning Wheels Warren Fahey 3:00 – 4:00

An Unlikely Alliance: Battle of the Green Bans 4:30 – 5:30

Scottish Fiddlers David Olney & Sergio Webb Canberra 6:00 – 6:40 6:00 – 6:50

The Damian Howard Band 7:00 – 7:50

Spooky Men’s Chorale 8:00 – 8:50

The String Contingent 9:00 – 9:50

Seamus Gill 6:50 – 7:20 Frencham Smith Into My Room 10 Yr Anniversary 7:30 – 8:30

Shiny Bum Singers 11:40 – 12:20

Castlecomer 11:40 – 12:20

Peter Hicks and Ross Smithard 12:30 – 1:10

Tangalo 12:30 – 1:10

Chris Orchard 1:20 – 2:00

Catherine Ovenden 1:20 – 2:00

Senor Cabrales 2:10 – 2:50

Martin Pearson and the Po’tree 2:10 – 2:50

Brass Knuckle Brass Band 3:00 – 3:40

Súnas 3:00 – 3:40

The Roaring Forties 3:50 – 4:30

Francolin 3:50 – 4:30

Women in Docs 4:40 – 5:20

Thom Jackson 4:40 – 5:20

Hoddle (CD Launch) 5:30 – 6:10

Mal Webb 5:30 – 6:10

The Miss Chiefs 6:20 – 7:00

Shamrock Sheilas 6:20 – 7:00

Bohemian Nights 7:10 – 7:50

Recycled String Band 7:10 – 7:50

Sam King 7:00 – 7:50

The 8 o’clock Irish Southbound 8:00 – 8:50

Freddie White & Trish Hickey 8:00 – 8:50

The Burley Griffin 8:00 – 8:50

Grimick 9:00 – 9:50

Asa Broomhall 11:00 – 11:50

Woohoo Revue 12:00 – 12:50

James Keelaghan & David Woodhead 10:00 – 10:50

Bluegrass Parkway 10:00 – 10:50

Greška 10:00 – 10:50

Sásta 11:00 - 12:00

Puddin’ Eaters 10:00 – 10:40


Ukes of Today Ukulele for Kids 12:00 – 12:40

Mike Jackson 2:00 -2:40 The Giving Tree

Rusty Spring Syncopators 3:00 – 3:50

Poncho Circus Show 4:00 – 4:50 Julia and the Deep Sea Sirens 5:00 – 5:50 Bygone Error 6:00 – 6:50

A FOOL’S FEAST 8:50 – 10:50

Ragged Morris (9:45)

Papa Pilko and the Bin Rats Midnight – 12:50

Not For Kids Kids’ Show 12:00 – 1:00

12:00 PM 12:30 1:00 1:30 2:00 2:30


Zap Circus 4:00 – 4:40

4:00 4:30 5:00 5:30

MoFo hosted by Folk Federation of NSW 6:00 Features some of the 6:30 newest folk acts on the scene. 7:00 5:30 – 7:30 World Music Carnival


Tribalista Belly Dance


Apodimi Compania 8:20 – 9:10


The Gadjo Family

EQUUS 9:20 – 10:10 The Gadjo Family I Viaggiatori 10:30 – 11:20

Fun Machine 11:00 – 11:50


Seaside Punch and Judy 3:00 3:00 – 3:40

The Wheeze & Suck Band (10:00)

Between the Wars 11:00 – 11:50



1:00 – 1:50

Slam Poetry Vs Bush Poetry 1:30 – 2:50


The Great Big Story Book 11:00 11:00 – 11:45

Put on your own show! Shadow Puppet Making with Letterbox Shadows

Punch Macabre (9:10)

1:00 1:30

Pete Wild and the Only Ones 10:00 – 10:50

Cameron Mather 10:50 – 11:30

The National Folk Club 9:00 – 1:00 Jordie Lane 11:00 - 12:00

KidzFest 10:00 – 4:40

Alan Whitbread 10:50 – 11:30

SANS 9:00 – 9:50



Zap Circus: Fire Spectacular (8:50)

11:00 11:30

Colleen Z Burke Book Launch Poetry Reading & music by Cornerbrook 11:30 – 1:00

O’Neill & Rogers 4:00 – 4:50

Live @ the Lounge

Go Jane Go (Kane, Francey & Kane) 7:30 7:00 – 8:00


Infinite Bee Gees (1) 2:30 – 3:40

Red Molly 3:20 – 4:10



Cassidy’s Ceili 11:40 – 12:20

Franklyn B Paverty 10:00 – 10:40

Dingo’s Breakfast Pirates of the Corporation 10:00 – 11:00

Lime & Steel 10:50 – 11:30

Big Bug Trio 12:30 – 1:10

4:00 4:30

The 3 Marketeers 10:00 – 10:40

Husky 12:30 – 1:20

2:00 2:30

8:30 – 10:30


9:00 9:30 10:00 10:30 11:00 11:30 12:00 AM 12:30 1:00

Asa Broomhall 1:00 – 2:00




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10:00 Festival Fiddle Rally 10:00 – 11:00

Belle Jar The Art of Performing 10:00 – 11:00

11:30 Percussion Experience 11:30 – 12:30


Danny Spooner Interpreting traditional ballads & British folksiness 11:30 – 1:00

1:00 Festival Choir Rehearsal 1:00 – 2:00 1:30


Damian Howard Songwriting 1:30 – 2:30


London Klezmer Quartet Klezmer for Beginners 10:00 – 11:00


Pam Merrigan Presenting Your Sound 3:00 – 4:00

4:00 4:30

Craig Dawson Creative Guitar 11:30 – 12:30

Wish List Sing with your Fiddle 1:00 – 2:00

Alasdair Fraser & Natalie Haas 5:30 5:00 – 6:00

Asa Broomhall Guitar Trick & Treat 2:30 – 3:30

Cory Clark (Cornerbrook) Newfoundland Tunes 4:00 – 5:00

Up Close


APRA|AMCOS The Songwriter Speaks 4:30 – 6:00 FAA Closed Meeting 5:30 – 6:30

6:00 6:30 Warren Fahey 6:30 – 7:30

The Shanties Vs The Ballads with Jerry O’Reilly and Alan Whitbread 7:30 Terrace Folk Nights “Belt up in the Ballads, Sing Poetry in the Round out in the Choruses with poets Zondrae King, 6:30 – 8:30 Peter Mace & Joe Lynch 8:00 Rhiannon & Monique plus walk-ups 8:00 – 8:30 7:00 – 9:00


Session Experience 9:00 – 11:00

Ado Barker Advanced / Intermediate ONLY Irish Fiddle 10:30 – 12:00

WORKSHOP Irish Set Dancing Regional Sets Pt 1 Jerry O’Reilly (teacher from Ireland) 9:30 – 10:50

Ceili Tunes for Beginners with members of Coast Ceili Band 12:30 – 2:00

WORKSHOP Scottish Ball Tony Northey 12:40 –1:40 Australian Traditional Song Session 1:00 – 3:00

Aoife Johnston Anglo Concertina Forum Irish Tunes 2:30 – 4:00

Brian Bell Rhyme and Meter 4:30 – 5:30

Arthur Kingsland & Coalbrook Band

9:30 10:00 10:30 11:00 11:30

Campfire Sedition Battlers’ Ballad 10:30 – 11:30

Acoustic Transmission Session hosted by Evan & Lynn Mathieson & friends 10:00 – 12:00

WORKSHOP – sCanDans Beginners Easy Schottishe 1:00 – 1:30

Canberra Tango Social Club Display 2:30 – 3:00

6:00 – 8:00

Tango Taster Tango Social Club of Canberra 7:10 – 8:10

1:00 1:30


12:30 1:00

2:30 3:00 3:30 4:00 4:30 5:00 5:30 6:00 6:30 7:00 7:30 8:00 8:30

Contra Rage with Canberra Contra Club


8:30 – 10:00


8:30 – 11:30

10:00 10:30 11:00 11:30

12:00 AM 12:30


Spellbound Bellydance 1:30 1:30 – 2:00 2:00 Old Style Irish Step 2:00 – 2:30

Colin Towns & The Playford Band

The Scottish Ball with Strathmannan and Tony Northey Nightly Singing Session hosted by The Roaring Forties 10:00 – 12:00

Set in Their Ways 12:30 – 1:00

Tango Basics for Beginners 3:00 – 3:30 Cumbe Display 3:30 – 4:00 Monaro Colonial Dancers 4:00 – 4:30 WORKSHOP Jumptown Swing Schottis, Reinlander and 4:30 – 5:00 Jenkka sCanDans 4:30 – 5:30 DANCE Dancing with the Harrys Peter Ellis and No Such Thing 5:00 – 7:00 Playford Dance

Martin Pearson 8:40 – 9:30 Craig & Simone Dawson 9:40 – 10:20

WORKSHOP Playing with Playford Colin Towns 10:30 – 11:30

2:00 – 4:00



9:30 WORKSHOP Contra Basics for Beginners Canberra Contra Club 10:00 9:30 – 10:30

WORKSHOP / DANCE Aussie “Bush” Dances Old Surly Griffins Morris Display 11:30 & New Australian Settler Session Led by Norm Ellis with live 11:30 – 12:00 and Dance Music music 12:00 PM Scots on the Rocks 11:00 – 1:00 11:00 – 12:30 12:00 – 12:30

Dancers’ Dance

2:30 Festival Bush Orchestra 2:30 – 3:30 3:00

Time 9:00


12:00 PM


Dru Yoga 8:30 – 9:30




12:00 AM Check out the Central Park Stage program on pg.33 for more dance displays and events.

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Poet’s Breakfast hosted by David Hallett & Zondrea King

National Uke Muster Morning Strum 8:30 – 10:00


8:30 9:00 9:30 10:00

Live @ the Lounge James Keelaghan & David 10:30 Woodhead 10:20 – 11:00

11:00 11:30

12:00 PM 12:30 1:00 1:30

Spooky Men and Fred Smith 11:00 – 11:50 Martin Pearson 11:50 – 12:30 SANS 12:30 – 1:20 O’Neill & Rogers 1:20 – 2:00

2:00 2:30 3:00 3:30 4:00

The Union Concert 2:30 – 4:30 Lime and Steel Judy Small Roaring Forties Danny Spooner


Southbound 4:50 – 5:40

5:30 6:00 6:30

EQUUS 5:40 – 6:30

Alasdair Fraser & Natalie Haas 7:30 7:00 – 8:00

8:00 The Simpson Three 8:00 – 9:00

9:00 9:30 10:00 10:30

Oud Vibrations 11:40 – 12:20

Infinite Bee Gees (2) 2:30 – 3:40

Apodimi Compania 5:00 – 5:50

Jordie Lane 7:00 – 7:50

Dempsey Robson Tweed 8:00 – 8:50

Paul Brady 9:00 – 10:00

David Olney & Sergio Webb 9:00 – 9:50

Freddie White & Trish Hickey 10:00 – 11:00

Red Molly 10:00 – 10:50

I Viaggiatori 11:00 - 12:00

Husky 11:00 – 12:00

12:00 AM 12:30

Dingo’s Breakfast 10:50 – 11:30

Peter Hicks and Ross Smithard 10:50 – 11:30

Nick & Liesl 11:40 – 12:20

Chris Smither 11:40 – 12:20

Rhiannon & Monique 12:30 – 1:10 Phyl Lobl & Friends Dames and Daredevils for Democracy 1:00 – 2:30

NFSA The Corrick Family Films with accompaniment by Elaine Loebenstein 3:00 – 4:00

Mike Jackson A Life of Music 4:30 – 6:00

Bluegrass Parkway 6:00 – 6:50 Rob Willis and Friends It’s Only Words 6:30 – 7:30

Instrument Makers’ Concert 8:00 – 9:30

The Miss Chiefs 12:30 – 1:10

Bohemian Nights 11:00 – 11:50

Women in Docs 12:00 – 1:00

Cameron Mather 2:10 – 2:50

Martin Pearson and the Po’tree 2:10 – 2:50

Melbourne Scottish Fiddle Club 3:00 – 3:50

Ruth Wise 3:00 – 3:50

London Klezmer Quartet 4:00 – 4:50

Castlecomer 4:00 – 4:50

Bygone Error 4:00 – 4:50

Sunas 5:00 – 5:50

Recycled String Band 5:00 – 5:50

Sam King 5:00 – 5:50

Himmerland 6:00 – 6:50

Mal Webb 6:00 – 6:50

The Burley Griffin 6:00 – 6:50

Grimick 7:00 – 7:50

Cornerbrook 7:00 – 7:50

Hashemoto 7:00 – 7:50

The 8 o’clock Irish Sásta 8:00 – 8:50

Pete Wild & the Only Ones 8:00 – 8:50



The Bridge Project 10:00 – 10:50

Songs & Music Games with 11:00 Skye & Paddy 11:00 – 11:40 11:30 The Giving Tree Puppet Making with Great 12:00 PM Big Story Book 12:00 – 12:50 12:30

Circus Vs Morris 1:30 – 2:40

Greška 3:00 – 3:50

The Giving Tree Folktales & Furrytails 2:00 – 2:40

Wheeze and Suck Band 10:00 – 10:50

Woohoo Revue 11:00 – 11:50

Julia and the Deep Sea Sirens 9:30 – 10:30

Craig & Simone Dawson 4:30 – 5:10 Son of Rut 5:20 – 6:00 Seamus Gill 6:10 – 6:40 Humbug 6:50 – 7:30 Bluegrass Frenzy

Mike Compton 8:50 – 9:20 Big Bug Trio 9:30 – 10:10 Mustered Courage 10:20 – 11:00

Papa Pilko and the Bin Rats 10:40 – 11:40

1:30 2:00 2:30


4:00 4:30 5:00 5:30 6:00 6:30 7:00 7:30 8:00 8:30 9:00 9:30 10:00 10:30 11:00 11:30


Brass Knuckle Brass Band 12:00 – 12:50

ACT Showcase

The 3 Marketeers 8:00 – 8:40 Circus Hokum 8:30 – 9:20


Preston’s Seaside Punch 3:00 and Judy 3:00 – 3:40 Head to the Piazza for the Family Bush Dance at 4:30

Belle Jar 9:00 – 9:50


9:30 KidzFest 10:00 – 4:00 Riff Raff Radical Marching 10:00 Band 10:00 – 10:40 10:30

Puddin’ Eaters 1:00 – 1:40

The House Howlers 1:20 – 2:00

1:00 1:30

Senor Cabrales 10:00 – 10:50

Francolin 1:20 – 2:00

The National Folk Club 9:00 – 1:00

11:00 11:30

Catherine Ovenden The Fiddle Music of Joe Yates 11:30 – 12:30

Wish List 12:30 – 1:10 The String Contingent 1:20 – 2:10

Ukes of Today 10:00 – 10:40

Shiny Bum Singers Rampant Bureaucracy 10:00 – 11:00

The April Maze 10:50 – 11:30

Live @ the Lounge



Battlers’ Ballad 10:00 – 10:40



8:30 – 10:30

Adams Barker Stephenson 4:00 – 4:50



Fun Machine presents Hungarian Disco Party! 12:00 – 1:00

12:00 AM 12:30 1:00

Between the Wars 1:00 – 2:00




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10:00 Festival Fiddle Rally 10:00 – 11:00

11:30 Percussion Experience 11:30 – 12:30


Mal Webb’s Lip to Lung Global Adventure 10:00 – 11:00

Canberra’s 100th Birthday In Word & Song 10:00 – 11:00

Bluegrass Parkway Bluegrass Gospel Harmony Singing 11:30 – 12:30

Apodimi Compania Greek Rebetika 11:30 – 12:30

Session Experience 9:00 – 11:00

Festival Choir Rehearsal 1:00 – 2:00 1:30

Warren Fahey Songs & Ditties From the Cities 1:00 – 2:00

Salmiakki Pelimannit Schottische to Hambo 1:00 – 2:00

Dougal Adams and Ben Stephenson Irish Flute 11:00 – 12:30

Zondrae King Writing Bush Poetry 1:00 – 2:00

2:00 2:30 Festival Bush Orchestra 2:30 – 3:30 3:00

Susie Bishop (Tangalo) Vocal Technique 2:30 – 3:30

Jenny Shimmin (The 3 Marketeers) 2:30 – 3:30

3:30 4:00 4:30


Alan Whitbread Shanty Workshop 4:00 – 5:00


Go Jane Go (Kane, Francey & Kane) 5:30 5:00 – 6:00

6:00 6:30 7:00

No Such Thing Tunes of the Harrys 4:00 – 5:30

Peter Hicks and Ross Smithard Worth fighting for – worth singing about! 5:30 – 6:30

Aoife Johnston Anglo Concertina Forum Style & Ornamentation 2:30 – 4:00

Australian Settler Session and Dance Music 11:00 – 1:00

Australian Traditional Song Session 1:00 – 3:00

WORKSHOP/DANCE Original Dances of Peter Foster Bush Capital Band 10:40 – 12:10

8:00 8:30 9:00

Phyl Lobl 8:00 – 8:40 Chris Orchard 8:50 – 9:30 Briege Murphy 9:40 – 10:20

10:30 11:00 11:30

Southbound 10:30 – 11:30

Nightly Singing Session hosted by Marg Walters, Judy Pinder, Jerry O’Reilly, Alan Whitbread and Seamus Gill 10:00 – 12:00

Tribalista Bellydance 11:30 – 12:00 Adelaide Morris 12:00 – 12:30

1:00 1:30

12:00 PM

Australian Heritage Dance Basics – Coral Eden 1:30 – 2:00 Sydney Irish Ceili Dancers 55th Aniversary Display 2:00 – 2:30

DANCE Social Contra Dance Canberra Contra Club 2:50 – 4:50

WORKSHOP Chaotic Ceilidh Scots on the Rocks 2:30 – 3:30 Beginners welcome Estonian Folk Dancers “Virmalised” 3:30 – 4:00

1:30 2:00 2:30 3:00 3:30

Well Hall English Dancers 4:00 4:00 – 4:30

4:30 DANCE Family Bush Dance Bush Music Club 4:30 – 6:00 Nordic Folk DANCE with Salmiakki Pelimmanit and sCanDans 5:10 – 7:10

5:00 5:30 6:00

WORKSHOP 6:30 Lindy Hop and Charleston Jumptown Swing 6:20 – 7:20 7:00

7:30 DANCE MFS Irish Ceili with Cornerhouse Ceili Band and guest callers 7:30 – 9:30

Tango Basics for Beginners 7:40 – 8:20 8:00


Tango Social with 9:00 Tangalo and the Tango Social Club of Canberra 9:30 8:30 – 10:00

10:00 Acoustic Transmission Session hosted by Evan & Lynn Mathieson & friends 10:00 – 12:00

E-Ceilidh (English Ceilidh) with Bluetongue Bush Ceilidh 10:00 – 12:00 Suitable for all comers

12:00 AM 12:30


WORKSHOP Embassy Travels Pt 1 Beginners Folk Dance Canberra 1:30 – 2:30

9:30 10:00

The E-Ceilidh WORKSHOP 10:30 – 11:30 Beginners welcome 11:00

12:30 Scots on the Rocks 12:30 – 1:00 Canberra Welsh & Cornish 1:00 Dancers 1:00 – 1:30

7:30 Terrace Folk Nights Contemporary Australian

Poetry in the Round with poets Laurie Songs Session led by Jane McDonald, Brian Bell & Thompson & James Rigby David Hallett plus walk-ups 7:00 – 9:00 7:00 – 9:00

WORKSHOP 9:30 Irish Set Dancing Basics for Beginners Monaro Set Dancers 10:00 9:30 – 10:30

WORKSHOP Irish Ceili Monaro Set Dancers 12:20 – 1:20

Joe Lynch Storytelling Workshop 4:30 – 5:30

FAA & AON Q&A: Talking About Public Liability Insurance 6:00 – 7:30

Finbar Furey 6:30 – 7:30

WORKSHOP Tylers Oz Morris 9:30 – 10:30


12:30 1:00

Time 8:30


12:00 PM


Dru Yoga 8:30 – 9:30




10:30 11:00 11:30 12:00 AM

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Poet’s Breakfast hosted by Joe Lynch & Laurie McDonald

National Uke Muster Morning Strum 8:30 – 10:00


8:30 Easter Church Service 8:30 – 9:30

9:00 9:30 10:00

Live @ the Lounge


Mike Compton 10:20 – 11:00

11:00 11:30 12:00 PM 12:30 1:00 1:30

Apodimi Compania 11:00 – 11:50 Mal Webb 11:50 – 12:30 Bluegrass Parkway 12:30 – 1:20 The April Maze 1:20 – 2:00

2:00 2:30 3:00 3:30 4:00

Australian Made 2:30 – 4:30 Battlers’ Ballad Warren Fahey Catherine Ovenden

Wish List 4:50 – 5:30

5:30 6:00 6:30

Seth Lakeman 5:30 – 6:30

Chris Orchard 10:50 – 11:30

Folk Alliance Australia Youth Concert (Young Folk Performer of the Year Award)

Bohemian Nights 11:40 – 12:20

Rhiannon & Monique 11:40 – 12:20

Sásta 11:40 – 12:20

10:30 – 1:00

Cameron Mather 12:30 – 1:10

Francolin 12:30 – 1:10

Cornerbrook 12:30 – 1:10 TWO POETS

Finbar Furey 1:20 – 2:10

Infinite Bee Gees (3) 2:30 – 3:40

Wheeze & Suck Band 5:00 – 5:50

Pete Wild and the Only Ones 2:10 – 2:50

Martin Pearson and the Po’tree 2:10 – 2:50

O’Neill & Rogers 3:00 – 3:40

Oud Vibrations 3:00 – 3:40

Castlecomer 3:50 – 4:30

Ruth Wise 3:50 – 4:30

The Miss Chiefs 4:40 – 5:20

Belle Jar 4:40 – 5:20

A Larrikin Lad Film introduced by Warren Adams Barker Stephenson Fahey 5:30 – 6:10 5:00 – 6:30

Husky 6:00 – 6:50

Hashemoto 5:30 – 6:10

Big Bug Trio 6:20 – 7:00

Peter Hicks and Ross Smithard 6:20 – 7:00 The Simpson Three 7:10 – 7:50

Hat Fitz & Cara 8:00 – 9:00

Mustered Courage 8:00 – 8:50

The Bridge Project 8:00 – 8:50

The 8 o’clock Irish Shamrock Sheilas 8:00 – 8:50

Red Molly 8:00 – 8:50

Woohoo Revue 9:00 – 10:00

Southbound 9:00 – 9:50

Himmerland 10:00 – 10:50

Go Jane Go (Kane, Francey & Kane) 9:00 – 9:50

Jordie Lane 9:00 – 9:50

Seth Lakeman (the solo gig) 10:00 – 10:50

Cassidy’s Ceili 10:00 – 10:50 The National Folk Club 9:00 – 1:00

Spooky Men’s Chorale 11:00 - 12:00

Lime and Steel 11:00 – 12:00

Put on your own show! Shadow Puppet Making with Letterbox Shadows 10:00 – 10:40 Wiradjuri Echoes 10:20 – 11:00


Great Big Story Book 11:00 – 11:45

Zap Circus 1:00 – 1:40 Master of Conflict’s Cabaret of Conflict 1:30 – 2:40

Puddin’ Eaters 2:00 – 2:40

Fun Machine 3:00 – 3:50

The Giving Tree Punch and Judy How to Do It 3:00 – 3:40

Julia and the Deep Sea Sirens 4:00 – 4:50

Mike Jackson 4:00 – 4:45

Rusty Spring Syncopators 5:00 – 5:50

Featured State

Sam King 6:00 – 6:50

Smart Arses, Bums and Short Arses Shortis & Simpson 7:10 – 8:10

10:30 11:00 11:30 12:00 PM 12:30 1:00 1:30 2:00 2:30 3:00 3:30 4:00 4:30 5:00 5:30

Franklyn B Paverty Canberra: It’s Story in Song 6:00 5:30 – 6:30

6:30 Potpourri of Poetry in the ACT Selected Poets 7:00 – 8:00

7:00 7:30 8:00 8:30

BAD!SLAM! NO!BISCUIT! Poetry Slam 8:30 – 10:40

9:00 The Merry Muse Presents 8:30 – 11:30

9:30 10:00 10:30


1:00 1:30


Folktales & Furrytails 12:00 – 12:45

The Damian Howard Band Papa Pilko and the Bin Rats 11:00 – 11:50 11:00 - Midnight Between the Wars 12:00 – 12:50


KidzFest 10:00 – 4:45




Hoddle 1:20 – 2:00

Andy Irvine 7:10 – 7:50

David Olney & Sergio Webb 10:00 – 11:00 10:30

12:00 AM

Danny Spooner & Friends Mike Heaney Tribute 3:00 – 4:30

Bygone Error 1:20 – 2:00

Melbourne Scottish Fiddle Club 7:00 – 7:50



David Hallett Gregory North 1:30 – 2:30

Sunas 7:00 – 7:50

9:00 9:30

Mike & Thom Jackson 10:00 – 10:40

The String ContIngent 7:00 – 8:00

8:00 8:30

8:30 – 10:30

Humbug 10:50 – 11:30

We Made The Steel The Roaring Forties 11:30 – 1:00



Briege Murphy 10:50 – 11:30

Live @ the Lounge

7:00 7:30

The Bridge Project Interfaith & International Harmony 10:00 – 11:00

SANS 4:00 – 4:50

4:30 5:00

Recycled String Band 10:00 – 10:40


11:00 11:30 12:00 AM

Poetry Last Supper 12:00 – 1:00

12:30 1:00

Greška 1:00 – 2:00




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THE TERRACE 8:30 9:00


Dru Yoga 8:30 – 9:30





Jamie Molloy Learning Tunes by Ear 10:00 – 11:00

Shiny Bum Singers Writing Shiny Bum Parodies 10:00 – 11:00


Galan NFF Percussion Experience PoetryAndrew Writing Workshop 11:30 – 12:30 12:00 PM 11:30 – 12:30

8:30 9:00

1:00 NFF Choir Rehearsal 1:00 – 2:00

James Keelaghan From Idea to Completion 1:00 – 2:00

Session Experience 9:00 – 11:00

Roger Holmes & Friends Hymn Singing 9:40 – 11:00 Bruce Cameron Broadcasters’ Forum 10:30 – 11:30 Ruth Wise American Old-Time Fiddle 11:30 – 12:30


Zondrae King Presenting Bush Poetry 12:00 – 1:00

Dave De Santi Italian Tunes 1:00 – 2:00

2:30 Festival Bush Orchestra 2:30 – 3:30 3:00

3:30 4:00 UP CLOSE

‘Idle Fretts’ Guitar Graham Peter Richens Aoife Johnston Beginner Bouzouki Part 1 McLeod String Contingent Anglo Concertina Forum 2:30 – 3:30 2:30 – 3:30 Irish Tunes 2:30 – 4:00 Penny Larkins Perfect Blend Harmony 4:00 – 5:00

Senor Cabrales: Asturias – Where’s That? 4:00 – 5:00

5:00 5:30

EQUUS 5:00 – 6:00 Folk Alliance Australia AGM 5:30 – 7:00

6:00 6:30 7:00

Paul Brady 6:30 – 7:30

Australian Morris Ring AGM 6:00 – 8:00

WORKSHOP WORKSHOP Australian Heritage Dance Adelaide Morris 10:00 Basics for Beginners 9:30 – 10:30 Coral Eden 9:30 – 10:50 Well Hall English Dancers 10:30 10:30 – 11:00

WORKSHOP Irish Set Dancing Regional Styles Pt2 Jerry O’Reilly Australian Settler Session (teacher from Ireland) and Dance Music 11:00 – 12:20 11:00 – 1:00 WORKSHOP Cumbia with Cumbe Vibrant dance from Columbia 12:30 – 1:30 Australian Traditional Song WORKSHOP Session Rocket Science of Dance 1:00 – 3:00 Canberra Contra Club 1:40 – 2:40



Men’s Healing (Spoken Word) Brian Bell 4:30 – 5:30

Afternoon Irish Ceili with Coast Ceili Band, Jerry O’Reilly and Guest Callers 3:00 – 5:00

Hopkele (Klezmer Keilidh!) Suitable all levels London Klezmer Quartet 5:30 – 7:00

8:30 9:00 9:30 10:00


Tribalista Bellydance 12:00 – 12:30

12:00 PM

Set in Their Ways 12:30 – 1:00 Tylers Oz Morris 1:00 – 1:30 Old Style Irish Step 1:30 – 2:00


Estonian Folk Dancers “Virmalised” 2:00 – 2:30 Taming the Waltz Beginners with Colin 2:30 – 3:00 Canberra Welsh & Cornish Dancers 3:00 – 3:30

Monaro Colonial Dancers 3:30 – 4:00 Spellbound Bellydance 4:00 – 4:30 WORKSHOP Embassy Travels Pt 2 Folk Dance Canberra 4:30 – 5:30

1:00 1:30

1:00 1:30 2:00 2:30 3:00 3:30 4:00 4:30 5:00 5:30

Chaotic Ceilidh 6:00 with Scots on the Rocks Music by Chris Duncan & 6:30 Catherine Strutt 5:30 – 7:30

The Roaring Forties 9:50 – 10:20 Nightly Singing Session hosted by Judy Pinder & Lonnie Martin 10:00 – 12:00

Acoustic Transmission Session hosted by Evan & Lynn Mathieson & friends 10:00 – 12:00


Tango Social with 9:00 Tangalo Heritage Ball and the Tango Social Club of hosted by Canberra The Monaro Folk Society 9:30 8:30 – 10:00 with Bob McInnes and Friends 10:00 and Guest Callers 8:00 – 12:00


11:00 11:30

12:00 AM 12:30


Swing Dance hosted by Jumptown Swing 8:00 7:30 – 8:30

Joe Lynch Irish Storytelling 7:30 – 9:00

Frencham Smith 8:50 – 9:40

Dempsey Robson Tweed 10:30 – 11:30 11:00



Judy Small 8:00 – 8:40


DISPLAY Silver Soles Cloggers 11:00 – 11:30 WORKSHOP Silver Soles Cloggers 11:30 – 12:00


7:30 Terrace Folk Nights 8:00






Quaker Meeting for Worship 8:30 – 9:30

9:30 10:00


12:00 AM Check out the Central Park Stage program on pg.33 for more dance displays and events.

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Poet’s Breakfast hosted by Brian Bell & Vic Jeffries

National Uke Muster The Last Strum 8:30 – 10:00


8:30 9:00 9:30 Shortis and Simpson with 10:30 Worldy Goods Canberra’s Calling to YOU! 10:00 – 11:30 11:00

11:30 12:00 PM Seth Lakeman 12:00 – 1:00

1:00 Freddie White & Trish 1:30 2:00

Hickey 1:00 – 1:50

Go Jane Go 1:50 – 2:40

2:30 3:00 3:30 4:00

Hat Fitz & Cara 10:00 – 10:50

Women in Docs 11:00 – 11:50

I Viaggiatori 12:00 – 12:50

Skorba The Ottoman Siege of Malta 1565 10:00 – 11:30 Canberra Scottish Fiddlers 10:50 – 11:30

Danny Spooner and Friends Ewan McColl Tribute 11:50 – 1:20

Alasdair Fraser & Natalie Haas 1:00 – 1:50 Andy Irvine 2:00 – 2:50

Humbug Through Emigrant Eyes 1:40 – 2:40

Judy Small 2:40 – 3:30 The Damian Howard Band 3:30 – 4:20

Infinite Bee Gees FINAL 3:10 – 4:30

Fred Smith Peace in the Pacific 3:00 – 4:30

& David 4:30 James Keelaghan Woodhead


Red Molly 5:00 – 5:50

5:30 6:00 6:30

Festival Fiddle Rally 6:30 – 6:50

London Klezmer Quartet 6:00 – 6:50

Ukes of Today 11:40 – 12:20

Mustered Courage 11:40 – 12:20

Shamrock Sheilas 12:30 – 1:10

Craig and Simone Dawson 12:30 – 1:10

Dingo’s Breakfast Time to Go Find Matilda 4:50 – 6:20

10:00 10:30 11:00 11:30

Sam King Workshop 12:00 – 1:00

Mike Jackson 1:00 – 1:40

Hashemoto 3:00 – 3:50

Folktales & Furrytails 3:00 – 3:40

Cornerbrook 4:00 – 4:50

The Burley Griffin 4:00 – 4:50

Puddin’ Eaters 4:00 – 4:40

The 3 Marketeers 5:00 – 5:50

Fun Machine 5:00 – 5:50

Grimick 6:00 – 6:50

Goodnight from the Majestic 6:00 – 7:00

Circus Death Match 1:30 – 2:10 Great Big Story Book 2:00 – 2:45

Belle Jar 7:00 – 7:50 The Farewell Concert 7:00 – 9:10

Son of Rut 8:00 – 8:50

The National Folk Club Farewell 7:00 -12:00



Nick & Liesl 3:00 – 3:50

Dempsey Robson Tweed 6:20 – 7:00


“Tiny Bums” with the Shiny 12:00 PM Bums 12:00 – 12:40

Hoddle 3:00 – 3:40

Battlers’ Ballad 5:30 – 6:10



Idiot Squad Workshop 2:10 – 3:00

Briege Murphy 3:50 – 4:30


The Giving Tree Preston’s Seaside Punch 11:00 and Judy 11:00 – 11:40

Martin Pearson and the FINAL Po’tree 2:10 – 2:50



Jordie Lane (Solo gig) 11:00 – 11:50

Riff Raff Marching Band 10:00 – 10:40

Thom Jackson 2:10 – 2:50



Spooky Men’s Chorale 10:00 – 10:50

Senor Cabrales 1:20 – 2:00



KidzFest 10:00 – 4:40

Wish List 1:20 – 2:00

EQUUS 4:40 – 5:20

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Festival Folk Sing Judy Small 10:10 – 11:30



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Hat Fitz and Cara 9:00 – 9:50

Castlecomer 10:00 – 10:50

David Olney & Sergio Webb 11:00 – 11:50

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10:00 Festival Fiddle Rally 10:00 – 11:00

11:30 Percussion Experience 11:30 – 12:30


Ernie Gruner Wordless Jewish Singing (Nigun) 10:00 – 11:00

Recycled String Band Exposed 10:00 – 11:00

Jerry O’Reilly Early Classic Ballads in the Irish Song Tradition 11:30 – 12:30

Ben Stephenson DadGad Guitar (Cornerbrook) 11:30 – 12:30

Session Experience 9:00 – 11:00

Session Irish Tunes @ a Steady Pace with members of Coast Ceili Band 10:30 – 12:00

1:00 Cara: The Voice 1:00 – 2:00

Mike Compton Bluegrass Mandolin 1:00 – 2:00

2:00 2:30 Festival Bush Orchestra 2:30 – 3:30 3:00

Hat Fitz Yarnin with Hat 2:30 – 3:30

WORKSHOP Surley Griffins Morris 9:30 – 10:30 WORKSHOP From Russia With Love Folk Dance Canberra 10:40 – 11:40

Australian Settler Session and Dance Music 11:00 – 1:00

12:30 Festival Choir Rehearsal 1:00 – 2:00 1:30

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Spellbound Bellydance 11:00 11:00 – 11:30 Canberra Welsh & Cornish Dancers 11:30 – 12:00

WORKSHOP Monaro Colonial Dancers Grace & Style Quadrilles 12:00 – 1:30

Australian Traditional Song Session 1:00 – 3:00

Peter Richens Beginner Bouzouki Part 2 2:30 – 3:30

9:30 TSDAV Dance Composers’ 10:00 Competition 9:30 – 11:00 Dancers Welcome 10:30

Estonian Folk Dancers “Virmalised” 12:00 – 12:30


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Jumptown Swing 12:30 – 1:00 Tribalista Bellydance 1:00 – 1:30


Sydney Irish Ceili Dancers 55th Aniversary Display 1:30 – 2:00


Silver Soles Cloggers 3:00 – 3:30 Set in Their Ways 3:30 – 4:00



Well Hall English Dancers 2:00 2:00 – 2:30 2:30 CUMBE 2:30 – 3:00 The Farewell Dance Last Chance to Dance with Bush Capital Band 2:00 – 5:00

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For performers in Dance, Spoken Word, Street & Circus see special listings Performance times are correct at the time of printing but may be SUBJECT TO ALTERATION Please check the daily progam updates at venues or the Festival Office 3 MARKETEERS, the The 3 Marketeers are a traditional Bluegrass Band that has played together on and off for the last 20+ years. They include some of the old country songs by Hank Williams & Lefty Frizell in their repertoire. Consisting of prize-winning musicians, the band is Jenny Shimmin on banjo, Jimmy Rush on guitar, Nigel Lever on mandolin with special guest John Taylor on upright bass. Friday 10:00am Marquee Saturday 2:30pm Acoustic Lounge

at numerous maritime/shanty festivals all over the UK and abroad including Falmouth, Harwich, Hull and Scarborough, and in the Netherlands, New Zealand and USA. If you like to join in a good chorus song, make sure you don’t miss him! Friday 10:50am Flute ‘n’ Fiddle

Sunday 7:10pm Flute ‘n’ Fiddle

Friday 7:00pm Song Room Saturday 4:00pm Song Room

Monday 2:00pm Marquee

Saturday 10:00pm Song Room


Saturday 8:00pm Carnival Stage


Monday 5:00pm Scrumpy

Friday 10:30am Board Room

The musical partnership between Alasdair Fraser, long regarded as Scotland’s premier fiddle ambassador, and the highly talented young California cellist Natalie Haas has been one of the most exciting recent developments in Scottish traditional Music. Alasdair has been at the top of the Scottish fiddle league for more than 30 years. His musical partnership with Natalie, a graduate of the Juilliard School of Music, is the fulfillment of a longstanding musical dream for Fraser, whose cutting-edge musical explorations took him full circle to find a cellist who could help him return the cello to its historical role at the rhythmic heart of Scottish dance music.

Friday 2:30pm Budawang

Friday 5:00pm The Terrace

Saturday 11:00am Board Room

Saturday 7:00pm Budawang

Saturday 4:00pm Marquee

Monday 1:00pm Marquee

ADAMS, BARKER, STEPHENSON Forged of a deep and long-standing musical connection, this trio comprises three of Australia’s finest traditional musicians; Ado Barker and Ben Stephenson, well known to the National as members of Trouble in the Kitchen, and Dougal Adams, a flute player of rare class and repute. From the jigs and reels, to less travelled territory beyond, this is Irish traditional music at its best!

Sunday 5:30pm Flute ‘n’ Fiddle

ALAN WHITBREAD Alan Whitbread is a shanty singer from England with a big voice and a sweet-sounding 90-year-old Lachenal Edeophone English concertina. He has sung sea shanties

He is a master musician, songwriter and singer. His knowledge and love of Balkan music, with it’s complex rhythms, had a major influence on the evolution of how Irish traditional music is played. Andy is another player who has a habit of gravitating, rapidly, to the Session Bar at the end of a gig.

ANDY IRVINE A frequent visitor to Australia – which he now regards as a second home - and to the National Folk Festival, Andy Irvine is a mainstay of such famous bands as Sweeney’s Men, Planxty, Patrick Street and, more recently, Mozaik.


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Aoife comes from Templeogue, Dublin and will be teaching anglo-concertina in a series of three workshops at this year’s festival. She has played concertina from an early age and has been teaching traditional music in Dublin for the past 8 years. Recently she took up a post at the University of Limerick where she taught concertina to undergraduate music students. Aoife is currently working in Australia having made her festival debut at the 2012 Turning Wave Festival. Aoife will also appear with the popular Shamrock Sheilas. Fri/Sat/Sun 2:30:pm Board Room

APODIMI COMPANIA Formed in Melbourne University in the mid eighties, members of legendary Greek folk band Apodimi Compania are now resident in Athens. The group line up has changed over the years but two remaining original members George & Manoli Galiatsos (bouzouki, guitar, oud) are still the core of the band. The new members continue the traditions of the group, which is to play contemporary arrangements of classic Greek Rebetika and Demotika with instrumentation that emulates the original recordings of the early years of the last century.



Widely acknowledged as the very best of the genre they combine top class musicianship with an obvious love and passion for their material. the APRIL MAZE

Friday 8:20pm Carnival Stage Saturday 11:30am Acoustic Lounge Saturday 5:00pm Marquee Sunday 11:00am Budawang

APRIL MAZE, THE Hailing from London and Cairns, The April Maze have been living on the road touring their original music throughout Australia and New Zealand non-stop in their 1976 kombi van. These festival favourites blend beautiful cello riffs with punchy guitar, dangly banjo and sweet male/female harmonies. They look like they just slipped out of a time machine from the 70’s, and they chat onstage like they are in your living room. Friday 4:10pm Budawang Saturday 10:50am Marquee Sunday 1:20pm Budawang

ASA BROOMHALL From clubs and festivals all over Australia to supporting national and international acts, Asa has taken his songs and dynamic show across the world and is coming to the National Folk Festival with his brand new album ‘Jangle House’ to share a piece with you. Thursday 10:00pm Scrumpy Friday 11:00am Majestic Friday 2:30pm Acoustic Lounge Saturday 1:00am Scrumpy

BATTLERS’ BALLAD Battlers’ Ballad is a new project from Chloe and Jason Roweth, joined by Bill Browne on kit drums. A repertoire of “under-sung” Australian traditional and contemporary music (and more) is presented in striking arrangements - open, fresh, vibrant and inventive. Expect to laugh and cry. Expect a new look at the old and an old take on the new. Friday 11:00am Stock Camp Friday 10:30pm The Terrace Saturday 10:00am Marquee Sunday 2:30pm Budawang Monday 5:30pm Flute ‘n’ Fiddle asa broomhall


BELLE JAR Born in the catacombs of Paris, Belle Jar brings you the madness and mayhem of infectious gypsy rhythms and manic fables. Featuring French singer/songwriter Julien Castegnaro on rhythm guitar and vocals, joined by Precious Cargo on piano accordion, Lino Romeo on guitarrón and Trevor Brown on sax/clarinet and pandero, these guys will fire up your old country longings as boomchak-a-boom-chak rhythm meets bent melody. Brush up your French and get ready to dance. Friday 10:00am Song Room Saturday 9:00pm Scrumpy Sunday 4:40pm Scrumpy Monday 7:00 Scrumpy

BETWEEN THE WARS In 2009, two old friends got together in a room in a house. One played guitar and sang. The other played ukulele and sang. Taking influences from traditional Irish artists such as Christy Moore, the Wolfe Tones and the Dubliners with folk storytelling of singer/songwriters such as Frank Turner, Bruce Springsteen and Shane MacGowan, the two old friends forged forward to create a Celtic folk band. Between The Wars - A Celtic folk band of guitar, mandolin, violin, bass and drums with songs to get you up out of that chair and dancing. Friday 11:00pm Scrumpy Sunday 1:00am Scrumpy Sunday 12 Midnight Scrumpy

BIG BUG TRIO Melbourne bluegrass stalwart Pete Fidler has joined forces with NSW expats Dan Watkins and Kat Mear for a trio like no other: dobro, guitar and fiddle. With a folkgrass ethic, precocious picking and sweet harmonies to boot, you’ll get a big kick out of the Big Bugs! Friday 12:30pm Marquee Saturday 9:30pm Carnival Stage Sunday 6:20 Flute ‘n’ Fiddle

BLUEGRASS PARKWAY Fresh from a second ground-breaking, triumphant tour of the United States, Bluegrass Parkway has achieved the pinnacle of their performance career so far. Headlining three major festivals along with the cream of American bluegrass talent, the band has now established a firm foundation in the US market. These festival appearances, along with a series of very successful concert performances have combined to strengthen the band’s reputation as Australia’s most highly credentialed and experienced bluegrass band. Friday 10:00pm Trocadero Saturday 11:30am Song Room Saturday 6:00pm Marquee Sunday 12:30pm Budawang

BOHEMIAN NIGHTS Ernie Gruner (violin, mandolin) and Phil Carroll (vocals, accordion, ney) play Gypsy, Klezmer, Middle-Eastern, French, Italian, Russian, jazz and tango music which ranges from soulful to wild. They’ve played at festivals around Australia and New Zealand, studied overseas in Montreal, Istanbul, New York, Cracow and Budapest, and recorded 2 CDs. “Loads of enthusiasm, brilliant musicality” – Sue Ikin, director Wellington Folk Festival. Friday 7:10pm Flute ‘n’ Fiddle Saturday 11:00am Majestic Sunday 11:40am Marquee Monday 10:00am Song Room

BRASS KNUCKLE BRASS BAND Brass Knuckle Brass Band is a 9 piece funk brass band in the tradition of the New Orleans street band. Performed to great acclaim and significant booty shaking at venues and festivals around the country. Friday 3:00pm Flute ‘n’ Fiddle Saturday 12 Midnight Scrumpy






When three musicians who are Moslem, Jewish and Christian by birth decided to collaborate in creating musical beauty, The Bridge Project was born. The Project bridges France, Israel and Australia and three exotically different yet complementary musical styles. A desire to see peace between otherwise often warring religions, saw Umit Ceyhan, a Turkish refugee now living in France, Ittai Shaked an Israeli Jew and Andy Busuttil our own transcultural musician, create a remarkable band and CD through file sharing over the internet. Now come and see and hear what they can do ‘live’ together with local guest musicians John Robinson, Bertie McMahon and Peter Kennard.

In a show carefully crafted to captivate the connoisseur and confound the castigator, Bygone Error will give you a bit of what you fancy and some frolicsome frivolity as they enchant, amaze and enthrall with turn-of-thecentury British Music Hall songs and recitations, deftly designed to disport the discriminating dilettante and dumbfound the detractor.

The Canberra Scottish Fiddlers is a group of enthusiasts who meet regularly to learn, teach and perform their favourite Scottish fiddle tunes. Formed in 1999 in Canberra and directed by Lachlan Green, the group includes fiddlers of all ages and experience. Their repertoire reflects the global spread and influence of Scottish music, and includes music from the wider Celtic and Scandinavian traditions, from slow airs to bouncy jigs and rollicking reels.

Friday 5:00pm Marquee

Cameron is a traditional musician and singer from Sydney, playing tenor banjo, guitar, bouzouki and mandolin. He has worked with many visiting Irish artists including Damien Dempsey, Gary Og, and The Young Wolfe Tones as well as performing at folk festivals around the country, notably the National Folk Festival, Turning Wave Festival and Illawarra Folk Festival. The 2011 National Folk Festival saw him team up with the Kellys, a revered Irish traditional music family. Cameron is a versatile performer playing traditional Irish music and singing songs from Ireland, Canada, Scotland and Newfoundland.

Saturday 10:00pm Trocadero Sunday 10:00am Trocadero Sunday 8:00pm Trocadero

BRIEGE MURPHY Briege is an Irish singer song-writer, who has songs recorded by Frances Black and Niamh Parsons, and many others. Colum Sands calls her poet “Patrick Kavanagh’s sister spirit”, Christy Moore said; “lovely songs, great singing - a joy to hear”. Original, a distinctly Irish act Briege Murphy was a stand-out at Turning Wave Festival two years ago. This is her second visit to Australia. Friday 1:20pm Budawang Saturday 9:40pm The Terrace Sunday 10:50 Marquee Monday 3:50 Flute ‘n’ Fiddle

Friday 6:00pm Majestic Saturday 4:00pm Majestic Sunday 1:20pm Flute ‘n’ Fiddle


Friday 6:00pm Trocadero Monday 10:50 Flute ‘n’ Fiddle


Friday 10:50am Scrumpy

Cassidy’s Ceili is a band that enfolds you in the stories of folksong: gripping prime-time tales of crime and passion, cross-dressing sailors, and the ever-popular theme of not being where you wanted to be with the one you would have liked to have been with. They bring you delicate ballads and foot-stomping songs with four part harmonies making for some celtalicious choruses. Jigs, reels and airs, plus rare gems from the tango tradition are performed on fiddle, guitar, banjo, saxophone, bouzouki and percussion, and delivered by a band with the ease and power that comes from playing together for ten years while wowing audiences across Australia.

Saturday 2:10pm Flute ‘n’ Fiddle

Thursday 6:00pm Scrumpy

Sunday 12:30pm Flute ‘n’ Fiddle

Friday 11:40 Marquee Sunday 2:30pm Song Room Sunday 10:00pm Scrumpy Monday 2:30pm Acoustic Lounge belle jar






Mumford and Sons meets Beach Boys meets the Eagles. This band had the Number 1 Single on the Triple J Unearthed Chart for over a month! 5 Celtic Cousins who sing 5 part harmony and play folk-rock come together in an exciting combination that really gets the crowd dancing!

Chris Smither is one of North America’s leading folk roots artists renowned for his alluring baritone vocals, superb song writing and outstanding musicianship. His songs are set up by his quietly virtuoso guitar playing and the constant gentle rhythm of his feet. His lyrics portray a sophisticated way with words and word play, containing some blistering social commentary, carrying a few unpretentious philosophical gems and of course his dry dark understated humour. Chris is returning to Australia for his sixth tour with his brand new studio recording ‘Hundred Dollar Valentine’.

Friday 11:40am Scrumpy Saturday 4:00pm Scrumpy Sunday 3:50pm Flute ‘n’ Fiddle Monday 10:00pm Scrumpy

CATHERINE OVENDEN Catherine Ovenden has played collected Australian, old time dance music, for the last 30 years and is this year’s NLA, NFF Folk Fellowship recipient. Her area of research is the fiddle music of Joe Yates from the Sofala region, Central Western NSW. Cath played music with Joe in 1985 along with a few other fortunate aural historians. For her performances at the National Folk Festival Cath is joined by Wendy Hodgins and Steve Cook. As part of the Fellowship, Cath will be releasing a CD, ‘The Fiddle Music of Joe Yates’, at the Festival. Friday 1:20pm Scrumpy Saturday 11:30am Trocadero Sunday 3:50pm Budawang

Friday 11:50am Budawang Friday 10:00pm Budawang Saturday 11:40am Scrumpy

CORNERBROOK Cornerbrook is one of Australia’s hottest traditional music bands blending the talents of four of this country’s finest Irish musicians, Ben Stephenson, Cory Clarke, Bridie Burke and Ben McAtamney. They bring a wealth of material to the mix from razor sharp, fast paced jigs and reels to the little heard music of Newfoundland and all the subtleties in between to create an exciting concert experience. Friday 11:30am Trocadero Friday 4:00pm Acoustic Lounge Saturday 7:00pm Scrumpy


Sunday 12:30pm Marquee

Chris is a singer songwriter with a distinctive vocal style. He has been recognised internationally for his songwriting as well as for having a successful television and theatrical career in Australia.

Monday 11:30am Acoustic Lounge

Friday 1:20pm Flute ‘n’ Fiddle

Simone and Craig have been active on the folk circuit for over 12 years. They are known mainly for their proficient musicianship and audience interaction along with the delivery of their own poignant, occasionally capricious, and sometimes ludicrous, hard hitting ballads. They present a wide variety of roots inspired songs and occasional instrumentals and will be joined by Rita Woolhouse (flute), Peter Logue (accordion), Zena Armstrong (whistle/bodhran) and Rylan Dawson (guitar).

Saturday 8:50pm The Terrace Sunday 10:50am Scrumpy


Monday 4:00pm Scrumpy


Friday 9:40pm The Terrace Saturday 4:30pm Carnival Stage Monday 12:30pm Scrumpy

DAMIAN HOWARD BAND, the Damian Howard is probably best known as front man and songwriter for The Ploughboys, an upbeat Australian Folk band and whilst still occasionally performing with The Ploughboys, Damian has recently recorded his 2nd solo album ‘Out Of My Hands’. The story writing, with Damian’s take on life and narrative streams are there as always, but there’s a distinct singer-songwriter vibe to the record. On stage, audiences will receive the best of both worlds with The Ploughboys joining Damian as The Damian Howard Band to perform highlights from Damian’s solo albums plus many of The Ploughboys back song catalogue, together with some 18 years of festivals and touring here and overseas. Friday 1:30pm Song Room Friday 7:00pm Marquee Sunday 11:00pm Scrumpy Monday 3:30pm Budawang



DANNY SPOONER A traditional singer from Central Victoria, Danny Spooner is regarded as one of the foremost in Australia. Londonborn, he learned his craft as a boy on the Thames, and at sea with a singing skipper. He arrived in Australia as the Australian folk revival kicked off in the 60s. As a historian his introductions give context for his British and Australian material. Through years of festivals, concerts, house concerts and camps in Australia, Europe and North America, he’s welcomed for his personal warmth, and loves to pass songs on.

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Friday 11:30am Song Room Saturday 11:00am Stock Camp Saturday 4:00pm Budawang Sunday 3:00pm Trocadero Monday 11:50am Trocadero

DAVID OLNEY AND SERGIO WEBB Extraordinarily prolific singer-songwriter David Olney has become known world wide for his intense live performances and his intelligent compositions recorded by Emmylou Harris (“Deeper Well”; “Jerusalem Tomorrow”; “1917”), Linda Ronstadt (“Women Across The River”), Del McCoury (“Queen Anne’s Lace”), Kane/Welch/ Kaplin (“Postcard From Mexico”; “Mr. Bones”; “Don’t Try To Fight It”), Tim O’Brien (“In The Garden”), Slaid Cleaves (“Millionaire”), Dale Ann Bradley (“You Are Here”), Ann Rabson (“The Blues Don’t Care”) and others. In addition

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DEMPSEY ROBSON TWEED This new trio of Kevin Dempsey, Carolyn Robson and Karen Tweed, is delighting audiences with a beautiful mix of tunes and vibrant arrangements of traditional and contemporary songs. Singer/songwriter/guitarist Kevin is a true craftsman, whose warm, lyrical style, and fresh, rhythmic approach has brought diverse collaborations with Dave Swarbrick to Percy Sledge. Carolyn draws on her Northumbrian song roots to bring a sense of the tradition to the proceedings and playing her 72 bass Pigini piano accordion, Karen straddles traditional Irish to classical, in a uniquely haunting, emotive, yet exciting way. This combination is definitely more than the sum of its parts! Friday 5:00pm Budawang Saturday 8:00pm Marquee Sunday 10:30pm The Terrace Monday 6:20 Flute ‘n’ Fiddle

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WA’s most popular touring folk act, Roger Montgomery (award winning performance poet) John Angliss, Toby Montgomery, Bruce Boyd and Graham Wilson are the much beloved ‘Dingo’s Breakfast’. The Dingo’s (Wild men from the West) perform a great selection of traditional and original Oz Music and Poetry from Western Australia with the accent firmly on comedy. Beaudy!

Friday 9:20pm Carnival Stage

Friday 10am Trocadero

All Ireland Uillean pipe and whistle champion, singersongwriter, banjo and guitarist and more recently actor Finbar has a unique pedigree. After 30 years as the front man for the Furey Brothers he decided to concentrate on a solo career and his reputation as a solo artist has increased with every performance. He has toured extensively in Britain, Europe and Australia, treating audiences to evenings of pure Irish magic, great music, good humour, and the charm and sparkling wit associated with one of Ireland’s great raconteurs.

ACT based Franklyn B Paverty has been one of Australia’s leading bush bands for many years. Specialising in Aussie folk music - both old and new - it has released 11 popular CDs, played at numerous festivals and folk clubs around the country, made countless TV and radio appearances and supported in concert many local and international stars. It is one of the true survivors of the Aussie folk scene and, after 35 years, is playing better than ever. Aussie icons not to be missed!

Saturday 10:50am Flute ‘n’ Fiddle Sunday 11:00am Stock Camp Monday 4:50pm Trocadero

EQUUS Mongolia meets the Australian Middle East! The stunning artistry and musicianship of Mongolian horse head fiddle player and throat singer Bukhu meets the beautiful lilt of Arabic Oud, Turkish and Bulgarian lute player John Robinson, intricate and melodic lines of darabuka and winds player Andy Busuttil and tight rhythmic pulse of percussionist Peter Kennard. EQUUS is the Latin root of the word ‘equine’. The traditional songs of Mongolia played as you have never heard them before; exciting, danceable, GREŠKA

Saturday 5:40pm Budawang Sunday 5:00pm The Terrace Monday 4:40pm Flute ‘n’ Fiddle


Friday 8:00pm Budawang Saturday 6:30pm The Terrace Sunday 1:20pm Marquee

FRANCOLIN Recognised for their unashamedly pop sound, sparked with witticisms and thoughtful observation, Melbourne’s Francolin have been dancing up a storm around their hometown over the past two years. Led by Swedish singer songwriter Staffan Guinane, Francolin take in American folk, Highlife Afro beats, Dixie Jazz and mix it with harmonies, narrative songwriting, word games and ever-present pop. “The end result is like a go-kart race against Jens Lekman, Vampire Weekend and Tim Freedman to a party at Paul Simon’s house followed by a late-afternoon deep and meaningful on the verandah about the girl who got away”. Friday 3:50pm Scrumpy Saturday 1:20pm Flute ‘n’ Fiddle Sunday 12:30pm Scrumpy

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Thursday 9:30pm Coorong Friday 10:00am Scrumpy Sunday 5:30pm Carnival Stage Monday 11:00am Stock Camp

FREDDIE WHITE “If you could get a woman into your mildewed bed sit... you would woo her sideways with a little Freddie White. Freddie made you interesting by proxy. He sent a message that you were an heroically melancholic soul...” Irish Times, 2002. Now living in Sydney, Freddie White’s voice and guitar have been a part of the fabric of the Irish music scene since the late 70’s. He’s had a dozen highly acclaimed albums. His latest recording “Here With You” is a collaboration with his partner Trish Hickey with whom he completed a sell-out concert tour of Ireland in April 2012. Friday 8:00pm Scrumpy Saturday 10:00pm Budawang Monday 1:00pm Budawang

FRENCHAM SMITH 2013 marks the 10 year anniversary of this unique collaboration blending Liz Frencham’s double bass and voice with the songwriting of Fred Smith, and it all began in a session tent at the National Folk Festival. Described as delicious, emotionally intelligent and entrancing folk music for the 21st century, they have gone on to become a major force in Australian music. As Bruce Elder, SMH wrote: “Smith is a superb song writer... Frencham has a voice with the appeal, emotional honesty and clarity of someone like Shawn Colvin... There is no other folk duo in Australia which even comes close to this magical combination.” Friday 7:30pm Trocadero Saturday 11:00am Budawang Sunday 8:50pm The Terrace Monday 3:00pm Trocadero

FUN MACHINE Fun Machine is an immensely versatile, lustfully enjoyable act. A range of instruments normally only found in free thinking studios combine with huge on stage humour to get everyone dancing, no matter how. Their latest single “Ready For The Fight” combines African beats with hijacked pianos and a chorus that will leave you more uplifted than the sunset before your birthday party. Thursday 11:00pm Scrumpy Friday 11:00pm Majestic Saturday 12 Midnight Majestic Sunday 3:00pm Majestic Monday 5:00pm Majestic



vocals, sound and stories shine through a unique and eclectic mix of acoustic instrumentation.

Legends of roots and folk music, Kieran Kane (USA) and David Francey (Canada) join forces with Lucas Kane (USA) to storm Australia as GO JANE GO. Their exciting new album, recorded live off the floor in Australia last year, will be released here in 2013. It swings! It’s alive!

Friday 9:00pm Scrumpy

Friday 7:00pm Budawang Saturday 5:00pm The Terrace Sunday 9:00pm Trocadero Monday 1:50pm Budawang

GREŠKA Greška is built on the ethos of re-popularising westernclassical arrangement and uniting feuding genres such as classical and jazz; folk and metal; drum ‘n’ bass and funk. With an entire repertoire of through composed, hyper-energetic music, Greška attack the concept of fixed genre with an onslaught of composed, eclectic um-pahs and digga-digga-da-digga-digga-das.

Saturday 7:00pm Flute ‘n’ Fiddle Monday 6:00pm Scrumpy

HASHEMOTO Hashemoto is an indie/folk acoustic band. They write beautiful songs and sing them together. They take their upright piano, double bass and guitar to all kinds of places - backyards, mountain-tops, pubs and music festivals.


HIMMERLAND Himmerland plays new roots and world music inspired by the exciting and very diverse cultures of five traveling musicians, each carrying very different life stories and traditions in their rucksacks. Based in Denmark the members of Himmerland are from Denmark, Ghana and Poland and their music represents the sweetly simmering cultural melting pot of the contemporary Danish music scene. Friday 11:00am Budawang Saturday 6:00pm Flute ‘n’ Fiddle

Saturday 7:00pm Majestic

Sunday 10:00pm Marquee

Sunday 5:30pm Scrumpy


Monday 3:00pm Majestic

Monday 1:00am Scrumpy

This dynamic duo are a unique combination that have skillfully blended the music of the hill country and delta blues with early Australian folk [with a Celtic twist] which has seen them firm as favourites on the international festival circuit. Their material is original yet crosses boundaries as if written in a time now long forgotten. “Hat Fitz and Cara make beautiful, raw, exciting music that never fails to grab me”. Jeff Lang

Driving tunes and charming songs, Hoddle perform Australian trad from the source, Irish music from the oral tradition, bright, original tunes and vivid songs to create a unique suburban folk. Following hard on the heels of Peter Woodley’s critically acclaimed solo flute album, Hoddle have been recording their long awaited debut album. This is a folk performance to be heard and seen! Peter Woodley on the flute, Kevin Bradley on guitar, Mick Thompson on bodhran and Jacqueline Bradley on fiddle and vocals, Hoddle has an ear for the tradition and an eye for fresh arrangements.


Sunday 8:00pm Budawang

Friday 5:30pm Flute ‘n’ Fiddle (CD Launch)

An honest, acoustic, folk-rock style, Grimick are an energetic group of singer/songwriters who never stray far from the essential ingredients - great rhythm, a contagious melody, and something to say Grimick has developed their own unique form of folk/rock. Their

Monday 10:00am Marquee

Sunday 1:20pm Scrumpy

Monday 1:00pm Song Room

Monday 3:00pm Flute ‘n’ Fiddle

Friday 10:00pm Scrumpy Saturday 3:00pm Majestic



Monday 2:30pm Song Room Monday 9:00pm Scrumpy



HOUSE HOWLERS, THE The House Howlers are a motley crew of media types from in and around the Federal Parliamentary Press Gallery who lampoon the nation’s leaders in song. Their irreverent a capella satire spares no issue or ego as they drag you through politics in multi-part harmony. And it’s an election year, so there’s plenty to howl about. Saturday 10:00am Acoustic Lounge Saturday 1:20pm Scrumpy Sunday 7:10pm Majestic

HUMBUG Humbug’s interpretation of Celtic music has gained popularity at many festivals and folk clubs in recent years. Recent lineup changes have strengthened the band’s distinctive vocals and rich instrumental sound featuring some of Canberra’s finest folk musicians. Humbug has appeared at many festivals including the National Folk Festival, Beechworth Celtic Festival, Music at the Creek, Turning Wave Festival, Illawarra, Cobargo and Yackandandah Folk Festivals and Snowy Mountains of Music. Contemporary songs by the likes of Christy Moore, Jimmy McCarthy and Luka Bloom are mingled with haunting traditional ballads – and a few rousing renditions of favourite Irish sing-a-longs.


Saturday 6:50pm Carnival Stage Sunday 10:50am Flute ‘n’ Fiddle Monday 1:40pm Trocadero

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Husky are a four-piece band from Melbourne, Australia. Last year they released their debut album ‘Forever So’ which is a lush collection of songs that echo the classics they grew up with, full of haunting lyrics, rolling rhythms and delicate layers of sound. They recently became the first Australian act to sign with the seminal label Sub Pop in the US. They have previously toured with the likes of Gotye, The Shins, Laura Marling, Kimbra, Devendra Banhart. In 2012 they were part of Mumford and Sons Gentlemen of the Road as well as completing their own sold out national tours.

Be transported with I VIAGGIATORI to forgotten fishing villages, moonlit olive groves, and a hard life under a hot sun where women sang melancholy songs of lost love, displacement and revolution and fought hardship with a fierce sense of humour. The band of Kavisha Mazzella, Irine Vela, David De Santi and Mark-Holder Keeping provide the sounds of folk, Celtic, gypsy, blues and Italian world music woven expertly together.

Friday 12:30pm Budawang

Sunday 1:00pm Acoustic Lounge

Saturday 11:00pm Marquee

Monday 12:00pm Marquee

James Keelaghan is coming back for 2013 with the fantastic David Woodhead at his side. Called Canada’s finest singer-songwriter by one of the most respected music journalists of the last 50 years, James Keelaghan is an artist who has proven to be a man for all seasons. As the calendar pages have turned, for almost a quarter of a century now, this poet laureate of the folk and roots music world has gone about his work with a combination of passion, curiosity intent and intensity. His masterful story telling has, over the course of nine recordings, been part of the bedrock of his success, earning Keelaghan nominations and awards - including a Juno (Canada’s Grammy).

Sunday 6:00pm Marquee

Friday 10:30pm Carnival Stage Saturday 11:00pm Budawang

Friday 10:00pm Marquee Saturday 10:20am Budawang Sunday 1:00pm Song Room Monday 4:20pm Budawang






Jerry O’Reilly is a noted traditional singer who has appeared at all of the major singing festivals in Ireland and the UK. He has recently produced a CD entitled ‘Havoc in Heaven’ which has been described by The Irish Times as a CD that will fund repertoires from Stoneybatter to Skibbereen. Monday 11:30am Song Room

Judy Small has been described as the “Grande Dame of Australian Folk Music”. She has been playing her songs of politics, fun and love all over the world for 40 years and first played at the National Folk Festival in Sydney in 1982. Her songs are sung at festivals, clubs, around camp fires, at political rallies and on street corners, and while she describes herself as “an old fashioned stand-up-with-aguitar-and sing-songs-of-social-significance folksinger”, she is so much more than that!


Saturday 3:00pm Budawang

Friday 6:30pm Song Room

Jordie Lane is a critically acclaimed singer/songwriter who is widely regarded as a leading light of Australia’s folk and alt-country music scenes. Blending the dark romanticism of Bruce Springsteen, the country swagger of Gram Parsons and the versatility of Ryan Adams, Jordie creates music that pushes boundaries while remaining universally accessible. A dynamic live performer, Jordie’s stage show centers around his story-telling and crowd interaction. In the vein of countryman Colin Hay, his performances shift from a comedy show, to folk concert, to rock ‘n’ roll gig in the space of two songs. Friday 11:00pm Budawang Saturday 7:00pm Marquee Sunday 9:00pm Scrumpy Monday 11:00am Majestic


Sunday 8:00pm The Terrace Monday 2:40pm Budawang

JULIA AND THE DEEP SEA SIRENS “If Canberra’s isn’t already folk capital of this sunburned country, then Julia and her crew of misfits might just make it so.” – “Johnson’s voice mirrors the slow but treacherous currents of a mountain river.” – The Canberra Times. Julia and the Deep Sea Sirens have

been making waves locally and nationally with their folk/ alt country collection of songs. Banjo, autoharp, cello, guitars, drum set and luscious harmonies wring every nuance from a very rich set of songs. Friday 5:00pm Majestic Saturday 9:30pm Majestic Sunday 4:00pm Majestic

LIME AND STEEL With a banjo, upright bass, a hat-box and some brushes, Lime and Steel’s sweet harmonies twang through bogan bluegrass love-songs and gold fields murder ballads with joyful grit and dirt under their nails. A retired fruit picker and and an old rock drummer from the Blue Mountains team up with a travelling shaman bass player from Nebraska to put on a show that is a mix between a tent boxing call-up on the Australian culture wars and a self help group for sleep-deprived parents. Their newest CD, recorded live to mic in the brick shed that was the old Katoomba Post Office mail room, adds a fresh native sound in the growing wave of Australian Bluegrass. Friday 10:50am Marquee Saturday 2:30pm Budawang Sunday 11:00pm Marquee

LONDON KLEZMER QUARTET Expect exuberant and accomplished performances from this all female band of Europe’s top Klezmer players, back by popular demand. Their authentic sounds and deep understanding of this eastern European Jewish tradition has been described as “the real deal, to these ears”. Doug Spencer of ABC Radio National. They’ll take you on a musical odyssey across continents and centuries with their traditional wedding tunes and original melodies: from the shtetls of Yiddish Eastern Europe via the Balkans to Australia, America and London. Band members collaborate with many of world and folk music’s greats including Natacha Atlas, She’koyokh, Sinead O’Connor and the Indigo Girls. Friday 10:00am Acoustic Lounge Friday 9:00pm Budawang Saturday 4:00pm Flute ‘n’ Fiddle Sunday 5:30pm Coorong Monday 6:00pm Marquee

MAL WEBB Vocal adventurer, multi-instrumentalist and looping beat-boxing songwriter Mal Webb sings his songs about all manner of stuff, using all sorts of vocal techniques, guitar, mbira, slide trumpet, trombone, chromatic harmonica and a loop recording pedal called Derek. Friday 5:30pm Scrumpy Saturday 10:00am Song Room Saturday 6:00pm Scrumpy Sunday 11:50am Budawang

MARTIN PEARSON Song, storytelling, poetry, quick wit and social satire, some of which is a vehicle for his easy folk singing, selfaccompanied on guitar. Pearson is a seasoned trouper



of the folk festival circuit. He is an epic yarn-spinner, and time passes quickly, as it does when you’re having fun.


Daily @ the Po’tree 2:10pm Scrumpy Friday 8:40pm The Terrace Saturday 11:50am Budawang

MELBOURNE SCOTTISH FIDDLE CLUB The famous Melbourne Scottish Fiddle Club goes from strength to strength with its trademark blend of highenergy fiddling with innovative arrangements, youth and experience, and collaborations that highlight the best of the many strands of the amazing fiddling repertoire from Scotland and beyond. With their latest CD ‘Of an Island’ the fiddlers explore the music of Scotland, Shetland and other island fiddling traditions. Building on the success of the group’s award-winning ‘Gates of Gold’ album, the Melbourne Scottish Fiddle Club returns to the National with an entertaining show for all. Saturday 3:00pm Flute ‘n’ Fiddle Sunday 7:00pm Trocadero

MIKE COMPTON Preservationist, performer, modern-day musical pioneer, composer, and educator, Mike Compton, a musician’s musician has rightly earned a reputation as one of the best and most influential mandolin players in acoustic music today. Mike has “taken a passel of influences including old-time fiddle tunes, rock salt and nails, bluegrass, and the aching allure of the true Delta blues - to create one of the most recognisable and respected mandolin voices anywhere. Friday 5:50pm Budawang

and for all the Mike and Michelle Jackson fans, they are re-releasing their first 3 hit albums together with a song book. Daily 8:30am Scrumpy (Uke Muster) Saturday 4:30pm Trocadero Sunday 10:00am Scrumpy

Saturday 8:50pm Carnival Stage


Sunday 10:20am Budawang

1 Violin, 2 Guitars and 3 soulful Voices make The Miss Chiefs an Act not to be missed. From originals to covers, from tango to blues, from folk to pop, the dynamic trio that is The Miss Chiefs will have you tapping your feet and dancing in your seat.

Monday 1:00pm Acoustic Lounge

MIKE JACKSON Mike is retiring! “These are the hardest words of my life.” 40 joyous years, 36 albums, 3 million smiling faces and thousands of new ukulele players and over 1 million kilometers of driving — there’s the rub! “One final fling at the National whilst I’ve still got all my bits.” Oh


Friday 6:20pm Flute ‘n’ Fiddle Saturday 12:30pm Scrumpy Sunday 4:40pm Flute ‘n’ Fiddle


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PERFORMERS MUSTERED COURAGE Mustered Courage delivers a new breed of bluegrass; blending traditional elements of the style with a soulful and alternative twist, all sprinkled with a rock n’ roll mentality. Virtuosic lead singer, Nick Keeling’s one of a kind voice gives Mustered Courage it’s unique sound. With three-part harmonies littered throughout each track it harps back to yesteryear, yet this sound is squarely in the now. This is certainly high energy bluegrass and song writing at its finest. Thursday 7:00pm Scrumpy Saturday 10:20pm Carnival Stage Sunday 8:00pm Marquee Monday 11:40am Scrumpy

NICK AND LIESL Since forming in 2007 Nick and Liesl have been busy. With three releases and countless kilometres of touring behind them they have developed into an impressive act with a brilliant live sound and quality releases to match. They have graced the stages of over 60 festivals including The National and Woodford, completed five European tours and worked with some of Australia’s top musicians while producing their own records. With roots in both Sweden and Australia the duo’s influences are wide. Nick and Liesl mix catchy songwriting, guitar and piano with beautiful voices and trademark harmonies. They have been likened to The Waifs, Angus & Julia Stone, James Taylor and Katie Noonan. Saturday 11:40am Flute ‘n’ Fiddle Monday 3:00pm Scrumpy

O’NEILL AND RODGERS Experience two of Australia’s leading interpreters of contemporary roots music. Stories of merriment, murder and mayhem presented with sublime harmonies and instrumental virtuosity are the mark of this outstanding duo. Friday 4:00pm Marquee


show that will have any audience in awe. The band has been gradually making its way into the Australian music scene playing extensively in Sydney at some of the city’s most prestigious venues as well as a week long tour to Melbourne.


Friday 12 Midnight Scrumpy Saturday 10:40pm Majestic Sunday 11:00pm Majestic

PAUL BRADY Paul Brady is an icon of Irish Music. From Strabane, Country Tyrone, he made his name in the folk group the Johnstons, but went on to make an even bigger name as a singer/songwriter whose works have been performed by the likes of Bonnie Rait, Tina Turner, Art Garfunkel and Santana, to name but a few. His song “The Island” is regarded as one of the greatest anti-war anthems. He moves effortlessly between traditional folk, pop, rock and blues and isn’t averse to playing tin whistle or mandolin in a session.


Saturday 9:00pm Budawang Sunday 6:30pm The Terrace

PETE WILD & THE ONLY ONES Pete Wild learned keys on a piano rescued from the bucket of a bulldozer at a demolition site. Combining his theatrical background and idiosyncratic honesty, Pete’s performance is deeply compelling as he moves from quirky theatrical absurdities to unexpected poignant and passionate expression. Pete’s songs are popular with adults and children. With the Only Ones he presents fresh, contemporary small-town Australian Indi-folk-pop incorporating broadway comedy, rock, polka, romantic bluegrass, and heart-wrenching epic-dirty-melancholicfolk ballads. Friday 10:00am Majestic Saturday 8:00pm Scrumpy Sunday 2:10pm Flute ‘n’ Fiddle

Saturday 1:20pm Budawang Sunday 3:00pm Flute ‘n’ Fiddle

OUD VIBRATIONS In this unique combination Arabic lute (Oud) and darabuka dance together hypnotically in a sparkling demonstration of instrumental togetherness. Tunes from the Middle East, the Balkans and Asia Minor combine with original compositions and extraordinary improvisation with two of Australia’s most proficient players of these exotic instruments. Andy Busuttil and John Robinson are ‘Oud Vibrations’. Saturday 11:40am Marquee Sunday 3:00pm Scrumpy

PAPA PILKO BINRATS Papa Pilko & the Binrats came together in the later part of November 2011, merging all their influences to form the vast sound that exists today. Blending Juke Joint Blues with the sounds of New Orleans and drawing from such stage performers as Cab Calloway, Screamin’ Jay Hawkins & Jim Morrison to name a few, suggests a live




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PETER HICKS AND ROSS SMITHARD With over 25 years worth of songs and performances railing against injustice in the folk tradition, Peter has a kit bag of songs that pick and provoke the powers that be with anger and humour, to thoughtful musical expressions of compassion at those who are targeted by the wealthy and the powerful. Peter is joined by fiddler extraordinaire Ross Smithard for some unmatched driving rhythms and melodic flair. Friday 12:30pm Flute ‘n’ Fiddle Saturday 10:50am Scrumpy Saturday 5:30pm Song Room

including old hub-caps, cigar boxes, tea tins, suit cases and other items found at garage sales, opportunity shops, markets and junk yards. They are equally at home in the blues realm or junkyard roots and old time country. Formed by singer songwriter/ instrument maker Luke R Davies the band consists of multi junkyard instrumentalist Chris Mangan, Jack Jensen, Bruce Gregory and Brian Rollie Dwyer. They aim to have fun, and be environmentally friendly and entertaining. Guaranteed to make you smile. Friday 7:10pm Scrumpy Saturday 5:00pm Scrumpy Sunday 10:00am Marquee

Sunday 6:20pm Scrumpy

Monday 10:00am Acoustic Lounge



A “true believer” of the folk scene Phyl was mentored in folk music by Glen Tomasetti and Peter Mann and her early influences include the Melbourne Bush Music Club. After marrying Geri Lobl, Phyl moved to Sydney and performed widely, recording for the Larrikin label and touring Britain, USA and New Zealand. She represented Australia at the Cologne Song Festival and was Folk Music Advocate on the Music Board of the Australia Council for three years receiving a Gramme Squance Award. With a life-long engagement in the folk arts Phyl continues to present the Australian experience to a variety of audiences using the folk arts and lore.

Red Molly knows about optimism and joy. The band’s fans have always responded to the sense that the band’s a group of friends, sharing songs in their living room. That’s exactly how it felt in 2004 when the three band members sat around a campfire at the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival, singing and talking about their favourite songwriters. Knowing they had stumbled into something extraordinary, they formed Red Molly and spent the next 8 years on the road. With gorgeous three part harmonies and exquisite acoustic instrumentation, Red Molly plays a wide range of traditional and original music covering Country Blues, Gospel, Bluegrass and Western Swing.

RHIANNON & MONIQUE These two young lasses weave sounds from the strings of their various instruments to create music that will enchant you. Although Brisbane based, they source their sounds from much further afield, whether that be the smallest cultural pockets of the world, like Estonia, or the world’s Celtic music hub of Ireland and Scotland. In 2012, Rhiannon & Monique were the recipients of the annual Youth Folk Award presented by the Folk Alliance Australia, and also produced their first EP “Five for the Road”. They have recently been nominated in three categories at the annual Golden Fiddle Awards (Best band featuring a fiddler, Best CD by a band featuring a fiddler; and the Youth Achievement Award). Friday 8:00pm The Terrace Saturday 12:30pm Flute ‘n’ Fiddle Sunday 11:40am Flute ‘n’ Fiddle

ROARING FORTIES, THE Sydney-based group, the Roaring Forties are unrivalled in their singing of maritime songs and in their repertoire (accompanied and a capella) of robust material on themes of Australian history, industry and the environment. Their well-crafted original songs continue and extend the folk tradition. Choruses, harmonies and wit abound in their presentations. Their latest CD, We Made The Steel, will be launched at the Festival.

Friday 3:20pm Budawang

Friday 3:50pm Flute ‘n’ Fiddle

Saturday 8:00pm The Terrace

Saturday 10:00pm Marquee

Friday 10:00pm Song Room


Sunday 8:00pm Scrumpy

Saturday 3:30pm Budawang

Monday 5:00pm Marquee

Sunday 11:30am Trocadero

Saturday 1:00pm Trocadero

The group features instruments made from recycled and reused materials. Fashioned from all sorts of items

Sunday 9:50pm The Terrace

PERFORMERS RUSTY SPRING SYNCOPATORS Drawing bigger and better crowds each gruesome vicious night with their cruel brand of crusty blues, rusty rags and manky-janky jazz, the “Original” Rusty Spring Syncopators have caused such a rip roar in the barrelhouse that they may fairly be described as “Gods”. Thursday 12 Midnight Scrumpy Friday 3:00pm Majestic Sunday 5:00pm Majestic

RUTH WISE Ruth Wise is a young folk musician with talent and maturity, growing up under the musical tutelage of her parents, renowned WA duo Scott and Louisa Wise, and performing with them as the Wise Family Band since age nine. Ruth has also performed with her sisters as The Wise Girls, who were joint winners of the 2008 Declan Affley Award. Having juggled family gigs with full-time study, Ruth is now re-emerging as a strong performer in her own right. She presents old and new songs and fiddle tunes representing both her strong musical heritage and the dynamic folk scene of today, including some of her own originals. She is accompanied by Dylan Reilly-Hynes on mandolin and guitar.




Sásta (meaning ‘Happy’ in Gaelic) have made a huge impact on the Irish music scene in Australia recently. The band is made up of four multi-instrumentalists who have performed at the highest national level. Pumping reels with phenomenal energy, and of course all of your favorite Irish songs, as well as some superbly penned original tunes & songs will have you up and dancing in no time! Sásta has recently released a debut CD as well as supporting international rock acts such as Aslan, Shane McGowans band ‘The Pogues’ and performing at many festivals including the National Folk Festival & Woodford.

Sam King is a performer mostly known for his work in Canberra bands Mr. Fibby and the Ellis Collective. He is now offering his own brand of finger picking guitar and songs from the heart. Friday 7:00pm Majestic Saturday 5:00pm Majestic Sunday 6:00pm Majestic Monday 12:00pm Majestic


Thursday 9:00pm Scrumpy

SANS is the quartet of multi-instrumentalist Andrew Cronshaw (zither, fujara, ba-wu, marovantele, kantele) the great Finnish singer Sanna Kurki-Suonio, multi-instrumental reeds player Ian Blake, and Tigran Aleksanyan, Armenian master of his country’s ancient, voice-like wind instrument, the duduk. It’s an instrumental combination not found in any other band in the world, and drawing deeply on their different but remarkably compatible traditions they combine to make a genuinely unique new music of extraordinary beauty and fluidity, in which each performance is a new creation.

Friday 11:00pm Marquee Saturday 8:00pm Flute ‘n’ Fiddle Sunday 11:40am Scrumpy

SEAMUS GILL Seamus Gill, a singer with a song for all occasions. Has been performing in folk clubs and at festivals for more years than he cares to remember. He sings a variety of Irish, English, Scottish, Australian and South American songs, and has even been known to sing Beatles’ songs in Irish.

Friday 9:00pm Trocadero

Friday 10:20am Budawang

Saturday 12:30pm Budawang

Saturday 3:00pm Scrumpy

Sunday 4:00pm Marquee

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SENOR CABRALES Senor Cabrales is a group of seven accomplished Australian and Spanish traditional musicians with attitude who have come together to share their passion for the music of the Celtic areas of Europe, with a particular focus on the musical traditions of Asturias, Galicia and Brittany. The band’s intricate melodic arrangements of fiddle, Spanish pipes (gaita), mandolin, bouzouki, flute, whistle, tenor banjo, bombarde, mandola and bodhran, interwoven with rich harmonic rhythm and driving percussion, delivers a fresh, exciting sound which takes audiences on a Celtic musical journey from Spain’s northwest tip to the outer Isles of Scotland. Friday 2:10pm Flute ‘n’ Fiddle Saturday 10:00am Majestic Sunday 4:00pm Acoustic Lounge Monday 1:20pm Scrumpy

SETH LAKEMAN Celebrated folk singer-songwriter, mulit-instrumentalist and virtuoso fiddler Seth Lakeman is undeniably one of the most compelling and energetic performers in the UK folk scene. Things move quickly for Seth, his second album, “Kitty Jay”, was nominated for the prestigious Mercury Music Prize in 2005, and his follow up album “Freedom Fields” went gold and saw him branded the ‘Poster Boy of Folk’ (much to his exasperation). But there’s so much more to his music than the ‘poster boy’

tag allows. His most recent album, “Tales from the Barrel House” underlines his innate knack for writing foot-stomping, sing-along songs as well as more tender, thoughtful ballads, and highlights his trademark soaring vocals and breathtaking playing. Charismatic, captivating and full of passionate energy, discover the magic and experience his unique brand of indie-folk. Sunday 5:30pm Budawang Sunday 10:00pm Trocadero Monday 12:00pm Budawang

SHAMROCK SHEILAS The Shamrock Sheilas consist of a lively group of ladies, all well-established Irish musicians from the four corners of Ireland. The group was formed in Jan 2011 after the girls met playing regular sessions in the Sydney area. There has been a great response to the group’s music and its folk/ traditional songs. The ladies have become very popular in the Sydney music scene playing at the annual St. Patrick’s Day celebrations and performing in many of Sydney’s top Irish venues. In 2012 the girls performed at the Port Fairy Folk Festival and the National Folk Festival in Canberra, with many agreeing that they were one of the highlight performances in Canberra that year. The banter and ‘Craic’ the girls share on stage is electric and not to be missed. Friday 6:20pm Scrumpy Sunday 8:00pm Flute ‘n’ Fiddle Monday 12:30pm Flute ‘n’ Fiddle

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Sharing the collection … The National Film and Sound Archive of Australia, home of Australia’s audiovisual collection, proudly continues its long-term support for the National Folk Festival. This year, watch out for: • screenings from the famous Corrick Collection with live piano accompaniment by Elaine Loebenstein • the NFSA National Folk Recording Award, presented every year since 2001, celebrating the best recording made by an artist appearing at the Festival • your version of Canberra’s own song Canberra’s Calling To You. In Canberra’s Centenary Year, go to the NFSA website for sheetmusic, recordings and fabulous footage you can use to make your own recording and video clip. Visit us 9am–5pm weekdays or 10am–5pm weekends and public holidays. McCoy Circuit Acton ACT 2601 Freecall 1800 067 274

SHINY BUM SINGERS The Shiny Bum Singers have been performing their self-penned parodies at folk festivals for the past 12 years, mostly a capella but sometimes with guitar accompaniment. Their repertoire comprises over 200 parodies about white collar work in general, public service life in particular, politics and other topical issues. They are visually and vocally entertaining with inspired lyrics, wacky humour and shambolic choreography. The Bums are crowd-pullers having broad appeal from children seeing adults at play, to the public seeing their bureaucrats un-masked. Friday 11:40am Flute ‘n’ Fiddle Saturday 10:00am Trocadero Sunday 10:00am Song Room Sunday 7:10pm Majestic Monday 12:00pm Carnival Stage

SHORTIS AND SIMPSON John Shortis writes songs and scripts, plays keyboard, and spends hours reading newspapers and delving into libraries and archives. Moya Simpson sings, mimics accents, plays characters, and has a passion for Eastern European music. Their combined skills make up Shortis and Simpson; producers, writers and performers of productions and projects that are always surprising, original, innovative and wide in their range of styles and genres. Based in Canberra, they specialise in shows that reflect Australian history and politics in a way that SOUTHBOUND


is funny, satirical and informative, with the odd gutwrenching moment.

reappear at the National prior to this year’s invasion and to offer their latest CD “Big” to an unsuspecting public.

Sunday 7:10pm Majestic

Friday 8:00pm Marquee

Monday 10:00am Budawang

Saturday 11:00am Budawang (with Fred Smith)

SIMPSON THREE, THE The Simpson Three are a trio of multi award winning Celtic musicians performing a wide range of genres including Irish, Old Time, Scottish, and Australian music. These 3 highly talented multi-instrumentalists promise an explosive blend of traditional, contemporary and original tunes and songs. Their line up includes the tenor banjo, mandolin, fiddle, bodhran, low whistle, guitar and vocals. Clancy, Declan and Bec Simpson are all joint Winners of the National Folk Festival’s Declan Affley Award (2010), Folk Alliance Australia Youth Award (2011) and the Peter Daily Award (2012). These young dedicated siblings are a must see at this year’s festival and promise to Crank It Up!

Monday 10:00am Majestic

STRING CONTINGENT, THE The String Contingent have become a favourite around the Australian and New Zealand festival circuit and beyond with their trademark blend of instrumental virtuosity, engaging compositions and chamber-folk aesthetics. Australians Chris Stone (violin) and Holly Downes (double bass) and Scotsman Graham McLeod (guitar) bring their collective musical backgrounds of Celtic, classical and contemporary together to create captivating performances that reward the listener on many levels. Friday 9:00pm Marquee

Saturday 8:00pm Budawang

Saturday 1:20pm Marquee

Sunday 7:10pm Scrumpy

Sunday 2:30pm Acoustic Lounge

On a hot summer night in Canberra, songwriter Lizzy Rutten recruited five local musicians to bring life to her energetic folk songs. Today the sounds of Son of Rut are grounded in several vocalists, guitars and keyboards. Horns, multi-part harmonies and an unflagging rhythm section fuse together to create a stunning landscape of original, energetic music. Thursday 8:00pm Scrumpy Saturday 5:20pm Carnival Stage Monday 8:00pm Scrumpy

Sunday 7:00pm Budawang

SÚNAS Regarded as Queensland’s premier Celtic group, Súnas has been delighting audiences around Australia and overseas with their fresh and exciting take on traditional Celtic music. Known for their engaging and intense stage presence, they are a group not to be missed. Súnas is a fiery four-piece band featuring multi-instrumentalists and exquisite three-part vocal harmonies. They play a unique and unforgettable blend of original, contemporary and traditional tunes and songs. Friday 3:00pm Scrumpy


Saturday 5:00pm Flute ‘n’ Fiddle

Conor Moriaty, Daithi Kearney and Leonard Casey are Southbound. Three lads at the top of their game in Irish music have come together in a new collaboration. AllIreland senior button accordion champion, Conor Moriaty’s solo album was described by the Irish Times as a “glorious debut evoking the strong dance traditions of Ireland” while All-Ireland senior banjo champion Daithi Kearney’s playing is hailed as “a genteel force, approaching tunes with a pinprick sensitivity to their pace and shape”. To this, add Leonard Casey’s driving guitar and energetic vocals and you have Southbound.

Sunday 7:00pm Marquee

Friday 8:00pm Flute ‘n’ Fiddle

Friday 8:00pm Majestic

Saturday 4:50pm Budawang

Saturday 6:00pm Majestic

Saturday 10:30pm The Terrace

Monday 4:00pm Majestic

Sunday 9:00pm Marquee

SPOOKY MEN’S CHORALE Led by Spookmeister Stephen Taberner, the Spooky Men’s Chorale is a vast, rumbling, steam powered, black clad behemoth; seemingly accidentally capable of rendering audiences moist eyed with mute appreciation or haplessly gurgling with merriment. Armed with no more than their voices and the on going search for the perfect subwoofer rattling boof-chord, the Spooky Men ask the time honoured question: does size matter? Having conquered the UK yet again in 2011 on their 4th sell-out tour, they


Sunday 11:00pm Budawang

Friday 1:20pm Marquee



THE BURLEY GRIFFIN The Burley Griffin have been making an impression on the Australian music scene, with their unique folk/rock style and melodious songwriting-with a bit of alternative country twang thrown in for good measure. Featuring a number of talented musicians with richly varied musical backgrounds, they are slick, quick and generously moustachioed, offering a toe-tapping and always delightful experience.

THOM JACKSON It takes an extraordinary performer to fill a muddy, rainy street with an audience swaying in time and singing along with them. Thom Jackson did just that. He sings and plays both traditional and contemporary songs with a gentle tuneful voice accompanied by the joyous tinkling of his ever-present ukulele. Daily 8:30am Scrumpy (Uke Muster) Friday 4:40pm Scrumpy Monday 2:10pm Flute ‘n’ Fiddle




Bush Music Club Inc, Australia’s oldest surviving folk club, founded 1954 & still going strong Family Bush Dance at the Piazza 4.30 to 6pm on Saturday. A bush dance for the young and young at heart, with the emphasis on having FUN! Bring the kids & grandkids! The band covers all ages of the BMC family, ranging from 5-year old Emily on uke & percussion, to Frank who joined BMC in 1955, on bush bass & bones. No experience is necessary, all dances called. enquiries 0428 265 789

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PERFORMERS UKES OF TODAY Fresh from their success as buskers, which made them minor celebrities at the 2012 NFF, The Ukes of Today are four school friends - aged 13 and 14 - who love to give their original, contemporary and classic rock songs the folk treatment on their ukuleles. On display is much more than the cute factor. The Ukes’ awesome harmonies and driving rhythms, combined with a cool bass uke line, guarantees that this outfit will put a smile on your dial and a spring in your step. Their first album ‘Colour Blind’ is out now. Friday 12:00pm Carnival Stage Saturday 10:00am Scrumpy Monday 11:40am Flute ‘n’ Fiddle

WARREN FAHEY Distinguished folklorist Warren Fahey has been collecting and annotating Australian folklore for nearly 50 years. Much of this material is made available in his many books, through radio programs, concerts and, on his website. He sings and plays concertina and continues to ‘revive’ the old songs. In 2010 he devised, scripted, recorded and co-produced (with visual artist Mic Gruchy) a major multi-screen art installation commissioned by the Biennale of Sydney titled ‘Damned Souls and Turning Wheels’ - a history of Cockatoo Island. In 2012 Rebel Studios completed a one-hour bio documentary on his work titled ‘Larrikin Lad’. Both films will screen at this year’s National.

internationally and danced for a number of high profile people including Prime Minister Julia Gillard, former Prime Ministers John Howard and Kevin Rudd, as well as Princess Mary and Prince Frederick and the King and Queen of Sweden. A recent painting has been acquired for the Parliament House collection, and the group also received the Canberra Youth Arts & Media commendation of the year and the 2012 NAIDOC local aboriginal Artist of the year. Sunday 10:20am Carnival Stage Sunday 12:50pm Central Park Stage

WISH LIST, THE Award-winning festival favourites Nicole Murray and Emma Nixon showcase the amazing art of fiddle singing in The Wish List. Their gorgeous harmony singing with their fiddles brings Scottish and Australian songs vividly to life, and look out for their surprise guests!

The W&S line up presents four part harmonies doubling as individual lead vocalists; virtuoso fiddle and guitars, (electric and acoustic), mandolin, squeezebox and percussion. The material includes terrific tunes, great award-winning sing-along original and traditional songs, a touch of music hall, and the occasional early Pink Floydstyle wig out. Friday 10:00pm Majestic Saturday 10:00pm Scrumpy Sunday 5:00pm Marquee

WIRADJURI ECHOES Canberra based Wiradjuri Echoes are well known around the ACT and NSW for their traditional dance, art and music. The Wiradjuri Echoes have performed

Friday 12:00pm Majestic Saturday 11:00pm Scrumpy Sunday 9:00pm Budawang

Sunday 4:50pm Budawang Monday 1:20pm Flute ‘n’ Fiddle

WOMEN IN DOCS women in docs have been touring their unique brand of acoustic folk pop to crowds across Australia, North America and the world for over 10 years. Upbeat stage show, dynamic acoustic guitar, soaring harmonies and immediately singable songs are what fans have come to expect from Queensland’s favourite girls. Don’t miss women in docs at their favourite Southern festival, The National! Friday 4:40pm Flute ‘n’ Fiddle Saturday 12:00pm Majestic Monday 11:00am Marquee


Saturday 1:00pm Song Room


Imagine yourself as the star of a technicolour movie surrounded by dancers swinging a Charleston two-step, a 1920’s speakeasy in a fantasy setting where all your wildest dreams come true. You find yourself dancing a loose waltz, thrust into dangerous spins by laughing friends and as your troubles wash away, a tall dark stranger takes you in their embrace and moves you gracefully, elegantly through a passionate tango. Without warning, a Dixieland street party erupts, you link arms for a circle dance, you clap, you shout, you feel alive, you are transported by the Woohoo Revue and you will love them for it.

Saturday 12:30pm Marquee

Friday 6:30pm The Terrace

Sunday 5:00pm Trocadero


Friday 1:00pm Acoustic Lounge

Friday 3:00pm Trocadero

Sunday 3:10pm Budawang



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UnionsACT is the Trades and Labour Council of the ACT and is the official sponsor of the Union Concert. We also provide information about: Your rights at work, Which award covers you, How to get support from a Trade Union, OH&S training & advice, How much you should be paid, Which Trade Union covers you at your workplace, Advice regarding an industrial matter, or Referral to legal support for a workplace issue. Come to our stall outside the Budawang during the Folk Festival, or call David Chadwick, Office Manager On

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Find a Stage to Share Your Music

Festival Choir

Acoustic Transmission

Daily 1:00pm The Terrace

Hosted by Evan and Lyn Mathieson and friends this is a good, fun “jam” with diverse instruments and voices, tasteful accompaniments, original material and much loved classics from many genres. Fri-Sun 10:00pm Acoustic Lounge

Australian Settler Session and Dance Music These Sessions, presented by active players and collectors, feature music collected from Australia’s settlers presented in an informal and approachable manner. Bring an instrument and play along or just sit and listen. Special congratulations to Greg O’Leary winner of a Golden Fiddle Award TCMF.

Always a highlight at the final concert in the Budawang, this year’s festival Choir will be directed by well known Spooky Man Stephen Taberner. All in fine voice welcome.

Festival Fiddle Rally Join over 70 fiddlers on stage and be part of the fantastic NFF Fiddle Rally tradition. This is an opportunity for fiddlers from all over Australia to get together and play an exciting selection of tunes from various countries. Three rehearsals/ workshops during the festival will polish your playing and result in a great performance on the last day of the festival. Fri. Sat. & Mon 10:00am The Terrace Monday 6:30pm Budawang

Daily 11:00am Session Bar

Irish Tunes @ A Steady Pace

Australian Traditional Song Session

Members of Coast Ceili Band anchor a long running and very inclusive session on Sydney’s North Shore. Join the lads and play along with jigs, reels, polkas and slides at a good steady tempo.

Hosted by Dennis O’Keeffe, this is a chance to come along and sing a song pertaining to the tradition. All welcome. Daily 1:00pm Session Bar

Bohemia Bar Blackboard This venue will operate as a blackboard throughout the Festival and is NOT for booked festival acts in any grouping. Daily selection will be made through a ballot process. Forms available from the venue and must be in each day by 4pm.

Bush Orchestra Dave Johnson, well known in Bush Music circles for the famed Blue Book (Bush Dance) and for his recent work with the Bundanoon DanceFest, is ready with bullock-whip in hand to encourage you to work up a series of collected Australian tunes to a standard that will amaze and delight. Smoothies, beardies and wrinklies welcome. Daily 2:30pm The Terrace

Contemporary Australian Songs Session Led by Jane Thompson & James Rigby: Bring your instruments, bring a song to share – come and sing great contemporary songs from Aussie writers – Archie Roach, Michael Kennedy, Neil Murray, Kavisha Mazzella, Bruce Watson ... a wealth of Australian songs we want to sing more, and know better! Saturday 7:00pm Song Room


Monday 10:30am Board Room

Percussion Experience Hey there YOU – it’s time to come and play some percussion music with us! This is your chance to PLAY some music at this year’s festival. Everybody is welcome to be part of the Percussion Experience – from beginners to skilled, from kids to adults. Join dynamic percussionist and teacher Peter Vadiveloo, and Bella and Ruby Vadiveloo, for four fun rehearsals to create a magical percussion piece for this year’s festival. The piece will be performed at the closing concert of the festival. Can’t bring a drum? Don’t worry - we’ll give you something to play! Daily 11:30am The Terrace

National Uke Muster The Ukes’ll all be meeting, they’ve come from near and far! Bring your “Uke” and join our daily morning muster, be part of the BIG STRUM or one of our “Flash Mobs” or take part in the Festival Parade. Daily 8:30am Scrumpy

Nightly Singing Session Hosted each evening by well-known singers, bring your voice and share a song or join in on the choruses. Fri-Sun 10:00pm Song Room

Session Experience Provides an opportunity for people to get together and share the pleasure of making music. It suits those who prefer a slower pace or who need written music. The playlist and music is available on the web site and written music is displayed on overheads during the sessions. The tunes are from English, Celtic and Australian traditions and are well known. Daily 9:00am Session Bar

So You Think You Can Sing! A Folk twist on reality TV this is a participatory event, no winners, just a chance for people who don’t ordinarily perform to get a taste of what it’s like to shine on the big stage backed by some of Australia’s finest folk musicians. With a song list of all time favourites, a band to die for and an appreciative audience, this 3 hour event is bound to be a festival highlight. Register your name with Steve and choose your song from 4pm on the day. Sunday 6:30pm Bohemia Bar


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WANT TO HELP?? Make a Donation to the National Folk Festival Public Fund Your donation of $2 or more is tax deductible The National Folk Festival Public Fund is a tax-deductible fund listed on the register of Cultural Organisations under Sub-Section 30B of the Income Tax Assessment Act 1977. Donations must be given unconditionally (ie the donor receives no benefit). However, the National Folk Festival is interested in your suggestions for enhancing and or developing specific cultural areas of the Festival.

How to Make a Tax Deductible Donation to the National Folk Festival Complete the information we need from you to provide you with a receipt: Name:___________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Postal Address:_ _________________________________________________________________________________________________ City:_ _______________________________________________________ State:_________________ Postcode:______________ Donation Amount $ ______________ Payment method:  Cash  Cheque  Mastercard  Visa  Direct Credit Please make cheques payable to the National Folk Festival Public Fund

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Applications for the 2014 National Folk Festival PERFORMER APPLICATIONS Available on our website from 1 June 2013 Applications close 1 July 2013

STALLS APPLICATIONS Available on our website from 1 August 2013 Applications close 31 October 2013

VOLUNTEER APPLICATIONS Available on our website from 1 Nov 2013 Enquiries: 02 6262 4792



festival shop Perf. Check–In

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Wed – Thur 2:30pm – 7:30pm Fri – Sun 9am – 7pm Mon By appointment, or only between 6pm – 8pm

5:30pm – 1am 10am - 1am 10am – 11pm

Flute & Fiddle Wine Bar Wed Thur Fri - Mon

First Aid

5pm – Midnight 3pm – 1am 10am – 1:30am

Thur 5pm - Midnight Fri – Mon 10am - Midnight After hours contract 24 hours - 0406 375 665

Scrumpy Bar Thu Fri - Sun Mon

Flemington Rd Carpark

5:30pm – 1:30am 10am - 2:30am 10am – 1am

Thur – Mon 7:30am – 7:30pm

Lost Property

Session Bar Wed Thur Fri - Mon

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5pm - 9pm 9am – 9pm 9am - 11pm 8am - 1pm

Disability Services

Ticket Offices

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Pre-festival Wells Station Rd Mon 25 – Wed 27 March 9am – 5pm

5pm - 7pm 9am - 7pm 9am - 5pm

Festival office Fri 22 March 9am – 5pm Sat 23 March Closed Sun 24 March 9am – 5pm Mon 25– Wed 27 March 8am – 8pm Thurs 28 March 8am – midnight Fri 29 March – Mon 1 April 8am – 11pm Tues 2 April 9am – 5pm Wed 3 April 8am – midnight

Festival Shop

Ticket Offices - both Thurs 9am - Midnight Fri 8am - Midnight Sat – Sun 8am - 11pm Mon 8am - 7pm

Volunteer Centre Mon 25 March Tue 26 – Wed 27 March Thurs 28 – Sun 31 March Mon 1 April

10am - 6pm 8am - 6pm 7am - 11pm 7am - 3pm

Wed – Thur 2:30pm – 7:30pm Fri – Sun 9am – 9pm Mon 9am – 5pm


Each year, hundereds of items are handed in at the Festival Lost Property office. Everything from false teeth to musical instruments.



If you have lost something chances are an honest folkie has handed it in! If you have found something, please take the time to bring it to our Lost Property office.


is located between Central Park & the Flemington Rd Ticket Office

OPENING HOURS: THURSDAY 5pm - 9pm FRIDAY - SUNDAY 9am - 9pm MONDAY 9am - 11pm TUE SDAY 8am-1pm enquiries: 0406 375 696



No pets. No exceptions! Assistance animals must be registered with Disability Services 0406 375 694.


Offensive behavior, theft and vandalism will result in removal from site by Security/Police. No refund will be issued.

Unfortunately due to new laws in the ACT we have been unable to provide a childcare service at this years festival. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.


Sound/video recordings are not permitted without prior written consent from the Managing Director.


A 24-hour Communications Centre operates on site from Thursday 28th of March to Monday 1st April. The Communications Centre coordinates assistance for medical or other emergencies through local emergency services, and has direct radio contact with Security who manage offensive behavior, underage drinking, theft, vandalism, excessive noise in campground and un-authorised entry to site.

The festival has a liquor permit for the event. BYO alcohol is not permitted, and no glass is to be brought onto the site. Any person found involved in underage drinking or secondary supply of alcohol will have their wristband removed and will be escorted offsite. AFP police officers will be called to deal with underage drinking offenders and citations issued.

The Patron Support team is also on site to report any issues to Security, and to assist the general public with enquiries. If you need assistance please speak to the Patron Support team, or contact Communications on 6230 7118 if you need urgent assistance. For non-urgent issues, the Festival Office is open between 8am and 11pm.

CONDITIONS OF ENTRY Entry to the festival is at your own risk. Please see Hazard Board outside Festival Office for daily updated safety information. Footwear must be worn at all times whilst on site at the festival. Festival wristbands must be worn at all times from 8am Monday 25 March; you will need to scan in and out of the site from this time. All patrons are responsible for their own wristbands/tickets. If you arrive without your pre-issued ticket/wristband you will be charged for a new ticket at Gate price or refused entry.

We have set up 4 entrance points to the Entertainment Zone: One at the gate near the Coorong, one at the gate near the Majestic (in the new area), one at the Oval gate near the Session Bar and the forth at the main festival entrance off Flemington Rd at gate 2. Your wristband will be scanned at these entrances and security will be checking bags at their discretion.

BIKE MINDING During the Festival a bike rack and bike minding is operated by Pedal Power near Gate 2 behind the Marquee venue. We recommend that patrons bring their own bike locks for added security.

Cash out is available from the ATM’s located near the Bohemia Bar (24/7), inside the Session Bar (24/7) and outside the Majestic and the Trocadero.

DISABILITY FACILITIES PH: 0406 375 694 A Disability Services facility is located at the Fitzroy. PARKING: Note: Government issued stickers MUST be displayed when parking in the following locations: Adjacent to the Wells Station Road Ticket Office. Near the Coorong Gate and Shuttle Bus Stop external to the Entertainment Zone. Access is via the Wells Station Road main entrance. WHEELCHAIRS: A limited number of wheelchairs are available for four-hourly loans. See Disability Services for details.

CAMPING A Camping Zone vehicle pass is required for vehicle access to the camping areas and must be accompanied by a camping season pass. Access is via Gate 7 off Wells Station Road. Vehicle passes cost $25 each.

All vehicles must display a vehicle pass if entering the site, campground areas and/or entertainment zone.

The Festival does not guarantee powered sites and works on a first in – first served basis. A Tent Only area is available on the Oval, and parking is provided for this area near the stables.

A responsible adult must accompany all minors (under 18 years) camping at the festival.

Milk, Bread and Ice will be available from outside the Fitzroy between 7am - 9am and 5pm - 7pm daily.

There are facilities for recharging electric wheelchairs on site, contact Disability Services for more details. TOILET FACILITIES WITH WHEELCHAIR ACCESS: Cotter Campground, Koszciusko building, new toilet block near the Mallee, Gate 11 Toilet Block, Fitzroy Pavilion, Link Building (between Coorong & Budawang), Coorong, outside Mallee, Session Bar, and the Budawang have Disability toilets with wheelchair access.


Supported by

Exhibition Park in Canberra Flemington Road, Mitchell, ACT 02 6205 5230 ::

$115* per person including arrival canapés, 3 course dinner and 5 hour beverage package.

*Based on minimum numbers of 70


CAMPING RATES $25 non-powered site $30 powered site (under 24ft) $35 powered site (over 24ft) Prices are based on up to 2 people. Additional persons are charged at $5 per person per night.

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Exhibition Park in Canberra 10 Flemington Road, Mitchell, ACT 02 6205 4976 ::



Fitzroy and Coorong Pavilions, Cotter Campground, new toilet block near the Mallee, Koszciusko/Farmers Market Toilets (new block), Gate 11 Toilet Block have wheelchair accessible showers.

Report all lost children to and claim all found children from the Festival Office or to the Patron Support team (look for the fluorescent vests). Please ensure that all child wristbands have a responsible adult/carer mobile phone contact number listed.

Note: Building E and the Long Room in the Coorong Pavilion have NO DISABILITY ACCESS. Assistance animals can be watered and toileted in an area behind the Marquee near Gate 2.

FIRST AID First Aid Services are available at the Coorong Gate external to the Entertainment Zone. For after hours service contact 0406 375 665.

KIDz FEST AND THE CARNIVAL STAGE We aim to provide a safe environment for families. The Kidz Fest is located in the Entertainment Zone near the grandstand (look for the Carnival Stage on your map). Patrons are advised that: 1. Parents/guardians are responsible for their child(ren) at all times whilst on site. 2. Children under 12 should be accompanied by a responsible carer. 3. The Kidz Fest is an entertainment venue and NOT a child-minding facility. 4. Children are expected to behave in a manner that is not threatening or disruptive to other participants. 5. A child whose behavior is considered to be anti-social will be asked to leave the Kidz Fest. 6. Alcohol and smoking are not permitted in the Kidz Fest area.

LAUNDRY Located in the Cotter Campground (north of Arena) – bring your own detergent.

LICENSED BARS Festival bars are conducted strictly according to ACT licensing regulations, i.e. it is an offence to sell or supply liquor to anyone who is intoxicated or under 18 years of age. Underage drinking and secondary supply of alcohol to minors will not be tolerated and offenders will be referred to police. Due to ACT Government legislation ALL BARS AND INDOOR AREAS ARE SMOKE-FREE. Patrons are also asked not to smoke within 4 metres of a food/drink outlet or eating area. Please follow festival signage on site. Patrons are asked not to bring alcohol on to site, but to purchase alcohol within the festival bars. It is a condition of the festival’s permit that no glass bottles are to be on site (with the exemption of the Scrumpy, Flute & Fiddle and Bohemia bars), and if found they will be confiscated by Security.

A daily hazard board is situated outside of the Festival Office for your information. Please check. Children should be supervised at all times.


Please report medical and other emergencies to Patron Support, the Festival Office or other identifiable Festival persons, or call 000. If you contact emergency services directly we ask that you then notify Communications on 6230 7118.

Lost Property can be claimed or reported between 9am and 9pm in the Lost Property room, which is located between Central Park and the Flemington Rd Ticket Office. Enquiries 0406 375 696

Do not leave personal items unattended or on the floor during concerts or in any other areas during the festival. The festival takes no responsibility for personal items within the festival grounds.


Patrons should note that the outside carparks (although generally lit at night) are NOT regularly patrolled and we strongly urge you not to leave valuables in your car.

A Message Board is located on the wall outside the Festival Office for messages. The festival takes no responsibility for messages being delivered.

NOISE CURFEWS A noise curfew will apply to ALL camping areas after midnight. Anyone wishing to ‘party on’ after 12 midnight will be asked to move to the Entertainment Zone area, preferably at the Session Bar or the Scrumpy. Complaints regarding excessive noise should be referred to the Patron Support team, or Security AH (6230 7118). Offenders will be given ONE warning. Repeat offenders will be told to leave the site. Police will be called if you do not comply.


SHUTTLE BUS A Shuttle Bus Service operates between the Main Ticket Office (Gate 7) and the Entertainment Zone, with drop off points at the Majestic Gate and the Coorong Gate. This service runs continuously during the festival for your convenience.

SECURITY & PATRON SUPPORT There is a 24-hr uniformed security presence at the both Gate 2 & Gate 7 Ticket Offices and throughout the festival site. Security are licensed to remove patrons not complying with festival rules, and have the power to evict patrons from site.

This year we are hoping that you all will help us effectively manage waste streams and reduce contamination of recyclable and compostable material. We ask for your cooperation in assisting the festival to reduce the amount of waste taken to landfill.

The Patron Support team also assist Security with lost children, lost property and monitoring bar areas. If they ask you to show them your wristband or age ID they are simply doing their job, so please assist them. They can be identified by their fluorescent vest and will have a Patron Support lanyard.

In the campground and after hours in the Entertainment Zone, waste stations for general waste, organic waste and recycling are available.


We have a team of volunteers who keep the Festival site as clean as possible. Please assist them by using the bins provided and remove your refuse from concert, workshop and camping areas.

ACTION buses go to Civic from outside the Flemington Road gates. Bus maps and timetables are located at the Festival Office. Services 956 and 958 run to and from Exhibition Park in Canberra (EPIC) until about 7.30pm each night and until midnight on Saturday - Route 956 is the quickest.

Portable toilets MUST NOT be emptied into garbage bins – Black Water dump points are available in the main Cotter campground. Grey Water dump points are also available in the Main Cotter campground, we ask that you use them. The festival recently has lodged an Environmental Management Plan with EPIC. We ask that you use all facilities provided onsite and do not dispose of your liquid waste down storm water drains or in outdoor areas. Fines may apply.

SAFETY GUIDELINES Footwear must be worn at all times whilst on the Festival site. Please notify the Operations or Patron Support teams (both wearing fluorescent vests) or the Festival Office if you find sharp objects or other hazardous materials. The festival is required to record all hazardous materials onsite, and will assist if disposal of hazardous materials is required – do not attempt to remove yourself.

Taxis are available by calling 13 22 27.

VOLUNTEERS This Festival runs almost entirely on volunteers who appreciate a helping hand. If you can put some time in to help please see the Volunteer Top Up team located in the Volunteer Centre under the grandstand. There will be people around the site who can help you. All volunteers and coordinators will have name tags around their necks and some will also be wearing fluorescent vests. They will be happy to offer whatever help they can so please do not hesitate to ask if you require assistance.

MOVING FOLK TO THE RHYTHM OF THE NATIONAL CAPITAL Visit our website for information on festival bus services.

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