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Woodford Folk Festival in partnership with Mullum Music Festival presents

Mullumbimby to Woodford: Nov – Dec 2014

Del Barber (Manitoba, Canada)

Del Barber is a highly regarded young Canadian folk, Americana and alt-country singer-songwriter. With his latest album – his fourth to date – ‘Prairieography‘ released earlier this year through True North Records (available in Australia through Planet MGM) the Canadian performer is keenly anticipating his debut tour to Australia. Del grew up in the Canadian Prairies, the landscape as much a part of him as the people he has met along the way. From the fertile Red River Valley to the pastures of the west, straight into the factory floors and slaughter houses of the city, Del sings from the heart about his roots, telling tales from the road, and offering incredibly personal and sincere observations of the world around him. Barber has emerged as one of the leading lights of the next wave of Canada’s proud tradition of songwriting talent. The follow-up to his award-winning albums Love Songs for the Last Twenty (2010) and Headwaters (2012), Prairieography is the travelogue of a wandering troubadour, and the realization that creativity is rarely a bolt of lightning. Good songs are the result of hard work, calloused fingers and learned lessons from a life well lived.

The Mae Trio (Victoria, Australia)

Maggie Rigby (banjo, ukulele, guitar, marimba and vocals) Elsie Rigby (fiddle, ukulele and vocals) and Anita Hillman (cello, bass and vocals) started playing music together late 2011. All three members of the trio write their own songs and these are tastefully arranged to suit the group’s diverse instrumental talents and love of three part vocal harmony. The Mae Trio were the recipients of the 2013 Folk Alliance Youth Award at the National Folk Festival. Amongst the trio’s influences are bands such as The Wailin’ Jennys, Kate Rusby, Crooked Still and Gillian Welch as well as pasta with tomato sauce, Jane Austen and red wine. The Mae Trio has performed at major Australian festivals including Port Fairy Folk Festival, the National Folk Festival, FolkWorld Fairbridge Festival and the National Celtic Festival, and internationally at Celtic Connections (Scotland) and recently at festivities in Glasgow for the Commonwealth Games.

ABOUT FESTIVAL OF SMALL HALLS What is it:

The Festival of Small Halls is a series of tours that takes the best folk and contemporary acoustic artists performing at two of our country’s largest festivals, and sends them on the road to tiny halls in communities all over Australia. It is produced by the Woodford Folk Festival in partnership with many other wonderful Australian festivals, regional partners and great lovers and supporters of folk and contemporary acoustic music. It’s an opportunity for music-lovers from welcoming communities to invite artists from Home and Abroad into their towns, and a way of exploring this vast country in the spirit of hospitality and great fun.

The artist line-up for Small Halls will always be at least one Australian artist and one International touring artist, who play music of exceptional quality and heart. They’ve been chosen for the tour not only because of their beautiful songs and tunes, but because they have the ability to really connect with the people they play for, whether through storytelling, the ability to tell a good joke (or a truly terrible one), a wonderful warmth and a real interest in visiting places a little off the beaten track. Each night of the tour is hosted by volunteers from the local community, so it’s also a chance for a town to show off their warmest welcome and most enthusiastic audiences.

From our farmlands to the flood lands, the rainforests to the outback, Festival of Small Halls audiences can expect a beautiful night of original music, as well as a chance to catch up with their families and friends during a supper break, where cake and tea are served. It’s an all ages event and all are welcome.

Click on the tours link to find out if we’re coming to a town near you – and if we’re not, please extend the invitation. We’d love to come visit.

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