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Woodford Folk Festival in partnership with the Mullum Music Festival presents

Irish Mythen and Starboard Cannons

Irish Mythen (Prince Edward Island, Canada)

Think back to a time in your life when you heard music that was so powerful and beautiful you were instantly engaged. That very well could have been an Irish Mythen show, an experience in the joy of everything. Born and raised in Wexford County Ireland, Irish Mythen has travelled the globe playing in Europe, Australia, the Middle East and the UK. Her music is the root of small communities and the strength of a loyal fan base. During her travels she has worked with a host of world-renowned artists like Christie Moore, Tom Paxton, The Dubliners and The Pogues. Since her immigration to Canada in 2008 she has been honored to create music and memories with Gordie Sampson, Joel Plaskett, Ron Hynes, Matt Andersen, Bruce Guthro and Dave Gunning. As well as shared the stage with Sylvia Tyson, Valdy, The Bros Landreth, and Emmylou Harris. She has become an admired and respected Artist on the Canadian scene. Irish is a true entertainer who is known for her gripping live shows which highlight her various talents as the talented metaphorical performer-songwriter, the storyteller who’ll grasp your attention and who will bring you on an incredible and emotional journey, as well as the comedian with a joie de vivre who’ll have you laughing from the very beginning until long after the end of her show.

To date, Irish has proudly produced two EPs and three full-length releases. Her latest, self-titled recording won the East Coast Music Award 2015 for roots/traditional solo recording of the year.

Starboard Cannons (New South Wales, Australia)

Hailing from Northern NSW, Starboard Cannons cast off the rusty manacles of Australian folk music and awaken a new dawn of contemporary Australiana. Moving across the realm of sparse and haunting folk, diving head first into full-blown, beer spilling, whiskey swilling sea shanty territory, the gents craft string-based tales that sit somewhere between the Scottish Highlands and the Aussie bush. With two albums under their belt, Starboard Cannons have appeared at a slew of major festivals including Woodford Folk Festival, Mullum Music Fest, Dorrigo Folk & Bluegrass and The Gum Ball. In February 2015, they were invited to perform as official showcase artists at the world’s biggest folk music conference, Folk Alliance International in Kansas City. The trio features Ashley Bell on vocals, guitar and banjo, Matt Bone on upright bass and Jan Van Dijk on fiddle. In this age of trends and posturing, Starboard Cannons breathe new life into acoustic music, with the enthusiastic energy and trademark larrikinism that underpins Australiana.

“Akin to either the Irish influenced Australian folk that gave us everything from Banjo Patterson to The Bushwackers or the timeless storytelling of Paul Kelly.” Kim Cheshire, Country Update Magazine


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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