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Woodford Folk Festival in partnership with the Mullum Music Festival presents

MullUMBimby to WOODford: Nov–Dec 2013

Rose Cousins (Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada)

Rose Cousins finds insight in solitude and strength in numbers. Supported by a thriving Halifax music scene and welcomed by an equally vibrant Boston community, her new album 'We have made a Spark' was made in the spirit of community and collaboration. Rooted in authenticity and conviction of voice, from driving opening track 'The Darkness' to stark piano ballad 'Go First', you feel as though Rose Cousins sings for you, about your life. It is that sincerity that leads some to compare Cousins to our most beloved songwriters, and yet, her passionate delivery is distinctly, Rose.
From writing songs from a tiny cabin without electricity on a New Hampshire island (All The Stars, The Shell) to the stage of one of her many international tour stops, her lone voice reaches out to listeners, all of us surrounded by our own forms of darkness, and charges us to have the courage to forge ahead.

Cousins won a Canadian Folk Music Award for Contemporary
Singer of the Year in 2012, and her 2012 CD ‘We Have Made a Spark’
won the 2013 Juno Award as best
Solo Roots & Traditional Album of the Year.

Jordie Lane (Melb, Victoria, Australia)

See the photos and you would be forgiven for thinking that Australian Jordie Lane is just another guitar wielding, hat wearing, beard sporting, love song singing troubadour. A closer listen reveals the love songs are epic tales based on historical figures, the protest songs feature lady-boys and fornicating dogs, the guitar work takes you from early Dylan to southern blues, and that felt hat is camouflaging a messy mop of hair, from a long night spent rescuing a passed out Irish crowd member. You never know what to expect at a Jordie Lane show, and you get the feeling neither does he.
Lane has that rare quality of being able to lure and capture his listeners with his playful charm, rhythmic finger picking, and most of all, that voice. In the same way Joan Baez used to fill Club 47 with pure, unplugged resonance, Lane’s voice has a remarkable ability to climb into every corner of a room, and safely and permanently reside. He sings with effortless volume, in a tone so rich it never fails to silence an audience. He always leaves you with something to take home.


Jordie is touring off the back of his brand new EP
‘Not Built To Last’
and rounding off a huge year of touring
in Australia, Canada, and the US.

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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