About Us

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 Woodfordia Inc 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.

The Festival of Small Halls Australia was inspired from the seed of an idea in Canada for a new touring structure to take great music into regional areas. On Prince Edward Island (PEI), Canada, local communities have hosted roots, traditional and acoustic artists in community halls all over the island since 2008. In 2014, armed with a vision of bringing big music to small places, the Ontario Festival of Small Halls joined the family. The event was born of inspiration by the spirit of community, hospitality, exceptional music, and fun that has made small halls festivals in PEI and Australia such treasured events.

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 page 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.

Click here to invite Festival of Small Halls Australia to your town.

Click here for more information on Festival of Small Halls PEI.

Click here for more information on The Ontario Festival of Small Halls.

Current Tours

Spring 2018 – Outback to Queenscliff

Summer 2018 – Mullum to Woodford

Stories From the Road

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  • Here we go again - Summer 2018 is GO!!! We treasure this route, it’s our oldest run and we couldn’t be more excited to present @oldmanluedecke and @lucyjoywise in partnership with @mullummusicfestival and @woodfordfolkfestival. .
Check out the link in our bio to see if we’re visiting a small hall near you! .
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  • This is a new one - our next Aussie touring artist has already come to visit us at Woodfordia - in his giant veggie oil-powered touring bus! Introducing...Harry Jakamarra. .
Harry has a voice that stops you dead in your tracks, brings stories of the banjo all the way from Timbuktu (yes, really), and counts Missy Higgins and John Butler amongst his fans.
Halls on the Spring Tour 2018 are in for a special treat - Harry is joined by his younger brother Elwood Gray. Elwood, an already accomplished and road worn song-craftsman, possesses a depth to his playing well beyond his 18 years. With a telepathic ease on stage and virtuosic playing the two create vocal harmonies of a quality only blood can blend, reminiscent of the Everly or Stanley Brothers.
This is one family affair we can't wait to share.
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  • Have you met our Spring 2018 touring act Madison Violet?
We know all about their Juno nomination, their Canadian Folk Music Award and their Critic’s Choice award. We even know that German broadcaster WDR put them on their list of Best Artists of All Time. .
But did you also know they were the first Canadians ever to win the Grand Prize at the Maxel John Lennon Songwriting Contest? And - that the voting panel included Elton John, Tim McGraw, Black Eyed Peas, Fergie, John Legend, Enrique Iglesias and Mary J. Blige? .
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  • More amazing announcements.... our maiden partnership with the incredible @queenscliff_music_festival ! They share our dreams and goals of celebrating community and developing excellence in Australian contemporary music, plus they're a complete bunch of legends. We're family already ❤️ We couldn't be more excited to wrap up the Spring Tour 2018 in beautiful Queenscliff with @madisonviolet and @harryjakamarra with @elwoodgray 
Tickets available at http://qmf.net.au/tickets/festival-tickets .
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  • We told you, announcements are coming! We are thrilled to announce the continuation of our founding partnership with our oldest friend, Mullum Music Festival.
We’ll be presenting @oldmanluedecke and @Lucyjoywise hand in hand with @mullummusicfestival and @woodfordfolkfestival .
Tickets to both festivals now available in their bio links. We can’t wait to see you there! 
Stay tuned for the full announcement of the wonderful Halls on the Summer Tour 2018 and ticket launch on September 6th
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  • We are so pleased and proud to announce the Spring Tour 2018 - Outback to Queenscliff. Presented in partnership with @queenscliff_music_festival, this tour takes @madisonviolet (CAN) and @harryjakamarra with @elwoodgray (AUS) to twenty regional, rural and remote halls. 
From the lush valleys of the NSW north coast, across the sunburnt outback and up to the far north, this tour takes in some new friends, some old friends, and a whole bunch of roads. Check the website to see if we're coming to a hall near you!

Link in bio 
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