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

Autumn 2019 – Port Fairy to the National

Stories From the Road

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  • What an incredible SOLD OUT night at Pomonal Hall! Thank you so much to everyone who made tonight what it was, it really was an incredible night! And that BRAMBLE Berry Beer by @pomonalestate was ridiculous! We ❤️ Pomonal!

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  • We're heading back to this sell-out show...Caldwell Hall! See you on Sunday March 24, old friend - with The Once (CAN) and John Flanagan (AUS)!⁣
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  • What a night! Thanks to everyone for their hard work and talent tonight especially Kylie, Wanda, Bryce and Melanie our awesome support act! Extra special shout out to everyone at Goroke P12, you all are just beautiful, thank you for today and keep making music💕
  • Many thanks again to all at our last show in Red Cliff, to all the volunteers, the incredible Joanne for all her organisation and having us down and of course our wonderful support act @tinyfeetduo, THANK YOU! ❤️ What a Great way to end off the week!

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  • Oh dear! Doors are about to open in Goroke, VIC and it looks like we’ve left some laundry in Beltana, SA - 850km’s away! We’d ask if anyone happens to be passing but we suspect our team just want a reason to head back to this gorgeous little town .
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  • Say hello to the Wycheproof Public Hall! We're rolling into Wycheproof on Saturday 23 March with The Once (CAN) and John Flanagan (AUS).⁣
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Past Tours

Summer 2019 – Cygnet to Illawarra

Summer 2018 – Mullum to Woodford

Spring 2018 – Outback to Queenscliff

Autumn 2018 – Port Fairy to the National

Summer 2018: Cygnet to Illawarra

Summer 2017: Mullum to Woodford

Victoria Autumn 2016

Tasmania Summer 2016

Queensland Summer 2015

Victoria Autumn 2015

Queensland Summer 2014

Queensland Spring 2014

Queensland Summer 2013