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.

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Stories From the Road

Stories, news, happy snaps and more – all the latest from the road, Halls HQ, and from our friends

  • Vance Gilbert had the audience in stitches at the Woodford Memorial Hall. Can you see the paper clipped to the mic stand? He's written us a brand new song! In the car! What a man. #HallsSummer #festivalofsmallhalls #thisisqueensland #coveredinbeets @vancevancevance
  • #regram of this beautiful shot from @xanthecreative in Kandanga on Wednesday night - 
@vancevancevance looking godly right before his epic performance at Kandanga, Festival of Small Halls! #repost #festivalofsmallhalls #HallsSummer #thisisqueensland #halls
  • #regram from @harrison_mortimer_audio - ready to open doors in Kandanga! The final run of the Queensland Summer Tour... @woodfordfolkfestival, we're almost home! #HallsSummer #ontour #thisisqueensland #halls #nearlyhome
  • Rainbow Beach, here we go! #HallsSummer #ontour
  • Joining @lizstringeraus and @vancevancevance tonight in #rainbowbeach is Chaotic Control! Presented by Clanvan Entertainment and made up of
Jake, Zade, Mason,  Callum, Layla, Skye  and Tiarna, these  talented kids range  from the age of 5 to 11 years old and are crazy fun! Directors Tina and Adrian's love for music, fire and creativity has been making its mark in  Rainbow Beach for the  last 3 years, inspiring families, schools and  local  kids to use  music and movement with a splash of FIRE  and Glo to let their inner creative ability fly. #heartbreakers #HallsSummer #nottobemissed
  • Friends, we're following this absolute gun of a squad right across the Australian outback. For touring done right, look no further. This is @harrison_mortimer_audio, Captain Awesome of sound and light (aka production extraordinaire) keeping it cool under the outback sun and @lizstringeraus, using her voice sent from heaven to give thanks for a darned turn in the road - finally. What escapades await this dynamic team next? No-one knows? Ok, we do. They're setting up for the Festival of Small Halls at the Ilfracombe Rec Centre tonight! #spoiler #HallsSummer #ontour #outbackqld #roadtrip #longdrive

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