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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

Summer 2018 – Mullum to Woodford

Summer 2019 – Cygnet to Illawarra

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  • The final week of the Summer Tour 2018 is here! @oldmanluedecke and @lucyjoywise are headed to Rainbow Beach, Thornville, Springbrook, Mount Nebo and Eudlo before wrapping up their 7000km tour at @woodfordfolkfestival on December 27th. We’re so happy for these last few chances to see these brilliant two together - but already feel the sadness of parting coming on!
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  • Thanks Yeppoon for an amazing sold out night! Such a beautiful Hall and crowd. Thanks to @keppelcoastarts and the Queen Street Community Hall Committee for all your hard work putting it together. We have an afternoon show today in Bucca Hall! If you’re around the Bundaberg area come say g'day and bring your foot stomping shoes! Doors from 4:30pm. .
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  • Cheers Middlemount! Thanks to Isaac Regional Council for hosting us and every you made it to the show, especially the folks who traveled all the way from Emerald after hearing @lucyjoywise playing the dulcimer on @abcradionational!  Yeppoon we are ready for a Saturday night boogie, doors at 6:30pm. Tickets are selling very fast, come on down!! 🎉🎉🎉
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  • Folk takes over Forrest Beach! It was a moody stormy night at Forrest Beach Seniors Citizens Hall last night. We had great local support act Nicole Cross starting us off and lovely food by the state school volunteers! Thanks to @hinchinbrookway and the Hall Committee for having us! Heading back south now. See you tonight Middlemount Community Hall! Tickets still available online and on the door from 6:30pm! 
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  • Huge turn out Koah Hall! Such a supportive community we are thankful for making us so welcome and gracing us with true FNQ hospitality! Cheers to the Hall Committee, Dream BIG! Circus and all the stall holders and volunteers for a cracker of a night! We haven't left the tropical north! Playing Forrest Beach Senior Citizens Club on the cassowary coast tonight! Tickets on the door from 6:30pm! .
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  • Mothar Mountain it was a hot one, but what a great turn out! Thanks to Gympie Regional Council, the passionate Hall committee and wonderful community for a great afternoon. We are headed north to Koah, QLD tonight! Doors from 6:30pm with Dream BIG! Circus opening the show 🤹‍♀️🎪. 📷 by Jed Vinson  #HallsSummer #ontour #folkmusic #banjo #woodfordfolkfestival #wff #bunting #discoverqld #thisisqueensland #gympie #community #halls #music #daytrip #actlocal #livethelifeyoulove #ontheroad #lovethejourney #explore #australia #ruralhall #love #friends #travelaustralia #worldclass #contemporary #folk #aussiemusic #canadianmusic

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