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

  • The excitement of the open road defines us, but there’s no feeling quite like coming home....
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  • Reasons small towns are the best number 495938101..... yarn bombing! In Waroona, WA locals get together and knit everything from tree jumpers to Steve Irwin. That ironing board is the outcome of a massive effort from the retirement home! The story that truly touched our hearts - after the area suffered devastating bushfires in 2016, local school kids wanted to to give something, but didn’t have saplings, didn’t have lots of money, couldn’t bring the trees back. So they felted hearts and attached them to the poor burnt gums, put the love of their community on display while the land healed. Brought a tear to our eyes!
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  • This beautiful hall belongs to the town of Harvey, WA. We were told about a wonderful community dinner while we were there. Anyone can show up and share the meal - could be 10 people, could be 100. All the leftovers are frozen and given to the local school for kids who come without lunch. These are the stories that make up the beating heart of a loving community. Small towns, big hearts.

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  • Another giant roadside thing to add to our Tour Manager’s Tourism Tips. Our international guests are often puzzled at the Aussie obsession with oversized roadside things - avos, prawns, bananas, cane toads, cows, mangos....the list goes on. What’s your favourite weird Australian giant thing? .
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  • We gave you a clue about an artist for Spring,
Now we’ve got another, for when Summer has taken wing.
In this image, our artist we cannot share,
But you’ll know who it is if you think of a family affair
Announcements are coming, we promise they’re soon. 
This one’s a cracker, you’ll be over the moon. .
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  • We’re kicking off our Monday with overwhelming gratitude for this country and the places we’re privileged to be welcomed to. After all these years, we’re still regularly falling in love anew with this land and the people we meet on it. It still leaves us in awe at its beauty and we’re forever thankful. #howtostarttheday #workingweek #australia #thisisaustralia #theluckycountry #reddirt #blueocean #landscape #diverse #gratitude #endless #seeaustralia #travelphotography #reccetrip #work #upupandaway #instatravel #beauty #visitors #welcome #inspired #livethelifeyoulove #westernaustralia #wa #pilbara

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