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

  • Today we indulged in some of our favourite things - scones, tea, cakes and bunting. The Woodfordia team sure know how to do morning tea right - and we raised over $400 for Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea! #halls #bunting #tea #cakes #scones #biggestmorningtea #curecancer #cancersupport  #woodfordia #family #love #bethechange
  • Peak excitement - new friends! WA, keen for a cuppa? Get in touch! #wa #westernaustralia #discover #explore #roadtrip #community #touring #halls #livemusic #wam #music #letsdoit #journey #livethelifeyoulove #ontheroad #new #tea #chats #ideas
  • Here in Halls HQ, we're gearing up for an amazing weekend at our Woodfordian sibling festival, @theplantingwoodfordia . These clapsticks were made by Woodfordia's traditional custodian, Uncle Noel Blair of the Jinibara people at last year's festival. It's one of the most treasured possessions we have. 
Uncle Noel etched each symbol into the wood, gathered here on site, explaining their meaning as he went. We have the gathering place, the mens circle, the womens circle, the journey, the dancing people, the sun, the moon and the stars. All the bonding and gathering of community we hold most dear. 
If you're in the area, come join us at Woodfordia this long weekend. You can find Uncle Noel at The Pod for a yarn you won't forget in a hurry!  #theplantingfestival #woodfordia #longweekend #traditionalowners #queensland #indigenous #jinibara #jinibaracountry #festival #weekendtime #dance #music #plant #nofilter #connections #cherish #community
  • When we “grow up” we forget to sing from our hearts, from the bottom of our bellies, the little boy in the choir yesterday reminded us. Sing loud, sing proud, sing from your ❤️ and always ask “what shall I do with these hands of mine”

This video was the result of the workshop @dave_gunning and @claireannetaylor ran before the show yesterday and it was such a beautiful thing to watch the results!

#choir #musiceducation #performance #folkmusic #festivalofsmallhalls #canadian #touring #tourlife #roadtrip #kindness #touringmusician #music #smallhalls #tasmanianartist #folk #livemusic #victoria #australia #festivallife #nomad #travelingmusicians #bunting #community #hallsautumn #ontheroad #vanlife #acoustic #portfairyfolkfestival to #nationalfolkfestivalk
  • Our final show was a complete dream way to end this tour! With @littlebeeband opening the show, a “these hands” sing along, and a rocking encore! The Small Halls crew couldn’t be happier with our grand finale❤️ We are sending love and thanks to all the halls we visited on this run. Thank you for your hospitality and hard work!

#folkmusic #festivalofsmallhalls #canadian #touring #tourlife #roadtrip #kindness #touringmusician #music #smallhalls #tasmanianartist #folk #livemusic #victoria #australia #festivallife #nomad #travelingmusicians #bunting #community #hallsautumn #ontheroad #vanlife #acoustic #portfairyfolkfestival to #nationalfolkfestivalk @claireannetaylor @dave_gunning
  • And....that’s a wrap! 6000+kms, 18 beautiful Halls, five mind blowing weeks, four amazing roadies, three stunning states (and a territory for good luck), two epic partner festivals and thousands of new friends, connections, stories and songs to carry away in our hearts. #HallsAutumn, you were amazing. Thank you for everything. See you next year! @claireannetaylor @dave_gunning @portfairyfolkfestival @nationalfolkfestival #folkies #smallhallsbighearts #folk #ontour #hallsofaustralia #australianfestivals #festivallife #touring #community #end #gratitude #kindness #untilwemeetagain #Repost @claireannetaylor with @get_repost
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We did it! The Autumn Festival of Small Halls tour is officially done and dusted. Thank you to all the halls for welcoming us into your communities and thank you to all the beautiful folks who came out to see a show. Bloody bonza! @dave_gunning @harrisonmortkicksass @merit_femino @smallhallsaus #folkmusic #soulmusic #smallhallsbighearts

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